Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just Dance

Andy bought me a new video camera so I can take higher quality videos of the kids. It was supposed to be a mother's day present, but it arrived in March, so I don't think that can count, right?



First video - Faye dancing. We rented the really lame Wii dancing game, Just Dance. If you haven't had a few drinks, or you're not under the age of say 10, don't bother with this game. But if you fit into one of those categories, them it is a really fun game. Faye loves it, and she looks so cute. Even Alex is getting involved in the dancing action.


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It turned out OK. Usually we can't take videos at night because our house is too dark (anyone want to rewire it?), but you can actually sort of see this! I'll try to get a better video during the day.

Here's all 3 kids - at least they can get some exercise while playing video games. Maybe we'll get the Wii Fit. Anyone have it and love it or hate it?

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Christmas in March

Christmas in March is a little crazy, but it is sort of nice too. You can take advantage of all the after Christmas sales, and spread out the gift buying and receiving too. The kids get so many presents at Christmas, so its great for them to get some in December and some in March.

We never seem to make it out to Omaha to my moms house in December. We try to wait until after the worst of the winter weather is over to make the drive with the kids. We have an old van(it would have been brand new when we were 16) and 3 small kids - not a good mixture in snowy/freezing weather. So when the kids had spring break, we decided to head out there.

We left home last Friday and it was in the 60's and sunny. We all had on t-shirts and we were warm in the van. As we got further and further west, it seemed to get colder and colder. About 50 miles east of Des Moines, it started snowing. At first it was just flurries, but it got heavier and heavier and started making a big mess. By the time we got to Des Moines it was a real disaster and I was a nervous wreck because I had been driving. We ate our dinner and decided we would try to make it to Omaha, with Andy driving. As soon as we got out of Des Moines, I knew it was a big mistake. The roads were terrible and we were driving about 35mph. Cars and trucks were in the ditches everywhere. We stopped at the next place we could find and got a room at the Super 8. I didn't even know where we were, but it didn't matter. It had a room and took pets and even had a swimming pool. We got the kids down to the pool right away to burn up some of their energy from sitting all day. Then they got in their pj's and Faye watched a movie while they boys watched shows and listened to music on their video players. What would we do without electronics?



We finally made it to Omaha Saturday morning, after another 2 hour terrible drive. It was so windy Andy was holding on to the steering wheel so tight I thought he'd break it. So we didn't avoid the winter weather after all. Maybe next year we'll just take our chances in December!

I did get some awesome Christmas gifts. I got this milk frother from my mom. If you drink coffee and like milk in it you should get one. I've never had one and didn't even know how to use it, but after Hallie showed me how it works, there is no looking back now. I keep drinking more and more coffee just so I can use the little sucker.



I put a little vanilla soy milk in a cup, warm it up a little in the microwave, and froth away. It turns out really awesome!



I also got a new book - knitting amigurumi's. I actually don't knit yet, but I've always wanted to learn how and now I'm really inspired. It was actually the first crafty thing I tried way back in college, and I was really terrible at it, but after all my crochet practice I think I'll be much better now. Be prepared for Amigurumi's everyone....



The kids got light sabers (among many many other gifts), and we haven't had any major injuries yet. They have been asking me for them forever, but I either forget about it when the time comes for gifts, or I look at them and think about how many fights/broken things will come from them. We definitely will have to have some rules about when and how they can be used.



Especially some rules for Andy....

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Alex got some neat books he loves, and also a bubble mower and some giant bubble equipment. It was a little cool outside, but he was out there pushing his mower and making bubbles.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A trip to the zoo





We took the kids to the Omaha Zoo with Jadon and Hallie on Grandma's birthday yesterday. It was a little cool and windy, but otherwise a nice day. Faye said her favorite thing was the parrots and waterfalls in the jungle.



Drew really liked the underwater tunnel in the aquarium, especially the puffer fish that swam overhead and all around us. Alex really liked the penguins and laughed when they swam by him. We also saw the new butterfly exhibit and checked out the gorillas. There were only two gorillas but they put on a little show for us. The kids seemed to really like the zoo, but it is a large place and their legs tired out quickly.



After the zoo we went to Mt. Fuji for dinner and ate Japanese style. We had to take off our shoes before we went in the room, then we sat on little pillows around a low table. There actually was a space underneath the table for us to put our feet so it was very comfortable. It was a neat experience and I think everyone enjoyed it. Our appetizers, edamame and vegetable tempura, were really good!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bubbles

Alex is really into bubbles. He loves saying bubbles, he loves blowing bubbles, he loves us blowing bubbles. It gets tiring. We were out at the stores looking for some more bubbles - I do know that you can make more, but then I am out of dish soap and can not wash the dishes, so I'd rather just buy the huge bottle of bubbles and be done with it. Anyways, we found a bubble machine on sale, and with the amount of bubbles this kid wants, I figured it would work great! Drew and Alex spent over an hour outside chasing bubbles.

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He also loves to draw with markers. Faye and Drew have been doing a lot of drawing lately, so I think that has something to do with it. He usually colors on paper, but he had a little bit of an accident the other morning. Oops. It did wash off so everything was OK. Look at his face - he knows he is in trouble!



Wearing my sunglasses... this kid loves the attention!



I think he was inspired by Faye, who made this mask at preschool.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Out for a walk... in Spring weather!

