Monday, December 22, 2014

Catching Up

Sorry for not posting for a while. But we're on break now, so I have a little time to catch up.

The kids wrapped up school before the holiday last week, with holiday parties and crafts. The kids are now off for two weeks, until the new year, and M-lady and I opted to take the time off as well. I headed in to work for a couple of hours today, but otherwise will be on PTO for the holidays.

Today, the kids were up and jumping in our bed for a little while before heading off to play. They've been a bit obsessed with MineCraft (although they haven't actually played yet), and spent some time this morning building MineCraft constructions out of Lego. They let us sleep for a little bit, but rolled us out of bed by 9:30 or so.

We got them some breakfast, and I headed off for my few hours of work around lunchtime. While I was out, M-lady took the kids over to play with Cousin C for the afternoon, and we reconvened at home at about 4:00. After playing for a little while, we headed out to Five Guys to get burgers for dinner, which everyone enjoyed.

We played a board game together when we got home, and then started on a murder mystery jigsaw puzzle. Buster lost interest in the puzzle pretty quickly, but Bud put in some good time on it. That brought us to snack time, and after Bud had gotten ready for bed he and I played Dominion together until bedtime.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tooth Lost

We've had a pretty good weekend. On Friday, the kids had piano, and I met them when they arrived home with M-lady. They piled straight into my car, which was already provisioned with dinner, and they ate on the way to TKD. They had a great TKD class, working on exciting, high level kicks like full turning kicks, halo kicks, and jumping triple kicks. They got a pretty good workout.

On Saturday, Bud had a friend come over in the morning, and Buster played with them as well. Friend N had to leave at about lunchtime, and after lunch we all spent some time baking. We headed out for dinner, where Buster lost his first tooth! Unfortunately, the tooth disappeared, but Buster didn't seem too put out by that. He wrote a note to the tooth fairy, and had M-lady print up a couple pictures of the missing tooth as proof.

Today I headed out early for a bike race, and M-lady hung out with the kids in the morning. Buster was apparently pretty excited to find the tooth fairy had left him a dollar and a note. Aunt O and Cousin C came over before lunch and they all went to the school playground for a while, where the kids had the opportunity to burn off some energy. I got home in the early afternoon and hung out with the kids for a bit, and they spent a little time playing outside as well.

At about 4:00 we headed over to Ama and Agu's, where we met Aunt O, Uncle C, and Cousin C as well to celebrate Uncle C's birthday. The kids had fun playing outside, and we had a nice dinner and cake. The kids were still pretty hyper by the time we got home, but it was time to start getting ready for bed pretty quickly. Buster fell asleep within about 10 minutes of the lights going out.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Wettening

The storm arrived this morning, but never had the wind speeds predicted: We were supposed to have winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50, but the wind seemed to stick in the 10 to 20 mph range. The water, however, has come down seriously. We've had about three inches today where we live so far, and the rain is supposed to keep up through the night. Nearby areas have gotten 9 inches in the past 48 hours. This had led to a fair bit of flooding. We're fine here so far, and I've been keeping an eye on the nearby storm drains.

The kids went to school as usual, and M-lady and I opted to work from home. Nanny J arrived and brought the kids home and got them situated, and we let her head home early to avoid driving in the dark and through potential floods. The kids skipped TKD today, but had a good time playing. They got their homework done fairly efficiently, and we had dinner at about 6:00. The kids did a good job with piano, and then played Starbound on my computer until it was time to get ready for bed.

One of Buster's teeth is just about ready to come out, and he's pretty excited. Hopefully tomorrow will bring some dryness (it's still supposed to rain, however) and some clearer roads.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Loose Teeth

The kids have been having a pretty good week. Buster discovered towards the beginning of the week that he had a loose tooth: one of the lower center teeth. He shortly noticed that the other center tooth was also loose. We took a look, and discovered, that like his older brother, his permanent teeth had already broken through the gums a little behind his baby teeth. When that happened to Bud, we asked the dentist if it was OK, and she assured us that it was very common. It's looking like the baby teeth will come out soon, and the adult teeth will be in pretty quickly.

