Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February snow brings March ... sunshine? Please?

Is is spring yet?

The past few weeks have simultaneously flown by and drug on without end in sight. We've had so much snow, it feels like it might never melt (although forecast says 50s this week!) And yet, we've been incredibly busy. We had a fabulous time at The Avett Brothers concert with friends a few weeks back. Dinner and cocktails with 6 other adults felt like a mini vacation to beautiful South Bend, Indiana.

Kevin and the kids were both sick and let me tell you- I am OVER a runny nose. The next time I see a nose running in this house, I will catch it and kill it. You mark my words. However, lots of snuggles and lots of naps around here. What else is there to do with a cold weather skin advisory, level 1 snow emergency and upper respiratory infections? Here's CeCe on the couch hanging with a sick daddy.

Kiddo update:
CeCe is now 17 months and acts like she's 2. I don't know why, but she seems to act so much older than Preston did at this age. She's just as verbal as he was, but there's something so impish about her personality that makes me both laugh and worry. She's constantly seeking a reaction from her brother by taking a toy, dumping a bowl of his snacks, bopping him on the head, etc... Or, unfortunately, seeking a reaction from me by taking one of Preston's toys, dumping a bowl of snacks, bopping her brother on the head and ... playing in the toilet. yep. We've been giving her a consistent and stern "no" for that for about 6 months now, but what can I say? The girl likes to splash in toilet water. It's maddening. She's got 2 canine teeth poking through and 2 more on their way, chatting up a storm and putting a few words together here and there. She's a great eater - her favorite snack is "pesol and hummy," which translates to "pretzels and hummus." And the number one thing that describes CeCe is: obsessed with her dad. She's the biggest daddy's girl I've ever seen. She's loving all things feminine and squeals "Pretty!" when she sees a dress or new hair accessory. I did get her hair into pig tails the other day which was so cute I couldn't stand it.

Preston is obsessed with this show: http://www.nickjr.com/dino-dan/ And consequently, all things dinosaurs. Thanks to the research performed by the writers at Nick Jr, he'll accurately identify a velocyraptor, T Rex, brachiosaurus, and triceratops. I am on the hunt for a preschool for him in the fall and so far, no luck, but I've only visited one place and continue my search later this week. I really wish I could find all of my wish list in one school, but I am not finding that to be an easy task. I started a family yoga class with the kids at Prana this week and the instructor went around the room, asked the kids to introduce themselves and say whether or not they've done yoga before. Here was his response, word for word: "I'm Preston and I've done yoga before with mama." I have no idea why that one sentence that he said aloud to a room full of people melted my heart so much, but it did. He officially turns 3.5 in two days and I can hardly wrap my head around it. My sweet boy.

We've been spending tons of time in our playroom. If I turn on some music and help the kids get interested in an activity, they sometimes play down there for 30-40 minutes at a time. Not a vacation but long enough for me to start dinner or grab a shower. Thank God for that room. I will admit that I'm a big believer in us leaving the house every day, but with the weather the past few weeks, we've broken that rule and been at home much more than normal. Which means we've had to rotate play spaces from their rooms, our living room, crafts in the breakfast nook, and the basement. Have I mentioned how badly I am longing for warm weather to get them outside?
Anyways, thankful for the basement- here they are hanging with my Grandma down there last week, hanging at the water table at Science Central, and BFFs in Preston's room.

We have a pleasantly slow week or two coming up so I'll try to be good about grabbing the camera and catching up on more pics!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blizzard Blogging: Day 3- life resumes.

My Matilda Jane party was cancelled due to the snow, but the Level 1 and 2 emergency has been lifted, so Daddy is back at work. We had plans to play with a friend this morning, but her little ones were sick and there were school delays, so we are twiddling thumbs and completely out of ideas at home. I have yoga to look forward to, which means we'll all leave the house this afternoon for the first time since Sunday. I'm excited.

In the meantime, we'll continue playing. And playing. and... sigh.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blizzard Blogging- Day 2.

Had problems uploading pics yesterday, hence the delay in Blizzard Blogging.
So, snowpocalypse 2011 was not as big as they had predicted. Or, rather, as big as the world feared. At least not for Fort Wayne. However, Kevin's car did get stuck- twice, a level 1 snow emergency meant he had the day off and we took the kids sledding down an awesome hill at Taylor. Followed by homemade hot chocolate. I'm not complaining.... :)
Stay tuned for more details, but for now... check out these pics from the past couple days.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blizzard Blogging- Day 1, Part 2.

Well, the snow started, slowed, and is now just steady flurries, with a lovely "wintry mix" of sleet and heavy wind gusts. burrr. Kevin's car got stuck in the ally, but he was able to make it home for a dinner of teriyaki glazed wings, a heaping salad and some crusty whole grain garlic and cheese bread. There's something about being stuck at home that makes one want to eat comfort food. And wine. We had very little supply, so I had to trek out right when it got heavy this afternoon and Kevin got home. Cap n Cork was packed. Smart thinkin' Fort Wayne.

Blizzard Blogging Day 1:

It's 12:44pm on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, and we're expecting a little snow. If you haven't heard- just turn on the TV, the radio, log onto facebook and twitter, or stop in your local grocery store.

I figured I'd update you on what we do over the next few days during Blizzard '11. Reportedly starting this afternoon, it shall start snowing around 3, we'll get an inch an hour until Wednesday night, then it all turns to ice. I am stocked on groceries and ready to take on being stranded for the week. God help me. Things could get interesting considering I have 2 antsy toddlers, one of which had a slight run-in with a stomach bug yesterday evening. Said toddler seems ok now- she's eating fine, acting fine and no fever.

I do have a Matilda Jane show I'm hosting with Mrs. Henry here on Thursday morning. About 35 women were invited. I figure either we'll get all this snow and no one will show, or by Thursday morning, people will be ready to get out of the house, and bring themselves, their neighbors, and all their kids.

So far this morning, we've done arts and crafts. Valentine hearts, stickers, stamping and coloring. It took us about 30 minutes. This should be fun...