Andrew trying to scrape up enough snow for a snowball to throw at me.
Ryan throwing a snowball at me.
Chad celebrated his 38th birthday on Tuesday this week! He woke up to snow! Only 1/2 inch, but snow nonetheless. The boys had a blast playing outside, and Ryan kept on his hat and mittens this time, so he was a happy camper. Chad still had to go to work, but we went out to dinner and had a few friends over for cake and ice cream.
I love you Chad. You are such a wonderful father and husband. Thank you for working so hard to provide for our family. Thank you for helping us laugh and for easing my burdens. You are the best of men and I am so blessed to to be married to you. I pray that our sons will follow in your footsteps and that our daughter is blessed to marry a man just like her Daddy.
Chad used his Christmas money to pick up Rock Band 2 for the Wii this weekend. It was a hit with the boys. We could never catch Ryan singing on video, but he would hold the microphone and sing "Beat, Beat" over and over again. Andrew loved the microphone too, but his favorite thing was the drums. He asked over and over again to do the drum tutorial program until he mastered it. He spent an hour in one spot trying it out while Ryan took a nap.
Despite the seriousness of Ryan's expression, he loved playing the drums. He had a complete meltdown everytime it was Andrew's turn.
We traveled to Spencer, NC yesterday to visit the NC Transportation Museum. The boys had a blast climbing on trains in the round house for an hour or so and then getting to take a 20 minute train ride. I think the highlight for both boys was when the conductor punched their tickets. (I am not sure why that is so thrilling, but they both got so excited about it). If you have not visited before, I highly recommend taking the drive. (That is if you have train obsessed kids like mine). The museum is free. If you have a science museum pass, the train ride is free, too!
This is the train we rode on. (Ryan carried that ticket around all day yesterday and today).
Ryan on the train.
Andrew excited about the trains he can see out the window while he rides on a train.
About 15 minutes away from the train museum is a park we fell in love with this spring. Dan Nicholas Park. The ticketed attractions are only open on Saturdays in the winter, but the playground more than makes it worth the trip if you go on a weekday. Since we were there on a Saturday, we went and ate our picnic there and then rode the train and carousel. Afterwards we played on the playground for a couple of hours before heading home. All of us had so much fun! And the entire day's entertainment cost us $8. (For the train and carousel ride for all four of us at the park).
Our family got the entire mini train to ourselves. It wasn't too crowded.
We did share the carousel with one other family.
Andrew easily climbed up this big rock, but it was a little harder for me. My belly kept getting in the way. Which it seems to do a lot lately. I am huge and still have until April.
Ryan climbed up here all by himself. Then wasn't quite sure what to do.
Andrew decided that if Ryan could do it, then he could do it and climbed all the way to the top.
Andrew found one last train to enjoy before heading home.