Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone! It is Friday, right? Things have been feeling just a bit mixed up here due to some deadlines and crazy work schedule for Chris. He’s been working late nearly every evening and also working some Saturdays, so that leaves a lot of time for me and Lewis to keep busy on our own. Thankfully we have been lucky to have beautiful warm weather all week and have spent as much time as possible outside. Even a rainy day yesterday didn’t ruin it since all that meant was that Lewis had the chance to test out his new rain jacket! He is loving the puddles, the mud, and every other part of this emerging spring weather. We’ve gone for some nice walks and also enjoyed exploring outdoors again and seeing how the world is changing around us. Hope you all have had some nice weather to enjoy too!

Let's start things off right with this artistic Lewis-eye perspective of some of the mess on our floor.

Let’s start things off right with this artistic Lewis-eye perspective of some of the mess on our floor.

An enormous stick!!! What more could a boy want in life?

An enormous stick!!! What more could a boy want in life?

Finally warm enough to get back to digging in his favorite dirt corner! He told me he was making a garden and planting seeds to grow some carrots.

Finally warm enough to get back to digging in his favorite dirt corner! He told me he was making a garden and planting seeds to grow some carrots.

These poor bird feeders were abandoned in their tree all winter while their family went to Florida. They are now home and filled up the one they could reach. Lewis helped rescue another that had fallen in the snow, and then crouched down quietly below the tree and eventually told me he loved that tree. :)

These poor bird feeders were abandoned in their tree all winter while their family went to Florida. They are now home and filled up the one they could reach. Lewis helped rescue another that had fallen in the snow, and then crouched down quietly below the tree and eventually told me he loved that tree. :)

Trying out his new rain jacket! Pothole puddles are the best because they are deepest.

Trying out his new rain jacket! Pothole puddles are the best because they are deepest.

Ker-splash! He loves tossing rocks in the deepest puddles and seeing how they disappear beneath the mucky water.

Ker-splash! He loves tossing rocks in the deepest puddles and seeing how they disappear beneath the mucky water.

Don't cry over spilt milk! (This is actually a lovely concoction of yogurt, chia seeds, and water. At different points he told me he was doing an experiment and also that this was a fun project. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and let the messes happen.)

Don’t cry over spilt milk! (This is actually a lovely concoction of yogurt, chia seeds, and water. At different points he told me he was doing an experiment and also that this was a fun project. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and let the messes happen.)

Inside My Body: A Photo Series by Lewis

As you’ve seen in some of my previous Photo Friday posts, Lewis is very interested in photography. He loves to steal my camera and take photos of things around our apartment and also of Mommy and Daddy.

One of his recent favorite areas to experiment is “photography in motion.” He’s been snapping a lot of photos while spinning in a circle or running from one room to another. He’s also been requesting Daddy and I to get photos of him running, jumping, waving things in the air, etc. As you can imagine, none of these are the best photos and most turn out with some level of blurriness.

However, earlier this week he went down a different, and very interesting, track with his photographic experimentation.

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This photo, apparently, shows the inside of my belly and the little hole the baby will come out.

He has been pretty interested in the ultrasounds I have had to look at the baby, and from time to time asks me to lie down while he rubs random objects over my belly, giving me an ultrasound. He’s also rather fascinated with the idea of x-rays taking pictures of the bones inside our bodies.

Another view of inside my belly.

Another view of inside my belly.

One day while playing with the camera he told me he wanted to take a picture inside my body, and I think he mentioned wanted to photograph my bones as well. I replied that that wouldn’t work very well because a regular camera is not an x-ray machine.

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A few minutes later he had picked up an empty yarn cone from the floor, and was very carefully pointing the camera inside of it and snapping away taking photos. He happily commented “That inside Mommy’s body! That little hole baby come out!” And he continued taking photo after photo.

Once he had taken several photos inside the yarn cone he started experimenting with other objects and containers as well.

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He took a few shots inside one of our funnels, which is white plastic around the top and red rubber for the narrow part.

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At some point he commented that some of the photos showed different body parts. Some were in my nostrils, some inside my head, etc. I’m not really sure which is which, and if you asked him today he’d probably have a different response anyway since toddler creativity/imagination is so fluid and always changing.

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The green one is inside a bright green oval shaped plastic container. It is probably the least body-looking of his photos, and he only took two shots inside it out of his total 22 photographs. After trying the green container he went back to the yarn cone he had started out with.

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I really loved seeing his creativity and ingenuity with these photos, and watching as he experimented and learned as he went along. His focus and concentration while taking the photos was really amazing to watch as well!

