Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Winning over here with empty ice cream cone snacks when hosting playdates...

Also winning with the post yesterday.  Just reread it and realized how POORLY written it was.  Sorry about that.  But just trying to get blogs in for now.  

Monday, March 9, 2015


Girl won't wear a ponytail for very long.  Which means it looks scraggly and messy a lot.  And it hangs into her soup bowl...or dinner plate.  And I only get it in a pony when I threaten to cut it off like mine.  Which I NEVER would do.  I know her daddy doesn't want it cut.  But he doesn't deal with the battle.  So today, we looked at lots of old pictures when her hair was a fresh little bob and she bought it.  And we got it cut.  And she is mighty happy.  I wish we had gone another inch or two shorter because I think this will look long in a week or two.  But, I don't plan to bug her about it and maybe she will opt for the short cut again next time.  I think it is the way to go with her upcoming swim lessons, summer park outings, and just everything.

This weekend while the boys were off racing I let Syd go up and down the bunny hill.  She got bored and headed for the magic carpet right next to it that goes to the top of the big hill.  I stopped her but she was about to fall apart so I confidently, for only a second said go ahead.  Then I realize what I said and called to her...she looked back...but it was too late.  once she passed where that board walk ends there was no way I could run to her fast enough.  And then she went into that tunnel and I totally lost it.  Crying I dialed Ed hoping he would answer and say she would be fine.  I waited and spoke with another mom at the bottom and then her little pink self appeared at the top of the hill.  

When she entered that tunnel I realized how I had no way of helping her.  I couldn't remind her to come down slow and I had to trust she would come down the right hill.  

And down she came, totally like I told her to...zig zag ...not straight down.  And she came down with a big old smile.  And Guess what?!  I greeted her with a big old smile.  And she spent then next hour going up and down.  

 Proud of this girl.  And as a mama who doesn't ski...I am proud of myself for getting her to lessons all winter, running the bunny hill with her til she trusted herself to go to the top alone, and emotionally getting through a moment of letting your little bird fly from the nest...or rather ski this time.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday rambles

1.  I am not even going to say that I am going to start blogging again but a short conversation with a friend where we both regret not blogging the last year ....has me thinking I need to do it.  I don't have baby books for Henry and Sydney, like NO BOOK.  I always counted on this for them.  And we have so much that has happened in the last year.  So ...not going to jinx or make a goal or say anything big.  I am just saying that I miss documenting for us.  And so it will happen but without worrying about perfect pictures, great grammar, or deep thoughts.

2.  I have 10 minutes before i have to pick up the boys and just was fueled by a quick walk with my girl to the coffee shop (with her one of her favorite friends and mine!).

3.  Supposedly spring is happening soon.  The temps are about to rise and we are going to get to go outside without it being so freezing.  The place in our heart that loves the ski season feels sad about this, but this weekend's ski meet on Sunday will be heavenly.  They might even get to do a few runs without all the bulky jackets.  They always love that.

4.  The laundry is almost caught up and put away.  I still struggle with this and it often is heaped on our one couch.

5.  Syd and I spend Friday mornings at our ECFE class together and it is our final year.  This morning I was explaining to the kids how I started going with just Charley, then Charley and Henry, then Henry, then Henry and Sydney, and now just Sydney.  It is going to be emotional saying good-bye...as next year we probably won't sign up.

6.  Henry lost both of his top front teeth.  The first one came out and the other one hung there so grossly.  Like I had to look elsewhere when he came up to talk to me....it was crazy.  But now he looks like the cute first grader who has lost the two teeth!  Love it.

7.  Summer activity sign up started this week.  I print out my summer monthly calendars and map out our road trips and what we want to schedule and how much we want for free time.  It overwhelms me.  I stress about having no routine.  I stress about signing up for too much and I stress about not signing up for enough.

8.  I am heading into my third month of making it to the gym consistently!  I am ready to see some results.  I am feeling them.  Just not seeing them.  It will come!

oops....it is time to go get the boys.  So this is it.

More soon...maybe!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy Birthday, Henry!

 This kiddo turned 7 on Sunday. 
He is growing up way too fast.  Makes me sad to think I can't even remember when he was that 4 month old chunk of 20 pounds.  Now he is skin and bones and we can't seem to find foods that he likes.  
He still looks so proudly at his brother and craves time playing with him. 
He is a loving big brother to Sydney and gives her such special attention...and some pesty attention. 

He has done everything in life at his own pace.  And starting school this year with no anxiety proved that all the choices we have made have been "just right" for our Henry. 
This year he is learning to read ..at his own pace.
 Becoming more independent at the ski hill...at his own pace.
Making friends at school....at his own pace.
Falling asleep at night.....at his own pace.  Sigh.

Last year he had a friend party.  This year he had family birthday.
So he kicked it off Friday night going to the new Hobbit movie with Charley and dad.
Ed has read the Hobbit to the boys, they play the video game, they have slowly watched the first two movies.  They loved it. 
Saturday we went out for pizza at lunch. His favorite.  Then we went bowling and to the arcade.
Sunday he woke up and had donuts and opened presents and had a lazy day.   Finishing the day with some alfredo and a cake.   We ended the evening all snuggled up watching Dolphin Tale 2.  

Things he got this year for his birthday were lego sets, minecraft guys, a wobble board, remote control spider, iTunes cards, and more. 

Life is good for this guy named Henry.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year on skates!

We have all been under the weather off an on all holiday season.  Nothing big or crazy but, it has slowed us down and kept us pretty low key.  Haven't wanted it to turn into more.  Yesterday we did a little family adventure to kick off the new year.  Ed and I would like to do more this 2015.  We often are so content at home on weekends and we shy away from big outings.  But when we do it is always a great experience for our family.  So we kicked it off with our first ice skating excursion.  
We took Charley when he was so little that he just sat on my lap and Ed pushed us around.  

Henry was the most tentative.  But he got more confident in trying it as the evening went on.  Syd loved it and enjoyed pushing around the sled.  I even skated!  I felt most sure pushing the kids too but I did a few little spins.  

I was so proud of Charley.  He kept at it and got more and more confident.  He fell a lot but he did it with a smile and got back up.  We are on the hunt for some used skates now.  Kind of regretting not having them on the kid's xmas lists.  But hard to know what they are going to like and if we will make time to use them.  

Got up and hit the barbell class this morning.  
Came home to a dark and quiet house and got this blog post done.  
More later!  2015 I want to get something posted on here a couple times a week.  Keeping the expectations low and hoping to succeed.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gingerbread chaos....

Today we did this.  I had a shoot this morning and I promised them if I got a good report from the sitter we would do this as our afternoon holiday activity.  Surprisingly, the whole thing was calm and peaceful!  

I bought three pre made houses this year.  BEST decision ever to buy the pre made!  Only a wee bit more and there was no frustration trying to assemble.  I also pondered getting just one so they could all work together.  But then, I decided that this would be our Monday of holiday break activity to keep us occupied and it did.  And they each got to create and do their thing.  They traded candies and helped each other.  So it was still a good hearted activity.  Next year we will get just one and see how that goes.  

Finished product!


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