Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wise Beyond His Years

I just may have the sweetest little 5 year old boy around.  It's Spring Break around here so I am getting a little extra time with Austin.  He's having another fever so the extra time has mostly been spent snuggling.  Today, I think he is starting to feel better and in the middle of playing with his legos, to create some sort of spaceship for his Star Wars guys, he popped his head up and said "Mom!  I have a present for you!"  Expecting some sort of lego gift I held out my hand for my present.  Instead, I was delighted when he ran over to me and gave me a giant hug.  I said "Well, Thank you Austin!  That was really nice." to which he replied "Yep, Love is one of the best presents".

And he went about his business.  And I still haven't wiped the smile off my face.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ellie's Dance Recital #3

I'm running a little behind on the blog lately.  Last Thursday Ellie had her last dance class for this "jazz" session.  It might be her last for awhile because she's on the waiting list for the next session (which is ballet) and I don't plan on her taking the class during the summer.  At any rate, another killer performance by Ellie!

She also did some impressive stretches, a "bridge", and a backbend (with a lot of assistance). 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hopefully Our Last Snow Day

We had a nice taste of spring last week.  Austin even wore his new spring jacket one day.  Fast forward a couple days and we have another 3 inches of snow.

Today the girls and I spent an hour outside after Austin got on the bus.  We went out back, where we haven't been since the beginning of winter.  They had a blast climbing all over the swingset and it made us all a little anxious for spring (and summer) to arrive. 

 Both of my girls are snow eaters.  I will not miss this.  In the backyard it's not as bothersome, but out front I'm always looking out for yellow snow along the sidewalk.  Gross.

Ellie was very concentrated on her climb up the rock wall.  She was giving herself a little pep talk the whole way up...."You can do're so close....yes! Victory!"  (she's been able to climb the wall for a year or more now...this is nothing new).  She's always had a bit of a flare for the dramatics.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wacky Hair Day

Today is "Wacky Hair Day" at Austin's school.  At first he didn't want to participate.  He is, oddly, very picky about his hair.  Judging by the constant mess in his room, you would never peg this kid and someone who is particular about his appearance, but he was fairly certain he just wanted his hair to be flat as usual. 

But, the classmates must have been discussing their wacky hair ideas because he came home from school yesterday and announced he wanted it spikey. 

And if Austin gets to have a fun day at school then the girls are positive they should do the same at home.  Ellie's hair is naturally "wacky".  Actually, this morning she vomitted in bed and had some in her hair so it was more "wacky" than we were going for.  A quick shower and three pony tails and she was satisfied. (By the way, it was a random, isolated puking....she seems fine).

Riley just decided she wanted "two piggies".

During  the picture I said the traditional "Say Cheese!" and Austin kept saying "Choose" instead....hence his fish face.

We're a little wacky all the time around here.

Monday, March 14, 2011


When Ellie was only 5 months old and I found out I was pregnant again one of the main things that I kept telling myself was "at least they will be close and play together a lot".  When I found out I was having a girl it only compounded my hopes for sisters that were also good friends.

Instead what I got was a spunky third child who has made it her life's ambition to torture her older sister.

Until recently.  I hope we are rounding a corner here where the girls do less fighting and more playing.  We just started to make the turn so it's still pretty rough, but I do believe we are striking a more equal balance of time spent arguing and time spent agreeing.

They made these leprachaun hats at Playworks today and Ellie insisted on a picture together.  Even in this picture you can tell that Riley is plotting her next move.

Baby steps.

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Day with Nature

This morning the kids and I were all trying to think of something different to do.  I gave them options and they answered unanimously each time.

Playworks or something else? --Something else
Inside or Outside? -- Outside
Mall or Someplace else?  -- Someplace else
Nature Center or Sledding? -- Nature Center

So off we went.  I know I've blogged about this place before, but it really is a gem.  The Richardson Nature Center is the perfect getaway for any kind of day. forecasted 30 degrees which sounded nice, but once we got out there it sure didn't feel like the heat wave I was expecting.  Nonetheless, the kids got right down to business.

A lot of "new" forts were set up since the last time we were there so they enjoyed exploring them.

Austin was really excited when he found this stick because it was the shape of a birds foot.  It's the little things.

Speaking of little things....or not at all, Ellie wanted a stick too.  I was a little worried she was going to claim this was her choice.  Weight won out in the end though and she put it down abotu about 40 seconds.

About a half hour in Austin took note of some older kids climbing all over the fallen tree trunks and from that point on I think he could have stayed the rest of the day. 

Ellie and Riley found things to climb a little closer to the ground.

Once I was officially freezing (I didn't dress myself appropriately) we headed inside to check out the animals and books.  The girls put on a 30 second puppet show for me.  Ellie was a moose and Riley was a fly.  Ellie said "Hi, I'm Mr. Moose and I'm looking for a fly to eat.....hmmmm....there's one!  Chomp!" and she ate Riley's puppet.  The End.

Austin spent a lot of time exploring the murals today.  I wanted to know what he was thinking about because he was really concentrating on them and you know that kid is always thinking about something.

Then we all headed upstairs to the bird deck to see the turkeys.  I told the kids if they were quiet they'd be able to hear them (the center has microphones outside) and they actually sat still and quiet in the room for about 10 minutes.  It was very peaceful.  Then I realized it was 11:45 and we needed to trek back to the car, go home, scarf down some lunch and get Austin on the bus.  So much for peace and quiet.