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

And I now return you to your regularly scheduled post of Lewis-cuteness on a Friday!

We had a couple of “warm” days this week when Lewis and I were able to get outside while it was all the way up to 15 or 20 degrees and no wind, instead of the -25 with windchill that we’ve been having! We played out in the snow on Tuesday and walked the the library Wednesday, and were both very happy for the chance to get out of the house. Yesterday and today have returned us to the land of mega winds and sub-zero temperatures however, so we are stuck back inside. Here are a few photos of how we are keeping busy this week!

A bubble bath, and a look of intense concentration as he watched the water pour out the holes of the cup.

A bubble bath, and a look of intense concentration as he watched the water pour out the holes of the cup.

Lewis has recently started actually building things when given different types of blocks and building materials, rather than just waiting for us to make a tower he can knock down. I was washing dishes as he played and when I came over to see what he was up to he proudly told me he had made "Uncle Kenny on his ski mountain." (These are magnetic Tegu blocks. We love them!)

Lewis has recently started actually building things when given different types of blocks and building materials, rather than just waiting for us to make a tower he can knock down. I was washing dishes as he played and when I came over to see what he was up to he proudly told me he had made “Uncle Kenny on his ski mountain.” (These are magnetic Tegu blocks. We love them!)

Bubble blowing! This was a favorite outdoor activity in the summer and we are now loving it as a way to keep busy inside as well. Lewis is getting better and better at actually blowing the bubbles!

Bubble blowing! This was a favorite outdoor activity in the summer and we are now loving it as a way to keep busy inside as well. Lewis is getting better and better at actually blowing the bubbles!

In-air shot as he leaps onto a pile of pillows. Wheee!

In-air shot as he leaps onto a pile of pillows. Wheee!

Another action shot.

Another action shot.

A glimpse at our messy living room as well as the ridiculous number of pillows we own, seen here fashioned into a very long caterpillar.

A glimpse at our messy living room as well as the ridiculous number of pillows we own, seen here fashioned into a very long caterpillar.

 

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! I hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year! We flew to Michigan and spent two weeks with Chris’ family. It’s always nice to reconnect with them since we only see them once or twice a year. Lewis was a bit shy at first, but warmed up quickly. He especially loved getting in on whatever Uncle Ben was doing, whether that meant trying to play his tablet games for him or sneaking over to steal some of his snacks! The weather was chilly but there was no snow while we were there and we went out to play for at least a little while almost every day. We also kept busy visiting with some of the extended family on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, went to the Toledo Zoo to see the lights, and made a trip to the Hands On Museum in Ann Arbor because Lewis had loved it so much when we went this past summer. Our plane flights both ways were pretty uneventful, and Lewis was an excellent traveler.

We have been home for almost a week now and Lewis transitioned seamlessly back into our every day life. He’s had a haircut and a dentist appointment since we’ve been home, and he did awesome with both and got many comments on how patient/polite/cute/etc. he is. He really seems to be growing up more and more each day!

This next week we have another adventure planned. Chris has work, so he will be staying here, and Lewis and I are going to travel to Vermont for a week spent with my family. This will be our first time really spending time away from Daddy and it will feel a bit strange at first but I know Lewis and I will have fun and Chris may even enjoy having a quiet relaxing house all to himself for a little while!

Most of today’s pictures are from our trip to Michigan, with just a couple thrown in from some shaving cream fun today.

Opening presents Christmas morning, in his new moose jammies.

Opening presents Christmas morning, in his new moose jammies.

Testing out Uncle Ben's new shoes.

Testing out Uncle Ben’s new shoes.

Joining Uncle Ben to see what game he was playing.

Joining Uncle Ben to see what game he was playing.

Lewis loved getting to play with some other kids on Christmas.

Lewis loved getting to play with some other kids on Christmas.

Family photo. :)

Family photo. 🙂

We had fun exploring the woodsy area behind Grandma + Grandpa's house, and Lewis was impressed with how tall the trees were.

We had fun exploring the woodsy area behind Grandma + Grandpa’s house, and Lewis was impressed with how tall the trees were.

Watery fun at the Hands On Museum.

Watery fun at the Hands On Museum.

Lewis spotted a can of shaving cream in the bathroom this morning and requested to play with it.

Lewis spotted a can of shaving cream in the bathroom this morning and requested to play with it.

Messy fun! (With a bonus of fairly easy clean-up.)

Messy fun! (With a bonus of fairly easy clean-up.)

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

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

Happy snowy Friday everyone! Actually, the snow is pretty much melted by now, but Lewis was very excited last night to step outside and see the big fat flakes starting to fall and gather on the grass, and as soon as he was out of bed this morning he was requesting to go out in it. (A good idea actually because it was a sunny day and it melted quite quickly. We went out a little after 8:30 and by 9:30 a good portion of it was already disappearing.)

Fall seems to have sped by us and we are now going head-long into holiday season. Thanksgiving in just a few weeks, the stores full of ridiculously early Christmas stuff, people on Facebook posting about listening to Christmas carols already… I love Christmas,  but I’m trying to block out all the Christmas-y stuff and focus on Thanksgiving for now. I should probably come up with some turkey-themed crafts to do with Lewis now that I think about it.

Anyway, some photo-cuteness! I nice mix of Fall and our first glimpses of Winter.

Perched in a tree with a homemade flag.

Perched in a tree with a homemade flag.

Wilderness exploration.

Wilderness exploration.

Why paint the paper when you can turn your hands muddy colors instead?

Why paint the paper when you can turn your hands muddy colors instead?

Last night after dinner Lewis demanded "Play Skylanders game. Play Skylanders game. Yes play Skylanders game!" so he got to sit and play with Daddy while Mommy took the opportunity to have a nice relaxing shower.

Last night after dinner Lewis demanded “Play Skylanders game. Play Skylanders game. Yes play Skylanders game!” so he got to sit and play with Daddy while Mommy took the opportunity to have a nice relaxing shower.

His main objective outside: Eat all the snow!

His main objective outside: Eat all the snow!

Once he had eaten enough he discovered that it is fun to throw snowballs at walls, sidewalks, and trees and watch them shatter!

Once he had eaten enough he discovered that it is fun to throw snowballs at walls, sidewalks, and trees and watch them shatter!

Warming up with some hot cocoa and a snack. Yum!

Warming up with some hot cocoa and a snack. Yum!