Monday, March 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

This morning Caleb was reading labels on laundry items as he was sorting and found one that caused this reaction:

Caleb: Oh my! This was made in Egypt!
Joshua: Egypt is near Libya! So, the pants must have been made in Libya since Egypt is near Libya.

I was amazed...I don't know many 3 (almost 4) year olds who know what, much less where Libya is! Good job with the geography lessons, Philip! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My Little Cuties

Caleb 5 years 4 month; Joshua 3 years 10 months; Andrew 10 months.

Willimsburg Trip

Last weekend we took a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We booked for this particular weekend because it was the last weekend of the super cheap rates at the resort where we found a 3 bedroom townhouse/condo for $89/night. We figured it was the middle of March and the average temp this time of year is 60*, which we thought would be quite nice. Well, it probably would have been, but last weekend it was 40*-45* and rainy! Oh well, we have boys. They don't mind the rain or the cold, so we had a great time anyway. And we weren't having to fight the crowds. :)

We spent parts of three days in the town and were able to see most of the buildings and tradesmen. For some reason, Caleb had been really excited about seeing the cooper (barrel-maker). But, when we actually did, he decided it wasn't really that exciting. Both the boys say that their favorite place was the bakery (which was actually a huge disappointment to me. They used to have freshly baked goods there, but now it seems like the baking has been outsourced and all the goodies {or not so goodies, in my opinion} come in the presealed plastic. Soooo sad!). But anyway, since sugar was involved, it was the boys' favorite. LOL. Joshua also says his favorite thing was Lord Dunmore's clock. Lord Dunmore was the last British Governor of Virginia and this clock in the Governor's Palace was actually one of Dunmore's belongings.

I particularly enjoyed this visit because due to all the reading on historical figures and the Revolutionary War that we have been doing lately, I had a much better grasp of Colonial times than I ever have previously.

Andrew was a little cranky from being carried around and cold and missing his naps all weekend, but was still a little trooper.

Governor's Palace in the background

The Capitol Building (I always enjoy this tour!)

The Fife and Drum Parade

The Blacksmith Shop

The Weavers. We got to see lots of demos in this shop. Very cool. Of course the boys loved seeing the spinning wheel. Joshua did tell this nice lady that she had a big nose though. Oops. She took it well. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

At the Park!

Over the weekend, it warmed up to the 70's! It was great and a reminder that Spring is on its way, despite the fact that we're back in the 40's and 50's for the next 10 days at least. Saturday we took a family outing to the park by our house, picnic lunch and all. The boys all had a blast.

Caleb's favorite part is spinning on the tire swing:

Joshua enjoyed everything, but particularly had fun pushing Andrew on his first swing ride. Andrew really was having a good time, but was making this funny scrunchy face all day:

Here is Andrew swinging. He always excitedly moves his hands and feet like this when he likes something. It's very cute. He's done it since he was a little tiny.

And here's a video that I never got around to posting. Andrew was laughing hysterically at the boys saying "shoo shoo shoo" to a squirrel.

Fun in the snow

We finally got some snow. In March. "In like a lion, out like a lamb." At least that's what they say about March. I sure hope it's true! I am ready for Spring! But anyway, Caleb got his wish for snow last Monday (I won't mention that it was 75 degrees on Friday last week). We got about 4-5" of snow, I think. Caleb was the only one who went out and did much in it. But here he is having a blast.

Clandestinely Crafty

Oh dear. All these years I have tried to maintain that I am *NOT* a crafty (read: craft loving). I am starting to think it may all be a front to convince my kids I wouldn't be good at popsicle stick art. But would you believe what I did last week: I DYED diapers. Who'd a thunk it? Andrew wears prefolds (the kind of cloth diapers our moms used to use) during the day and they were all white. It was getting a little boring, especially if you compare to some of the amazing fluffy eye feasts that some people diaper their children with (like this little guy). So, I decided to color mine. I am very pleased with how they turned out...and love the fact that now Andrew's bottom is draped in color. LOL. I'll have to get a pic of him one of these days sporting the new look, but at the moment, he's sleeping, so none of that.

Here's how they looked before (although this picture is from cottonbabies because I forgot to take one!):
And here's how they look now. I did about 32 of them, so this isn't all of them, but this is all four colors:

So much cuter! :)