Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Bo!!

I still can't believe it. Bo is 5! Where did my baby go? He's growing up so fast.

Unfortunately Wes had to be in Anchorage all day for work but Grandma & Grandpa came over for dinner and cake. His real party will be on Saturday.

He may be 5 now but somethings never change. He still hates to have the birthday song sung to him. Sam, on the other hand, begged us to sing it to him and got so excited when we did.
Happy birthday sweetheart! I love you.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ice Park

March is such a fun time in Fairbanks. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the Ice Park is open.

Grandma and I took the boys on Sunday and had a great time. We met Becky, Devon and Aaron there so needless to say, the boys had a blast.

I don't think Grandma was prepared for how fast the slides are. She was so cute. It was hilarious. But funny enough, she only went down once. Hmmmm . . .

Sam on one of the kiddie slides

Bo & Sam. Ready. Set. Gooooo!

Snack time

From bottm to top: Bo, Sam, Aaron, Laura

Aaron & Sam

Bo, Aaron, Devon & Sam

Time to go home. Devon, Bo & Sam

Saturday, March 5, 2011

X-Box Taketh Over

I hate video games. Always have. Always will. But Bo is A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D and it is driving me CRAZY!!! Some mornings I swear he asks to play even before his feet hit the floor. Can I play Xbox? Can I play? Can I play now?

I know, I know, I'm the mom, take it away or limit the time, make him earn it, yadda yadda yadda, but I feel for the kid. We are on month 6 of winter and there just hasn't been a whole hell of a lot to do. I don't want to go outside when it's freakin freezing either. Sure, there is bowling, the library, ice skating, Fred Meyer & GlowPutt but none are easy with a 17 month old piece of Stuggle. Yes, stuggle. Half stubborn, half wiggle. Max is definitely a Stuggle.

Hmmmm, maybe one too many Dr Seuss books, you think?

Then came the Stuggle out of the blue
Dragging two boots from behind the louboo
Face with a smile, looking so sweet
But wiggling, thrashing, screaming, "me too me too!"

But I digress . . .

So, the way I see it, Xbox is better than watching TV all day (at least it requires problem solving and thinking) but worse than reading books and imaginative play. Plus, it is a great time occupier (Ok, maybe "time waster" or "babysitter" is more accurate) when I need to help Sam or Max, or clean the kitchen, or do 3 trillion loads of laundry or just don't want to build another fort.

It is also the one thing he thoroughly enjoys and thus the first thing that gets taken away when he is in trouble. He was grounded from it for 4 days a few weeks ago when he threw a ginormous fit when I asked him to turn it off. He screamed at me and slammed the door (3 days) and then kicked a shoe at me (1 more day). I probably should have taken it away longer but 4 days to a 4 year old is for-ever!

And those 4 days were a struggle. It made me realize how lazy video games have made me. Yes, ME. It was tough to be "on" all the time. I didn't realize how reliant I had become on them. They kept Bo busy and me less busy but for those 4 days I had to dig deep into my creative soul and conjure up fun things to do. It was exhausting. BUT we did it and I enjoyed "having" to put chores aside and play.
So for now, despite my love-hate relationship with it, I have come to terms with the fact that my son is a gamer and I'm a gamer enabler. (Wow, that's a mouth full) but have already forewarned him that once the white turns to green and the mittens aren't needed, the Xbox is NO MORE!!

Come on Summer!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011