Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bunny Town

The bunny arrived at our local mall yesterday. We got there at 10am, as that's when the bunny was supposed to be there, but I guess he had some pressing egg or basket business to attend to, so we were left waiting for a bit. Luckily the bunny house was located conveniently next to a Game Stop - the ads alone kept the boys occupied for a bit.
When they got board of the video game posters, they decided to pretend it was a lovely spring day and just warm enough to hang out on the grass and smell the large, fake flowers.
When the bunny finally arrived (I think he had to iron his 1970s bow tie), the boys were in a great mood to pose for pictures.
As they waited for me to check out, they spent their time wisely - listing all the things they want to see in their baskets on the big day.
And that's how we start the Easter season here!

Monday, March 24, 2014

At least we have more sun...

New York is confused. It can't figure out whether it wants to flip to spring or hang on to winter. We've had 55 degree days followed by 32 degree days. We've been in short sleeves and winter jackets in the span of hours. I can't wait for a string of days of consistently warmer weather. But at least we have more sun during the daytime hours now. Makes it a little easier.

We went for spring haircuts on one of the warmer days. One step closer to summer crew cuts.
Short sleeves during this trip to the mall.
Spring jackets at the Book Blast event last Saturday.
Spring crafts are in progress.
It's been easier to get out of the house on the warmer days. Easier to have a nice lunch out with the beasts.
And me and Noah are enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun at Starbucks on Monday afternoons.
We're ready when you are spring! Come get us!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Life by Instagram

Nothing much to report. Just been hanging out lately waiting for winter to end.

We've drawn in boxes.
Watched three seasons of Phineas & Ferb on Netflix.
Ventured out to a local kids museum.
Made it to a few soccer practices/coffee dates.
And we've eaten all the snacks. And the dips.
We've had a few days where we were given a taste of spring, but it's all being taken away again with some winter "stuff" happening mid-week.

Go away winter!!! It's been fun, but please make way for spring!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cabin Fever

We've been inside more than out since Christmas. This Polar Vortex ebbs and flows and has given us cold-cold days, kinda-cold days, snowy days, icy days, wintry-mix days, and a lot of grey dreary days. Thank goodness our house looks like a Toys R Us - there's always something to do! 
We were able to get out the weekend before Valentine's Day to a little event at the mall where the boys got to decorate Valentine's pictures
And make and eat their own cookies.
The day before Valentine's Day we had dinner at my parent's house where the boys got gifts from grandma and pop pop. These TMNT cars were a hit!
Valentine's Day brought a ton of snow. School was cancelled for two days in a row - and with it all the Valentine's Day parties that were planned. The kids won't get to celebrate until next week some time (after our well-timed "Winter break").
The boys also got giant sticker books from my parents which have kept them occupied for some time.
And when all else failed, I found some cardboard boxes that they colored and pretended to drive for a bit.
Thank goodness for Netflix - we have filled many hours with Phineas and Ferb marathons.

Now we sit and wait for all of this to melt.
And we are doing our best to stay friends while "stuck" together for so long!
And that my dear friends, is February in New York.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Six more weeks??!!

Punxatawny Phil, Staten Island Chuck, and all the other little rodents around the country predicted six more weeks of winter the other day. And while I don't put a lot of faith in those buggers, it seems they may be right. Does this look like an early spring to you??
In between snow days and ice delays, we've been trying to get out as much as possible. Nothing too exciting - venturing out for things like haircuts
and breakfast-for-dinner at the diner.
There have been plenty of days where we've just been plain stuck in the house.
We've done all the crafts, all the coloring, all the playing. It's getting old!
But at least we've been able to finish the 47 Valentine's Day cards for Matthew's party next week. Assuming it isn't snowed out!
Surprisingly, there's no delay for school today, even though the news is warning of the black ice dangers. So for at least the next few days it looks like we're on a "regular" schedule. Until the next storm moves in!

Friday, January 10, 2014

After Christmas stuff

It's10 days into the new year and I **think** we're kinda sorta back to normal. We had a heck of a Christmas vacation though.
Caught up with Santa on his annual candy cane run again this year.
Hosted 30 people for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner party.
Santa came and he did not disappoint.
He brought just about everything on their lists.
I heard no complaints from this motley crew.
After Christmas at home, the celebration continued with Christmas #2 at grandma's house. Santa stopped there as well.
Then it was off to MD for Christmas #3 with granddad and nana.
The boys were excited to get in and find out if Santa had been there too.
He had. And we spent 3 days keeping Christmas alive.
Then it was back home and back to work for Matt. But not before making sure to play with every single toy Santa brought.
Now we're riding out the polar vortex by watching a lot of movies, playing with toys, making crafts...
...and of course, school.
Back to the same routines, just a new year. And that's okay.
I know I'm late, but Happy New Year everybody!! Hope you're all "back to normal" too.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Vacation

Today was Matt's first day of his Christmas vacation. He'll be home with us for the next two weeks (after which I'm sure he'll be more than happy to go back to work!). The mania started early today with a second round of cookie making at grandma's house.
Noah ate more sprinkles and chocolate chips than he used on the cookies.
Then we hit the mall to run a few errands. These little guys were on sale at Hallmark and I had a coupon, so even though Santa will be here next week with a ton of stuff, we caved and let the boys pick out two favorites each. They love them, and are currently snuggling with them in bed as I write this.
Noah, for as cranky and stubborn as he is, can be really sweet sometimes. He insisted on holding Matt and Matthew's hands as they walked through the mall today. Add in the fact that Matthew was belting out Christmas carols as they strolled and you've got a pretty cute little scene. As I walked behind them I listened to people walk by and "awe, how cute!" at them.
Speaking of Santa, Matthew has asked me to take pictures of the things he wants so that we can email them to the big guy. That's how we roll in 2013 - we email Santa! On his list:

Everything Angry Birds Telepods
Everything Monsters U
Everything TMNT
The entire Swap Force team
Despicable Me 2 stuff
And the Disney Infinity collection
Santa is bringing a lot of this stuff next week. Because he's generous like that.

Friday is Matthew's holiday play at school, and then we join Matt on official Christmas vacation. If I'm not back before the 25th, have a Merry Christmas!