This week was not my week for staying on top of blogging. I have some plans for next week, and I’m just going to roll with whatever happens. I’ll try and pencil in some scheduled blog posts and hopefully get my act together!
Thursdays are currently our day where we have nothing to do after school.
Now, if you actually know me, you will know that this is strange, uncommon, and all-around unheard of. But it’s true.
I’m telling you, it feels good to know that we get to come home and just do nothing. The kids get excited about putting their pajamas on immediately after getting home and playing with Legos, or playing on their iPad, or watching some cartoons, or reading.
Really, the sky’s the limit on Thursdays.
Finley asked if she could stay after school and play on the big snow hill with her friends. I love that we live so close to school, and I love that she is getting old enough to make a plan like this, clear it with me, and get to enjoy some fun with her friends. She checked in with me when I was picking up Campbell and I let her stay and play. She ended up coming home after about 20 minutes because her friends had to leave, but I was glad that she was able to make it work.
I decided that I was going to get Campbell set up with a painting project and to my surprise, Rowen wanted to join in. We came up with the plan to do something Valentine related, and hopped on Google images to come up with a plan that sounded fun. Finley came home while we were in the process of transferring our image onto the canvas, so she jumped right in and now I have three fantastic pictures ready to hang!
Speaking of what we’re doing when we have nothing to do, we’ve been playing in the vast amounts of snow we have everywhere…
Anyone remember granny apple dolls? Rowen asked to carve into a potato while I was making dinner the other night. I told him about the granny apple dolls I used to make in my elementary art classes and he promptly began working on another face, using an apple. Lucky for him, the potato was absolutely gross the day after, and the apple was just drying out, doing it’s thing. The potato promptly went into the trash and the apple will waiting another week or so until we can give it a body and some granny hair.
It’s been cold, folks. Like seriously, cold.
We are usually one of the top five coldest towns in the America, and this year is no different. Although the coldest I was able to document was last year. This was taken on a morning that we were heading up to ski…
I went to my annual dermatology appointment yesterday and I’m so very happy to report that I am all clear! As I age, I’m really starting to get hit with the reality that I’m not invincible, and living so high up in altitude really takes a toll on our skin. We’ve had some minor scares that were caught early, but I still lived to burn while I was growing up – before anyone thought twice about sunscreen and sun protection.
I take skin care very seriously now, I hope that my kids grow up with high respect for the sun. Finley’s class with cross-country skiing last week, and although I packed sunscreen and sunglasses in her bag, and although she applied sunscreen, she still choose to not wear her sunglasses for part of the day. Her eyes (around her eyes, and her actual eyes) were completely sunburned when she got home… red, swollen, the whole works.
She wanted to stay home the next day because she was quite embarrassed as to how she looked, but I suggested that she just tell everyone that her burn was a good reminder to keep your sunglasses on, and that sun protection is serious.
She is feeling (and looking) much better now, and I hope that will be the last time she plays out in the sun without some sort of eye protection.
And the other thing that was great about my appointment? I drove 70 miles away from my town, and was able to see the ground. Not layers upon layers of snow, but the ground. It was like a whole new world that we won’t see locally for months… and months… and months…
Oh, and I got to walk through Target. People, I didn’t even know what to do with myself. Target and no snow? It was Heaven…
And we can’t have a post without mentioning this little guy. He had his first round of vaccinations with your local vet last Friday. Two more weeks until he will be fully vaccinated, and can start playing with other dogs! That’s very exciting!
We have been cautioned by our vet (who I adore!) to really keep him away from other dogs until he is fully up-to-date on his shots, especially in our town, since so many people do not vaccinate. We also don’t know anyone currently that has a puppy his age (he can play with other puppies his age right now), so I’m just waiting patiently until next Friday.
Then bring. on. all. the. dogs.