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.

Photo Friday

Hello! I seem to be just squeezing this in while it’s barely still Friday, but I figured I’d better do some cuteness sharing while I had the chance since I missed last Friday. 🙂

It’s amazing how much and how little can happen in a week or two. Our days seem to go by in a blur of sleep-deprivedness, walks, messes, and most of all nursing the baby. Especially earlier this week when she was in the midst of a growth spurt and barely stopped nursing for a day or two. She even took a break from most of her day time naps to gain even more nursing time. Thank goodness she somehow managed to still sleep well for the nights during this. (As well as a baby can be expected to sleep, that is.) Lewis has been a champ and while he clearly would like more interaction from Mommy he is generally quite good at self-entertaining when needed and is still very much in love with his little sister.

Anya is a little darling and spends her days nursing, sleeping, gazing on the world with serious eyes, nursing some more, and gracing us with a few delightful smiles now and then.

Sweet sleeper in a rumpled bed. She often nurses and goes back to sleep for an extra hour or two after the rest of us are up for the day.

Sweet sleeper in a rumpled bed. She often nurses and goes back to sleep for an extra hour or two after the rest of us are up for the day.

Who knew cotton balls could be such a mess!

Who knew cotton balls could be such a mess!

The best thing to do with playdoh? Mix all the colors to a beautiful brown. (Lewis insists that it is black, and he quite purposefully mixed all the colors to achieve this. He also has the same goal when using paints.)

The best thing to do with playdoh? Mix all the colors to a beautiful brown. (Lewis insists that it is black, and he quite purposefully mixed all the colors to achieve this. He also has the same goal when using paints.)

Bubble fun while baby sister sleeps inside.

Bubble fun while baby sister sleeps inside.

Baby story time. <3

Baby story time. ❤

This isn't a mess, it is creativity and imagination in action.

This isn’t a mess, it is creativity and imagination in action.

What do you do when presented with a large bag of stuffing? Make clouds, then turn the clouds into a comfy bed!

What do you do when presented with a large bag of stuffing? Make clouds, then turn the clouds into a comfy bed!

Lewis has a recent interest in puppets, particularly marionettes. After watching several youtube videos yesterday about puppet making and various types of puppets, we decided to make our own. Lewis is having fun with his new ghosty friend!

Lewis has a recent interest in puppets, particularly marionettes. After watching several youtube videos yesterday about puppet making and various types of puppets, we decided to make our own. Lewis is having fun with his new ghosty friend!

How do you make a baby even cuter? Decorate their butt with a cute picture!

How do you make a baby even cuter? Decorate their butt with a cute picture!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday! I’m a bit later than usual posting today, but that may end up being the new norm. It turns out it’s a lot harder to find blogging time with a newborn in the house. 😉 Normally I’d post during Lewis’ nap time, but today it was much more important to have a lovely two hour nap of my own.

Things are still going along pretty much as they have been. Anya is cute and sweet and sleepy, though we do seem to be seeing her eyes open a bit more each day. So far she seems much more easy-going than Lewis was as a baby, which I am definitely enjoying! She is quite happy to be laid down on a blanket on the floor for 5 or 10 minutes while I take care of the laundry or help Lewis with something. She also seems to enjoy tummy time, which was something Lewis always hated.

Lewis is still adoring her. He seems to think of her as something akin to a kitten – mostly there to be cute and to get petted. Sometimes we have to remind him that she is a person and might night like her face and cheeks to be touched constantly! He’s very gentle though and it is sweet to see how much he already loves her. He is also of course still his usual wild, silly, imaginative self. He has been having fun getting out of the house in the mornings with Daddy, going to cool places like the park, the library, the grocery store, and Daddy’s work.

She's quite happy to nap in her crib by day, but at night she'd much rather be snuggled up with Mommy.

She’s quite happy to nap in her crib by day, but at night she’d much rather be snuggled up with Mommy.

Taking Anya for her first walk on a warm calm evening. Lewis got to test out the standing platform on our new stroller.

Taking Anya for her first walk on a warm calm evening. Lewis got to test out the standing platform on our new stroller.

Lewis playing with his camera, taking pictures of Daddy's hairy legs while sitting on his bench seat.

Lewis playing with his camera, taking pictures of Daddy’s hairy legs while sitting on his bench seat.

Lewis also liked that he could easily hop off the stroller to run alongside us instead.

Lewis also liked that he could easily hop off the stroller to run alongside us instead.

Sweet sleepy girl snuggling with Daddy. <3

Sweet sleepy girl snuggling with Daddy. ❤

My little goof ball wearing some sort of mask/costume and probably pretending to be a monster of some sort.

My little goof ball wearing some sort of mask/costume and probably pretending to be a monster of some sort.

And now he's Super Man!

And now he’s Super Man!

Tummy time. She'll lay calmly staring out at the world for a while, then eventually starts bobbing her head around and mouthing on her hands and the play mat.

Tummy time. She’ll lay calmly staring out at the world for a while, then eventually starts bobbing her head around and mouthing on her hands and the play mat.

