Monday, February 28, 2011

Rare Post from Dad

Okay, maybe you heard Feb 26 and Feb 27 were supposed to be arctic cold spells and all kinds of winter storms and snow all over California???

Well we did. We heard snow level would be down to around 1,000 feet in the area we live. And we live at around 2,600 feet!!! And we saw up to the minute forecasts showing 26 degree F days and big chances of snow in our zip code. And the previous week, without all the hoopla, people's homes we know of in our town, got snowed on.

So this was to be the weekend! Our kids made all kinds of snow angel plans and discussed how we would go down our driveway on this sled, or down the street with that saucer, etc etc.

But other than a tad bit of hail on Saturday, and some new snow dumped on the local surrounding mountains making our views prettier, we got nothing. Full sunny days at our house this past weekend. Disappointed kids galore. Disappointed Dad too. Drats.

So what's a dad to do?

Well I put a little sled onto Caleb's skateboard and happily rode it down our driveway. I did it many times--even with Dennis on my lap. Although he much prefers his "FASTER, RED CAR"!!!

Isn't he just awesome?!?!?!

Well, my time on the driveway on my "home made, street sled" got kind of boring fairly quickly. So, I proceeded to go further down our cul de sac hill we live on. It was great fun. When it went too fast, I merely just lost 1/4 inch of sole on my shoes and foot-braked myself back to comfortable speeds. Even Sveta loved it !!!

I thought, I GOT to show Adam and Caleb and the rest of the crew this "awesome new invention". Sure enough, Adam loved it. He wanted his sisters and I to play traffic cop and make sure no cars would harm him as he sped through multiple stop signs. So we did. The maniac loved it.

Ok sorry about not warning you about that first clip's not so pretty ending. But you do hear as I'm saying "Ouch", his guttural, "Yeah...eah...yeah!!!" at the end of it, right? He was fine, traffic cooperated and he even wanted to do it again tonight. At night. In the dark. Yeah right, Adam. Even I have my limits in stupidity!

John and Jane Doe anonymous out there (ok friends and family too), spare me the personal protective equipment lectures and the "what if" scenarios. I do get it. We should pad up, wear helmets, and then, just not do it. Clear. Fun should only be safe fun. I know. "Don't push your luck"...Because no momentary thrill is worth shattering a skull or having road rash gnarling up your spine. Yes obvious. Got it..."better safe than sorry"...

But those aren't the only possible outcomes. He's okay / fantastic. We have a permanent record of our stupidity. And we've learned from it. And we'll have a life long fond memory of the sunniest, best sledding day without snow we've ever had.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Art, Swimming, and Sleeping

Last week the kids that went to school had the week off. The challenging part was keeping my home schoolers interested in doing school since they did not have the week off. Most days I had the older kids get together to solve math puzzles. They weren't thrilled but deep down I know they all enjoyed it very much. Especially Adam.

After running one day in the bright sun, the kids begged me to take them swimming. Notice how I said bright-- not hot. The water was freezing cold, but the kids swam anyway. I took pictures.

Well not all the kids. Annalyn and Rachel were not too happy that I made them come along. Why couldn't they stay home with Adam and Caleb? Well--- Adam and Caleb are not part of home school and they are. Plain and simple.
In my attempt to slow down and enjoy the small things, I let the kids play in the park for a bit.
Dennis' imagination has taken off! Here he is sitting in his car. The box next to him is Alex's fast fire truck.

Annalyn, Anna, and Galina enjoying a game.

If you don't know by now, or whole family loves dessert. This time we had chocolate haystacks with marshmallows and peanuts. They were gobbled up like they were going out of style.

The artists are at it again! This time they painted a dock on the lake.

I think the kids' art decorate our home beautifully!

Isn't this the cutest? Alex is fast asleep.

Who knew going potty could make a little boy so tired?