Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Six Years With Palmer

Don't mind the FIVE shirt above.  Palmer wanted to wear this on the eve of his sixth birthday because "it's the last day I can wear this shirt!"

Over the last year, Palmer has turned into (and looks like!) such a little boy instead of a young preschooler.  I guess that he is just that given his kindergarten status over the past year.  Palmer is compassionate, conscientious of others, independent, curious, responsible, and inquisitive.  He is the kid who will tell me what's going on at school and all about the comings and goings of his friends.  I often fill Palmer's friends' parents in on some of the personal details because they don't get nearly as much information!

Palmer is very kind to his sister- always making sure she is taken care of and quick to help her with any needs she might have.

Palmer has a great imagination and comes up with clever contraptions and inventions on a daily basis.  He is always quick to show me his newest "Lego creation" and his problem-solving is often very entertaining...
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Overall, Palmer is a very laid-back kid who is interested in everything and easily adaptable to any situation.  He is go-with-the-flow and makes his own fun wherever we go. 
Birthday photo with Mr. Elephant:
(To compare from last year, here is Palmer at the age of five...)

DOCTOR STATS:
Height: 3'9", 58th percentile
Weight: 53 lb, 84th percentile

LIKES:
Palmer enjoys riding his bike and scooter, playing outside, snow skiing, swimming, tennis, rock climbing, and anything else you throw his way.  
The whole family enjoys playing golf and tennis.  Palmer is pretty comfortable in both arenas.
Palmer likes to learn and read about Ninjago, Star Wars, space, Lego, science, and Power Rangers.
He enjoys solving puzzles, playing math games on the iPad, Legos, and has spent hours lately with Rick trying to solve the Rubik's cube.
George the Monkey is still a best buddy along with imaginary friends Johnson and YoYo.  Palmer recently made this birthday poster for George's birthday! :)
Palmer, we love you so much and couldn't imagine this world without you.  Happy birthday!
-Bethany

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sites to See

While in Taos, we ventured down the mountain to the town to explore the Rio Grande Gorge and a natural hot spring down by the river.

The drive to get here was so funny because we rambled along an isolated and unpaved neighborhood road for quite awhile.  Then out of nowhere, the earth dropped below us.

We hiked down the rocky path towards the river.
At the bottom sat several hot natural springs next to the Rio Grande River.  Despite the 36 degree temps, we stripped to out bathing suits and enjoyed the natural hot tub.

Another fun trip attraction was on the 11-hour drive to the mountains.  Along I-40/Route 66 highway in Amarillo, sits the eclectic art exhibit of "Cadillac Ranch".
Palmer couldn't believe his luck when some visitors shared their cans of spray paint so that the Jordans could contribute to the art...
Future vandals...

Needless to say, we got our kicks on Route 66.
 And Rick needs a selfie stick...and selfie lessons.
-Bethany

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Taos 2017

In the interest of raising kids to be good skiers in this ski-loving family, we stuck in a second trip to the slopes during the downhill snow season.
What was once billed as a "dude weekend" with Rick and Palmer, quickly turned into Grace's first time on the mountain when I interjected that the gals were indeed coming along!
Upon arrival, we learned that the lifts were shut down due to high winds.  Palmer and Grace took advantage of the empty mountain and got in some pretty great sled rides.
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Palmer and Rick decided to map out their ski runs on this trip.  
Rick was thrilled that Palmer skied with him on the backside of the mountain.  
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Meanwhile, Grace had a ball in the wintry wonderland.  She loved sledding, playing in the snow, and eating the snow.
Grace begged us to put her on skis, so on the last afternoon we got her fitted for skis and experimented with the bunny hill.
Grace's expression here cracks me up. The winds were very high and she was pretty chilly.
 Parenting at its finest right here...
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I think it's safe to say that Grace will be ready for ski school next year.  Grace was so hilarious when we went into the warming hut after her ski debut.  She literally stayed frozen in this position for about 10 minutes.  I couldn't help but laugh.  Little gal was cold to the bone and worn out.
Happy trails.
-Bethany

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

"Love is making breakfast for your mom, playing with your sister, walking with your dad to school."

-Bethany

Monday, March 6, 2017

Big Girls Go To Dance

Grace is (everyone, please knock on wood) potty trained.  She's gone back and forth between the concept since around October.  It has been a challenging time, to say the least, because Little Miss is pretty strong willed and hard-headed.

After a long Christmas break of many, many tears and struggles, a light clicked when an incentive was presented.
Grace has been asking to go to a dance class for several months.  I always tell her she can go when she is four years old.  All of a sudden, one day I had a thought: "Hey Grace.  Big girls go to dance.  And big girls do their business in the potty.  If you want to go to dance, you have to be a big girl!"

Aha.

Grace worked so hard for about two weeks and mastered the potty and earned herself a dance class.
She LOVED dance and is now begging to go on a regular basis.
There should be an opening in the studio this summer and I think we will enroll the new little ballerina who prefers to go by "Clara" from the Nutcracker.
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-Bethany