Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I gathered up the pieces and threw them away, and it was out of sight out of mind, which is OK with me because it's less little pieces of something to keep track of.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I must have forgotten most of what I know about building snowmen, because for the life of me I couldn't pack the stuff into any recognizable shape. I think throughout the day, the moisture melted through the cracks in the deck and what was left on top was dry powder. Ever try making a snowman out of powdered sugar? Doesn't work too well. No matter. Seth was perfectly happy making a snow mountain, as seen posing next to his Mini-Rainier.
I hope we haven't seen the end of the pretty white stuff this season! We even built a fire in our rarely-used wood-burning stove and enjoyed a toasty evening all together. That's one of my favorite things too!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Checking her blind side to see if she can change lanes:
Filling up Clifford's bowl with bones:
Doing a little grocery shopping:
Cutest little firefighters around:
They spent most of the time in this room, where tubes and machines shoot golf ball-looking ping pong balls all around to teach about gravity.
Buddies Ty and Seth...two sweet catches of the day:
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
The whole class:
Kids lined up to watch Joy the pig eat her lunch:
Mrs. Richards helping Seth pet Gus the pony:
Farmer Jane put the kids right to work, bringing buckets of sawdust shavings into the animal stalls and spreading them out with brooms and rakes:
A few days later we went with our good friends to Trinity Tree Farm, a Christmas tree farm-turned pumpkin patch in the fall.
Trying to find just the right one:
We had pumpkins at home in the garden, but I figured we'd get one here. This was THE one that Seth is sitting on. Good thing it wasn't too big...it was 55 cents per pound (ripoff)!
Seth and Lydia with their fun friend Addie:
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I underestimated how exhausted I would be after returning home from our trip, so the cool airplane-themed games I had planned kinda went out the window, and instead the kids had fun running around the playground while taking an occasional break to gulp some pancakes, juice, apples, bananas, and hot chocolate. It was a picture-perfect day for our perfect (most of the time *wink*) boy.
After a huge amount of running, the birthday boy taking a break to blow the propellers on his plane to make them spin. And no, he's not red from the sun - he works hard at having fun!
His actual birthday was Sunday, and he felt pretty special when the Primary children sang Happy Birthday to him and he got to pick out his birthday pencil. That day was Family Day at Boeing, where once a year, the company opens up the factory to employees and their families here in Renton where they make 737's. We also got a sneak peak at the new Navy aircraft Poseidon...not much of it, though, as it's pretty top secret. No photography allowed, but we had a fun afternoon together, after which we came home and celebrated with pizza, chocolate milk and birthday cake.
balance bike without pedals so that kids (as young as 2 years old) can learn to ride a 2-wheeler from the get-go without training wheels. The idea of "balance first, pedal second" is a smart one, and he's already starting to get the feel for it. Thanks, Grandma Diane and Grandpa Rex!
Engrossed in the task of pumping up the tires:
We love our special boy. Here's some randomness about our newest 4-year-old.
- He's hilarious! I've been writing down funny or insightful things he says, and I find something to write about nearly every day. One day it's, "Mom, even when I get in trouble, I still love you." And another day it's "I like spaghetti, meatballs, sauce, and ingredients." It seems like he's always had a big vocabulary stuffed in that little body.
- He's very inquisitive (like his dad) and observant (like his mom).
- He loves preschool and is eager to please his teachers.
- He's still skittish around loud noises. Fourth of July was spent with him inside the van covering his ears and us just outside the van enjoying the show. And he doesn't like balloons because they scare him when they pop. But he seems unphased when I cut his hair and there are buzzing, moving blades inches from his ears. Go figure.
- He loves Lydia and is starting to figure out that she likes to be his little shadow. This Monday's Family Home Evening lesson is going to be about being an example.
- He has the slightest lisp. His dentist said it may be because he used a pacifier at naptime and night time as a baby and should grow out of it by age 6 or 7. By that age, I imagine it kinda stops being cute, but for now it's pretty cute to hear him introduce himself as "Theth."
- His head is the eighth wonder of the world. Seriously, we should hook that thing up to a generator. He loves to run and run and run until his face is bright red (see photo above) and steam is practically coming off the top of his head. But, his Charlie Brown-like melon is part of what makes him so darn squishably adorable.
- He is eager to please and slow to take offense. His overall demeanor is so easy-going and even-tempered (he has his moments, like all kids do), and he makes friends easily.
- Instead of addressing the women at church as "Sister (last name)", he says "Mister."
- He loves puzzles. Within a couple of days of receiving a 48-piece puzzle, he was putting it together himself without any help.
Happy birthday, little dude! We love you very much!
Monday, November 1, 2010
One of my favorites...Lydia (who's NOT a cuddler) cuddling with Grandma:
The weekend entertainment (playing "train" with the tape measure with Seth as the engine and Lydia as the caboose):
Best buddies...can't remember if they're watching the kitties, looking at the sprinklers, or waiting for Grandpa to come back in from the back yard:
One day we drove the loop around Boulder Mountain to see the Autumn leaves. What a spectacular scene with the bright yellow aspen trees against a clear blue sky. This one area of red is called the aspen heart. Aspens don't usually ever turn red, only yellow, in the fall. Legend says that an American Indian princess died here of a broken heart, causing this cluster to turn red. Kinda hard to see the shape in the photo because we saw it just before the leaves fell.
We had a little early birthday celebration for Seth, complete with a Bob the Builder cake. Can you tell he really turns on the "cheese" when there's a camera around?
Gotta love blue frosting:
Finally, two things I love about small towns, this one in particular:
Endless fields of green alfalfa showered by the chk-chk-chk-ing sprinklers:
And the bike rack at the elementary school...no one bothers to lock up:
I missed my dear husband and home, but was sad to go at the same time, and I'm already getting antsy for next year.