Friday, September 30, 2011

Davey and the swing

Last week, we went up the elementary school's playground that is near our house. While Malia climbed, slide, etc., Davey was single-minded. All she cared about was the swings. These swings happen to be really low to the ground so she was able to swing on her belly all by herself and she loved it.

Oh and here she is running to the playground. She is really into wearing this pink dress right now... I remember another little girl going through a phase similar with this dress not too long ago!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Haircuts

While browsing the garden department at Lowe's a few weeks ago, we came across these little Chia-Pet-like animals on the clearance rack. Do not know why we felt compelled to buy them, but we did, (for $.75 each!)

The night we bought them, Andrew and the girls planted the seeds and over the last couple of weeks, their "hair" has grown.

The other night, the girls gave their pets their first haircuts.

Malia cut like a pro and was quite satisfied when she saw the finished product. Davey on the other hand has never used scissors, and did not want any help...

After a few failed attempts to do it herself, she let her dad help.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Buttons

Last week, I focused on using buttons for several activities with Malia. I was inspired by an idea in the book Playful Learning (which is geared towards 4-8 year olds, so this was one of the few activities I thought Malia could do.)

Playful Learning recommended a book called The Button Box, which we picked up at our library.

The first day, we just read the book and then I let Malia play with my little bin of buttons.

When Davey woke up from her nap, we moved to the table and she started sorting by color.

This is the activity I saw in Playful Learning. I gave her a jar of buttons and she had to sort them based on how many holes they had in them. She did a great job.

Then she wanted to sort by color again like The Button Box talked about.

Another day we got out the button board.

And on our final day of button activities, she made a button necklace.

I put a dull needle on some string and she threaded it through two holes in each button.

We also made sock puppets by sewing on buttons. I was hoping she would be able to help me sew them on but it was too tricky. She got to pick out the buttons that we used for the eyes and nose though.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just another day with the kitchen utensils

Last week, Davey got in the zone. Without any prompting or instruction, she put on a (new) hat and then went to the kitchen drawers and got to work. She pulled out utensil after utensil and lined them up. Then she played with the tongs for awhile, opening and closing them. Andrew and I just watched and laughed. Kids are so funny!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Burley Rides

We got a burley last summer and used it a few times, but it was during this summer that we really got our money's worth out of it! The girls were/are at great ages to ride in it. I love that Andrew and I can be active together, with our girls, and that we can accomplish something too.

We used the burley a lot this summer to go up to our local farmer's market (I know how green are we - riding a bike to the farmer's market!), to run errands and to go to the park.

This past weekend, we rode up to grab some groceries with the girls. Here they are.




Saturday, September 24, 2011

Graham is 2!

Happy Birthday Graham! We love you lots!


Friday, September 23, 2011

My beautiful assistant

As I have photographed my niece and two nephews over the last couple of months, Malia has been my faithful assistant. She helps get the other kids to look and to smile (in theory).

I got to shoot Graham's 2 year pictures last weekend (those will be in a future post) and in the process ended up getting some really fantastic shots of Malia. Here they are.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beets

Last Saturday, we went to glean a field. What happens is a farmer donates a field to a local group that provides food for the homeless and low-income families. Then they get volunteers (us) to come and pick from the field.

When they announced this opportunity at church, I was really pumped for several reasons. One is that we love our garden and I thought it would be so fun and satisfying to pick from a field. Another is that it was a kid friendly environment which meant we did not have to find childcare to volunteer.

The field that was donated last Saturday was a beet field. Have I ever cooked or eaten a beet? No. But that did not stop me from picking lots of them!

Davey putting beets in our crate. Working so hard she would not stop and smile for the camera.

There were so many beets in this field. After 2 hours, they had us stop picking because they had filled their truck!

The girls were great. A special thanks to the ladybugs that we kept finding who helped keep them entertained.

Malia helping pull a beet up.

A big one.

Girls in the beet crate.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Eggplants

I was really excited to grow eggplants this summer. Not exactly sure why, because I had never had anything with eggplant in it. I think it is the color... I love that deep purple.

Anyway we had two plants that each produced several eggplants. Here is some of what we harvested.

I used it to make eggplant parmesan last week and was really excited about it...

... while it may look good, it did not taste good at all. I think we let the eggplants go too long and so they were really seedy and, well gross! Maybe we will have better luck next year.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday Weekend

On the night of my birthday, Andrew and I headed up to the mountains with his siblings and spouses for a couple of nights. It was a perfect weekend to get away and celebrate not only my birthday but my brother-in-law, Chris's, birthday too.

Our time together was spent hanging out, hiking, mountain biking (my first time), playing putt putt, reading, relaxing, eating good pizza, playing games (including the new and improved birthday game!), holding Tess (the lone kid on our trip), having uninterrupted adult conversation ...

I only took a couple of pictures while up there.

Here is the group at the top of one of our hikes.

And here is a woodpecker Andrew and I saw.

Told you I did not take many pictures!