We have a big storm hitting the area in the morning, and lots of wind and flood advisories. The wind is predicted to peak (in this area) at about 40 mph, with gusts getting a bit higher. Hopefully that doesn't uproot too many trees. The rain is supposed to be in the 3" range, which pretty much counts as a deluge. I suspect there will be flooding, but I'm not too worried about our area. I'll post again tomorrow to let you know we're all afloat.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Burning Up in the Atmosphere

The kids were pretty good about getting going this morning, and M-lady took them to school. They apparently had a good day.

When I got home, Bud and Friend E were sitting in folding chairs, chatting, as it was getting dark outside. Bud was excited about his new school hoodie which arrived today. Buster showed me the certificate he got for participating in his class reading challenge, although he wasn't wearing a shirt. Nanny J was trying to get him to put his shirt on, but was unable to succeed before taking her leave.

I got started on cooking dinner and checking the kids homework, and M-lady arrived shortly. During dinner, when the subject of a baby shower came up, Buster asked if it was like a meteor shower. After dinner, we worked on homework and piano, and had time to spend on setting up the automatic tree waterer and clean up some of the fallen needles before getting ready for bed.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

It's Beginning to Feel...

It rained most of the week, letting up on the weekend but remaining fairly cloudy. It was actually fairly foggy this morning. The kids didn't get to play outside as much this week due to the weather, and by the time the weekend came Buster was pretty anxious to practice riding his bike again.

We changed up our TKD schedule a bit this week, skipping the Wednesday class in favor of a Friday evening class. The new class is a black belt preparation class, and Buster is finally of a high enough rank to attend. It was a bit tricky getting them there after piano, and I met M-lady and the kids as they got out of piano, with dinner, and the kids ate in the car on the way to the studio.

The class was fantastic, with only about half a dozen students attending. There were four instructors working out as well, so the instructor to student ratio was pretty good. Both kids had lots of one-on-one time with instructors. M-lady and I had some time to catch up as well as the kids were in class. We got home around 8:00ish, and did a snack and bedtime routine.

On Saturday morning, Buster asked when we could open the Christmas decoration, and it occurred to me that we needed to get a tree. So after getting the weekend plan generally sorted out and getting dressed, we started on errands. I took the kids to get haircuts, and then M-lady took the kids to the library (after a shower). After getting those items out of the way, we headed out to pick up a tree. After hauling it home, the kids were very helpful in setting it up. Bud helped me wrangle the tree into the base, and Buster had a good time vacuuming up needles after we got the tree up.

Ama and Agu came in the afternoon, and the kids had a good time hanging ornaments. I went out to pick up some dinner, and Ama and Agu stayed for movie night, where we watched the recently aired Peter Pan Live musical. We had a good time, and said goodnight to Ama and Agu at about 8:00.

Today, I headed out early for a bike race, and M-lady took the kids over to Ama and Agu's for the morning. They had breakfast and later lunch there, and had a good time playing with Cousin C, who also came over. I got home and headed out again to do the shopping, and saw the rest of the family when they arrived home around 1:30.

I played with the kids outside for a little while, and Buster took another shot at riding his bike. The kids had a snack at about 3:00, and got cleaned up for a piano recital at 4:00. The kids performed very well, and we headed out to dinner afterward. Buster got a milkshake for a treat after dinner, and we headed home, still early, to watch TV until bedtime.

Monday, December 01, 2014

High Energy Evening

The kids were a little slow getting up this morning, but we eventually got them out of bed and ready for school. M-lady dropped them off, and they had a good day.

I was late getting home this evening (meetings and errands), and M-lady took the kids from Nanny J. They were apparently pretty hyper in the evening, running around and yelling loudly. M-lady managed to mostly contain them for dinner, where they ate well but conversed at the top of their lungs. They had apparently created a shopping game of some sort in Buster's room, and I did get a chance to see the shop when I got home.

The kids were a little calmed down when I got home, finishing homework and starting on piano. I had dinner while Buster wrapped up his homework, and then hung out with Bud for a bit before snack time. The kids wound down pretty well, and I watched a little bit of TopGear with Bud before bed.