Saturday, February 26, 2011

Is there a Wocket in your Pocket?

On Monday, a friend invited the kids and I to join them at the Clinton Library (free admission on President's Day!) to check out the new Dr. Suess exhibits. The kids could barely contain their excitement. Well, Madigan could barely contain Paxton, at least!
We did discover something very important. It turns out that the Cat in the Hat really DOES know a lot about that!
(If you don't know what I'm talking about, you must not have a kid between the ages of 1 and 8 that watches PBS Kids on weekday mornings. That's not necessarily a bad thing.)
There were statues and paintings from nearly all of Dr. Suess' stories. Madi really enjoyed it since we've read a bunch of them.
For those of you that know the story of Yertle the Turtle, you know that the mean turtle (Yertle) made the other turtles stand on top of each other so that he could be up higher. Finally, a little turtle at the bottom burps and they all fall down, including Yertle who lands in the mud. Paxton had another idea of how to knock the turtles down...
"I didn't do anything!"
And what Dr. Suess day would be complete without the Grinch?!
Thanks Joy for inviting us! We had a great time and loved getting our Dr. Suess fix in for a while!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Paxton got a teddy bear for Christmas that was dressed as a conductor. He also got an outfit to match the bear. Put them together and you get...
Two cute little bears

"This guy cracks me up!"
Thanks Grandi, Gramps and Aunt Kate for the bear and outfit. It was all a hit!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Blizzard of 2011

I know my northern friends are already laughing at us just from the title of this blog. But in my defense, some parts of Arkansas got 2 feet of snow. Record breaking here. We only got 7 inches, but that's still pretty monumental for our area. So let us live in awe of our experience for now and keep your laughter to yourself. :)
Day 1

As mentioned, we did get 7 inches of snow. The first day, we mainly just hunkered down and stayed warm while enjoying the view out the window. Isn't it pretty?!
We finally got out and surveyed the ground.
Madi immediately started eating the snow. She has a bit of an addiction.
And Paxton went back to just standing in one spot and trying to find out what the white stuff was that was up to his knees.
"What is this stuff on my playset?!"

Madi finally got brave enough to lay down in the snow and make her snow angel.
Alright, these pictures were actually taken the weekend before when we had a "light dusting" of snow. But they fit so well here, they just had to be posted. Here's a picture of Paxton's snowman.
Not as large as Madi's snowperson, but still pretty "stylin".
Day 2

As pretty as the snow was and as much as we enjoyed experiencing a "real" snow, by Day 2 we were getting a little stir crazy. Okay, I was getting stir crazy and the others appeased me by bundling up and getting outside for a while.
We went on a little walk. First time the jogging stroller has braved icy streets. It held up well. :)
Madi rode for a while and then wanted to walk. I thought this was cute of her trekking through the snow.
Paxton was glad she got out of the stroller so he could lounge.
We made it to the gas station where the kids used their "treat" money from Mema and Papa to buy some snack. So I got some exercise and the kids got their candy. Happy Snow Day for Everyone!

Day 3

By Day 3 we had gotten a bit more creative...or crazy. Ever hit a snowball with a baseball bat? If not, you totally should!
We gave Madi the bat to take a turn. She licked the snow off instead. Oh my.
She did take a turn as our hind catcher in our game of snowball. It looked something like this.
Paxton cheered us all on. By this point, he'd lost a mitten, so he had mine on. Pretty funny, if you ask me.
As I mentioned, things got crazier the longer we stayed in. By that third day, this had happened...

Thankfully, Gee Gee and Pa had sent a Valentine's box to the kids that had lots of crafts and activities in it. It arrived on day 1 and was our saving grace. Just a few of those activities - Valentine Rice Krispies!

And a Valentine mailbox
By the 3rd night, we were able to get out again. Hallelujah! But even as stir crazy as we are, we still enjoyed our "snowpocalypse". Now, bring on Spring!!!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Football Fanatic

In honor of the Super Bowl, here's a video of our little football fan while he was watching the football playoffs a few weeks ago...

What a crazy kid! Sure do love him though.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Winter? Spring? Whatever!

It's a little ironic that I'm posting this blog on a "Snow Day". But we live in Arkansas where the weather changes as fast as you can blink, so it actually isn't that surprising.

Last weekend, we had a wonderful break in winter weather and got to enjoy some 75 degree days. So, we headed outdoors!
We went up to our church parking lot. Paxton and I jogged around with the jogging stroller,
while Madi got reacquainted with her bike,
and Ted tried out the Princess scooter. :)
Here's a little taste of Madi's mad biking skills.

And Paxton enjoying the jogging stroller and asking for "more" rides.

The next day, I took the kids to the park where Paxton debuted his new sliding skills. Head first, of course.
Here's a video I took of him sliding at our house on Monday. By then, it was cooler and a jacket was needed. He was bummed by that because it slowed him up on the slide. I was a little relieved.

He also tested out the Jeep while we were outside that day. Only a real man can make a Barbie Jeep look this good!
Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end and by Tuesday we had temperatures in the 20s with bitterly cold windchills. But we enjoyed getting out and soaking up the sun while we could. Now bring on the snow! :)