The second week of January, Jackson finally got his braces. I took him to get his teeth cleaned at JC's office first.
I took Emma out to do a birthday photo shoot at our soccer fields. It was a beautiful January day.
The kids were out of school both Monday and Tuesday of MLK weekend. On Monday, Jackson got to go skiing with some friends. It was 8 degrees that day.
On the way, Jackson asked the dad who took them to pull over so he could get a photo of the sunrise.
Since there was also no school on Tuesday, JC and Brendan drove up for the night session to take a snowboarding lesson. They had to take a few breaks to go in and warm up by the fire.
I came home from work on MLK day to Emma making homemade play doh. She loves to make things!
We had a couple of days where it snowed about a half an inch.
The dogs love to stay warm by our fireplace. They cannot get close enough.
We decided to trade our nice sofa for a sectional in the great room. That room is kind of small, and I was very worried about it overpowering the room, but I like it. We needed some more seating for all 5 of us.
We also were supposed to have a ton of snow Emma's birthday weekend from winter storm Jonas. We ended up not getting as much as was predicted because it turned to sleet and freezing rain for the majority of the storm.
It didn't stop the kids from playing in it though.
We didn't get a lot of snow, but I was still able to make a little snow cream.
The storm hit the Friday of Emma's birthday weekend. We were supposed to pick up her birthday cake that day from Costco. JC made it out on Saturday and was able to get the cake for Emma's skating party on Sunday.
I will do a separate post for Emma's birthday party. She had a rollerskating party and had so much fun.
After her party, we went to a neighbor's to watch the Panthers vs. Cardinals playoff game.
Emma got a mini polaroid camera for her birthday, and she took that with her. She got some cute photos.
January also started Jackson's spring season of soccer. Emma did not get to start because of the fields being soaked from the snow. Jack's team did actually play in a tournament the last weekend of January. He played in 2 out of the 3 games they had. Jack started Confirmation at church on the 31st and missed the last game of the tourney.
The last Saturday of January, we went back to Sugar Ski Resort (since Jack only had Friday and Sunday games), and this time we were able to meet up with JC's cousin, Hunter.
Emma and Hunter hit it off beautifully. He was so great to ski with her so that JC could keep checking on the boys.
Emma did take a spill at the top of the mountain after someone cut her off, and she scraped her chin and busted her bottom lip pretty good. Hunter was such a good sport and amazing skier that he carried her on his back and carried her skis in his hands the entire way down the slope.
Emma was quite worn out from the day's events.
She even came in to sit with me for a while and fell asleep in my arms. When she woke up she told her dad she was "fresh as a daisy" and went back out for a couple more runs! :)
At one point Brendan took a break as well so JC and Jackson got to ski and snowboard together for a few runs.
On the way home from Sugar, we stopped and had an early dinner in Boone at Makoto's again (same place as Jackson's birthday). The kids love that place.
The sunset was truly spectacular coming down the mountain. This is not a great iPhone photo, but it was pretty.
And just because, here is a photo of Brendan and Franklin. Our dachshunds are beyond spoiled.
The last day of the month was beautiful - sunny and 67. We actually built a fire and enjoyed some time on the back porch. Nothing better than to end your weekend like that!
And Jackson and Rosey...Jackson had a busy day between soccer, chores and Confirmation. He was out like a light on the sofa.