Monday, February 25, 2013

Ready for Spring

Aiden and Daddy working on the ipad before Daddy leaves for work in the morning.  Aiden is still an early riser so he usually gets to see Dad for a little while before he heads out.
So excited to use our outdoor toys again!  We got a chance to try out our new riding toys we received for Christmas.   
Aiden always says, "Hey mom, want to see my fast runner?"  I never thought I would be a proponent of running in the house, but sometimes you have to do what works.  This is a daily occurance for us as the boys race around this wall that divides the kitchen/den from the front door.  Its basically a small track after meals while they burn their excess energy.  Can't wait until spring when they can run outdoors! 
Throwing snowballs on the big mound of snow
The boys were playing some type of game where they were king of the mountain on top of the snow.  They were so loud that it sounded a bit more like 10 kids rather than 3. 

We are finally having some warmer temperatures, but I am trying not to get my hopes up too much since we inevitably get some end of the season huge snowstorm.  We are at least missing the second storm to hit most of the midwest in the last week.  By "warmer" temperatures, I mean temps in the low 30's which feels a bit like a heat wave when it hasn't gotten above 20 degrees in several weeks.  It has been sunny, warmer, and the snow is melting a little at a time.  We are more than ready for spring to be here.  Despite the fun we have had on the backyard ice rink this winter, I think we are all ready for some outdoor activities.  Luke asked the other day when we could go swimming outside again.  And Liam pointed out today that he really doesn't want snow anymore because its so cold.  I couldn't agree more.  Hurry Spring!

Although maybe not that news worthy, our washing machine broke down this week.  Ironically, the last time it broke down was February of last year.  Around 13 years ago, I received our washer and dryer set as a gift from my grandmother when I moved into my first house in Little Rock.  This washer and dryer set has been with us a long time.  I keep thinking it is on its last leg and somehow John manages to repair it.  The problem ended up being the gearcase assembly which means nothing to me, but we found a little shop in Minneapolis that carries various parts for appliances.  The boys and I went out and picked up the part and John installed it this evening.  Looks like I will have to wait on that new stackable washer and dryer to make our laundry room twice as big.  The washing machine is up and running again. 

As John was turning the washer over on its side, Luke looked at me and said, "Mom, is he sure about this?  This does not look like a good idea."
John joked midway through the repair that he wanted a beer when he was finished.  When I turned around, Luke had the stool out and he was reaching up in the cabinet to get a cup for Daddy's beer. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Movie Date

We had our second annual trip to see a movie at the "big theater" as the boys call it.  Since our birthdays are so close to our twin friends (Jack and Charlie) and since all of us have birthdays pretty close to the holidays, we have opted to do something fun each year rather than exchange gifts.  It has been a hit with the boys so far and they really look forward to a special trip to the movies without any younger siblings.  This year we went to see a movie that just came out very recently called "Escape from Planet Earth."  It turned out to be really cute and very applicable to us.  In short, it was about two (alien) brothers who are very different, one is big, strong and athletic while the other is super smart, but small and a bit nerdy.  They learn to appreciate their differences and work together rather than fighting and arguing.  It was a cute movie with a decent message and lots of rockets, lasers, monsters, and space stuff that the boys loved.  The first question from the boys when the movie was over was, "When can we do this again?"  Good times!

Very cold day and great time to watch a movie!

We have our snacks and we are ready for the show!  Kirsten is at the far end, followed by Luke, Charlie, Jack, and Liam
Very entertained by the movie


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Under the Weather

We have all been a little under the weather for the last week.  Unfortunately, when one person becomes sick, it frequently means we have a week of illness as it passes from one to the next.  We started with Liam last Tuesday, then quickly moved to Luke on Wednesday, Aiden and John on Friday, and myself on Sunday!  We primarily battled with a lot of sneezing, coughing, and fever.  Overall, the virus just made us all very tired (and cranky).  Our activities were limited over the last week, but I think we are finally getting better.  So what did we do while everyone was sick?  Well, I can honestly say that I am very thankful for the i-pad.  Not sure what we (especially me) would have done without it. 

What to do on a sick on the i-pad

Luke and Liam are feeling better and now Aiden is sick.  We took advantage of a snow day to stay home and rest.

Feeling better, but still a little lethargic

Feeling better today!  We made sock puppets sent to us from our cousin Calvin.

Since we are lacking in some pictures this week....I am including a funny picture from February 14th, 2011.  Look at how much we have grown!  Luke is wearing the shirt that Aiden has on in the picture above. 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ready, Set, GO!

Sitting with Daddy before the races

AJ getting ready to run his race with John

Waving at the crowds

Not sure why some of these pictures turned out so dark, but you can somewhat see Liam in the middle at the starting line.  Luke and Liam ran with kids that looked huge compared to them!  They were only in kindergarten or 1st grade, but still looked a lot bigger to me.

Liam was quick to point out that he was always ahead of Luke. 

This picture is blurry and not the best quality, but I wanted to share it anyway.  Each time it snows, Luke and Liam feel it is their "job" to clean off the ice.  We never asked them to do this, they just go outside and get their shovel and start moving snow off the ice.  On this particular Sunday afternoon, I think they worked for a good 30 minutes before John went out and helped them finish it off. 

The boys participated in their second annual Twin Cities Fieldhouse Run at the University of Minnesota indoor track over the weekend.  We did this event last year and they really enjoyed it so we decided to try it again this year.  They have individual "races" around the track for all ages from two to ten.  Aiden ran his two laps with John.  Luke and Liam ran about a half mile in a group of other kids that were kindergarten and first grade age.  The boys really thought it was cool to see the typical mascots (the Turtle and Hare) we have seen at each of the Twin Cities races.  They have some of the athletes that organize and put on the race so its a neat experience for the kids.  Enjoy your week!