Sunday, March 23, 2014

March Madness

It has been awhile since my last update but definitely not because we don't have anything going on!  In early March, we loaded up the kids and drove out to Colorado for a ski trip in Winter Park with my family.  It was a great time.  I was astonished at how great the kids were in the car out and back.  Seriously not a peep from them. I think it has to be all downhill from here!

So to continue with the ski trip, I am not a big 'ski bum' but I enjoy spending about 3-4 days a year on skis. The past two years, I missed out on skiing because I had just had c-sections.  So getting out in Winter Park, especially with the amazing snow and perfect weather, was a huge treat.  I did some recon before the trip and booked daycare for both kiddos for 3 1/2 days which was a perfect situation for them too!

We really enjoyed staying in a condo with my mom and sister Molly.  The kids had lots of fun being silly and spending time with family.  Here's a pic of Olivia on skis (this was more of a photo op... she was too little to actually ski but that didn't stop Dad from taking her out! :)

Jason spent the first 3 weeks of February working his tail off on a huge project to rebuild and upgrade the car wash tunnel.  Of course it wasn't a single-handed effort, there were several contractors and moving parts involved.  In the end, the place is much improved and the performance of the equipment is significantly better.  Every morning when he went to work (often leaving before the kids got up and returning after they were down), Olivia would ask "Where'd Daddy go?"  I would say "To fix the car wash."  After several days of this, she finally asked "Why can't he fix it?" and she said it should have been fixed by now!  Funny thing is whenever she sees something broken down, a pile of bricks or something 'messy' she says "Daddy can fix that."  She LOVES her Daddy too.

I believe in my last post, I noted that Quinn really started walking well in January.  Well, I can report now he is actually 'running'!  His mobility has developed faster than Olivia's did and I have hardly ever seen him fall down. She was doing puzzles, stacking things and putting things away when she was 10 months old (she was turning pages in books at like 6 months) and he is just starting to do those things.  Seeing the differences in their 'development priorities' is interesting.

With Spring here in KC and both kids mobile, I am excited for playing outside and going on walks very soon.  In fact, the outside playing together has already begun.  It is really sweet seeing them together and makes me so happy that they have each other to share their lives with too.

 Here are a few pics in the 'fun' grocery carts that we are always scoping out.  I've had a few people ask if they are twins since they are so close and Quinn is catching up to Olivia size wise quickly.  They wear the same size shoes almost and can fit into the same size clothes in a pinch.

Jason and I are doing well.  We've (meaning 'I've') been planning fun "date nights" on Saturday nights as we have a standing babysitter for that night.  We had a blast on Jason's birthday and on any random Saturday (and/or occasionally Friday) nights, we are out having fun.  I believe that a good balance between work and play is crucial to maintaining a good relationship.

Signing off for now. I am planning to keep this blog updated as much as possible without feeling too pressured.  Once every 2 months will be a minimum.
xoxo Claire