She especially likes to dress herself--with both feet in the same pant leg almost every time. She also thinks she's supposed to put her shirt on like her pants--legs first. We try to show her how to put it over her head, but you must remember that as soon as we try to stop her from putting her feet in the shirt she starts fussing at us, "NO! I do!"
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
After I cleaned off the last of the 12 inches of snow we received this weekend, I took the kids sledding. There is a great hill on base that has a long drop off and clearing at the bottom. For many years this hill has provided entertainment to military kids. It is affectionately known as Suicide Hill. The kids have begged us many times to go over and we've always said no. Today we made the trip. I went armed with 3 sleds and 3 kids. We also picked up another sled close by that allowed for the 4 of us to all ride down at once.
With today being a holiday many of the families on Freedom Circle also made the trek over to sled. It was a perfect day with powder fresh snow and bright sunny skies. We built a ramp/jump, tried many kinds of sleds and even convinced everyone on the hill to line up and lock arms for a gi-normous all sled down the hill (there were easily 20+ all in a line).
I think I may have had more fun than the kids. On one of the runs I decided to take some video. Sometimes avoiding the other sledders was quite a challenge.
Here's some pictures from my highly scientific snow measuring device (8 inches
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Burbanks -- yummy, yummy. We really loved Burbanks. Probably my favorite part was their music. They always had good blues playing. They also had some fantastic barbecue potato skins (remember that Jeffy?). We returned to Dayton several years later for a visit and were eager to return to Burbanks, but, alas, they had gone out of business in that location. Who knows, perhaps they were not as good as our memory of them was.
Memphis BBQ -- This restaurant was located right outside of one of the Nellis AFB gates. After Riley was born we would often meet there for lunch. I don't necessarily remember it being too noteworthy, but it was BBQ and it was convenient.
Loggerheads in Niceville -- This was a cute little place right along the bay on our way to and from church. They had these fun stone loggerhead turtles at the entry. Again, I don't necessarily remember anything noteworthy on this place's food, except that it was decent BBQ and they had fabulous sweet tea.
Red Hot and Blue -- There were several of this chain in the area, and one just up the street from Ted's office building. They served their sodas in miniature pitchers, and the potato salad was A-W-E-S-O-M-E! No one's has ever compared.
City Barbecue in Beavercreek -- This location opened while we were there, and we couldn't have been more excited. After our first visit we knew it was a winner. They have the absolute best BBQ of any places we've been to. And the sweet tea was to die for. Yum. Yum. Yum. Last summer I went to Ohio for a visit just before Ted came back, and a stop at City BBQ was paramount. Oh my, it was even better than I had remembered it being, and it made the BBQ we found in Boston just pale in comparison.
Tennessee's BBQ -- We went to Tennessee's BBQ last night for the first time and were actually quite impressed. They had won several awards, but then again their competition up here is probably less than stellar. First and foremost, they offered sweet tea. That's a must. There's a BBQ joint called Lester's that has a little stand on base. It's okay. Ted and I have never been to their actual restaurant, and we suspect that their food would be better from there. It has to lose some of it's goodness being virtually catered to the base everyday. I think we might need to take a little field trip and get back with you on that one.
I don't know that we really qualify as food critics, but there's our 2 cents (or in my case, 5 cents).
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Cory's Pirate birthday party was something else. Note to self--don't micromanage boys. Just let them play. When I let go of the planned activities and let them just play everything went swimmingly. Here is a picture of his cake. I did not make it...a sewing friend of mine offered to do it for me, and I was glad to take her up on that offer. It was a pretty neat cake, though!
Lucy found trouble to get in to today...namely one of Mary Beth's markers from Santa (we're going to need to talk with Santa about his gift ideas). It's now all over her pants, hand, face and toes. Oh, yeah, and the floor in the playroom and her stove. What is most frustrating about it is that she had gotten a bath already today, after getting sick during nap. My fresh, clean baby is no longer fresh and clean.
A weather report the other day showed that the average snowfall total for the Boston area is 13.4." Last year's snowfall totals were 27." Already this year we have had 32." I blame it on global warming.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I must admit I was skeptical. Very skeptical. So skeptical, in fact, that it caused a rare moment of tempers flaring across the room between us (as guests at a friend's house, no less) during the early discussions.
However, I am happy to admit that I was wrong. Very wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I'm willing to publicly announce it to all of you.
The ice rink is terrific, and Ted has done a fabulous job of working on it and making it a fun place to play. I love that the kids have a chance to ice skate without a trip to an indoor rink (mostly because it means I can stay inside where it's warm! Those ice rinks are COLD!). I'm also glad that Cory can "play hockey" without us having to fork out the big bucks to "PLAY HOCKEY." When you're five you don't know the difference.
There's still a lot of winter to go, and Ted and I have both noticed/commented on a significant bow in one of the boards. I hope that the ice doesn't break it before the kids have gotten their full thrills.
So, Ted, if you happen to read this, you are amazing. Freedom Rink is fabulous, and our kids are lucky to have a dad as crazy as you (because, honestly, this was a crazy idea).
Monday, January 5, 2009
One Santa hat. Again, there are three others in a box
Surely this has happened to you, too.
On a brighter note, while we were cleaning stuff out, we decided to work in the kids' playroom, which also serves as a guest room, to make it a little more user friendly. One of the pitfalls of moving frequently, is that when we're unpacking boxes we oftentimes just put things into places without ever really making good places for the things. We've been here over a year, and finally came to the realization that we weren't using the space we had in there very well--specifically the closet. So, with a little shelf work here, and a little condensing there we were able to neatly store all kinds of my stuff as well as the kids' toys, and have made the room so much nicer. Nice enough that I finally got around to making curtains for it--using some of the fabric that I found stuffed in the closet. Yahoo!