Making the most of 30°F

It was significantly warmer than it has been this past Sunday.  We took advantage of the warm weather to try out the awesome sledding hill near our house.

The hill is actually super huge.  It starts out as a very tall hill (like 100 yards up maybe?), then flattens out over a road, which is closed in the winter, then finishes with a much smaller hill (maybe 25 yards).  We spent most of our time on the smaller hill at the bottom.

Ender LOVED sledding.  He just laughed and giggled the entire time.  At one point, he got sick of walking back up the hill after sledding down and started crying.  I mean, I totally understand.  Walking back up the hill after sledding down is a real bummer.

Ender's first sled, then walking back up
Ender’s first sled, then walking back up

Atlas sat in our awesome wooden baby sled, which was a gift for Ender’s first Christmas from my parents.  It’s got a back and a cushion, so it’s great for pulling kids around in.  I did try taking Atlas down the hill once, but he seemed scared and cried as we were going down.  So maybe he’s a bit too young to enjoy sledding!

Baby Baby

The only mishap of the day happened when a Ender’s sled collided with another kid’s sled.  Yeah, he cried.  But he got over it and still wanted to sled after that.  Oh, and when we were pulling the kids to the hill from our house, the sled tipped over TWICE, sending Atlas face-first into the snow.  He didn’t seem upset, though, just confused!

We came home afterwards and enjoyed some warm chamomile tea to warm up!

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A Trip Around the Sun

A week after Atlas was born, we took him to the pumpkin patch.  Atlas was supposed to be an October baby but ended up making his debut in September instead.

Regardless, he is my pumpkin baby and I’m hoping to take a pumpkin patch picture with him every year he’ll let me.

Fall 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2014

One of the most fascinating things about the past year has been watching these two grow as brothers.  They’ve gone from simply co-existing to truly enjoying each other’s company and finding joy in being together.

Fall 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2014

However, there are some things that may never change.  Including the Ender’s out-there expressions.  Crazy kid.

Fall 2013
Fall 2013
Fall 2014
Fall 2014

The boys have grown so much in the last year.  Atlas has changed from a little squish into a beaming, bright little boy.  The changes in Ender are subtle, but his face has grown leaner; his postures are more big kid than baby.

Another year gone.  Another trip around the sun.  And I couldn’t be more proud of how they’ve grown.