Photo Friday

Hello again everyone! Are we ready for a three day weekend? Chris’ work has calmed down a bit and he is back to his regular working hours, but it will still be nice to have him home for an extra day.

Last weekend was a busy one for us with Niskaday (photos presumably to be posted in a separate post if I ever get around to it) and then a visit from friends Sat-Sun. We went mini golfing together Sunday then out for a tasty lunch. Lewis was excited to go golfing but once we got there he discovered that the actual golfing part was rather boring and there were much more interesting things like a water fountain to watch, bugs to hunt for under rocks, a play area, and ice cream!

I am nearly 38 weeks pregnant and definitely feeling the effects. I get quite worn out if I am on my feet for any length of time, so we have been doing lots of at-home activities all week and not straying too far away. There is still plenty of fun to keep us busy though!

This mini golf course is great - so many rocks to hunt for bugs underneath!

This mini golf course is great – so many rocks to hunt for bugs underneath!

He was mesmerized by the fountain.

He was mesmerized by the fountain.

Family photo/belly documentation.

Family photo/belly documentation.

Mmmm. This is where it's at. We'll leave those other people to play boring golf in the sun while we hang out here enjoying this delicious ice cream.

Mmmm. This is where it’s at. We’ll leave those other people to play boring golf in the sun while we hang out here enjoying this delicious ice cream.

Shaving cream, apparently, is the most fun if you spread it all over your entire body. (I offered to him to take his shirt off but he didn't want it on his belly or skin, just his clothes.)

Shaving cream, apparently, is the most fun if you spread it all over your entire body. (I offered to him to take his shirt off but he didn’t want it on his belly or skin, just his clothes.)

Fun with foam stickers he discovered in our art supplies.

Fun with foam stickers he discovered in our art supplies.

He took two of the biggest "foot" stickers and stuck them on the bottoms of his own feet. This was clearly extremely hilarious.

He took two of the biggest “foot” stickers and stuck them on the bottoms of his own feet. This was clearly extremely hilarious.

I don't remember what he said it was, but he was very proud to have built this so tall! I love his technique or upside-down block building. (And what's with so many of my photos being weirdly off center?)

I don’t remember what he said it was, but he was very proud to have built this so tall! I love his technique or upside-down block building. (And what’s with so many of my photos being weirdly off center?)

He loooves playing video games of any sort. He couldn't wait for the tablet to charge to play, he needed to use it right away once he decided it was game time! Here he is totally engrossed with either Endless Alphabet or Endless Reader. He loves both and has learned a ton about letters and letter sounds from them.

He loooves playing video games of any sort. He couldn’t wait for the tablet to charge to play, he needed to use it right away once he decided it was game time! Here he is totally engrossed with either Endless Alphabet or Endless Reader. He loves both and has learned a ton about letters and letter sounds from them.

Photo Friday

Happy springy Friday everyone! We’ve had a couple days of slightly cooler weather, but no rain yet except a bit in the nights so we’ve still been getting out to play very frequently! Lewis and our neighbor J have been having a lot of fun playing with chalk, squirty bottles of water, and squirt guns (squirting both the chalk and each other.) A few days ago Lewis and I also mixed up a batch of fizzy squirty sidewalk chalk paint. We took it outside to share with J and the two boys had an absolute blast. They first had a lot of fun squirting designs all over the sidewalk (and L all over himself. Thankfully after a quick scrub and a soak there were no stains in his shirt.) They were even more excited when I brought out the bottles of vinegar after the paint had all been squirted! This is definitely an activity we will be repeating in the future.

This weekend will also be a fun and busy one for us. Tomorrow is our little town celebration of Niskaday, which we have had a lot of fun with the past two years. We’ll go to the parade in the morning, and then head out soon after for the fair. Our main goals will be to get some tasty lunch and see the petting zoo. We’ll also explore whether Lewis is interested in trying any of the rides this year, and perhaps have fun watching the clown on stilts since that was one of Lewis’ favorite things last year. I’ll also try to get a peek around the craft booth, possibly while Chris and Lewis are off playing and exploring. Once we are done with Niskaday we are also looking forward to an overnight visit from a couple of friends. Lewis is very excited at the prospect of seeing Daddy and Aaron playing some video games (he’s hoping for Skylanders and Mario) and also is planning to show off some of his toys. :)

And here are your photos for the week!

Strawberries, bananas, Vanilla Wafers, and melted chocolate for dipping. This was originally planned as a Mother's Day treat but we were too busy eating other yummy things so Lewis and I enjoyed it together the next day.

Strawberries, bananas, Vanilla Wafers, and melted chocolate for dipping. This was originally planned as a Mother’s Day treat but we were too busy eating other yummy things so Lewis and I enjoyed it together the next day.

