Thursday, January 31, 2013

Breaking the Ice


I took the girls ice skating for the first time this week! I just found out that our community center has free open skating, including rentals, on Tuesday from 12:15-1:30...which is plenty of time for my kids (and me).

I want them to learn how to skate because we live right next to an outdoor rink with a warming house and I'd love for them to be able to have an activity to do outside in the winter. Especially when they are older and I can just send them over together to burn off some energy.

I prepped the girls before going.  The same thing I did with Austin when I first took him.  I explained that there would be kids smaller and better than them, that they would probably spend a lot of time falling and hopefully a little time skating.  They were on board with my plan and away we went. 

It was interesting to watch them and their personalities with trying something new.  On the way there Riley was all confidence.  I believe she even said “I’m going to be awesome”!


Ellie was more realistic.

Then out on the ice Riley quickly realized she was not going to be awesome, got mad, and gave up.


Ellie went in knowing she wasn’t going to be good, but worked diligently to stay up.


Then Riley saw Ellie succeeding and was back in the game full force.  In the end, Riley spent more time on her butt, but made bigger progress.  Ellie stayed on her feet most of the time, but was very slow and careful. 

Ellie liked using those red walker things, but Riley thought it was easier without them (except when it was time to stand back up…then she liked to have one nearby)

We’ll definitely be going back.  I’m determined to make hardy Minnesotans of these kids.  In my book, that makes skiing and skating mandatory curriculum!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Since I can barely remember what I had for breakfast each morning, I certainly can’t remember what we did last weekend, but as I sit here and look at some pictures I realize it must have been exhausting. 


Because I remember Riley passing out right in front of the cozy fire.  The rest of us sat around commenting how cute she was all snuggled up on Bud (my bear) in her footy pajamas.  I stopped to take a few pictures.


Because even though she’s not a baby, I just love a sleeping baby.  And that’s how I always slept on Bud too.  He was always more of a pillow than a stuffed animal.

And I remember that right after I took this last picture:


Austin stopped looking at his cute baby sister sleeping, and turned his attention back to his Avenger’s movie while simultaneously back peddling towards the fireplace where he then stepped right on Riley’s head, followed by his other foot in her gut.  He claims (through giggles) “Oh, I didn’t see her there”, despite that fact that a mere 3 seconds earlier he was staring at her with the rest of us.

She came out unscathed (so did Austin).

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Our Christmas 2012

Last, but not least, we had our family Christmas.  I think Austin started requesting to go to bed at about 6:30 so Santa could come.  I think it just gets more and more fun with these guys!  We spent Christmas Eve all snuggled up in the family room watching movies.  So, it was just like any other weekend in that aspect!  Except, usually, our kids beg to stay up, not go to bed.  Once they were asleep we put together our final preparations for the next morning.

Surprisingly, they didn’t wake up at a crazy hour.  It was a respectable 7:30am before they were all awake (thanks to Riley).  We rushed downstairs and headed to the stockings:


Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like a grenade.  (And yes, I think he looks like Rob here)



It also never ceases to amaze me that after all the hours and thoughtfulness I have put into each of their gifts, it’s something like the $0.50 ring pop from Santa that gets the biggest reaction. {sigh}

After stockings we headed to the Piano room (aka…the living room) for the regular presents.


Love this picture.

The next 20 minutes was a blur:



Ending in this:


The fun was far from over though:


These guys are the best.  Aren’t we lucky! 

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (only a month late)!

This blog now returns to it’s regularly scheduled nonsense.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Runchey Christmas 2012

We celebrated with Rob’s family the weekend before Christmas.  And if you ask our kids, we couldn’t get there fast enough!  Just once, I would like to go to their house and have everything we need.  But alas, it didn’t happen this trip…and it probably never will.  This time I forgot Grandma and Grandpa Runchey’s present to Riley.  I had picked it up for Patti and wrapped it.  Then when I packed up I counted the presents to make sure we had one for each of our Godchildren and I did.  But I forgot about Riley’s.  But, after 20 calls and texts back and forth between my parents and Rob’s friend, Ryan, we got it on Saturday in time for presents!  Phew!  Because, she was REALLY excited!

runchey xmas 3

All our pictures from this weekend are pretty boring.  Just kids opening presents:





runchey xmas 2


runchey xmas 4

runchey xmas 1

With all those grandkids, things can get a bit hairy, but everyone did awesome!  We opened from youngest to oldest and the kid opening sit in the center of our circle so we could all see.  There were a lot of happy kids!

We spent the rest of our time eating.  I’m sure we did other things too, but we ate a lot!  It was nice because all the kids are at great ages to just play without much supervision and the Runchey’s have a great big basement where we can send them all!  I think the adults even got to play a board game this year (something we did a lot of pre-kids).  We’re slowly regaining control back from the kids!

We had an awesome weekend!  One more Christmas to report on…

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I’m ending my blogging hiatus.  But, now I have to back track quite a bit.  So, here’s a couple pictures of two of my cuties before Christmas break began.  First, we have Riley:

riley rudolph

She made Rudolph antlers and got her nose painted red, “just like Rudolph” on her last day of school before winter break.  It was the same day we were leaving for Grandma and Grandpa Runchey’s for our Christmas celebration.  She was SO excited to show Grandma.  But, by the time we got there it had worn off so I had to reapply it with some lipstick in their driveway.  And then she was so excited to get into their house I think she completely forgot she wanted to show Grandma.

And cutie number 2:

ellie mustache

Senorita Ellie.

It was “Mustache Day” on her last day of school before break.  Austin did not want to partake but, not surprisingly, Ellie did.  I tried to tell her that the Kindergartners might not be participating in this day (since there was no mention in the classroom newsletter) but she did not care.  One of many reasons I love this girl!  And, sure enough she was the only kid in the class with a mustache!  She took it in stride (but did ask for me to remove it before we left for West Bend).

And now, onto our last two Christmases….

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Snaggletooth No More!

Finally!  After almost 3 months, that tooth has finally come out!  He lost it during lunch at school today.  No picture to accompany this post, just a “*sigh* Finally!”.  His two permanent front teeth are about 1/4 of the way in already anyway, so there’s no cute toothless grin. 

In other news….Happy New Year!

I know I’m pretty far behind as far as posting goes.  I’ll get to it one of these days.