Saturday, February 27, 2010

a very busy week

We've had a very busy week.  The kids started swim lessons on Tuesday and were thrilled to find out they have their very first swim teacher Chloe.  They are once again the only 2 kids in the class, so we are basically getting private lessons.  The kids get lots and lots of swim time and were very tired Tuesday afternoon.  Yea! We also picked out a new spring dress for Faye this week.  It is one of my favorites and she looks so sweet.  I don't know how all the pleating will hold up after a few washes, but we both loved this dress! The boys got matching blue shirts with sweater vests, but they haven't volunteered to try them on for me yet.



We toured 4 more grade schools this week, and took the kids to our 3 favorites so they could also check them out.   I am so relieved that this part of it is over as it has been so stressful for me!  In March I have to take the kids and officially register them for kindergarten with our top 3 choices, and then we'll learn which school they will attend in May.  I will be happy with any of our 3 choices, so hopefully we will get one of those!

My dining room chair finally broke this week too - it was really iffy sitting on it for the past few weeks.  When we bought our table a few years ago we bought two benches and two cheap/flimsy chairs because they were much more affordable than buying eight wood chairs.  We planned on getting real chairs sometime in the future, and with my chair broken, we figured now was the time. Andy found a great deal and we now have 6 new chairs.  We're still leaving one side with a bench - the kids really like it.  Our new bed arrived this week too, so we've been having fun putting all these things together and the kids have had fun playing with all the boxes!


We didn't do much today, but instead had a lazy Saturday at home.  The kids spent the majority of their day making a Mario book.   Here are a couple pages they illustrated.  They're working on adding words, as they tell me its not a real book unless there are words.



Last week I discovered some heart shaped crocheted coasters in a magazine, so I've been keeping busy making those(and a million other projects).  I really really like how these look - if you want any let me know as I really enjoy making them and there are only so many I can have sitting about the house before I really drive Andy crazy! I drink a lot of hot tea this time of year to keep warm, and these coasters work great for my mug!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sledding



The kids had a great time at Grandma and Grandpa's house last weekend. We picked them up on Sunday and went sledding before heading back home. It was a perfect day for sledding, sunny and hardly any wind! The kids loved it - and by kids I mostly mean Andy and Velvet, although Faye and Drew and even Alex had a lot of fun too. There is a perfect sledding hill behind their house, although you must stop at the bottom or you will end up in thorny blackberry bushes. I went down once with Faye and while I managed to stop the sled before I went in, Faye was completely stuck in the bushes. She didn't seem to mind at all and we laughed and laughed about it as we tried to pull her out.



Alex went down on the sled a few times, and even wanted to go on the small round sled by himself, but I thought he was just a bit too little for that. He gets cold easily, so he was the 1st one in the house. I hate being cold too, so I didn't mind taking him inside. Velvet ran up and down the hill so many times she could barely walk anymore. I didn't see much of her on Monday.



Even Grandma and Grandpa came out sledding. Here's a video of Drew and Faye with Grandma. You can hear Drew laughing, or is it squealing?

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Dinner

Happy Valentine's Day!! The kids spent the weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's house. It was our first whole weekend with all the kids gone since Alex was born. I really don't know what to do - so much free time to do anything I want! It is probably more difficult for me to be away from Alex than it is for him, but it is still a nice break. The peace and quiet at the house is unbelievably nice!

Andy and I spent the weekend eating out at our favorite restaurant, Dos Reales, and shopping. Yeah!!! Some of my favorite things. We picked out a new bed frame so I am really excited to get that in the next week hopefully. We bought new mattresses after we got married, but we have never had an actual bed frame. So exciting!! We also found Andy a new winter coat at a great price and some new shoes. Vegan Earth shoes. The label on the box said, 'different. like you'. I thought that probably fit just right for Andy.

We decided to avoid all the Valentine chaos last night and stayed home and made dinner (and then played video games of course). Someone recently muttered about how we stay thin because we only eat nuts and berries. Well, I do like those, but we eat a little more than that. We decided to make my favorite meal - Sweet Chili Lime Tofu. It is from the new cookbook Andy bought me for Christmas - Vegan Yum Yum. We've made quite a few things and have LOVED everything - with the addition of garlic to most recipes. The author apparently doesn't care for it so all the recipe's have garlic optional. I really highly recommend the book!! She also has a blog you can view here. It is a really simple meal to make and so delicious! Even our kids will eat it if we leave out the chili pepper!



For dessert we had heart shaped apple gallettes and soy ice cream. So so yummy and cute! I don't spend a lot of time shaping the hearts as I know how quickly they disappear, so I'm sure they could look even better with a little more time. The kids loved them the last time I made them, but they missed out this time!



I made these dinosaurs for the kids for Valentine's Day. I'm really excited for the kids to see them today. One of their favorite TV shows is Dinosaur Train, so I think they'll like them! I also found a 3-D Transformer shirt for Drew and a cute little outfit for Faye with some sparkly shoes! I've wanted to buy her some sparkly shoes forever, and I thought this was a great occasion!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another day inside

We woke up to several inches of snow this morning. We're supposed to get a couple more before tomorrow morning. It seems as if this winter just keeps dragging on and on forever! And the day just seems to be dragging on forever too! It is just one of those days...

