Alex brought me the perfect snack after everyone else was in bed tonight.
Month: February 2024
Ben absolutely loves the sword Kaitlyn brought him from Disney. It has been played with by every person in this house. Tonight I decided to introduce him to the movie behind “Jack Sparrow.” Kaitlyn assured me that she wouldn’t be bothered by the graphics (I did warn her about the skeletons). The littles loved the movie. They watched, danced, and fought swords. It was adorable.
Alex is getting another lesson in cooking burgers. He’s determined to be able to do it solo soon.
Tenzi – one of the few games everyone will play together.
The littles were awake and sitting in the living room just waiting when I came downstairs at 7 am. They quickly decided to build a fort and bring their stuffed animals to visit.
We continued with a lazy morning until lunchtime. Then I got everyone out the door and to the post office in time for our passport appointment. We finally decided to bite the bullet in terms of paperwork and get the kids their passports. For the most part everyone was pretty well behaved and things moved pretty quickly. Alex is the one that held us up. His picture had to be taken over and over and over to meet the requirements. Poor Alex and his issues with low light and flashes. They finally got a good one!
Then we headed back to the house for some time with Granny and Pop.
This is what happens when you stay up too late the night before.
Games. Games. More games.
Skip Bo is a family favorite.
Pirates and swords!
Alex left the sweetest treat on the kitchen island for his siblings to find this morning.
Ben spent the morning with two of his best friends from preschool. He joined them for a morning of cupcakes and cartwheels at a local dance/gymnastics studio and had a great time.
Teague was so excited to get a plane ticket for a visit to Memphis this summer.
Games with Pop!
I can’t believe we now have two teenagers in the house! Teague turns 13 today. It’s probably the first child birthday where I barely saw the birthday child. Teague had his friends spend the night last night and those boys didn’t stop until almost 6 am this morning. (I know this because they were also very loud.) Traditionally, sleepovers happen on our third floor. Then the rest of the family lives on the other two floors. I woke up this morning, a little grumpy with little sleep, stumbled downstairs and found two boys asleep on my living room couches. I managed to keep everyone quiet until they woke up around 10, but it was not fun.
The boys left around 1 pm. I took Ben, Teague, and Alex out for a sushi lunch. Then Teague got home and went back to bed. I didn’t see him again till we woke him up for dinner, cake, and presents. I don’t think I have ever taken so few pictures on a birthday before!
Alex was more than willing to help with dinner tonight – thank goodness.
We have another teenager in the house!
Ben drew a treasure map!
I love having big kids. They help with the chores you hate the most – like taking the big bags of pet food to the basement.
It occurred to me recently that Ben has never been to Build-A-Bear. Then we were planning out this week and I realized Ben wouldn’t be able to attend the evening fun at Apex with Teague and his friends. Taking him for a one-on-one trip this morning seemed like perfect timing. Ben had a lot of fun going through all the animals and finally chose Longhorn. I let him choose one outfit and Ben picked a Marvel outfit (from Black Panther) because it had a spear. Definitely a successful trip!
Teague wanted to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover. The plan was to spend a few hours at Apex in the arcade, have dinner, stop at the Dollar Tree for snacks, and then video games.
Kaitlyn was so excited to return to her room and see that the housekeepers had used her sleep mask as part of the bed decorations.
Ben and I had a one-on-one trip today. I realized he had never been to Build-a-Bear. Meet – Longhorn, dressed in a Black Panther outfit.
Back to feeding his starter.
Kaitlyn can see animals from where she is staying and she loves it!
Deep discussions about Minecraft and toys while I fix dinner.
Alex finally decided to make bread! He followed the directions, got frustrated with the measurements (grams instead of cups), but did a great job. I was gone tonight when the bread was finally finished. I did get a text telling me it was good.
Then I got home from running kids around and was told Alex got a piece, Dad got a piece, and Pepper helped herself to the rest of the bread. (Typical Pepper). Alex did find a small part that Pepper hadn’t been able to reach that I could try. It was yummy but I didn’t get any pictures of the finished bread.
Alex finally decided to try to make bread.
Ben recently read the book, “Treasure Planet” and was so excited to find out there is a movie too. Teague walked through the room and got hooked too.
Kaitlyn and Wade had plans to swim in the pool while they waited for Granny and Pop to arrive, but it turned out that the water was extremely cold. They decided to work out instead.
Ben has discovered a program on his iPad that translates his words to text. He loves to read a book and watch the words translate to his iPad.
Alex was moving faster than I could grab my camera and snap a picture, but I wanted a picture of him being barefoot out in the snow. He hates to take the time to put on shoes to take out the trash or the recycling.
Teague has this grand plan for this styrofoam to become a shield. Today is the painting phase.
Kaitlyn is on her way to Disney for a few days with her grandparents and she is so excited! (Wade is flying her down to meet them.)
Ben wanted to make pop-tarts this morning.
Alex and Ben were having quite the epic battle tonight. I’m not quite sure how it began, but they were having an awesome sword fight – with wooden spoons. It was around the kitchen island, over the floor, over the kitchen island, and then involved wrestling (of course).
Ben thought I was taking a picture of his new fidget toy. I was actually taking a picture of his attempt to button his top. I tried to tell him his buttons weren’t quite right, but he checked them in the mirror and told me they were perfect.
Alex’s mock up for his new computer case.
Teague finally got the ice cream I owed him for his doctor’s appointment yesterday.
This gun (and the goggles) have been the favorite toys all week.
All ready for school.
Wade helped me with the printouts and I spent yesterday doing some cutting. The kids did the addressing. Thankfully everything was completed in time!
Alex loves lo mein – even cold and straight out of the fridge.
Teague and I spent three hours in the eye doctor’s office today learning about contacts, specifically scleral lenses.
Kaitlyn got a new pair of shoes. Here’s the old and the new.
School was cancelled last night when they were still predicting 14″ of snow. We woke up to the beginning of a snow but a new forecast of 4-6.” The kids were up early and cooked breakfast. Ben and Kaitlyn were out playing in the snow pretty quickly. We all had an early lunch and then a neighbor came to play with Kaitlyn. Other than completely forgetting to check if gymnastics was cancelled (it wasn’t) we had a wonderful day at home.