Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Official SNOW day!

Since this is really truly the last day of Christmas Break (AKA the break-that-never-ends!) I thought the boys should finally get to play in the snow instead of just looking out the window saying, “shovel snow, shovel snow?” Thanks to an idea from a friend, why not bring the snow to the boys………inside!
I’m sure my neighbors thought I was crazy hauling 5 gallon buckets of snow inside the house (side note: a great way to get my fitbit flights of stairs in for the day!) After the tub was filled with about 50 gallons of snow……the boys put on their boots, snow suits, and mittens and ventured to where else but the bathtub!
They jabbered the whole way up the stairs when I told them what we were going to do. I’m sure in their twin talk they were saying, “I think mom has gone crazy! There is snow in our house!”
They only stood for about a second in the tub before they dug in and snow went flying! Evan loved to scooped it up with the ‘shovel’ and let it fly.

Of course their mittens didn’t stay on very long!
I knew it was coming……eating the snow! It was like ice cream to them- they couldn’t stop once they started. (Don't worry- I did dig to get snow in the middle so it was as fresh as it could be).

Evan and Jaden were dried off and everything put back normal before Dad came home!! Shhhh!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas 2013!

We didn’t need to dream for a white Christmas in South Dakota! It seemed to snow a little bit every day. But it was the cold cold temperatures which forced us to wear all 8 winter coats that our family had packed. You can tell I’m from South Dakota as I even start out my blog about Christmas with information about the weather! 
We really enjoyed spending a full week with family and friends in SD. Evan and Jaden were spoiled with attention. 

Before we left I downloaded toddler apps to my Nook. Jaden LOVES puzzles. Would love to hear suggestions of good apps for kiddos. 

Cousin Elliot

They also learned what presents were- of course it didn’t matter whose name was on the gift, they’d help open it! Luckily they did get to ‘give’ not just receive as they helped deliver meals-on-wheels (on the warmer days!). 

Seeing the kitty-cats, bales of hay, snow piles, horses and mochas (moo cows) was an adventure for the last couple days. They both cried when the tractor ride stopped and they had to get out. I think Grandpa has a couple summer hay-making helpers to look forward to!

Everyone got their steps in Christmas Day giving Evan and Jaden rides in their new red waggon. Thanks, Great Aunt Bondell!
 Thanks family for all of the wonderful Christmastime memories.

Also, thanks to all our friends back in Normal for keeping our fish fed and driveway shoveled while we were gone.
 And thanks, Aunt Laurie, for the quiet ride home!