Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Love Languages!

On Tuesday, February 12th since we were still snowed in, I decided to have a bit of quality time with each of the kids. I had recently had each of them take the kids version of the Love Language Quiz. It's technically for kids that are 9 and up, but I had Zeke take it as well. The results were really interesting and eye opening, but at the same time a little predicable.

Jack's score was...

5 Quality Time
5 Words of Affirmation
4 Acts of Service
4 Physical Touch
2 Receiving Gifts

Jack top score of Quality Time surprised me a little since he is so good at playing by himself. He will quite frequently choose to go upstairs and play all alone. I do understand that quality time doesn't necessary mean quantity of time though. The words of affirmation did not surprise me at all. He thrives on being uplifted with words and it's something that I need to get better at. Another thing that didn't shock me was the low score for Receiving Gifts. Of course Jackson likes gifts, but he always has something to say about it...."I wish it had been red"..."I wish it was the turbo version"....so on and so forth. I'm always having to remind him right before his birthday or Christmas to say nice things about the gifts he gets. He has high expectations I guess. He is much more inclined to buy himself something instead of waiting to get it as a gift. 

Jackson loves to help me in the kitchen and since Quality Time was his top score I thought he would enjoy being with me. 

We made banana bread and he did almost all of it with just a little direction from me. 

It's a little tough to crush the pecans, but he got the job done! 

Zeke's score was...

7 Quality Time
5 Receiving Gifts
3 Acts of Service
3 Words of Affirmation
2 Physical Touch

Zeke's top score of Quality Time surprised me a bit as well since he's so good at playing by himself. Plus he's just at that age where I think it's hard to read him. There is a reason that the test is for ages 9 and up. It was still interesting though and I do absolutely agree that right now Physical Touch is on the bottom of his list. He does want to be hugged and snuggled, but he's also SO ticklish and squirmy!!! 

Since Zeke is 6 and his attention span is less than that other kids I decided to have him help me make Kool Aid. Plus it made for a fun treat to have with lunch and dinner. 

We decided to mix one packet of lime and lemonade together. 

Official taste test approved!!! 

Owen's Score was...

6 Physical Touch
4 Acts of Services
4 Receiving Gifts
3 Quality Time
3 Words of Affirmation 

Owen's top score of Physical Touch was absolutely NOT a shocker at all! That kids loves to snuggle and be hugged! I would say all of his were accurate. In fact when you look at his scores he's quite a well rounded kid! 

Owen got to help me make cookies! 

He did really great, but had a hard time when the mixture got thick so I had to stir it for him. I also had to teach him about equal portions so the cookies would cook evenly. 

Ella's score was...

7 Acts of Service
7 Words of Affirmation
3 Quality Time
2 Receiving Gifts
1 Physical Touch

Ella had 2 top scores and they were a total shock to me! I would have sworn that her's would be Quality Time. It makes sense though as the majority of women are Acts of Service.....I am!!! Also I do know that she thrives on Words of Affirmation and I need to be better that giving her love that way. The most eye opening to me was her low score for Receiving Gifts. I love to buy things for Ella...duh she's my only girl! I always have this expectation that she's going to be so happy and excited and I'm usually letdown. Now I know why! It's just not the way she feels love. The super low score for Physical Touch was not surprising in the least. I've literally had to make her wrap her arms around me to give me a hug goodnight! 

At first I wanted Ella to help me make ice cream, but she didn't seem excited about that at all. She did say she would do it, but I could tell it wasn't going to be something she would enjoy so I told her we'd think of something else. That's when it dawned on me that we hadn't bought the kids their Valentine's Day cards yet. I had bought Ella a box of Organic dye free gummy bears at Costco. They came in small packets and would be perfect to give out with Valentines. Ella loves to make crafts and she loves to use stamps so that's what we did. 

We found all the Valentine related stamps, figured out the design and got to work. I cut all the paper to size. 

She did all the stamping...

and she wrote 'from Ella' on each Valentine. 

Super cute! After that I stapled a packet of gummy bears on the back of the card. It was a super great way for her to feel loved! 

After that Ella went off to play and the boys and I play Catan. 

Zeke begged me to play and then of course he wanted to skip out halfway through. I made him finish though and it was great. We did take a break in the middle for lunch and came back to finish it up. The best part was the winner really was up in the air since Daddy wasn't playing. If he plays 90% of the time he's wins and it's no fun! Jackson did win and everyone had a great time! 

After that I gave the kids the option of having electronic time so we all went our separate ways for about 2 hours to just veg out! 

It was a great stay at home day with my cute kiddos! 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Snowed In Day Two!

On Sunday, February 10th, church was canceled because of the snow. We invited the Dial family to come over for some more fun. We were planning on tubing again and we were hoping the course might have gotten icy making it faster. Unfortunately the guy that lives at the end of the street had parked his trailer on the hill and we didn't want to risk the kids running into it and hurting themselves. It was a total bummer! 

So we all came back to our house for some fun! 

We started to build another snow wall with the toys bins we have. 

