Technically we are well into spring at this point, but you'd never know it. Hopefully I will be able to spend many more hours outside very soon. In the meantime here are some of the sessions I have been working on lately.
P is for St. Patrick's Day! I actually took pictures of my own kids this weekend. Enjoy all the green.
We have officially signed my son up to play hockey this spring. He had his first opportunity to skate last weekend and I think he was a little overwhelmed. He went home and took a 3 hour nap! It's exciting to sign him up for his first team sport and have something to do on the weekends for once. I promise not to bore everyone with hockey pictures every week, but here are some shots from his first time on the ice.
I die over these teeny skates.
N is for never ending winter. This has been some of the craziest coldest weather ever. It's really hard to get creative indoors, but we do our best. We played with snow indoors and made valentine's for some of our favorite people. We are all thinking warm thoughts and hoping to wear spring clothes soon!
I have had a major case of the Mondays lately. I have been feeling very blah and uninspired. To perk ourselves up on another dreary overcast day I decided we should pretend we were on the beach. I found a beach ball and a few other props that I just had laying around. We cranked up the heat and put on our swimsuits and shades and had a little fun. That's one way to beat the winter blues.
These little cousins came to visit me on the same day. Addi and Livi just turned 6 months and Tinley was celebrating her one week birthday. Brady did an excellent job with his baby sisters, as well. Here is a little peek into our sessions on what was a beautiful Sunday morning.
I love a before and after. Tinley is one lucky girl! <3
She came in the middle of the night and all on her own. She chose a special day to join us. New Year's Eve will never be the same for us again. In the best way possible. She has wanted nothing more than to keep up with her big brother since the day she was born. You could just see the determination in her eyes. Happy first birthday to my sweet girl. You complete our family and I am so thankful that I get to be your mom.
Cake credit: Cakes by Emily Oxby
You all knew that was coming, right? This week we had a visit from Santa. It's so crazy to think that last year on Christmas Day I was wondering if E was going to join us, but instead we spent one last holiday as a family of three. And this year we have two big kids WALKING around. One. Year. Later. It's true that time flies. I am still trying to wrap my head around all the moments that have passed and so thankful that I have this project to hold me accountable for those little moments that I would otherwise soon forget.
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. - Dr. Seuss
I'm still having trouble talking about what happened to my son this week. However, I can't get my mind off of it. He is a clumsy kid I have to say. For the third time he has fallen at school and, in doing so, cut himself on a piece of furniture right above the eye. Two of those times he received stitches and both of those times it has been above his right eye.
Monday morning I got a call from school to come take a look at a wound he just received. I knew immediately that he was going to need stitches. Sure enough he got six. Last time he only needed three.
My poor little guy! My heart breaks for him. However, he is doing great and doesn't even mess with his newer and bigger "boo boo". I don't really think he is jinxed, but I am hoping he doesn't have to go through any of that again. It was devastating for us both.
I have a love/hate relationship with winter. We are stuck inside the house far too often for my liking, but at the same time snow and hot chocolate make me really happy. We had a few typical days in the house last weekend. We didn't really need to go anywhere. So, we played. There may have been a fight or two, but all in all we had a good time putting up our Christmas decorations and building couch forts.
I should probably just rename this blog project "The Adventures of A and E."
We started off with a little peek-a-boo in the pantry. Shortly after this picture A came out with a red gumball and it resulted in a wardrobe change. He came thisclose to getting it on the couch. I nearly had a heart attack.
So, a quick wardrobe change and we were back to new. Playing with choo choo tracks is always a good time. Especially when E wants to join in.
But when your sister whacks you over the head with your favorite toy it's really devastating. He couldn't be mad at her too long. I mean look at those great big eyeballs staring back at him!
"Melmo" ice pack to the rescue. All better.
I bought this tree for E's room, but the kids like it in the living room. So, it is there in place of our big tree this year. My great grandma made the tree skirt. I love all things old, handmade, and with a story behind it.
We now have a nightly tradition of couch forts because they are just THAT cool!