Life is sooooooooooooo busy as a working momma of THREE kids... but, life is also full of so many "little" things...you know, those simple pleasures that really bring so much joy... I'm mostly thinking of the dopey things that my kids say and do that make me laugh... but also the little adventures we have or the day trips that we do... you think you will remember them all, but those memories really do fade over time. I am hoping to sit down once a month (ideally, once a week, but being that I hardly manage one decent shower a week, we'll aim for once a month for now! LOL) to detail those quotable quotes or beautiful little actions (or those not so much) as well as our family activities. I hope you enjoy!! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Snow Day

Well, after NO snow days last year, we were all WILDLY excited to wake up this past week to a SNOW DAY!!!  So, what did we do?!?  Have some quality family time... Here is our Top 10 list... Dedicated to the sweet little Rose who had her first real snow experience (yes, I realize, it wasn't exactly a BIG snow, but those seemed to stop shortly after she was born... I could go into the funny story of the storm that suddenly came upon us the NIGHT she was born, but that's better shared, by John, in person...lol).

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Snow Day

1.  Homemade Pancakes, DUH!

One of our favorite things to do is make homemade pancakes.  But, lately, we've had so much going on that we haven't had time to make them.  Snow Day?  The perfect excuse to make a mess of the kitchen and all the time in the world to clean it up (not to mention, John went in to work late so we also had someone to CLEAN UP the mess in the kitchen).  We even had JUST the right number of eggs... I took that as a sign.

2.  Waiting for Daddy to Come Sliding Down the Hill

 So, John headed out to work, as usual, right around 7.  We said our goodbyes and watched him dig out his car,  waving goodbye and then heading off to start the day.  Well, less than 10 minutes later, John showed up at the door, again, telling the tale, which Ryan got a kick out of (we didn't even realize he was listening... he's been doing this a lot lately... gotta be more careful!!), of how he turned off the next block to face a short, but steep hill, only to come sliding back down, sideways, each time he tried, until he gave up.  He decided to stay home until 9 and then try again.  Well, we said our goodbyes AGAIN at nine and, I thought, went about our day when I found Ryan sitting at the open front door just looking out into the street.  When I asked him what he was doing, he very innocently replied, "I'm watching for daddy to come sliding down the hill!".  Before I could even get my phone out to text John a picture (but, over course, AFTER I took a pic with my new camera), sure enough, he came pulling into the driveway.  :)

3.  Helping Mommy Shovel

    Of course, as any parent with a child who has "helped" with ANYTHING knows that...(A.)It, in reality, is anything BUT help.  (B.) It will take you three times as long to get the job done. and (C.) The job FAR outlives the child's desire to be helpful.  'Tis a nice thought, though, and some might say is worth the time to teach your child a valuable lesson of helping... all I have to say is blah, blah, BLAH!

4.  Make Snow Angels

     An old time favorite that made me cringe, thinking about how cold it would make the kids because it was like 20 below out (seriously... I know, I know, it has to be cold to snow, but the temps around here have gone well below that 

margin...seriously!) there already without getting wet!!

5.  Climb Our Favorite Tree

All the while listening to mommy plead, "Don't slip and crack your head!" (while taking pictures, of course, DUH!  Gotta have documentation of them before their first trip to the ER, no?!).

6.  Drink Hot Chocolate

     It has taken a LONG time, for whatever reason, to get the boys into hot chocolate.  I do remember the first hot chocolate experience... Happened a year ago this past fall... Had taken Ryan and Patrick to the doctor for their flu shots, assuring them that they were scheduled for the mist, not the shot.  As fate would have it, the doctor realized Ryan had had a bronchial infection 11 months prior, so he didn't meet the "12 month clear lung" criteria for the mist (I swear Ryan inherited John's luck...truly uncanny!). So, being the BAD mommy who had sworn no shot when there was a shot to be had (Sad to report, this was NOT the first time I've made this mistake and, yes, the first time WAS, again, Ryan...kid was a hot mess before his Kinder doctor appointment because I would NOT promise him no shots even though I was 99.9% sure there were to be no shots, but I'd learned... In any event, THAT time, of course, there were no shots. *sigh*), we stopped off at Dunkin' Donuts for donuts and hot chocolate on our way to Patrick's soccer pictures.  We were on a tight schedule, so we ate the donuts and had to take the hot chocolate to go (DDs does NOT mess around with their hot chocolate...that stuff is a tad bit HOTTER than hot!).  Anyway, I can't recall exactly what happened, but something to the effect of me having too many things in my hands, rain, an INSANE crowd at the highly disorganized picture event, combined with me having to carry Ryan's hot chocolate because the kid is slower than molasses, all leading to some sort of spillage and yet another nightmare on top of a ridiculously nightmarish day to begin with... But, alas, we all survived and while we have yet to ever go OUT for hot chocolate again, I love how the boys ask for it from time to time (even if it is just an excuse for a midday, not-having-to-eat-a-meal-before marshmallow treat)! :). Perfect way to cap off playing in the snow!

