They are being pretty good about it. Mairead has the toughest time, I think, with being stuck indoors. She needs stimulation and socialization and routine and none of that is happening lately, so we are very anxious for her to get back into some kind of routine. If that ever happens, which seems unlikely since snow is forecast again Saturday and then Tuesday!
We are finding lots of ways to keep busy. Jack, for example, has taken up piano. He loves it! He asks for music and then sits on the stool to 'play.' He is very serious and carefully 'reads' the sheet music before he starts. I'll have to get it on video- it's very cute. Mairead has always liked the piano, too, so maybe she and Jack can play some duets.
He LOVES to scream, "CHEESE" whenever I get the camera.
We gave the kids this art table for Christmas 2009 and it has been one of the best purchases we have made. They love it and use it every day. It's big enough for all three of them to share without an issue, and they happily color and craft there together.
Don't mind the window screen in the background. We have had to pop out several of the screens to get access to the roof in order to remove snow and ice. The kids used to get very excited about seeing people on the roof but now barely even notice. It's been that kind of winter! Although, this morning, Jack looked out the window onto the roof and started asking, "Brian? Brian?" Apparently, he thinks that Brian comes over to fix the roof every time it snows.
Mairead has been using the rocking horses a lot. She puts a bucket on her head to be a helmet. She must remember the helmet from hippotherapy because it was her idea to find one. When Dave got home yesterday (after a two hour drive home!) she grabbed his hand and mine and said, "C'mon, Mom, Dad! Let's something together!" Very cute. She wanted to ride one horse while Daddy rode the other and they had a race.
Klassy. Somewhere, my mom found this hat that doubles as a beverge holder and she gave it to the kids for their dress up collection. Mairead will kill me for this picture when she gets older.
The boys are becoming more interested in learning their numbers and letters. They love coloring, though they love coloring on the walls, furniture, or whatever else they can find. What's funny is that you can always tell who was the culprit. Ben's scribbilings are all straight lines and Jack always draws circles. Neat, huh?
The other day I found some of Ben's handiwork on the wall and spoke harshly to him telling him. "No color on the walls! No Ben!" He looked at me and said, "Paper?" because we always tell him to color only on the paper. He knew I was angry with him because as I knelt down to clean the wall, he ran over and threw his arms around and and said, "Hi, Mama." Hard to stay mad...
Jack has adopted Mairead's habit of saying, "There. Perfect" when something is finished. It seems like he imitates her speech a lot, and then Ben imitates Jack. That's how it usually works in terms of birth order- each child learning from the one before, but it's funny to see it play out in kids so close in age.
In non-kid news, this last picture is from a dinner we had on Sunday. Instead of a gift for Nana, we (six grandchildren) got together and held a dinner for her. She loved it... and not just because of the chicken livers from Athenian Corner. It was really nice to have everyone together and Nana loved telling us her stories. Thanks to Brian and Jen for hosting and thanks to everyone else for making it a very nice night for Nana.