Ice Skating with Daddy

Story told by: Lainey

While the boys took naps, Daddy and I went on a date to go ice skating! I’ve been asking to do this for months, so I was giddy with excitement all morning. Before we left, I was showing Mommy and Daddy the numerous tricks I would perform. I mentioned that I would look similar to Frozen on Ice.

Waiting in line for my skates.

Learning to walk with my skates. This might be a little trickier than I thought.

On the ice!

I fell right away, but I got back up and kept trying.

Daddy encouraged me to use this skating assistant, but I REALLY didn’t want to use it. I have big dreams and I can’t be encumbered by such a device.

On my own!

I had a bit of a wet bottom after this was all over, but…

…I was still all smiles!

Daddy often caught me trying to do small jumps and spins. He suggested that I may want to get the basics of skating down before attempting those moves, but I disagreed.

Such a special date with such a special daddy.

Doughnuts and Goose Poop

Story told by: Henry

Mommy surprised us this morning with a trip to the doughnut shop! What a treat!

Upon arriving, we carefully perused the doughnut case.

Both Lainey and I chose the chocolate sprinkle doughnut.

I dug in as soon as I sat down.

So yummy!

Lainey made sure to eat the frosting first (which she said is the “most delicious”).

Brody didn’t get his own doughnut, but Lainey was very generous and shared a few small bites of her doughnut with him.

You know it’s been a good doughnut experience when you have frosting on your forehead.

Then since the sun was shining (and it was a warm 42 degrees), we went for a walk along the river!

This little guy is sure a trooper! Over the weekend he was diagnosed with a double ear infection, as well as a lung infection. He still managed to be pretty easygoing all morning.

Turns out the geese and ducks also loved this warm weather. There was goose poop everywhere.

That’s perfect because the poop helped to cushion my blow during the 1,050 falls I took on our walk.

We found the playground. There were puddles everywhere from the recent rain, but ain’t no puddles gonna stop us!

It was really refreshing to get outside after being cooped up with cold temperatures the last couple of weeks!

These pants are supposed to be a light gray, but puddles and goose poop will definitely make them darker. After playing on the playground, we walked back to our car. Mommy found that EVERYTHING had been covered in goose poop (including her shirt and pants). Lainey and I went home half naked. As soon as we got home, Mommy threw everything in the wash. Goose poop aside (which I actually didn’t even mind), it was a great morning!

Dates, Dinner, and Diseases

Story told by: Lainey

We’ve had a busy start to 2016!

Mommy and I got to go on a special date last weekend. We started with some shopping for dress shirts for Daddy.

Then we had a fun lunch together where we didn’t have to worry about the boys eating the crayons, throwing the crayons, or dipping crayons in milk.

After we ran a couple more errands, we ended our date with a trip to Starbucks. I loved my hot chocolate.

I also got a huge slice of lemon pound cake all to myself. Amazing! While eating this cake, I asked Mommy if we could visit all of the other coffee shops in the area to eat their food (a girl’s gotta try, right?). Mommy said that we might have to save those visits for another day.

While we finished our drinks, Mommy and I took some silly pictures.

As we were heading home, I told Mommy how much I loved our date. Mommy wholeheartedly agreed.

Right before our date, Mommy took Brody to the doctor, and unfortunately he has another ear infection. While we went on our date, Daddy took the boys to the store to get antibiotics for Brody. He was feeling so crummy that he fell asleep sitting up in the cart. Poor guy.

After a few days of medicine, it appears that Brody is starting to feel better!

While Brody started feeling better, I got a stomach bug and spent most of the day throwing up. Fortunately it was just a 24-hour bug and I was ready to eat a big breakfast the next morning!

Our favorite game that we love playing right now is “Train.” We sneak up on Brody, and play “Train” whether he wants to join or not. Fortunately he’s a pretty good sport about it!

We’ve been putting our Christmas presents to good use! Santa brought us some snow paint in our stockings, so we got outside to enjoy that one morning!

We’ve also been enjoying our new Play-Doh kits.

Henry got a package of cookies for Christmas from Na Na, so those definitely rank high on the list of favorite Christmas presents.

Pure cookie joy.

Aunt Elisa and Uncle Matt sent me a cookbook for kids! I chose to make enchiladas last night.

After we got out the ingredients, I smelled the cheese to make sure it was up to my standards. (Some people might choose to remove the packaging before the sniff test, but I ain’t got no time for that.)

I measured out one cup of sour cream.

Then I mixed it with the salsa.

Next we dipped the tortillas in the salsa and sour cream mixture.

After adding shredded chicken to the middle, I tried to roll it up. This part was a little tricky, so Mommy provided some assistance.

We repeated this process until all of the enchiladas were made.

Then I sprinkled cheese on the top.

Ready to go in the oven!

And after 15 minutes, voila! My first dinner I’ve ever made! (**Note to self…turns out I don’t like enchiladas. I’ll need to be more careful next time with what I choose to make. On a positive note, though, Mommy and Daddy LOVED them!)