I had given the kids soap bath paints for Christmas and they already blew through those bottle so I was looking on line to see if there was any way of making paints on the cheap. I came across a bunch of ideas and decided to go with the shaving cream one. I'll try others down the line. Its pretty simple a squirt of shaving cream and a few drops of food coloring and boom...paint. Of course the smell of shaving cream does get to you after a while and once they are done you pretty much have to drain the water and refill the tub to actually clean the kids, but they had fun nonetheless.
With Aiden, Seth wanted to get him a bike for Hanukkah after he turned 2. Aiden was excited about the bike, but he was too small for it and didn't really understand the concept for pedaling yet. Plus it was December so there weren't many times that we went out to ride the bike since it was cold and snowy. The summer came and he was slowly getting used to riding and then of course his birthday came and we ended up getting him a power wheels truck. He did finally start riding the bike that September and was excited when he could finally pedal by himself. With that I was not going to make the same mistake with Rebecca so we opted to go the tricycle route with her. I saw that she showed interest in a friends tricycle at a birthday party so I knew that we should get her a trike and then when she was older we would get her a bike. Plus the past few months she's been eying Aiden's bike wondering where hers is. I snagged a Minnie Mouse trike on sale during Christmas and stashed it in the basement until her birthday. When we took it out for her she was over the moon and couldn't wait to ride it. She got pretty mad when we told her that it was time to go in.
In addition to last weeks blizzard that dropped about 25" of snow on us (half of which had melted over the week). We got about another 3-4" last night. So I took Aiden out in the snow while Rebecca napped and Seth cleared the driveway. I will say that it was pretty cold out (about 20*) so we didn't stay out for too long, but he had a blast.
This year we went up to NH for Thanksgiving. Seeing family
is always a good time. WE made pretty good time as well considering that we
left around 3:30. Made it up to Manchester around 5/5:30 to check into the
hotel. It was a nice place. We ended up getting a 2 bedroom suite that had a
kitchen as well. In the end we really didn’t need the kitchen, but we did use
the frig for a few things and the microwave as well. The kids did great
sleeping in the same room. The first night we stayed out so late and Seth had
the great idea to put them in the same bed just to make it easier. Miss Rebecca
thought it was play time and we had to go in there 3 times before she finally
settled down. The next couple of nights we stuck her in the pack n play and she
passed right out for both nap and bed times. I think she liked having her own
The next day was Turkey Day!! We had signed up for a Turkey
Trot at the Fisher Cats Baseball Stadium. Running was me, Seth, two of my
aunts, 2 of my uncles and my grandfather. It was low 30’s for temperature that
day so staying warm before the race started was a little bit of a challenge.
Don’t want your muscles to tighten up from the cold. I was eager to see how I
would do for time. My final time was ok, but in the end I wish that I had
stayed back and ran the race with the rest of my family instead of going ahead
to see how well I could do. I saw some of the pictures that they took along the
way and it was a good time. Not that I didn’t have a good time, I took a bunch
of photos of them crossing the finish.
After the race we headed back to the hotel to shower and get
ready, Rebecca went in for a nap. Aiden said he didn’t want to which proved to
be a bad idea in the end since by 6:30pm he was begging to go to bed. We got him
to last until 8pm before I packed them up in the car to head back to the room.
The meal was great. As always it was way too much food, but that’s how it is
with family meals. Everyone sitting around, laughing having a good time.
Friday we had breakfast in the hotel since it was included
and then we headed out to look for a local park for the kids to run around and
for my aunt’s dogs to stretch their legs. We found one and the kids had a
Later that night we would be going to see the production of the
Nutcracker that my uncle Ken was starring in. It would also be the kids’ first
theater show. I figured that they would last until intermission and then we
would head out, but they did great. I think it was more the music and the dancing
that kept them interested and away. I stayed out to get a bite to eat with
family and Seth took the kids home since the night before he stayed later to
watch the football game.
Saturday we got up and all had breakfast at a local diner.
It was nice to get out and have another family meal before everyone packed up
to head out. I had done a bunch of prep work for packing that morning and so
once we were back to the hotel there wasn’t that much left that needed to be
done. As with any family event, the time always goes by soo fast. You look
forward to these days and then they are gone in the blink of an eye. And you
start planning the next event. We talked about camping this coming summer
again. That would be nice. Until the next time.