The snow day that wasn’t

On Thursday night, our governor declared a state of emergency, and hence the boys’ schools closed for Friday. They were thrilled at the idea of building a snowman and playing out in the snow. Upon waking up the next morning, there was zero snow. And for the rest of the day there was no snow. So instead of playing in the snow, we had a no snow day of fun!

We made waffles: Waffles

Then bundled up and headed out to spend the boys’ Christmas money that was burning a hole in their pockets.  No snow day

We went to Toys R’ Us and J knew exactly what he wanted (a Lego set):

No snow day

And A wanted Pokemon cards:

However, A did not spend all his money at Toys R’ Us, so after a quick stop at Panera’s for lunch:

No snow day

We headed to Barnes and Noble for some book shopping:

And train playing:

No snow day

A picked out Treasure Island and a Steve Gibbs mystery book:

And then after we got home B and J got right to work on his new Lego set:

No snow day

Then next day it was bitterly cold, so the boys spent time playing Pokemon cards:

And had a dual chess and qixels set-up:

We are ready for temps to bounce back since it isn’t going to snow! Here’s hoping for 50 degrees and sunshine, so the boys can go outside!

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Lately…

J’s been creating magna tile houses for his animals…

Building houses

And block tile houses at Nana & Grandpa’s:

Block tile houses

And A created a chicken salad dinner for a cub scouts badge:

Chicken Salad Dinner

And A played some Pokemon with Aunt Amanda:

Pokemon

One of J’s BFFs had a rocket themed birthday party and J thought it was the coolest:

Rocket Birthday party Rocket birthday party

And the boys watched Home Alone for the first time and laughed all the way through it:

Home AloneThis is their re-creation of the scene where Kevin puts on aftershave. HA!

 

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Time warp

When the boys were little we used to say that the time change where you “fall back” should be renamed “the longest day ever”. Which is pretty much still what it is. Hence how we feel on the Monday after:

Time changeSeriously though. Especially since J really does not need a nap every day anymore. Thankfully our Sunday was quite a bit busier than normal, so we didn’t notice it too much. We had church, grocery shopping, and then B took A to basketball evaluations and cub scouts, while J joined my sister, Mom, and I at a local open vendor Christmas fair.

Time changeThis is him, sitting on the floor of one of the shops with his new Ty “tsum tsum” esque dog my Mom purchased him, free shopkins from the lady at the toy vendor (which he had no idea what those were…one of the issues of having all boys), his water, and bag of popcorn. Despite us all having to chase him down a good part of the time, we each walked out with some great items and I got two Christmas gifts checked off my list! Nice!

I took A to Barnes and Noble & Target to spend the gift card and money he had been saving, and he picked out a nice stack of books and cashed in all his funds to buy the new Paper Mario: Color Splash. Hence the boys spent a good amount of their free time on Saturday and Sunday afternoon playing A’s new game:

Time change

And then they finished up their Sunday afternoon learning to play A’s new Pokemon card game:

Time changeAnd finally, I have got some gift guides coming your way in a few weeks! But first, one of the items that A said is on his must have list is this:

Time changeThat’s right. A dictionary. He said he needs it for “word reference”. Love him!

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Goaaaaalllll

While this picture is from a far distance…

Goal!J played one of his BFFs from school this week (I think almost all the kids in his class are playing soccer this season). And even though it was VERY cold, and I think he was still a bit tired, he scored a goal!

Here is a picture after he kicked it in doing a robot happy dance!

Goal! He only has one game to go in his soccer game season and I know he’s really going to miss getting to play and run each week with his friends!

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Back to Little Gym

Little GymWhen the boys were toddlers Little Gym was the group I participated in to get them out and socializing (for me too), but as the boys got older (and are in school now) it has been quite awhile since I’ve been back. J was invited to a birthday party there recently and I was glad to see that he still loves it as much as he did when he was two…

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First cub scout meeting

Adventures in cub scouting

This past weekend A went to his first cub scout meeting! He has been so excited to participate in the summer events, so he was thrilled to now be attending meetings. For their first meeting they met at one of our local trails, went hiking, inspected forest life, and made apple cobbler in a dutch oven. He and B arrived back two hours later, tired, but full of stories about all their adventures!

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Swim, run, fun

Back to school, back to car line. J brings along Tsum Tsums to play with while we wait our turn for A to get out of the car. Car Line

Both of the boys can now be in the pool on their own! Woo hoo!

Swim Fun

The boys participated in their first Cubadega for Cub Scouts. I think they had as much fun making the boxes as they did racing them…

Cubadega Cubadega IMG_1143 Cubadega

They also enjoyed getting to have hot dogs and mac and cheese for dinner:

Cubadega

And these two spent some downtime catching Pokemon:

Pokemon

And we are back in our routine of going to church and today was move up Sunday:

Move up SundayThey look so angelic here. As if they hadn’t been yelling at each other two minutes before. HA!

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