Thursday, January 29, 2015

Everyday Joys {Week 4}

A recap of our week...

Oh the excitement of play dough and toddlers. {January 22}

I knew it was a little too quiet for a reason.  Rylan came into the kitchen in full football gear and he had even dressed Leyton.  They are two peas in a pod but I almost feel that Leyton should have a bubble over his head saying, "Come on Mom!" Are you really going to let him do this to me?"  Oh, boys will be boys.  {January 23}

My Saturday morning assistant.  {January 24}

Basketball.  {January 25}

Fun in the snow! {January 26}

Leyton love climbing on the windowsill to watch his brothers skate.  {January 27}

After school conversations and snacks.  {January 28}

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just another day in the snow

The boys were out of school on Monday for Teacher Inservice.  And after a week of passing around a cough/congestion/fever/yuckiness through our family we were really not up for doing too much on our day off.  The morning started off with a gorgeous sunrise.

I am sure you are going to get sick of pictures of sunrise and sunsets from me but seriously, I have never seen such sights in all my life.  Each morning we have a spectacular sunrise.  Not sure if it is where we are located or if it is the open field we have behind us that allows us to see such beauty each day but either way, it never grows old.  Soon after the sunrise, the sky clouded up and snow began to fall.  With the new fallen snow, the boys and I decided to go sledding.  The hill we found was SUPER fast!

Holden and Rylan loved it, Leyton, not so much.  The older two race each other several times, while I pulled Leyton around in the sled.  This was more his speed.

When we got back home we cleared the driveway once again...

and Rylan tried to spray me with snow.

He is a stinker.  So what we thought was going to be a boring day off from school, quickly turned into a day filled with sledding, playing in the snow, shoveling, ice skating and oh, lots of laundry for me.  Not a bad way start to the week.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Crafting with a toddler

When Holden and Rylan were little I had crafts for us to do all the time.  Now with Leyton, I feel like I have not been as good at crafting and activities with him.  Our days quickly get filed with errands, activities, cleaning and so forth.  Now that I am starting to feel a little more settled in the house, I have decided that I will set aside one day each week for us try out a new activity or craft together.  This week I made homemade play dough for us to play with.  If you have never made homemade play dough this is the recipe I have used for years:

1 cup of water
1 cup of flour
1/3 of a cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tarter
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
several drops of food coloring

Bring the water and oil to a boil.  {I have found it best to add the food coloring to the water and oil.}  Add the flour, cream of tarter and salt to the boiling water and stir until a ball forms.

After it cools, you are ready to play.

As you can see Leyton was sooo excited!

I think at first he thought he could eat the play dough but once he got a taste, he decided just to play with it instead.

We rolled the dough into shapes, cut it into shapes and just smooched our hands into the play dough.


Leyton was a little apprehensive at first but quickly got the hand of playing.  I think our new craft days are going to be so much fun together.  I am sure we will have some flops here and there but I have some fun things planned in the weeks to come.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My little sidekick

With Holden and Rylan in school all week, Leyton has become my sidekick.  Anything I do, he is right there with me helping.  He helps with laundry, dishes, vacuuming, sweeping, you name it, he is right beside me.  Leyton is a lot like Rylan, in that he does not like to be alone.  He wants to be right in the middle of the action, no matter what it is.  So with our recent snow showers on Thursday, I needed to shovel the driveway before it turned into ice.  And who was right beside me excited to guessed it, Leyton.

It is so funny to think he is only two and probably does a better job of snow shoveling than I do!


So even though snow shoveling seems like a chore to me, my sidekick thinks it is just spending time with Mom.  Oh, and just look at his excitement.

Thankfully, this little shoveler works for juice boxes and snacks.  I think I can handle that request.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Everyday Joys {Week 3}

Can you believe that it is already the third week of January?  Yeah, me either.  Here is a recap of our daily joys....

All is calm....for the moment at least.  {January 15}

Every afternoon they are begging to go outside to skate, today I gave in.  {January 16}

Basketball season has begun. {January 17}

"The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy."  Psalm 65:8

Another gorgeous ending to a beautiful Sunday.  {January 18}

Monday Night, Game Night.  Game of choice, Mustache Smash.  {January 19}

After lots of begging and negotiating, we gave in and signed the boys up for hockey lessons.  Wouldn't you know, they loved it.  {January 20}

Well, at least one of us is excited about shoveling snow off the driveway.  {January 21}

As you can see, our week was filled with sunshine, snow and lots of in betweens.

Heat Wave.

It's a heat wave!  Well, not exactly but on Sunday temperatures were in the 40's and after weeks of negative temperatures, 40 feels pretty good.  We decide to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and headed outside.  Holden and Rylan jumped on their bikes as fast as they could and Leyton got to ride in his favorite blue car.

Oh, how this little guy has missed his car and family walks.

We walked around the neighborhood and stopped at the park to play basketball.


As we were headed home the sun was setting...seriously, these sunsets never grow old.

Well, it was not exactly "spring-like" weather but we were still able to enjoy the day outside together.  There is just something about Sunday, sunshine and family time that is the perfect ending to the weekend.