Friday, February 28, 2014

janie 15 months

look who turned 15 months old this week!
we are officially in the toddler phase with our silly, snuggly 
and so so sweet jane girl!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

read aloud fun - george's marvelous medicine

 roald dahl authors some of our most favorite family read-a-loud books.
i loved his books growing up, and now i get to read them again with my people.
his stories are so very rich with characters who make us squirm and often gasp 
with their crude meanness and all out nastiness.
the kids get quite the kick out of hearing their mom & dad read things like 
"whenever i see a live slug on a piece of lettuce, 
i gobble it up quick before it crawls away.  delicious"
or...even better
"well your mummy is as stupid as you are. said grandma." (gasp!) 
certainly quite the contrast from our other read-a-loud favorite little house on the prairie series!
george's marvelous medicine was a fun one we read this past fall,
and afterwards inspired e&b to create their very own marvelous medicine.
just like george, they walked around our house and backyard 
throwing anything they could find into their medicine brew.
moldy carved pumpkins, past due refrigerator produce, mud, leaves, 
worms and bugs were the secret ingredients in their specialty recipe.
 so gross.  so fun.  they loved it!
thank you kindly mr. dahl

Thursday, February 20, 2014

winter zoo day

 it's school vacation week.
a snowy, cold and icy one too.
the kids have enjoyed their fair share of hanging in their jammies, 
sledding, movie watching, creating, fort building, coloring, snow ball making, 
lego building, painting and all around lazing around home.  
 it's been good, but when they put the christmas movie elf on yesterday 
morning i about lost it.
i couldn't do another winter day at home.
i couldn't.
they couldn't.
but mostly i couldn't.
  but i also couldn't do any of the other normal get out of the house places 
like the museum, ikea, indoor playground, bowling ally, pool or wherever.
 the school vacation crowds are just too much sometimes
especially with baby girl in the mix.
 but we needed to get out.
they needed to get out of their jammies.
we needed an adventure!
 so...we went to the zoo and it was just perfect.
a little road trip, outdoors, animals, maps to figure out, packed lunch, half-priced admission
and the best part we had these beauties all to ourselves!
hooray for a winter zoo day.
and hooray for good friends to adventure with!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

thankful tuesday, 2/18

  • my snow removal guy
  • interviews with olympians
  • how bennett calls baby sister his "jane girl"
  • valentine's day sweetness
  • cousin time
  • being a pretty darn good negotiator
  • getting to play dodge ball (ahem therapeutic target practice) against my sunday school kids
  • one pot dinners
  • reminding siblings that they are best friends too...that everyday can be a playdate!
  • uncle matt fun in the snow
  • for a swoon worthy downton episode...finally

Monday, February 17, 2014

cousins & snow storms

the weekend brought yet another snowstorm
here in new england.
but it also brought cousins and sleepovers
making for all sorts of fun!
 oh and banana boxes make for some really 
good robots and baby boats as you can see!
our grocery store was happy to unload 
a few of these smile faced boxes...and we are so glad they did!

Thursday, February 13, 2014


some recent instabits.
i love these little glimpses into our days.
days that so often seem to pass in a blurr,
but here are paused, captured and treasured.
cozy afternoons reading books by the fire

snow day fun
girl scout cookie time

girl scout pajama jam
little love
5 year old check-ups
5 year old birthday party fun
post nap sesame street time
play to win sales rally for work...figured if the patriots didn't need it i could use it for my conference
winter exploring
wishing she could be outside exploring with the big kids
mud splashing and loving every bit before more snow fell
a get away to boston
cannonball practicing
my three
2nd grade teachers who make learning such a gift
3 generations of ukranian girls at ella's 2nd grade heritage celebration
the winning bobsled team ... olympics fun
study time with dad...continents, oceans, mountains & rivers of the world
kindergarten registration packet pick-up and one excited little boy
baby math whiz...
well at least she better be fore the number of times she finds and scatters sister's flashcards
secret message reveal valentines...even if the secret message is "poo"
winter time oatmeal breakfasts
that i could walk away from this scary accident with just wee bumps
and a baby girl who was as safe and perfect as can be - praise god!

sweet stripey bummed napper
winter outings to the park for climbing
and more climbing at the children's museum
making our own soft baked pretzels - yum!
i love this guy in carharts and work boots who is excited for spring
another snow day
winter blooms
tweet tweet your sweet or tweet your neat valentine bird hearts for classmates