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Week 5 (January 29-February 4): At the Car Wash

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Winter in New England = Dirty, salty car

Sunny, warmish day in February = Chance to get the car wash

Automatic car wash with two kids = Lots of giggles

Cheap thrills and a clean car!

Week 9 (February 24th – March 2nd): Tropical Dreaming

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I spoke too soon about Spring being on it’s way. We definitely took one step forward and two steps back. The news has been nothing but talk of snowstorms on the way. As a former Mainer, I should know better. How many times was Easter met with snow, and not just a flurry or two! I had a few folks say to me in recent days things like, “Bet you are wishing Jeff got transfered some place warmer” or “Wouldn’t you like to be in Florida now?” Maybe. Just a little. That’s all I will admit for now.

But I wasn’t the only one doing some tropical dreaming! Liam discovered pineapple. I am sure he has had it before, but I can’t say when. Caroline loves it and can eat a whole can by herself, but Liam has always passed it up. So it was a bit of a surprise when he asked for it. He frequently asks for things that he doesn’t like (think apples and chex mix), but we always give it to him. Typically, he will take a bite, maybe two, and announce that he is done, doesn’t like it. On the night that these pictures were taken, he impressed himself and us by eating the whole container of pineapple (canned, no sugar added) with a bit of help from big sister.

They started with cupcakes and moved on to pineapple.

They started with cupcakes and moved on to pineapple.

Sour!

Sour!

What is this strange, wonderful food?

What is this strange, wonderful food?

Caroline gets fierce with her pineapple chunk!

Caroline gets fierce with her pineapple chunk!

Week 6 (February 3- February 9th): And Winter Came

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and came and came. After some not so impressive snowfalls here on Long Island, we finally got a storm that rivals the ones I remember from growing up in Maine. Our part of the island got slammed with around 20 inches between Friday night and Saturday morning. It’s certainly way more than they are used to around here. Or prepared to deal with. We dealt with it the old fashioned way: shovels.

Jeff spent over three hours shoveling. I offered to tie a rope around him and anchor it to the house so he wouldn’t get lost, but he opted to go without. It took him about two hours before he said I could come out and help. I’m sure I was a very useful shoveler.

Liam was beyond thrilled with the snow. He even said it was tasty. We warned him to not eat the yellow snow. The joke was not lost on him! Love a little kid with a sense of humor.

Caroline needed an extra day to “warm up” to the snow. She really LOVED the IDEA of snow. When it was time to go out, she dressed in lightning speed and bounced out the door. Her bounce was quickly annihilated by her inexperience with such a large quantity of fluff. She tripped. She fell. She was helped up and carried. She was taught to walk behind her dad and use his footsteps as her path. She pushed through, literally. She tried. She made it less than 15 minutes. She even comforted herself by saying, “I was born in Florida. There’s no snow there so I am not very good at playing in it yet.”

She’s also a quick learner. By Sunday, you’d have thought she was born in an igloo. She had a wonderful time climbing snow banks and helping me make his and hers snow forts. She’d forgotten all about her trauma the day before and was acting like a true New Englander and not some snow bird!

Shovel

With this much snow, you’ve got start somewhere!

My this snow looks delicious

My this snow looks delicious

trees

Trees in the backyard—because who doesn’t love a picture of snow on trees?!?!

Day 2

Technically, this is from week 7 but she had way more fun on day 2!

Week 2 (January 6th – January 12th): Warm Winter Weather

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We’ve had a few weeks of pretty mild weather. When we moved to New York, I certainly didn’t expect that the kids would be outside without coats in January. A teeny tiny part of me is wishing for just a little bit of snow. I know there’s still a few months left of winter and anything is possible, so I guess I will just have to keep my fingers crossed.

And if we DO get snow, someone please remind me that I asked for it!

The nice weather inspired Caroline & Liam to give their vehicles a tune-up/

The nice weather inspired Caroline and Liam to give their vehicles a tune-up.

I might be wishing to see a little bit of white fluff, but the lack of snow clearly isn't keeping Caroline & Liam from sledding.

I might be wishing to see a little bit of white fluff, but the lack of snow clearly isn’t
keeping Caroline & Liam from sledding.

“There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.” -Clyde Moore