Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Best of Bio Girl 2015

Welcome back to another year in review at good old Bio Girl! I could go on for a bit about how my blogging has changed over the last couple of years and how it's... well... not as good, but really, we all know I don't blog as often as I once did. Like everything else in life, this blog has evolved over the nine years I have been writing here, and honestly, I am just happy I still find the time at all.  I do not manage to capture as much of our daily lives, but I do think I manage to at least partially capture the love we have for each other and this crazy life. (GOOD JOB, ME! Just keep blogging!) Anyway, here is this year's bullet-ed list of what I consider the tops posts of 2015!

So there you have it! The best of Bio Girl, 2015. Shockingly, we are heading out of town today to bring in the new year on a little mini vacation.  Somehow we have become people who go places.... and we like it!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Our annual Christmas video is complete! I am sure you all have been waiting all day, right?  Well wait no more!

I hope everyone reading has had a wonderful holiday.  I know how blessed we are to be surrounded by so many people we love during this time of year. We do not take it for granted.

Merry Christmas!

And if you are in a reminiscing mood, here are the previous years Christmas videos:







Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pre-Christmas Weekend Fun

So first things first, we saw Star Wars this weekend.
I mean, OF COURSE WE DID.  Everyone did, right?  And it was everything I hoped it would be. I loved this movie so freaking much. No spoilers or anything, but I know some people had issues with it. I am not one of those people. LOOOOOOVE.
Then on Saturday morning Nick and I hosted a family brunch so the kids could exchange presents and we could spend some time together.
We usually have a couple of family holiday events leading up to Christmas but with my aunt being ill those were canceled.  I am so happy we decided to still get our three families together! We had so much fun.
Liz, Wes, and Cory
Me, Nick and Henry
And Boo Chris and Darcy

We exchanged presents, ate way too much food, and played a surprising amount of video games. It was perfect

THEN, on Sunday Nick, Henry and I packed up and heading on an overnight Christmas adventure.  Randomly a week ago Nick sent me a link to a hotel that has a big Christmas event and said something along the lines of "???".  I wrote back something else along the lines of "?!?!" and a plan was made!
 The main attraction of the hotel Christmas event was this Kaleidoscope event where they take silk and lights and turn in into these huge Christmas decorations... sorta like these
But the scale is sorta hard to see with this picture, so maybe you are thinking small.  No, think big.

We loved it all! Although somehow I think I overestimated how big the event would be. I thought it would like, take hours and hours.. possibly days.  But turns out we were done after like an hour and a half.  Still, it was a great hour and a half!
There were lots of random things for the kids to do, like build a snowman...
And ride a train
And talk to this tree...
And check out a ton of gingerbread houses including this huge one...
Plus we got to see this in the front lobby of the hotel, which was enjoyable.

But after that all wrapped up there was a lot of this going on. Which, I am not going to lie, was possibly more enjoyable for Henry that the giant silk Christmas decorations.

The next morning we got up and walked down to the Science museum, which was awesome.

I mean, who doesn't want to play in a space shuttle
or climb in this thing..

Or.. do this...
and this too...

Anyway, it was a great weekend. Crazy busy, but awesome.  Now, it's time for Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2015

This and That

I give you a post of random updates that individually don't seem to be enough to be their own blog post but strung together... now we are talking!

So the semester officially wrapped up today and I just submitted final grades for my class. I AM DONE.  I mean, I still have other work things to do and what not, but as for class, it is over until JANUARY.  All in all the semester went great. I enjoyed my group of kids and everything just seemed easier this time around.  Still, I am happy to take a break from teaching for the next month!

Yesterday Henry had his class Christmas party and it was adorable.

I had to give my final exam to my students so I only got to stay for a bit but thank goodness Nanny was available to be there for the entire party!

What else... well, when I was at Henry's school I found his letter to Santa. We had heard all about the Lego Dimensions and the Blade Builder, but the CAT was news to us.  We had to break the news to him that Santa doesn't have room for living animals on his sleigh, so he thought for a minute and said "Well... maybe I just want a pretend animal like Super Kitty"
Super Kitty IS pretty awesome... and he requires no litter box. Good thinking, kid.

In other random updates, we are going to be seeing Star Wars in T minus 3.5 hours. The wait is killing me...


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In a (Gingerbread) Galaxy Far Far Away...

So, this post maybe would have never been written, but THEN it just seemed too perfect considering it' STAR WARS WEEK. Nick and I have our tickets for Friday night, and we are SO FREAKING EXCITED.  Or maybe, I am SO FREAKING EXCITED and Nick is cautiously optimistic... he has not completely forgotten the disappointment of seeing Episodes 1-3...


So when I was in Seattle I noticed over to the side of the check-in desk was a christmas tree that had lightsabers on it. I was intrigued but for some reason it didn't occur to me to actually walk over there and look at it for a a couple of days. Finally I was like "Maybe I should see what that's about and send a picture to Henry...



I have so many pictures of these things...

Episode One

Episode two

Episode Three

There were so many details, I tried to capture them in pictures....


I tried to capture it, but didn't feel like I was that successful.  There is just too much! Then, when I was checking out of the hotel at 4:30am I realized there was NOBODY ELSE AROUND, so you know, I took a three minute video of the entire thing. Because I THOUGHT THE WORLD NEEDED TO KNOW THE MAGIC THAT WAS MADE OUT OF CANDY.

So Enjoy :) And Let me know what you think of the new movie! You know, anytime after 7pm on Friday night!