A Start-and-Stop DITL spanning two days because I kept forgetting the camera
15 January: Morning means iPad games and many breakfasts
The corner looks so empty without the Christmas tree
Selfie with baby
After brother shared a bite of yogury, little J triumphantly steals the Pop-Tart box from the pantry
Have everyone sit down at the table to eat
The boys beg for their portraits.
L, age 5 3/4 goofball
B, age 7 1/2, missing so many teeth
J, age 19 months, gremlin-extraordinaire
Upstairs to get dressed, lay out clothing to pack, and pick up toys
I have some packing/cleaning up to do also
"Pick up toys" has different meanings when you're small
Force the boys to help with their other morning chore-- folding laundry
Signs of a toddler whose gotten into the front closet
The big boys are on fire, so I send them outside to play in the "secret hideout". They think we can't see them when they're playing in there
J practices being gentle with Olive
24-hour trip with 5 people and 1 dog = many bags
I drive north, so there are no photos from the trip. Then, the camera is buried in the diaper bag, so I keep forgetting to take photos. There's lunch, a walk for the boys, a nap for the adults/baby, and a birthday dinner with cousins.
***End Day One***
16 January: Trying Again, Day Two (Boys go Sliding)
I can count on taking photos of the boys during breakfast because a) they're generally happy in the morning and b) they're contained in chairs which makes it easier
Or contained on laps, which is basically the same thing
Searching Nana's pantry for BoxTops to help fund the new elementary school playground
I spy two deer in the backyard
The boys want to see too
I don't remember how he lost his pajamas...
Showing off the Pokemon card collection to Grumpa
Poor Olive, patiently waiting to be let outside
Get everyone outside to help clean up some fallen branches from a recent storm.
Olive loses her mind over the sticks
J loses his mind over the trailer filled with snow
Let's go sliding!
Now B's turn!
JP, with the ridiculous hat
So much love
Nana shows the boys another place to slide
They have mixed success
Head inside to start heating water for hot chocolate. Baby J babbles to G-Nana and watches his brothers
Boys come inside, wet, cold, and ready for a warm drink
Grumpa gets out the Russian Roulette of jellybeans
You can see in the background B has gotten "Dog Food" instead of "Chocolate Pudding"
They just keep eating
Since everyone is recently fed and exercised, we jump into the car to head home
A trip to the Golden Arches ensures silence for the last 20 minutes of the drive
Easy dinner from the freezer: A gift from very kind friends
We were sent home with magazines for a little "light" reading
Watching Daddy at war with some creeping vines
We have been home approximately 40 minutes, and already toys are strewn everywhere
Preparing for dinner
Who gave this boy a lightsaber? His parents are very concerned
Post-dinner dishes and recycling
Watch Netflix until bed