The kids had a half day today. Alex went up to the Common with some friends right after school. (They later appeared back at our house for snacks and an impromptu snowball fight.) I picked up Kaitlyn and her friend from school so they could start their play date with lunch. They made pigs in a blanket for lunch and a big cookie cake for dessert. Teague and Ben showed up right on time and enjoyed having the rest of the day at home. Teague made a cheesecake and Ben enjoyed everyone else’s cooking.
Month: January 2024
Half days are for playing and cooking and even some movie watching.
Alex wanted to get rid of the dog bed that Pepper never used. I didn’t realize he was going to fill the corner with his laundry – clean laundry.
Family movie before bed.
Snowy bus stop waiting.
Ben appeared downstairs after bedtime with a twenty dollar bill in his hand. He evidently wanted to read the books under his lamp and found the money when getting them out. I knew immediately it came from Pop but the question is when? Obviously we must have missed a twenty somewhere along the way!
I ran across these height prediction charts and decided to do the math for my kids. According to their current ages, current heights, and my math, here are their predicted heights. It’ll take years to see if these are accurate, but I’m curious.
Alex – 5’7″
Teauge – 5’6″
Kaitlyn – 5’1″
Ben – 5’8″
Two hour delay means its of time to play this morning.
A snowy walk to school.
Knowing it was supposed to rain/sleet/snow all day, we decided to stay home from church. For the most part everyone was lazy. Kaitlyn took the day to try out three new recipes so she spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen.
Alex has been making an effort to be out of his room more often and I’ll admit it’s been a pleasant surprise to walk into the living room and find him sitting on the couch.
Teague got this game for Christmas and it has become a favorite.
Ben has to write a book for school and chose to write about a pharaoh and a pyramid. (Treasure and a water wizard made an appearance too.)
Kaitlyn decided muffins were needed. She had her recipe ready to go this morning and started baking right after morning cartoons. The recipe of choice was Double Chocolate Love Muffins. I knew when they came out of the oven something wasn’t quite right. They looked delicious but more like a chocolate chip muffin and not a chocolate chocolate chip muffin. I asked Kaitlyn how much cocoa powder she put in, 1/2 cup or 1/2 teaspoon. She got a look on her face and verified she only put 1/2 teaspoon. That definitely explains the color of the muffins. They still tasted great.
Alex did quite a few extra chores today to earn extra electronics time. One of them was agreeing to cook tonight’s dessert.
We had an old friend visiting from out of town which obviously meant – Games.
Cookies. Cookies. Cookies.
Kaitlyn is my only child that takes her lunch every day. Almost every day this is her chosen lunch – yogurt, apples, and 2 Hawaiian rolls with ham.
Nightly Skip-Bo game.
When Ben and Kaitlyn were playing scientist this evening, they both kept refilling the water from the kitchen sink. Kaitlyn can reach the faucet. Ben always does a hop up onto the countertop so he can reach the faucet. I watched him do that. Then I watched him fall down to the ground. I didn’t see him hit anything but he started to cry. (Ben rarely cries and has a high pain tolerance.) It took me a few seconds to find where Ben was hurt. Then I saw a huge gaping wound on his chin. I’m still not sure how or on what he hit it, but we cleaned it, iced it, and put some butterfly bandages on it. Poor kiddo.
Alex was so proud. He got a new server up and running and was so excited to play with some of his BVT friends.
Teague was rather worn out after ski club today, but that didn’t stop him from being a little silly.
Alex has decided to modify a computer case. He has asked for all kinds of supplies to do this for his birthday. Today this means he is working to learn the ins and outs of our 3D printer. That also meant we were all hanging out in the basement. Ben used that time to race the cars he built with his dad and make a new video.
Wade is experimenting with other possible food options for his Sunday School class using easy to store and easy to cook methods. Wade’s current appliance of choice is the toaster oven. Tonight he tested out s’mores on the kiddos. They were all big fans.
S’mores tonight! (Teague is anxiously waiting.)
Ben and Kaitlyn were playing school and this was the “look” Ben came up with.
Leftover night means everybody fixes their own from something in the fridge. Alex made himself a fajita so he also had to clean the skillet.
Kaitlyn got these slippers from a friend a few years ago. They finally fit and she has realized how amazing it is to have warm feet in the morning.
Ben wanted to see how long the tape measure really was.
Tuesdays are always a crazy day for us. Kaitlyn gets off the bus and rushes to get ready for ski lessons. We pack a snack for her and Ben, and drive to pick Ben up from school. Then we drive straight to Ski Ward for the kids’ ski lessons. Ben got to try the t-bar for the first time and Kaitlyn has officially graduated to the chair lift.
Then we rush home for dinner before everybody runs out the door. The bigs and Wade have handbell practice at church. The littles have swim lessons (which is 30 minutes away).
While the kids were swimming, I spent some time at the front desk trying to arrange some makeup lessons. Then I returned to my seat to watch and realized Ben was being given a swim evaluation to move up to the next level (he passed). As I was walking in to get the kids, I was told Kaitlyn had also passed an evaluation and moved up a level. I was proud of my kids! They have never both moved up a level in the same day, but that also means all my work scheduling makeup lessons had to be redone because they were now in new levels. (Kaitlyn actually graduated from lessons and is joining the swim team. We are going to try it out next week to see if she wants to commit.)
There are a lot of games in this house. Ben’s current favorite is Zelda. Kaitlyn’s current favorite is Skip-Bo.
Wade and I were talking tonight so Alex offered to read Kaitlyn a book at bedtime. I’m not sure she approved of how he was doing it, but the giggles we heard downstairs were cute to hear.
These guys love to play the game “kitty.” Tonight it came out in pictures looking like lots of snuggles.
I went in the laundry room looking for a shirt and instead found that Ben had locked himself in Pepper’s kennel and was happily reading his books.
These two had to clean the sunroom together and it was freezing!
The thug look for unloading the dishwasher.
I love that at almost 13 years old, Teague still tucks Monkey under the covers before he leaves for school.
Today everyone wanted to bake. Most of the time the big boys don’t eat breakfast and the littles have a bagel or toast with their fruit. Today everyone wanted something a little fancier.
Morning baking – cinnamon donut holes.
We celebrated Wade’s birthday today. We had his requested dinner of biscuits and gravy and then angel food cake (which Kaitlyn helped me make). The kids love breakfast for dinner (of any kind) and the littles enjoyed helping Wade open his presents.