Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 2014

2014 started off with a big snow storm and arctic blast.  After Christmas break schools were still closed for 3 days because it was so cold!  Samantha couldn't wait to get back to school so we played school at home one day.  Nicholas colored some winter pictures and Samantha practiced her cutting, writing & coloring.  We had fun doing it and it broke up the day.  She was so happy to be back at school with her teachers & friends.  Nicholas was also happy getting back to speech as well.  It was nice getting back into a routine.  Jim has been working a ton of hours and just had his In Service exam.  He finishes this month in the ER and then next month he goes into the PICU.  Next month is going to be rough.  He works almost every day.  I think he only has 2 days off the entire month.  UGH!!
Samantha has been busy with school and is doing really well.  She is starting to read and write.  She continues to love draw and do crafts!  Nicholas is starting to find his voice more and more.  He have 4 words that are consistent.  Mom, no, more, please.  He will say other words if he is prompted to say them.  Hoping it will become more consistent and he will start saying more words on his own.  I have started potty training with him as well.  We are on day 2 and so far no accidents since he has been up.  Hopefully it will continue to go easy and we can be done with diapers soon!
Hoping this year will be better than last year.  We had a lot of things financially not go our way last year.  Hoping this year it will be better and that hopefully by the end of 2014 we will know where Jim is be an EM attending at.  Hoping it's close to family & friends.  We can get settled in a house and the kids will be starting school.  It's going to be a fun, interesting & exciting year!

Conversations with Samantha

these are a few conversation that either I have had with Samantha or I have overheard Samantha have with other people.

Me: Samantha what do you want to be when you grow up?
Samantha: I want to be a doctor like my dad.
Me: what type of doctor?
Samantha: a resident.

Girl at park:  What does your dad do for a job?
Samantha: My dad is a famous doctor
Girl at park:  oh dad is not famous

This was a conversation Samantha had with Jim while taking a bath with Nicholas
Samantha: Daddy was does Nicholas' front butt stick out?
Jim:  That's just how God made boys
Samantha: looks funny.

Samantha:  Mommy do you know where milk comes from?
Me:  No...where Samantha?
Samantha:  Mommy it comes from the cow's butt thing that sticks down.
Me:  Oh really
Samantha:  Yeah.  I wish I could get milk out of my butt
Oh this girl cracks me up!

December 2013

This month went really quick!  Samantha had school, Nicholas continued with speech therapy and Jim is still on nights.  We had Christmas shopping to finish up, wrapping, and packing for Chicago since Jim got a week off for Christmas this year :)  We had a bunch of snow in the beginning of the month.  Nicholas was not very fond of it.  He kept taking his gloves off and his hands were freezing!  He did like making snow angels like Samantha and kicking the ball.  I think it took longer to get him dressed than he played out there.  Oh well!  Maybe if we get some heavier snow they can build a snowman or a fort with daddy!
This year we took the kids on a drive for to the Wayne County Christmas lights!  It was so much fun listening to the kids oooh & ahhh over all the different lights.  At the end we got to see one of Santa's reindeer and we got to see Santa!  The kids are so much fun at this age.  Buddy, our elf, came again this year and brought the kids ornaments from Disney.  Samantha got Cinderella's slipper and Nicholas got Woody & Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.  They both loved them and couldn't wait to put them on the tree!
We were able to travel to Chicago this year and spend Christmas with our families.  It was so much fun seeing the kids open up all their gifts and it was fun seeing the kids excited about Santa.  Nicholas wasn't sure at all about opening the presents but once he got the hang of it he had so much fun!  We got to see most of our extended families during the holidays but I'm sure there were some that we missed.
We headed back to Michigan after Jim's birthday and celebrated Christmas just the 4 of us when we got home too.  Samantha was so excited that Santa came to Michigan too!  Jim had to work New Year's Eve so the kids and I watched movies and were in bed before midnight.  It was pretty uneventful!  Here's to a great 2014!