Sunday, March 16, 2014

Say It Isn't Snow

Yeah, right. We got a warm front early in the week leading on snow Wednesday and cold again. The snow started melting Thursday, but it has stayed unseasonably chilly. We have noticed the days getting longer and have made the adjustment to Daylight Saving Time. Mike’s school had Spring Break, so he got to stay home with the kids and take part in some more of the week’s adventures than usual.

Monday, March 10 – We started the week with warmer weather than we have had in a while. When Landon got home from school, it was warm enough to open the back glass door while he went to play construction site in the slush/mud pit in the backyard. Of course, he came in cold and wet. 

Fergus took full advantage of the opportunity to bask in the sun.

Tuesday, March 11 – Although much of the snow had melted, enough has remained after each melt to completely cover the grass all season so far. 

Eliza had the day off from school, and Landon had a half-day for teacher professional development. Eliza went out to pipsqueak PE, and Landon stayed home building spaceships. 

Later on, he went out to do more demolition. It was too cold to keep the glass door open, so Fergus had to pine away from inside.

Wednesday, March 12 – We expected to get snow overnight, but it came late. As a result, the school district called to cancel classes just after Mike started getting the kids up to get ready. Man! We could have slept in! At least we didn’t have to go out in it. 

Instead, Landon played school Interestingly, after the snow dumped on us, we got a sunny (if chilly) afternoon. For dessert after dinner, we had what we hope are our last bowls of snow ice cream for the season.

Thursday, March 13 – Happy Detroit (313) Day! The city was founded 313 years ago this year (on July 24), so it’s even more special. Eliza brought home some holiday art projects from school. 

Mike accompanied Hallie and the kids to their Kaufman therapy sessions. Hallie even did Eliza’s hair in a special braid.

After therapy, the kids blew off steam at a place called AirTime Trampoline and Game Park in Troy. Saying they were tired after only an hour is an understatement! Not even three hours of gymnastics Landon does tires him out like this did.

Once the kids went to bed, Hallie had a couple of great conversations by phone tonight, one of whom was Natalie, Landon’s birthmom. We look forward to possibly seeing her this summer.

Friday, March 14 – Landon woke up complaining that his stomach hurt. We gave in. Amazingly, he made a full recovery by midday, so we took him back to school so he could share the leprechaun trap he made earlier in the week for a class project. 

Other kids' traps

He is making progress in his writing and math.

Landon had earned enough Dragon Dollars from his school's positive behavior support program to buy a ninja costume from Mom. It arrived in today's mail, and the boy enthusiastically put it on and showed off his stealthy skills. When Eliza saw him fully made up she broke out in tears. Once he took off the mask she was all better.
Now you see him, . . . 

. . . and now you don't! 

The elders came over to share pizza for dinner. Although a lot of Thursday's snow had melted, we still managed to find enough for another few bowls of snow ice cream. Maybe now we've had our last. 

Saturday, March 15 – Hallie took Landon to gymnastics while Mike and Eliza tidied up at home. The first birds of the season started chirping. Fergus really seemed to notice. We saw him pawing at them from a perch by the window. 

After Hallie and Landon got home, Hallie was gone for 9 hours babysitting Laurel’s kids. Mike and the kids kept themselves occupied with Play-doh while the cat napped at his favorite perch atop the family room couch.  

Sunday, March 16 – We were deceived by the sun and thought warm weather had finally returned. When we went out at 9:30 AM, it was 16 with a "real feel" of -4. While the day remained below freezing, we nonetheless took the bright sun as a sign of warmer days to come. The kids had an unusually hard time keeping reverent at church. 

The baby in the pew ahead of us entertained herself pulling Landon's hair. 

This next week Mike goes back to work and we add our little friend Rocco to our home's crazy mix two days a week. The weather man tells of slightly warmer temps, and we hope that is true. When your six-year-old says, "This is ridiculous!" you know your winter has not been nice. Only good things can come of things warming up for the spring.

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