But! We made it! I honestly wasn't sure there for a while because at several points I gave myself a marker, "We just have to hold on until..." and have three blizzards in a row hit or something similar. I'm really not exaggerating when I say, "big ball of suck".
Christmas loot gave plenty of distraction, and the biggest hit by far was this awesome track set my Dad sent one of the boys. It's seriously amazing because you can easily shape into any formation you want and since there are no grooves in the tracks, you can drive anything on them, so while the monster trucks that came with the set got plenty of miles in, our extensive train collections finally had tracks to ride.
But, infinite possible configurations of track...and their favorite was a straight line.
Having 3 babies in less than 3 years means life often looks like this. Which is awesome and exhausting and overstimulating and wonderful somehow all at once.
Pig Piles remain a favorite pastime amongst our children--there is actually someone under that blanket calling out, "Pig Pile on ME!"
And I wanted to capture the boys in their coats and hats--we got smiles and reactions every where we went, so I wanted to remember. Note that Paxton's is EXTREMELY bright. I did that on purpose because he's the flight risk.
We also went to Wegman's a few times--this particular store is a problem because they changed the type of car carts they have and I can only seat two children at a time in them, or put two children in the basket of a regular cart to put the baby in the seat up front, which is risky because the main things I buy at this store are produce and fresh bread and...little boys tend to squash things that can be squashed. And Elliot was just still too young to walk with us. But it was still a good outing from time to time, because we'd only buy our treats (though there are a LOT of treats available at Wegman's...seriously, I'm going to miss this store so much) and since we were only buying treats, the actual shopping only takes a few minutes, which leaves plenty of time to stand and watching the model train that goes around tracks hanging from the ceiling. We seriously spend over 75% of every trip to Wegman's watching the train.
Bridget went through a short but adorable tongue-sticking-out phase. Luckily, we caught it. And when I went through the winter pictures, I couldn't help but notice how many more pictures there were of her than her siblings. This fourth baby has no shortage of captured moments of her infancy...
Finger painting is a highly recommended Sensory Play activity. Paxton likes to do it in ketchup and syrup, which as far as I'm concerned is a Win because that's two activities with one mess.
And the box our Amazon Subscriptions come in every month continues to be a favorite toy. While at first it was more of a house-type structure, this winter, it was usually an "egg".
Elliot spent most of his time at home in the Fall going completely naked, which...whatever, as long as he's using the toilet and letting me wipe him, I don't care. But when Winter settled in, finally started wearing underpants, albeit backwards more often than not.
And Bridget found the one cabinet I purposefully do not baby-proof, the one where I keep the tupperware.
Kendra decided to make all her Valentines this year--so for every single one of her 22 classmates, her teacher and the 2 aides, she came up with something like this:
She was even able to sneak in a visit to Daddy's school, which is a special treat she really treasures.