The boys are also taking weekly skating lessons and are coming along pretty well. Lizzie started the fall with them, but she wasn't all that thrilled with it and so we decided after Christmas to keep her out of lessons for a while longer. Seth has gone from not having a hot clue what a skating rink was in September ("what's that mommy?" pointing to the ice), to zipping his way around the hockey rink looking a little like a marionette puppet on a string who keeps going and going and you think he's going to fall and you're positive he's going to fall but for some reason the strings manage to keep him on his feet and he bobs and weaves his way down the rink. It's funny (and fun) to watch him. Matthew's been in skating before and so he's doing harder stuff like learning cross-overs and how to stop. But both boys are really enjoying it and we're so glad that they're learning a skill that will come in handy in our Canadian winters.
It's also been so great, from my perspective, that the kids are all able to dress themselves in their winter gear. I showed Seth and Lizzie the 'ins and outs' of snowpants and parkas and mitts and boots the very first time, and they've been great doing it by themselves since. It was startling how much of a relief that was for me - I'd been dreading having to get three kids dressed for playing outside or for heading out to the van. Lizzie has been able to 'do up' her own zippers since last summer, and that includes her outerwear, and it's just so helpful. So on the really cold days, when they want to go outside and play, they dress themselves in snowpants, boots, parkas, balaclavas, and mitts...in about four minutes flat!
Quintessential Lizzie, allowing someone else to do the work for her! And note the pile of snow in her hands and on the shovel - that's the snow for her personal consumption!
Not the greatest shot, but I laughed when I saw the driveway being shovelled in a novel manner.