As my kids enjoy another “snow” day at home today (where the roads are wet but school was cancelled anyway), I thought I’d finally share the fun pictures I took of Brinky during last weekend’s brief snow. We don’t get snow often, and for some reason generally only at night after he’s gone to bed. Then it tends to disappear before he can experience it. Last Saturday morning it snowed for about an hour and started sticking, at least to our deck, so we let Brinky out to play in it. And I took one million pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:
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The start of this week has been a little rough. This is the first week in four weeks that the girls have to go to school all week, and I have to go to work all week after being on vacation most of last week. And it’s cold. And Brinkley just won’t quite settle back into a sleeping routine – during the day or at night.
Jenny has done a great job of somewhat willingly waking up at 5:30 for school every morning, which I admit is tough – I would know since I have to wake up in order to wake her up. But she’s really struggled with it the last 3 weeks or so, and this week has been the worst. She can’t get out of bed. She stays in the shower forever. She falls back asleep after that. I think the problem is that she doesn’t go to sleep early enough at night, but she of course disagrees with me. Because she always disagrees with me. A bit of Jenny wisdom I’m overhearing in the kitchen right now as I type this and she’s getting ready for school: “I don’t think I like getting up, no matter how early I go to sleep.”
Anyway, last night I came home from a long busy work day and made dinner. And I realized how nice it is to come home from work and prepare dinner and actually have everyone like it. A small victory like that can really make my day so much better.
I put dinner on the table and the girls started eating, and they were so excited. (I knew it was one of their favorites.) I said, “Raise your hand if you love this dinner.”
And I got a pretty enthusiastic response. Brinkley didn’t raise his hand, but he did eat his whole bowl of pasta and seemed to like it.
Until he didn’t.
But we were done with dinner by then anyway.
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This week’s Monday Listicles topic is a fun one that I swear I could happily do every day: 10 pictures from your cellphone. I was going to go through my phone pictures and include a random selection, but Brinkley was so cute this evening that I easily managed 10 (or so) just during an hour of hanging out with him. So…
10 Cellphone Pictures of Sunday Night with Brinkley
1. After dinner, random ball throwing time (he’s such a boy) and dessert, we headed to the bath to get his sticky hands, and the rest of his dirty body clean. He was having fun making waves in the water.
2. Once he was dressed he clearly wanted to play in his room for a bit. First up, opening and closing the doors of his dresser. Hard. Just like he enjoys opening and closing the cabinet doors in the kitchen. So much fun.
3. The cat made the mistake of wandering into Brinkley’s lair. She left again after Brinky grabbed her tail, which shouldn’t have surprised her since he does it every time.
4. We went to see what his sisters were doing and found Jenny sitting on the floor, reading fan fiction (her favorite thing to do right now), listening to her favorite songs, and watching TV. She’s a multi-tasker, that Jenny. It may not look like it, but this is actually really clean for their room.
5. Reagan was up in her bunk, chilling out and reading whichever Percy Jackson book she’s on now. Dogs were hanging out on Jenny’s bunk since it was available.
6. Back in Brinky’s room, he kept trying to look past me at one of his favorite things – the string that hangs down from the attic stairs in the hallway. It fascinates him.
7. Then he paused to stare at me when he noticed I was taking pictures. And he actually didn’t close his eyes for once! Isn’t he a cute one?
8. A little bed jumping time.
9. Taking a little time to pull and twist the curtains.
10. Then he started sucking his thumb and climbing onto his crib (where he no longer sleeps) and I decided play time was over and we moved on to the bed to snuggle for a bit before he went to sleep. (I’m not sure why Darth Vader’s laying in the middle of the floor.)Read More
I love flickr. While I’m more consistent about posting pictures on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter these days than flickr, I still love its archiving functionality. I don’t think I realized until about a year ago (after using flickr for 3 years) that I could view my archives on flickr so easily and that they were organized by either the date the pictures were taken or by the date I posted them on flickr. Through the magic that is flickr, I can see photos that it knows I took in 2003 even though they weren’t posted until 2008 or so. I love this!
So today I decided to look at some old pictures taken in the month of September to see what was going on in our lives at this time of year. And it was so much fun! Here are a few pictures I found:
We always used to take pictures of Jenny in her Steelers outfits at the beginning of football season. She liked it – can’t you tell?
This picture always makes me laugh. This was shortly after we painted Jenny’s room pink and Reagan climbed out of her crib for the first time and started sleeping with Jenny. One night when I went to check on them before I went to sleep, I found Reagan this way. Apparently it didn’t disturb Jenny’s sleep because she looks quite peaceful in the background.
Jenny was heading to her first Level 1 gymnastics class I believe, in 2008. I’m not sure why the front door needed to be open behind her.
Reagan took a dance class that same year. I don’t think I pointed out that she should turn her feet out – she probably learned that in her class.
I think I’d blocked out the fact that we had hamsters. Hamsters we were assured were the same sex when we purchased two (one for each of our girls). We learned otherwise when hamster babies appeared in their cage.
This was a cellphone picture I took of the girls on the swings when I was standing above them on our deck. I love this picture even though it’s blurry.
A visit to the park, just last year, to take pictures of a 9 month old Brinky.
I love looking at old memories captured, don’t you?
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And because I’m running short on time this week and one of the pictures above was taken with a cellphone, I’m also linking up with Greta and Julie for #iPPP:
My girls head back to school two weeks from today. This week is the last week they’ll be around to really relax and enjoy their lazy summer days. Next week will be busy with school open houses and orientations and supply shopping. Plus we’ll force them to wake up early to prepare themselves for the early wake-ups the following week. So today, before the back to school grind really gets into full gear, seems like a perfect day to review pictures of my girls on the first day of school from years past. I did the same thing last year, but I think it’s fun to repeat every year with a new picture added.
2006: Jenny on her first day of school, heading to Kindergarten. (Wasn’t she so tiny??)
2008: Jenny heading to 2nd grade, Reagan looking sad that she’s not starting school yet.
(And yes, I know I skipped 2007. I swear she went to school that year, but I can’t find a first day of school picture.)
2009: 3rd grade for Jenny, and finally Kindergarten for little Reagan
2010: 4th grade for Jenny, 1st grade for Reagan
2011: 5th grade for Jenny (last year of elementary school!) and 2nd grade for Reagan
They’ve grown so much, haven’t they? We’ve already done our back to school clothes shopping for this year, but they haven’t quite decided which outfits they’ll wear the first day of school. But come back two weeks from today and you’ll see!
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