Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Haircut for Dad

I have plenty of photos of Jesse giving the boys buzz cuts, but this time around the tables were turned.

Scott had a pretty good time playing barber and he didn't mind at all when I fixed the spots he missed!  :)

Snowshoeing Scenic

Grandma Linda came to babysit after church today so Jesse and I could go out to Scenic State Park for some snowshoeing.  It was 32 degrees and sunny.  PERFECT!

I would take a couple weeks of this weather, please!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

So what's new?

It's just too easy for a week or more to fly by without me finding time to post.  Our family is over the sick season of winter, I hope.  We made out pretty easy actually.  Scott had the pukes one time and the high fever/sleep-for-two-days-straight one weekend.  Alarik had the same, puking once and fever a week later, and Bekah has been healthy all winter so far...knock on wood!

The weather has been alternating between below zero temps and tons of snow, so we haven't been out sledding or skating again but we try to send the kids out to play when it's not too cold.

As you can see, Bekah was less than trilled at this moment because Scott was taking advantage of the sticky snow and rolling up a snowman, but she wanted to work on forts.  Such is life...

Thanks to one snow day, President's Day and the end of a quarter, the kids have enjoyed several days off of school in the past two weeks.  Scott had two more days off than Bekah because of Kindergarten conferences, which went well.  It was fun to see the difference between his work in October to now.

Jesse found Flight of Dragons, a classic from his childhood, on Amazon and ordered it right up.
The Flight of Dragons
He was definitely more excited than the kids the day it came in the mail but now it is the new favorite around our house.

Alarik has come to love both Elmo and Thomas the Train.  He'll ask "Watch?  Elmo?" or "Watch? Choo-train?"   And then, "button?" which he knows how to press all by himself.

He also loves books and his favorites, besides ones with Elmo or Thomas, are ones with cars and trucks.

He went through a pretty ornery phase for a couple weeks and we thought the terrible twos were upon us early but he's already moving out of it so I'm sure we'll be in for more of that later.  But for now he's back to his smiley old self.  Still a picky eater, but otherwise laid back.  And he has the best manners again!  Always "pweese" and "ank'ooo"

One of the days I was home with sick Alarik, I was cleaning the house and doing laundry when I came across a pair of Jesse's work jeans with a hole in the knee.  You better believe I dropped everything to put a monster patch on them - and of course it's a red-haired monster.  Then I folded them up and put them in his drawer like usual. 
He laughed out loud when he pulled that pair out of the drawer one morning.  And, being the good sport he is, he wears them!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bananas and Bugs (and Crunch Hearts)

We used Alarik's naptime over the weekend to get Valentine's made.  Scott's "Bugs and Kisses" Valentine's were from Repeat Crafter Me and they turned out so awesome!  We used her printable template and I just had Scott leave a little extra space at the bottom when he cut them out so he had room to write "from Scott". 
 What a fun "boy" Valentine idea!

For Bekah's, we found inspiration on Pinterest via this cute little number by
Monkey Valentines

But I did not want the hassle of paper-piecing that monkey together, so we scoured Google Images for a cute all-in-one background instead, then added her Valentine message to it in Publisher and she wrote her name on the back.

The hardest part of Bekah's project was sorting out the banana runts from all the millions of other fruits in the package. 

Ha, ha...just kidding!  You can bet I searched Amazon for banana runts by the pound and found them.  Totally worth the $5 plus shipping I paid for them!

At the last minute, I realized Alarik needed Valentine's for his little daycare buddies.  I happened to have some heart-shaped crunch candies left over from Scott's star-of-the-day treats for Kindergarten earlier in the week.  I spied an idea similar to this on Pinterest and whipped these out before we packed the craft supplies away for the day.

The kids always work so hard on their Valentine's and I have fun helping them find fun ideas each year.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

iPad/Netflix Love

Jesse signed up for a free trial of Netflix and I don't see us quitting it after a month! Watching on the iPad is the most popular so far.  It's pretty nice to snuggle up in bed, prop up that little screen and watch away.  So far the kids have enjoyed some classic favorites from Jesse's childhood such as The Man From Button Willow and He-Man, along with new ones like Phineas & Ferb Across the Second Dimension
Jesse and I struck out with our first several choices, watching a number of movies that stunk like The Grey, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Season of the Witch and Goon which was so bad we only watched about the first 15 minutes. I redeemed myself this weekend though with the tear-jerker A Shine of Rainbows and feel-good The Ballad of Lucy Whipple which I think Bekah would really enjoy as well.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Need A Laugh Today?

Here, take a look at this and try not to laugh.  This is a straight out of the camera shot, no playing with it, distorting it, anything, I swear.
Wow, huh?  Ha, ha, ha, ha!

The Scott had to give it a try:

I'd say Bekah wins, wouldn't you?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Coolest Show and Tell

Scott sure didn't get much out of this whole fractured leg deal.  But one thing he did end up with was a super-cool show and tell item.  The nice folks in the imaging department printed his x-ray for us, even though everything is done digitally these days, and he got to bring it to school.  After show-and-tell, he wanted to hang it in his bedroom so that's just what we did.  We taped it up in his window so it shows up when it's light outside.  Just look at that kid - serious as a heart attack.  :)

Even when I say, "Come on, say 'broken leg CHEESE", this is all I get:

He's clearly too tough to smile when he doesn't want to.  Hasn't he proven that?  Ha!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

One Tough Cookie

Turns out Scott's leg is fractured after all.  Can you believe it?  So Jesse and I are the parents that let our kid walk around for 3 1/2 weeks on a cracked bone.  Nice.

Scott woke up in the middle of the night because his leg hurt.  Once about every three or four days he would offhandedly mention that his leg hurt.  He never made a big deal out of it and we just figured that he'd done something to re-aggravate it.  But having the pain wake him up was new and we decided to get it checked out one last time.  The doctor ordered another x-ray as opposed to doing a CT scan because he said if it had indeed been fractured, it would now show up on an x-ray and we could spare Scott some radiation exposure that way.

The x-rays came back and, lo and behold, there was the fracture, plain as day.  Poor kid!!!  At that point, it wasn't necessary to cast the leg because it's a good portion healed already.  So I guess at least we get to miss out on the hassle of caring for a cast.  I just can't believe that kid walked around, went to gym and recess, even went sledding again, all with a fractured leg.  What a tough little dude!