Michael started a fire in our fire pit and Lance ran home and got supplies to make smores. 

Since the kids didn't have the tubing hill they used the small hill in our backyard and slid down on their bums or legs. 

Pretend sleeper! 

Cute friends! 

When we were done outside we came in to hang out. I wanted to play Five Crowns, but I think it's in the trailer or we left it at Thanksgiving so we played the Mexican Train instead. Rachael also made us each some Hot Butter Rum drinks and they were yummy! 

Enjoying this break from the norm with my man!! 

Owen played a couple rounds of the game and then he was done! 

We had loads of popcorn and played many rounds of Dominos, but it was ultimately a dirty diaper than ended our fun. Cute Jayme Boy!!! 

It was such a great couple of days enjoying the snow with friends!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Snowed In Day One!

When the news was correct about the snow earlier in the week I was pretty sure they knew what they were talking about with the impending Snowmageddon and I was stoked!!! I love snow and lots of it! Plus it was nice that it was coming on a Friday so we'd have the whole weekend to enjoy it as a family! 

Speaking of school...the kids had missed school on Monday and Tuesday from the snow that happened the previous Sunday. They had late start AND early release on Wednesday, went to a full day of school on Thursday and then had early release on Friday. 

Some places got 12 inches or more, but we had around 6-8. It was hard to tell since it was deeper in someplace from the wind. 

By the time the kids got out early from school it had already snowed at least 2 inches. Ella wanted the Dial kids to come over so I took the kids back to the house and Rachael went to her house to get her kids snow clothes. While the kids were playing they rolled 3 huge snowballs in the front yard. They ended up using up almost all the snow in the yard...it was down to bare grass. By morning you couldn't even tell that they had done that it snowed so much. 

Charlie had gone outside at one point and his paw prints were so cute in the snow. I meant to get a picture of them, but I forgot! 

Views of our backyard! 

Around 10am we started heading down to the Dial's since Rachael had texted me that Lance had a fire going. 

So much snow!!! 

The neighbors rose bush! 

The new traffic circle in our neighborhood. The day before the big snow storm hit they installed these tall signs showing people how roundabouts work. They have so many signs saying 'do not enter', 'one way' and tons of arrows. Michael thought that people would just end up driving up and over the roundabout, but I'd like to see them try now with the metal signs! 

Once we got to Lance and Rachael's house we jumped right into having fun in the snow. 

Lance has the best fire pit....it's actually an old washing machine drum that's sitting on top of this big metal bowl. The washing machine drum has all these tiny holes which make for great airflow for the fire and it's puts out a lot of heat! 

There dog Pearl was so cute...she wanted to be right in the middle of everything! 

While Lance was tending the fire Michael, Rachael and I were helping the kids build a snow wall. Rachael had a bunch of these toy bins that we used to compact the snow and they acted like big snow bricks. 

Love this lady!!! 

Once we got a wall built we decided to try to make an igloo out of it. 

Owen didn't want to use the bins...he just wanted to build his wall the old fashioned way. 

Eventually we got all the sides done except we kept the doorway clear. 

Lily and Jaymes had fun burying Jack. Jack had fun too even though his face doesn't show it. 

The kids decided it was time for a break so Rachael and I drove to MCD's and got lunch for everyone. 

After lunch Jack wanted to play the Pie in the Face game. 

Owen and Jack had fun playing together, but the best part was watching Pearl go around trying to lick off as much whipped cream as she could. 

We started to get the curve of the roof, but by that point us adults were all exhausted and my wrists were killing me. 

That's when Lance brought out the tubes and we decided to go find a place to have some fun. 

A few more pictures before we headed out...

After hours of trying to get the fire to take (the wood he had wasn't cooperating)...Lance was finally able to really get it going. As you can see it was hot...the snow was melting around it. 

Some of the kids had shored up the playhouse. 

Hanging out in the igloo! 

Precious Lilyann! 

We decided to head up to the new construction area that's closer to our house. On the way I saw that Penelope was even more covered than she was earlier in the week....almost totally covered! 

I don't think I've taken a picture of the house in a while. It looks so nice! I can't wait for it to get painted this spring! 

Our street used to be a dead end, but now with the new construction going in they have made our street a through street....hence the traffic circle. Well that road isn't opened yet so we thought that would be a perfect place to go tubing since we know it's flat and there isn't anything under the snow that's going to pop the tubes. 

At first we were bummed since it seems like the construction folks have really graded that area so it's not as steep anymore. We weren't sure if it was going to be fun, but we thought we'd give it a go. Michael and Lance rode down a bunch of times making the course. 

Then the kids lined up and waited for their turns. This area is fenced off, but the fence wasn't connected or locked so we were able to just walk right through. 

Almost after every run the course was getting longer and longer.

The kids were having a blast and so were the adults!!! 

It's exhausting walking up the almost flat hill! :) :) 

My handsome man! 

We had so much fun tubing and even some of the neighbors came out and had their first time going on a tube in the snow. Once we were all tired we went back to our house and had hot chocolate. It was a great snow day with friends!