Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Frog Class

Just a few miles from our house is the Plains Conservation Center ("an outdoor education facility and state-designated natural area"). I recently was exploring their website and found out that they do drop in classes for preschool aged kids. So last week, Malia and I attended a session on frogs.

It was a neat program. Glad to have something like this so close.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by several prairie dogs.

Malia and her friend taking a look at two frogs.

This natural land is a reminder that we live an area that is considered a prairie. Pretty flat, pretty dry, pretty yellow, and yet uniquely beautiful.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Des's Party

Somehow I am about a week behind on posting. Such is life.

Two Saturday's ago, we were able to go to Des's first birthday party. It was a fun, camping themed party.

The birthday boy gnawing on some corn on the cob.

The girls and Pops in their camping chairs (You can't really tell but Davey insisted on wearing that pink shirt over her dress.)

The girls were more than willing to help Des open his presents.

Birthday boy vs. the cupcake.

The heat of battle.

Declaring victory.

Triumphant laugh.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

More Activities with Malia

Last week Malia asked for an activity, and then another, and another...

We started with putting tees in styrofoam and them balancing marbles on them... an idea found in an ebook called Montessori at Home.

Next I had her put push-pins in some corkboards...

... and then she got to put rubber bands around the push pins (an idea found here).

Next she had to put the numbers 0-9 in order and then had to put the appropriate number of buttons in each cup.

And lastly she worked on pouring some water. I gave her a sponge in case she spilled and that was probably her favorite part. I think she was purposely spilling so that she could clean it up!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Davey and the potty

For about the last 2 weeks, whenever Malia goes to the bathroom and Davey is around, she says "potty, potty" meaning she wants to sit on the potty too. Usually this is done with her diaper and clothes on (in efforts to keep it quick). After about 10 seconds of sitting there she is usually satisfied and we go on with our day.

On Tuesday, I ran upstairs real quick to get the girls bathing suits. Upon coming back down, I was greeted by my neighbor Sadie saying "Davey, potty." A few steps closer to the bathroom and I found Malia who elaborated by saying "Davey's feet are in the potty." I hurried to bathroom to find that Davey had climbed up on the potty and was indeed putting her feet in the toilet. No picture was taken... I am sure you understand why.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Magnets and Crayons

Two of my favorite things are magnets and crayons.

I showed the girls last week that the dishwasher was magnetic too. While playing with some circle magnets, I encouraged Malia to make an "M". She did most of it by herself.

Then we got out some fun fingertip crayons (I found them at a kids sale for $1). Malia enjoyed drawing with them as well as creating an ice cream cone out of them.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Des is 1

Today, my nephew Desmond turns 1. Last Sunday I had the pleasure of taking some pictures of him (and a few of his parents). Here are some of my favorites.

Happy Birthday Des/Smiles. We love you!

Oh I have to sneak in this picture of my assistant who helped to get Des to smile. Thanks sweet Malia.

Bunk Beds

A week and a half ago, we did something momentous in our house. We transformed Malia's bed into bunk beds.

My thought was that Malia would get used to the bunk beds and eventually she would want to sleep on the top... and then in a few months we would move Davey into the bottom bunk to free up her room for a potential foster child.

Well the first night they were up, Malia wanted to sleep up top... and she did... and now she just does. I do not feel that optimistic about Davey's transition but I still have awhile to psych myself up for that one (a.k.a. accept the fact that I might not get to roll out of bed after 7 a.m. anymore because she will not be confined in a crib.)

Reading a book on top before bed.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Reservoir Beach

There is a reservoir just a few miles from our house that has a beach. We have talked about going for a long time and finally did last Sunday. We had so much fun.

We parked by one entrance (read: free) and then had to walk about 1/2 mile to the beach. On the way we saw this beautiful yellow butterfly.

The water was icy but the girls did great. It was fun to have such a big area of shallow water for them to explore.

The girls enjoyed playing with these aqua skimmers that someone left on the beach. Malia made hers into a bed for her doll and Davey threw hers.
Swinging with Daddy.

Davey got her legs buried in the sand (and tried eating it).

Malia got bolder and went out into the water without her float.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Elmo to the rescue

When the girls explore the dress up bin, it never fails to amuse me.

Last week Elmo and Belle showed up at my house (sorry the picture is a bit blurry.)

And if that wasn't entertaining enough, within minutes, I turn around to see this...

... Elmo riding on the fire truck.