Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Fever (+Puppy Surgery and Table Mishaps)

A look back at the week that we caught spring fever:
Monday, February 20
While Finn spent the day relaxing on the couch, I spent the day cleaning and scrubbing and removing the screen from our kitchen window to make it brighter.  (I was definitely inspired by our friends' amazing view.)  And then writing our homeschooling quarterly reports.

Wednesday, February 22
From Instagram: "Today was for drinking lots of tea (to battle a brewing cold) and for touching up doors and trim between math and history lessons. (Also, after falling in love with our friends' kitchen sink view last week, a few days ago I scrubbed ours and removed the screen--we can not believe how much light streams into our kitchen now. It's like we used to live in a hobbit hole.)"

Thursday, February 23
It was apparently very warm out--I spy shorts and flip flops.

After Finn's dog class we stopped for ice cream sundaes on the way home.

Friday, February 24
First thing in the morning, we dropped Finn off for his scheduled "puppy surgery."  (Poor guy.)

It was so warm--most of us were wearing shorts and flip flops.  I decided it was time to finally tackle our kitchen table.  

The chairs turned out well, the table top not so much.  Maybe it was the wind, or maybe my skill level--but some of it was smooth and some of it was more textured.  But I considered the fact that it was at least solid black to be a win. ;)

While I attempted to fix the table they painted and played outside.
(His eyes are closed because he "was momentarily paralyzed because he was going so fast.")

And while I found some crocuses,

Beza found this amazing lightning bug larvae.

J picked up a very sad looking Finn.  But despite his looks, he was mostly just very sleepy.

Saturday, February 25 
J woke up and said, "Okay, you've made me care about this table that I really didn't care about before.  Let's fix it!"  Hahaha.  (Not my intention--but I'll take all the help I can get. :)

But first we went outside with Finn, who was feeling much better.

The geese had been flying overhead a lot.

And the trees appear to be full of buds.

The redwing blackbirds are back and that is always a sure sign that spring is on the way.  (Much like last year.)

We took on the table (again) and it turned out much better!  It almost looks like new. :)  (J used his electric sprayer.)

And then we went out to dinner to celebrate the end of the week.  (M made up a game for us to play while we waited for our food.  She drew each one of us the same shape and then we had to turn it into something.

It was such a beautiful week--the kind that gives you a severe case of spring fever.

He's 9! (A Photo Journal)

T turned 9 on February 19th.

T, I can NOT believe that you are 9!  We love you like crazy and you are going to be an amazing 9-year-old.  You make celebrating so much fun.:)

After church, we had lunch out with our guests at Panera's (before taking them home).

Dinner by request at The Cheesecake Factory.

A birthday outtake.  (Flash!)

*Not pictured: The apple pie I made for his "cake."  Because we had such yummy desserts at dinner, we saved the pie for breakfast the next day. :)

Some of his 9th Birthday gifts:

Big Snow, Hills, Animals, Cupcakes and Views

Sunday, February 12
We woke up to more snow and cancelled church.

So we went for a walk in the woods (aka the briar patch).

And they spent a lot of the day playing games.
(J spent many snowy days in his childhood playing Scrabble with his dad and sister.  Fun for his dad and him, not so much for his sister. ;)

Normally Finn sleeps in his crate or in front of the fire if J falls asleep on the couch.  But he jumped right into our bed and made himself at home.  (He only stayed for a short while before putting himself to bed in his crate.)

Monday, February 13
Three peas in a pod.

It was archery day.

We brought our sleds and snow gear along so that we could go down a really big hill.

Really big hills mean really big walks back to the top.

Bald eagles were flying around while we played.

Tuesday, February 14
Valentine's Day
They have been sending each other notes all month long. Then they hang them on strings like this.

They each got to pick out their own very large stuffed animal for Valentine's Day.  M chose the giant bear.

And Beza and T chose big dogs.  (Finn is asleep under the chair.)

J came home with flowers.

And cupcakes.

This is what bedtime reading looks like with really big stuffed animals.

Wednesday, February 15
We had a fun play date.

After dinner the most humongous flakes fell from the sky.

When I was little my sisters and I used to stare up at the falling snow and imagine that we were flying through stars in space.  T was inspired.

Thursday, February 16
A usual scene.  Finn with a stolen glove.  And Dave looking innocent.

We found out that we would be getting to spend the next few days with our friends' three girls while they were away.  We all had dinner together and then while Beza and J took Finn to dog class and then went home, M, T and I got to spend the night at their house.  (The view from their enormous kitchen window is breathtaking at sunset.)

Friday, February 17
After dropping our little friends off at school we went to our house to do our own school.  Later we met back at their house for pizza and a movie before another sleepover.

Saturday, February 18 
We got up and started packing to all spend the night at our house.  The girls and T played all day together.

After we tucked them all into bed we started getting our house ready to celebrate T's 9th birthday (!) in the morning. (M stayed up to help me. :)