Week 4 – January 23 – 29, 2012
Monday, January 23: The older boys had a day off today. It was snowing and the snow was idea for making a snowman. Our first snowman turned into a Green Bay Packer snowman. Robbie’s idea was to build the master piece on the north side of the house that gets zero sun so it will last until spring and it will be one they won’t destroy.
These two snowmen in the front yard were built for target shooting.
Tuesday, January 24: I made the mistake of going back to bed at 7:00 after the boys were on the bus. Henry woke up without me knowing and brought us breakfast in bed. He also brought the camera and took this photo. If I am remembering correctly the flash is what woke me up.
Then I had to take this one of him eating our (his) breakfast.
All three boys reading before bed. This was the night that Robbie wanted to stay up and finish his book. It was getting too late and he had one more chapter left. He finished his first chapter book, reading it from start to finish all by himself, on the bus the next day.
Wednesday, January 25: We met friends to ski this morning.
Thursday, January 26: I finally finished this zipper bag with a water-proof liner so I can transport wet diapers home after a day out or a weekend away.
This evening I met my book club friends at the ski hill for a little night skiing. On my way home I was driving very slowly on one of the side roads that is narrow, snow-covered and icy and a deer decided to come on the road and run in front of me. Because of the narrow road there wasn’t a way for me to go around her (or slam on my breaks). So I hit her with the car.
Friday, January 27: Tonight Jack left with all three boys to visit his mom and grandparents for the weekend. This was the first time for all three boys to be gone! It was a much-needed break for me. I expected to be very happy as they were driving out of the driveway and was surprised by my sadness. I had a very rough week with the boys and that is all I will say about it.
After they were gone I cleaned the kitchen and downstairs area for a couple of hours and came upstairs to go to bed and found Charlie’s clothes bag that I packed earlier that afternoon at the top of the stairs and Robbie’s packed bag still in his room.
Usually I fold clothes for packing and I just lay out clothes on their bed and they do the packing with my instructions to “pick out three shirts, three pants, four underwear, four socks, and PJs.” This way they know what is in there and they are happy with the choices. And then they carry their bags down to the door ready for the car, along with their special blanket and pillow. Since I did all the packing I wasn’t thinking about the rest of the steps.
Saturday, January 28: During our ski lessons I had the kids practicing their downhill and uphill. I was surprised at how excited they were to keep working on the hills. There has been a huge improvement and I am hoping they are ready to hit the trails this Saturday. Some kids took turns kicking the soccer ball into our soccer nets, which is a very good activity for them to practice their balance without them even knowing it.
Sunday, January 29: I spent the morning working at the registration table for the Norseman Challenge ski race. I took my ski clothes just in case I felt like skiing. After eating something I did feel like skiing and did for 1 hour & 40 minutes with my friend, Phil. He is a good skiing partner because he stops to pick up all the leaves and sticks on the trail. These delays helped me keep up with him. I almost skied the whole outside blue and black loops, and falling two times while at very low speeds. I am thankful that I was listening to my body and cut out one of my favorite downhills because of the .4 mile uphill climb.