Thursday, January 17, 2013
Both boys are very interested in all things "computer-y". Whether it's the starfall.com website that Micah's teacher uses at school for reading and math lessons or games on the Kindle and iPad, they would do that stuff all day if we let them. We're trying to figure out a good way to limit screen time while still allowing them to do the things they enjoy. Right now, we just try to balance some time with the screens with time doing physical things...basketball hoop, couch jumping (an Olympic sport at our house) or just playing with games/toys of the non-electronic variety. We get outside when we can because they both love that. Gone are the days when parents can let their kids run around the neighborhood like we did when we were kids. They have to be supervised closely, so sometimes it's difficult to do that as much as we would like. As you can see in this picture, Jacob's favorite non-screen activity is still spending time chewing his fingers :-)
Here are a few more photos and videos from our time in Wisconsin. As you can see, the kids had lots to do. Aunt Amanda showed them how to make ice cream in plastic bags and they took turns cracking open geodes to see the sparkles inside. Of course, they both enjoyed sledding, although I think the cold got to Jacob as you can see in this last video :-) We had a little snow this week in Arkansas and I Micah could talk about was going sledding. Unfortunately it wasn't nearly enough for that so then all we heard about was getting back on that plane and going to Wisconsin again! I am happy to report that Jacob is much better now. Dan's got a cold, but hopefully, he'll get it out of the way before rehearsals for the show start in earnest. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who sent cards and gifts to us for Christmas and birthday. Every time we get something in the mail the boys both get so excited. I wish I had videos of all of that for you to see. I have a few I'll be adding in another post. We really do appreciate you thinking of us despite the distance.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Well, most of you have heard about our Christmas saga, which I guess is a good example of how we make plans, but life doesn't always follow them. In case you haven't, here it is: we missed our initial flight to Wisconsin due to a flat tire on the way to the airport. Although we got there only about two minutes after the flight was scheduled to leave, they would not let us board the plane. After talking with the airline attendant, we decided that our only feasible choice to get to WI by Christmas was to drive there. So we drive back home from the airport and the boys and I packed new bags (our bags made it on the plane, but we did not so we had no luggage) and Dan had four new tires put on the car. We then drove up north. It took us three days since we stopped at a hotel twice. In hindsight, that was a good decision since i helped us all keep our sanity. In fact I think the hotel pool was one of the highlights of the whole experience for Micah :-) We were thankful to not have to worry about snowy weather so we could take our time. And the boys really did well, all things considered. The days we spent at Gramma Lynn and Papa Roger's house were great. The day we arrived we had a celebration with Uncle Randy and Aunt Joyce and the whole family and enjoyed some sushi. Christmas Day, Uncle Mark, Aunt Katie and cousins Lynne and Alaina came back to the house to open gifts with us again and stayed all day. (They also suffered a flat tire on the way back home!) The kids all played so nicely together and it brought back memories of when I was little, playing with my cousins! We all got to go sledding while we were there since the weather was mild (read= above 0) and we celebrated my birthday with a special cake made by Gramma and Micah :-) Dan and I even got to go to a movie and out for coffee...by ourselves! It was so good to see everyone again, especially since not everyone had met Jacob yet.
For the way back we decided that I and the boys would use our return flight on Saturday to get home and Dan would drive the car back, swinging close to Chicago on the way just in case we missed our connection and had to stay overnight in Chi-town. Two small delays and one poopy-diaper-on-the- plane later, the boys and I made it home. We could hardly believe it when Dan texted us and said he'd gotten another flat tire on the way home! But he also made good time driving and was home Sunday night. So in light of all of the flats, we are calling this the flat Christmas. But it really was a good one and we don't want to downplay the many blessings we experienced over the holiday too :-) We are still recovering. Jacob currently has pneumonia so we're hoping that responds quickly to the treatments. For now, he's in good spirits, just a little wheezy. Dan's gearing up for classes and a show he starts working on next week. I am back at work. Micah is back at school and doing well. His report card for the last quarter had a note from the teacher that said "Micah is a hard worker and a good helper." That's what we like to hear! I hope you all had holidays that were wonderful too. We will post more photos and videos of our time up north in another post.