Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This Mtn is Pure Snow

The snow has arrived and we are making the most of it.  On Saturday afternoon,  Cullen and Dad ventured out to Mt La Crosse for a ski lesson...Cullen, not Dad.  Although, Dad could probably use a lesson, as he is pretty rusty.  It was a productive night that ended with Cullen making his first trip up the chair lift.  The smile that was on his face can't be described.  It was just great.  We made two runs and then Cullen informed me that he had to go potty.  This seemed like an appropriate time to call it a night.  Unfortunately, there are is no pictorial evidence of our night.  Dad doesn't have a camera attached to his hip like Mom. 

On Sunday, the family headed over to Mt Binsfeld for some sledding.  It is a small hill in our neighbors backyard.  It is the perfect size for a 3yr old and a 18mth old.  Thats right, little Simone got in on the action also.  Lisa and I took turns riding down with our little girl, although Lisa did the brunt  of the sledding, while I monitored (aka drank beer) with the proprietor of Mt Binsfeld.  The rides I took with Simone were priceless.  As soon as we would get moving, this little voice would go "whheee".  That would continue until the sled stopped at which point Simone would turn and say "again, again" and back to the top we went.  It was just classic.

The snow looks as if it is now here for the rest of winter and so we are looking forward to many more of these adventures.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Best Buds.

Cullen and Simone.  Simone and Cullen.  At this stage, these two are the best of friends.  Cullen affectionately refers to his sister as "Simonie" and she calls him "Broba" (translation:  brother) or "Ca-yen" (translation:  Cullen).  If you watch them interact, Cullen will run through the house and Simone will be about 10 steps behind.  They sometimes argue over toys, but for the most part, both kids are good with taking turns.  We continue to wonder how long this sweet stage will last.  The best advice:  enjoy it while it lasts!

Hide and Seek.

In the spirit of the Golden Globes, we wanted to post our movie of the year.  The plot, hide and seek.  A nightly game that Cullen wants to play.  However, the twist in this movie, is that Cullen always hides in the same place and when you are about to find him, he jumps up and yells surprise.  His co-star in this movie, the lovely Simone Swanson, is one to keep your eyes on.  She's got some real talent and and ever expanding vocabulary.  So grab some popcorn and without further adeu:  Hide and Seek