 

Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I just glanced out the window and noticed some snow coming down, but it’s ok because tomorrow will be warm and melt it all! The weather this week has been alright but not awesome. Fairly cloudy and windy and chilly, but not full on winter frigidity. We’ve still managed to get out most every day, but usually haven’t wanted to stay out in the wind for super long and have needed some nice warming drinks when we come back in. Lewis’ favorites are hot cocoa or warm milk with a little honey, vanilla, and cinnamon added. Mommy prefers chai or other tea, and when I offered some to Lewis he had to explain to me that “tea not a treat, Mommy!”

We had a bit of a rough start to the week since Lewis was hit with a tummy bug over the weekend. Nothing too severe, but he was fairly uncomfortable and unhappy and wanted lots of snuggles and down time. Once we got past that we’ve been enjoying a pretty busy week full of lots of Lewis-led learning and activities.

Shaving cream play day 1. A popsicle stick became some sort of puppet/ghost/monster.

Shaving cream play day 1. A popsicle stick became some sort of puppet/ghost/monster.

He had so much fun with the shaving cream he requested it again the next day. This time he didn't really want any toys for it, he just dug his hands right in and his messy hands became monsters/airplanes/people/creatures and most anything else you can imagine!

He had so much fun with the shaving cream he requested it again the next day. This time he didn’t really want any toys for it, he just dug his hands right in and his messy hands became monsters/airplanes/people/creatures and most anything else you can imagine!

After a snack of peanuts one day he suggested we make our own peanut butter. Headphones were required to block out the noise after we decided that he couldn't push the button with his feet while covering his ears with his hands.

After a snack of peanuts one day he suggested we make our own peanut butter. Headphones were required to block out the noise after we decided that he couldn’t push the button with his feet while covering his ears with his hands.

Our beautiful and yummy jar of mixed nut butter. We were short on peanuts so I just got out all our nuts and Lewis put together a specialty mix including peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and sunflower seeds! We also added a pinch of salt, 1 T honey, and 2 T olive oil.

Our beautiful and yummy jar of mixed nut butter. We were short on peanuts so I just got out all our nuts and Lewis put together a specialty mix including peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and sunflower seeds! We also added a pinch of salt, 1 T honey, and 2 T olive oil.

Making playdoh monsters. Lewis' favorite was this puppet creation he made with a popsicle stick. (Thanks for the idea goes to http://craftsonsea.co.uk/monster-play-dough-invitation-play/ , discovered through Pinterest).

Making playdoh monsters. Lewis’ favorite was this puppet creation he made with a popsicle stick. (Thanks for the idea goes to http://craftsonsea.co.uk/monster-play-dough-invitation-play/ , discovered through Pinterest).

Lewis "feeding" one of Mommy's monster creations.

Lewis “feeding” one of Mommy’s monster creations.

Black and white art exploration with charcoal.

Black and white art exploration with charcoal.

He had fun using different pressure to make lighter and darker marks, and of course smudging the charcoal around the paper!

He had fun using different pressure to make lighter and darker marks, and of course smudging the charcoal around the paper!

He's reached the stage of finding "treasures" while we are out playing and walking. Today's find: a long pink ribbon that fluttered in the wind!

He’s reached the stage of finding “treasures” while we are out playing and walking. Today’s find: a long pink ribbon that fluttered in the wind!

Photo Friday

Happy sunny Friday everyone! We have all finally started to emerge from the cold that was working its way through our household (minus some lingering coughs) and have also had a full week of beautiful play-outside-every-day weather! Lewis is loving puddle jumping, squelching through mud, and finding sticks and other treasures that are emerging from the snow drifts. Mama is loving not having to bundle us in so many layers, longer and more frequent outside play times, and sidewalks that are actually navigable by stroller! (There’s a bit of an ice sheet still left in some places, so at times it is more like ice skating down the sidewalk, but it is a huge huge improvement over lumpy messy frozen inches of snow and ice and slush that a stroller had no chance of rolling over.

The combination of daylight savings time and miserable coldy toddler did throw nap time and bedtime into a bit of a rough patch for about a week, but we are back on track now and Lewis is sleeping just as well as ever. Mama, on the other hand, is fighting with the lovely fun of pregnancy insomnia and lying awake in the night thinking of all sorts of random things plus occasionally being kept awake by the kicks and acrobatics of a growing baby. At least I can still fit in a nap for myself during Lewis’ nap time most days if I need it!

