Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I love when we have a random week of Spring in winter. It's rare here but it happens. Last week was absolutely beautiful. 55-65 degrees for four whole days. The boys LOVED it. We broke out the summer toys and played outside. Quite frankly we needed the break from being in the house. We have been redoing our attic and preparing Austin's new room. It was the perfect time to get some fresh air and allow the kids to just RUN! At first the boys where leery. It was like they forgot what to do outside. They seemed afraid to go on the swings or down the slide. They didn't want to step in the grass. And Alex kept asking me "are you here, mom?". I think he was afraid I was going to leave him outside. He picked up leaves, sticks and I saved him in time from picking up a petrified dog turd! UGH, the Spring clean up is underway!
Like I said the boys where leery at first but within minutes they where running like madmen. I realized they are kids now. Last year they where babies. I was so afraid to let them climb the ladder to the swing set or to play in the tree house but they seem to be so stable on their feet that it no longer mattered. This was great since now Griff is older and is running. He was unsure of the terrain at first. He stood straight as an arrow and refused to move. I realized he very rarely wears shoes and that he probably was afraid to walk. When he first got his memento up, he took off. He ran from one end of the yard to the next. He licked rocks and ate a small tree branch in the process but I just chalked it up as minerals he apparently needed in his diet. He even went down the small slide(with coaxing from mommy, of course). Maxim has NO fear. He climbed up and down the ladder like he has been doing it forever. He wanted to know what every single spec was. Emerson was happy to go in and out of the garage pulling out every toy and bike he could find. Austin is the KING!!!!! He plays with his brothers so well now. He organized them in a game of soccer than they where playing a rousing game of tag that lasted for a long time. He loves playing with them, finally.
I know this wasn't really Spring. It was more of an interlude to Spring. It's fine with me as long as I know it is eventually coming. We need the fresh air and excises really badly. I say, bring it on and bring on summer fun in the sun!
St. Patty's Day!
St. Patricks Day is one of our favorite holidays. Pretty strange since we are not at all Irish. We figured since there is no such holiday for Germans that we would adopt the St. Patty's day holiday for our own! We love the food, the decorating and the party that we throw every year for our family. Corn Beef and cabbage with carrots, potatoes, onions, green beans and ALL the fixins. Me and the kids make green desserts and my mother brings strange dense breads filled with currents and rye seeds. YUMMY!!!!! The boys really got into it this year. Emerson ran around dressed like a Leprechaun for weeks before. I bought him this green hat that is the cutest thing. Emerson is my "accessorizer". He loves hats, shoes, backpacks and gloves. Whoa, don't get me started on the GLOVES!!! The boys helped me make green artsy fartsy cupcakes, which is just regular cupcakes with green swirls. They thought it was cool to swirl in the green cake mix. Austin made decorations at school and the triplets did a shamrock project at home with me. They are so fun now. They love to do art projects and they are very proud of their creations.The boys had fun running around the house eating off everyones plates and I think they ate 10 cupcakes each. Griffin is quiet as always he is content to let Austin and the triplets have all the attention. What a sweet baby.
It was our first family dinner with our new dining room set. I am happy to report it held up great and I loved that we could all sit together finally. Now if we could just speed the addition along we could really throw a big bash. Maybe in a year or so!!!!! Whooo hooo, can't wait!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This is what happens when my kids are bored. They paint their faces with their food! Lil' monsters!!!!
What's the big deal with Buffalo winters? Why do people get so depressed? These are questions I ask myself ALL the time. It never affects me. In fact, I like the winter. Winter is a blast. Snowball fights, warm houses, cozy movie nights, holidays and family get together. That has been the case for me as long as I can remember. That was until this year. I think I suffered from a little of the Buffalo winter blues. Maybe it was the fact that we where sick for what seemed like forever or that I lost two people who where very important to me. I'm not exactly sure what the cause but I am looking forward to the warm weather and to get out of the house.
I know the kids are starting to get Spring fever as well. They have been in the house for what seems like months. I try not to take them out unless absolutely necessary. I feel bad that they are cooped up all the time but if one gets sick, they all do and it keeps going around and around. Next week will be nice here in WNY. I hear it will be in the 50's. Just try and keep the Stinners contained! We are heading outside, WE ALL HAVE SPRING FEVER!!!!