And decided to put a little twist on them and came up with this, which we added glo-bracelets to for Matthew's party (which was a giant pain in the butt to do without activating the sticks so I can't imagine doing it for a class larger than 5):
However, the pre-photo shop outtakes are pretty fun too:
Matthew addressed each one in his crazy handwriting:
He had a super fun time at the party and like usual, was moving around too much to get a good picture. Catherine at least moves at a slower pace and even though she had "helped" stuff our goodie bags, she was still excited about the tattoos and treats from Amma:
Speaking of her being all adorable, here are some pictures from snacktime the other day. I love this first one because it very much captures her spunk and sass:
That weekend I headed up to visit my good friend Jenn in Whitefish. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great (February rain. Gross.) but we were able to take a drive up to Glacier for the morning and as always it didn't disappoint!
Unfortunately, it was too short of a trip and we didn't make it up to the top of the mountain at the ski resort for lunch considering this was about the last we saw of the mountains before we were socked in! Either way it was a great time with a good friend. Meanwhile, James and the kiddos had fun too. They apparently headed to the Winter Fair and while they did a lot of other cool things, the trains were the biggest hit as always. Apparently the club has really upped its game since last year with an Atlantis section:
And there was lots of around the house silliness too I guess:
Since I've gone back to staying with the kids full time, James has been a rockstar about giving me some extra personal time with friends and away from the kids. While its always nice to come back to their excited screams and hugs, it's nice to take a breather every once in a while.
This week has taken the same pace as the past few in that it has flown by filled with lots of friends, exploring and silly time. We've been trying to add in our own SSR (silent, sustained reading) and while most of the time the kids have a hard time not making each other crazy, every once in a while it works and they (mostly) "read" to themselves while James and I read. I think we've hit a record 3 minutes this week!