But We Love Waffles!

Traditions are funny things- you can *try* to make something a tradition, but it may or may not take. Other times, you do a thing, then you do it again, and suddenly everyone just knows it’s what you do.

I present to you, Waffle Day, which is always December 20th.

Years ago, my friends at Hallmark  gifted me some Keepsake ornaments, including a little old-timey radio. Every day, you turn the dial, and “Dash Deerbuck here, from station N-O-E-L” gives you a report from the North Pole as a Christmas countdown.

The first year we got the radio, I kept it off the tree because the kids were little and I didn’t want them touching the tree to get to the radio. The second year, the kids insisted the radio stay on the kitchen table because “that’s where it goes.” and we all found the humor in the broadcast from the 20th of December, and from that day forward, we celebrated Waffle Day.

Here’s the little diddy – you’ll figure out the tune soon enough:

“Here we come a waffling, with waffles on our plates,

Pass the maple syrup, these waffles sure taste great!

Love and joy come to you, and all your waffles too, “

“..You guys! It’s WASSAILING! ”

“But we love waffles!!!!!”

And now, every year on December 20th, we eat waffles for dinner.

Sometimes, life really is this simple.

Just Keep Swimming

Swim Lessons for Kids, Fishers, IndianaOne of the best things about our new neighborhood is the pool. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we can swim to our heart’s content at this beautiful pool, staffed with competent lifeguards. It won’t lie- it is DREAMY. But, Indiana.

This winter the Kahuna Kids will be swimming at the Fishers Goldfish Swim School, and I am so excited for them! Goldfish Swim School has two Indy metro area locations – one on the east side of Fishers and one in Carmel. Classes are offered every day of the week for the very young through 12 years old.

While the Fox was ready to jump in with both feet, Mam was feeling a little self conscious. She was clearly the oldest person in her class, and due to my underestimating her swimming ability, she wasn’t even in the highest class they offer. Oops. What I appreciated though, was at her very first lesson, she received a progress card indicating she’d mastered everything she needed to move up to the “Pros” class- which is the last level before swim team. As we scheduled her into the new level, the staff was sensitive to the fact that she wanted to be a group with older kids.

Thinking about Swim lessons this winter? Check out Goldfish! Their classes are ongoing, and kids can join in at anytime. You can even wrap a new beach towel and some goggles and stick them under the tree- with the real gift being a winter’s worth of swimming lessons. Hop on over to Goldfish Swim School and take look at their special holiday offer!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for partnering with us this winter to build my summer swimmers over this winter in exchange for my honest review of their programs! 

2016 Headlines

I’m not sure if 2016 was the right or wrong year to take a break from blogging. In a way, I know I will miss looking back and seeing what we were up to this year, and in another way, eh, I”m good.

January 2016: We are selling all the Girl Scout Cookies! 5th Graders Rule the Cookie Booth, Pinewood Derby: The Boy Scores in His Heat! 

February 2016: We are selling at the Girl Scout Cookies! Still! 

March 2016: I don’t remember March

April 2016: Prince. First Communion is my favorite sacrament.

May 2016: I survived the year as PFO president! 

June 2016: My Boy is 8. My Girl Loved Girl Scout Camp. I Love Summer 

July 2016: 15th Wedding anniversaries are better in Canada. Great Wolf Lodge is worth the hype. Hamilton is Life.

August 2016: My Girl is 11. ELEVEN. 6th Grade & 3rd Grade: How Did We Get Here? Boston Bound: An Extended Family Adventure 

September 2016: Traverse City is my happy place. 

October 2016: Happy birthday to thee, Grandma’s 103! CUBS WIN!! CUBS WIN!! CUBS WWWWIIIIINNNNN!!!!!

November 2016: No comment. Also, I love camping with Girl Scouts, but my back does not. For the first time ever, I preorder an album- the Hamilton Mixtape.