Her mom and I had been trying to get together for the past few weeks but we were all sick and then she and her family were sick, so finally after a long time apart, we got together again. The kids had such a blast (and Jamie I did okay too) that we decided Alex should come over again soon while her mom got some work done. Today was the day!
|Alex's very first day at our house. She was three months old, |
the boys were 20 months old. I think it was love at first sight.
Back then they called her "Baby Akiss"
Aside for a stubborn standoff or two, they all got along perfectly. I'm sure we'll do it again soon. She cried and cried when she had to leave and she called Cal and Clark "her boys," which made me want to cry a little. I'm so glad that she remembers us...seems like at her age it would be easy to forget.
I wanted to do something special for her visit. I had candy canes sitting around from Christmas, and had noticed online that a friend of mine had made some cookies with crushed candy canes. I know how much my boys like to crush/break/damage/smash/demolish/destroy/obliterate things so thought I'd try that. They all three smashed up the candy canes with rolling pins and we used them like sprinkles on our sugar cookies.
|Three little chipmunks helping with cookie dough|
|Crushing candy canes!|
|Sprinkling with candy cane sprinkles|
|Maybe they ate a few chunks too...|
|They were surprisingly picky about getting |
all the chunks in place.
Of course, once the boys realized that having Alex over meant there were three kids here, they immediately assigned flight suits and set up their Apollo 13 mission. They are always Jack and Jim from Apollo 13, and spend a fair amount of time talking about how one day Peapod can be Fred, to complete the Apollo 13 team. Well, today Alexandra got to be Fred. I'm happy to report that despite the explosion in the oxygen tank, the Apollo 13 astronauts survived and returned home to
my Mission Control Center's wild applause.
|Apollo 13 astronauts: Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise are ready to take off!|
|Houston, we have a problem.|
|Okay, Houston, we figured it out. |
It was the blue and purple buttons.
|Made it back safely! Thanks, |
|Alex explains to the boys The Way to jump.|
And if you think that day didn't wear me out, you're wrong. I'm not sure how I did it for so long.