Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

 1. M has been doing some room reorganization again.  In an interesting turn of events she has recently discovered that she likes organizing things and setting them up just so.  Sadly, organizing them seems to require that they be organized neatly all over the floor, not, for example, put away in bins.  We had to stage a small intervention to get at least a portion of the things put away so B can reach his clothing......Also, enjoys writing and reading in her journal.  Thanks Grandma! (As an aside M needs her Grandma.  She craves their alone special times and when it doesn't happen crazy sometimes ensues.  I am so glad they get this time together).
2.  Friday night, Tracie, Mom, and I went out to dinner with one of Tracie's friends and then enjoyed the OKC Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet.  Some parts were fabulous, particularly the beginning of Act III, any part involving Ronnie Underwood (I'm a fan), the sets, costumes, the principal ballerina, etc...  There were some thematic issues as Romeo & Juliet is largely about the words, it is Shakespeare after all and as lovely as the production was it didn't conquer the lack of language.  Also, the lead male dancer had quite a few partnering issues, but was a good actor.  Anyway, it was good fun, great seats, company, and music.  I'm looking forward to next season as well as Giselle and Peter Pan are coming!
3. I wandered in from the ballet around 11pm completely ready to go to sleep.  Luckily Brent reminded me that we needed to find and set out the trail of hearts.  M had been looking forward to it all week and especially the evening before. She (and I) would have been crushed if I forgot to do it.  After the annual frantic digging for where we put the hearts we set it up and she was suitably very enthusiastic when she woke up.  The added twist this year is that she can now read all the hearts, which added tremendously to the fun. 
4.  Valentines didn't work out as planned.  This is the wonderful world of parenting.  Two months. Two planned dates outside of our home.  Zero success in those endeavors.  This time, E woke us up Valentine's Day morning sick and proved he was serious.  We cancelled all plans, mourned, developed a somewhat overly complicated plan B. And enjoyed our time together anyway.  We are becoming pros at the "at home" date.

 5.  See? Sad puppy who needed lots and lots of snuggles all weekend.

 6.  We were home a lot over the last four days.  We tried to include as many non-electronic options as possible including a lengthy train playing session with all three kids.  We have a great set of trains and E got a new one (Charlie #14--- obviously) for Valentine's Day.  E rallied to get right into the train fun.
 7.  On Sunday after church we went to visit Brent's parents and celebrate his dad's birthday with his sister and her kids.  E had a very good time talking to Grammie (in less good news, many people at this event were later sick too....ooops?? So sorry).
 8.  Brent remains totally adorable with babies and Grayson enjoyed the company as his mom packed up for the trip home before the winter storm that was heading our way.
 9.  While at Grammy's, E discovered the harmonica and was a huge fan.  He played it for a very long time.  Mostly the same notes over and over.
 10.  M developed her very own raspberry muffin recipe with the tiniest bit of chemistry help suggestions from me. Very tasty.  She now wants to enter the county fair in the summer, which sounds lovely.
Bonus cuteness - these kids had today off as well for winter break.  After naptime I found them like this watching Care Bears.  Too cute.

Also - not much about B in the above.  He won the "Safety" award for his class for this nine weeks.  As far as I can tell it is one of the "Dophin Three" values and, in part, about making good choices, which I'm all for.  He and I continue to read Percy Jackson books at a very good clip.  This week we're on to Son of Neptune, which I admit I am loving.  Also, B wants to let you know that he lost his 9th tooth on Sunday.  He hadn't lost one in a while so there was much excitement. 

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