Wednesday, February 6, 2013

That moment where we're playing in the snow and we realize we have an appointment at home

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has moments like that? You know? The moment where you've decided to be spontaneous and take the kids somewhere fun...of course you've already promised them a trip to...fill in the blank. Our place of choice on Saturday was the snow. So we're there, happy as can be, about ready to unload the kids with all their snow gear on and that's when it hits me. *!%* We have the babies' speech appointment. Like right now. And we're two hours away from home. Insert foul language (you pray your kids cannot hear you muttering from their carseats). Insert argument with your husband about who was supposed to remember. Insert realization that it's neither person's fault because it was in our calendar appointment on the phone. Oh, you know, the phone you took back to Apple a week ago because it wouldn't hold a charge. Ahhhhh.

So there we were, not yet in the snow, super upset at ourselves - upset at how it made us both look, upset that we had missed such an important appointment for the babies, upset that neither of us had remembered...when the phone rang. It was the speech therapist telling us she was at our door. You know, the door two hours away.

She was very understanding and Mr. Howard apologized a gazillion times, to which we also followed up with an "I'm so sorry!" email. I know it's not the worst thing in the world to happen and I know that everyone has those moments, but eek I hate starting out our morning like that.

So, after a quick "Pull yourself together. We're here in the snow and there's nothing we can do about speech" self talk, we changed our mind frame and had so much fun.

Connor was so excited. The whole way there, it was - "can we go in the snow here?"..."how about here?"..."Is there a parking lot so you can park HERE?" So adorable.

When we first got there, Connor started to cry. You could tell he didn't want to, but the snow scared him. (He has been in the snow before, but he was a baby.) He clung to my hand like crazy.
 He sorta liked the slipping and sliding, but he wouldn't let go of my hand for a while.
 Isabella, on the other hand, was not super thrilled.
She clung to me, petrified that her mean mama was going to make her stand in the snow like a big girl. I have no idea where she got that idea from.  
Connor, once he got the hang of it, was thrilled to pieces to stand in it. 
 Isabella was still so worried I was going to set her near the snow. She kept looking down. Ha.
 Below is one of my favorite pictures. Seriously. Look at my boys. They are so big. How did that happen?
 We did attempt a family photo, but as you can see not a single kid is looking at the camera. They were too freaked out and Connor wanted to throw snowballs.
 Once Aiden warmed up to it, he would let me set him down, but he wouldn't take a single step unless someone held his hand. That being said, if someone held his hand, he was pretty darn brave. I am super impressed with my littlest boy. ESPECIALLY compared to Sister. Geesh. That girl. I may or may not have gotten a claw mark on my face from her "I'm going to die if you get me near that snow" freakout.
 Connor was throwing snowballs and thought it was so funny. Unfortunately, thanks to Daddy who was encouraging him to throw 'em, he threw one directly at Aiden - which knocked Aiden over - which made him touch the snow - which made him freak out. Thanks Mr. Howard.
 We only stayed in the snow for an hour or two, but it was so worth it to see Connor's reaction. He was running around, exploring the holes and crevices, making snowballs, and watching how it melted or smoothed out in certain areas. He was quite the little explorer.

The final snow verdict? Connor gave it 3 thumbs up. Aiden gave it one thumb up as long as he didn't have to sit in it or touch it with his hands. And Isabella gave it three thumbs DOWN - unless you consider clinging to my neck and clawing at me (like a kitten you're trying to bathe) a sign that she was having a great time - because then she definitely gave it three thumbs up!

P.S. I am so upset. I took off that word verification on my post comments. AND THEN A SPAMMER spammed about 20 of my posts. Grrr. Those of you who don't have the word verification, what do you do? Do you have spammers get you?!? I think I'm going to have to put it back on.


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if it makes you feel any better Connor had weekly appointments for speech, PT and OT for about 3 yrs and after 2 yrs there were days I forgot he had therapy until the therapist was there, and I was unshowered, he was in Pj's and the house was a mess, or we ran errands and forgot they were coming! You aren't the first or the last to have done it! =) I dont think I have the verification code set up on mine, I just have the I have to approve the comment before it posts.

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What a fun day!! I love how each kid reacted different to the snow and the photo of Isabella standing in the snow terrified is so darn cute (and kind of made me laugh). We all forget things and it seems to me the memories you created that day were totally worth missing your appointment for. :)

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