Lounging on the couch snuggling his current favorite stuffed animal.

Lounging on the couch snuggling his current favorite stuffed animal.

Lewis photography: a portrait of Daddy.

Lewis photography: a portrait of Daddy.

Back to rice in the sensory bin. He loves making constructions with funnels and old yarn cones to pour the rice through.

Back to rice in the sensory bin. He loves making constructions with funnels and old yarn cones to pour the rice through.

He requested I take a photo as he poured.

He requested I take a photo as he poured.

Look, there's grass peeking out from the snow!

Look, there’s grass peeking out from the snow!

Puddle splashing and I love toddler outfits.

Puddle splashing and I love toddler outfits.

Another Lewis request, to take his picture as he ran through the room. He looks so big here!

Another Lewis request, to take his picture as he ran through the room. He looks so big here!

Painting the egg wash onto our Irish Soda Bread this morning.

Painting the egg wash onto our Irish Soda Bread this morning.

Photo Friday

It’s Friday again folks, so time for some photos and a quick update! We have a cold making its way through our household, so things have been a bit quiet and lazy here this week. Chris had it first but it was pretty mild and didn’t seem to affect him too much besides a bit of a cough and sore throat. I should have known something was up with Lewis when he didn’t want to go to the library Tuesday, and then complained about being outside to play despite nice weather. Wednesday morning saw him complaining of his throat hurting, and then the snot began to flow (and hasn’t stopped.) It’s rough because I know he’d feel 100 times better if he’d just blow his nose or let me clear it out with the snot sucker, but either suggestion sends him into a fit of yelling and tears which just makes his nose even worse. Instead we are left wiping the dribbles (which are announced with a squawk or a screech) every few minutes, and applying Vaseline in an attempt to cut down on the soreness from so much wiping. Then I started feeling a tingle in my throat last night, which is worse today. So, it has been lots of tea and sitting on the couch snuggling and watching movies for us this week! We’ve missed out on going out to play on some nice “warm” days, but luckily it is warming up even more this weekend and next week by which point we should all be feeling much better.

Belly photos at 26 weeks. Lewis wanted to get in on the action. (He is going to be such a sweet big brother.)

Belly photos at 26 weeks. Lewis wanted to get in on the action. (He is going to be such a sweet big brother.)

Checking out the new tent Mommy bought. Combination play thing for Lewis and sun shelter for new baby in the summer.

Checking out the new tent Mommy bought. Combination play thing for Lewis and sun shelter for new baby in the summer.

Warn out from a rough night and a rather unsuccessful nap in his bed, he fell asleep on Mommy for a couple of hours. <3

Warn out from a rough night and a rather unsuccessful nap in his bed, he fell asleep on Mommy for a couple of hours. <3

Modeling his new hat and eating the rice cakes he stole from Daddy's lunch supply stash. (It's almost summer, right? He'll be needing this hat in no time!)

Modeling his new hat and eating the rice cakes he stole from Daddy’s lunch supply stash. (It’s almost summer, right? He’ll be needing this hat in no time!)

Scraping the last bits of yumminess from the bowl after making brownies.

Scraping the last bits of yumminess from the bowl after making brownies.

Experiments with water and different types of paper.

Experiments with water and different types of paper.

Photo Friday

Hello everyone! We still have lots of cold and snow and wind outside, but I think an end just might be creeping into sight. The temperatures this week have seemed just a teensy bit higher and we’ve managed to get outside to play a couple of times, and next weeks it looks like things will be warming up just a bit more. I’m sure we still have plenty more cold days and snow storms headed our way, but soon enough spring will arrive with melting snow, mud puddles, and eventually even some flowers poking their way up. In the mean time, Lewis is still loving the snow, except when the wind blows too cold in his face.

Starting things off right with a blurry photo. We brought Daddy to the MiSci museum last weekend to see the butterflies and other exhibits, but I forgot my camera and only took two photos on my phone while we were there.

Starting things off right with a blurry photo. We brought Daddy to the MiSci museum last weekend to see the butterflies and other exhibits, but I forgot my camera and only took two photos on my phone while we were there.

Fun in the snow digging tunnels and making a "castle" with Daddy.

Fun in the snow digging tunnels and making a “castle” with Daddy.

After getting introduced to baking soda and vinegar reactions with Daddy a few weeks ago, Lewis keeps asking to do "that bubbly experiment!", so I finally got the things out for him again earlier this week. We started off very carefully adding vinegar with a pipette.

