Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Formans!
I've been struggling with my laptop and finally got a new one, so to celebrate both things, here are some pictures of our goings-on from the last few months:
Tapper girl - Claire put on a small show just before Christmas, showing us what she had learned in ballet, tap, and tumbling. She's no longer taking dance - she seemed a little too frazzled so we're taking a break.
Uncle Bart came to Denver to spend Christmas with us, and the weather was awesome on Christmas Eve, so we went to the park.
Growing girl - Claire at 7 years, 4 months
Big boy in his boots (a huge favorite) - 2 years, 6.5 months
Claire loves playing cards with Uncle Bart, any time and at all hours (this was first thing Christmas morning).
Sean got a strider bike and a basketball hoop from Mommy and Daddy...
...and immediately had to try them out...
...with a bit of help from Claire-bear.
Claire's big present from us was a big-girl bed and nightstand - she had a mattress on the floor for about 9 months and was very patient about it. (Photo progression: before, Christmas day, then later with the "Frozen explosion" from Christmas")
Sean still has a mattress on the floor as he tends to roll off his big-boy bed occasionally, but he's delighted with his new airplane wall decals.
After Christmas we went up to Keystone and Graham and Bart went skiing for a couple of days.
It was bitterly cold and Sean's a hair too young for ski school, so we rode the gondola up and down the mountain...
...had the kids' faces painted, and generally stayed warm and had a good time. Our last day we went tubing, which the kids loved.
Bailey is doing much better - we now give her fluids at home every few days and she's put on a bunch of weight and has more energy. Yay!
I had a work trip to Boston in January (Brr! Pre-snow, though...) and got to visit the Cheers bar - appropriate for St. Patrick's Day.
In February, I went to Post Falls, Idaho, to see my lovely sister Lauri and spend some time with her and my amazing nephews (yes, it was Super Bowl weekend) - it was so great giving them hugs and just being with them! As a side bonus I got to see other family and even celebrate Tristan's birthday with him, which was special.
Also in February, Graham's brilliant cousin A.J. had his doctoral recital for his PhD in conducting at CU Boulder - not only did we get to attend, but we got to spend some fun time with family afterwards.
Claire drew some constellations for her science fair project (no help from Mom) since her class was studying space - she picked Ursa Minor and Ursa Major.
Sean still loves anything with buttons and really wants his own computer to smash (as you may have seen on Facebook, he didn't help with my laptop troubles).
We've had a good deal of snow, but nothing like Boston - Claire bought herself a shovel so helped Daddy with the sidewalk. Sean "helped," too, with a small sand shovel. We're enjoying the onset of spring and watching the lingering snow piles finally melt.
Claire was in a theatre Fun Club last trimester called "Play On!" and they performed their version of "Frozen" for us. It's here for the truly bold - it's hard to hear and total chaos, but she had fun. She plays "Medium Elsa" (there were 3 Elsas and 2 Annas, so expect to be confused).
Sean has taken to climbing into bed and sleeping with Claire (yes, I move him so he doesn't fall off), and he also prefers to sleep in his clothes for the next day rather than jammies - goofy guy.
Sean (a.k.a. Mr. Cool) started at a new preschool this month - we were sad to leave his Montessori, but his new school currently has him in a bilingual Spanish room, and then when he turns 3 he will move into a full immersion room (he should speak Spanish as a native Costa Rican, after all). He loves it so far and didn't have any transition issues, for which we were grateful.
My Mom came to visit this last weekend and we had a lovely time - she and I visited the Molly Brown House and Museum, which is really cool if you love history like we do.
The kids loved having Nana around and all to themselves...
Addendum to my last blog post about my new treadmill desk - after two days using it as it was (4 hours/day), my neck really hurt the next day from looking down. Adding an external monitor solved that problem and it has been fantastic since then. I use it about 3-4 hours every work day...
Ergonomics are a good thing