weekending jan 12-16

Winter is here, but our very cold days have been so nice lately, it seems the kids will have to wait to make their snowman. 
Some photos from the week:

On the cold days finding warmth means something different for each child. Z likes to settle in the hibernation zone, unless one of the boys zoom by with a car...then she's off. J likes to cuddle up and just watch, OR sit in his high chair for a while longer, sippy cup with milk in hand...perhaps it reminds him of his mom(?)

The boys even in play seem to huddle together, always on some great car or train adventure. 
Me? I keep moving about...shuffling around the room with the kids...watching here and there.
We are enjoying the most beautiful mild weather with longer playtime and discovery of nature (when the babies are not sleeping).On Thursday I told the kids that we could go make a snowman...bad idea, it was not the right type of snow. Whatever the case, it was not hard to distract them from our planned activity...they just played. We wrote their names in the sand...the big kids had say all the letters (amusing). The made tracks in the snow...slipped on ice...blew and threw snow and most importantly, the pointed out squirrels and birds.

...and because we spent a great time outside, we didn't bake...we made pudding instead.

Oh, and last week I had to have a stern talk with the older kids. Recently, they refuse to participate in circle time. I was open to allowing things to flow, because I don't force anyone to the circle, but I figured it's not fair to the babies that we either don't do it, or it is cut short because the big kids start a ruckus.
Starting next week, they will be expected to participate in at least 1 circle time activity...let's see how it goes.


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