The Burlingames

Chronicling the adventures of the B's

Category: Holidays


by Dave

Today was a fun day. We spent the afternoon chilling at home before heading out to a friend’s house for a barbeque. Everyone went home once all the kids (and adults) were tired out.

We decided to try and catch the Cottage Grove fireworks show on our way home. Once home I ran inside to see where they hold their display and to grab a snack. We made it over to the park about 10 minutes after the supposed start time of 10pm. Unfortunately, though, all the cars in the area were driving the other way. They must have started quite a bit early because we missed the big show completely. Fortunately, there were plenty of people who lived around the park shooting off their own sweet stuff.

We were interested to see how Eli would react. He did very well and was very into it. He didn’t seem scared at any point, despite having a couple really loud ones go off right behind us. The best part came when there was a slight lull in the neighborhood display; Eli made a noise, causing us to look at him. He was signing “more.” He did this a couple more times when a break would happen.

About a half-hour after arriving the massive traffic jam cleared and we headed home. We now know better for next year’s show. The only wild-card might be the new baby’s reaction to all the noise.

An update…

by Dave

Wow, it has been a long time since either one of us has posted an update on our busy life. We survived the holiday season. We had a wonderful Christmas season gallivanting the countryside visiting family. It was such a wonderful blessing to have Eli home with us for Christmas, we absolutely loved celebrating his first Christmas with him. Of course we enjoyed showing him off to everyone. :)

We spent New Years with some very good friends of ours (Carlsons, Hintgens, Hintzs and Netolickys). Carlsons opened up their home for us to celebrate the end of the year. We ate homemade pizza, played games, shared Toilet Trivia and enjoyed each other’s company. We came up with our slogan for the year, ‘Accidents Happen’. The challenge is to see what types of ‘accidents’ will happen this year.

I started back to work last week. Most of my students were glad to see me back to work this week, several could care less if I was back or not. The hardest part about going back to work was not having my daily nap time. :) Otherwise it was such a smooth transition for me. Dave spent the week watching our niece, Gator, in the mornings, she slept most of the time. Eli then spent the afternoon at  Nate and Sarah’s place with Aunt Sarah and Gator. As Dave mentioned, we did find an in home daycare for Eli and he will be starting there tomorrow.

Eli is starting to eat more and sleep just a little bit longer. We are looking forward to the day when he sleeps more than 3-4 hours at a time. At the last doctor visit Eli weighed in at just over 10 pounds, he’s a growing boy. When he’s awake he loves to lay on his mat and kick and squirm. In the last week or so, he has started ‘talking’ more. He will make some cooing sounds, otherwise most of his ‘talking’ comes in the form of screams.

We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for the cards, well wishes and most importantly – prayers!! We are so thankful for all our steadfast prayer warriors. We love all of you!!

There are new pictures in the photo album. Enjoy!!!

Goodbye Christmas

by Dave

January is flying by and it’s about time to shut down the Christmas Letter. We’ve already taken down our tree and the apartment is back to normal. Time for the last remnants of the holiday season to be put away for another year. This is just a heads up; the Christmas Letter page will be disappearing on the 15th. Thanks for checking it out.

Holidays Survived

by Dave

Well, we’ve managed to survive another busy holiday season. Sadly, the retail biz is in full swing for the next event: Valentine’s Day. The good news is I’m enjoying a late Christmas present to myself: some new tunes courtesy of BMG. Mae’s new album, Singularity, is pretty good. I’m on my second listen and really liking it. I would highly recommend Mae, especially their second album, The Everglow. It’s great pop/rock music.

Christmas Present

by Dave

I received my Christmas present from my parents on Saturday. Mom and Brianna took me out to eat at Red Lobster for lunch then they took me to the Ordway to see ‘Sound of Music’. The play was fantastic!! The acting was wonderful, the songs were amazing and the company was awesome. I had such a wonderful time hanging out with my mom and sister watching one of our favorite movies being acted out on the stage. This was an unknown fact to me, but the ‘Sound of Music’ is a real live story. I didn’t know this until reading through the program given to me at the play that the Von Trapp family was a real family going through a tough situation in Austria. I’m intrigued to read and learn more about this family.

Sound of Music

We also took the Burlingame/Paulson Kid picture on Saturday.

Paulson Kids

Dave, me and Brianna.