Blizzard of 2013

The Blizzard of 2013 dumped two feet of snow on us!  We hibernated most of the weekend, but also took advantage of the snow to play outside.  Pete loves shovels, and seeing them makes him very happy.  So we bought him his very own, Pete-sized shovel just for the storm.  He could not have been cuter with it. He was so excited to “help Dada shovel” and did a great job Friday night before the worst of the storm hit.  shovel collageHe loved being outside in the snow and had so much fun playing with us and chasing Bailey:


snowflake catching

Pete loved watching for the “noisy snowclouds” (snowplows).  He was fascinated by them.  He also tried sledding for the first time.  All day, he talked about “sledding today!”  So we bundled him all up and headed over to a hill near our house.  I think the idea of sledding was more fun than actually doing it.  But he tried it and looked really adorable doing it!

sledding collageIt was a pretty great way to spend the weekend and we hope everyone had as much fun as we did!

I’ve been playing catch up with posts, so you can read about Pete’s first day of school here.  And you can (finally) read about Christmas here.


First Day of School

Pete had a major change to his routine this week.  I started a new job as a school nurse, which meant that Pete started school too!  He is still lucky enough to be watched by his grandparents two days a week, but will now go to school three days a week.  We looked at several schools in our area, but all loved one the best. We’ve had several play dates there and talked a lot about this new chapter in our lives, so his first day wasn’t a total surprise to him. He’s so easygoing and really enjoyed being with the other kids.  On his last play date before he started, he didn’t want to leave and kept asking to “play kids?” … so that helped make us both feel better, as we agonized over the decision on whether to give up my 24 hour/week job in the hospital to start working five days a week.  We ultimately decided that working shorter days and having weekends, holidays and summers off would be better for our whole family.

first day of school breakfast


walking in


inspecting lunch

It was incredibly difficult to leave him that first day.  He was so excited to be there playing until he realized that Pat and I would be leaving.  Then the tears started.  The teachers promised us he would be okay, and I stood in the hallway until he stopped crying (crying myself, of course).  The school has webcams in every classroom, so we were able to check in on him all day.  His teachers also called with updates to let us know how he was doing.  He was a little tearful at times, but overall had a great first day and I know he’s going to love it.  We lucked out this week too because I had my first snow day today and got to stay home and snuggle with my buddy all day instead!