Photo Friday

Time to play a little catch-up with photos! It’s been about a month, I think, since I’ve posted. We’ve been busy! The first week of August Chris’ parents came to visit, and the following week we went up to my family’s cabin on Lake Champlain, where there is no internet access. This past week has been a bit of a blur trying to settle back into regular routines, catch up with laundry, etc. Chris was expecting things to be a bit calmer at work now but he went back in on Tuesday only to discover that they are still requesting them to work 50 hour weeks, so he has worked two late nights already this week and will probably work on Saturday as well. I’m getting a little better at juggling solo bedtime with two little ones, but it is still a bit tricky since Anya likes to spend most of the evening attached to me and nursing constantly, tanking up for the night.

Our week with Chris’ parents was very nice for all of us. This was the first time they have made it out here to see where we live, where Chris works, and of course to meet Anya! Most of the time was spent with them exploring the area a bit on little day trips with Chris and Lewis (the most successful of which I think was to the Albany Pine Bush) while Anya and I hung out here nursing, napping, and attempting to wash some dishes. We also spent time with everyone hanging out here, playing with chalk and bubbles, swimming in the pool, etc. Lewis loved having visitors and by the end of the week was telling them to stay here and not go home! I don’t have a lot of photos from the visit since most of the photos that were taken were on Chris’ phone, but there are a couple here as well as some from before their visit.

They said goodbye Friday night, and Saturday morning was spent busily cleaning and packing to head up to my family’s camp. It was a lovely visit as well but I guess I will leave the details for a later post since these pictures are all from prior to that! Hopefully I will have some time to hop on the computer again soon and sort through the many photos from our trip.

Bath time! She loves dangling her toes down into the warm water.

Bath time! She loves dangling her toes down into the warm water.

Calmly relaxing after her bath - another example of how different she is from her brother! He always wanted to snuggle and nurse the second he was out of the water, and if he didn't get that there would be crying and screaming.

Calmly relaxing after her bath – another example of how different she is from her brother! He always wanted to snuggle and nurse the second he was out of the water, and if he didn’t get that there would be crying and screaming.

My two cuties. <3

My two cuties. ❤

Art time! He's starting to become more purposeful with his drawing and can even write the letters E and F when he wants to.

Art time! He’s starting to become more purposeful with his drawing and can even write the letters E and F when he wants to.

Perfect day for a snack outside!

Perfect day for a snack outside!

Anya is happy to be outside too.

Anya is happy to be outside too.

Anya and Grandpa. :)

Anya and Grandpa. 🙂

Hmmm... for some reason everyone wants to look at that cute baby instead of the camera.

Hmmm… for some reason everyone wants to look at that cute baby instead of the camera.

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Christmas Wreath Toddler Art

Surprise! I’m writing an actual blog post about an actual thing I did with Lewis! I’m actually not sure when the last time is that I did a real blog post. All I’ve been doing is the Photo Friday posts, and I haven’t even kept up with those very well. So, here goes!

Lewis and I always have fun making decorations for various holidays, and earlier this month we decided to make a wreath for our door. Why spend $20 on a wreath when you can make a lovely one yourself?

I scouted for ideas on Pinterest, and decided to go pretty free-form and just give him materials and let him do what he wanted with it.

Most of the Pinterest posts I looked at suggested using a paper plate to make your wreath shape. We didn’t have any paper plates on hand, so instead I took a big piece of green craft foam stuff (is that even what it’s called?) and traced a big circle on it with a smaller circle inside. Then I cut along the circles in a somewhat scalloped/bumpy pattern to make it more wreath-y.

Squirting glue and placing decorations takes great concentration.

Squirting glue and placing decorations takes great concentration.

I set up the table with the wreath, a bottle of glue, a dish of green paint, and a tray of decorations including buttons, pom-poms and cut pieces of sparkly pipe cleaners. Most of it was Christmas themed colors, but I included some more rainbowy colors of pom-poms in case he wanted a bit more variety of color. Then I invited Lewis to join me in creating.

He tried out a few decorations, then decided it needed some paint.

He tried out a few decorations, then decided it needed some paint.

I had also brought a tube of golden glitter to the table, but told him that Mommy would need to help with adding that. After adding a few decorations and a bit of paint he asked for glitter, so I sprinkled it on the wet paint and showed him how it stuck. He added a couple more decorations and a little more paint, but mostly he just wanted help adding more glitter! I got him a second paintbrush and showed him how he could “paint” the glue around the wreath so that more glitter could stick, then we added more together until it was just right.

