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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Miscellaneous 2017

So January has been holiday let down, return to real life, and constant snow and cold.  I am not normally bothered by winter weather, but this year it has been too much....most days we woke up to fresh snow, and the days that it wasn't snowing were exceptionally cold.  Most people seemed to be hiding out indoors and we were no different.  There were some bright spots, and of course plenty of loves and laughs with our littles, but overall, we are ready for a new month, new weather, and new adventures.  But for now, a few highlights...

Since we were inside so much, there was
Plenty of time for selfies and snuggles

January 1st, the kids moved to new primary classes.  Luke moved up and is excited to no longer be in the youngest class.  He already volunteered to give a talk and was so cute as he talked about Agency. Ruby is now a sunbeam and is convinced that she has completely left her baby days behind.  I worried that it might be tough for her to transition from nursery (toys and snacks) to the structure of primary, but it hasn't seemed to bother her at all.  She loves her class and the projects they make. 

Ever since Gavin got a guinea pig for Christmas, Luke has been obsessed with having his very own. He asks us daily and says that it is the only thing he wants for his birthday.  It doesn't help that Gavin keeps sending us videos showing all the fun that he is having with his pet.  Luke was so earnest in his pleas that I wanted to be able to give in....but a pet in the house is just not going to happen.  I got lucky and found this little Zhu Zhu pet that Tim bought at the DI last year.  It had been buried in a toy box but was the perfect "pet" for Luke.  He named it Cupcake, just like Gavin's and has treated it just like a real pet.  Other than some funny noises in the middle of the night, it's the perfect pet.

Showing off their Christmas joggers from Grandma

Luke and Ruby had dentist appointments for check ups.  The entire way there Luke kept fretting that the dentist was going to pull out his tooth.  It took some extra convincing from the hygienist for him to feel comfortable.  They even let him play with the electronic tools and raise and lower the chair. Both kids did great and were able to get two prizes because they didn't have any cavities.  

Luke has been working on his sweet ukulele skills.

A new stove has been one of the most exciting events of the month.  It took us a long time to decide on the right one, but it is still an ongoing process.  They are delivering our third stove because the other two have had some type of problem.  Sometimes I just want my old broken one back. 

No more braces for this handsome boy

Mexican food to celebrate!

Did I mention the snow......

The kids have loved the snow and were thrilled to build a snowman family, complete with Cupcake, the guinea pig, and an unidentified baby.

Grandpa and Grandma spent an afternoon playing with the kids

Ruby started ballet and absolutely loves it.  She loves to wear her leotard and ballet shoes, and dances around the house showing us her new moves.  She especially loves to twirl.

Superhero Besties

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ice Castles

This winter we have had snow, snow, and more snow.  And when it hasn't been snowing, it has been extra cold.  I have really tried not to complain which is made a little easier because Luke and Ruby think the snow, and everything about the winter is amazing.  So, instead of whining about the cold, we've tried to focus on all of the fun things that we can do to take advantage of the weather.  Last weekend it was sledding, this week it was the Ice Castles in Midway.  When we went to see the Ice Castles last year we had a great time, however, it rained most of the time that we were there and the castles were dripping and melting because it was so warm.  No problems like that on this trip.  When we arrived, the temperature was in the low 20's but the sun was shining and we could see blue skies so it seemed like the perfect day.  As the sun went down it gradually got colder until we got to the point that we were all pretty miserable.  Ruby was sure that the moment called for hot cocoa.  We enjoyed some cocoa and a fire and warmed up a little but by then we had seen and enjoyed everything so we decided to head home.  When we got in the car the temperature gauge 6 degrees!  I haven't been that cold for a long time, but it was totally worth having such a fun time with my little family.

No matter how much we begged her not to,
Ruby was intent on tasting all of the ice.

The kids loved the "ice throne" but couldn't seem to stay seated 

The kids absolutely loved the ice slides.  I loved watching their faces as they came into view - they were completely joyful and so alive.  There were several slides throughout the area - most were small but they did have one that was big enough for adults to ride.  Tim and I joined the kids for the ride and I'm embarrassed to say that I screamed the entire way down.  

 I like this shot that Tim took to get a perspective of
How big the area is to explore.

Plenty to see

Hot Cocoa!

Some of the views were really amazing! 


 As far as my kids are concerned, this Ice Castle belongs to Elsa and Anna from Frozen.  As we were getting ready to leave, the girls were there greeting people.  Luke and Ruby were so excited to see them.  The chatted with the princess, gave them hugs, and were pretty much enthralled.