Category Archives: Outside Fun

Just a small taste…

We’ve had a few days of really cold weather and then we heard the dreaded 4 letter S word in the forecast for next week (snow, people) and while I’m tempted to grumble I look at what’s going on in Atlanta and other places hit hard by that storm and I know that at least I’m not stranded on a highway for hours or walking 6 miles to go get my kid at school in the middle of the night. I’ve always wondered why people would get out and walk that far but then I realized that if I didn’t have my kids with me, I would be walking in it too, you bet. Yeah, I’ll take the frigid temps with a better attitude.

Especially since we all got a taste of Spring on Sunday. Makes a cold Monday morning that much more cruel.

Maybe if I post pictures it will remind me that it actually did happen. That we were outside all afternoon and not once did any of us say the words cold/freezing/brrr.

Off for a walk/run to the playground.

I had to get home to make dinner but the kids still wanted to be outside so it was back home for more fun in the backyard.

She’s just too fast on that thing. Always a blur.


Um…why is he so big?! I know it’s partially the angle of this picture, but he’s just getting so big…

Sure, in a few months we’ll be sweating in the hot, humid days of summer and wishing for cool air, but I’m not ashamed to say that I’m hoping for Spring to come quickly.


Simple Arithmetic

You tired of me talking about snow? You are?

Well I’m tired of looking out the window and seeing it.

Don’t get me wrong. I like snow. I like seeing the kids have fun in the snow. But there comes a time when fun snow activities come to an end. There’s only so much hot chocolate, and fort building, and fun pinterest experiments one can handle. Or me, just me, I guess.

Because on top of everything else, it’s just so cold. I mean, wind chill temps in the -teens? No, thank you. So did we go out in it?

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You bet we did. Because we’re crazy like that. They look thrilled, but don’t let their lack of enthusiasm for the photo fool you. Also, I thought they looked pretty funny in their get-ups but the joke is on me…they were out there for longer than I could last and it took some convincing to get them in. “Sprinkles” (Finn-speak for marshmallows) may or may not have been involved in that negotiation.

Mia cleaned Dad’s car off.

Finn helped shovel the sidewalk.

And then he did this forever.

But today?

TODAY WE GOT OUT! Ahhh, yes…

But it couldn’t just be an easy outing.

First there was this to conquer:

+ this to get through:

But all that = to me enjoying this:

The kids actually did better at the dentist this time. Mia prayed last night that she would be brave at the dentist. She was very excited and couldn’t wait, but was scared she would not do great like one time before (a year ago). She was a trooper. Even though that picture is bad and looks like she’s hating it. I just didn’t have lots of picture taking opportunities. What it does show is how long she is. Sheesh…she’s growing like a weed.

Finn did better. Not awesome. But better. We at least got his teeth cleaned this time which is an improvement over last time. He did love watching Toy Story on the ceiling, though. CAM00318

As did Woody. How come he gets the chair?

And I just love this:


His control wasn’t doing anything. The kid to his right was actually playing, but does Finn care? Nope. Ha.

We learned lots at the dentist today: Mia has another loose tooth, some of her 6 year molars are in, and she gets to see the orthodontist in 6 months. Here we go…we knew it was coming, but it just seems so crazy that it’s already here. Hopefully getting her in early will mean easier process….she’s going to need quite a lot done to correct her bite. She came home one day asking for braces. She’ll get her wish but probably won’t want them as much by then. Let’s just hope we don’t literally have a million dollar smile coming from that girl. Guess I better get all the fancy coffee I can get now before those bills start coming in.

Christmas Party

Lots and lots of “Christmas Party!” excitement around here. Putting up the “Christmas Treats” (trees) really got it all started.

The tree in the living room went up first. We moved a few things to add some to the top but for the most part, I left things where they landed. I’ve learned to loosen up about stuff like that and just smile when I see things clumped together.

Finn was so focused. He loved hanging the balls on the tree. And then was so excited when it was time to do his tree.
Uh, silly kid. He was so proud of his tree. And still is. He wants to sit and look at the lights and ornaments all the time. If we’re out, he wants to get back home and see the Christmas Treats.

Mia has a new tree this year. A pink one we got on clearance last year.
Of course she loves it.

We all got new nativities this year! I’ve been wanting one for a while for us and for the kids. I found the kid one last year on super clearance and have waited patiently (sort of) for it to come down from the attic.
Here are the kids waiting to open their “what Christmas is really about” reminder gift.

The kids have played with it non-stop.
We’ll upgrade when there are no longer sheep and donkeys flying off the shelf but for now, this is a really sweet one that the kids are enjoying.

I have been looking for a certain nativity for our mantle but I haven’t been able to find it. I did, however, find these hurricanes with the nativity sleeves this year and I love the way they look.

In addition to all that, we’re doing an advent calendar this year.

While there are a few chocolates here and there, we’re focusing on discussions and experiences this year. The kids are excited to do the pockets and it helps us be able to keep talking to them about Christmas, pointing always to the reason we have “Christmas Parties”. We do an activity and read a story in The Jesus Storybook Bible each day. It’s a little advanced for Finn but he loves the pictures and follows the story pretty well. Mia hates that we stop at only one story, so pretty sure she will be excited to go through until Christmas.

One of the Advent activities is go to a Christmas Parade as a family. Since our town’s parade is always on Saturday and we miss it every year, we went with some friends from church to a different one. The weather was perfect (we’re getting a major winter storm in a couple of days so we enjoyed today), there were lots of floats and trucks with lights (although Mia wanted more marching bands – tubas and drums are her favorites), and the amount of candy that we came home with is ridiculous. But, seeing as “build a gingerbread house” is somewhere in one of those pockets, it’s good that we’ve got supplies now.



Christmas is always a fun time of the year for me but doing Christmas with the kids and seeing everything from their perspective is just so exciting and refreshing.

Praying we can continue finding ways to turn our eyes to Jesus and have a great time celebrating.