Saturday, March 25, 2017

On the Slopes and Winter Recap

It was a pretty mild winter. I think we got a measly dusting of snow one time, which the kids did get a snow day for, but really no snow to play in. So it was probably the worst winter to take up a snow sport, but that's just what Evan and I did! His school has a Ski Club that offers memberships to a nearby ski lodge. I talked Dan into signing up for it with Evan as a bonding thing they could do together. Then Dan hurt his back and I had to step in. I have never skied in my life, but you do what you have to do for your kids, right? Thankfully the lodge offers free lessons with membership and we both took advantage of it. Evan took to the slopes much faster than me - no surprise there - but by the third trip I was feeling much more confident and holding my own. Unfortunately that was our last trip because of the unusually warm winter we had and the lodge had to close earlier than anticipated. But I feel certain it's something we'll sign up to do again next year!

Now I just need to work on my selfie game.

In big news for the little dude, Connor transitioned from a crib to a toddler bed. We put it off a little longer than norm because he wasn't a climber. I write "was" because he's certainly making up for that now.

Only pretending to sleep...

Evan submitted his first Science Fair project. He is fascinated with weather, so he studied forecasting and analyzed which service did a better job at predicting the weather. He got second place in his class!

For Spirit week at school, these two did their part to participate in crazy sock day. Dan was asked several times if he was a leprechaun.

I didn't get the traditional St. Patrick's Day photo this year because it fell on piano lesson day, but I did snap one of this little guy at the start of the day.

Now that Spring has finally arrived along with warmer weather, I'm hoping to pick up my camera more.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

I love the holidays, but sometimes I wish for the less stressful times of being a kid during this season! I try to keep the holiday a magical one for my kids and they really do bring joy to everything.

Evan went to his school's Breakfast with Santa event this year. We had also planned on bringing Connor but he ended up sick and Dan stayed home with him. By the end of that weekend, we all had it, and it was awful. But Saturday morning was fun with Evan! He really didn't want to have his photo with Santa (too big for that now, you know) but I cajoled him into it.

Evan had his Christmas piano recital and did a wonderful job playing the Chipmunk Christmas song. He picked the song and it's SO him!

Connor's face in this one? Who knows.

I had grand plans of baking cookies with the kids, but Evan lost interest pretty quickly. Connor hung in for a while, but they were both on board for the quality control!

These were my attempt at Christmas Eve photos by the tree. They were pretty wound up at this point but "Santa is watching!" is a powerful motivator for (mostly) good behavior.

The boys were super excited by their Christmas morning surprises from Santa.

My parents came over later. My Dad might play the serious one, but I caught him in the act of some of his silly shenanigans.

Nice sweater, Dan!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thanksgiving with Nana and Poppy

We went to Ohio for Thanksgiving, where the boys had a blast playing with their cousins of all ages and no one walks away hungry. It's loud and crazy and wonderful. :) I do wish we lived closer so we could see everyone more often.

Wesley and Connor were fascinated by this old ceramic tree with lights. I remember having one of these as a kid too!

The newest member of the family, little Michael.

Aunt Margaret and Dave were our surprise guests this year, visiting from NY!

Evan helped Dave string lights on the Christmas tree.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween is a busy time of year for us, and I admit, one of the more fun times of year for me. I love seeing all the kids in their costumes and having fun. Connor wore Evan's old astronaut costume this year. Evan had been asking for a new one in his size which I found on eBay for a steal. He wore it to a couple of trick-or-treat events - like the Zoo and a church festival - but decided he wanted to be Kylo Ren from the new Star Wars movie for Halloween trick-or-treating. Star Wars was definitely all the rage again this year. It's fun to see some of the same costumes we had around when I was a kid - although they aren't that terrible vinyl material anymore, thank goodness!

A few photos to run down our October adventures...

I'm surprised he agreed to pictures with the characters this year! This might have been the only one without Dad standing with him though.

These silly boys helped me carve pumpkins.

Halloween night means trick-or-treating with our awesome neighbor friends!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Connor is 3

Three. Or "Fhree" to hear Connor say it. Here we are, moving from toddler to preschooler. I try hard as his mom to resist the natural urge to compare my boys at the same age. In some ways that's easy because there's such a gap between them that my memory is fuzzy on what the every day was like five years ago. In other ways, it's harder, but he is a unique little dude.

-Part timid hand holder. Part dare devil.

-Mess maker, and candy fiend.

-Master of Pretend Play

-And rescuer of baby dolls

-Grinner and Rock Star

-Perpetually Crumb Faced

-Big brother admirer (but the first to point out when Evan is using his outdoor voice indoors! Ha!)

-Mamaw's boy.

-Face Maker and Tractor OBSESSED!

Sweet, smart, friendly, loving, and my little shadow most of the time. Some days I want to freeze time because it all goes by so quickly, but I can't wait to see what happens next. I love this boy.