Over by the kids' elementary school is a great place for sledding. It was bitterly cold, and Ella and Micah soon regretted having worn only the knit gloves, rather than the recommended snow gloves.
Colin went down a few times before opting to take Matthew to the car to keep warm and play.
Off in the distance are Colin and Matthew, playing in the snow.
Mira was up and down that hill so many times, she was too warm for her jacket.
Another form of winter fun: Candy Land. I can't count the number of times Chad or I have played this with Matthew. He has been known to stack the deck in his favor, lining all the candy cards just so he can draw them. Next step: learning to put the advanced candy cards at the bottom of the stacked deck to avoid drawing the cupcake last of all and having to go back to the beginning of the board.
Ella is our little bookworm. My New Year's resolution for January was to read a chapter book to the girls. We started off great with "Warriors: Into the Wild." After getting several chapters into it, Ella couldn't resist reading ahead. It got to the point that she wasn't interested in me reading to her, because she was well beyond us. Right now her series of choice is "Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief." She loves this series!
I keep a stack of plastic cups in the pantry just for Matthew. They have been used many times for his castle building. Besides building with them himself, he likes it when Colin, Micah, Ella, or Mira will build it up for him and let him barrel through. And then, "Build it again!"
For movie night recently, the kids finally got to do what they've been asking for. We got down the gingerbread houses, and they got to pick off the candies, break the gingerbread apart, and enjoy.
I can't remember why these two ended up in bed together, but it was so cute, I had to capture it.