Blizzard 2008

Sorry to all of you that regularly check gisforgreta.com. This is the EXACT same post. It just makes my life easier. Basically, I’m too lazy to write another post and try to come up with something witty to say.

In case you live out of state, let me give you an idea of what is happening in the Buckeye State. We have been literally buried in snow. Friday Tony decided to work from home to beat the storm. That was a good choice. By 3:30, the streets near our house were covered in thick ice. The snowy ice pellets/snow never stopped coming until near 6 pm on Saturday. I thought I heard we topped out around canadian roulette 15ish inches?!!? We had drifts that were over the kids’ heads. That leads to conditions like these (taken a few hours before the snow finally stopped):

Our view when we opened the garage door

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

The front walk

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Of course the kids had to get in on the action:

Blizzard 2008

Mason was excited to help Tony “shobel” the snow.

Blizzard 2008

Isn’t this awesome? The kids didn’t even need a hill for sledding! They just used the bank of snow from shoveling the drive. Ha!

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

It also seemed a good time to introduce Ethan to snow. He kept crawling to the window to look at it, so I decided to bundle him up and go outdoors. He had socks for mittens with his hand left inside his sleeves. Two pairs of socks and boots. By the time I was done, all I could think of was Randy–“I can’t put my arms down!”

Blizzard 2008

Another Christmas Story quote: “He laid there like a slug. It was his only defense.”

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

They didn’t last too long. The wind was really whipping around out there. They left their clothes in their wake and ran to the kitchen for some hot chocolate. Ethan crawled over to play with the little chunks of snow that came off of the boots.

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Church has been cancelled for tomorrow. There is honestly a few feet of snow blocking the end of our street thanks to the many passes by snowplows. Not sure when we’ll get dug out. Meanwhile we have kids to entertain.

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Ethan is bored, too. Can you tell he’s teething?

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Blizzard 2008

Major milestones

There have been a few age changes in the house of late. Tony had his birthday on the 8th. (No comment on the age.) Corinne turned 5 on the 10th. She decided to have a sleepover the weekend before and cake with family for the actual day.

The sleepover

Corinne's cake

Ethan also turned six months at the end of January. He is getting around the house with ease doing the army crawl and is starting to get the hang of real crawling. He is as cute as ever. We finally had to give him his first haircut. It was scary but looks way better than the long, wispy look he had going.

Ethan's six month

Mason is starting to understand birthdays and answers with the correct age and date when you ask him about it.

As always, there are more frequent updates on Greta’s website. Feel free to check it out!

Ethan’s Five Month Pictures

I am copying my post from gisforgreta.com. Sorry. My creative juices just aren’t flowing enough to write a second description.

Ethan is growing like a weed. He actually slept from about 10 until close to 8 o’clock this morning. Yipee! He is also working on sitting up. He slowly bends in half and falls over. No signs of crawling yet, but he rolls around and scoots some. He’s never in the same spot when you come back to where you left him. The smiles are huge and plentiful. The kids are really good at getting him to giggle. Here’s some pictures:

Ethan's 5 month

Ethan's 5 month

Ethan's 5 month

I think Ethan looks alot like Lance did as a kid in the last picture.

If you live close, you had better come and visit before he’s all grown up!

Happy Holidays!

I was pretty depressed yesterday thinking that we weren’t going to see any family this year for Christmas Eve or Christmas. By the time dinner rolled around (egg rolls which may be a permanent tradition…yum!), I was getting into the holiday spirit. We built a fire and sang Christmas carols with the lights out. The kids got on their Christmas jammies just in time for cocoa and some of Santa’s cookies. We also had a family from church stop by to carol us! The kids LOVED that. Christmas morning didn’t come too early (which was my biggest fear) and was enjoyed by all. Mason declared that he “needs more presents!” while Corinne asked if there was anything else to “rip.” Ethan has enjoyed the distraction that the presents have brought. He isn’t getting picked on much today. Here’s a summary by photographs:

Christmas pjs by the tree

Hamming it up

Corinne and Mason

The turkey is going into the oven soon. Can’t wait to smell it cooking! All the best to you and yours!

Church duds

Abueltia came to town and brought Corinne a new dress. She loves it! She wore it once and is saving it now for the Sunday before Christmas when they sing in church. Mason picked out the sweater from Grandma Ann because it meant he would wear his alligator shirt underneath. He rebelled before we actually got out the door, though, and ended up changing his shirt. Glad I got a picture while i could. Poor Ethan was left out…again.

Ready for church!