Gotta get some cute sleeping photos now and then.

Gotta get some cute sleeping photos now and then.

Buckets of water: one of life's simple pleasures.

Buckets of water: one of life’s simple pleasures.

Squirting some vinegar on all the paint splats.

Squirting some vinegar on all the paint splats.

He was pretending to be some kind of truck while pushing the laundry basket around, and insisted I should get a picture of him in action!

He was pretending to be some kind of truck while pushing the laundry basket around, and insisted I should get a picture of him in action!

He took this long fold-out book, wrapped it around himself and said it was his home. He was especially pleased with his little window to peek out.

He took this long fold-out book, wrapped it around himself and said it was his home. He was especially pleased with his little window to peek out.

This is a small kitten hiding in a grassy meadow. This kitten often appears while I am washing dishes or otherwise busy in the kitchen.

This is a small kitten hiding in a grassy meadow. This kitten often appears while I am washing dishes or otherwise busy in the kitchen.

Happy Family Day!

Today is Mother’s Day. It also happens to be Chris’ birthday. I’m not overly sentimental about Mother’s Day, and tend to focus more on wanting Chris to have a nice birthday. He isn’t too excited about his birthday, and thinks Mother’s Day is the more important thing to celebrate. It evens out to turn our day into more of a nice “family day.” We do a lot of our normal weekend things, eat a few treats or special foods, and do something nice to enjoy each other’s company as a family.

Lewis has been very excited all week to give Daddy his birthday presents and kept asking if it was Sunday yet, so we gave Chris one early present last night and the rest first thing this morning. A little while later Chris asked me how it feels to shop for a giant kid. I hadn’t even noticed the trend, but all the presents we got him fall into the category of either “toys” or “books geared towards kids.” :) In my world there’s nothing wrong with grownups enjoying toys and games or books of any sort, so it didn’t occur to me that I was buying “kid” things, just things that he would like! Lewis was fascinated by one of the books Daddy got, and demanded he read it to him right away.

Love seeing my two cuties enjoying a book together!

Love seeing my two cuties enjoying a book together!

We haven’t really started getting into chapter books with Lewis yet, but he listened happily through the first chapter and seemed to enjoy it. They tried reading chapter two later on, which was a bit longer, and Lewis started getting very wiggly and distracted about half way through. I guess we’ll keep sticking to the picture books for now and maybe try some easier “chapter” books before diving into this one with him!

We enjoyed a tasty breakfast of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream and then headed off for a hike at Lisha Kill Nature Preserve. 

Lewis was very curious about the sign at the entrance.

Lewis was very curious about the sign at the entrance.

Even though Chris and I first connected through hiking and used to enjoy a lot of hikes together, we haven’t done very many since Lewis joined our family. We’ve done a few here and there, but overall this was a new-ish experience for him and one he was very excited about!

One of his favorite things right from the start of the hike was all the sticks he could pick up.

His first favorite stick was this nice tall one which he told me was a staff which helped him walk on tricky places. He quickly abandoned it though when he found a more interesting one.

His first favorite stick was this nice tall one which he told me was a staff which helped him walk on tricky places. He quickly abandoned it though when he found a more interesting one.

He started saying he was hungry as we left the house, and continued saying it as we got started on our hike. I had granola bars in the car but not along in the woods with us, so when we found a bench just a little way into the hike Lewis and I sat down and sent Daddy back to the car to get a snack for us. It seemed like a good opportunity to get a selfie with my little guy while we waited.

He's got his favorite bent stick which he carried for most of the hike.

He’s got his favorite bent stick which he carried for most of the hike.

When Daddy came back we tried to get a selfie with him in it too. It was a little tricky fitting us all in the frame!

When Daddy came back we tried to get a selfie with him in it too. It was a little tricky fitting us all in the frame! (And somehow was even worse when I turned the camera the other way.)

Chris and I have hiked this trail a few times before so we knew there was a nice little stream we would find, but it was very exciting and new for Lewis! We found a frog, tiny fishes, lots of rocks to toss in, and a little bridge to cross. There were also other families with kids playing and tossing rocks both on the way in and out of the woods. I enjoyed seeing so many other families out also enjoying nature today, rather than getting into the busyness and commercialization of Mother’s Day.

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Overall we didn’t really go very “far” on the hike, just a ways into the woods and then turned around and came back out, not all the way around the loop. But we had a lovely time and were in the woods for a little longer than an hour, maybe an hour and a half. Lewis did all his own walking even with many steep up and down hills. He had a few slight slips and needed to hold someone’s hand to keep steady on some parts, but he wasn’t deterred by any of it.

