50/50 split

Lately Jake has been all about puzzles. He had just one puzzle of a train that he would put together at least ten times each day until I found these Ninja Turtle puzzles for two bucks at Target. So now he rotates through the turtle puzzles and the train puzzle daily. And as he finishes them, he lines them all up together, as pictured. Solid proof that while he looks 100% like Deric (except his nose!), his personality is 100% from me. Oh boy. ;)


life lately

So glad January is over! Both Jan and Feb are my least favorite months of the year, with the exception of the very few days of snow I cross my fingers for. Halfway through winter and onto spring! (I should give credit where its due however, and mention that it was warm enough to go to the park this morning for a good long while before it began to rain incessantly. Even a little break from cabin fever is so appreciated at this point.) Nothing too exciting to report about over the past month, just a smattering of new crafts and activities to keep our sanity.

Practicing with his new toddler scissors...

These scissors are brilliant! I don't know if I'm late to the game or not, but they're spring-loaded or something so Jake only has to hold the outside and squeeze them together. It took less than a minute to help him figure them out, and then I cleaned out the entire linen closet while he confetti'd his room, so big win for the scissors.

Lots of baking happening. I'm not very creative when it comes to making up games to play--I leave that to the fun parent-- but I'm good at including Jake in cooking and baking. So we made cinnamon rolls one afternoon, and then I had a cinnamon roll for breakfast (ok, and for a snack..) for like a week straight.

Helping fix his broken bed rail. As soon as he saw Deric bring in his tools, Jake told me he probably needed to get his tools too to help Daddy.

Nothing fancy, but I forget about playdoh so often that its pretty exciting when I remember to pull it out.

I finally put all that pinning to good use and actually did one of the activities I'd saved. Jake drew the snowman's face, complete with a "pickle nose" based off the book Snowmen at Night that Grandma read to him over and over at Christmas.

And another idea from Pinterest...a car wash/bubble bath for some toy trains in the sink. I've done this twice now and each time Jake was totally into it for an hour and a half! I pour in his bubble bath, add some trains and every so often, give him another kitchen utensil to use. Then I go about whatever kitchen prep and cooking needs to happen and when we're both done, we sop up all the water on the floor, change Jake's soaking wet clothes, and move on. The car wash idea is going to be in my back pocket hopefully forever. Jake always wants to help me in the kitchen but sometimes he just can't, so this is a lifesaver because he gets to be right next to me but doing his own thing.

Looking back, I guess January wasn't so bad. But we're still ready to hustle spring here a little quicker and get back to enjoying parks and playgrounds on a daily basis!


Snow Day!

I was skeptical that we'd see snow this year since its been such a mild winter so far, but! we finally got some snow and I couldn't be happier. The forecast called for snow overnight last night and continuing throughout the day so when I woke up and there was only a dusting, I thought our chances of a snow day were going to fall through. And then around noon I took Jake outside to play and the snow really started falling! His Tonka trucks were a major hit in the snow, especially the bulldozer that could clear a path for the other trucks. We ventured over to the playground for a few minutes but when Jake went down the slide, the snow shot up his pant legs so that was a good time to go inside for lunch.

After we all napped for a solid two hours, Deric and Jake headed back outside and stayed out until it was dark. Thank goodness Grandma found Jake some bibs and snowboots or that southern baby would never have lasted so long!


baby #2's time to shine

Now that I'm halfway through this pregnancy its about time we started documenting it like we did with Jake. Its nice to have the photos to compare with this pregnancy since everything else has seemed pretty different from carrying Jake. I'm pretty convinced I didn't start showing as soon with this baby as I did with Jake, which is why we got such a late start to the photos. (That and its majorly weird to be posing by myself for a photo, so I don't miss that!) Luckily Jake jumped in for a couple shots even though he wasn't feeling too photogenic.


Christmas travels

Last Christmas post and then we're embracing the new year! I've already rearranged and reorganized some spaces in the house. This motivation to start fresh is the only reason to love January;) That, and the chance of snow...

We started our travels in Port Hope with my family. Puzzles, knitting, games and lots of reading books made for a nice break from the normal routine. Unfortunately Deric got sick with something one day and we all experienced some wicked sinus issues thanks to this flip-flopping weather, but we still had a great time.

Once all the grandkids got in town, we broke out the graham crackers and candy and made gingerbread houses (or trains, castles and playgrounds..). Deric, Dad and I engineered the skeleton of Jake's train and then let him take over with candy decorating. Jake was very serious about placement of the candy; note that little tongue sticking out in concentration. And once he figured out the frosting was edible (and delicious), it got real.

After an incredible Christmas dinner (Dad's tenderloin makes that ten hour drive worth it), we opened stocking stuffers and played Minute to Win It games with the whole family. Celebrating Christmas with great-grandparents and everyone on down was pretty special.

After a few days in Michigan, we drove down to Deric's parents' house. J We spent one evening with all of Deric's aunts and uncles, cousins and their kids, then did another Christmas morning with the immediate family. Jake loved spending all day playing with his cousins, eating good food and even practicing his bowling skills one morning. After a week and a half spent traveling, we were all ready to get home but we still miss our families and were glad for the opportunity to squeeze both into one trip!