Friday, January 28, 2011

We Haven't Left the House in 5 Days

I went for a scrapbooking weekend with some girlfriends last week. It was a really good time!

However, before I left my son had been sick the few days before. Throwing up was involved but it wasn't a stomach thing. He had croup (for the 10th time) and he was just full of too much icky gunk. When I came home he was still sick and I even took him back to his Dr who gave him an antibiotic for an ear infection, his first.

What all this means is that except for the Dr on Tuesday we haven't been out of the house all week and it's starting to wear on me. We haven't even played in the snow because you don't take a sick kid outside in the snow. My husband let him do this yesterday, which just seemed stupid, but so damn cute, right?

From Martin Luther King Jr., parent conferences and snow days, Owen hasn't been to school in two weeks so he's going stir crazy too. There is a limit to how much shit you can do together before you want to run for the hills. The kids are feeling it and I am feeling it too.

So, in order to save us from killing each other dressed the kids for snow and we went outside. We played in the yard for a bit and even walked up the street, but there wasn't really anything to do there. With all the ice, it made snow angels or snow balls impossible.

I loaded the kids up and we went in search of a safe fun place to play in the snow, after the obligatory snow photos on our deck. We drove up to the elementary school and realized that while Owen is out, regular school is in so that was out. Then Owen said "Momma, I don't want to play without my friends." Oh snap! So, I got on the horn and called his friends in this order, Alexa, Max, Cooper. Cooper's mother Karen was the first one with a relatively open day. Good news! So, while she finished her dental appointment, I took the kids to the market. We were low on peanut butter because I discovered the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe ever and made it twice. Low on peanut butter! That just will not stand!

Here's the recipe:

1 c Peanut Butter
1 c Sugar ( or splenda)
1 egg

Bake at 350 for 10-12 min.

I swear they're good!

Anyhoo, as new snow began to fall we pulled into Karen's driveway, still dressed for snow. The kids were ready to get their play on. However, we got there in the middle of their lunch and they were eating something I NEVER buy for Owen, cheese puffs. So, Owen walked into the kitchen and announced that he hadn't eaten yet. Smooth, real smooth.

He gobbled up whatever Karen gave him and then we went to play outside. First thing on the agenda, pelting Mrs. Karen with snowballs.

For some reason, River is NOT a fan of the snow. I put her down on her knees because she refused to stand and didn't move until I moved her. Such a prima donna. She DOES NOT get that bullshit from me.

Stink eye:

Owen also isn't really a fan of sledding. He's not a thrill seeker per say, but luckily Karen had a mulch pile in her backyard that was covered in snow and it was just the right height for them.

Jane is still not a fan.

I finally got River off the ground by putting her in the swing. She seemed relieved to not be on the ground anymore and actually smiled as opposed to giving me the stink eye.

Then it was Jane Jane's turn for the swing.

Then the kids wanted to build a snowman. If I'm being honest, I can't say that we've ever done that but Owen had a great time doing it. Mrs. Karen has these cool wooden snowman accessories that she got from a Birthday party the kids went to and they are so damn neat! Wooden eyes, nose, mouth and buttons. Smartest idea ever to make these things!

River is sitting on the sled because she refused to sit in the snow. WTF?

No sooner had they finished this perfect little snowman when they decided to gut him.

I think they had a good time. Cooper is generally a hard kid to get a good photo of but I've learned that he will stick his tongue out or roar, whenever I ask him. These tend to be my favorite pictures anyway.

I was also impressed with my son's ability to pull another kid who while not as big as him, he's still not a feather.

Then Cooper pulled his sister. I was impressed.

Just to prove I was there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paper Mama's Photo Challenge ~ Friends

Most of my son's friends are girls. I'm not sure why, just lucky I guess. He's a part of a large playgroup that covers two counties and as most of us have had our second and third kids, we kinda just take what we get. The good thing about it is that he doesn't just not care that they're girls, he doesn't even notice. He has fun playing with anyone who will play with him.

This is a photo of my son (on the left) playing with his girlfriends Cora and Alexa. They're watching all the turtles in the water below. They've all known each other for over 3 1/2 years and at 4 years old, that's a hella long time. They spent this day doing everything we asked them not to. If I remember correctly, I think Owen even tried to run into the street and came home with a splinter or two. Good times.

The best thing about my kid's friends is that we adore all of them and I feel safe when my kids are with them. That's huge when you don't have family around.

Some others I liked from the day:

The Paper Mama

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paper Mama's Photo Challenge ~ A Different View

This is a tough one. Tough in a good way because I love doing odd things with angles. I'm all about weird angles. It's actually rare that I take a "normal" photo of my children. Sometimes I fill the frame so much that I can almost see their thoughts.

No one is complaining.

The tough part? Which one to choose.....

I chose the one of my son under water for several reasons. First, I love his toes and I wanted to show them under water, in this photo. I also knew I wanted the camera pointing up as to get optimal sunlight on the water. Second, I don't know how to swim and have never opened my eyes under water so this was a total crap shoot. I knew what I wanted and I ended up with just that. This was one of those facing my fears kinda moments because looking at this photo now I can feel my breathing stiffen. Just the thought of being covered in water makes me shaky.

Some others I love:

The Paper Mama