Feb 21, 2014

A Drive Of Games

I heard the kids laughing outside and it struck my curiosity, so I walked out to the front of the house wondering what they were laughing at.  When I got to the driveway, they were breaking bricks apart on the concrete.  Personally, I didn't find this to be funny, but again, I'm not nine and ten years old.  I had Tobster and Landon pick up the mess and found them something else to do.  Even though the two older boys are fairly responsible, I was still afraid a brick was going through someone's window.  So, chalk it was.  I pulled out our gazillion containers of chalk from our garage.  Their next idea was to draw their favorite video game characters and titles on the driveway.  It was interesting to watch them draw Angry Birds and the Zelda logo, etc.  I must say, not too shabby in the art department.  I couldn't draw an Angry Bird to save my life.  Liam tried to draw a few things, too.  All the boys are so good together.  Toby is in love with Liam.  He gives Liam big bear hugs every time he sees him.  He is such a sweet, good-hearted kid.

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Landon explaining the schematic.  I suppose it's always good to be on the same page before a starting a project.

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Feb 19, 2014

Slip, Slide, Sled

I've been wanting to do this for a long time, especially since I have two boys now.  This isn't Landon's (or Liam's) first experience.  I'm certain Landon did some sledding at Aaron's parents' house when he was younger, and they both enjoyed sledding at my sister's not too long ago when she kept them overnight.  Let's just say it was my first experience with them both.  They had so much fun.  Liam was a little leery about going down the big hill by himself, but once he did, he was ALL about doing it several more times without hesitation.  You couldn't wipe that sweet smile off his face, even if you tried.  Watching the boys, big and little, sled together was so nice.  I loved seeing those big genuine I'm-having-the-time-of-my-life smiles planted on their faces as they zoomed past me.  The laughter made my heart melt.  We were in Heaven, even if we did slip and slide down the hill more times than we could count. 

I told Landon and Liam to wear their gloves, but being the manly men that they are (and maybe a tad bit stubborn), they decided against them.  And truthfully, I didn't feel like fighting them.  I think they learned by the end of the day why we wear gloves in the snow.  :)  But, I didn't have mine on either, so whatever.

It was gloomy and getting dark and it was cold so we headed back home to thaw out.  Speaking of gloom, I was amazed how beige we looked in these photos.  Thanks, Winter!  Ha!

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Not the greatest quality photo, but I loved it!  It really captured how we were feeling and how much fun we were having.

Feb 15, 2014

Crafty Valentines

Landon had his Valentine's Day Party at school yesterday.  The evening before he asked me if we could find something to put his valentine cards in.  Unless you make your own, it's difficult to find a cute empty box or pre-made bags.  We found some white cloth bags he liked and then paired them with some red glitter.  We were probably in the store for an hour looking for something that seemed non-existent.  He had the idea that he could draw on the bags with the glitter -- giving it his own personal touch without spending hours or tons of money on it.  He's a boy, and boys typically keep things simple.  I love the "less is more" mentality (another reason I love having boys).  Liam helped as much as Landon would allow, which is understandable.  After all, it was Landon's project.  Landon was proud.  Liam is more of a watcher.  He loves to sit back and take it all in anyway, so it worked out.  He can learn a lot from Landon, and he does!  I loved Landon's little valentine bag.  I will cherish it forever.

Who knew something so small could make a child so happy!

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And then, for good measure, I attempted a snowflake shot.  Not bad, but definitely not the best.  These are extremely difficult to do, come to find out.  The hardest part is finding them and keeping them from melting while you're trying to get the money shot!