Saturday, January 28, 2012

Skiing, Day 2

My children are complete MANIACS and obviously take after their daddy in the snow. Just some cuteness from yesterday's ski day...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Ski Day

Today was the big "ski day" that the boys have been counting down to. Initially, John had just planned to take P & B, but Arch couldn't stand to be left behind so I ended up going along too.

Preston and Bryton loved it. LOVED it. Archer and I watched a little, but mostly we stayed in the lodge. By the end of the lesson, Preston was taking the tow rope up and making it down the bunny hill by himself, and B wasn't much behind him. They begged to stay and ski all day, but we had to get back (probably a good thing I was along or the 3 of them might have opted to stay indefinitely).

Archer wasn't very impressed, but he seemed to really like the bathrooms...what is it with kids and public bathrooms?! I avoid them at all costs, but Archer claims to have to potty every 5 seconds just so he can use every bathroom available. Yuck.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

And it begins...

The snow. It's waited longer than usual but now it's here and will probably stay for far too long. I miss Oregon snowfall, where the cities shut down for a light dusting of snow. Instead, I'm forced to go out in it or become a hermit. (for the record, I'd probably rather become a hermit...) I see the snow start and just feel "blah" about it, but luckily my boys have their daddy's enthusiasm for the white stuff. This afternoon my big boys played outside for almost the entire afternoon while Archie napped. They really don't get a whole lot of time to play without the youngest member of our family, and it was so nice to see them just enjoying each other and acting like FRIENDS (I guess friends still wrestle and break out in random fist fights right? They assured me that they were playing, not "real fighting.") Up next: skiing! John is planning to take the big boys skiing this weekend, so we will see how that goes. Poor Archer has to be stuck at home with me until he can appreciate it enough to justify the cost of the ski rental!

I love the look on B's face here! He had just face planted in the snow.

Quote from Preston: "Hey Mom, does it look like there is less snow outside now? Because we ate a LOT of snow!" - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Yesterday we took the boys to one of those "men's salons" to get haircuts. I CAN cut it at home, but I realllllllly don't enjoy it and they are much more cooperative when someone else is cutting their hair (plus I had just did a full scale house cleaning). When we got there, Archer started to feel a little left out, so he ended up getting his first real haircut. Admittedly, it was starting to get a little out of hand, and he has been called a girl more than once despite his distinctly boyish clothes. Also, he has been compared to Uncle Jesse's twins on Full House multiple times, and I remember thinking that their hair was borderline "too long" for boy hair...soooo...He got a couple inches off the back and trimmed up all around. He looks very grown up all the sudden and it's a little sad, but he definitely enjoyed his haircut and Henry Weinhard's root beer!

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Monday, January 9, 2012


We celebrated Preston's 6th birthday on January 1st. I still can't believe he's six! He had a few birthday requests that were pretty easy to fulfill: 1. He wanted to decorate a gingerbread house at his party 2. He wanted to play pin the tail on the donkey 3. He wanted hamburgers and sweet potato fries 4. He wanted me to hide his presents Aaahhhh, to be six! We were able to fulfill his wishes, and he thought his birthday was pretty spectacular (might have had something to do with the multitude of small children running through the house on a complete sugar high thanks to the cake, ice cream, and gingerbread...). We ended the day at Red Robin where he had a burger and fries (changed his mind on the sweet potato fries though!) and of course had his birthday sundae which he graciously shared with his brothers. A seriously good day. As was the day 6 years (and 8 days ago) when we became parents to this amazing kid. At 6: 1. Preston loves outside stuff (fishing, camping, bike rides, etc.) 2. Loves to read. He's doing really well at independent reading and can read books like "Hop on Pop" by himself. 3. Loves building stuff (marble chute and Legos are his top choices but anything will do) 4. Loves to help and takes his job as big brother very seriously (sometimes too seriously). 5. He wants to move to a house with a bigger yard so he can have a cow. (!) 6. He's sweet. Incredibly sweet. Sometimes I am amazed that he is only six because he says things that are incredibly insightful. Searching for his presents Success! The gingerbread extravaganza Pin the tail on the donkey Dinosaur bones cake The boy and the candles - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I'm pausing all my catch-up posts (I still have the most important one left: Preston's birthday!) to brag a little about my living room. I've been sewing like crazy and I think I am finally done...until I think of another project anyway. I made the curtains, some throw pillows, and two gigantic floor cushions (the boys' favorite). I think they all turned out pretty good. They aren't perfect, but they look pretty good from a distance.

Here you can see the floor cushions (perfect size for sleeping according to B), and a little bit of the curtains to the left.

I'm so glad I decided to make floor cushions instead of buy them...they are already getting tons of use (and abuse) and I'd probably be paranoid about them getting ripped if they were they wouldn't be in cool IKEA fabric! These cost me about $7 each since I already had the cushion interior (extra couch cushions).

Friday, January 6, 2012

1 week later...

John and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary a week (and 1 day!) ago. I can't believe it's been 10 years. Definitely makes me feel old! The past 10 years have seriously flown by, and I kinda hope the next 10 years go a little slower or I'll be *gulp* 40 and celebrating our 20th in the blink of an eye. That's a little bit too old for me to comprehend (as was 30 and 10 years of marriage when I was 20!). Anyway...we got to celebrate our anniversary by a night away in the "big city" at a nice hotel right in downtown. My mother-in-law bravely took the boys for the night and everyone survived! I intended to get a good night's sleep and was actually asleep by about 9:30, but then I woke up about 3 hours later and couldn't go back to sleep. Argh! The story of my life. But despite my insomnia, we had a spectacular time (and so did the boys!). It was so nice to be able to go away without worrying about a nursing baby/toddler, and this was the first year I could say that since we had kids! It definitely made it a lot easier and less stressful to get away. We were able to just relax and not worry (too much) about the kids! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, January 5, 2012


We had a pretty low-key Christmas this year. I know it seems hermit-ish, but I really like just staying home for the holidays. I love relaxing with the kids and not having a time schedule to deal with. It starts to get stressful (for me anyway) when we start putting unrealistic expectations and arbitrary timelines on the kids. So this year we opted to just stay home, as we have for the past couple of years. And let me say, it was perfect. The boys are at an age where they can understand that the MEANING of Christmas isn't presents, and while they were pretty excited about their presents, there was plenty of talk about Baby Jesus as well. After we opened presents, we got to spend the day enjoying them together. (Disclaimer: I did not actually enjoy the indoor scooter riding, but I managed to tolerate it for three whole days before banishing the scooters to the garage.)

Oh yeah, and the boys stayed in their pajamas ALL DAY, in case you couldn't tell!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Road Home

After almost 4 weeks, we were all ready to be home. Archer kept saying that he wanted to sleep in his own bed, which is slightly ironic considering that he doesn't particularly like sleeping in it when we are at home. The drive was long, and I was slightly (okay, REALLY) jealous that John got to fly, but the boys enjoyed the extra time with their grandparents.

Archer and Woody

Preston (and Bryton, but he was perpetually camera shy...) went exploring with Poppa and came back with lots of treasures.

Perpetually Behind

And not sure if I'll ever catch up again! Since getting back from our marathon road trip, we've celebrated Christmas, our 10th anniversary, Preston's 6th birthday, and the start of a new year. On top of all that, John was offered a new job that after much deliberation, we decided was just too good of an offer to turn down. Soooo...while we don't HAVE to move, we are planning to put our house on the market and if it sells, we'll move south of town to shorten his commute by about 20 minutes each way. I have about a bazillion pictures...still some from the road trip, Christmas, and Preston's birthday...they're coming up! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad