Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The tooth fairy's first visit to Sanaa

Our morning started out in a very exciting way. Sanaa lost her first tooth! Her tooth has been loose for over a month and I was beginning to wonder when it would fall out. Yesterday it was very loose and before she went to bed she showed Nate and I just how loose it was. It was very close to coming out and just needed a good pull but she wouldn't let us touch it. She went back to bed and I figured I would help her pull it out today.

But that is not what happened.

The alarm in the girls room went off and they came stumbling out still half asleep. Sanaa headed to the couch to lay down (her normal routine in the morning). I covered her with the couch blankets so she could rest for another 5 minutes or so. Shortly after I walked back into the kitchen I hear, "Dad, mom! My tooth is gone! I swallowed it but I didn't choke!"

Sure enough. Her tooth was gone. At some point while she was sleeping it fell out and she must have swallowed it. We didn't find it anywhere in the room or on her bed.

Sanaa was so excited that she lost her first tooth. I think this was the best possible way for her to lose it. She was getting pretty nervous about it hurting and bleeding when it came out. I think now that she has lost one, she'll be a little less nervous about losing any others. She did show me today that a second tooth is now loose!

Last night I figured her tooth would be coming out soon and decided I should get started on a special tooth fairy pillow. I found a really easy pillow tutorial on Pinterest. All you have to use is felt (which I have a lot of on hand)! I cut out the letter S, a tooth for the pouch, and made a small pillow for her. I'll make one for Layla and Malakai as well.

Since we didn't have her actual tooth, Sanaa wrote a note to the tooth fairy explaining what happened.  This was good writing practice for her. Her note said, "Dear Tooth Fairy, My tooth went down my throat. I am sorry. Love, Sanaa." Isn't that sweet?!? The tooth fairy will be leaving her a special note and some coins. I asked Sanaa what she thought the tooth fairy would leave and she told me money coins! She set her tooth fairy pillow next to her clock, which is nice. I think the tooth fairy will have a much easier time getting to it than searching for it on her top bunk!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The rest of the pictures from our snow days

The snow is gone. The rain is back and we have returned to our normal schedules. The schools were still closed on Monday because of icy conditions on the roads. By Tuesday things were better. There was still plenty of snow around but the roads were mainly wet so it wasn't treacherous. The kids and I hadn't left the house since Thursday afternoon. We'd gone outside to play in the snow and play with neighbors but that was it and I think all of us were ready to get back to our normal routine.

These are the rest of the pictures from our snow days. The kids had a great time playing with stickers. For Malakai this was an awesome fine motor activity. He was able to get the stickers off the sheet all by himself and was very engrossed in what he was doing. He worked with the stickers for nearly 15 minutes! It was awesome!

We also made heart shaped sugar cookies. I let each kid roll out their own dough and cut out the shapes. It made a mess, but they loved it. Malakai mainly played with the cookie dough. I have him so well trained to not eat dough since we're usually playing with play-doh that he would not even taste the cookie dough! Layla on the other hand continually snuck in bites of cookie dough, so I'm sure she ate at least half of her dough. Sanaa waited until all the cookies were cut out and then asked me if she could eat the little bit that was left.

When Nate came home Saturday, he was covered in snow. He left for work early and just as he arrived at the mall he received a text message saying the store was closed. That was extremely frustrating. But later Saturday afternoon the train was shut down due to ice, so I'm glad Nate didn't get stuck at work.

There was one day Malakai insisted on wearing a pink headband. He was able to get it on himself and was pretty proud.

We also used our snow days to finish up the Valentine's Day cards the girls were taking to school. Both of them are doing a great job at cutting. Layla has improved a lot with her cutting skills since the beginning of the school year.

Layla took the 'Make No Mistake' Valentine's Day cards with an eraser to her class. Sanaa took the pencils. We glued a pom-pom and wiggly eyes on top. The little flag says, "I have my eyes on You!" I was able to attend both girls' Valentine's Day parties this week and at Sanaa's party her friends really liked her pencils with the wiggly eyes. We might just have to make those again next year.

On Sunday, Sanaa, Layla and I built a snowman. We had had a lot of fun sledding but I wanted to build at least one snowman before the snow melted.

Layla wouldn't really cooperate for a picture. She was actually pretty upset and cold, so I was happy that I at least got her to look at the camera.

Monday Nate headed back to work, but the kids and I were still home. I needed something to do with them and I needed them to play outside because they were doing too much fighting inside. So we painted snow. I vaguely remembered seeing this idea on Pinterest at one point and figured that you could just use water and food coloring. I found 4 spray bottle and filled them with water. Then I added drops of food coloring and swirled it around.

They all had a great time spraying the snow. They were even able to mix the colors. So Sanaa and Layla sprayed blue and red on the same area to make purple. Malakai was able to spray things but had a hard time aiming. I got hit several times by him.

