Wednesday, December 25, 2013

New Traditions for the MN Dunigans

For the first time since I was on best rest, the MN Dunigans stayed in Minnesota for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We went to WI later on in the afternoon on Christmas Day, but my kiddos got to wake up in their own house on Christmas morning. From the moment we made the decision to stay, I was looking forward to making our own traditions.

On Christmas Eve, Brandon had to work for most of the day, so I took the kiddos swimming at the YMCA. We had the pool to ourselves for the most part, and it was a great way to get some exercise before the Holiday Feasts began.

We had gone to Christmas Church services the day before, so the evening was completely open. The boys were super excited to find out we were going to Red Lobster! Griffin likes the crab legs, and Grayson eats the shrimp. The manager was on her game and even let the kids explore a lobster outside of the tank.

When we got home, the kiddos spread the reindeer food on the lawn (Thanks, Pam!) and put out some cookies and milk for Santa. Off to bed they went dreaming of what would come the next morning.

As much as I love seeing family and friends over the holidays, I truly enjoyed EVERY second of our time together as a family of four. I look forward to this tradition continuing :)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Portable North Pole

These were the smiles that occurred when Griffin and Grayson received a video message from Santa!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A bump in the road...

Last week I hit a bump in the road with my dissertation. There were a few days where I had come to the conclusion that a May graduation was simply impossible.

Thanks to my wonderful husband, I was able to get back on track this weekend. I spent most of the weekend hibernating at Caribou Coffee. 20+ hours were spent making changes and adding in new research findings. Journal articles were read, pages were typed, and survey questions were altered. I still have a long way to go, and a spring graduation is still going to be tricky, but it's back in the realm of possibilities!

Thank you, Brandon!

Harry Potter

Griffin and I began reading the first Harry Potter book last weekend. We are about halfway through, and the goal is to finish by Christmas Break so that we can watch the movie.

Hands down, this has been one of my favorite parenting moments. I obviously enjoy reading with my kiddos, but this is just a whole new level of reading experiences. For the first time, I get to discuss an entire novel that I fell in love with during college with my son. To be honest, it is actually quite difficult to read the book aloud, especially Hagrid's lines, but it is worth the trouble and discomfort. Griffin is asking questions, making predictions, and falling in love with a book I adore. It doesn't get much better than that!

Best Griffin Predictions/Reactions:
  • I wonder if Lord Voldermort gave Harry some of his powers when he gave him that scar?
  • I'm not so sure about Professor Snape. I bet he has something to do with Lord Voldermort.
  • I don't mind it when people call me Gryffindor anymore.
  • I am going to now call my Bear Bear Potter.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Stationery Card

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Family Pictures 2013

We were lucky to have family pictures taken last weekend. I think she captured some AMAZING shots of our boys, and I am excited to make our Christmas Card