February 25, 2010

My Greatest Gift Of All

They say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I am including a little fun session from Monday,we snow day. Kids school was canceled, we were snowed in and the light was just wonderful. So I have pulled the big guns, my Nikon 700. In the afternoon we have attempted to build the snow man, but I think it was too cold, the snow wouldn't stick together. So instead, kids sat in the sleight and Jason pulled the around the neighborhood.
Tomorrow is my Birthday and i know that my family is my greatest gift. I love seeing my kids getting along, not always, but for the moment we had a perfect moment. Sorry for the random post ( this is really Jason's gig) and I could never write as well as he does. So cheers to me and looking forward to the lovely dinner downtown tomorrow with my faves Niki, Luki, Gabbie and Jason.

February 24, 2010

February 21, 2010

Weekend Away, Weekend Alone

Just prior to last weekend, Greta spontaneously booked a last minute getaway to the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.  We were getting to the point where we basically needed to get away for the health of our relationship.  Thank you Mom & Dad for staying at our house the entire weekend on short notice and watching our sick kids!!!!!  The kids had been sick for quite a while, and we all had the winter blues.  Not to mention, Greta takes the brunt of the abuse from the kids.  For some reason, they feel the need to beat up on her.  The are good at preschool, they are nice around the grandparents, they behave in public, and are basically angels when any random stranger is around.  But for some reason, they feel the need to treat their Mommy like garbage.  It's strange how their behavior goes down the toilet almost as soon as Greta walks into the room. 

I am sure that thy are just vying for her attention, because Greta is a wonderful mother.  She cooks them 2-3 meals a day, reads them books, does crafts with them, hauls them outside, takes them to playgroups, Jungle Java, Urban Toddler and just about every thing else.  I feel bad because I come home from work and am perceived as "Captain Fun", while Greta does all the hard work and takes all the abuse.

This weekend, I was alone with the Trio while Greta was in Chicago.  Granted I didn't cook any meals or do any laundry, but the kids were relatively easy on me.  I hope that this week they don't set out to drive her crazy again, because if this continues she may make me stay home while she goes out and works.  There is no way I could do Greta's job!  Pictures below are from the Winter Festival in Traverse City.

February 8, 2010

Poo Poo Potty

Last Thursday, I was at the highest possible point in the maze of the indoor play structure at Jungle Java when Gabbie says "Daddy, poop is coming!"  It is amazing how nimble I was at climbing ropes, sliding down slides and going through tunnels with a three year old on my back. We made it to the bathroom just in time! Since then, Niklas and Gabbie have both been going fairly regularly. Hopefully Lukas will soon figure out that he can earn some suckers too!