Home Depot WorkshopIt's been a while since we've had a Saturday morning free to take our boys to a Building Workshop at Home Depot (or Lowe's ... which recently ended their free kids' workshops. Boo!). This cold Saturday morning our boys enjoyed building and painting tool boxes. Even Nathan was pretty good at hammering his nails in. This time, we got smart and brought some of Matt's old undershirts that the boys could wear as paint smocks. (Who knows WHY they insist on using acrylic paint at a kids' workshop!?!) It was a fun morning together!
Papa and Grammy offered to bring the dessert at one of our family dinners this month ... King Cake from Rao's Bakery. Yum!! The boys had never heard of King Cake. Papa had fun reading a kids' book from the library that explained more ... about the three kings (wisemen) that visited baby Jesus and about the time from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). They were very intrigued about the plastic baby that would be hidden in someone's cake --usually meaning that the lucky person would be the next King Cake for everyone but this time meaning that they'd get a special prize from Grammy and Papa. Cody instantly realized the unfairness of only ONE child getting a prize. Thankfully, Grammy had everything well in mind. She had made each boy a chocolate cupcake (since they didn't really like the cinnamon coffee-cake-like King Cake that we adults thought was delicious). A baby was inside EACH cupcake. It was so fun to see their reactions when they found the hidden babies. And the prize of a WHOLE bag of M&Ms was so exciting! I got the one baby hidden in the "real" King Cake. I guess I'll bring one to a family gathering next January! :)
School FestivitiesEveryone at the "big school" got to dye color their hair pink or blue one Friday in January (after the whole school met a chapel offering goal). We didn't have blue hair dye on hand, but washable tempera paint worked just fine. :)
One of the preschool days following Christmas break, Ryan's class had show-and-tell. He had fun bringing a Lego helicopter he had gotten for Christmas and built himself!
Random StuffWe met some two of Ian's friends (and siblings) at the Tire Park on one of the last days of Christmas break. Three others from Ian's class had the same idea! So fun!
Nathan is now officially potty trained! He was the quickest of our three to catch on. After just a couple of focused days of staying home to practice, he got it! We still put him in diapers for sleeping but he otherwise does a great job of telling us when he needs to go, even when we're out and about. He's SO proud of himself!! Gummy bears were a good motivator, but his biggest motivator is watching the Huggies' "Potty Dance" when he goes #2 in the potty. We're proud of him!
Thank you, Lord, for a fun January! :)