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!

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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. ❤

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 …. Sunday!

Well, I’ve missed posting on Friday again. I think that is something like three weeks in a row that I have missed, so I’d better play a little catch-up! Not sure what is up with me and Fridays, it always seems to be something different that makes me miss out on posting. This week I sat down to do it a bit late and Lewis woke up a bit early and so it didn’t end up happening. Another week I just completely forgot that it was Friday and the thought of a Photo Friday post didn’t cross my mind until a few days later. And of course there are the days where I am just worn out and would rather have a nap! I am starting to feel a bit more energy though and have been napping less often and managing to feel a bit more productive. (Although I’m sure soon enough my belly will start ballooning and I will once again be feeling exhausted….)

We’ve been having lots of weather that is cold, snowy, and windy. The snow this year is deeper than I’ve ever seen it in this area, and it seems to keep coming down. We make it outside to play a few days each week, but most of our time has been spent cooped up indoors. We’ve been keeping busy with lots of art projects, sensory play, hide-and-seek, and indoor chasing games. We’ve also enjoyed some Valentine activities this past week, including a valentine sensory bin, valentine bath with red bath water, and baking some heart shaped (and airplane shaped and cat shaped) sugar cookies, then decorating them with pink icing and red sugar. So…. here are the photos I know you all have been waiting for!

Finger paints on cardboard - a full body painting experience!

Finger paints on cardboard – a full body painting experience!

I shortened the handle on the carpet sweeper so Lewis could clean up his own mess after playing with rice in the sensory bin. He loves it!

I shortened the handle on the carpet sweeper so Lewis could clean up his own mess after playing with rice in the sensory bin. He loves it!

More painting, this time with watercolors.

More painting, this time with watercolors.

Baking soda and vinegar experiments with Daddy!

Baking soda and vinegar experiments with Daddy!

Lewis has been practicing his photography skills, and I love finding gems like this on the camera! I should probably look into getting him a more kid-safe camera of his own.

Lewis has been practicing his photography skills, and I love finding gems like this on the camera! I should probably look into getting him a more kid-safe camera of his own.

Can anyone guess our current favorite color? He wears this pants as soon as they come through the laundry, and the shirt nearly as often.

Can anyone guess our current favorite color? He wears this pants as soon as they come through the laundry, and the shirt nearly as often.

Valentine sensory bin with dyed rice and random red, pink, and purple objects.

Valentine sensory bin with dyed rice and random red, pink, and purple objects.

Another Lewis photo. Maybe I can get him to take one of my big round belly!

Another Lewis photo. Maybe I can get him to take one of my big round belly!

Photo Friday

Hello blog land and happy Friday! Actually, I’m a little amazed that it’s Friday already. This week has flown by due to Chris being off work on Monday and only working a half day Wednesday. (Although Wednesday probably felt like the longest day of the week since Lewis was sick and miserable all day and hardly napped…)

Last week Lewis and I were lucky enough to get to go visit my family in VT for the week, while Daddy unfortunately had to stay here and work as normal. He drove out to meet us on Saturday and spent one night there before we all headed back home on Sunday. Besides seeing his Grandma and Grandpa, Lewis also got to spend time with three of his aunties while we were in VT. And two cats! He had a fun trip and didn’t seem bothered at all to be traveling again or to be away from Daddy, but he was very excited when we got home on Sunday and he realized we were back in our own space! That is probably all the traveling we will be doing for a while now, and our next few visits to anywhere will just be for long weekends, not a week or longer like these past couple trips have been.

Christmas stocking #2! When Grandpa and Auntie Anna came to pick us up the brought along our stockings and a few extra presents from everyone in VT. Lewis zeroed right in on the bags of gifts almost as soon as they got here!

Christmas stocking #2! When Grandpa and Auntie Anna came to pick us up the brought along our stockings and a few extra presents from everyone in VT. Lewis zeroed right in on the bags of gifts almost as soon as they got here!

Making some tasty Buckeye cookies. This is typical of how Lewis and I cook together: I do the work and he helpfully samples all the yummiest ingredients.

Making some tasty Buckeye cookies. This is typical of how Lewis and I cook together: I do the work and he helpfully samples all the yummiest ingredients.

That face? That's him yelling at me not to take his picture. He's becoming less and less tolerant of photo taking recently.

That face? That’s him yelling at me not to take his picture. He’s becoming less and less tolerant of photo taking recently.

My mom and one of my beautiful sisters. <3

My mom and one of my beautiful sisters. ❤

Best present of the year: Play doh! And he was lucky enough to get some from both sides of the family!