Photo Friday – Special Edition!

Happy Friday everyone! This week you get a special batch of photos showing off our beautiful new baby girl! Baby Anya joined our family at 9:00pm on Tuesday. She takes after her brother weighing a hefty 9 lb 2 oz, and was 20 inches long. She is, of course, absolutely perfect. 🙂

We were lucky that my mom was able to come out and stay with Lewis while Chris and I were at the hospital. Lewis loved having Grandma here and was sad when she had to go back home yesterday, but he’s looking forward to another visit sometime soon from her and Grandpa.

You get lots of photos today because I couldn’t choose which were best.

At the hospital - almost time for Baby to arrive!

At the hospital – almost time for Baby to arrive!

Holding my sweet baby for the first time. <3 She loves sucking here hands and was bringing them to her mouth almost as soon as she was born.

Holding my sweet baby for the first time.

Daddy's first time holding Anya.

Daddy’s first time holding Anya.

This new world is horrible! Why am I all cold and naked and not being snuggled?!

“This new world is horrible! Why am I all cold and naked and not being snuggled?!”

Sleeping peacefully. She looks a bit like Lewis-as-a-baby in this one.

Sleeping peacefully. She looks a bit like Lewis-as-a-baby in this one.

Happy family. <3

Happy family. ❤

Happy Grandma holding her new grandbaby.

Happy Grandma holding her new grandbaby.

Lewis got a special present from his sister: a digital camera of his own!

Lewis got a special present from his sister: a digital camera of his own!

Grandma with a big bundle of blankets and sweet sleepy baby.

Grandma with a big bundle of blankets and sweet sleepy baby.

Lewis was very shy of Anya at first, but he warmed up quickly once we got her home.

Lewis was very shy of Anya at first, but he warmed up quickly once we got her home.

Oops, Anya and I forgot to look at the camera!

Oops, Anya and I forgot to look at the camera!

Maybe my favorite photo. Lewis is thinking "Yes! Mama is conked out and has no idea I stole her phone! Muahahaha!"

Maybe my favorite photo. Lewis is thinking “Yes! Mama is conked out and has no idea I stole her phone! Muahahaha!”

Trying out the bouncy chair. Lewis had almost all his naps in this chair for his first few months.

Trying out the bouncy chair. Lewis had almost all his naps in this chair for his first few months.

Photo Friday

Hello again everyone! Are we ready for a three day weekend? Chris’ work has calmed down a bit and he is back to his regular working hours, but it will still be nice to have him home for an extra day.

Last weekend was a busy one for us with Niskaday (photos presumably to be posted in a separate post if I ever get around to it) and then a visit from friends Sat-Sun. We went mini golfing together Sunday then out for a tasty lunch. Lewis was excited to go golfing but once we got there he discovered that the actual golfing part was rather boring and there were much more interesting things like a water fountain to watch, bugs to hunt for under rocks, a play area, and ice cream!

I am nearly 38 weeks pregnant and definitely feeling the effects. I get quite worn out if I am on my feet for any length of time, so we have been doing lots of at-home activities all week and not straying too far away. There is still plenty of fun to keep us busy though!

This mini golf course is great - so many rocks to hunt for bugs underneath!

This mini golf course is great – so many rocks to hunt for bugs underneath!

He was mesmerized by the fountain.

He was mesmerized by the fountain.

Family photo/belly documentation.

Family photo/belly documentation.

Mmmm. This is where it's at. We'll leave those other people to play boring golf in the sun while we hang out here enjoying this delicious ice cream.

Mmmm. This is where it’s at. We’ll leave those other people to play boring golf in the sun while we hang out here enjoying this delicious ice cream.

Shaving cream, apparently, is the most fun if you spread it all over your entire body. (I offered to him to take his shirt off but he didn't want it on his belly or skin, just his clothes.)

Shaving cream, apparently, is the most fun if you spread it all over your entire body. (I offered to him to take his shirt off but he didn’t want it on his belly or skin, just his clothes.)

Fun with foam stickers he discovered in our art supplies.

Fun with foam stickers he discovered in our art supplies.

He took two of the biggest "foot" stickers and stuck them on the bottoms of his own feet. This was clearly extremely hilarious.

He took two of the biggest “foot” stickers and stuck them on the bottoms of his own feet. This was clearly extremely hilarious.

I don't remember what he said it was, but he was very proud to have built this so tall! I love his technique or upside-down block building. (And what's with so many of my photos being weirdly off center?)

I don’t remember what he said it was, but he was very proud to have built this so tall! I love his technique or upside-down block building. (And what’s with so many of my photos being weirdly off center?)

He loooves playing video games of any sort. He couldn't wait for the tablet to charge to play, he needed to use it right away once he decided it was game time! Here he is totally engrossed with either Endless Alphabet or Endless Reader. He loves both and has learned a ton about letters and letter sounds from them.

He loooves playing video games of any sort. He couldn’t wait for the tablet to charge to play, he needed to use it right away once he decided it was game time! Here he is totally engrossed with either Endless Alphabet or Endless Reader. He loves both and has learned a ton about letters and letter sounds from them.

