That's my story and I'm sticking to it. No blog posts for 2 months? Yeah, well, you know, it's cold and we all just haven't emerged from the den for awhile... I'll try to summarize.
Around the holidays, we enjoyed visits from Uncle Mike and Aunt Holly as well as Gramma and Opa. The girls were very excited to give everyone the ceramic gifts they had painted at The Creative Escape. They have been asking to go back and paint again ever since. They loved having two Christmases - one at home with Mommy, Daddy, Gramma and Opa, and another over New Year's with Ama, Akung, Aunt Jean, Uncle Aaron, and cousins Clay and Owen. The gifts, as always, were wonderfully chosen and good times were had by all. We are a very lucky family.
Since Christmas, we've just been trucking along. Between two to three school days for all three kids and one day with swim lessons for the girls we really only have fridays that are completely free. We fit in plenty of fun with friends on those days or just spend lazy days at home doing crafts and playing playdoh (one of Ben's fav's). The girls continue to love to play "Baby and Big Girl" and create elaborate story lines of what Baby and Big Girl are doing, eating, going to, etc. Dani often tries to decide who gets to be Baby but occasionally Alex convinces her to be Big Girl. They still draw at least 1-2 times per day, and while I feel slight pangs of guilt over our paper consumption, in the end I am tickled that it is their favorite thing to do. I plan to post some of their awesome drawings soon.
Ben now has well over 200 words that we are able to understand and probably 75 words he can use with the public. He is Elmo-Ernie-(Big)Bird-Cookie Monster-crazy, and mentions them at least 5 times a day (usually in this order). His sisters love to teach him how to say things, breaking words up into syllables. "Say Cin-da-rell-uh Ben!" His least favorite thing about his sisters is how much they love to rub his head. It's incessant. He must feel like a dog most days. He tells them, "Let go me!"
Despite my surgery 4 weeks ago to fix stomach muscles that couldn't handle 15 pounds of babies four years ago, we actually have gotten out for a few days of fun in the snow. Ben and Alex love to crawl, roll, climb, and build in the snow. Dani loves to come in for hot chocolate. ;) Everyone enjoyed a walk at our nearby wooded park with me and Gramma, who has kindly come to help out for 3 weeks during my recovery. They ran from the car saying, "Let's go see nature!"
Here are some of my favorite shots from the last few months.
Uncle Mike and Aunt Holly come to visit!
The kids come up with hilarious ideas. Dani and Alex LOVE their princess dresses and pretending to have a ball like Cinderella.
Ben is a boy. All the way. "I'm going to test out every possible use for my body," thinks Ben...
Daddy has been a good source of entertainment in these dreary winter months.
It's fun to see the silliness get contagious...
One sister demands to be swaddled... so the other sister does too!
Ben's a pretty good sport when it comes to his sisters' ideas. "Let's play haircuts!"
The snow was good this year and we enjoyed it. When we weren't too busy throwing things into the pond.