Monday, February 25, 2013

Zeke is 4!

Zeke is just getting bigger and bigger every day. He's in preschool 2 days a week, and he loves it. He's especially fond of the music class every Tuesday, and he's been able to play lots of fun instruments already, like a violin and a bass guitar.

His party was this last Saturday with lots of family, some guns, an excellent rocket ship cake, and a piƱata. Here's some fun animated images to show you the fun:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ben's Birthday

Ben is Two!
I'm a little slow on this post - his birthday was a couple of weeks ago.  We had a bifurcated celebration:  we invited neighbors over for cupcakes on Ben's actual birthday and then we had a fun party at Grandma's house on the Saturday after. 
Ben enjoyed the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  My carpet did not.
Ben loved the fire truck cake that Grandma made.  He loved the candy decorations (gum drops for siren lights!) even more than the frosting.  
 Zeke the Zebra.
Ben's favorite present was this toy leaf blower that actually blows bubbles.  He wasn't a fan of opening presents.  (Zeke did most of that for him.)  He was a fan of using this leaf blower to pretend to shoot everyone in the room.  "Shoot Grandma!"  "Shoot Youkee!"  "Shoot Zeke!"
   We are very glad that Ben is in our family and we are happy to watch him grow and learn everyday.  This next year we are looking forward to:  potty training!  a new sister!  swimming lessons!  riding a bike!  getting out of the high chair!  brushing teeth with effectiveness!  (Too much on that last one?)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Snow Day

There was an awesome storm last Friday.  The boys and I were at the Park when it hit and we were drenched making the run from the playground to the minivan.  There was even thunder and lightning  and Zeke did not approve.
Mike has been hatching a "snow day" plan for weeks now and we decided that the storm was a sign from heaven.  The mountains closest to us got 6" of new snow and 6" is enough to slide on, right?
It was.  We didn't make it to the official tubing area on the mountain, but we had good times on a little hill off to the side of the road.  The snow was just perfect when we arrived and it was melting into muddy slush by the time we left.  (I think Ben enjoyed the slush much more than the snow.  He's crazy about puddles.)

 It was a terrific first snow experience.  Zeke was a maniac on his red saucer and was ready to try out any new path.  He was also very fond of eating snow.  I love his enthusiasm.
It's a shame they'll grow out of the snow gear by next year, but maybe there'll be one more storm in February.