On a not-school-related note, Sammy is just as into Lego and creating things as ever. His creations range from impressive feats of engineering to detailed scenes complete with back stories for each character. He prefers villains over heroes because they have cooler stuff and look cooler. I'm hoping that's the only reason.
The other morning Sammy woke up and was suddenly possessed with a need to make a salami sandwich to save for lunch later. I thought it was a little weird but humored him. When lunchtime came he proudly brought out the sandwich and presented it to me for my lunch. I wanted to hug and kiss the snot out of that sweet kid!
We celebrated Isaac's 9th birthday with a Pokemon-themed party. I played around with Photoshop to make the invitations and was quite pleased with the result. He invited a few of his friends and we partied it up. We made our own poke-pizzas, held target practice on Team Rocket, had a pokemonGO hunt with repurposed Easter eggs and mini-pokemon figures as the prizes, traded pokemon, and of course had pokemon tournaments. It was a raging success!
His actual birthday was a much more low-key affair. He went to school in the morning, then opened presents when he got home. He requested sushi for dinner (*sniff* I'm so proud of my boy!), then we came home and had apple pie for his birthday "cake."
The older kids like Collin to tell them a different bedtime story each night. One night several months ago he was running out of original ideas, and thus out of desperation was born Scamps, the rascally dog! Scamps gets into all kinds of wacky hijinks and adventures, and has even been used to teach some very serious life lessons to the kids. Now the kids like coming up with concepts for his Scamps stories: Scamps goes to a dog park, Scamps and Fido (his recently-added new best friend) chase some cats, Scamps goes to space, etc. They all completely love it, and I'm pretty sure that any dog we might ever get in the future will be named Scamps.
I took the boys to see their (and my!) first production of The Nutcracker ballet this Christmas. We all loved it - yes, even the boys!
Sheena invited us to an indoor kids' climbing place called Funtopia. The kids were placed in harnesses and set free on all the climbing walls and squishy block climbing towers. They all conquered their fears and had a blast.
Christmas with the Parrishes was lovely, with the exception of all the kids catching a gnarly stomach bug the week leading up to it. Isaac was the last to fall to the bug, so he was still a little sick on Christmas Day, which was a real bummer. He was fine the following day when we headed out to Las Vegas to visit my parents at their new house.
With all the craziness of this school year and the stress of Collin's work lately, we decided to push our family vacation up much sooner this year. We're doing an epic week of Legoland and Disneyland, and the kids are beyond excited! So am I!