At the end of February, Mark turned 3! It's so crazy to think it's been three years already since he was born and changed our lives forever. We bought a big used set of Thomas the Train stuff last fall and have been saving some of the add-ons for birthdays, holidays, and other occasions/bribes as needed. Well one day early in February he was playing in our room and saw something Thomas-looking from the handle hole of the printer box under our bed. Before I realized what he was up to, he had opened the box and found our stash. I let him pick one out and told him it was his birthday present. We even wrapped it so he could open it. As you can see, he was thrilled and had to show Audrey too. There is some train track invention in our living room (most often created by Bryce or me) most of the time. He loves playing with it, but almost always wants one of us to play with him.
To help break up the monotony of Bryce's 12-week surgery rotation, I braved a trip to Colorado alone with the kids. Thankfully the travel itself was fairly uneventful. Susan, Brian, Grace, Kate, Joy, and Ryan were able to come out to meet Audrey so we had everyone except Bryce (common theme these days) there to hang out. One of many fun things we did was have everyone except Audrey go to an Air Force hockey game. I grew up on these hockey games so I was really excited to take Mark to his first one. The hockey part was okay, but the popcorn and Sprite, and of course, the 'tractor' (Zamboni) were awesome. At the start of the second intermission, they have a competition where people throw soft rubber pucks, trying to get closest to a target at the center of the ice. Mark was so upset. He kept saying they needed to clean up and was very relieved when the youth hockey players picked up the pucks so the Zamboni could finally come out.
While we were in Colorado, we decided to have a little family birthday party for him. We made a Thomas cupcake train I found on Pinterest. It was a huge hit with him, as well as Kate (and Grace).
The Wiechmann grandkids: Grace, Audrey, Mark, and Kate.