I keep waiting for the winter doldrums to set in, the respite from a busy summer, the calm before the storm. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. We've been flitting off to playgroups for some silliness:
Me: "Matthew, can you tell daddy about what we learned about at the museum"
Matthew: "Allosaurus. He ate meat."
Me: "What else?"
Matthew: "He had lots and lots of owies"
Me: "How did he get those owies?"
Matthew: "From eating pee"
Boys! Don't know who or where he was warned about eating pee, but it's the second time it's come up as either a warning or consequence. They also got to make really cool Allosaurus shrinky-dink necklaces.
Which wasn't too bad until we made our own purple sugar which Matthew was not as delicate about sprinkling as I would have liked.
That Saturday James and I not only had his birthday date, but it was also the day for us to see Dr. Noize crash the Symphony. He had been pumped about this since we picked up the tickets and it didn't disappoint. Before hand they have an instrument petting zoo. Matthew wasn't too keen on testing out the woodwinds and brass but he did give the percussion instruments a shot:
Catherine meanwhile felt the need to put her mouth on all the percussion instruments so mostly she observed this year. As always the concert was great and the kiddos enjoyed. Here's Matthew raising his hands to identify the themes of Beethoven's Fifth.
Unfortunately, as the trail headed up hill, I couldn't make any progress between the powder, the plowing with the trailer and the 60+ pounds of kiddos behind me. Womp. Womp. On a flat trail, we probably would have done fine in deep powder but I definitely don't have the skills (or skis?) to do much uphill yet. We are still learning a whole heck of a lot about how to best pack/dress the kiddos quickly as well as James and I learning a lot more about how to ski off the groomed trails (and getting in better shape).
In other news, Catherine has moved to her big girl bed. It was a smooth transition in the beginning, though last night was rough so who knows how this will all play out. Thank you to her big brother for teaching her how to climb out of bed. We thought that we had a few weeks before Catherine would climb down by herself to get used to sleeping in the big bed before we dealt with the behavioral issues that come along with the freedom to get out of bed. Oops.
Speaking of freedom, some other excitement this week was that both kiddos had dentist appointments. Matthew did very well and did the whole appointment without me :( While I was very proud of him it broke my heart a little that he's growing up so fast.
Though she had even more fun the next day with mommy and her friends while Matthew was in preschool. Admittedly, hot cocoa always helps!