Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cabin Fever!

Apparently, South Dakota Winters can happen in Illinois! It has been a long winter- cold and snowy. Keeping Evan and Jaden occupied, on something other than the iPad, has taken creativity, patience, and a little imagination.
Here are Evan and Jaden's top-ten tips for having fun while staying warm inside!
1. Build lots of forts. Ingredients: an empty coffee table, all the pillows from two couches, and every stuffed animal you can find to lay on top.  

 2. Stay connected to friends with your phones and welcome them to your house by wearing their boots. 

3. Take a day to clean out your pantry. Tip- opening and dumping the food on the floor motivates the parents to organize and clean quicker than just telling them to clean. 

4. Host a concert. Everyone likes to relax to some music. 

 5. Add some Color to your life! 
(note the difference between E & J even in their coloring:)

6. Create a bus! What you need: take a clothes basket, throw all the clothes that are inside of it over the railing from 2nd floor to 1st floor. Then use the empty basket as a bus! Take turns pushing each other around the hall.....for those daring enough, push your brother down the stairs. 
7. Take a nap. Or just pretend. It helps to have kitty-cat sleeping bags made from your Grandpa's shirts:) 
 8. Bake some cookies. Added bonus, work on your alphabet while eating them! 
(note: mom did NOT let us eat the entire J & E cookies!!) 
9. Make a mess. How else will you learn how to clean up? (this mess was made in 3 minutes). 
 10. When all other resources have been exhausted: turn to the iPad!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Amusing Adventures with Auntie!

Evan and Jaden were spoiled by Aunt Laurie last weekend in the Wisconsin Dells. The boys had fun sliding down the waterslides and riding cars at the indoor amusement park……wait. I should rephrase: Jaden had a blast going down the waterslides and driving cars at the amusement park………Evan, on the other-hand, enjoyed floating on the lazy river and cheering for his brother every time his go-cart went flying by. Their different personalities are too cute!
Bumper Cars

A huge ball-pit jungle gym. 

Auntie brought 3 pints of blueberries......
I don't think the boys shared any!

 Good thing Jaden didn't sleep on the top bunk as he fell out of the bottom bunk the first night :(
 Pancakes only taste good with a lot of grape jelly!
 One Cool Dude
 Another ride that Evan enjoyed watching and waving from the sidelines.