Note: I am writing much of this at the end of June. While I do leave some notes/drafts/breadcrumbs along the way, the details are pretty much lost. My server has been on the fritz (certainly my fault), and I have been busy and just plain lazy.
More bitter cold. More snow. In fact, in three Winters of living here, I had never had to shovel the driveway until this month. This month I did it twice (once with help). The first time was a lot of snow. I had my father in law helping, and we did too wide of a path for about half of the driveway. We did two car widths because we had two cars in the garage. It was a lesson. The next time, when I had to do it by myself, I just shoveled one car width for the length of the driveway, and widened it a little by the garage.
Stephen has turned into an eating machine again. He wants to eat all day. We’ve been sticking with one dessert a day, and we still have some of Stephen’s Halloween candy, not to mention Christmas and Valentine’s candy of course.
The children’s Nana and PopPop came for a visit. We mostly just hung around by the fire. We had a big snow storm while they were here. I definitely will always have the memory of watching USA/Russia Olympic Ice Hockey that Saturday morning, when T. J. Oshie became a household name and an American hero. What a great memory. Those weird shootout rules suddenly became the most exciting thing I have seen in a long time.
We got a fish tank going after we realized that our well water kills fish. That honestly took me too long to figure out. A bottled gallon is enough to change the water in the bowl, though. Stephen wanted a green Betta. Green is pretty hard to find. We looked through the whole pet store and finally found a green one in the “baby” section. It was so tiny we could hardly see it, but it was two bucks and green. It’s named Barry. Barry the Betta. He’s thriving… we think.
The boys had Valentine’s day at preschool which was a first for us. To be honest we forgot Henry’s entirely. Oops. Fortunately there are only three kids in his class and it’s a two year old preschool class. Stephen’s we actually remembered, and I think he had fun. Brought home a lot of cards and candy.
Henry is showing a lot of improvement in the areas of eye contact and seeking personal interaction. He walks up to everyone who visits the house. Wants a hug. Wants to “say” hi.
At the very end of the month we bought some new couches. They haven’t been delivered, but I hope it works out. The two couches put together were cheaper than our old sectional, and it should give us more room in the center of the living room. Hope we don’t regret it.
Correction: After looking at some pictures, it appears we bought the couches on Valentine’s Day weekend, and they were delivered in about 7 or 8 days. We even went back and bought the end tables before the end of Februrary. The couches are not as nice as our old one, but the setup is better. The couches are just barely deep enough to sleep on, but they don’t seem as hot as the old microfiber one.
Charlotte is doing well, but I’m still afraid of my wife going back to work. Charlotte eats a lot. Sleeps a lot. Is generally happy. Baby stuff. She seems more responsive than the boys at an earlier age. Interested in faces, that sort of thing. I like having a girl. It makes all the cutesy baby stuff so much easier. Just put in her in some cute clothes and talk baby talk to her all day. Seems more acceptable with a daughter.