NYE 2021

For New Year’s Eve, mom thought it would be fun to have a fancy candlelight dinner. In full support of this idea, Genesee excitedly set the table and put on her best unicorn dress. And even though I typically prefer a good sweatshirt and lounge pants, I was a pretty good sport, too. Because who doesn’t like to be wined and dined?! Truly, it was the sparkling grape juice for me, but the pecan-crusted chicken, mashed potatoes, and side of Cheetos were also quite marvelous.

After we toasted to the new year, Genesee and I made a list of intentions for 2022. While I plan to get busy seeing a few more national parks, Genesee hopes to steal less of mom’s makeup. To each their own, I guess. Then, we had a coloring contest, created a time capsule (not to be opened until after the year 2030), enjoyed a movie night in front of the fireplace (complete with hot chocolate, nachos, and popcorn), and stayed awake until midnight to ring in the new year. It was epic! Hopefully 2022 will live up to our hype.

Winter Break

When dad left for his hunting trip upon the conclusion of Christmas day, mom made lots of plans to keep us distracted from missing him. So after a great puzzle challenge, rock painting session, tent wars, arts & crafts class, Arby’s drive-thru dinner, swimming fun at Three Bears Resort, nerf gun battles, Texas Roadhouse treats, and a Colin sleepover, we were like, “Dad, who?”

Just kidding. Mom gave it her best effort, but in the end, she was unsuccessful at keeping all of the dad blues away… Not because mom needs to up her solo parenting game; it’s just that no one does fun quite like our dad and the days are more complete and joy-filled with him in them. Still, every once in a while, it’s good for us to remember that mom is also pretty fun not boring.

Christmas 2021

Christmas finally arrived in the Goodenough valley!

From the wonderment of Christmas Eve in Grandma & Grandpa’s living room…

to the exuberance of Christmas Day under our meatball-aroma-filled roof…

and amidst the new pet fish, the electric, light-up scooters, and our off-the-clock quality family time…

…it was worth the wait!

Ho, Ho, Whoa, Jaeger Clauss!

Guess who got cast as Santa in the Melrose-Mindoro holiday concert? (Answer: Me!)

I will now only respond to “Jaeger Clauss” from this day moving forward.

I’ll have you know that I nailed all of my lines, probably because I practiced them religiously for 3 weeks prior to my big acting debut. Unfortunately, my nightly live audience of mom, dad, and Genesee didn’t fully prepare me for the hundreds of eyes that looked back at me when I gazed into the crowd at the actual concert, but I’m still confident that you might find me on the big stage some day. So, let me know if you need an autograph now before I start charging money.