Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lots of brother love

 Baby B has recently discovered that he likes one episode of Baby Einstein.  He was pretty sick for a few weeks and so we watched the same 14 minute episode often.  His brothers were so kind and patient to sit with him and snuggle while watching the show.  


Monday, January 16, 2017

Marade

 We braved the wet snow and headed out for the annual MLK marade.  This is such a peaceful unifying event that we felt was especially important this year.  The boys never complained, in fact they asked to go.  Landon even helped carry the schools banner.
 The snow didn't hold the crowds back a bit.  It was so incredible to see so many people.
 B fell asleep on the way, so snuggled.


Last year Brian wasn't able to join us, but he was this year.  I think he was every bit as inspired as I was and we both are making this a priority as a family tradition.  Definitely one of my favorite events of the year.  

Pedicures with Sarah

Sarah has been one of our amazing babysitters for almost a year now.  We wanted to thank her and give her an experiential gift for Christmas and Ads came up with the idea of pedicures.  We even convinced Landon to come.  Such a fun snowy afternoon with Sarah.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ice Skating

 I was able to get away for an afternoon last week and go on Adler's class field trip to ice skate!  I hadn't been on skates in 10 years and it was Adler's first time.  He patiently worked at his skills and made tremendous improvements in the short time we were there.  

And the moms having fun!

New Years Day at the office

The big guys and I had a downtown adventure together on new years day. My office was empty and the resident "hoverboards" and nerf guns made for a lot of fun. We took a lunch bread at Chipotle too. I'm not sure this leaves them with a particularly accurate idea of what work really is...




Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ski date

 The big guys and I had a fun day skiing last weekend.  We ran into Landon's best bud from school, an added bonus!

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Years Eve

 For the past 9 years (with the exception of the year Adler was in the hospital), we have done fondue for New Years Eve.  Its always a fun evening and has become an important tradition for our kids and our families.  This year Santa brought the boys a chocolate fountain.  As you can tell from the chaos of these pictures, it was a hit.  




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cookies!

A friend needed us to bring home her son after school a few weeks ago and so I decided to make a quick batch of sugar cookies and frosting and let them decorate.  Things are a lot busier with baby B (though this particular day he was a good napper), but I want the big guys to have their same old traditions, and this is one of them.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

B Gardens lights

We met some friends at the gardens last week for their annual holiday lights.  I am clearly not a good photographer, but this was the best one I got.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Good Fences

Until yesterday we'd only used our fireplace once this season and Blane burned his finger being his usual curious self. So I asked for this gate for him for Christmas but it was really for the whole family so we could use the fireplace safely. Landon has always loved the fireplace so I wasn't surprised (but still smiled to myself) when I found him reading by the fire on the inside of the gate. And then later that day both big guys read together by the fire while their little brother was locked safely away on the outside.


Christmas


This was Blane's second Christmas but first one where he was more than just a little baby lump. He sort of got the idea but really I think he mostly liked having a lot of his favorite people around and a whole new array of stuff to get into. As the last kid, the family either showed restraint or burnout, and Blane didn't get nearly as much stuff as his his brothers did at his age. He did get some new toys though, like this cars and ramps thing that Kari picked out for him. Immediately after opening it (with some help) his brother volunteered to assemble it for him, which for me anyway was one of the highlights of the holidays. 






Amazing hair



Friday, December 23, 2016

Piano

 The big guys are starting piano after the holidays and so we got out our keyboard yesterday and they all had so much fun together.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

One more from the cruise

On our last day on the cruise, we stopped at Castaway Cay, Disneys private island in the Bahamas.  I saw on the Disney Cruise app that one of the activities that day was a 5K, so I signed up.  It was HOT and a mile walk to and from the start, but I did it. 

Snow fun!

 We got quite a bit of snow last weekend, but it was too cold to play in until yesterday, and by then a lot of it had melted.  Adler was very proud to be able to make a small snowman.
 Grandma bought Baby B some snow boots for Christmas and so we let him open them early to enjoy the snow fun.  
 He thinks he's a big guy like his brothers.