There is nothing worse than being stuck inside all day with 3 little kids who are also tired of being stuck inside all day!! Andy tells me to just take them outside - yeah right! Sounds much easier than it actually is - it usually involves 3 hours of prep time for about 10 minutes of play. Alex won't leave his mittens on so his hands get too cold and he starts crying. We did make it out for awhile this morning, all of us except Faye. She thought it was too cold. We shoveled the sidewalk and thought about making a snowman, but decided the snow was too fluffy. We also watched Andy attempt to ride his bike. He made it to work, but we'll have to see if he can make it home today with the additional snow. He used his mountain bike this morning, which seems to work a little better in the snow, but for some reason his rear bike tire freezes as he is riding it. To me that is a sign that maybe you shouldn't be riding a bike, but that's just me I guess.

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I'm trying to find things to keep the kids busy, but we're running out of ideas. We color pictures, have pretend school, watch TV, read books, play board and card games, play computer games, paint and other crafts, and also bake. We made some bagels this morning after painting. They don't look pretty, but they taste good.



But even with all these activities, the kids are restless and cranky and so am I! Alex was so crabby all morning, and even worse after lunch. He kept kicking me as i was changing him, so I told him I wouldn't put his pants on until he stopped. He was OK going pant less, and decided he should put on as much lotion as he could.



The only one who truly seems to enjoy this weather is Velvet. She loves the snow. She does get cold when she is outside, so she wants to go in and out of the house about 10 times every hour. We watch her out the window, and she'll be outside rolling and jumping and playing in the snow.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A typical day

Nothing exciting happened here today, it was just a typical day at our house. The kids each picked out a show to watch in the morning. They both picked Dinosaur Train, one of their favorites. We did break out some new Play-Dough after that, so the kids were thrilled. After lunch they played some more, and put on their capes and ran about the house(the capes all came from Superman pj's Drew had and we just happened to have 3). It was a new thing for Alex, so he loved that. Then he found Faye's sunglasses and added those to his outfit. It is quite a look and he got a lot of laughs. He loves the attention!



When Andy got home the kids wanted to listen to music and dance. They all get fairly wild, but it burns a lot of their energy which we really need right now since we're stuck inside so much. Drew is doing some of his spin jumps from Super Mario Bros. It is really really funny and makes me laugh every time I see it. He runs around the house like this most of the day.

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I've been busy sewing and crocheting when I have time. I'm working on crocheting a sweater and really trying not to get sidetracked with all my other projects, so maybe I can actually wear it before summer! It will probably not happen, but I can be hopeful. I finished a clothespin apron a few days ago and I love it. The fabric is my favorite and it was on clearance! Faye modeled it for me. I decided to make some place mats and napkins with the same fabric today, but ran out of fabric after making 3 place mats. Back to Hobby Lobby for me tomorrow and hopefully it is still there!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Talk talk talk

Alex is finally starting to talk. Finally! I've waited and waited, and even spoke with his pediatrician about it several times. She agreed that he is just being a little stinker and waiting until he is ready, there isn't a thing wrong with him. His new favorite words are 'mom, uh oh, and no'. Big surprise there! He also has been saying poo when he gets a stinky diaper, which is really really cute. Not the diaper part - just the talking part. He is trying to repeat just about everything I say now, so his list of words he knows is getting really long. He can also say snow, ball, more, hot, and Elmo, and often repeats what Faye or Drew are saying. Now I just have to watch what I am saying.

Alex loves to read books just like Faye always has, and he really loves it when she reads to him. This was Faye and Drew's favorite book when they were babies (Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton), and it is one of Alex's favorite books too. He's trying to say all the animal sounds, but mostly saying la la la.

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Since we don't have overhead lights in our house, all our movies inside seem to be really dark, plus it is not a fancy camera, so I apologize for the poor quality. But I thought it was so cute anyways, and I know I'll still appreciate looking back at these videos when the kids are older. And maybe we'll get a nicer video recorder soon!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Kindergarten

It is hard to believe but it is almost time to register my twins for Kindergarten! I toured two grade schools today, and I will tour a few more in the next two weeks. Then in March we have to pick our top three choices and enroll the kids. We won't find out until May which school they will be attending. As I was touring one school today, they showed us the 5th grade classroom - and it dawned on me that in just a few more short years these would be my kids! They looked so big and old! I nearly lost it right there, but thought the principal and other parents would really think I was crazy if I started bawling on a school tour, so I managed to hold it together.

It seems like just yesterday they were little cuddly babies. There were some long and stressful days in there, but those were quickly forgotten...by me at least, Andy has a much better memory. I'm really thankful that I don't have a better memory, or that somehow I've chosen to forget those terribly difficult moments and only remember the good ones. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of them as babies.

The 1st two photos were taken just a few weeks after they came home from the hospital.






Drew was probably around 4 months old here. I had just received these adorable Gymboree clothes from my Aunt Kathy, so I of course had to put them on and take a bunch of photos. I just love his chubby cheeks!



And Faye, well, she must have been over 4 months old here. She always wanted to see what was going on, even if she was falling over tired. She would sit in the Bumbo and watch us until finally she would just be sound asleep. We laughed so hard at this - I do remember that!



I liked both schools I toured, and they are both within 1.5 miles, so now we have to decide which we like better. The 1st school we visited is the smallest school out of the 11 schools in the district, and also has a later start time at 8:35am. It has around 280 kids grades K-5th grade. That may seem like a small school to some, but where Andy and I went to school, there were probably not 280 kids in K-12th grade. The second school I visited has nearly 450 students and starts at 7:35am. Really really early for us! It is about half the size of the town I grew up in, but it also has a lot more opportunities, so we have a lot to consider! And I have at least 2 more schools to tour! I'll be glad when this part is over!