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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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 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

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.

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

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

Hello! You may have noticed the absence of a Photo Friday post last week. This is because we were on our way to my parent’s home in VT to celebrate my sister’s wedding! Hurray! It was a lovely weekend spent with family, and the wedding was beautiful and perfect. Congratulations Cyndie and Dave! Lewis did as well as can be expected from a two year old. He sat through most of the ceremony and then we stepped outside briefly, but came back in to see them walk out. He enjoyed all the food and said that his favorite part of the whole thing was the cake. 🙂

This week has gone by very quickly, I think because the weather has been so lovely and we are spending lots of time outdoors, although apparently not taking the camera along while we are out.

He love popcorn just like his Daddy.

He loves popcorn just like his Daddy.

Toilet roll painting and stamping with autumn colors.

Toilet roll painting and stamping with autumn colors.

Hanging out with an auntie and an uncle in VT.

Hanging out with an auntie and an uncle in VT.

All dressed up and ready for the wedding.

All dressed up and ready for the wedding.

Just cuteness.

Just cuteness.

He is loving Halloween so I set out all his dress up clothes as an invitation to play. He picked out all these things and declared it his "witch costume." Yesterday he made himself into a "pig butterfly" with a pair of blue wings and a pink belt tied around his waist and dangling down behind him.

He is loving Halloween so I set out all his dress up clothes as an invitation to play. He picked out all these things and declared it his “witch costume.” Yesterday he made himself into a “pig butterfly” with a pair of blue wings and a pink belt tied around his waist and dangling down behind him.

Very intent on hacking apart a piece of styrofoam with a plastic knife.

Very intent on hacking apart a piece of styrofoam with a plastic knife.

He stole an apple seed from my scrap bowl and ate it, which he thought was hilarious.

He stole an apple seed from my scrap bowl and ate it, which he thought was hilarious.

My applesauce helper!

My applesauce helper!