Monthly Archives: March 2014


For what seems like the first time this winter, the title of the post does not indicate the weather status in our neck of the woods. This time, we get to enjoy all the snow and ice on the tv. I find I enjoy it much more that way…

Unless you’ve been snowed in all winter, you’ve heard of Frozen and probably have all the songs running in an endless loop in your brain. Those tunes are catchy. And really, you need to hear Finn sing Let it Go as he belts it out at the top of his lungs. It’s cute. Even when you think you just couldn’t possibly hear that song again today.

We were thinking about going on a date on Friday night but Mia had just gotten the movie and wanted to watch it at night as a family “with each person having their own popcorn bucket” She was the only one who had seen it since Judy had taken her as a Christmas gift, so we actually thought that plan sounded like a lot of fun. The kids were so excited all day. Finn, who has only seen clips on youtube, kept asking for Frozen over and over again. I was almost willing to hear the song again if it meant a change in him asking when we were going to watch it.

Halfway through the movie, Mia surprised us all with drawings that she had worked on during the day.


Mark got Kristoff, Finn got Olaf, I got Elsa and Mia drew Anna for herself.


You can tell that Finn thought his was pretty cool. He was so cute thanking her for his picture. He does really love that Olaf.

It was such a fun evening, and while I do love going on dates with Mark, it was great to stay home with the kids and just relax, laugh, sing and dance. Good idea, Mia. Good family date night|



The arrival of Spring on the calendar actually matches what’s happening outside. The sun was out and it was pleasant enough to be outside. We’ve had quite a few of those days this week (and even though it did snow on Sunday – again – none of it stuck so I have no hard feelings about that winter storm…)

Last weekend we had cousins come to visit. The kids were so excited! We did lots of fun stuff but I only got pictures of our first afternoon together…at the safari.

Surprisingly, near our small town is an even smaller town that happens to have a safari. We hadn’t been in years. We had taken Mia a couple of years ago but she doesn’t really remember it and Finn had never been. They had a great time. They each got to buy a small monkey at the gift store and Finn has carried that thing around all week. He was telling people he got it at the forest, which was so cute but I think he’s finally corrected it to safari. Sad when they fix their fun sayings.

There’s a drive-thru part and we were all able to get into our Pilot. More fun when we can go through it together!


I love Finn’s smile in this one. He loved the lions and the monkeys.

That emu got very close to the car. Lots of squealing in the car, as you can imagine.

That poor peacock. Finn almost caught it.

Told you the monkeys were some of his favorite. He really was as close as it looks.

Guess who else was close?

Yep, nice and close. Mia was a mixture of excitement and fear but I was proud of her for not just taking off.

Then we got to get close to the giraffes too. So amazing. And gross. But amazing.

Mia feeding the giraffe some lettuce.

Then it was Mark’s turn. I think he was pretty grossed out. (Finn fed the giraffe too but I was holding him so no pictures of that).

And then, the funniest part of the whole day. Mia wanted to take a picture with the giraffes…

I think you’ll see where this is going…(Poor Mia didn’t on the other hand)…


A split second later, that giraffe’s tongue was all over that tasty little headband of hers. Lots of squealing, running and screaming. So hilarious. Mia took it all in stride and hey, she has a great story to tell.

Mia is into posing these days. This is all her:


And Finn is actually getting into pictures too.
Such a cute smiler.

As you can tell from the big smiles, it was a fun day at the safari. Giraffe spit in the hair and all.

Knitting, sort of.

They may go about it in different ways, but this is the same: a round loom and yarn can be hours ok, minutes of fun.



There really is no right or wrong way to have fun. Not sure we’ll be getting any hats out of this, but we did get some a quiet house for a while and I’ll definitely take that over a hat.