Photo Friday

And I’m back with another Photo post on a lovely Friday afternoon! Hopefully I can actually get this up and posted since we’re almost at the end of Lewis’ nap time, and Anya doesn’t yet have any set napping time so could wake up at any inconvenient moment.

This post will finish catching us up to the present time with photos from our trip to the lake as well as a few since we’ve been home (which apparently I haven’t been taking very many of.)

Our time at the lake was of course lovely with lots of extended family around. The weather was mostly-good with a couple of rainy days and a few random showers on some of the nicer days, but we managed to keep busy and have fun the whole time. Lewis didn’t seem to remember anything from being up there a year ago, so it was all new and exciting exploration for him. We only swam a few times since the lake was a bit chilly and Lewis didn’t like the days with big waves, but he did have a lot of fun playing with the rocks on shore and swimming when the water was calm.

We are now well settled back into our home routines and have been having daily walks and plenty of art projects and sensory play as usual.

I still haven’t quite figured out how to keep the cleaning/cooking/dishes/laundry/etc. under control while caring for two little ones so I have instituted a new rule of “everyone cleans for 10 minutes after dinner” which has helped marginally. I turn on the timer and try to tell Lewis that it is a game and we have to race and clean as fast as we can before it beeps, but he is having none of that and just tells me he is a very slow cleaner and goes on to prove his point. My hope however is that if we keep it up consistently it will just become accepted fact that we do some cleaning after dinner and he will start to participate a bit more with it.

Anyway, here are some photos!

Lewis' first time fishing with Daddy and Grandpa. They didn't catch anything and it started raining while they were out, but he seemed to have fun anyway!

Lewis’ first time fishing with Daddy and Grandpa. They didn’t catch anything and it started raining while they were out, but he seemed to have fun anyway!

Building fairy houses under the trees, just like I did as a kid.

Building fairy houses under the trees, just like I did as a kid.

Rock cracking on shore with Diane. He has been using his toy hammer to play at fossil hunting since we've been home.

Rock cracking on shore with Diane. He has been using his toy hammer to play at fossil hunting since we’ve been home.

My two wonderful boys. <3

My two wonderful boys. ❤

Playing in a little tent that one of my cousins gifted to Lewis.

Playing in a little tent that one of my cousins gifted to Lewis.

Couch nap because the upstairs bedroom was much too hot to sleep in during the day. Anya loved looking at the patterns on this couch fabric.

Couch nap because the upstairs bedroom was much too hot to sleep in during the day. Anya loved looking at the patterns on this couch fabric.

Selfies with my babies. <3

Selfies with my babies. ❤

Messy fun with cloud dough.

Messy fun with cloud dough.

Dropper painting. This quickly deteriorated into color mixing in the cups.

Dropper painting. This quickly deteriorated into color mixing in the cups.

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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

Hello everyone! We still have lots of cold and snow and wind outside, but I think an end just might be creeping into sight. The temperatures this week have seemed just a teensy bit higher and we’ve managed to get outside to play a couple of times, and next weeks it looks like things will be warming up just a bit more. I’m sure we still have plenty more cold days and snow storms headed our way, but soon enough spring will arrive with melting snow, mud puddles, and eventually even some flowers poking their way up. In the mean time, Lewis is still loving the snow, except when the wind blows too cold in his face.

Starting things off right with a blurry photo. We brought Daddy to the MiSci museum last weekend to see the butterflies and other exhibits, but I forgot my camera and only took two photos on my phone while we were there.

Starting things off right with a blurry photo. We brought Daddy to the MiSci museum last weekend to see the butterflies and other exhibits, but I forgot my camera and only took two photos on my phone while we were there.

Fun in the snow digging tunnels and making a "castle" with Daddy.

Fun in the snow digging tunnels and making a “castle” with Daddy.

After getting introduced to baking soda and vinegar reactions with Daddy a few weeks ago, Lewis keeps asking to do "that bubbly experiment!", so I finally got the things out for him again earlier this week. We started off very carefully adding vinegar with a pipette.

After getting introduced to baking soda and vinegar reactions with Daddy a few weeks ago, Lewis keeps asking to do “that bubbly experiment!”, so I finally got the things out for him again earlier this week. We started off very carefully adding vinegar with a pipette.

Lewis quickly realized that he got much bigger and bubblier reactions by just dumping in the whole glass of vinegar.

Lewis quickly realized that he got much bigger and bubblier reactions by just dumping in the whole glass of vinegar.

Once the ice cube tray was full to overflowing I told him we wouldn't add any more ingredients, so he started transferring everything to the cookie sheet instead. He started by pouring all the vinegar in, then carefully scooped the "sludge" as he called it and dribbled it into the pan as well. Fun!

Once the ice cube tray was full to overflowing I told him we wouldn’t add any more ingredients, so he started transferring everything to the cookie sheet instead. He started by pouring all the vinegar in, then carefully scooped the “sludge” as he called it and dribbled it into the pan as well. Fun!

Our newest, and messiest ever, sensory bin material: shredded paper. My mess catcher sheet proved absolutely useless and there were bits of paper covering every bit of living room carpet and also spread into every other room of the house. We got to do a fun activity called "vacuuming" once he was done playing.

Our newest, and messiest ever, sensory bin material: shredded paper. My mess catcher sheet proved absolutely useless and there were bits of paper covering every bit of living room carpet and also spread into every other room of the house. We got to do a fun activity called “vacuuming” once he was done playing.