It was a wonderful spring-like day today, the first we've really had this year so we had to take advantage of that.  After lunch we went for a walk and played at the park.  I love it when it is nice outside and I can get the kids outside to play, it really tires them out and refreshes me.  They would still be outside, but our yard is a muddy mess so I had to make them come inside.  Alex escaped outside twice already today, once with socks on and once barefoot. But I don't blame him, we've been stuck inside all winter and today it is partly sunny and 66 degrees!  I sort of feel like running around outside barefoot too! I can't wait to break out the sandals and do away with socks for the next few months!!!



The kids took turns pushing Alex in his stroller when his legs got tired of walking.





If it looks like Drew is pushing Alex really fast, he he is - but Alex was giggling and loved it!





The kids love to spin around on the swings on their stomachs.  I showed Drew how to swing on his bottom, and how to pump his feet, and he could do it!!  Now they both know how to swing and I don't have to push them!!


 The boys love to chase each other around the house, but it is much more fun outside...



 Notice the blue sky!! Its the first I've seen in quite some time. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Registration completed!

After swim lessons this morning I took the kids and officially registered them for Kindergarten!  It was sort of a mess and I was about ready to either cry or pull my hair out by the time I left. I still have a headache 3 hours later! I had ALL 3 KIDS with me.  ALL 3.  And if you don't know what its like to have 3 small kids with you while you try to fill out paperwork then you are lucky.  Faye and Drew were actually quite well behaved, which could be a first.  But I threatened them with no Mario games if they misbehaved and Voila!  They listened!  That and there was a table set up for the kids to color pictures, so they headed right over and colored the front and back of their page and were so quiet I hardly knew they were with me.  Alex was the culprit of my hair pulling this morning. 

I had to register the kids online first, and the computer was being a really really big pain.  I typed everything in(names and addresses and all that info) and went to print it out and almost everything was missing.  So I called the guy over to help and he said, "hmm, its been doing that lately."  OK, its really no big deal except I have a baby that is running all over and climbing on the tables and screaming and throwing papers and crayons everywhere.  So while they worked on that we headed back out to the van to get the stroller.  Alex is really starting to hate the stroller, because I strap him in and he can't get out. So he started screaming even louder and louder and really throwing a tantrum, all the while I'm trying to have a normal conversation with this gentleman.  I did manage somehow to get all their info typed and printed, but I was so distracted I hope I got it all down correctly.

Then on to the next table to fill out more info.  Alex continued to cry, more like sobbing at this point, with the occasional scream.  I wanted to put my head down and cry and I think I probably looked really frazzled too, because one of the women came over and brought a toy train for Alex and tried to calm him down.  That lasted about 2 minutes, but it was enough for me to finish!

Then on to the next table, where they then had to go through all the paperwork and make sure I've filled it out completely, which I forgot to sign in quite a few places.  But we somehow made it through - in about an hour - and I'm sure they were glad to see us leave.  They'll send us a letter towards the end of April to let us know their decision.

He fell asleep on the way home (I can't imagine why he'd be tired after all that screaming) and is still sleeping, even skipping his lunch.  I tried to wake him up, even sat him up in his chair and changed his diaper, but he's still out. He actually climbed into the chair after my attempts to wake him, and here he sleeps. He looks so peaceful - too bad he can't be so calm when he's awake!

Monday, March 8, 2010

More mario...

I think know our kids are obsessed with the New Super Mario Bros game. Really really obsessed!  But in some ways it has been good for the kids, Drew especially.  He is interested in very few things, and this happens to be one of them.  He not only loves the game, but anything associated with Mario. The kids have spent hours and hours drawing and coloring Mario things, as well as reading books.  Drew has even been trying to write and spell words because of this(if you check out his picture below he made a POW block and wrote it)!  So I think it is great that he is so interested in something, although at times it can be frustrating because it is all he wants to talk about. He has been telling his preschool teachers all about Mario too, which at first they were excited because he was approaching them and talking so much and telling them stories, but I think they may be getting frustrated sometimes too.  He colored a 'Mario' picture at school today and made it all himself - which is great because he usually doesn't try to draw.


I came across a photo of little crocheted mushrooms, and figured I could make the kids some.  They are far from perfect - really really far, but the kids love them.  Drew has been carrying his around since I made it.  Anything I make, Faye always asks me, "Mom, how do you make it so perfect?"  Haha.  It really cracks me up because it is so far from the truth, but as long as they like it then I'm OK with my errors.  And they are somewhat cute I think, although a little misshapen, but that happens quickly when little kids carry them around in their grimy little hands all day long!









Faye made me this picture at preschool today.  Awww... She wrote it 21 times and wrote all the numbers.  She can count to 100 and keep on going, so don't ask unless you want to hear it! 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ice skating

We took the kids ice skating this afternoon for the very first time.  Faye really enjoyed watching the ice dancing during the Olympics, so we figured this was a good time to give it a try.  Grandma and Grandpa came down for the afternoon and also went with us.




The kids did really well for their first time!  They could hardly stand up at first, but towards the end they were really starting to get the idea of it, or at least they were trying.  I was really excited that they kept trying despite falling over and over.  It looks so easy when you see it on TV - I always forget just how hard it actually is!  I didn't fall, but I was really cautious and came very close several times!

Even Alex gave it a try, but he wasn't too sure about it.  I think he may enjoy it more when he's a little older.  He still trips over his feet and falls when he is just walking, so skating is probably overwhelming for a little guy.  He looks so cute in his little tiny ice skates...




Here is Grandpa out skating with the kids.



And here is Grandma.