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Butterfly House

Winter blahs. What can you do to take your mind off of the bitter cold? Head to the Butterfly House where it is always a balmy 82 degrees! This was Zachary’s first trip there and he wasn’t quite sure what to make of the heat or the butterflies. We met our playgroup there so Emily had a great time, as always. Her little friend, Autumn, was there and they always have a great time. Emily even had one land on her head! She was following the advice of Fancy Nancy and was dressed colorfully and had on her butterfly spray (aka Bath and Body Works).

After we sweated and checked out all of the pretty butterflies, we headed over to the carousel. It was a day of firsts for Zachary as this was his first time riding one. Not sure if it was the best choice though as this one is really, really fast! Emily got to ride unattended for the first time. Nice hitting the magic 4 year mark! Zachary seemed to enjoy it as we were waiting for everyone to saddle up. Luckily, at last-minute, I decided to climb on with him. Once we started, he was a little more than apprehensive. He never cried though. Just held on for dear life.

It was a great excursion to mix up the winter doldrums!

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New Year’s

Whew, I am really behind! It seems like we went straight from the holidays to birthday planning. Blogging and computer time have been pushed way down the list of important things to do. I hope to catch up with a few things and get back into a routine soon.

New Year’s Eve. Stephen and I had planned a day with the kids. We were going to hang out around the house and party with the kids. I went to the store and bought some decorations, party tiaras and torture devices party horns for Emily. We planned up a menu of appetizer food for dinner and had sparkling grape juice and bubbly on hand for toasting. It was going to be a fun time!

That morning, we got a call that changed our plans. And I am not complaining at all! Grandma and Papa called and wanted to know if they could party with the kids for a few hours that night while Stephen and I went out and had some alone time. I don’t know any person in their right mind that would turn that down! We still had our appetizer dinner and Emily had her sparkling juicy. The main change was that we didn’t have to put Emily to bed that night. And that was a treat in itself! Of course, she wasn’t actually asleep when we got home and we had to tuck her in again but that’s ok. She got to play with Grandma and Papa for a little bit before she was supposed to go to sleep.

A few hours of child-free time? We didn’t have much time to plan so we were basically flying by the seat of our pants! We were on the hunt for ice cream! After trying a few place, to no avail, we found our way to Cold Stone Creamery. That place is so good. I sometimes wonder what they lace the ice cream with to keep you coming back. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it was unseasonably warm on New Year’s Eve. So much so that there were tornadoes in the neighboring county. We spent a bit of our afternoon in the basement when the sirens went off. So ice cream on December 31 wasn’t too far-fetched.

After we got our sugar high, we still weren’t sure what we wanted to do with our remaining hour or so. We were just driving around and ended up on Main Street. We saw an open carriage and decided that we were going to take a carriage ride. We have always wanted to take one and I am not sure why we haven’t. It was a lot of fun. The only downside, if you can call it that, was that the cold front had moved in and it was pretty darn cold by the time we loaded into the carriage. They were prepared though with blankets. Stephen and I snuggled in and enjoyed the ride.

It was time to head home and relieve Grandma and Papa so they could beat the crazies home. We had a really great time and are really grateful for the last-minute plan change. We weren’t watching a movie, snuggled on our bed, but we were having an even better time. At last, we toasted at midnight to a wonderful new year.

2010 was crazy and wonderful. We had an addition to our family, Stephen started a new job, I broke my foot, Emily started preschool. A lot of big things happened while life went on its mundane way. I loved every minute of it. I hope 2011 is even better! In its own way….

Happy New Year!

 

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Zach’s words

Stephen and I were talking the other day about Zachary’s vocabulary. I am trying to think of all the words he can “say”. I know we made a list with Emily so I thought, in order to remember everything, I need to so the same with Zachary.

  • mama
  • dada
  • baba (for bottle)
  • ba (for ball)
  • hi there
  • herro (hello)
  • bye bye
  • happy
  • go
  • gaga (grandma)
  • baby
  • something that sounds like “tickle, tickle”. To me any way. He uses it in the right context so who knows!

 

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