Recently enjoyed things

^^^ An Instagram from earlier this month.  

Hello! How was your Christmas? Ours was/is lovely. I love saying "Christmastide." We ventured down to my family's in Ohio, and Ryan and Conor thoroughly enjoyed being spoiled, as always. My grandma's was the jolliest time, as it is each year. We missed our San Diego family, but the plan for Christmas 2015 is for all the siblings to be there so we are going to make it happen. Sadly, I think that is possibly the next time the whole family will be together at one time. A downside to growing up, huh? But, before I go on fast forwarding through the next twelve months, here a few recently enjoyed things in our vida. 

- "Ice skating" - every time Ryan puts on a pair of socks and before he puts on his shoes, he has to "ice skate" or slide his feets a few inches around on the slippery floor with little boy joy. 

- Saint DVDs. Ana has mentioned the children's movies that she has for the girls before, and they are the same ones that I grew up watching. Each time the grandparents would ask what to get the boys for Christmas, I would kind of blank, but in between phone calls, I would mentally remind myself, "Oh! The Saint DVDs! I want those for the boys!" And then I would forget. Again. But lo and behold, we somehow have all of these for the boys to watch. 

+ The Day the Sun Danced, The True Story of Fatima

+ Francis: The Knight of Assisi

+ Nicholas, the Boy Who Became Santa

+ Bernadette, the Princess of Lourdes

+ Francis Xavier, and the Samurai's Lost Treasure

+ Patrick, Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle

+ Juan Diego, Messenger of Guadalupe

Thank you, Lord, for grandparents who just know what to give without me asking. I mean, isn't that a rare kind of gift? 

- kisses - Conor has started to give closed mouth kisses which makes me a little heartbroken that he is big enough to be getting out of the open mouth kiss baby cuteness, but when I see him go, "Mmmmm," with his bottom lip pushed out to give a slightly bottom-heavy peck, I forget about the passed stage. 

- Kate's post on their cah-razy road trip. I read this out loud to Chris. Oh, I felt for them! But I love Kate's attitude. It's not that bad, it's just life! 

- Netflix #StreamTeam - We finally are all caught up on Parenthood. I haven't shimmied my way onto the Gilmore Girls bandwagon that everyone in America is currently riding yet because I feel like it might be a bit too much of Lauren Graham playing very similar characters simultaneously for me. I think I need to let Parenthood finish its season before visiting Stars Hollow. Next up on our binge watching list is the third season of Sherlock

(Necessary although tedious disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam so I will be writing one post a month about movies and shows that have made me happy to have in our family queue. To be totally forthcoming, I have been compensated with a streaming device and a one year streaming subscription to Netflix, but this is a service that I have used at minimum four times a week for the past four years (and at many points in the timeline, everyday) so you can say that I am definitely excited to be partnering with them. Woohoo!)  

- hashbrowns - I found a couple of bags of hashbrowns in the freezer after rummaging around when we came home from Ohio, and I don't know how they were never cooked! I think I've had some everyday for the past three days. 

- A paid off car - Chris went to the bank and paid off our car today. Whew! No more car payment! We are hoping to pay off a couple of my student loans this week as well, so there is a lot of relieved exhaling going on over here.  

- Interstellar and the Hobbit - I guess it's become a thing for Chris and me to go on a movie date when we are visiting Ohio. Over Thanksgiving, we went to see Interstellar, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot was just so good, and I kept thinking, "I really have no clue how they are going to get out of this." I found it was the perfect date movie for both of us; it was a great combo of action and emotion. Over Christmas, we went to see the third installment of The Hobbit Trilogy, which was never a trilogy. It was good, not great. As always, the book is better and the new storylines in the movie can be frustrating. But! we had a good time watching it as we have all of them plus the LOTR movies.