Monday, January 26, 2015

First lost tooth...

Hunter has been working on a wiggly tooth for a while. He was ready for the right of passage of being a a part of the "toothless smile club". He came home from school the other day and smiled his smile.
20150122-DSC_5333 photo 20150122-DSC_5333.jpg
I didn't notice anything different and then he held up the tooth shaped necklace he proudly wore around his neck (thank you to elementary schools for making losing a tooth a big deal and something to look forward to.)
20150122-DSC_5335 photo 20150122-DSC_5335.jpg

He grabbed the tooth fairy pillow and excitedly put it under his pillow. And wouldn't you know that silly tooth fairy was busy that night and didn't make it to his room until after breakfast when Hunter declared his disappointment in finding his tooth still under his pillow. It must be our time zone because the tooth fairy often visits our house after breakfast. Hallie and Hunter were up in his room after that playing with the pillow when he pretended to pull money out of it only to see that there really was money it it. He was screaming with excitement.

His other tooth is well on its way, and he's bound and determined to create a new wiggly tooth to work on.

More than anything these pictures make me realize a haircut is in his near future!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First time skiers...

Steve was asked to go up skiing for the day with the youth from our church. We've been wanting to let the kids try skiing so Steve invited his dad (who is the best ski teacher out there) to join in on the fun. When I told Hallie she was going skiing she was jumping up and down with excitement. Hopefully her last brief incident with snow won't be an indicator of her liking the sport!

I stayed back with the two littles and threatened Steve with his life if he didn't document the day like I would have. He passed with flying colors and I got pictures and videos throughout the day!

20150124-IMG_1600 photo 20150124-IMG_1600.jpg
20150124-IMG_1614 photo 20150124-IMG_1614.jpg

Because our kids had never been skiing, Steve prepped them by telling them it was going to be a little hard for them, probably frustrating and depending on the falls, it could be painful. But he assured them that if they stuck with it they would be surprised with their improvement by the end of the day. Good things in life are often hard and have to be worked for. Skiing was no different but with some practice they would be skiing with cousins in no time! Even with fair warning, the kids were eager to jump on the skis!

The morning was a little long and quite the learning process. They couldn't go 10 feet without falling. They struggled. They would get tangled in their skis. There were cries of frustration and maybe a couple tantrums banging their fists into the snow. Everything to be expected.
20150124-IMG_1617 photo 20150124-IMG_1617.jpg
20150124-IMG_1620 photo 20150124-IMG_1620.jpg
But they didn't give up and they kept at it. They improved significantly in the first three hours of the day. So much so that before lunch they were able to take a chairlift ride. Every time they got in line they had to grab a snowball and start eating it - it became their thing. The chair lift, although a little harder and pushed them considerably, had some incentive. They got to rest their legs for a short while and take part in the Pothier lift tradition of a fun-size snickers bar.
20150124-IMG_1621 photo 20150124-IMG_1621.jpg
20150124-IMG_1628 photo 20150124-IMG_1628.jpg
20150124-IMG_1646 photo 20150124-IMG_1646.jpg

The hill took some work and by the end they were ready for some lunch.

Steve and his dad thought maybe the kids would be done after lunch and planned on taking a few runs together. Much to their surprise, they kids didn't want a break. They were ready for more practice and instruction. So they went back out and something clicked.
20150124-IMG_1631 photo 20150124-IMG_1631.jpg
20150124-IMG_1651 photo 20150124-IMG_1651.jpg
20150124-IMG_1652 photo 20150124-IMG_1652.jpg
They were spending less time on the ground, they were skiing with more control and they were enjoying it. Steve and his dad were enjoying it. They were gaining confidence and they didn't stop. They skied until the lifts shut down.

They took Steve's morning advice and words of warning to heart and they proved him right. They were leaps and bounds better for sticking it out the whole day, falls and all.
20150124-IMG_1661 photo 20150124-IMG_1661.jpg

They had a great time. All of them. Even with all the hard and hurt that came with it, not one of them had anything negative to say about the day. It was a fun day for them and having Steve's dad there as their teacher was the icing on the cake.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine's Round-up...Free Printables...

Is Valentine's Day seriously just around the corner? Hallie's ready to start on her box - I told her to make sure she needs a box before we start going down that road. I think I have her worried that third graders don't exchange Valentines!

It will be hard to beat the last two years. I think we need to bring it down a notch just so next year the expectations will be simple again. When I suggested a cereal box covered in card stock she laughed at me. Lets be honest - Hallie will throw out some idea and I'll agree it's the best idea and we'll run with it. Neither one of us is afraid of a little time and energy!
Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Click for more details about Hallie's gumball machine

Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Click for more details about Hallie's Bumble Bee

Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Download Airhead Valentine

Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Download "Write" Valentine

Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Download Glowstick Valentine

Life with Fingerprints: Free Printables for Valentine's Day Cards, Creative Valentine's boxes, Candy-Free Valentines
Download Gumball Valentine

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Like mother, like daughter...

Sometimes the things we pass down to our children makes me laugh - like dried bananas. I grew up with dried (dehydrated) bananas. My mom would spend an afternoon every once in a while slicing and arranging on drying trays. She would fill mason jars and put them in the storage room. I found myself visiting the storage room often to just sneak a couple. And before long a quarter of the jar was gone. My friends tried them a number of times and they didn't love them like I did.

Right after we were married I bought a dehydrator. We've dried plenty of fruits, but bananas are still my favorite. Not surprisingly they're my kids favorite as well. When I was cleaning out the pantry Hallie saw the dehydrator and in her most dramatic voice exclaimed..."You never make bananas anymore." I brought home 15 pounds of bananas two days later and made her work for them!

This is what Thursday afternoon looked like at our house:
Life With Fingerprints: Dried Bananas
Life With Fingerprints: Dried Bananas
Life With Fingerprints: Dried Bananas

We were depleting our supply so quickly I came home yesterday with another 15 pounds. Hopefully the newness of them will wear off and they'll stop chowing down on them!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...