I've never been big into Valentines Day, but like many holidays as a parent, kids make it more fun! We've had some decorations up around the house and last night we settled in for some Valentines Day preparations. The boys got their bag toppers made for their classmates and teachers....we're waiting on Amazon to deliver the much needed gumballs.
After homework and showers (hence the crazy hair), Greyson asked to make a card bag for a visiting teacher who would be in their class on Friday. So sweet!
A little V Day organic lemon lime soda and cherry juice to set the mood.
The tongue out in concentration. :-)
Despite the special treat from the boys school....Happy Valentines Day - Your kids get out of school at noon! Blah blah blah ;-) - Friday is really going to be a lot of fun!
We've been busy in general as usual, but nothing momentous seems to be happening over here so I haven't had much to say. We're having some ups and downs right now and seem to be just coasting from one activity to the next hoping for a breakthrough of sorts. It's been a long, cold winter so far and that's rough on everyone in the house. I think I'm just ready for fewer stressful anxiety filled days and more positive laughter filled days. Maybe it's just how I'm looking at things. Maybe we really are all in a funk. The Lord only knows.
In an effort to have a little fun, I told this guy that he could wake me on Saturday morning when he got up and we'd run to get donuts and surprise everyone. Since we stayed up late watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics I didn't expect to see him at 6 am. We counted the number of houses that had lights on inside at that time of the morning. We got to 10.
It has been many years since Brian and I have spent a few hours going through antique stores. I decided that we'd get the boys interested at least a little so we could stop at fun places once in a while. We headed out after lunch on Saturday and I gave everyone (including myself) $10 to spend that day. That was all they were getting...in other words don't ask me for a thing thankyouverymuch. I told the boys to see what sort of treasures they could find but when it was gone it was gone. First stop - they both bought a swiss army knife.
Second stop, I bought a potato masher.
Then somehow my day was derailed.
We ended up at a local quirky shop the boys love. Owen spent entirely too much time trying to decide if he wanted to purchase something.
And these two ditched us to go to the fish store a few shops down the block.
Owen didn't buy a thing.
And somehow we walked out of the aquarium store with a truckload of things and a dent in our wallets. It was a lot more than the $10 I told Brian he could spend. Those three have been cohorts on trying to get me to say yes to an aquarium for a while now.
Then they decided that I needed to see Cabella's. You know since it's just so amazing and I'd never been there before. Greyson tried a bow so that he could show his dad he could use a certain size. Boy was he disappointed when Brian told him he'd have to pay for half if he wanted it.
The boys spent the rest of their $10 at Cabella's. I can't remember for the life of me what they purchased. Must have been great. I ended up making my $10 purchase there too. I got a hysterical coffee mug for the up at the cabin.
The most exciting thing for me this past week? The boys FINALLY playing with Legos. They yell at me when I say that. They're BUILDING with Legos. So sorry!
And the most entertaining thing....Daisy REALLY likes the aquarium. As in we can't get her away from it likes it. She's crazy. And she has a really cute hiney!
The boys competed in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby this weekend. While we had fun making the cars, their hopes were dashed early on during the event. We tried a few different things this year year and, well, they didn't win one race. They did however have fun playing with friends and cheering them on. Greyson made some modifications to the car he used last year and raced it with the "renegades." He won all of those races, but it wasn't really a consolation to him. And I was selling concessions during the race, thus did a terrible job of documenting the day.
While these guys worked on the derby cars.......
This guy worked on a match box car! Notice that he will NOT look at me. So sassy!
Here is Owen showing me his car. ;-)
And Greyson showing me his car. (Much better)
I managed to catch one of the races with my phone. It makes me sad though, he looks so hopeful. His car is the red and blue car closest to the front.
Next year people! We'll figure this thing out yet!
The boys have been taking downhill ski lessons for a couple of years now, so we thought we'd let them have a try with snowboards this year. My predictions were right, one wants to stay on skis and one wants to board with mom!
And back at the cabin, Daisy was having a fit over the boys peeking in the windows with their snowmobile helmets on.
It's always so beautiful in the woods in the winter. Never get tired of this view.
The weekend before Christmas we had a wonderful snowfall so, on a whim, I took the boys snow tubing to a hill I hadn't been to since high school. So. Much. Fun. I haven't laughed that much in a long time. We all had perma smiles on our faces. And Amen for tubing hills with tow ropes.
Their approaches to the tow rope was so different I had to document it. One is super cautious making it a 10-step process.....
and the other literally just jumped on his tube and held on for dear life.
When we got home they felt the need to lick the fresh snow in the front yard. Honestly, I don't even ask anymore.
Then we got comfy and ate too many of Tweet Tweet's treats and hung out.
For some reason it was really hard to get into the Christmas vibe this year. I'm not sure if it was that it fell mid-week so we juggled our traditions a little differently, if it was the little issues we were dealing with at home, or what, but I was in a funk this year....I think we all were. It seemed like a few days in the woods being a family of four would do us some good. While it was nice to get away and be together, let's just say the time spent at the cabin wasn't without a few hurdles and tears. Great Christmas post, huh? Keeping it real folks, just keeping it real.
We surprised the boys on Christmas Eve morning when we altered our plans due to a predicted snow storm...that never happened. We'd planned on opening gifts from Brian's parents after church that evening then heading to the cabin. Because we wanted to get an earlier start, we decided to let them open those gifts that morning. I ran to get donuts, in my pajamas, and then we each woke a boy asking them if they wanted to open gifts. They thought we were kidding.
He just knew he'd find a "fur" blanket in that package!
Little Daisy was falling asleep.
Owen made us gifts at school and labeled them "male" and "female." We were quite confused by this packaging. Inside we found a male and female peacock! So cute!!! I absolutely love mine.
After church that evening we loaded up in the truck along with about 25 bins and hit the road. First thing we did after unloading was decorate the tree Brian cut down the weekend before. We had picked it out over the summer and to our surprise it was MUCH larger than expected but turned out perfect despite very few lights and ornaments.
We were all spoiled come Christmas morning, even the dogs.
He plans on using this to catch fish in the pond.
Her first Christmas gift ever. Got a little emotional with that one. Laugh if you must.
A snaggle tooth smile.
We had one more surprise up our sleeves and took the boys on a little road trip.
To pick up their final gift.
You're missing your brother in that sled Owen!!!
We also managed to build our first gingerbread house - when they needed to come in and warm up.
We packed up on the 27th and headed back to town for my company holiday party. Daisy got a little curious when we had to stop for turkeys to cross the road.
Hi! I'm Sarah, a wife, mom and full-time executive legal assistant living in the Midwest. I've been blessed to share my life with my husband and our two active boys as well as our canine crew. I love to cook, and spend time outdoors, especially at our home away from home in the U.P. of Michigan. I enjoy reading, yoga, crafty projects, gardening, COFFEE, a good glass of wine, and being a mom.