Month: February 2015
On this snowy morning my kids wanted to be pirates.
Wade hung this chalkboard in his office and decided it was also the perfect place to use his giant googly eyes. Then he kept talking about needing chalk. The boys heard this and Alex decided to provide some chalk. When he took chalk to Wade’s office he also drew a face to go with the googly eyes. Now most days after school Alex draws a new face for Wade. After work Wade checks the face and talks to Alex about it. After the boys are in bed Wade erases the face and the next day Alex draws a new one. It’s the little traditions in life…
6 and 4 year old check ups combined – one of the upsides to having birthdays 10 days apart.
Bedtime books – the same ones we read to Alex.
I love this six year old boy who broke his glasses (again), needs a hair cut, and can’t wait to do his homework the minute he comes in the door.
The sneaky nap strikes again.
Lego people are the best for chewing.
Nobody is smiling but they are all looking at the camera and it was taken in the 2 minute window before the rain!
Teague is celebrating his birthday at school tomorrow. The teachers don’t forbid cupcakes but they told me they would be quite happy without cupcake icing. I mentioned cookies and they gave me a relieved smile. Teague requested car cookies so we got a big car cookie cutter and spent the day making car sugar cookies.
Shh. Monster hunting.
Teague’s school doesn’t do birthday parties. They have a Celebration of Life (which is happening tomorrow). Wade and I both come with a few pictures from each year of Teague’s life, some short sentences describing the years, and a great snack. Teague’s requested snack was car cookies, which we are making today.
Kaitlyn hasn’t felt well the past week and today just wanted some snuggles.
I didn’t mind at all.
Alex just wanted to play with Kaitlyn tonight (and was not happy when her bedtime came at 6 pm).
Both boys got more flats for their birthday so Teague’s creations are getting bigger and bigger.
Granny stacks them up.
Kaitlyn knocks them down.
Aunt Emmy gets crafty with the boys.
She seemed just a little too pleased with her new trick.
Teague was lucky enough to have his fourth birthday fall on a Saturday. He got everybody’s attention all day long! (Granny and Pop drove in yesterday so they could help us celebrate too.) We started the day with the requested coffee cake, plate presents, and “money.” (Teague requested money for his birthday so his bank could get as full as Alex’s.)
Kaitlyn timed her morning nap perfectly and woke up just as we were finishing up the morning fun and getting ready for our day downtown at Science City. I had heard great things about Science City and they were all true. It was amazing. I was also shocked at how empty it was on a Saturday. There were no large crowds or long lines for the “fun stuff.” We could easily do all we wanted and there were plenty of places to sit with Kaitlyn when she needed a break.
Teague’s request for lunch had been macaroni and cheese. I couldn’t find an awesome kid restaurant so I went with the best macaroni and cheese in Kansas City. We ended up at McCoy’s Public House. Teague heartily approved of the macaroni and cheese and the adults thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The best part was the birthday boy got complimentary warm chocolate chip cookies and milk in a mason jar!
The birthday boy and his brother.
This is how Kaitlyn experienced Science City.
Alex had a snow day and spent the morning reading to Kaitlyn.
He’s a rock star.
She’s a rock star.
This house has a wonderful basement. It has an unfinished portion that we use for storage. Then it has a large finished portion with full ceiling height and full size windows that has our TV. There is also a full bathroom and three rooms with doors (none have closets – making them technically unusable as bedrooms). We have turned two of the rooms into offices and one into a playroom. My office is the only room with a window but it also has two large breaker panels – centered right above my desk.
The previous owners cleverly hung a quilt in this spot. I had a vision, but needed Wade’s expertise to custom build it. I wanted a ribbon pin board – but the size I needed made it a little tricky. Wade was nice enough to give me the materials (and the promise of the labor) for Christmas and we finally got some warm enough weather to work in the shop.
Alex loves his new beanbag and disappears in his room to read all the time.
I was dumbfounded when I caught Teague putting the pacifier in his mouth. Then I realized it had fallen on the floor and he was cleaning it off – just like he had seen Mom do. Oops.
Morning nap. The only part of the day when I truly feel like I get anything accomplished.
Hair drying shenanigans.
With the cold weather we have gotten a little lazy with checking our mail. Oops. Happy Valentine’s Day a little late.
What a yummy Valentine!
High tech play date.
Time outs are no fun.
Teague is completely responsible for this smile (and the giggles too).
Wade was sent home with a toy to have the boys test a little while ago. Life was crazy and it sat in the box. He finally looked at the robot and wasn’t sure how the boys would react. It is completely controlled through the iPad and has a lot of accessories, but… The boys loved it. Dot and Dash have become a new favorite toy. Alex definitely understands the control aspect the best but even Teague can create a song for the robot to play or a path for the robot to race. Kaitlyn was very interested (see the first picture) and I told Alex it was fine to move the robot closer to her. She decided she didn’t like the robot up close (see second picture).
Alex decided this shower is not as much fun to paint in as our old white one, so he painted himself.
Teague has been walking around with Alex’s singing birthday card held to his ear for the last few days. I think he really likes the singing cards.
All the kids entertained – for the moment…
I’m not sure I have ever won anything before, but I entered to win a free mini photo session. Then I won! Sara Clance is new to the area and I stumbled on her name through Facebook. We met up at a park late one afternoon and she took pictures of the kids. Due to the late hour (and cold weather) we didn’t get a smiling Kaitlyn or a picture of all three, but I did get some cute shots.
Alex was so excited to make Teague’s lunch (peanut butter and jelly)
Two sharply dressed young men.
Alex begged to have his birthday party at Chuck E Cheese this year and I thought that sounded nice and easy. He opted not to invite his entire class, and instead only wanted to invite a small handful of kids. The kids arrived ready to play games and we handed out cups full of tokens.