So you would totally think something entitled “Polar Vortex Survival” would include helpful hints about prepping and storing supplies, building an igloo and surviving on a diet primarily consisting of beef jerky.
(Who came up with Polar Vortex anyway? It sounds like a Gatorade flavor.)
But no, I live in Kentucky. Which means the polar vortex brings minimal snow and ice, conditions that northern states wouldn’t even blink at but make our fair city come to a screeching halt. I think at this point the schools will be in session year-round.
So we don’t really need to worry about being survivalists except when it comes to being stuck inside with toddlers all day. So E and I came up with this super simple game that can keep him entertained for a good portion of the day.
Some animals, pair of binoculars and one bored toddler.
He likes to pretend to “look for animals” so I made him some toilet paper roll binoculars. Then I made him close his eyes and count while I hid a variety of his animals around our first floor easter-egg-hunt style (so not hidden well).
He would find them and take them back to the “Zoo” (he just put them in our toy basket). I made him find and return them one at a time so while he was out looking for more animals I could help a few”escape” and hide again. The game could have gone on forever. He loved it.
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Let me preface this by saying my boys are adorable. Proof:
However, this past week I got to preview the boys “school pictures”. Every year their Mom’s Day Out program has a studio come in an do photos of all the kids for a composite, but the studio’s main goal is to sell parents packages of photos including a gigantic canvas print. It’s a little much for kids who aren’t even in kindergarten.
Paying for photography has always been a foreign concept to me since my mother (a professional photographer) always took our school photos when we were little. For our wedding she took photos and a photographer in my husband’s family also gifted us with photos.
Even last year when we did got our family portrait taken I traded some design services to our photographer for the session. This year my dad took this in front of our new house.
Last year E’s photo was too cute to pass up and I ended up spending more money than I wanted to on photos I didn’t even planning on getting.
This year with both boys in school I told everyone that I hoped their photos wouldn’t be very good so I wouldn’t be temped to buy them. I have this to say for them…they certainly do as they’re told.
E fell off a chair and bonked his cheek so he had a bruise going into it. But then he did this:
Worst. Picture. Ever. Not only does it not look anything like him (see adorable photo here) he also looks kind of evil. Not really something you want on a giant canvas on your wall…unless your filming a horror movie. Leave it up to E to make a face I’ve never seen in my life when he’s getting his school picture taken. And luckily every kid in his class will get a copy of it too when they get their class picture.
N did better. His would have been decent but he rubbed his cheek all mornings and it was bright red by photo time.
It was an okay photo but by no means too cute to pass up. He looks like he doesn’t feel very well (which he probably didn’t). When the photo rep laid out all the prints for me it took me about 6 seconds to say, “Yeah, we won’t be purchasing any of those.”
We did however get some free pillowcase (thus the wrinkly images) so we can cuddle up to these spectacular images of our rosy-cheeked demon babies…or not.
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So I could call this my very very belated 9 month update but I think it’s just SUPERSIZED early 10 month update! See? That’s all my advertising experience coming out.
Little Buddy had his 9 month checkup and we found out he had an ear infection. Since he hadn’t had a fever or been excessively cranky we had no idea how long he’d had it. After 10 days of antibiotics he was much happier and sleeping better (in his case better = more than not at all).
I felt bad for him but since he’s never been a consistent napper and can cry for no reason at all it’s hard to know when he’s actually not feeling well and when he’s just being…himself.
Shockingly when his brother isn’t around he will play happily…coincidence? I think not. So perhaps he’s been getting labeled a crybaby and he’s just been getting bulldozed.
He loves his furry brother too. He likes to chase him around and so long as he doesn’t grab Satchel’s ears they get along pretty well.
E has been making us laugh. I try to keep up with things he says on twitter. He got a new ‘do because Mommy couldn’t figure out what to do with his unruly thick hair.
Now that his little brother is competing with E for the toys, he has been getting a little jealous but all in all he’s pretty good with him.
E had his first stomach flu. Poor kid. He had to stay home from school (of course he loved getting to watch movies all day).
N got all the toys to himself.
My babies hanging together…
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