Photo Friday

Happy springy Friday everyone! We’ve had a couple days of slightly cooler weather, but no rain yet except a bit in the nights so we’ve still been getting out to play very frequently! Lewis and our neighbor J have been having a lot of fun playing with chalk, squirty bottles of water, and squirt guns (squirting both the chalk and each other.) A few days ago Lewis and I also mixed up a batch of fizzy squirty sidewalk chalk paint. We took it outside to share with J and the two boys had an absolute blast. They first had a lot of fun squirting designs all over the sidewalk (and L all over himself. Thankfully after a quick scrub and a soak there were no stains in his shirt.) They were even more excited when I brought out the bottles of vinegar after the paint had all been squirted! This is definitely an activity we will be repeating in the future.

This weekend will also be a fun and busy one for us. Tomorrow is our little town celebration of Niskaday, which we have had a lot of fun with the past two years. We’ll go to the parade in the morning, and then head out soon after for the fair. Our main goals will be to get some tasty lunch and see the petting zoo. We’ll also explore whether Lewis is interested in trying any of the rides this year, and perhaps have fun watching the clown on stilts since that was one of Lewis’ favorite things last year. I’ll also try to get a peek around the craft booth, possibly while Chris and Lewis are off playing and exploring. Once we are done with Niskaday we are also looking forward to an overnight visit from a couple of friends. Lewis is very excited at the prospect of seeing Daddy and Aaron playing some video games (he’s hoping for Skylanders and Mario) and also is planning to show off some of his toys. 🙂

And here are your photos for the week!

Strawberries, bananas, Vanilla Wafers, and melted chocolate for dipping. This was originally planned as a Mother's Day treat but we were too busy eating other yummy things so Lewis and I enjoyed it together the next day.

Strawberries, bananas, Vanilla Wafers, and melted chocolate for dipping. This was originally planned as a Mother’s Day treat but we were too busy eating other yummy things so Lewis and I enjoyed it together the next day.

Gotta get some cute sleeping photos now and then.

Gotta get some cute sleeping photos now and then.

Buckets of water: one of life's simple pleasures.

Buckets of water: one of life’s simple pleasures.

Squirting some vinegar on all the paint splats.

Squirting some vinegar on all the paint splats.

He was pretending to be some kind of truck while pushing the laundry basket around, and insisted I should get a picture of him in action!

He was pretending to be some kind of truck while pushing the laundry basket around, and insisted I should get a picture of him in action!

He took this long fold-out book, wrapped it around himself and said it was his home. He was especially pleased with his little window to peek out.

He took this long fold-out book, wrapped it around himself and said it was his home. He was especially pleased with his little window to peek out.

This is a small kitten hiding in a grassy meadow. This kitten often appears while I am washing dishes or otherwise busy in the kitchen.

This is a small kitten hiding in a grassy meadow. This kitten often appears while I am washing dishes or otherwise busy in the kitchen.

Photo Friday

Happy Friday! Life is continuing on pretty much as usual here. Lewis and I are spending as much time as possible out in the warm and sunny weather. We are also missing Daddy as he continues to work long hours for the next few weeks. Lewis tries to make up for lost time by delaying his bedtime in every way possible and continually calling Daddy back in to the bedroom to help with completely imaginary and un-needed tasks.

Our main activities this week have included picking hundreds of dandelions, eating (homemade) popsicles, and using a squeezy bottle of water to squirt chalk drawings (and ants) on the sidewalk.

We went to the mall last weekend and of course Lewis had to try one of the little rides there. We don't go often and to him the mall was like a whole new experience. He was especially excited to ride the elevator and escalators! He also enjoyed that one of the shoe stores had balls he could play with, though he wasn't a fan of trying on new shoes.

We went to the mall last weekend and of course Lewis had to try one of the little rides there. We don’t go often and to him the mall was like a whole new experience. He was especially excited to ride the elevator and escalators! He also enjoyed that one of the shoe stores had balls he could play with, though he wasn’t a fan of trying on new shoes.

We found a lovely big patch of dandelions near the post office (which happens to be right next door to our apartments.)

We found a lovely big patch of dandelions near the post office (which happens to be right next door to our apartments.)

A happy and proud boy with his giant bouquet of dandelions!

A happy and proud boy with his giant bouquet of dandelions!

Lewis-eye view of Mommy holding dandelions.

Lewis-eye view of Mommy holding dandelions.

Once we get home the bouquets get thrown all over the living room then forgotten and left to wilt. (Yes, the house is very messy. This belly makes it difficult to bend down to clean things up, so I mostly just don't.)

Once we get home the bouquets get thrown all over the living room then forgotten and left to wilt. (Yes, the house is very messy. This belly makes it difficult to bend down to clean things up, so I mostly just don’t.)

Lewis taking very seriously the job of building his sister's new bed.

Lewis taking very seriously the job of building his sister’s new bed.

A Lewis-photo of Daddy checking the manual for the next step.

A Lewis-photo of Daddy checking the manual for the next step.

 

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. ❤

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.