Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Year's Resolution - One Year Later

This image just makes me laugh because it kind of looks like the baby is flossing, right? Over a year ago I shared with you my journey to better tooth care, starting with an uncomfortable first visit to the dentist in too many years. I resolved that I would floss regularly and continue with 6 month dental check-ups. Well, I am proud to announce that I met my goal. I have flossed every day for more than the past year (with only the occasional miss) and I, indeed, visited the dentist back in the summer for my mid-year appointment. Today was supposed to be my annual -- along with Addison -- but he was sick, so I postponed it for a couple of weeks. Regardless, I am ridiculously pleased that I was able to stick with this goal. My gums are so healthy now, and I am not dreading the dental cleaning because I know it won't hurt. Plus, I actually fulfilled a new year's resolution. That might be a first!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I Have a Dream

This is what Davis brought back from school honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. I can honestly say I have never heard about this dream before, but it did give me quite a chuckle.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Digging for Bones

The boys' obsession with dinosaurs has become a well-established fact on this blog. Remember digging for dinosaur bones and dino mania? Well, this year for Christmas they each got dinosaur related project gifts. Davis's was from Dinoworks and involved casting bones using a plaster-type material and then painting them to resemble actual fossils. The kit included magnets for gluing to the backs of each fossil, making fridge assembly a snap.

And here is the completed masterpiece. I was actually pretty impressed with how it turned out.

Addison's gift was a brick of sand-like material that requires you to actually dig for the fossils buried inside. It tends towards the messy side with orange dust getting everywhere, but Addison -- a child after my own heart -- came up with the ingenious idea of putting the brick in a gallon ziploc bag and chipping away at the material while in a contained environment. He's still digging.


Monday, January 21, 2013

The Adventurer

Saturday I got to take Genevie to her first kid birthday party. You know...not the kind where your families are friends so she tags along, but the kind where her name was on the invitation. It was for a little boy in her preschool class whom she has informed me she loves and is her best friend, and it was held at BounceU where, you may remember, we held Davis's birthday party last year.

One of the things I love about Genevie is her fearlessness. She is so adventurous and derives unending pleasure from trying new things. It's such a contrast to her tiny size and it gives me great hope for her future.

She played hard the entire time, sporting the rosy cheeks and sweaty forehead to prove it. At the end of the party she went over to the birthday boy and said, "Thanks for having me. This was a GREAT party!" Oh, and she has another party next Saturday at another jumpy place.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Second Honeymoon

In our Christmas letter I mentioned that my good friend Lisa offered to watch the kids so that we could have a couple nights away to celebrate our upcoming 13th wedding anniversary (December 30th).We left the day after Christmas and headed to NYC on the train.

It started snowing as we waited for the train and snowed/sleeted off and on all the rest of the day.

We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria and had this great room on the interior of the center courtyard so you couldn't hear any of the usual traffic noises and sirens that can make New York a very difficult place to sleep in.

The first night we just took it easy and had a great Mexican dinner at one of our favorite little places, Toloache. If you ever go there, try the pollo tacos. Scrumptious!

The next day we had no real agenda -- just a couple of ideas about the things we wanted to do. On our way to Times Square we passed The American Girl Place and stopped in just to get a flavor of what is in our future. I think we were the only couple in the store without a child or a doll.

We passed Bryant Park, which had been turned into a Christmas village, and found this great chocolatier that was selling syringes of liquid chocolate. Brilliant!

A vendor selling figurines and statues made out of scrap motorcyle metal.

Bryant Park abuts the Free Library, and since we'd never been in we decided to explore a little. One of the great things about the library is it's all completely free to the public, including their special exhibits, and they even offer free tours a few times a day. Definitely worth checking out.

A Lego replica of the lions out front.

One of the exhibits was on the evolution of lunch time in NYC. This display features all different styles of tin lunch boxes from yester year. Trey even spotted one that he had when he was a boy!

Redefining "mini fridge".

Later in the afternoon we checked out Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum.

This is an actual section of the Berlin Wall.

Chief Holloway.

The tallest ever man with the shortest ever woman.

Ol' Sparky. I used to work for Westinghouse Lighting, so this was particularly funny.

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

On Friday we started the day off with an impromptu visit to Saint Thomas Church, a beautiful Episcopal church on Fifth Avenue.

We finished the day off with a visit to Top of the Rock, which has a stunning, unobstructed view of Central Park -- so pretty even in winter.

The time together was so relaxing and lovely and made me really have new appreciation for all those years we had together before children.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Our Little Lamb

I'm a little limited in the pictures I'm allowed to post online since our preschool has a no social media policy, but these will give you a flavor of our little budding actress. She loves nothing if not the spotlight.

Every year, the preschool does a pageant and the 3-4 year olds dress as the stable animals. Genevie was a sheep.

And she relished the opportunity to sing at the top of her lungs and shake those Christmas bells!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas Morning

Our kids are getting to an age where Christmas morning is truly magical. We now get to relive all of the wonder and mystery and excitement from your own childhood Christmases. This is what the tree looked like before the kids tore into their presents.

They waited very patiently until a more reasonable hour -- after 7am. But they were eager!

All the kids got LeapPads.

Genevie's shining face is all about the sparkly bracelet hanging from her right wrist. That girl loves her jewelery.

We received a number of gifts from the children, made in school of course, which just completely warm my heart.

A "gag" gift from me to Trey -- Big Bang Theory trivia game.

The Christmas gift theme this year for Genevie was My Little Pony.

Legos were the big gift this year for the boys. Addison has informed us that he plans to be a Lego builder for his profession when he grows up -- along with paleontology.