Happy New Year! I was offline for a while because we took the boys to Florida to see their grandparents and aunt. Only had dial-up access, so I didn't even keep up with the comments, let alone try to post.
The drive was hard, but the boys were very well behaved, and overall it was a good trip. The weather was perfect, we didn't try to do too much, and D was even adventurous enough to go boogie boarding. (Remember, this was the kid who once refused to even walk on sand.) We spent one fun but exhausting day at the house of the Mouse, but also spent 3 hours playing around at Sugar Sand Park (highly recommended if you're in the area) and hunting for the letterbox in the nearby nature trail.
The grandparents were somewhat more restrained than in previous years on the gift-giving front, but the boys' rooms still look like a toy bomb exploded all over the place. I had a blinding flash of the obvious insight this afternoon that while their rooms have a good bit of storage space, most of it is too high for them to reach. So I think we need some more low bins. And we'll encourage them to have a yard sale in the spring to clear out some of the stuff that they don't play with any more.