Immediately following clean-up of the paper disaster, Lewis told me he needed a squiggly line path on the carpet going all the way to the other room. We usually use washi tape or masking tape for this, but discovered that yarn actually works very well and can more easily reach long distances through the house. He had fun driving his car, running, and chasing Mommy and Daddy on his zig-zag path.

Immediately following clean-up of the paper disaster, Lewis told me he needed a squiggly line path on the carpet going all the way to the other room. We usually use washi tape or masking tape for this, but discovered that yarn actually works very well and can more easily reach long distances through the house. He had fun driving his car, running, and chasing Mommy and Daddy on his zig-zag path.

Lewis' first sewing project! He saw me use my sewing machine yesterday and this morning was pretending to use a toy barn as his own sewing machine, so I got out some plastic canvas and yarn needles and showed him how he could really do some stitching of his own.

Lewis’ first sewing project! He saw me use my sewing machine yesterday and this morning was pretending to use a toy barn as his own sewing machine, so I got out some plastic canvas and yarn needles and showed him how he could really do some stitching of his own.

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

Happy Friday! I hope you all are well, and looking forward to a lovely Thanksgiving holiday next week spent with friends/family and yummy food! Chris has the week off, and we’re looking forward to traveling to my aunt’s house for some lovely time with the family. Also, pumpkin pie. Yum!

I’m bringing you a special edition of Photo Friday this week, featuring some of Lewis’ own expert photography! He has been very interested in stealing the camera recently, mostly enjoying turning it on. And off. And on. And off. And on. And pushing random buttons. But today I asked him to bring it to me and instead he decided to take a few photos of his own. Enjoy!

We moved the chairs out of the way to vacuum, and suddenly we had a choo-choo train! Lewis thought this was great and we have been playing at train all week.

We moved the chairs out of the way to vacuum, and suddenly we had a choo-choo train! Lewis thought this was great and we have been playing at train all week.

Another train incarnation, this time a blanket draped over one end of the couch became an enclosed train car.

Another train incarnation, this time a blanket draped over one end of the couch became an enclosed train car.

Not a huge amount of snow yet, but it has been bitterly cold with the wind blowing! Lewis and I have given in to the allure of winter coats.

Not a huge amount of snow yet, but it has been bitterly cold with the wind blowing! Lewis and I have given in to the allure of winter coats.

Interesting camera angles, from Lewis.

Interesting camera angles, from Lewis.

Feet.

Feet.

A lovely mess of dried beans.

A lovely mess of dried beans.

Little fingers over the lens.

Little fingers over the lens.

Photo Friday

Hello and happy Friday! Not much to report this week. They sprayed pesticides on the lawn Tuesday, so we have been avoiding any grassy fun and the pool as well since I am paranoid that all those chemicals drifting through the air must float their way into the pool water as well. We’ve gone for more walks instead (with and without the stroller) and spent some time at the library and in the library garden/hiking path, so we haven’t been completely locked up indoors. Chris has been working late nights as his team approaches a big deadline at work, so Lewis and I have been spending a lot of time with just the two of us home, including many dinners and bedtimes. 

I don’t seem to have been very photograph-y this week, so I’ve included a couple bonus photos from last weekend’s camping trip.

Sandbox fun with my shaggy-haired boy.

Sandbox fun with my shaggy-haired boy.

This fireplace is fascinating!

This fireplace is fascinating!

Hitching a ride on the wagon we borrowed to pull some firewood over to our site.

Hitching a ride on the wagon we borrowed to pull some firewood over to our site.

Stamping and painting with found objects.

Stamping and painting with found objects.

Granola bar snack on a bench in the library garden. He insisted on wearing his PJs for our walk.

Granola bar snack on a bench in the library garden. He insisted on wearing his PJs for our walk.

This bike rack looks like a great climbing structure!

This bike rack looks like a great climbing structure!

He found some poop in a fern leaf and had to poke it with a stick.

He found some poop in a fern leaf and had to poke it with a stick.

Dried beans in the sensory bin. Lewis of course decided they looked like eggs and had to be sat on.

Dried beans in the sensory bin. Lewis of course decided they looked like eggs and had to be sat on.

Lounging in the beans??

Lounging in the beans??

Photo Friday

Hello! Photo Friday is back in action this week! I’ve been really slacking on the blogging recently, and have quite a bit of catching up to do. There will still be a few posts sharing all our Michigan fun, so I have left those photos out of this post. Even though a lot of time has passed since the last Photo Friday, it seems many of these pictures were taken all on one day – I must have been in super photographer mood that day! 🙂 We’ve been having some really great weather and are enjoying lots of time spent outside.

Bubble boy.

Bubble boy.

He carefully hunted through my collection of buttons and beads (which is currently dumped out in his sensory bin at his request) to find buttons that were "portabella mushrooms" to cook on the grill. Yum!

He carefully hunted through my collection of buttons and beads (which is currently dumped out in his sensory bin at his request) to find buttons that were “portabella mushrooms” to cook on the grill. Yum!

Chalk and water art.

Chalk and water art.

Conducting careful experiments with spraying a spot on the sidewalk, then seeing how the chalk would draw on the wet area.

Conducting careful experiments with spraying a spot on the sidewalk, then seeing how the chalk would draw on the wet area.

"Mixing matching" with his lovely animal magnets that Grandma + Grandpa B. got him last Christmas.

“Mixing matching” with his lovely animal magnets that Grandma + Grandpa B. got him last Christmas.

Cuddled up in a chair after a fun time swimming.

Cuddled up in a chair after a fun time swimming.

At the playground, his first time climbing up one of the little ladders all on his own!

At the playground, his first time climbing up one of the little ladders all on his own!