Lewis and his beautiful wreath.

Lewis and his beautiful wreath.

The next day, once the glue and paint were dry, I added a big ribbon to the wreath to finish it off, then hung it on the door. Lewis was invited to help choose the ribbon, but was more interested in running around the apartment dragging ribbons behind him, so I chose a golden one for him. I first tried stapling it on but I only have a mini stapler which couldn’t punch through the layers, so instead it got stuck on with a piece of Gorilla Tape.

 

Prettiest door in town!

Prettiest door in town!

Lewis has been having a lot of fun with other holiday activities and preparations as well. His favorites so far have included Christmas Play-doh, stealing ornaments from the tree, and helping me make (and eat!) chocolate covered pretzels and peppermint bark.

Yum, chocolate!

Yum, chocolate!

Photo Friday

Hello! Sorry about the lapse in posting. There was Thanksgiving, and tired days, and forgetful days, and Christmas preparations, and I just seem to keep missing Fridays. So, this post includes some photos from the past few weeks. A few from Thanksgiving time, some fun snow ones, etc.

He often peels his socks off and tosses them on the floor before falling asleep, but one day I walked in to check on him and found him sleeping with a sock on his hand!

He often peels his socks off and tosses them on the floor before falling asleep, but one day I walked in to check on him and found him sleeping with a sock on his hand!

Lewis has his own way of making snow angels. He is adverse to laying on his back, so instead lays on his tummy and kicks his legs around. This sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of snow going down the front of his coat.

Lewis has his own way of making snow angels. He is adverse to laying on his back, so instead lays on his tummy and kicks his legs around. This sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of snow going down the front of his coat.

Getting ready for ride #2 on the carousel at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

Getting ready for ride #2 on the carousel at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

Sharing cookies with Cookie Monster!

Sharing cookies with Cookie Monster!

Attempting to imitate how he saw Daddy using the jump rope.

Attempting to imitate how he saw Daddy using the jump rope.

My two sweeties washing dishes together. <3

My two sweeties washing dishes together. ❤

Snow storm this week! Lewis and I went out to play and he had fun climbing to the top of a snow-plowed mound and peeking out from some snowy branches.

Snow storm this week! Lewis and I went out to play and he had fun climbing to the top of a snow-plowed mound and peeking out from some snowy branches.

He didn't like walking through the deep fluffy snow, but it was great for sitting in!

He didn’t like walking through the deep fluffy snow, but it was great for sitting in!

Photo Friday

Hello and Happy Friday! You may have noticed I missed posting last week. No real excuse, but I seem to be slacking in the photo-taking department. This week has been annoyingly rainy so we’ve been trying to keep ourselves busy with inside activities. We’ve also managed to get a little more cleaning done than usual, which I guess is a bonus. Today the rain has eased up a bit so we went outside for some puddle-jumping. I’ve been working on an adorable Halloween costume for Lewis, and I’m sure next week will be full of fun pictures of pumpkin carving and dress-up cuteness.

We tested out our face paints this week. Lewis requested a jack-o-lantern on one hand and a ghostie on the other.

We tested out our face paints this week. Lewis requested a jack-o-lantern on one hand and a ghostie on the other.

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

Messy art with glitter glue, glue, and glitter.

Messy art with glitter glue, glue, and glitter.

Splash!

Splash!

Making paths in the mud with a stick.

Making paths in the mud with a stick.

A bit blurry, but so cute snuggle up with his doggy!

A bit blurry, but so cute snuggle up with his doggy!

Photo Friday And Happy 1 Year!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had a better week than we have. Lewis is absolutely hating being sick and has been miserable most of yesterday and today. As I mentioned in my previous post he has figured out how to blow his nose. Unfortunately, he has also decided not to do so and thinks that even getting the drippy snot wiped is torture, although he also thinks that having that drippy snot there is terrible as well. We are coping as best we can, reading lots of books, watching some Paddington Bear dvds that Grandma P. got for him, and offering lots of snuggles which he rejects most of the time. His foods of choice this week are applesauce, frozen peas and corn straight from the freezer (they’re no good if you cook them), and jelly licked off toast. Besides that he is not eating much and sadly not nursing much either because he gets too frustrated at not being able to breathe and nurse at the same time. We have taken much fewer photos this week than usual, since we have been too busy wiping noses.

On a happier note: As the title mentions, WordPress has informed me that my blog is 1 year old as of today! To celebrate I am including the first photo I ever posted, way back when:

Om nom nom! I have come to eat your laptop!

Om nom nom! I have come to eat your laptop!

