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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks

Alright, 2017. Let’s See What You’ve Got.

Happy New Year to all! 

We made it safely home after another long drive. This time, we opted to use our standard drive-during-the-day method, and kept going until about 1:00 a.m. It was still exhausting, but at least we had a good stretch of sleep before. The kids were so glad to get to sleep in their own beds, as were we. 

Our last few days in Colorado were wonderful, although we did not get to see everyone we had hoped. We managed to get through a family photo shoot from Kira’s lifelong friend, ate delicious food, watched some movies, and played games. 

As with most family trips, there was a lot of illness going around. Carver had been on antibiotics for a few days for strep as we went into Colorado, and then Hakan came down a few days later with a slight fever and cough, which we all eventually got. It doesn’t seem like anyone caught strep, but my sister and my sister-in-law both caught the flu from somewhere. Whatever we have is not as bad as that, or maybe it just blends in with our normal lack of sleep.

Yesterday was our first full day back, but I was still recovering from the long drive. I decided around 8:00 p.m. that I would deliver on a gift for Kira: I had ordered a replacement camera for her phone because she’s had two purple spots on all of her pictures for years. Given my past experience building the very computer upon which I’m typing this, and repairing my old phone, I thought I could pretty easily replace the camera. I got 4 screws in, and then when I couldn’t get the fifth one loose, I thought maybe I was out of my league and should take it in. I put everything back together just as it was, but I could not get the phone to turn back on. I checked and rechecked all the connections, but still I cannot figure out what is wrong. That has been very frustrating, but hopefully will be resolved soon. [UPDATE: Kira’s phone is working normally now. I don’t know what was wrong, but it is fine now. Glad we could avoid the repair shop on that one!]

We are looking forward to a new year, with new milestones and adventures. The kids are getting older every day, and giving us wonderful memories with each stage. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!


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