After getting introduced to baking soda and vinegar reactions with Daddy a few weeks ago, Lewis keeps asking to do “that bubbly experiment!”, so I finally got the things out for him again earlier this week. We started off very carefully adding vinegar with a pipette.

Lewis quickly realized that he got much bigger and bubblier reactions by just dumping in the whole glass of vinegar.

Lewis quickly realized that he got much bigger and bubblier reactions by just dumping in the whole glass of vinegar.

Once the ice cube tray was full to overflowing I told him we wouldn't add any more ingredients, so he started transferring everything to the cookie sheet instead. He started by pouring all the vinegar in, then carefully scooped the "sludge" as he called it and dribbled it into the pan as well. Fun!

Once the ice cube tray was full to overflowing I told him we wouldn’t add any more ingredients, so he started transferring everything to the cookie sheet instead. He started by pouring all the vinegar in, then carefully scooped the “sludge” as he called it and dribbled it into the pan as well. Fun!

Our newest, and messiest ever, sensory bin material: shredded paper. My mess catcher sheet proved absolutely useless and there were bits of paper covering every bit of living room carpet and also spread into every other room of the house. We got to do a fun activity called "vacuuming" once he was done playing.

Our newest, and messiest ever, sensory bin material: shredded paper. My mess catcher sheet proved absolutely useless and there were bits of paper covering every bit of living room carpet and also spread into every other room of the house. We got to do a fun activity called “vacuuming” once he was done playing.

Immediately following clean-up of the paper disaster, Lewis told me he needed a squiggly line path on the carpet going all the way to the other room. We usually use washi tape or masking tape for this, but discovered that yarn actually works very well and can more easily reach long distances through the house. He had fun driving his car, running, and chasing Mommy and Daddy on his zig-zag path.

Immediately following clean-up of the paper disaster, Lewis told me he needed a squiggly line path on the carpet going all the way to the other room. We usually use washi tape or masking tape for this, but discovered that yarn actually works very well and can more easily reach long distances through the house. He had fun driving his car, running, and chasing Mommy and Daddy on his zig-zag path.

Lewis' first sewing project! He saw me use my sewing machine yesterday and this morning was pretending to use a toy barn as his own sewing machine, so I got out some plastic canvas and yarn needles and showed him how he could really do some stitching of his own.

Lewis’ first sewing project! He saw me use my sewing machine yesterday and this morning was pretending to use a toy barn as his own sewing machine, so I got out some plastic canvas and yarn needles and showed him how he could really do some stitching of his own.

Photo Friday

And I now return you to your regularly scheduled post of Lewis-cuteness on a Friday!

We had a couple of “warm” days this week when Lewis and I were able to get outside while it was all the way up to 15 or 20 degrees and no wind, instead of the -25 with windchill that we’ve been having! We played out in the snow on Tuesday and walked the the library Wednesday, and were both very happy for the chance to get out of the house. Yesterday and today have returned us to the land of mega winds and sub-zero temperatures however, so we are stuck back inside. Here are a few photos of how we are keeping busy this week!

A bubble bath, and a look of intense concentration as he watched the water pour out the holes of the cup.

A bubble bath, and a look of intense concentration as he watched the water pour out the holes of the cup.

Lewis has recently started actually building things when given different types of blocks and building materials, rather than just waiting for us to make a tower he can knock down. I was washing dishes as he played and when I came over to see what he was up to he proudly told me he had made "Uncle Kenny on his ski mountain." (These are magnetic Tegu blocks. We love them!)

Lewis has recently started actually building things when given different types of blocks and building materials, rather than just waiting for us to make a tower he can knock down. I was washing dishes as he played and when I came over to see what he was up to he proudly told me he had made “Uncle Kenny on his ski mountain.” (These are magnetic Tegu blocks. We love them!)

Bubble blowing! This was a favorite outdoor activity in the summer and we are now loving it as a way to keep busy inside as well. Lewis is getting better and better at actually blowing the bubbles!

Bubble blowing! This was a favorite outdoor activity in the summer and we are now loving it as a way to keep busy inside as well. Lewis is getting better and better at actually blowing the bubbles!

In-air shot as he leaps onto a pile of pillows. Wheee!

In-air shot as he leaps onto a pile of pillows. Wheee!

Another action shot.

Another action shot.

A glimpse at our messy living room as well as the ridiculous number of pillows we own, seen here fashioned into a very long caterpillar.

A glimpse at our messy living room as well as the ridiculous number of pillows we own, seen here fashioned into a very long caterpillar.