Saturday, February 24, 2018

New Year Happenings

We've had an eventful couple of months so far in 2018.  The Virginia Beach area got a big snowstorm in January and Dan and Emma's school had four snow days!  The last day was warm enough to go outside and enjoy playing in it, so we went sledding.  Emma loved it and Hallie hated it, which was exactly they way they each felt about snow in general.

Dan and Emma on their first run down the slope

I took both girls down together, thinking Hallie would enjoy it more if Emma was sledding with her. Nope! She fussed the entire way down the hill, because there was WIND in her FACE. Oh, the humanity!

After our sledding adventures, we went to the playground and Hallie had a much better time.

Hallie has a new babysitter, Jessica, who attends our church.  Jessica has two boys who Hallie enjoys, usually. When she's not being "toughened up" by them!

They do have their sweet moments each day.

Dan and Emma have had some good times together after work & school.  They were trying each other's shoes on for size one night and cracking up about it.

Dan broke his "no slimy mess" rule to make homemade slime for Emma. She absolutely loved it!

 Emma taught Hallie how to play "Hide and Seek". They were counting before they tried to find Dan. Heh! Kids are so much fun!

I celebrated my 40th birthday in January, and my sweet coworkers, Denise and Lori, made a cake for me to share with our coworkers.

We also had a birthday party for me with our families. This was a picture with my candle blowing helpers.

Hallie loves cake as much as her mom.

She also loves making messes

Playing dress up

And getting into everything that she sees us doing

The biggest news this month is that Hallie finally decided to walk! At 17 1/2 months, she certainly took her sweet time.  Once she finally started, she really took off! We knew she had the skills for months before she believed she did.  She's struggled these past two months with colds and a couple of fevers, so she may not have had the energy to make the jump to walking until recently. Also, it's much more fun to be carried everywhere.

We had a fun play date with Emma's friend, Elisha, and his mom, Jenna, at the Portsmouth Children's Museum.

Emma and Elisha played with giant bubbles in the bubble room

Went fishing from the ship

Hallie brushed enormous teeth in the Human Body room

 And Emma pretended to be a mistreated Cinderella in the Fairy Tale room

My parents were kind enough to babysit the girls so Dan and I could have a Valentine's date the weekend before the holiday.  We celebrated on Valentine's Day, too, with cards and gifts from Grandpa, Grandma, Papa, Nana, and each other.

Last weekend, we got together with Dan's parents, his sister, Robin, and the youngest Jester cousins for a day of swimming and playing. Left to right: Josiah, Miriam, Naomi, Emma, and Hallie. We absolutely love being close enough to share these fun times and watch the kids grow up together!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Snow Days!

This Wednesday night, Virginia had a major snowstorm and all schools were closed on Thursday and Friday.  My office and many other businesses also shut down, so our family made the most of being snowed in! It's the most snow we've seen since moving to Virginia Beach, and we're thankful that we didn't lose our power in the storm, since I'm sure many people did.

As soon as Emma woke up, she wanted to go outside to play!  We made her eat breakfast and bundle up first.  She had the best time making snow angels, having a snowball fight with Dan, and exploring our back yard winter wonderland. The snow had piled up between 6"-12" and in some areas where drifts had formed, it was up to her thighs!  At one point she went around the corner of the house out of my sight and I heard her yell, "Mom! Mom! Come here!" I yelled back, "Come back here to tell me what it is, Emma," since I didn't want to plow through all that snow myself. *Long pause* "I CAN'T WALK!" She was stuck fast - heh!

Licking an icicle and pretending it's a lollipop.

*We* built a snowman (I'm giving her credit for carrying the snowman accessories out of the house and saying, "C'mon, Mom! Hurry up and make the next part!" every time I stopped to take a breath.

Hallie was all smiles for the first 5 minutes.

Then she touched the cold snow and the wind blew in her face, and the romance was over.

Dan was able to create 10 more minutes of fun with a sled ride! But otherwise, snow held no magic for her.

She had much more fun building snowmen inside our cozy house.

She also got a kick out of Emma throwing snowballs at her - as long as she was inside the cozy house.

Dan spent the afternoon shoveling the driveway, with me giving him a break when I could. 

I had never shoveled snow before, and it was really hard! I didn't do nearly as much as Dan did, and it nearly broke my back and wrists! It made me feel better when Dan said that was the hardest snow he's ever shoveled before.

Emma appreciated all our efforts, since it resulted in a snow mountain for her to climb!

We're making fun memories during these unplanned days off. Temperatures are supposed to stay below freezing for several days, so we should get to enjoy the snow for a while!