Pre-cold fun with bubbles and straws.

Pre-cold fun with bubbles and straws.

We found Daddy's ear buds on a shelf, so I plugged them into my laptop and showed Lewis what they are for.

We found Daddy’s ear buds on a shelf, so I plugged them into my laptop and showed Lewis what they are for.

Baby's new look: Snowman pajamas and pretty beads.

Baby’s new look: Snowman pajamas and pretty beads.

This pretty accurately shows how he has been feeling the past couple days.

This pretty accurately shows how he has been feeling the past couple days.

Colds are not fun.

Colds are not fun.

Test #2

Ok, I apologize for the fact that I am clearly a bit technologically challenged. My first attempt I deleted on accident and the last one I posted before I meant to. My goal is to add a photo to this before posting.

The camera on this isn’t as good as my usual camera, but it’s better than my old phone and should be sufficient for quick updates.

Lewis has been loving all the snow we are getting this week. There is more coming today but it is supposed to be quite cold so I’m not sure if we will go out.

Time to post this and see how I did this time.

Another Week

Another week is almost over, again with me not blogging nearly as often as I’d like. It didn’t fly by quite like last week did. This week has felt a little off-kilter. Not bad, just off. We slept in (by about an hour or so) a couple of mornings, which threw off our routines for those days by a bit. Despite the sleeping in, I’ve been feeling tired this week which results in also being a bit unfocused feeling. I had a lovely nap this afternoon though, so maybe tomorrow I will have a bit more energy and feel a bit more “normal.”

Most of our week has been filled with normal routine-y things. Playing, reading books, cooking, cleaning.

Lewis is a good helper with the cleaning. If by “helper” you understand that I mean he likes to steal the broom from me.

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I’ve still been feeling a lot of creative energy and a drive to work on my art journal and other projects. In a way, I think this is part of why I’ve been feeling “off.” Some kind of disconnect between wanting to put my energy into art and knowing I need to keep up with the housework and cooking and stuff, and not having enough time to do as much of both as I would like. I’ve been striving to find a balance, and giving myself a little bit of time to work on art each day while Lewis naps.

These pages are the work of several naptimes. Multi-layer mixed media backgrounds with marker drawing flowers which Lewie's aunties mailed to him.

These pages are the work of several naptimes. Multi-layer mixed media backgrounds with marker drawing flowers which Lewie’s aunties mailed to him.

Housework and artwork can both be difficult to do while he is awake. He just has so much energy and is always on the go, moving from one activity to another. He likes to have me involved in what he is doing, or at least nearby. He also wants to be involved in what I am doing. Cooking or washing dishes he doesn’t like because he can’t see what is going on up on the counters. With art it is just a matter of him wanting to use my materials, and I can’t exactly let him chew on dirty paintbrushes, squirt paint and glue around, play with scissors, or pull the caps off Sharpies. Pretty much the only safe thing I can do is to doodle with colored pencils or a clicky pen which he hasn’t figured out yet.

We’ve been reading and reading and reading. He loves to pull the books off his shelf to find just the right one. We have some out in a basket and a few on the floor where it is easier for him to see what they are, but he just enjoys pulling books off the shelf in general. We made a trip to the library a few days ago. We played for almost an hour and he didn’t want to leave. We read some books, played with a puzzle, and even had a little tea party with some play dishes and a dolly that were there. He’s also been having a lot of fun with his plastic activity cones “traffic cones” that Uncle Kenny gave him for his birthday. He loves when we stack them up for him to knock over. Better than blocks!

The weather has been getting cooler. We haven’t been doing our usual morning walks because it is so chilly. Instead we are back to walking after lunch like we had been doing in the spring. We have also been getting out to play and really enjoying the cool weather and changing season. We have been finding acorns, pine cones, unidentified green nut shells, crab apples, and some dry leaves to play with when we are outside. He is of course curious to explore things with his mouth but he is good about listening when I remind him not to. I have been trying to direct his energy to practicing throwing with the acorns and such which has the added benefit of getting them out of his hand so he isn’t just holding onto it and absentmindedly putting it to his mouth.

Yesterday playing outside one of our neighbors came out to say hi and offered to take a photo of the two of us since she saw me with my camera.

Yesterday playing outside one of our neighbors came out to say hi and offered to take a photo of the two of us since she saw me with my camera.

Tomorrow is friday and will probably include more cleaning, playing, art, reading, and outside time. Then comes the weekend which means more cooking/baking with apples, and fun play time with Daddy. Stay tuned for Photo Friday tomorrow!