On Monday I took Tucker and Penelope ice skating. Tucker had no school because of Martin Luther King day so we wanted to do something fun. Bob was nice enough to stay home with the two younger kids. The reason we went on Monday is because they had free lessons. They were very informal but they had people around teaching everyone basics and even some tricks. It was really helpful because I've only been a few times before.
They were offering a dollar off for everyone who wore their helmets. At first I was hesitant but I went ahead and wore mine to be a good example. We were some of the only people with helmets on and I was probably the only adult, but I'm still glad we did it. About half way in a adult fell and got seriously injured. I'm talking, he was on the ice and couldn't move. Someone shouted for help and within a few minutes the ambulance came. They said he was moving around and will be ok, but after they took him out there with a big blood pool on the ice. I tried to divert the kids attention but they saw it. It was a little scary. I'm glad that it wasn't worse, and that we wore helmets even though we didn't hit our heads. You just never know what will happen.
Penelope was so cute on the ice. She was scared and had to try very hard not to fall down, but she did it. She went slow and I encouraged her not to hold hands or onto anything as much as possible. Tucker was different. He went much faster but also fell a lot more. Here is a short video I got of Tucker.
The Seahawks are going to the Superbowl! I normally don't follow football but when the whole state is obsessed it is hard to ignore. Tucker's school even has Seahawks Day every Friday where the kids are encouraged to dress up. I'm not anti football, I just think it is a bit boring and a waste of time (not that I don't do plenty of other things that waste time, watching football is just not my preference). Anyway, everyone was raving about Sunday's game so yesterday we decided to dress up and watch it.
It was hard to watch with the kids talking and playing nonstop, but it was kind of fun. It was crazy how behind the Seahawks were and how they were able to get so many points in just 2 minutes! Of course it would have been more exciting if I didn't already know the outcome.
I'm glad the Seahawks won! I love how it feels like everyone is coming together to support one thing. Plus with all the football gear and merchandise the Seahawks doing good has got to be good for the local economy. I have to admit I am excited for the Superbowl.
Bob and I haven't gotten a sitter and been out on a date in a long time. So it was so nice to get out on Friday and do something without the kids. This time we went to the planetarium and then out for dinner. I've never been to a planetarium before so it was a new experience for me.
When we first went in we were the only ones there but another couple did come. We went into this dome type room and they pulled up the sky on the ceiling and did an hour long show/presentation The whole thing was really interesting. The first guy talked a lot about the sun and planets and just the different star formations. The second guy was much more technicaland hard for me to follow at some points. Only because I have no knowledge of the different Mars rovers.
After the show we walked around the small museum. It was actually the old fire station. Then off to a local teriyaki place.
Here are our empty plates. The food was good and both Bob and I came out so full we had stomach aches. It was a great date and I can't wait for our next one.
One thing Bob likes to do with the kids is make cookies. It might seem odd because Bob tries hard not to eat cookies, but he knows the kids love it so they probably do it about once a month. When I saw them making cookies Saturday morning I took a couple pictures.
Above you can see the girls in the coveted countertop spot. Every time I ever make anything in the kitchen the kids pull up chairs and fight over who can sit on the counter top and help. I try to limit it to one child at a time so they always fight about it. Scarlett is usually the first one to realized someone is cooking so more often then not it is her sitting alone on the counter top.
Tucker was very excited about cracking the eggs. I think it might have been his first time doing it.
Here the are eating fresh out of the oven cookies.
I am so thankful for Bob. He is a great dad and I just love it when I see him doing things with the kids.
With Penelope not actually going to preschool this year I've been working hard on trying to teach her at home. We do a lot of Chalk Preschool which is a free online preschool. I love how it does the days of the week and the weather and calendar. Although the other curriculum has gotten a bit repetitive for us, so we usually just do it once a week. Plus Scarlett and Leon like it too.
We also work on these little workbooks, but I'm not sure how effective they are. I also try to do little activities with her, like taking her to yoga with me or having her learn to cook a little bit.
I guess my biggest problem is keeping her busy and knowing what and how to teach her. She will be one of the oldest in her class when she starts kindergarten so she already knows way more then Tucker did when he started. I feel like I'm always trying to balance play, chores and school time. She is ready to start school now, but I kind of like her being home. It is going to be so strange once she starts school.