Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Mornings

At the first of the year our ward moved to the 11:30 a.m. slot, a killer for toddlers (we feel it every week in Nursery), but that's another story. We leave our house at about 10:55, so the extra time in the morning leaves plenty of opportunity for Kate to request doing a craft (her favorite thing in the world right now). We usually make crowns or decorate brown lunch sacks for a snack on the way home.

So this is the crew this morning, with their hot chocolate.

Wes outdid himself. I think his crown looks similar to the Pope's hat, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Glass Windows

I have a habit of putting quart bottles that have just been cleaned at the top of our stairs. This way I'll take them down on my way to the laundry, etc., to be put back in their bottle boxes awaiting a future food processing day. I've always envisioned knocking one of them and seeing it tumble down the stairs to burst and shatter at the bottom upon contact with the concrete floor of the unfinished basement.

So it happened tonight.

I was unloading the dishwasher and placed one of the jars at the top of the stairs (there's a door that opens to our downstairs from the kitchen). I put the jar on the stair and it teetered on the lip before starting its descent. Of course it made quite the racket, combined with my yelling play-by-play commentary. Wes and Kate then came running, "what happened, what happened?!" I told them and then said, "I'll be downstairs cleaning it up." But then of course, everyone wants to help. So I said, "never mind, I'll do it later." Then Kate says, (she's cutting a cereal box and gluing a house right then) "but Mom, I want my house to have glass windows!"

A journal moment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Snow ... FINALLY!

This winter has been very mild. I'm not talking about temperatures ... we've been cold enough, but where's the snow? It's been bare and ugly for most of the season. By this time last year church had been canceled at least twice, school once (at our private institution, the public ones probably closed 4 or 5 times), and we had experienced the mild 'panic' that occurs in our state when snow is forecasted. I'd never before heard of things being canceled before a flake had even fallen. All in all, there hasn't been as much drama this year.

While Washington D.C./Philadelphia were paralyzed by record storms, we had bright, sunny skies. My mom kept calling and saying, are you getting snow yet? Nope. It seemed like those storms put all of their force into a certain area and completely missed New England.

A storm last week was supposed to finally deliver and so schools were canceled. Two inches fell.

The storm this week wasn't built up nearly as much (the meteorologists were probably gun shy), but lo and behold, we got 7"! A proper snowstorm! We've been playing, building, sledding and shoveling for the past 24 hours. It's been great.

Funny thing about it though. On Monday we went shopping for a sled. Apparently February is 'out of season' and so our shopping trip was unsuccessful. Wes and Kate were heartbroken. I had told them we'd go sledding that day. I went digging in our garage and found a saucer I thought we'd left back in Utah and presented the prize to the saddened crew. Their faces instantly changed and we bundled up and headed for the local elementary school grounds (school's out this week). Remember this is BEFORE the snow storm. As we rounded the corner I looked at the bowl-shaped school lot and thought, "Uh-oh, looks like we'll be sledding on grass." Luckily we found one narrow slice of snow that went from the top to the bottom, so we instantly claimed it as our own. We got some funny looks by passers-by, but oh we had fun. Too bad I didn't bring the camera because it was pretty desperate looking. After we were done I told W and K the forecast of snow for the next day and said we'd be able to do some proper sledding.

So the next morning off we went with some friends to the school. What a difference 18 hours made. There were three other groups already there and we had a ball.

Today we finished shoveling the last of the snow from overnight and proceeded to make an unofficial Boy Scout snow cave. This snow was perfect for it.

Hope you're enjoying whatever weather is at your house!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Literalism revisited

I'm encountering these situations on nearly a daily, or at least weekly, basis ... must be the developmental stage we're in right now.

[Setting ... packing up to get in the car to go to church]

Wes: Mom, what snacks are you bringing for me?

Me: I've got some cereal, apples and carrots for you to eat in church, and a small baggie of cereal for the car.

Wes: But Mommy, the car doesn't eat snacks.

[His answer, unlike Kate's a couple posts ago, was very serious and innocent, as if to question my understanding of who does and doesn't eat snacks]

Needless to say I laughed. Very loudly. It was something I needed on a busy Sunday morning.