Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Days 41-45

Two posts in one day!!! I'm trying to catch up, but it is going to take some time.

Day 41: Another random snow day. We had far too many snow days this season. I was so done with the snow that I didn't even let the boys go outside to play in the snow this time. In fact, I don't even remember if they asked to go out in the snow.

Day 42: Nathan is talking to Daddy via Skype again. He's showing off the ridiculously expensive toy that I purchased for them after the Madagascar Live show. I think it is healthy to cave into their requests occasionally.

Day 43: It's fun to have the girls over in the evening, but it is not fun waking up to this mess. This was a wine and whine kind of night as all of our husbands were in various stages of deployment.

Day 44: The boys and I made 45 more heart crayons to include with their valentines for their classmates. Here's the stack for Ian's class.

Day 45: Happy Valentine's Day!!! The boys could not wait to get home from school and dig into their decorated VDay bags.

Days 36-40

Everyone keep your fingers crossed that the home network continues to function today so I can get more than one post up on the blog. Thanks.

Day 36: I ordered adorable rain boots for the boys and today they put them to good use. The boys are drenched after some puddle jumping through the neighborhood.

Day 37: Mississippi Mud Pie. I hosted a pie-themed afternoon playdate on a lazy Sunday. Each mom brought a pie to share and we all enjoyed a nice sugar high together. I didn't particularly care for this recipe so I won't bother sharing it with everyone.

Day 38: Ian thoroughly enjoying gelato at a local cafe. We had a Groupon that we had to hurry up and use and the boys LOVED their gelato. I had a shot of espresso poured over my vanilla bean gelato and it was delicious. This is my new favorite way to enjoy ice cream at home too.

Day 39: Sick monkey. Nathan woke up not feeling too great today and passed out on the couch while Ian was in school. He hasn't taken naps in almost two years so I felt awful waking him up to go pick Ian up from school. He had completely recovered by the next morning.

Day 40: The boys and I on our way out the door to go see Madagascar Live! We met up with a bunch of friends at the show in downtown Norfolk. This was our first live action show together and the boys had a great time!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Days 32-35

Oh, man. The flu kicked my behind!!! I was out of it and just trying to survive (and keep the boys happy and healthy) for a solid week. Miserable. Anyway, I'm fully recovered and I'll try to catch up as best I can under the circumstances.

Day 32: Nathan was chosen as the Super Star Student for his preschool class and we were tasked with making a poster to display outside the classroom. He was pretty thrilled to help me create this poster completely devoted to details about him.

Day 33: A quick snapshot of one of the many playdates I host. I think I hosted 60+ playdates last year. Can't wait for warm weather so they aren't in my house!

Day 34: Another playdate. I know, I'm a glutton for punishment. Today's playdate had a craft: heart-shaped crayon making! I purchased these ice cube trays at the Dollar Store last year so they've survived 4 rounds of crayon making so far. I remove the wrappers from all our damaged crayons (that I save constantly), cut them into small pieces and let the kids mix and match. Only use Crayola crayons...the cheap crayons don't melt very well. I never remember the oven temperature setting so I start at 250 and increase as needed until everything melts. Be careful not to jiggle the pan when you remove the cookie sheet as you don't want the colors to mix together completely.

Day 35: Keeping the boys from going crazy after dinner is a challenge. I don't understand that behavior, but it happens almost daily. Tonight's solution was to pass out some new puzzles and beg them to quietly put them together while I washed the dishes.