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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Break...

This past week was spring break in North Texas. Before I had kids, I could never understand how even those in the preschool set savored the week of spring break. I especially did not see how it affected homeschoolers. However, I have been enlightened. Everything revolves around spring break! Every mother's day out program, preschool, and (most) kids' activity takes off the week of spring break. So even though my kids are not in school, this week meant no swim class for Caedmon, which freed up two mornings. It also meant all of his friends were available for play dates, even the ones who usually are in school a few days a week. Thus, our week was even busier than usual. We enjoyed play dates on 4 out of 5 mornings. Most of those events happened in either our home or a friend's house. The kids enjoyed playtime while the mommies visited.

However, on Friday, some Dallas friends met up with us and we enjoyed a morning back in my old turf, the Big D. Katherine is just 2 1/2 months older than Caedmon and we were in a playgroup with her for the first year or so of Caedmon's life. We still attend the same church but because of the age cut off for the classrooms, the two are not in the same room. However, Libby and Caroline are only 3 weeks different in age and they are often in nursery together. Trying to avoid the Spring break crowds, we opted for a ride on the Uptown Trolley, lunch at Wild About Harry's and some play time at a nearby park.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the outside of the trolley. I have been wanting to take the kids on this for a long time. It wasn't as big of a hit as I thought it would be. We road the entire loop (about 30 minutes) and the novelty wore off for the kids after about 15-20 minutes. In fact, Caedmon has told me that once was enough. I think if we try it again, we'll ride to the Dallas Museum of Art and get off to look around and then ride back to West Village. I thought it was fun, though, and I definitely want to try it again.

After the trolley ride, we enjoyed a fun lunch at Wild About Harry's, a great place for hot dogs and custard!  In fact, that was the first restaurant, Caedmon ever visited.  Here's a picture of that event and then some from Friday (almost 4 year later!):

I didn't get any pictures of the highlight of the morning - an hour at a nearby park - but the kids really enjoyed exploring a new playground and playing with their friends.  It was a nice day out on the town!

MOLA and More...

Tom's mom has been blessing us with lots of visits this year. She will be coming monthly and staying for a week to 10 days each time. It is a great opportunity for the kids to build a strong relationship with her and learn some Mandarin Chinese. She also blesses us several nights of her delicious cooking and time for Tom and I to get in a date night. When she was here in March, the Fort Worth Zoo opened its Museum of Living Art, which houses their reptiles and amphibians. Nai Nai braved her fear of snakes and joined us...twice, actually. We went on Saturday for the special membership grand opening and then, back again on Monday for a chance to see more of it. We also, visited the FW Science and History Museum on Monday.

Welcome, Spring!

This is what we awoke to this morning...March 21, 2010.  Goodbye 70 degrees, sunshine, and blooming flowers.  Hello, 30 degrees and snowy.

Tomorrow it is supposed to be 65 again. 

That's Texas for you!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring has Sprung in Texas

Today, we enjoyed some beautiful early spring Texas weather.  I cracked open some sidewalk paint and chalk that Caedmon had received for his birthday last year.  The kids had a fantastic time decorating our front courtyard.  Caedmon kept telling me that he will give me a tour of their "exhibit."  However, at the end of our time, he told me that I would have to wait for my tour as the "exhibit" was not yet complete.

Libby thought it was just as much fun to paint herself as the ground.  However, she was a little better when we tried again another day.  She would look at me and say "Paint - no mouth...Paint - no clothes...Paint ground only."  The sidewalk paint was a huge hit with the wee ones in the household.  Not so much for the grown-ups, who were left wiping down shoes and doing loads of laundry.  Still, it was fun to see the joy it brought Caedmon and Libby.

Quirky Kid Comments

As I've said before, Caedmon continually makes me laugh with his commentary on life.  Here are a few I've been saving up...

"Mama, I like the way you look.  You're beautiful!"  (similar sentiments were later shared with Libby and Tom's mom)
If you need a self-esteem boost, spend some time with a preschooler.  However, be cautious, as this could backfire.  Their honesty is sometimes a little too raw.  

"Why are you using a knife to do that.  You should use your skin razor."
I was peeling the skin off a pear with the same paring knife that I was using to cut it.  Caedmon thought a peeler would work better.

Caedmon has two nerf swords and only one shield.  He has been conscripting Libby into his sword fights.  (She is quite funny and holds the sword the wrong way and yells "Hi-ya!")  Yesterday, Caedmon was trying to encourage her to join his battle against a dragon.  He said, "Libby doesn't have a shield, but God can be her shield."   I was thinking how sweet his comment was until he proclaimed that the dragon could also use God as its shield.

I think maybe Caedmon is ready to reduce his stuffed animal collection.  He has been charging Tom and me with the care of several of his animals.  Originally, he brought 3 to me and proceeded to tell me the following: "Mama, I brought you these animals to take care of.  You need to take them to bed with you at night.  If they become sick or get hurt, you should take them to Dr. Libby in the morning.  Put them on a book and she will check them and make them better.  Please tell Daddy.  These are your instructions."  He proceeded to give Tom the same instructions later in the evening.  More animals have been added to our collection.  I think we're up to 7 or so.  Soon, there won't be room for us in our own bed!  

Every day is an adventure with Big C!

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