//We took the boys sledding for the first time this winter last weekend. They had a blast. We tried out a new hill by Sartori Hospital, and it was the perfect spot and size. Not too big to and not too hard to climb up, but long and fast enough to provide over an hour of entertainment. And... there was already a ski ramp created by other sledders that had come before us. Once the boys got comfortable going down over and over again, they started tackling the ramp, evidenced by some of the pictures above. By the time we were able to get them to leave, they were soaking wet and my cheeks were hurting - I'm not sure if it was from the cold. Or from smiling so much just watching them.
//The boys enjoyed Valentine's just as they enjoy any holiday. Though I am not a big fan myself, they get into it, and I'm happy for that. They are fully eager to soak up any little celebration, just as kids should. They had parties at school on Friday with Spiderman and Ninja Turtle Valentine's. Jaden addressed each Valentine to his classmates all by himself and Brandon signed his name to about 35 cards since he had a party in both daycare and preschool, as well as placing all of the suckers into each little punch hole. It was a lot of writing and work for his little hands, but he rocked it! We kicked off the weekend with movie night at home on Friday night with a viewing of Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (great family movie by the way), and I prepared a special pink and chocolate breakfast for them the Saturday morning of. Strawberries, chocolate doughnuts and pink (Strawberry) milk. Each of them gave their breakfast a thumbs-up before moving on to gifts. They opened their Valentine's mail from the great-grandparents and then their gifts from Cody and me. New books, new movies, a new game to enjoy together, a little bit of candy, a new coloring book for Brandon, and a first set of Pokémon trading cards for Jaden. He's been wanting his own set ever since some other boys brought them to daycare last summer and now he can't wait to trade his own cards this upcoming summer in the school-agers building. Pokémon is completely over my head, and the nice clerk at Target must have sensed that because he gave me a nice overview when he saw me staring at them all in bewilderment in the aisle the day I purchased them!
//While Cassi and James were gone this weekend, we went over to their house to spend some time with Ivy. We played and chatted for a long time on the floor, bathed her, fed her and got some sleepy snuggles in. At one point Jaden laid down on the floor with her and got some big smiles out of her. After five minutes of talking and playing giraffe with her, he got up on his feet and said, "Whew. Now I'm exhausted!"