Saturday, Jaxen and I joined Nik in Rochester. Nik had to be there for a 2 hour meeting that morning. I didn’t want him driving alone and had nothing else to do…so we joined in!
That meant, though, that we had to leave at 6:45am. The night before I got all our stuff together (because I have learned that you do not leave town with out blankets, water, food…etc). So at 6:45 Saturday morning, we pulled Jaxen out of his crib and put him in the car seat (he was wearing footie pajamas).
When we arrived in Rochester Nik pulled him out of the car and it hit me….I forgot his shoes. I packed clothes (plus extra clothes) and even another pajama set (just in case we got home late). I packed everything we could ever need. Like, overpacked. But no shoes! Ha ha!
So we dropped Nik off and I changed Jaxen into regular clothes and we went on our way. In the cold and snow (don’t think I mentioned is was snowing...and I forgot his shoes!) I wanted to stop in at this grocery store, Wegmans, that is amazing and so that was our first stop (thinking I would probably drive by some store to buy Jaxen shoes before I got there - which did not happen). So there we were, in Wegmans, grocery shopping, and Jaxen had no shoes. Of course, he insisted on pushing the cart around the store and I decided to just let him. When his feet got cold - he climbed in the cart!
After our (long) shopping experience we headed back to get Nik. Then we stopped for lunch (still no shoes) and then finally…we made it to a store to purchase Jaxen some shoes. He could finally walk around on his own after that!
We made a few more stops before heading home. We made it home safely, around 6:30pm, after driving most of the trip at 45 mph in a snow storm. The life of a Northern New Yorker!
We officially have a “climbing toddler”. I am actually surprised it has taken this long. I never showed him he could climb…so I think he just finally figured it out on his own.
It all started with climbing on our furniture - you know, getting up the couch or chairs from the side instead of the front like he has always done. It progressed to climbing on toys, and now taller furniture. Like the bookcase and table in his room.
One day this week Jaxen got mad at something I said so he took off running to his room. I was right behind him and when I walked in he was standing on his table laughing at me. Just standing there laughing.
My days are now filled with “Jaxen - get down.” “Don’t climb on that!” And multiple falls throughout the day.
I knew this day would come.
Thankfully, he has still not figured out that he can climb out of his crib! Ha ha!
We also have an “eater”. Now, Jaxen has been (for the most part) a good eater. But the past 2 weeks…he is going crazy right now for food. Like non stop eating. The other day I sent Nik this text:
“2 apples, 2 cups of milk, 1 granola bar, 1 apple squeeze,
1 cup of juice and eating a bowl of cereal now - It’s not even 11am yet!”
Seriously. I pretty much refuse to go to the grocery store more than once a week. But I had to break my own rule this week. My boy needed more food.
And here is our Sunday Selfie
He cracks himself up, just like his mama!
Okay. This. One. Right. Here. Kills. Me.
In other news…
Today I told Jaxen (less than 2 minutes apart) “Why do you have to make everything so violent?” “Sometimes I think you are deaf!”
And that is our life right now…climbing…eating…violence…not listening…
One last thing -
Remember how I told you that sitting in front of the vent was Jaxen’s new favorite spot? Well, it definitely is. Here is more proof:
Everyday. Multiple times a day. This is where you find him.
Oh, see that “pink” rug in the pic above? That is supposed to be white. In all my years of doing laundry, I have never (that I can remember) colored something. Until last Thursday. And this seriously bummed me out. Now I have to buy a new rug.
Since most of our families live in a (whole different) world where it is in or near the 70’s this week - I thought I would give you a glimpse into our world.
Friday, February 13 - it was announced that Watertown was the coldest place in the US on this particular day.
Isn’t that crazy?! And guess what we were doing? Running errands. We should have been inside, by the fire! But we had a few things to take care of that took us to the Bank, Insurance Office, YMCA, oh - and Starbucks! Because of the cold and with how long we would be at some of these places, I texted my friend Sarah and asked if Jaxen could come hang out for a couple of hours. He did, and he and her kids had a great time. I was sent the following picture:
I thought these icicles on the back of our house looked awesome on Friday!
This is the view from our upstairs, looking toward the church.
And this is our neighbors yard. Look at the swing set!
Even if we don’t have snow for a few days or weeks - the snow stays around. It does not melt. It’s too cold.
The snow pile how now reached the top of our neighbors porch.
It’s hard to tell in this picture, but the snow and our front porch are now even on all sides.
And this is my neighbors car - that’s what happens when you let it sit through
multiple snow storms. This was taken after he plowed the snow away to even get to it!
So the snow just sits, getting piled higher and higher - waiting for June (when hopefully, the temps raise enough to melt the snow)!
There are piles of snow like these below, all around town.
Crazy, huh? That there is just piles of snow everywhere.
Most of the time the roads are pretty clear but there are times (and still some roads) where you cannot see lines. So you just guess that you are in the correct lane!
I heard all about winter before I moved here - but you really can’t understand until you are in it!
I will leave you with one last picture…
This is our friend James, who probably has at least 4 inches on Nik.
Here he is, showing off his snowbank - made from snowplowing his sidewalk.
I think that is fantastic!
Well, I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into our world here!