17 February 2013

Pizza Tradition

Amelia had Friday and will enjoy Monday off from school. Each year we visit Justin on Valentine's Day and shower him with treats and such. We decided to visit the day after since Amelia was not in school. The logistics worked out better. When we walked into the lobby Phillip raised his arms and waved salutation to a group of ladies standing at the balcony. He shouted, "Welcome home!" The kids get so excited to visit Justin at work. Everett used the cubicle aisles like a plane runway, running races and taking off on tangents. Phillip handed out high fives and knuckles. Amelia talked with the ladies telling them about school. We converged into Justin's office where Phillip commandeered Justin's office chair, picked up the phone, and punched sums into the 10 key. He looked quite at home! The kids were excited to leave with a strip of calculator paper and a name label stuck to their clothes. We had lunch at Pizza Hut. Yum!

Yesterday I finally reached my saturation level for tolerance of our dirty van. The boys do quite a sticky, messy number on my poor van. It took me three hours to scrub, wipe, vacuum, and clean the carpets. It is tolerable once again...for a couple days. I cannot believe how quickly it gets gummed up. Makes cleaning feel like a full-time, never-ending chore. If I clean the basement the upstairs is a disaster. If I clean the kitchen the bathroom and living room are a disaster. Guess those kids are busy making messes and memories. I made sushi for dinner. It was delish!! We had a vegetable roll, Alaska roll, and crab/tiger sauce roll. Now that we have supplies for sushi we will enjoy it more often. Hooray.

Valentine's Day 2013

Tuesday: the boys were glad to be back at the gym for basketball after missing two weeks.
Wednesday: enjoyed a fun storytime reading a cute Biscuit the Dog book with Ms Nightingale.

We had a really fun Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is much more fun once you learn that it is more about sharing "I Love You" with those closest to you. I enjoyed making Valentine's Day a bit more special for my little family. The kids woke up to a fun table filled with candy and bubbles. The boys and I took Mia to school so I could drop off cute little juice boxes for the class party. We stopped for Valentine doughnuts after dropping her off. We blew thousands of bubbles in the garage since it was too WINDY and cold outside. Everett says bubbles so sweetly that I could listen to him say the word 100 times. Phillip helped me make an apple pie from scratch for our evening snack. Amelia skipped home from the bus lugging her Valentine box stuffed full of cards and candy. She was in 7th heaven. Justin came home sporting a gorgeous bouquet of yellow roses for me. He had to make a run to Safeway for onions, he came back with a pink bouquet of carnations for Amelia. She was over the top excited. She barely sputtered out a thank-you! So adorable. Good one Justin! Justin cooked up two huge steaks. I made juice, salad, sharp cheddar cheese asparagus, and yam fries. Amelia set up the table and spent and hour decorating it with the boys redecorating after her. We enjoyed apple pie by candle light for dessert. Then we had a fun time watching the kids go nuts running around and dancing until bedtime. Our digital piano plays a select number of demo songs. The kids love the organ song, a skippy number that they all sing an off-key note at the end with arms extended. Sort of reminds me when my siblings and I would perform "Have I Done Any Good."


My Game Boy

Most folks know a Gameboy as a handheld gaming device. We have a Game Boy...named Phillip. This kid absolutely LOVES board games and puzzles. About three times a day he begs me to "play game?". How can I resist that? His favorites games are Animal Sequence, Connect Four, and Zingo. Phillip makes up his own rules for the games. I try to teach him how to play correctly but he has other ideas. Now I just enjoy and follow his lead. His current favorite way to play sequence is to put chips on one entire side of the board, make the animal sounds, and say the complete animal name (like Alice the Aligator). He has a surprisingly long attention span for some things like games, reading books, and watching his favorite shows. That gives me hope he will be okay when he matures! In the last photo Amelia is telling me that "Moooooom, Phillip stiiiiiiinks....ewwwww!"

Making Valentines

Monday evening Justin and I had the same idea for a FHE lesson. I had a major headache so was relieved he came up with a spiritual lesson. I took the coloring portion of his lesson and made it a bit more elaborate. We each made a Valentine for someone in our family. Phillip used a quarter bottle of glue and glitter on his heart. Amelia declared my Valentine needed some pizzazz. Everett mostly enjoyed coloring with marker around his spot at the table and eating the markers. It was great fun! Earlier that day the kids ate an entire gigantic bowl of grape snow ice. They both looked like grape vampires. Crack me up! Amelia wanted to play in the snow and throw snowballs at Phillip. Phillip was not so gracious with the snow throwing. The kids ended up in a huge tangled mess as they sorted their difference of opinions. I think Phillip won since Amelia is a wimp.