The weather around here the past few weeks has been AMAZING! 70 degrees in the end of January? I'll take it! I walked by the boys room and saw Kien watching the ipad for the umpteenth time... (Normaly I have my husband take it to work with him so I don't have to battle with the kids about how much they watch it. But we forgot that day.) I got frustrated and tried to get everyone to go outside and play... I actually had to talk them into going outside. Yikes. When I was little we played outside until it got dark out and that's when we knew when to come home. Unfortunately times have changed I guess.
I finally got them to go outside and I am so glad I did! I had a lot of stuff to do inside, but I knew this weather wouldn't last for long so I set it aside for a few hours. It felt so nice to have the sunshine hitting on our faces! I was actually almost too warm with my long sleeved black shirt on. Crazy, right?
The kids dug out some of the toys I had been sorting through in the garage to sell or get rid of... Kien found a toy guitar and Ethan found Kien's old bike. Soon, I saw their imaginations start to go wild and they were playing together and getting along and getting some much needed vitamin D all at the same time!
Ethan has been acting so grown up and responsible lately, hardly pouting about things when he doesn't get his way. Helping around the house whenever we ask without grumbling about it. Helping his siblings when they need it. I LOVE it! And I have been able to see the floor in his room for over a whole week now! AMAZING. I think it's partly because I moved all of the girls stuff upstairs, but still.
Nora wanted to ride the bike and was sad that she was too little. I looked over and saw this smile from her when Ethan helped her "ride" it around the yard.
He also talked me into letting her run around on the trampoline... we usually try not to let her go on it because she is so small. It is always a struggle letting the big kids do age appropriate things like board games or jumping on the trampoline or riding their bikes around the block while the other ones don't get to or mess with their fun.
I had Ethan show me some of his cool moves.
Sometimes they are content not jumping but just bringing out a few toys and playing on the trampoline that way.
I haven't done much blogging since Christmas because we've had sickies around the house. Mainly just me and Kaia. Kaia was sick with 103 degree fever for almost 5 days and then a week later, was sick again! Poor girl. Then I was sick a few days last week with a cold and fever.
I told everyone I would post pictures of Kaia doing cartwheels again, because that is how we can truly tell when she was feeling better... Cartwheels and singing at the top of her lungs... that's our girl!
It was nice to get outside and enjoy the sunshine... even if it was only for one day. Today it is chilly and rainy outside... but spring is coming! Someday... and I can't wait!
Every year my side of the family does a Christmas activity instead of buying gifts for all of the cousins. My parents still get a few gifts for everyone and we get gifts for my parents, but my siblings and I don't get gifts for each other or each others kids anymore. There is just too many of us and it makes it much simpler that way. The last two years we went bowling and this year my Mom rented the old Starlite Skate Center in Newton that we used to go to when we were kids.
The skating rink holds so many great memories from my childhood... I don't remember my parents ever going with us but I used to go with my brother and sister very often on Saturdays and stay the whole day! It was so much fun. The place looked exactly like it did before... It was like stepping into a time warp of the past... except that it wasn't crowded with people, it was just us!
Apparently my parents went to one when they were younger because they obviously had done it before and thought it would be fun for all of their children and Grandchildren to go together.
It had been taken over a year or two ago I think and re-opened as a the Ultimate Martial Arts Center where they hold Martial Arts classes, but they still rent it out for parties. My Mom said it was $125 for a few hours but you were just charged for the time and not how many people. (within reason I'm sure) You could even bring your own snacks!
They had a guy dressed up in a clown wig that did the music and activities... he was great! We did the hokey-pokey...
And just had general skating... (Notice my sister and her husband couples skating in the background) She was always a better skater than me and could even skate backwards! I was always so impressed with her skating abilities when I was a kid. She was 6 years older than me so it was always fun when I wasn't "too little," or "not old enough" to do things with her.
I was honestly a little worried about my Dad going out there and getting hurt, (my Mom was actually going to try it but was not feeling up to it that day so decided she better not) Ironically I was the one to fall and get hurt! Ouch! I can sure tell I am 35 years old and not 8 years old anymore! It took a whole week for my body to quit hurting so much and I can't say that I am quite fully recovered from the incidence yet... :0 Luckily I didn't break anything...
Once I got the hang of it though, It was much better!
I even did the limbo! When I was little my sister and I were in gymnastics and we won the free soda coupons almost every time! Needless to say, I didn't win this time... ;)
They had cute little pink skates for Nora to use and she actually did pretty well!
I think everyone of all ages had fun! Even my Mom from the sidelines I think enjoyed watching everyone.
It was fun to show the kids and cousins a glimpse from our childhood... A true blast from the past!
Kien LOVED it and always asks when we can go again... My Mom already booked it for next Thanksgiving so we can go with our extended family and then again for the Christmas activity! You should try it too!