Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the love of my life!

Happy Father's Day to the wonderful Father who raised me!

Happy Father's Day Grandpa!!!

Love, Isabelle, Addy & Eloise

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Old Shawnee Days

My dad does a fantastic job supporting his Kiwanis Group for the Old Shawnee Days Fair. He has helped make funnel cakes for so many years that his booth advertises that they were the "Original Funnel Cake Makers". I know what you're thinking, my dad looks great for his age. Yes he does and I love you dad. Great job helping out your Kiwanis Club! We had a blast spending the afternoon with you, trying every carnival food, watching crazy dogs, trying carnival rides and getting to see Baby Eloise sleep through it all. Fun day! Hot day! My stomach still hurts....but it was a blast!
Love, AKI&A
We had the privlegde of finally making it to the event this year....

The Dog Frisbee Show

The Pony Rides that Adelaide nearly climbed over the fence to get on....
Leaving took a bit of persuasion

Helicopter Rides

The Swings with Daddy

They will grow up

Isabelle and Adelaide are our sweet little girls without a care in the world. They are our little shadows, monologues and miniature versions of Andrew and I. My life revolves around their activities, quirks, needs and wants. They make our world go round. If anything were to ever happen to them, I have no explanation as to how I would go on. We love our little doll babies to pieces!
Every time I see them with their "cousins", I can only picture myself posing in photos with my own cousins as a child. Then I remember I have grown up. I am no longer little. How could this ever happen to Isabelle and Adelaide? Will they still love me as I love my own parents? Will they make positive decisions? Will they learn from mistakes? Where will their life, love and education take them?
In time, we will find out, but for now we will love them all we can. We help them make positive choices and we will be the best parents that we can. So until our next "cousin" get together....

Tyler, Sawyer, Isabelle, Mia
Vivian and Stink Face Addy

Cara, Nick & Baby Eloise

The Babies: Eloise

And Sweet Cleo

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zoo Trip

We spent the morning at the Zoo today and although we only saw about 10 different animals, everyone had a great time. We played, we ate, we ran, we rode and everyone was happy most of the time.
We joined our new neighbors, Kelly, Alex & Marin, on the excursion and we could not be happier with how much fun it was! Alex and Isabelle have a great time together and I cannot wait to see how much fun Adelaide and Marin have in 6 months! What wonderful neighbors and what a wonderful day! Happy Thursday!
Love, AKI&A

Poor Adelaide is subjected to posing while pottying....mean mommy!

Projects for Beginning of June

More Projects!!!

Summer is upon us, so we love outdoor activities....

Thus a Carwash!!!
Isabelle loves to clean at this age, so please go ahead. Clean the outdoor toys. You cannot make them dirtier than they already are. ENJOY!
This was a total success! We began with the cars and she moved on to her toys. Then she cleaned all the rags?!?! IT was great for Adelaide's nap time. I do worry that Isabelle and Adelaide may have started a water and soap war and it could have been very bad (in the eye and such).

Nature Scavenger Hunt!
We did this a few weeks ago, but it was a hit with Isabelle. She even learned a number of new words and descriptions. I really thought it was fantastic.
Fantastic results! I need to find a new one or maybe even try it again. Great morning activity with a cup of coffee and a seat outside.

Foil Race Track!
Isabelle was very excited and very helpful with setting this one up on a windy day. Unfortunatley it didn't work out as well as planned for us. Maybe I needed help setting it up or needed to fold it inside then take it directly outside to start play. Instead I set it up outside and had too many bumps in our river to get things down it.
A fail for us, but it's worth a shot. Maybe it'll work for you if you have a good slope on your yard. I think floating balls were our most successful.
Watermelon....when projects and play time is winding down, a plate of watermelon is just what everyone needs. A fantastic snack and a fun time for sharing for the next 15 minutes. Love it!

Homemade Flubber:
Supply List:
3/4 cup cold water
1 cup Elmer’s glue *
food coloring
1/2 cup hot water
1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)

Way fun stuff. I do have to say, I'm one of those bakers who never reads ahead in a recipe and I often put the wrong ingredients in the wrong size bowl then don't add them "slowly" together or correctly. Sometimes I just pour it all in together. For the most part, things work out for me and taste edible. The same is the case with this "flubber". I didn't put the borax & hot water into the larger bowl, rather the opposite. However, I found a way to kind of slowly add the two together and it was a success. Isabelle is now at play with the "flubber" on a table cloth in her playroom. It's pink. Awesome.
Huge Success. Both girls take about 15 minutes a day to play with this stuff. Some days are better than others. The worst days being when the pick it into itty bitty pieces, but oh well. Fantastic idea!

I have a few more up my sleeve, but I'm always looking for education, involved fun projects! I love that Isabelle is really getting excited about activities and learning. We recently checked out a Leapfrog Phonics Video from the Library and Isabelle has watched it at least 10 times. She knows almost all of her letters and their sounds. She is learning so quickly! Very fun!
Adelaide is too greatly enjoying all of the activities and trying to do everything her sister does. She just follows that girl everywhere. I love that they have each other. They are just becoming the best of friends and love to play kitchen, baby doll and "boom bah" together!
Yeah for projects! Hopefully I can find a few they enjoy doing together!!!
Love, Mommy
PS - also recently purchased a huge score at a garage sale that they are both loving. Isabelle can nearly sit for an hour playing make believe we her new Create-a-Scene Magnet Playsets. I highly recommend them!
Shaving Cream Playtime

Supply List:
2 Dollar Store Shaving Cream
1 Vinyl Table Cloth

Catepillar Counting:

Supply List:
Pom Poms
Construction Paper

Painting with objects

Supply List:
Anything you can think of....

I've saved the following for going on a trip to Toys r Us:
Alphabet Matching Upper Case to Lower Case Letters
I was a bet apprehensive here if I should put the letters in alphabetical order or if this would be too frustrating for Isabelle. She has only learned about 2/3 of her letters and those just being upper case. I really need to find a few cook sheets to start east and grow or a way to write on something then put it on a cookie sheet for the magnetic portion of the activity. Wax paper held down at ever corner?