Snow Day, Birthday, Play Day

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This week, armed with my camera, we return to our regularly scheduled deluge of photographs. It was a very eventful week, with lots of surprises and planned amusement to keep everyone occupied.

We begin with Monday night, which has long been designated as “No Electronics Monday”. In order to keep the boys from being glued to iPads or TVs constantly, we had to tell them that this one day would just be a day where they had to play around the house. This particular Monday we decided to help them out a bit and build them something in Max’s room.

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Been a while since we constructed one of these.


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We shut off the lights and Max enjoyed one of his old toys for a bit.

Speaking of old toys, the beginning of the year is usually a time for us to take a good hard look around the house. We take this time to determine what we need to keep and what we need to pass on so other kids and enjoy it. Occasionally we decide to get rid of something even if it has a little sentimental value. To truly let go, we have to commemorate the event with a photo.

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This monkey, for example, has been around a while.


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A long, looooong while.

Sad, to be sure, but time keeps on moving along whether we like it or not.

We awoke the following morning to find that something interesting was happening. This something doesn’t happen terribly often around here, and we decided to let the boys be a little late for school.

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Lucky for them, since it melted before school was out.


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There was plenty of this, of course.


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Plus a bit of this.


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Then a lot of this.

They were both pretty happy with their time out there, but got cold before long. Christy packed them into the car and they slowly made their way to school (it’s Texas, after all, this is a Major Catastrophic Road Conditions Event).

While at school, Max produced another one of his works of art for us to enjoy. We’ve been holding on to some of these, but I haven’t really shared them on the blog. That ends today.

First, I bring you something that confused us until Max explained it.

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A little Batman obsessed that day, I guess.

When asked, Max told us that he was writing down ideas for video games he was going to make. All of them were going to have Batman in them, and each one would involve one of his classmates (or his teacher) fighting Batman. Thus, Batman vs. Sam, Batman vs. Ms. K, etc. I think my favorite is Batman vs. Kwanzaa. That has viral hit Flash game written all over it.

The other entry in his gallery this week is a more minimalist piece, with a punchline built in.

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I don’t know if he got in trouble for this, but I hope not, because it’s HILARIOUS. If you hear a noise, it’s probably Papa laughing really hard right now.

With that, we return to the events that unfolded, which picked back up on the weekend.

Christy and I had been offered the opportunity to cart our children off toMimi and Pappaw’s house and leave them there overnight. Naturally, we immediately agreed and unceremoniously dumped them on the front lawn before driving away, laughing gleefully as we went. We met back up with them the following morning for their cousin’s birthday party, which (amusingly enough, given the week before) took place at an indoor bounce house zone.

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Casen was having a great time running around and playing with the kids.


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Tanner was a blur for the most part.


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The other cousins…well, you know, teenagers.


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I spent much of my time trying not to break my camera.


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The boys had no problem asking me to carry it up the slides with me.

As I was snapping shots of them coming down the slide, I noticed something about my two boys. Owen has a more reserved slide-going look.

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Calm, cool, collected.

Max? Well…

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A bit crazier.

In any case, they both had a really good time doing the things you do at a bounce house place.

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Helping mommy get up there.


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Eating pizza.


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Forcing mommy to feed them cupcakes.


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Momentarily posing for a group photo.


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And trying to pull mommy down the slide at all costs.

That was quite a bit of excitement, so we took them back home and got everyone to take a nap so they could be well rested for the evening. That lasted all of an hour, so I had to find something else for them to do for a bit.

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Time for a jog, I guess.


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They generally spend this time trying to run me over.

After a few close calls, I decided to direct them to the nearby park, which we haven’t seen much of due to the colder weather.

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To the slides they went.


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Then on to the swings.


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No, slides!


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No, swings!

This went on until it was time to head back home for some much needed dinner and rest. I’m still not quite sure how we were in short sleeves on Sunday, given that it snowed on Tuesday. Al Gore’s fault, clearly.

If you want to check out the rest of the photos from this week, feel free to click here. Otherwise, we’ll catch you next week!

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