Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sometimes, We are just Down in the Trenches

Where have we been since Valentine's Day?

Thankfully our usual haunts aren't getting old...
 Winter doesn't equal happiness in this house.  Even though we live South enough not to have to endure constant cold, snow, ice, or dangerous roads, the weather is still not conducive to being outside.  Chicago, the windy city, has nothing on our little corner of the world.  Yesterday a 50 mph+ winded dust storm raged ALL DAY.  Everyone's noses and throats are bothering them.  Kids are uncomfortable and edgy, parents are uncomfortable and edgy.   And bored.  Bad weather means no going outside.  Bad weather means cabin fever.  Bad weather means watching Toy Story Every. Single. Evening as a way to burn up the seemingly extra long expanse of time between dinner and bedtime.

The dog has learned a new trick...dunking himself in the water dish and running through the dirt when we let him out.  We can no longer just "let the dog in."  We have to wrestle him to the sink, rinse off  his paws, then dry them.  Every. Single. Time we let him in.

We are in the process of making a bedroom switch.  Cooper is moving to the guestroom, Penny is moving to  Cooper's old room, and Penny's itty bitty room is going to be my sewing and craft room.  (Yay!)  And yes, we are still working steadily at the lake house.  I can only hope that this last big push to paint things is a room-painting career closer.

So, yes, sometimes we are down in the trenches and waiting impatiently for Spring and the things that mean Spring. (Better weather, outdoor activities, no allergies, a disciplined dog, and an end to indoor home projects.)   In winter, we are down in the trenches.  But come Spring, we will be out in the open and back to ourselves.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Scenes From St. Valentine's Day

Cooper learned to write his name for this very occasion!
Penny and Cooper shared "Valentine snack mix" and Toy Story Valentines with their friends at school.
All our Valentine loot.
Playing the "heart game"
Best shot I got of these two together in their red shirts...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Daddy!

This year Daddy opted to spend his birthday with his favorite people...So we had a quiet celebration at  home with all his favs...Cooper, Penny, and carrot cake!
Carrot cake with as much cream cheese frosting as I could possibly fit on one cake.
Cooper eats cake.
Penny eats the candles.
(Really just the icing off the candles...We don't condone wax consumption here.)
 Happy Birthday Daddy!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hoping the Groundhog Was Right

It's the beginning of February and Cooper is already asking if we can go swimming.
Daddy and Mama spent Groundhog Day running  in the "Color Me Rad" 5K.  Afterwards we swam with the kids in Ma-Mas' and Pa-Pa's (heated) pool, which might be why Coop thinks we should be able to swim at home.  
Brewster accidentally went swimming too!
Come on Spring!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Settling In

We thought a puppy just might enrich our lives.  We were right.  We couldn't be more thrilled with how taken both Cooper and Penny are with Brewster the Dog.  Both of them enjoy playing with him.  Cooper thinks Brewster fetching his toy, growling in play, barking, chasing his tail and being in crazy dog mode (running in circles for no obvious reason other than to just run) is the most hilarious thing he has ever seen.  While caring for and training a puppy takes time and patience (a lot like kids!), we are reaping the benefits enormously.  Cooper, once very afraid of dogs, has relaxed quite a bit around them.  Penny was very territorial towards Brewster at first, but now seems to accept him.  (For those that know Penny, this is HUGE!  She does not offer her regard to just anyone.)  David and I get to hear even more readily our favorite sound in the world...Cooper or Penny laughing when something is REALLY funny.  We have become a wild dog-and-monkey (kid) show at our house, but it seems to fit us well.  And I think Brewster likes it here too. 
 He fits right in:
Confidence is key...
Regular nap time?  No problem!
Except he could use his own chair...
Other dogs?  Bonus!
Kids to chase, er, play with?  Double Bonus!