Well, I had hoped to post here a little more often. But, I don’t always find the time to blog as often as I’d like. So, I did the next best thing. I copied and pasted my most recent posts from Facebook and put them here in order. Some of these posts had pictures with them, but I think these work okay without the pictures.
We bundled up and went to visit Sarah, Keith and the kids on this freezing cold no school, no work kind of a day. We brought the sled and had lots of fun. Norah, Eric and Sarah pulled out the bubbles and had fun blowing bubbles. In the cold, we wondered if they would be turning into ice cubes when they hit the air, but they didn’t–they were still bubbles!
“They” call it spaghetti art, but, any kind of pasta works. Cook it like normal, drain it, but don’t rinse & it will stick to heavy paper, like construction paper. Best of all, if the kids eat it, it’s ok–it kind of doubles as snack, lunch or dinner!
The kids and I had a great morning. We enjoyed being outside for an hour today since it didn’t feel as freezing cold like it’s been. I love how Norah is my assistant activities director. She’ll say, “How ’bout we…” and then she’ll suggest something for us to do, such as go swing, put out corn for the squirrels, look for acorns, play in the sandbox, or whatever. And today we did all those things and more! I love that they each have their favorite things to do. Eric usually reaches for the big ball first while Norah will reach for the golf clubs or the tractor. They both love to draw with the chalk and to blow bubbles. But, I still think their all-time favorite thing to do is after we come back inside–they get to climb up on Grandma’s step stool and wash their hands in the kitchen sink. They love playing in the water–but I think the main attraction is climbing up on the stool. They don’t get to do that often.
We made homemade playdough today. Even as I was trying to mix it to get the right consistency, they both were reaching into the bowl trying to get some dough. So, I handed them some dough that was a bit “crumbly” and they loved it. I think it reminded them of playing with sand.
A dusting of snow is all it takes for Norah & Eric to have a great time playing in the snow. Norah likes to do everything from making snowballs and snowmen to making snow angels and as she says, “Let’s run in the snow, Eric!” With the snow pants and coat and snow gloves, Eric looks like the classic kid with his arms sticking out to the sides and walking is an effort. I brought water bottles out for us and poor Eric had a hard time holding onto his cup. I know Sarah and Keith will notice this–so the reason Eric is wearing Norah’s green hat is because I had all the coats, etc. laying out in order to get them ready to go out. As I was getting Norah ready, Eric grabbed his hat and took off! I didn’t see it and grabbed Norah’s other hat instead. I’m glad we went out when we did, as I look out front now, there is no sign that we had snow. After we came back in, we tried a new texture to use for play dough. Corn starch and water. If you haven’t tried that, try it! It’s a little different texture than play dough and they loved it!
Some people, myself included, like to look for the silver lining in everything. And, that’s a good thing. But, I’ve got to say, I like the way Norah looks at things. She finds the ice-cream in everything. I’m not kidding. When we play with play dough, she makes ice-cream cones. She took the green soccer ball and set it inside a plastic snack bowl and said, “Look, Grandma, ice-cream.” (she loves mint-chocolate chip) And, she was right, it looked like a scoop of ice-cream in a bowl. The other day it rained and so we went outside in the late afternoon, after naps and when the sun was still out, but the moon was also visible. Again, it looked like ice-cream. Maybe we should all look for the ice-cream!
Busy, busy, busy today. We stayed indoors today and have been busy. We watched the birds from the window, we played with our indoor sand, we painted, we went bowling with the discovery bottles and a ball, and we spent some time reading and telling stories using the flannel board. In the one picture you will see Norah reading Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. What I love about that book is that on the inside cover we can see where my Mom had written “Happy 2nd Birthday to Shawn.” So cool that Norah is now loving the book that Uncle Shawn used read.