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!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday once again everyone! We have been enjoying some lovely family time recently. We had a very nice trip to VT where we got to see all of my family, and Lewis adored having so many people to play with and keep him entertained, plus the benefit of a nice yard to play in. We got back here Tuesday and Chris had work the next two days but he got a surprise day off today, which means an extra day I can put him to work helping get this apartment back into some semblance of cleanliness. ;) It also means extra fun times spent playing together as a family. This morning we went out and puddle-splashed for a while, and Lewis also had an excellent time chasing Daddy around the house pretending they both were monsters. As might be expected most of these photos are from our trip to VT, with a few from the past couple days in our own home.

Fun and silly bouncing game with Auntie Anna.

Fun and silly bouncing game with Auntie Anna.

Easter morning Lewis was excited to have a "treasure hunt" to find his Easter basket. Not sure what all the silliness in this photo is about, except that it is fun to be silly!

Easter morning Lewis was excited to have a “treasure hunt” to find his Easter basket. Not sure what all the silliness in this photo is about, except that it is fun to be silly!

Stories and laughter with grandma. <3

Stories and laughter with grandma. <3

A fun (but windy) family walk, and a bit of silly stepping by Lewis.

A fun (but windy) family walk, and a bit of silly stepping by Lewis.

Wearing a hat we discovered in the house, and using a watering can to water all the snow because it was "thirsty."

Wearing a hat we discovered in the house, and using a watering can to water all the snow because it was “thirsty.”

Smoothing out the snow with croquet mallets is important work.

Smoothing out the snow with croquet mallets is important work.

A photo of Higgins, taken by Lewis.

A photo of Higgins, taken by Lewis.

Back home in his perch by the window. This is the perfect place to spy on neighbors and also to wait for Daddy's car to pull in in the evening!

Back home in his perch by the window. This is the perfect place to spy on neighbors and also to wait for Daddy’s car to pull in in the evening!

Collaborative watercolor painting by Mommy and Lewis. We covered just about every inch of the paper, which is now hanging on our wall.

Collaborative watercolor painting by Mommy and Lewis. We covered just about every inch of the paper, which is now hanging on our wall.

Bonus Photos – Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is looking forward to a nice Easter weekend with good food, plenty of candy, and time spent with friends/family. We are excited about our upcoming trip to VT, both to see my family and because it means a break from the very busy work schedule Chris has had the past few weeks.

Last Sunday (Chris’ one day off in the past week) we went to Felthousen’s Florist for their little Easter celebration. We went last year and were impressed with how quiet, low-key and family oriented it was. Nothing like the craziness of standing in line waiting to see the Bunny at the mall! We were very happy to be able to go again, and Lewis enjoyed it just as much. He loved seeing the Easter Bunny and kept going back to say hi, sit on his lap, blow him kisses, etc. He was also very excited to see the baby chicks and eat a cookie and some jelly beans. We also had fun coloring eggs together a few days ago. Today we went to the “Spring Bunny Parade” at the town hall which was pretty much a bust, but oh well! Too crowded and overwhelming for Lewis, so we participated in the parade (which he did say was fun) and then went for a walk instead of getting his face painted or waiting in the giant line to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap for 5 seconds.

A hug for the Easter Bunny!

A hug for the Easter Bunny!

Waiting patiently for Mommy or Daddy to help him hold a chick.

Waiting patiently for Mommy or Daddy to help him hold a chick.

Petting a soft little chick with Daddy. He also gave it a kiss on its head.

Petting a soft little chick with Daddy. He also gave it a kiss on its head.

Hanging out with his buddy the Easter Bunny again. After we got home he told us he wanted the Bunny to come to our house and also that he wanted to visit where the Easter Bunny lives.

Hanging out with his buddy the Easter Bunny again. After we got home he told us he wanted the Bunny to come to our house and also that he wanted to visit where the Easter Bunny lives.

Egg coloring! His preferred method was to plunge his hands in and grab the eggs to move them from cup to cup. His skin was rather an interesting color after this activity.

Egg coloring! His preferred method was to plunge his hands in and grab the eggs to move them from cup to cup. His skin was rather an interesting color after this activity.

Coloring eggs soon became much less interesting than pouring colored water back and forth between different cups. Color mixing and pouring continued until Mommy declared that there was quite enough mess on the table.

Coloring eggs soon became much less interesting than pouring colored water back and forth between different cups. Color mixing and pouring continued until Mommy declared that there was quite enough mess on the table.

Our eggs!  We started off with brown eggs, so the colors aren't as vibrant as on white eggs but they are still pretty and we had fun.

Our eggs! We started off with brown eggs, so the colors aren’t as vibrant as on white eggs but they are still pretty and we had fun.

The line to see the Easter Bunny after the parade at the town hall. Lewis firmly told me that he did not want to wait to see the bunny and that we should go for a long walk, so that is what we did. We enjoyed seeing a robin and listening to red-winged black birds and other birds as we went.

The line to see the Easter Bunny after the parade at the town hall. Lewis firmly told me that he did not want to wait to see the bunny and that we should go for a long walk, so that is what we did. We enjoyed seeing a robin and listening to red-winged black birds and other birds as we went.

Photo Friday

Happy spring and Happy Easter everyone! We have had a lovely week of beautiful weather and Easter-themed activities. But, you won’t see any Easter photos here because I took too many photos this week and they will need a post of their own. Not sure when they will be posted since Lewis could wake from his nap any time now, but I will attempt to get them up either this afternoon or this evening. We leave tomorrow for a lovely long-weekend in VT where we will get to see my entire (giant) family. Some of Lewis’ aunties and uncles we haven’t seen since my sister’s wedding in October, so it will be nice to see everyone again! And Lewis, of course, is looking forwards to a visit from the Easter Bunny. :)

I finally got around to ordering a roll of butcher paper for art projects, so I had Lewis put it to the test with some markers. We still need to test how well it holds up to paint, but we have been too busy playing outside all week!

I finally got around to ordering a roll of butcher paper for art projects, so I had Lewis put it to the test with some markers. We still need to test how well it holds up to paint, but we have been too busy playing outside all week!

Once he got a bit bored with coloring on paper Lewis decided to decorate himself instead. He was quite proud of his colorful nose and cheeks.

Once he got a bit bored with coloring on paper Lewis decided to decorate himself instead. He was quite proud of his colorful nose and cheeks.

Surprise snow Saturday morning, and such a contrast to the sunny 65 degrees we have today! Lewis was very excited to go help Daddy scrape off his car.

Surprise snow Saturday morning, and such a contrast to the sunny 65 degrees we have today! Lewis was very excited to go help Daddy scrape off his car.

Snuggly snuggly story time. <3 My belly is getting to big for him to sit on my lap and read in the glider chair where we normally have stories, so we have moved most of our reading out to the couch.

Snuggly snuggly story time.

Playing with coffee grounds "mud." He made some lovely mud pies which were apparently very oozy and full of worms.

Playing with coffee grounds “mud.” He made some lovely mud pies which were apparently very oozy and full of worms.

Exploring!

Exploring!

Disorienting upside-down photography courtesy of Lewis.

Disorienting upside-down photography courtesy of Lewis.

Lewis' selfie.

Lewis’ selfie.

Warm enough to play outside without jackets today!!

Warm enough to play outside without jackets today!!

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!