Merry Christmas everyone. This past year has been a very successful year. We hit a few major setbacks here and there, but for the most part it’s been good. The most notable positive event was the birth of our son Braeden Lucas. He’s been a great spark to our family with so many smiles. Johanna started kindergarten this year and is doing great. We traveled to Hawaii on what appears to be a yearly trip. We also went on a cruise this year to the Caribbean. Our businesses are getting bigger. Knock on wood, hopefully things stay on the same path for next year.
Christmas is near: trees decked with holly and ornaments, twinkling lights that line city streets, malls crowded with lines in an effort to see Santa and buy presents, the smell of pine in the air, and Christmas music playing in stores. For many Christmas is their most favorite day of the year. For me I hate Christmas.
Countless people have told us we were brave for taking an infant on board a cruise. Some words other than brave were included as well. Since we like traveling we thought it would be a good idea to experiment with a cruise. Food is catered to us. Our rooms are cleaned while we are out. Entertainment is freely given to us. It’s like having a butler while having an infant. Now I wouldn’t recommend a cruise for families with infants that cry all night. However, if your child sleeps well at night, at cruise can be a great experience. Of course they won’t remember it, but you will. So for parents looking for tips for taking an infant on a cruise, here are mine.
Traveling is one of our favorite things as a family to do. As a child the only thing I truly wanted to do more than anything else was to travel the world. Jolene and I have traveled many places. Still, we plan to travel many more location. Above our fireplace is a map of the places we have traveled, and also places we plan to go. About 2 years ago we went on our first cruise. We found out that traveling by ship is not our favorite way to go. We thought we would try again, this time with MSC Cruises. So I thought I would write about our first impressions of MSC Cruises.
As a child I was raised by my grandparents for the majority of my upbringing. Both my grandparents and parents had sayings they would tell me over and over again. Often I never understood why they said these things, but as a parent I do understand now. Below are saying that my parents use to say that I now say.
Halloween is one of Johanna’s favorite holidays. Each year she loves to choose a princess and guise herself around our town trick-or-treating. Each year we buy about $80 of candy and hand it out to all the children and adults who visit. It takes about two hours before we run out. Bus loads of children are dropped off in our neighborhood. This year, Halloween angered me because of 3 boys who seem to have never heard the answer no before.
We always love the change of season. Each season has it’s perks. Winter has rain and snow, which generally is our favorite time of year. Plus you can’t forget Christmas. Spring, all the flowers begin to grow and our fruit begin to sprout. Summer we go to the beach, lakes and river. Fall has it’s own special intrigue. Trees begin their change and preparation for winter. Their leaves change color, making it one of the most colorful seasons. Halloween and Thanksgiving are also fun holidays to experience this time of year. Everything pumpkin spice makes it way to market. Apple season begins it’s surge. Luckily today marks the first day of fall.
My baby boy looks like a red banana, literally. Most of his skin is a red tinge, but if you place pressure on his skin the underlying color is yellow. The sclera of his eyes also have a yellow hue to them. My baby boy has jaundice. If my daughter had not had jaundice when she was born I would have been more worried.
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