Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Reflection (take two)

Ok, I think I ironed out the problem with the video in the last post.  Here it is again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m3tkBRrQoc

Alec is watching himself in my phone as I record him, and it makes me chuckle.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bundled Up

Well, we had our fair share of snow.  Less than two inches, I think (totally fine with me, by the way).

It takes about 34 minutes to get both boys into their snow pants, boots, coats, gloves and finally, hats...and about 6 minutes before they're ready to come back inside.  Alec comes running in saying, "bruh-ber neck cold" as I find a hunk of snow wedged in between his neck and coat, he hasn't learned how to throw them back, but it won't be long.  Ethan is soon to follow, probably because he is bored without his brother.


Ethan and I spent about an hour in the fresh snow while Alec was napping.  His favorite part was hitting me with snowballs (even though I had to make each snowball for him).  He wanted to ride in his sled, build a snowman and make a snow angel.  Check, check, check.  Then we came back inside and thawed out.
(He lasted less than a day before he was water for the grass.)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some things never change

 ...and 18 months later...


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Valentine's Day

What's better than waking up to your little kids tromping up the steps each holding a white rose for you?  Don't even try to answer that, because there is nothing better.  Thank you boys, for a great Valentine's Day.

Nick picked out my gym shoes, love them.

I realize that Valentine's Day isn't only about me, but I forgot to take even one picture of Ethan or Alec's special day.  Ethan had a little party at school, and came home with a backpack full of goodies.  Alec's school doesn't celebrate holidays with parties or treats, instead they focus on the theme of the holiday and gear their learning towards that subject.  But he and Ethan got a pair of Valentine's PJ's from Nick and I, and we had leftover cupcakes from Ethan's party so they were happy as could be.  I tried to get a picture of them in their jammies but they had other plans.

I hope your day was filled with love, too.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Slip of the tongue

Alec's vocabulary has exploded these past couple months and its been fun hearing his little voice tell us what he's thinking.  He's always got an appetite so we hear "eat, eat, eat" a lot, he has also started stringing words together into one big word.  "Iwannaeat" is probably his favorite, followed by "Idontwanna" and "Iwantmypillow".  Kid knows what he wants.

A few days ago he kept saying "FOCK! FOCK! FOCK!", my heart skipped a few beats wondering where the heck he heard that word.  Certainly not from me.  Finally he shoved a sock in my face and I was instantly relieved.  Whew.  Now he always wants his socks off...and he lets me know.  "FOCK OFF MAMA!"  Anything else that starts with "s" makes me cringe a little.  Ethan has recently started soccer practice, so we hear a lot of "Bruh-ber focker" and with Valentine's Day we have our fair share of suckers in the house.  You get the picture...

video

If you can't view the video, click this link:

Our absolute favorite thing he says is "IwannaNuggle", we'll snuggle up to that guy any time of day. You can not resist.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mountain View

Nick and I took a (kid-free) vacation last week to Colorado.  I had never been there while Nick has been numerous times so there was LOTS to see and do.  We visited several cities and small towns so I got a taste of "touristy" Colorado and "simple living" Colorado.

We drove there, approximately 11 hours each way.  Surprisingly, the drive wasn't bad at all.  That could have been because we could be completely silent for 4 hours straight if we wanted to, nor did we have to play kid DVD's, pass out snacks every 15 minutes or stop every 40 miles for a pee break.  It was relaxing.

Our first stop was Frisco, CO.  It's just minutes outside of Breckenridge.  Frisco is a charming small town, lots of freshly fallen snow blanketed the entire city making it nice and cozy for our first night.  The next day we both agreed on doing a snowmobile tour in Breckenridge.  This was my favorite part of the trip.  We both drove our own with a tour guide and 3 other drivers.  We went up to an elevation of 11,500 feet to Georgia Pass on the Continental Divide.  The view was absolutely breathtaking.

FRISCO, CO

SNOWMOBILING 

ON TOP OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE!

OUR GROUP


DOG SLEDDING 


After snowmobiling, we walked briefly around Breckenridge but it was super busy and we were ready to get to our next destination.  Nick has family in Salida, CO so we headed that way after a quick bite to eat.  It was an hour or two of driving down into the mountains, many curves and cliffs to watch out for but gorgeous gorgeous views!  I couldn't get over the fact that mountains surrounded us no matter which direction we looked.

The next day was our first attempt at skiing.  I was a huge ball of nerves, anxiety and excitement!  Nick had snowboarded once, 15 years ago, so we made reservations to have ski lessons.  After a couple hours of maneuvering down the teeny bunny slopes with our instructor we decided to hop on the ski lift and do the green slopes.  All I'm going to say is this...the wedge brake (aka Pizza) does NOT stop or even really slow an individual when going down the green slopes.  And holy cow, I could not get over the number of super-young kids who were skiing!  They were literally whizzing by me at a million miles an hour and looked like they'd been doing this every.single.day of their 4 years of life.  

I fell approximately 174 times (including the 2 times I tried to gracefully dismount from the lift, ha!) and eventually got so disappointed that I gave up.  Nick was a lot better than me, and made a couple great first-time runs down the slopes.  See?  He's way up top on the right, wearing the red jacket...check out that nice stop at the end.  Show-off.

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NICK AT MONARCH

ME

The last day we took it easy and did some sightseeing and drove to a couple different towns just to check them out.  We found this gorgeous area in Buena Vista near the river that had some really neat trails to hike or bike on.  I hear the summer activities are endless here and look forward to coming back to try some of them.

BUENA VISTA, CO

BUENA VISTA, CO

We got home shortly before the boys went to bed, so it was great to see them again.  We both got lots of hugs and Alec asked Nick to "nuggle" (snuggle) about 15 times that night so I think they were happy to see us too.  Our moms worked together to watch the boys while we were away, so a huge thank you to them.  As luck would have it, Alec got sick the day before we left and it got passed on to every single one of us about 12 hours apart.  I felt horrible for our moms but they were champs throughout it all (like moms always are!).

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