Hi! I live in a house with two non-stop moving jumping balls of energy. The Polar Vortex part three (or four - who's counting) was challenging. Two more days of no-school. So far Cy has missed 5 days of school due to cold weather. Since he only attends school 4 days a week, that's more than a week of school! So we have had lots of indoor play...
We've actually have been having a lot of fun... but we look out the window longingly at the deep snow and bright sun and just wish the temp could be at least over zero!
So I want to give a little update:
Cy: he continues to be a key helper. He loves to play with Arlo and is happy to watch/play with him when I have to run to change a load of laundry or make lunch. And he is diplomatic about it. This morning Arlo was crying because Cy beat him in Candyland. Cy consoled Arlo by saying "well Arlo you were the only one who got the special cards! That's exciting!" He is a sweet and caring older brother.
Cy has become obsessed with sports. He is getting quite good at skiing and can ski down any hill at Hyland. Almost every night we play football in the basement. And it's not just catch. There are rules: downs, special kicks, extra points, tackles and receivers, and the rules are usually in Cy's favor. He is not just obsessed with playing sports - he is obsessed with watching them too. He is counting down the days until the Superbowl. He will wake up and immediately ask Patrick who won the game the night before. Could be football, basketball, hockey, etc. He remembers every game, every score.
Which leads me to his numbers skills. I was so shocked the other day in the car that I had to call my mom. Cy and I were driving home from skiing and he started counting out loud by 5's, 3's, 2's, 10's, whatever I asked him. And he goes on and on all the way up to one hundred! He is certainly a numbers kid.
Arlo: sweet little Arlo continues to be a true charmer, melting hearts with his big beautiful eyes. He has been very proud of his toilet skills lately. He has been using his potty more and more each day. I figured out we are spending about $50 a month in diapers so that will be a real treat to get him off those! He has a maddening obsession about wearing certain articles of clothing. Usually a football jersey or a fishing shirt (that my parents got him a year ago in Canada.)
He is also very creative. Yesterday he built a gigantic ramp that spanned 15 feet and used every single wood block we have in the house.
His language skills are mind blowing. People comment all the time about how well he speaks. He doesn't just say a sentence. He links multiple sentences together to form large abstract ideas. He tells jokes that he creates on his own. He can express his feelings and emotions as well as any adult. He is also likes to take care of his stuffed animals and babies. He likes to make sure they are "warm and cozy." He usually has some sort of toy stuffed into his sock.
He also is very very physical. His teacher sent us a video of the kids in the gym at school and dear Arlo was doing laps and taking shots into a basket with a football, yelling "score" with his arms up everytime he made one.
He loves to climb as high and wherever his brother goes. At Little Gym class he can walk across a high balance beam and do all sorts of forward, backward, sideways rolls. At class his favorite are the balls though. He immediately starts taking shots. He can catch pretty well and he makes a surprisingly good amount of shots into the hoop.
Jackson has completely lost his marbles. He pants all.day.long. He needs help getting up the stairs and will relentlessly bark until someone comes to help him. He is so focused on food. He whines and whines until he is let into the kitchen when the boys are eating in hopes of finding some morsel on the ground. His breath and bottom stink horribly. BUT he is soooo loyal. He loves the boys. He is always in the same room as them. He sleeps in Arlo's room when everyone is gone. And last week when the sun was out and the temps were warm I took him to a park to run in the new, very deep snow and he was bounding all over the frozen lake like a little puppy. Can't wait until the temp warms so we can go again!
Well that's my little family update. Patrick and I are doing well too but I feel like you hear about us all the time. :) So stay warm friends and if you live somewhere other than here, be grateful for your weather!! :)
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
As much as we all loved the holidays and all the excitement that went with it, it sure is awfully nice to slow down a bit! We have been enjoying family time, time with special friends and family and getting outside as much as the Polar Vortex will allow! The boys were blessed with an extra two days of winter vacation thanks to the Vortex. Having school off for low temps is virtually unheard of in Minnesota, which as you know, means we had a real zinger of a cold spell! Honestly though, once you get to below zero I can't really tell the difference between 10 below and 40 below. Whatever! They both mean RUN to the car, RUN to the house, RUN into school, etc.
friends over for Polar Vortex day. The girls pulled Cy down the whole hall like this. They were a big mass of giggles and hugs.
It was bitter cold but beautiful out!
One big thing is that Uncle Mike moved here a week ago! I was supposed to be in NYC for a girls weekend that day but it got cancelled at the last minute (devastating!) Both girls were really really sick. So anyways, I helped Mike move in while Nana watched the boys. He lives in a 1 bedroom apartment right near Lake Calhoun. It's brand new and super hipster cool. Right on the greenway which I love. I came back Saturday, used his place as a homebase & went for a nice run around the lake. I think I might move in. Anyways he was sick of living in a tiny town & only spending time on work... because there was nothing else to do... So he kept his big accounts out in Montana/North Dakota and he will fly out there to see them once and a while and make new accounts in MN in the meantime. We are excited he is here. Pretty much every morning Arlo asks if we can go in his pool! Mike spent 4 or 5 days with us until all the paperwork went through and it was great. I actually got to shower and workout every day! So welcome to Minny, Mike!
This is his building - it looks a lot like the loft Patrick, Cy and I lived in.
So yeah, I think we are all enjoying being back in our routine and having some down time again. I have stopped going on Facebook for some reason! I stopped over break and since then I haven't had any desire to go back. Well, not I didn't completely stop because I still read my emails on it... I am sure I will check in whenever I feel like it but I don't read it every night/naptime like I was before. It is so refreshing right now not to have such a major time suck. Instead I sit by a fire and read a book or obsessively work on editing my pictures. I have no idea why I am so obsessed with photography lately but I am. I think it is such a nice hobby - I love being outside, walking through the woods & taking pics! Maybe I am obsessed because it has been so pretty out lately!
Speaking of pics, I should have some good ones next week: the kids are going to their grandparents' house on Sat night and Patrick and I are going to an 80's party! I totally want to make him wear those blue pants from our xmas card but I know he will fight me tooth and nail because they're too "snug" (They're skinny jeans, hee hee.) I am going to try to dig out my acid wash jeans - I hope I can find them!
so see ya later alligator! see ya soon ya buffoon.
Posted by Patrick, Jill, Cy, Arlo and Jackson (the dog!) at 9:47 PM