Something that makes me happy: Great weekends with beautiful weather. We spent Saturday with friends doing Eastery things like egg dying and hiding and cookie making. Today, we had a bike play date with friends at a local park and ended our day with an impromptu dinner with fun neighbors.
Something I’m thinking: I think that Gabe is quite pleased with his new iPad. He couldn’t wait for its arrival on Friday. He kept thinking that he could hear delivery trucks with many false alarms.
Something I’m hoping: I hope that work will be calmer this week. We’ve been very busy with some big project deadlines.
Something happening around the house: The garage repair people came back for the 3rd time, and we think that the door is fixed. Fortunately, they didn’t charge us very much the first visit. The other two visits were free. The guy who came out the third time said that his boss said, “Get it right this time!” I think that this worked out in our favor. Since they didn’t get it right the first time, the extra parts and labor didn’t cost us a thing.
Something I’m reading: I’m enjoying The Wise Man’s Fear. I’m going to be sad when I finish it as I’ll have to wait at least a year for the next book to be released.
Something Gabe is reading: He finished the 4th Percy Jackson book and is now reading Feed by Mira Grant.
Something I’m watching: Basketball, basketball, and more basketball. Maybe it’s more accurate to say that I’m watching Gabe watch basketball?
Something I’m playing: Kids of Carcassonne, Pengaloo, and Zingo with the kids. Gabe and I have been playing Mystery Manor on his new iPad.
Something I’m creating: I finally published Maddie’s letter. Since then, I haven’t been creating much but I have been trying to catch up with photos. So many photos!
Something tasty: I tried a new recipe for sugar cookies after sampling a friend’s batch. YUM. We had fun decorating the cookies with colored icing and tons of sprinkles.
Something about both kiddos: The kids had fun decorating the sugar cookies! They helped pick out the cookie cutters that we used and the icing colors. They then “decorated” with a TON of sprinkles. I used to love doing this as a kid, so it’s so fun to do it with my kids. We also did some Easter egg decorating and hiding. I predict we will be staging many hunts between now and Easter! The kids have even been hiding eggs for each other around the house (which we think is great). I predict also that the kids will be begging to visit the neighbors and their trampoline. They had a great time hanging out with the neighbors and especially enjoyed jumping on the trampoline. Cullen was ready to move into their house and didn’t want to leave.
Something Maddie is doing (48 months old): She had a few new lessons this week and seems to be making progress on both her geography/map and her phonics lessons. She’s been working more on counting. Once again, I think that Maddie is sandbagging us on things that she knows. She claims that she can’t count to 20 and always asks for help between 10 and 20 (meanwhile, Cullen chimes in and tells her 11-13). She wanted to count to 20 over and over today but wouldn’t do it on her own. We finally said we weren’t going to help her and she successfully counted from 1-20 all by herself. We’re not surprised! This reminds us of when she was 1 and pretended not to know her colors until one day she said, “hand me that blue cup.” We’re onto you, little girl. Maddie started playing Monkey Math School Sunshine on the iPhone. It has a bunch of math games with addition, subtraction, counting, and patterns. She’s doing well. She has no issues with operating the iPhone and similar touch devices. Her Wii skills need work! She can do a little bit with MarioKart, but the games that require you to point the controller at the screen seem to baffle her. I think we’ve neglected her video game training. Maybe she’ll do better with the new Wii which incorporates a DS-like device (which she also “gets”).
Something Cullen is doing (25 months old): Cullen is such a happy toddler and a funny little guy. He’s quite chatty, like his sister. He always wants to be a part of the conversation. He is the perfect audience if you’re telling a funny story. He often laughs in the right places. Of course, he laughs quite a bit. He can have a bit of a temper and knows how to throw a tantrum. When he gets tired or sick, he gets very sensitive and can be laughing one second and throwing a huge fit the next. He had a cold earlier this week, and it’s been lingering. He continues to come up with excuses to get out of his bed and come to the door, requesting us to do something for him. This week, I had to do some work at home and “check” on things from time to time. One of the times, Cullen came to his door and I said, “Cullen, get back to your bed. It’s bedtime.” His reply was that he was “checking on something.” I asked him what he was checking on, and he said he was checking on the gate. Too funny! We had trouble getting him to nap this afternoon, and Gabe went up there to tell him to get back into his bed. Cullen had taken his pillow and blanket and was laying next to the gate.
Something I’m doing towards my goals: We’ve been raising money for the National MS Society. Our walk is in two weeks, and we made a lot of progress with fundraising this week! This week was MS Awareness week. Please take a minute to learn more about MS and how it affects over 400,000 people in the United States.
Something I learned: Every year during our Walk MS fundraising, I look forward to experiencing generosity from friends and family. So many people have supported Team B-Patrol over the last few years. Every year, we exceed my expectations with fundraising. It’s an amazing experience, and the one good thing that I have to say about multiple sclerosis.
Something I’m looking forward to: Gabe is probably looking forward to the start of his fantasy baseball season. Somehow he’s signed up for FOUR leagues this year. I’m looking forward to playing games with friends.
Something captured: My sweet family enjoying the beginning of spring!
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