It seems to be a week of "s's". We started soccer class on Friday morning. I found a program that accepts kids before three. It was a blast. The boys loved it. Colin was a little shy at first and sat by himself but he didnt complain, just sat there. Cormac and Ciaran literally were sqealing with delight yelling "I'm playing soccer ball". (I keep telling them it's just soccer but I guess they are used to saying baseball, football, basketball. So, to them, it will be soccer ball!) There are five kids in the class of which we are three but that's usually the case when we go to a class. As for it actually being soccer??? I mean no one is even three years old yet so it's basically working on some skills. No games or anything. The soccer classes were a gift from my Dad for Christmas. AWESOME!!
Snow and sledding. We got some snow over the weekend. It was supposed to be more of a storm but wound up being only about 3 1/2 inches followed by some ice. It might has well been 3 feet for my little monkeys. They didn't care either way. We bundled them up this morning and out we went. Armed with shovels, dump trucks and our new sleds courtesy of Aunt Mary Norton. We all had so much fun as you will see in the pictures and videos. We live on a pretty decent sized hill so to get to the neighbors there is a slope. It is the smallest little hill you have ever seen. But at 2 years old it must be just perfect. They were going down in their sleds. I think the ice on top was giving them some extra push. At one point Ciaran and Cormac were going so fast they went under the giant pine tree on the lawn. I had to catch them before the bolted into the street. This was all done with huge smiles and giggles. Frank was even going down the hill with them. I sat out on the sledding. Wasn't too sure if I should be sledding while I am 4 months pregnant! We came inside and had some Hot Chocolate with marshmallows. What a wonderful way to spend the morning. Nothing better than a fun filled family morning.
We start swimming on Tuesday thanks to Meema. That was her Christmas gift to the boys. I had a difficult time finding someplace to take them for lessons. I didn't want to have to join the Y or something just for lessons. Everything was so expensive. By some luck, I found a woman who teaches at a pool in a hotel. She wil take all three of them and the parents do not have to go in the pool. This was the other issue I was having. Most places require a parent per child for swimming until they are older. Luckily, this is not the case with our new instructor. They will be the only students. I wanted to make sure she understood Coramc would be deaf in the water and he will need to read her lips. Not sure how she would react. SHE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! She actually lost her hearing in one of ears and recently and wears a BAJA hearing aid. She said they will understand each other like no others! She had her surgery at NYU just like us! We couldn't be happier to find someone who understands us.
With all these activities it sure presented lots of language opportunities especially using the letter "s". We talked alot about all our activities and Cormac remembered at soccer to "listen to the coach" as he told me when we got there.