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I loved seeing Lewis enjoying the hike so much and definitely look forward to taking him on more hikes in the future. He seemed to really love all the sticks, bugs, logs, water, and everything else. As we were leaving he said he wanted to live in the forest! :)

We had a very nice day as a family, and I hope everyone else has enjoyed a nice day today regardless of whether or not you are a mother, or it is your birthday, or whatever else is going on in your life!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday! Life is continuing on pretty much as usual here. Lewis and I are spending as much time as possible out in the warm and sunny weather. We are also missing Daddy as he continues to work long hours for the next few weeks. Lewis tries to make up for lost time by delaying his bedtime in every way possible and continually calling Daddy back in to the bedroom to help with completely imaginary and un-needed tasks.

Our main activities this week have included picking hundreds of dandelions, eating (homemade) popsicles, and using a squeezy bottle of water to squirt chalk drawings (and ants) on the sidewalk.

We went to the mall last weekend and of course Lewis had to try one of the little rides there. We don't go often and to him the mall was like a whole new experience. He was especially excited to ride the elevator and escalators! He also enjoyed that one of the shoe stores had balls he could play with, though he wasn't a fan of trying on new shoes.

We went to the mall last weekend and of course Lewis had to try one of the little rides there. We don’t go often and to him the mall was like a whole new experience. He was especially excited to ride the elevator and escalators! He also enjoyed that one of the shoe stores had balls he could play with, though he wasn’t a fan of trying on new shoes.

We found a lovely big patch of dandelions near the post office (which happens to be right next door to our apartments.)

We found a lovely big patch of dandelions near the post office (which happens to be right next door to our apartments.)

A happy and proud boy with his giant bouquet of dandelions!

A happy and proud boy with his giant bouquet of dandelions!

Lewis-eye view of Mommy holding dandelions.

Lewis-eye view of Mommy holding dandelions.

Once we get home the bouquets get thrown all over the living room then forgotten and left to wilt. (Yes, the house is very messy. This belly makes it difficult to bend down to clean things up, so I mostly just don't.)

Once we get home the bouquets get thrown all over the living room then forgotten and left to wilt. (Yes, the house is very messy. This belly makes it difficult to bend down to clean things up, so I mostly just don’t.)

Lewis taking very seriously the job of building his sister's new bed.

Lewis taking very seriously the job of building his sister’s new bed.

A Lewis-photo of Daddy checking the manual for the next step.

A Lewis-photo of Daddy checking the manual for the next step.

 

Photo Friday

Hello all! This week has gone by quickly (although the first few days felt slow) and very few pictures have been taken. Consequently most of these photos are all from one day, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing anyway. :)

Lewis and I both had a stomach bug at the start of the week. It hit me much harder than it did him which is good because I think taking care of a sick toddler may actually be worse than being sick yourself.

We’ve been enjoying more nice weather and once again spending as much time outdoors as possible. Lewis gets coated head to toe in mud at some point nearly every day, and he has also been enjoying the chance to play with his friend J in the evenings after he is home from school and Lewis’ nap time is done.

Run run run!

Run run run!

Self-chosen outfit. It was a blue and orange kind of day apparently!

Self-chosen outfit. It was a blue and orange kind of day apparently!

Finding rocks and bugs and other interesting things.

Finding rocks and bugs and other interesting things.

He was very excited to find sticks shaped like a "f" and a "downercase h." He loves finding sticks and other things that looks like letters, then carries them around making the phonics sound of that letter and sometimes coming up words that start with it. :)

He was very excited to find sticks shaped like a “f” and a “downercase h.” He loves finding sticks and other things that looks like letters, then carries them around making the phonics sound of that letter and sometimes coming up words that start with it. :)

I heard him yelling to me from the other room "Mama, come get ready to box an ox! Get ready!" Came into the room to find this. Yarn cones obviously = boxing gloves.

I heard him yelling to me from the other room “Mama, come get ready to box an ox! Get ready!” Came into the room to find this. Yarn cones obviously = boxing gloves.

The charm of finding dandelions has not yet worn off.

The charm of finding dandelions has not yet worn off.

Photo Friday

Happy Friday again everyone! Our lovely spring weather has taken a bit of a turn this week with rain off and on for a few days and chilly temperatures yesterday and today. We’ve even had a few snow flurries! We’ve still managed to get outside a bit each day but it is less enticing with this weather. Lewis’ focus when playing outside has shifted from digging in the mud to looking under rocks and clumps of dirt/grass that the plows dug up in a hunt for worms. We also conducted a worm rescue mission one day when we went out to puddle splash and Lewis noticed all the worms in puddles and on the pavement. He was very focused on collecting any worm that was still wiggling and bringing it safely back to the grass/dirt. Today while we were out he was telling the robins not to eat any worms because the worms are his friends.

