In January, Joe and I went to Canada for our annual Modern Woodmen trip. I just cannot tell you how beautiful Whistler is. I mean: this is where we stayed. I have been to Colorado and seen the beautiful Rocky Mountains. But my trips to Colorado were in the spring/summer/fall. I had never been up in the mountains during the winter. It's simply stunning. We went tubing and had amazing dinners, got a massage, and my favorite: we went dog sledding. So fun.
When we came home, poor Si guy was sick. That two weeks ago and we have sick people the entire 14 days. It's a good thing we were all rested up and refreshed because oh, the cabin fever. The icing on the cake was when the children gave their pink eye to Joe. And THEN he had an allergic reaction to the drops the doctor gave us. Poor guy.
I feel kind of like I'm in a TV sitcom and I can hear people laughing at my life...except for the part where I am not acting.
ANYWAY, other than being sick and cooped up and losing it, here's what we have been up to:
- loves school (there were some pretty funny things that happened as he was making the transition, but he is doing very well)
- is head over heels for Nora. When I pick him up from school, I will often say "I missed you today!" One day he said, "I missed you too. But I missed Nora the most because of her cuteness." Or sometimes he will remind me "Nora is my favorite person ever." Having an "older" child and a baby is such a gift.
- is getting to be such a little gentleman. He offered to dry my dishes yesterday - without being asked. all the love.
- has been going to OT for several months now and is ROCKING it. I am so so proud of him. He is interacting a lot more and talking a lot more. We are figuring out more and better ways to meet his sensory needs and he just seems more comfortable in his own skin.
- His favorite sensory activity is water play (sometimes a bath, sometimes in the sink - always with his "guys" - Legos or action figures). He has such a good imagination and is always coming up with elaborate scenes and rescues.
- Also loves Nora - in fact he told me that he wants to marry her because "She's my good girl".
- is doing a great job learning to read!
- Is starting to enjoy going to church. I am so thankful for this! We got to all-school Mass sometimes on Wednesday mornings and wave at Roman. Most of the time he complains if we go but a couple of weeks ago (of course when I wasn't planning on going - and was still wearing pajamas -and Joe was gone - and had only 15 minutes to get everyone ready) he requested to go. I said "Oh, Judah! I'm so glad you want to go see Jesus! I just wish you would have told me sooner because I don't know if we have enough time to get ready." Two minutes later he came out wearing a tie. I couldn't resist after that. So adorable.
- It was not long ago that we were at Mass and Judah loudly proclaimed "When I grow up, I'm not going to church. I'm only getting donuts."
- is so inquisitive. He is asking a lot of questions about how babies actually get into a mama's tummy and how they actually get out. For example: "Does God rip open your tummy to put a baby in there? Does the doctor rip open your tummy to get the baby out?" So, we are having lots of clarifying conversations these days while not trying to overshare because he is four. Roman has barely asked these questions. But Silas is our thinker. And he is a smarty pants.
- He is going to be sooo ready to read and soooo easy to homeschool. I am excited because he is more naturally excited about learning than the older two!
- He is still super sweet and super cuddly. He always walks on his tip toes and always asks one million questions in the cutest voice ever. For example, "Mom can I have some milk? Can I have a blue cup? Are you giving me the blue cup because it's my favorite? Do you like blue? Did you like to drink milk when you were a kid? Do you still like to drink milk?"
- He is also king of sound effects. I'll leave it at that.
- He has a pretty laid back temperament so he is pretty easy to discipline most of the time (which is a huge blessing!) But he does cry about EVERYTHING these days. And it's very dramatic.
- there may have been an incident in which a friend's fish did not survive. I'm not quite ready to write about it. But ask me about it later. I hope I'll be able to laugh in a couple (more) months.
- talking up a storm. My favorites: "happy", "oh no", "hey baby", "coat on", "bad guy"
- animal noises are coming right along. The way she "meows" is the sweetest thing you've ever heard. Which is nice because for a while there it was a very loud and terrifying cat sound.
- is into everything. All the fun stuff: dog food, toilet, mama's make-up.
- loves her brothers.
- loves her Charlie.
- Daddy is still her favorite person.
- Tony might be a close second. Sometimes when she's playing by herself she will just start saying "come on, Tony".
- she's a good little dancer
- she marches occasionally for no reason
That's all I can think of for now...I know these posts can get long and are probably not as interesting to other people, I just love to look back at the old ones and read things I had forgotten about!