Friday, April 29, 2016

Singin in the snow

April showers look awfully fluffy and white in Colorado.

Friday, April 22, 2016

School Pictures II: Revenge of the Kindergarten - UPDATED

So there was a notice about spring school pictures. "Since when do they do pictures more than once?" I asked Ben.  "Since whenever they figured they could make more money" he wisely replied. "Well, not from me" I declared, and resolved not to give them money and threw the flyer away.

Then I felt all sad and nostalgic and my babies are growing so fast and I tried to log on to order them later.  But alas, I didn't have the code and their website sucks, so I gave up.

Then Jack gave himself a haircut that week.  Then Jack had his other front tooth pulled that week.  Then Jack tripped and smacked his head the day before.

Alright, totally not buying pictures.  But I kinda wish I could see them.  I dutifully dressed him and combed him in case there was a class portrait too, so he would look nice for others.

Fast forward a month and Jack brings this home:

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You guys.  Wat.  Seriously? Have you ever seen such doofy crazy eyes?  I'll zoom in for you.

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Seriously? So fabulous.

I swear I didn't order these.  I have no idea why we got them.  And it's not just a couple prints.  They sent me a deluxe set.

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So please, email me that you want 5x7's, 4x6's, wallets, and keychains of this amazing Ode to the Kindergarten Trifecta of Accidents. We'll keep the puzzle portrait for ourselves.

UPDATE - I logged into LifeTouch and it prompted me to "Order more portraits or pay for portraits I already received."  Looking at the fine print, it appears this is a marketing ploy.  I'm supposed to return any unwanted prints to them via the school.  I think we will keep the "fun pack" with the puzzle, but return the rest unless someone wants to pay for it themselves. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tooth Extraction #2

Jack's second chipped tooth turned gray and started hurting.  Time to take it out for the Tooth Fairy!

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Sam demanded a picture too, but only gave me tongue:
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Blizzard

The weather flipped from the sunny zoo trip yesterday, to a blizzard today.  All schools were closed along with my Zumba class at the Apex Center :-(  At least the official closure dismissed my guilt about sleeping late (8:20!) and not wanting to drag the kids out in the snowy streets.

I did my best to keep the boys entertained without going anywhere.  Ben planned for a snow day and worked from home.  Best of all, we didn't lose power!  The snow was very wet and heavy and there were strong winds.  I saw on the Xcel website that there were many outages in our area.  Woohoo for us!

Extra pajama time after breakfast, because why not?
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I built them a fort.  I don't think they appreciated how dope a fort I made.
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This was in the morning, before it got super heavy.
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I'm glad I keep a well stocked baking pantry.  I made a loaf of garlic bread from scratch for dinner, and the boys helped me make cookies with chocolate chips, pretzels, and caramel chunks. (The first pic is a high five in progress)
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Before naptime they bundled up to play.
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Me keeping a safe watch from inside.
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Ben heard a big galumph and was surprised to see Jem crash down into the basement window well next to his desk.  Jack helped make a rescue. 
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After spaghetti dinner and cookie dessert, the roads were cleared fairly well and the snow finally stopped.  We all went to Target for this and that and to stretch our legs.  I hope I can make up that gym visit and get the guys some indoor playground action tomorrow.  I bought some paint crafts and boiled eggs for dying too.  Oh, spring break.  Why are you so long?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Zoo Zoo Zoo

We've had a fun spring break so far.  The Masons came to visit family and play like crazy with the boys.  They love seeing their grandparents. 

Today we had nothing planned.  It's supposed to snow tomorrow, and my zoo membership expires the end of April.  That suggested to me that today would be a splendid day to see animals. 

It's fun to see Sam get more and more excited about seeing animals with each visit.  Jack brought his notebook and made a list of every animal we visited. 

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring break bummer

On arrival this morning we found out that the camp I had signed up for Jack's spring break was cancelled. He was absolutely crushed. Gotta figure out how to spend our days now. Went to a park this morning. Ben improved one of my pictures for me.