Friday, January 26, 2018

Snow = Sledding

The last few winters have been quite disappointing when it comes to snow, so when it does snow our family makes sledding a priority. This winter we have been out sledding five times, which just might be a record! Our first trip was just before Christmas and we've been twice this week. (Kara even came with us! She and I watched.)

Our favorite snow hill (one of the best in the city) is just two blocks from our house. It's on the neighborhood high school's campus, so we can't go during school hours. It is always better to sled with fewer people because this means fewer crashes. This year we have had success finding the hill sparse or even empty by going at 5PMish (dinner time) or 11PMish. Once we even went at 12:30AM. It was a fun trip until all the school lights turned off and the sledding hill became a little spooky.

Here are some photos from our adventures:

Evan, Lincoln, & ? (Bentley)

The Gang without Evan
Sometimes he doesn't join us, but when he does he keeps up with his siblings.

Pile-On Sledding is new this year.
They never make it very far down the hill before rolling off.

I purchased two larger sleds last year and two more this year. 
Soon I will need a fifth one for Evan.

It is beautiful at our sledding hill.
Unfortunately it is often very cold, too.

Snow Angel

It was 10 degrees or less outside, but she stripped down because she was overdressed.
Viva likes to lie on the snow and look at stars or snowflakes.
She will spend as much time doing these activities as she spends sledding.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jazz Time!

Jake's jazz group has had two more local performances since I last posted about it, at a new pub/restaurant in town.  It has been a great experience for him, and the group sounds terrific!  We're lucky to have an active group to play with that is able to get out there and have the chance to share music with others.  :)

We've had many different family/friends come to hang out/listen to Jake play.  It's been a fun time and I'm looking forward to the next performances already!

Baker's Assistant

Evan likes to help make cookies, but he will only do certain chores. He will add the white sugar, but not the brown sugar. He doesn't help with margarine or eggs, but he will with baking soda or salt. Flour is not on his list, but chocolate chips are.

When we were making cookies the other night and I was cracking the eggs he told me to "Cut them open. Look for sea shells." I corrected him on the first part--"we break eggs open, not cut," but I had to pause for a bit while I decoded the sea shells part. Look for sea shells?!? Then it clicked--no not seas shells, we look for egg shells!

Evan is fun and amusing to hang out with it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Back to Karate!

I am so far behind on my blog posts, that I feel like I will never catch up. I'm currently working on October. I've decided to just leap ahead and post this photo from YESTERDAY!

Yesterday Lincoln attended his first karate class without his older brothers! He went solo! We left him at the dojo with no other family member. (Usually Jake or Bentley go to beginner class with him because they like to lead class and when they attend a beginner class they are usually the highest belt, so they get to lead.)

Lincoln had a hiatus from karate last fall while he attended a junior parkour gymnastics classes with Evan at a local kid's gym. (I will be back posting about that class.) Lincoln started back at karate earlier this month and he wants to test for his orange belt next week, so he insisted on going to karate yesterday on his own to get ready for the test. You go, boy!

(Evan did not want to return to karate. He is only five and not ready/willing to focus on learning katas, so we'll wait until he is ready.)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hair Gel Boy

Way back in November our boy Lincoln started slicking his hair back or sticking his hair up using water. His mother asked if he wanted some hair gel and hair mousse to help his hair styles stay longer. He did. She purchased him some hair product and he started sporting some different hair styles.

After a few weeks Jake asked if he could use some of Lincoln's product and Lincoln greed to share. Bentley even joined the fad, but Evan remained aloof.

The first can of hair mousse was damaged, so for a while we saw no fancy hair styles, but then the mom purchased them a new can and now we occasionally see the boys sporting their up styles. (Lincoln won't let his mom cut his hair too short because it interferes with his styling it.)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Junior Parkour Gymnastics

Lincoln and Evan attended a local gymnastics club, Aurora Kids, during the fall semester. They were in the 4-6 year old junior parkour gymnastics class. Parkour is a fancy word for running obstacle courses. (Running obstacle courses is a sport made popular by the reality TV show American Ninja Warrior.) 

Every Wednesday I took them to their parkour class where they ran, jump, rolled, swung, climbed, balanced and had a great time. At the end of the semester the class had a parents' night to show off the kids' skills. It was fun to see them do the different obstacle course activities. Lincoln was one of the older kids and very adept at the given activities. The teachers said he should move on to a more advanced class. Evan was one of the shorter and younger kids, so while he was good at the activities, they were more challenging for him. (The bane of younger brothers is their older brother always being ahead of them in skills they learn at the same time--but not at the same age.)

Lincoln and Evan really enjoyed the class, but when asked if they wanted to take it again in the spring semester, they said they were okay with doing something else. Lincoln wants to go back to karate and Evan said the class was too exhausting. (It wasn't too exhausting and the boys would have enjoyed a second semester of parkour, but going back to karate is also a good choice.)

Kara and I took the boys out for ice cream after their showcase.

P.S. When Bentley and Jake were the age of Lincoln and Evan they, too, took a gymnastics class at Aurora Kids. It was a boys only gymnastics class, but that class was no longer offered, instead kid parkour classes are offered. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Everyday Life: November


School Time

Evan wrote this equation after watching the older kids do algebra problems.
(I still haven't solved it!)

Two boys, two cars....crashing, not racing them.

Lego Robot?

Viva, Lincoln, and Evan had Thanksgiving dinner for their stuffed animals. 
I didn't have my camera the first time I saw it when all the seats were full.

Around and around L goe!

Around and around E goes!
(I hate these chairs because they let wiggly boys twirl while they wiggle.)

School Time...Bentley and Viva must be doing music practice? Or reading on the couches?
(Look closely and you can see Great-Grandma in the kitchen!)

I made flute cases for the Native America wooden flutes that Opa purchased the kids. 
Viva wanted to sew her own case.

In November Lincoln trekked down our long driveway every school morning to collect Great-Grandma's newspaper.

Bentley practicing cello.

Evan wiggling off a chair.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Fact File: All About Evan

Food wise:

Favorite Dorito flavor: Ranch
Favorite M&M flavor: Mint
Favorite dessert: Red Velvet Cake
Favorite cookie: Snickerdoodles
Favorite icecream: Strawberry
Favorite meal: Meatballs
Favorite fruit: Strawberries
Favorite vegetable: He hasn't met one he likes
Favorite soda: Orange
Favorite drink: Milk
Favorite candy bar: Kinder Chocolate
Favorite muffin: Chocolate

Other favorites:

Favorite movie: Lego Ninjago
Favorite book: Harry Potter (I am noticing a trend....)
Favorite church song: Baby in a Manger
Favorite cello song you can play: All of them
Favorite game: Checkers
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite day of the week: Saturday
Morning bird or night owl?! Morning Bird

Top 3 fave colors: Red, blue, & yellow