This kept them busy for a good 30 minutes! It was awesome and if we ever get a lot of snow again I'll have to remember this activity.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sledding on ice

We had a blast this morning! I knew there was ice on top of the snow and I wanted to see how thick it was. I remember as a kid being able to walk on top of snow sometimes if the ice was thick enough. So Nate and I bundled everyone up and we headed out.

Malakai was the only one light enough to stand on top of the snow. But he wasn't too happy about it. He has not been his normal self these past few days. When we're outside he will not let us put him down. I snapped the pictures below right as Nate put him down and just before he started crying. Malakai has also had a hard time sleeping or napping and does a lot of crying when we lay him down for his naps, which is not normal. I don't know what is up with him but hopefully whatever is going on will pass soon.

The streets around us are covered with a sheet of ice. We saw a few cars while we were out playing but all of them had chains on. Since there was ice I had the girls get their sleds that uncle Ryan and aunt Karen gave us two years ago so I pull them around again. It was much easier pulling them on ice and they had a blast!

We went up and down our street several times.

Nate had a chance to pull the girls as well while I held Malakai. However, Malakai was not happy with that arrangement at all and cried the entire time.

So Nate ended up carrying Malakai while pulling the girls!

I wanted to give Malakai a little ride but when we tried to sit him on the sled he just screamed. So Nate sat with Malakai and girls hopped on the other sled. I then pulled all 4 family members up and down our road. That was a workout!

Malakai just wasn't impressed with anything. Even though daddy was holding him, he still wasn't happy.

Eventually, we walked to the end of our street because the girls was to sled down the hill. All of us took turns doing this and it was so much fun! Nate went down first and then we took turns with the girls. Nate even took Malakai once but again, Malakai didn't seem to enjoy it. 

I think we played outside for nearly two hours. We had so much fun sledding! Sanaa and Layla want to go back out, so we'll see what the weather is like after nap time. It's starting to warm up some and we're suppose to start getting rain.

"Just Stay Home!"

"Just stay home" is the message being sent out to all the residents in Portland, Beaverton, and the surrounding areas. Yesterday afternoon and last night we got some wonderful freezing rain on top of our 7-8 inches of snow. The MAX (which is a train) that Nate uses to get to work, is not operating. There are a few buses still operating but for the most part everything is shut down. We are snowed in! I never would have thought that would have happened here. I figured we'd get a day or two of snow but I never expected it to get worse with ice and shut down the cities.  I sure am glad I did my grocery shopping on Thursday! That is typically my normal day to shop but I had thought about waiting until Friday. However, I only had one diaper left and figured I would just do all the shopping on Thursday and stay home on Friday. 

These are some pictures from around our house. On Thursday you could still see my daffodils. 

On Friday, my daffodils were about half covered with snow. 

On Saturday, most of the daffodils were completely covered! A few daffodils poked through but not many.

In the back yard, there was 6 inches on the deck (before the ice came). The snow on the ground was almost level with the deck and I have no idea what toys are hiding under the snow. I picked up most of them before it started snowing, but I think there may be a small shovel or other random toy under the snow just waiting to trip us.

The next two pictures I took from Malakai's bedroom window. After his nap on Friday he was looking out his window at all the snow on the table.

The poor birds. I couldn't keep their bird feeder uncovered very well. The birds have been quite happy to have any food that I've put out.

The garden at the side of our house. My strawberries are completely covered and snow is almost level with the elevated area where our raised beds are.

The kids water table is now a snow table. The turtle (that is next to it which you can't really see) is completely covered and looks like a small snow hill that we could slide down.

The neighbor's cat doing it's best to walk through our backyard. It was actually stalking the birds at our bird feeder. We call this cat Aria's twin. The only way I can tell the difference between the cats is to look at their face. Aria has a white nose and the neighbor's cat has a brown nose.

The way the snow decorated the top of the fence was awesome! Little waves of snow line the fence around our house.

The remaining pictures were taken by Nate on Friday and Saturday as he travel to and from work. I know for most of you, these pictures won't make sense. But for us it'll be fun to look back at the areas we frequently walk and drive and see it covered in snow. The first pictures are from downtown Portland as Nate left work on Friday.

This was taken Friday morning in the area where Nate gets picked up by the bus at 170th and Cynthia.

The picture below is looking down our street from the end of our driveway.

This is a look down Barcelona which is one of the streets we drive on everyday and the street Nate walks along to get to the bus stop.

The road below is 170th. The main road just outside our neighborhood. Nate took this Saturday morning. He sent it with a text that said he was standing in the middle of the road. No one was out at this time.

This would be the intersection at Farmington and Lombard. It's one of the intersections I drive through to get to the store. Nate was on the bus heading to the train when he took this.
Notes from Nate: I think that it is hard to overemphasize how rare an event this is for Portland. According to the residents who have been around longer than us, you normally don't get ANY snow for a winter, and if you do get some snow, its typically just some flurries that never stick. And if it does stick, weather that is severe enough to shut down the MAX is almost unheard of.