I am so thrilled that my kids are at an age where they can start to play together. Those awesome moments of laughter and snippets of peace that comes from them entertaining each other are so priceless (not least of all because they will shortly break down into screaming and owies, but still...focusing on the positive here!)
Whatever big brother is doing, little sister wants to do too. If what Brother is doing is crash-landing as he runs around a corner too fast and ending up with an owie, then Sister will immediately splat herself to the ground and call out "Owie!" too.
|We are laying our heads on placemats now, of course.|
|After the last pic, I really wanted to call this game|
"Grab my monkey," but that seemed somehow inappropriate.
I'm just so happy that they seem to enjoy each other's company. Crossing my fingers that it continues into adulthood!
Speaking of enjoying each other's company, the kids and I (and even the hubby for a quick trip) were able to spend a long weekend at Cannon Beach with my parents and my brother and his gf. It was my dad's birthday, but I won't tell you how old he is...
It's also pretty rare to have my brother at the beach with us, since his chef's schedule is not usually conducive to weekend trips. So score!
And we were treated to some rare coastal inclement weather.
My parents' dog Maddie knew exactly the best way to handle the snow:
|Telling Grandma a Knock-Knock joke (really!)|
But before you get too impressed, here it is:
Iris: Knock Knock!
Grandma: Who's there?
Iris: Bless you! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!
|Getting artsy at the Seaside Carousel|
And this was Iris's first trip on the carousel. I had a hard time getting a photo of us in motion:
But once the ride stopped, you can see how clearly impressed she was.
|Don't make me do it again, Mom.|
When it was actually time to brave the roads, I was so glad to be with my mommy and daddy--Mom rode in the car with me to entertain the kids:
While Dad caravanned with us so that when the time came, he chained up my car for me. And then even though he had studded tires and he had to get back to town for a meeting, he stuck with me and my 25-mph driving over the entire pass to make sure we were okay, then he took them off again on the other side of the mountain. And I sat in the warm car while Mom helped him. How spoiled am I?
|Yes, chains required.|
I was a little afraid that we would have missed the whole 2012 PDX snowfall event, but this happened after the kids went to bed:
So now we've had snow this year.