This has been the winter that the term 'polar vortex' entered our vocabulary and we lost count of how many snow days school had - though we'll be reminded once the summer gets here and they'll extend the school year. If summer ever gets here. Or spring for that matter. Am I tired of the cold? Who isn't! We try to get Eamon out and about but even he, who normally loves a good frolic in the snow and ice, has had enough of it and announced that his favorite season has now changed to summer.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Saturday, February 08, 2014
About a year ago I mentioned to Eamon that we should make sushi and his patience was finally rewarded when we made it recently though it wasn't for his lack of reminding me. Though his patience (and we know where he gets it from!) can be tested when doing any kind of craft - it's very important to call him at the right time (i.e., have all the boring prep work done first) and make sure the instructions are simple and clear (enlist himself) - only then can it be a successful family activity. It's no wonder it took me so long to get around to it. In short I should be reminded of the following tips:
- Don't give the kid too much lead in time
- Have everything prepared before calling for his assistance
- Bring in the Dad for the final hands on assembly
- Pour yourself a drink
Turns out he's a champion little roller and we made quite the feast. Photo above only a small fraction of what we created.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Photo taken split seconds after I got pummeled with snow balls!
Eamon is fascinated with the little stickers college football players get on their helmets for meeting goals and he adopted it on our ski trip to Wisp last week. If he met a goal like not falling down a run, getting off the lift unassisted, getting up from a fall unassisted etc.. he'd get a sticker for the helmet. He set his goals and we bought the stickers. Not bad, huh? When I left Eamon after meeting them for lunch the one time I went to the lodge all weekend (I am now a lady of leisure on these weekends!) he had a goal of going down a blue run without falling. When he came back to the cabin after his day he had not only gone down a few blue runs but he had gone down more black diamond runs without falling. We'll have to stock up on stickers next year!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
We did pretty well so plenty of 'highs' for us this year and while our goals may not have been extreme it is nice to finish lighter, have run and cycled further and learned new skills. One for me was to wear a skirt at least once a week (check)! So let's say we're on the right track for exercise and diet and always eager to learn and do more. The one low was that we didn't have enough play dates for Eamon so we must work better at that.
Along the way 2013 evolved into the year of the pie, ice cream sandwich and sauerkraut, Arsenal, USA v Germany, a new cocktail blog, and more football than I've ever seen before (Go FSU!). We also got to spend some time with all our families and some friends. On the downside, we missed a fall camping trip and some sporting events and himself and myself both had to get glasses (sign of old age!) but glad to say in 2013 it was mostly good.
We wrote similar lists and put them in the fish for next year. Let's see how 2014 will go.