7.  Midday Nap

Oh, ya!  Mommy's FAVORITE on this list, hands down!! ;). In any event, I loved discovering that Ryan had set up a sweet spot in our bay window to kick back and listen to some tunes.  If I wasn't afraid of testing the strength of our 30+ year old hanging bay, then I would have come up with some sure fire excuse to kick his hinny out and jumped in there myself... Of course that would have been swiftly interrupted by some sort of "Mommy, I need this" or, "Mommy, ________ did _________ to me" (blanks to be filled, depending on the occasion and the children involved)... I know, I know, I will SURELY miss these years when they are older... A lot easier to SAY years later than to HEAR while you are in the thick of it)!  LOL

8.  Creative Play

Today we were pirates and built a pirate ship... Rather creative, I feel, since it actually didn't revolve around Angry Birds... Although, I do believe there were birds IN the pirate ship with the boys as they sailed off into the sunset...

9.  Taking Matters into Your Own Hands When Your Stinky Brothers Won't Let You in THEIR Pirate Ship

     A picture says a thousand words, no?!  Little do those boys know that I've been waiting well over 30 years to exact revenge on my own, exclusive brothers... When the day comes that Katy actually CARES, she and I will build a FAR better pirate ship and make them sorry for being STINKY! ;). Just kidding (kind of, sort of, but probably not really)!

10.  Flushing Ice Cubes to Do It All Again Tomorrow

     I was REALLY hoping this happened because snow was in the forecast.  I might have actually gotten up wicked early to make sure I captured Ryan's reaction on video.  But, alas, the snow waited until later in the day... Did get us out an hour early from school, so I guess we'll take it!


Well, until next time!

<3 Kimberly, John, Two Boys, and a Little Rose

P.S.  I have learned the art of blogging on the go, using the Notepad app on my iPad.  Not having the pictures in front of me, I now realize the gross error of my ways... creative play DID, in fact, involve Angry Birds... shoulda known...

Fighting the Winter Blues...

Happy Birthday, Sweet
Little Rose!

It has been COOOOOOOOOLD here lately which has been tough! Of course, Ryan's been DYING to ride his jeep and he has never been one to take "no" for an answer, so we have to break it out, regularly, to keep him happy.  At least he's getting lots of use out of it because the darn thing took up a good portion of our Christmas budget.  Oops, I mean, the elves, yeah, the elves, worked long and hard to build that thing, so I'm sure they'd be happy to know that he LOVES it.  In any event, it is hard to keep from climbing the walls in the winter, in spite of the jeep, with three ACTIVE kids.  And, with the exception of birthday season that now kicks off a couple of weeks sooner because of sweet Katy Kate, winter is usually our quiet season!  

This past weekend, a three day weekend, no less we realized on Sunday morning, after the kids had been cooped up all day on Saturday, that we needed to leave the house, lest we face mutiny at the hands of the three (who do outnumber us)! :). Of course, none of the local bounce houses had open hours, so we planned an impromptu trip to the Children's Museum of Richmond.  We are HUGE fans of Children's Museums and have done three of the D.C. area ones, but we have never hit the one in Richmond.  What's more, we learned that the "one" in Richmond actually has three different locations!  So, while we have explored one after this past weekend (which was GREAT!), we have others that we can try before the weather gets more humane.

The kids had a great time.  Katy's favorite exhibit was the Dinosaur Dig... She could have spent all day digging up bones in the indoor sandbox.  Well, that was, until one of the shopping carts in the Grocery Store exhibit became available.  Then she spent the rest of the time pushing the shopping cart (we do have one at home, so not sure why it was such a hit) all OVER the museum... Bumming John out since the cart belongs in the Grocery Store exhibit, no?

Look!  It's John! :)

QUICK! Pick the apple! :)
Ryan was floored when, low and behold, he looked up and one of his buddies from school was there!  His friend John's (who has two sisters) parents apparently had the same thought and were down for the day.  This worked well for John because he had some friends of the male variety to play with and it worked well for Ryan AND Patrick as the three had blast.  I think that was their favorite part... That OR the Apple Orchard where they got to run around picking apples that continuously regrew (we need one of these at our house)... I was amazed at how they never got bored!

We had a great time.  The next couple of weekends are busy, again,  so it worked out perfectly that we got to squeeze it in!!  If you want to see the rest of the pictures, copy and paste link to Snapfish!  http://www2.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=9941288007/a=28592081_28592081/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

:) Kimberly, John, Two Boys, and a Little Rose

P.S.  The weather turned out to be GORGEOUS... Nearly 70 degrees... Shoulda checked the weather first and we coulda just done the park... LOL

A Very Merry...

...stay tuned... just saving some space... maybe I'll get back to it one day (probably before Fall Fun... LOL)!