Best present of the year: Play doh! And he was lucky enough to get some from both sides of the family!

My poor sick little babe, fast asleep in my arms on Wednesday after struggling to stay asleep for his nap in his bed.

My poor sick little babe, fast asleep in my arms on Wednesday after struggling to stay asleep for his nap in his bed.

Photo Friday

Happy November everyone! Halloween last week was great fun. Lewis really enjoyed trick-or-treating. He loved seeing people’s decorations and of course is loving getting to try all these new candies he’s never gotten to have before! We’ve been allowing two pieces a day (one with morning snack and one in the afternoon) but he frequently attempts to weasel more out of us. We had a bit of an “adventure” on the way home from trick-or-treating. I pushed the stroller over an uneven section of the sidewalk and bump-snap, off came one of the front wheels! Not really surprising as this stroller has had a lot of pretty heavy use for 2+ years now! I’m still debating whether to just order a replacement wheel part (about $25 with shipping) or invest in a whole new stroller. Decisions, decisions. I was very lucky that Chris had taken the day off work and was along with us when the stroller broke. It would have been quite a pain trying to juggle carrying Lewis and pushing a broken stroller one-handed the rest of the way home!

This week we’ve been enjoying some really lovely fall weather, with just a touch of rain mixed in. Mostly it has been “warm” and lovely for playing outside, although the time change is messing with our schedule! Normally we go out and play for a while in the evenings, but now it seems to get dark almost as soon as we can get out the door after Lewis’ nap, so we are working on adjusting and trying to fit in more morning outside time. Unfortunately Lewis’ neighbor friend J is at school during the day so we haven’t been getting to see as much of him recently as we’ve been used to.

Anyway, on to the photos!

Trick-or-treat!

Trick-or-treat!

World's cutest little scarecrow.

World’s cutest little scarecrow.

Lewis helped me make some pumpkin oatmeal cookies, but then he wouldn't eat any. More for me!

Lewis helped me make some pumpkin oatmeal cookies, but then he wouldn’t eat any. More for me!

He requested that I take a picture of him with his Hobbes.

He requested that I take a picture of him with his Hobbes.

Went to the library for story time Tuesday, only to find that they were closed for election day. But then we found some dried milkweed plants in the parking lot and had a lot of fun tossing the fluff in the air!

Went to the library for story time Tuesday, only to find that they were closed for election day. But then we found some dried milkweed plants in the parking lot and had a lot of fun tossing the fluff in the air!

Back at the library Wednesday for story time session #2. Lewis got mad when I tried to bring his hat with us, but later decided he'd like to wear my hat. On top of his hood.

Back at the library Wednesday for story time session #2. Lewis got mad when I tried to bring his hat with us, but later decided he’d like to wear my hat. On top of his hood.

Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone – here are some cute photos for your viewing pleasure! I almost forgot about this today, since I wasn’t thinking about what day it was. My schedule seems all out of whack with how busy Chris has been at work recently, but that is nearly finished and things will be back to normal for us soon. Lewis and I have been keeping busy as usual despite missing Daddy a bit.

He woke up from his nap just as I was finishing the batter for his birthday cake, so he got to "help" me clean off the spoon.

He woke up from his nap just as I was finishing the batter for his birthday cake, so he got to “help” me clean off the spoon.

"Wow, look at all these presents! Who knew birthdays could be so awesome!"

“Wow, look at all these presents! Who knew birthdays could be so awesome!”

Mama's shirt makes a pretty dress.

Mama’s shirt makes a pretty dress.

We traced Lewis on a big paper and colored with markers when Grandma + Grandpa were here. Later Lewis and I added some paint as well, and Lewis enjoyed using the watercolors to paint all over his real body too.

We traced Lewis on a big paper and colored with markers when Grandma + Grandpa were here. Later Lewis and I added some paint as well, and Lewis enjoyed using the watercolors to paint all over his real body too.

Confetti art! Lewis also stuck it all over his leg, told me he was decorated, and then explained that it was "probably Christmas."

Confetti art! Lewis also stuck it all over his leg, told me he was decorated, and then explained that it was “probably Christmas.”

We've discovered that the sidewalk out front is just the right slope for rolling things down. We've enjoyed using acorns, black walnuts, balls, and toy cars.

We’ve discovered that the sidewalk out front is just the right slope for rolling things down. We’ve enjoyed using acorns, black walnuts, balls, and toy cars.

Hard at work in the mini construction site.

Hard at work in the mini construction site.