Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On Your Marks, Get Set....

Every day when I need Seth to go upstairs for a rest, or go somewhere quickly I say, "let's race". He loves racing me (though I let him win each time) and since he can't resist a race there's no complaining about going upstairs for a nap. Anyway, today when we raced upstairs to the bathroom, he sat down and said, "Mom, I'm like Lightning McQueen and you're like Mator because I'm super fast and you're not so much."

A Memory Like A 3 Year Old

At the end of November or beginning of December Seth asked me when we could go to the zoo again. I told him, "when it gets nice out again". Today as we were leaving the grocery store and it was above zero with no wind I said, "isn't it nice out today buddy"....his response...."does that mean we can go to the zoo?"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Birthday Celebration!

In just a few days my pretty little girl will turn 6! This past weekend we got away to the cities to enjoy some family time and celebrate Alayna's birthday. Instead of a crazy friend party at our house she opted for a hotel stay and a visit to the American Girl store in the cities. We were able to get a free hotel stay and then with gift money she got for her birthday she enjoyed picking out a couple things. Our gift to her was a dessert date (eating a meal was too spendy and isn't dessert the best part anyway?!?) for just the girls at the American Girl Cafe. She had a BLAST and it was just what she wanted. She's not a super girlie girl, but she loved her special day!

Here are a few pics from the special celebration...

The girls were up early Saturday morning wanting to go...the mall didn't even open until 10am so they decided a fashion show for their dolls would be the best way to pass the time. :)

In the van and ready to go!!

After spending her birthday money we were ready for dessert!

2 pretty girls enjoying their girlie time!

Hailey and her doll Ruthie

Alayna and Kit

They each chose the 3 mini ice cream cone dessert with sprinkles. Alayna got a birthday candle in hers and then the staff came to sing Happy Birthday.

The dolls got their own tea cups with pink lemonade in them as well as whip cream with sprinkles dessert...the girls enjoyed the dolls food and thought it was hilarious to be eating it for them.

After dessert we enjoyed a couple rides and were ready for the next part of our weekend adventure! Friends, family and swimming!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Baby it's cold outside

Since everybody has been talking about the weather I figured I might as well also. It's cold out!! REALLY cold out! -20 with a windchill of -35 or lower is just indescribable...I'm thankful it hasn't been horribly windy though.

Our vehicles haven't had issues starting (thank you!), but if a vehicle could whine about having to start, I'm pretty sure ours would. They don't sound happy when they start.

Our doors on the house haven't frozen shut, but they make very loud horrible squeaky noises when we go in and out of the house. Like fingers on a chalk board...eek!

My poor husband hasn't had heat in his van all winter. This happened a year or so ago too and though we had it fixed, it apparently wasn't permanent and we're not sure if it can be fixed again or not. He has a short commute so it's not the end of the world, but when it's THIS cold, by the time he gets home he's a Dan-sicle! Today I'm staying home so I offered him my van since it's just unbearably cold! Not sure if that was a good idea or not...going from a van with no heat and various other issues to a van with heat, heated seats and auto-start....I'm wondering if I'll get my van back!! :)

Things I'm thankful for this year during this nasty cold spell...I finally listened to advice from friends around me, saved my pennies and bought a pair of Emu's (like Ugg's) and they are amazingly warm. No cold feet for me!!! I also finally bought a WARM winter coat. It seriously makes all the difference. Warm feet and a warm body has made this winter more survivable for me than most. Considering I've lived here for more than 10 years, maybe I should have made these purchases a while ago. :) I'm not a trend setter, that's for sure!

Next week we will hit a high of 20 ABOVE zero...considering some of the lows this week we are looking at a 50 degree or more difference! HEAT WAVE! :)