Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Snowballs...To Throw or Not to Throw?

If you read my previous post, then you know that we got snow in Las Cruces (yes, in Las Cruces)!! Well, here's a funny story that came about due to the snow...

On the day of our "huge" snowstorm, school was canceled, so I got to stay home and enjoy the snow with the boys! Sam stayed home for a little bit in the morning, hoping that the road to his work would be closed and he wouldn't have to go in either, but no such luck! He did get to stay home and play in the snow with the boys for a little bit, but unfortunately he did miss most of the fun. While he was gone to work, Jaden and I played in the snow for a lot of the afternoon. We made snow angels, I pushed him across the snow in our little sand sled, and we tried making a snowman, but the snow was too soft. He even found a sponge in the backyard and decided it was the perfect opportunity to clean his Radioflyer car.

Later that day when Sam got home from work, he was excited to hear about our snow day, and was terribly disappointed that he missed out on all the fun! He mentioned that he had talked to his dad on the phone and his dad wondered how the boys liked the snow, and if he and Jaden had a snowball fight. Sam then proceeded to tell me the explanation he gave his dad about why he didn't think it was appropriate to teach Jaden to have a snowball fight. It went something like this... "We don't want Jaden throwing snowballs because he is still too little to be able to separate the appropriateness of throwing a snowball at someone versus throwing a ball/rock/toy, etc. at someone..." I listened very intently to Sam's explanation, which felt like a role reversal for a minute there, sounding like something I would typically be telling him while he was letting Jaden throw rocks in the yard or something.

And then, I asked Sam if he wanted to see the pictures I took of us playing in the snow that day. Here's some of what he saw.....

Oops! Bad mommy! But you can't have your first snow day, and not have a snowball fight, right?? I guess we should have had the "No throwing snowballs!" discussion before Sam went to work. Oh well, I'll file that rule away for the next time we have snow (mabye when Elijah's two)!

Monday, December 14, 2009

SNOW...In Las Cruces!!

Snow is an extremely rare occurrence around here! And when it does happen, it is hugely exciting! Even the tiniest flurry is worthy of a celebration! The last time I remember there being a notable amount of snow was January 18, 2007 -- the day I was in the hospital delivering Jaden! It's been a while!! So when we got snow twice in one week, right at the beginning of December, it was obviously EXCITING! I think every store in town rushed to remove the bathing suits from their shelves in exchange for winter gear; while every person in town rushed out to the stores to clear their shelves of every last coat, scarf, glove, and hat (seeing how the temperature was nearly up in the 70s just the week before!)! And while most other places would cancel school due to serious snow storms, blizzards, and freezing...we didn't want to take a chance! A couple inches was worthy of a snow day for us! And I'm not complaining one bit! It was so much fun getting to enjoy the snow at home with the boys. Jaden could have played outside in it all day long, and Elijah didn't mind it too much either! We definitely enjoyed it while it lasted, because we may not see it again for another few years! (Please bear with the 500 pictures - did I mention how EXCITING it was??).

The night the snow started...

And the morning after...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thankful for Family

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving in El Paso with our families, and were truly thankful to all be together. Having our family, love, and health are such a blessing, especially during these tough economic times. This Thanksgiving I was so grateful to have my two precious boys and wonderful husband, and to be surrounded by people we love.

Elijah's yummy first Thanksgiving dinner that mommy made - chicken with sweet potatoes and grapes.

Elijah has a full tummy.
Mom, Grandpa, Grandma, Sheila and Gordon.
Jaden checking out the turkey poker thing (I'm sure that's exactly what it's called).

Brothers - Sam and Bengy.

Jaden demonstrating his ball magic trick. When he puts the pink ball into the yellow container, it magically turns orange! He was so proud of his trick.

Carli, Melissa, and Aubrey.

Aubrey with her Great Grandpa.

Melissa injecting the turkey!

Aubrey and Elijah playing together.

Jaden and Aubrey playing chase.

The guys in need of massages at the end of a food-filled day!