Since we’ve been a bit more cooped up inside this week we’ve been keeping busy with some art and sensory play. We’ve played with rice in the sensory bin, blew bubbles, painted, colored, and tried out a new playdoh recipe. It looks like the weather will be warming up a bit again this weekend, so we are looking forward to the chance to get back outside and burn off a little more of the endless toddler energy! (Bonus: I can send Lewis outside with daddy while I find somewhere comfortable to sit and put my feet up. I’m in week 33 of this pregnancy and starting to feel rather whale-like.)

We played at the elementary school playground last weekend and Lewis discovered a new love of the giant twisty slide!

We played at the elementary school playground last weekend and Lewis discovered a new love of the giant twisty slide!

He's also getting really good at climbing, but starts to get a bit nervous once he feels like he's high up and hasn't fully mastered the confidence of climbing back down again.

He’s also getting really good at climbing, but starts to get a bit nervous once he feels like he’s high up and hasn’t fully mastered the confidence of climbing back down again.

We blew up a few balloons and Lewis had a blast running and chasing with them and seeing Daddy try to juggle them.

We blew up a few balloons and Lewis had a blast running and chasing with them and seeing Daddy try to juggle them.

Tired out after so much playing! Time for a brief quiet break on the couch.

Tired out after so much playing! Time for a brief quiet break on the couch.

Did I mention we have a "big boy" now?! Last weekend we moved his bed out of our bedroom and into a room of his own. He has been doing absolutely fantastic sleeping in his own room all week!

Did I mention we have a “big boy” now?! Last weekend we moved his bed out of our bedroom and into a room of his own. He has been doing absolutely fantastic sleeping in his own room all week!

"There's blood all over my hand. I'm a zombie!"

“There’s blood all over my hand. I’m a zombie!”

Dry cornstarch has a really interesting texture. He liked that it made a squeaking sort of sound when he squeezed it in his hand.

Dry cornstarch has a really interesting texture. He liked that it made a squeaking sort of sound when he squeezed it in his hand.

Dinos and playdoh: entertainment for hours!

Dinos and playdoh: entertainment for hours!

Blowing a big mound of frothy bubbles in a little dish of bubble solution.

Blowing a big mound of frothy bubbles in a little dish of bubble solution.

 

Photo Friday

“Spring, Spring, Spring!” sang the frog.

“Spring!” said the groundhog.

“Spring, Spring, Spring!” sang the robin.

It was Spring.

The leaves burst out.

The flowers burst out.

And robins burst out of their eggs.

It was Spring.

– From “Home For A Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown

We are still very happy about the arrival of spring, and the weather just keeps getting springier and springier! Crocuses and daffodils are blooming, the grass is starting to turn green, people can be seen out walking at every time of the day, the sun is shining and the birds are singing! Lewis is absolutely loving everything about being outside from dirt and mud and sticks to finally having other kids around to play with. We have been spending as much time as possible outside. As usual my housework has suffered as a result, but I always seem to find some reason not to keep up with all that pesky cooking and cleaning. ;)

Cooking waffles with my little helper.

Cooking waffles with my little helper.

First trip to the park for the year! Little Boy Blue sitting on a train car to eat his snack.

First trip to the park for the year! Little Boy Blue sitting on a train car to eat his snack.

He's gotten much braver since last year! Riding solo on the see-saw thinging.

He’s gotten much braver since last year! Riding solo on the see-saw thinging.

Up in the spider's web. He can climb part way up himself now, but wishes he could climb to the top!

Up in the spider’s web. He can climb part way up himself now, but wishes he could climb to the top!

Seed planting with Daddy.

Seed planting with Daddy.

Snuggled up for some evening game time on Daddy's 3ds.

Snuggled up for some evening game time on Daddy’s 3ds.

Out in his mud lab. He loves mixing up concoctions of "ooze pie" and "coffee water" for Mommy to sample.

Out in his mud lab. He loves mixing up concoctions of “ooze pie” and “coffee water” for Mommy to sample.

First hike behind the library. Still very dry and brown but I'm sure some lovely greens will start showing up soon!

First hike behind the library. Still very dry and brown but I’m sure some lovely greens will start showing up soon!

We had a lovely outing to Starbucks this week. Lewis enjoyed the cake pop he chose, and then thought it was hilarious that he could tip his water bottle flat on its side to drink.

We had a lovely outing to Starbucks this week. Lewis enjoyed the cake pop he chose, and then thought it was hilarious that he could tip his water bottle flat on its side to drink.

Bread baking this morning. He really gets the concept of folding and squishing the bread to knead it, but would much rather just pinch off pieces of dough to taste!

Bread baking this morning. He really gets the concept of folding and squishing the bread to knead it, but would much rather just pinch off pieces of dough to taste!