Also in the first week of the new year I:
1. had the toenail on my left big toe removed because it was dead and gross (from in-grown toenail surgery 2 years ago and from being a runner) and
2: confirmed that I have hearing loss in my right ear- mostly in the higher frequencies. The loss isn't bad enough to warrant a hearing aid (yet) but I might need a better phone at work and to learn how to read lips a little in situations with lots of background noise (which I already do.) This makes me feel old. Pout.
We have, thankfully, been able to carve some time out for fun stuff. We got the kiddo a pair of snowshoes for $18 on sale and we took him out for his first real trek last weekend. He did so great! We were out there for an hour and a half and there was no complaining, crying, being too tired...nothing! I think he road in the sled up a couple of steep hills and that was it. A good time was had by all. Evidence:
It wasn't super cold- especially with our new wool socks we all got for Xmas. Still, once we got back home, hot chocolate and popcorn were deemed necessary :)
As an aside: I LOVE living so close to National Forest areas. This system of ski and snowshoe trails is 12 minutes from our house. 12 MINUTES! And we have more National Forest recreation areas 30 minutes the other direction. And there's no traffic, no crowded parking lots at the trail heads. Heaven!
As far as other fun activities, (and this one's for you Dandelion Trail) we've had fun lately making homemade toys out of cardboard, paper sacks, toilet paper rolls etc. A ship for Buzz Lightyear, for example: (and yes, someone is really into Toy Story and grandparents are obliging by purchasing every related piece of apparel they can find. But hey- free clothes are free clothes!)
|Notice the dog emitting lasers from her eyes. I'm pretty sure Otto was making her play the role of the evil emperor Zurg the other day.|
Never a dull moment but I wouldn't have it any other way. Bring it on, 2011!