Sunday, December 30, 2012

On a Rainy Day...

We've had several rainy days in the last week. And as a temporary stay-at-home mom, I've had to get a little creative on entertainment.

We've made forts, gone for bike rides in the garage (small circles in Dad's spot while he's at work!), and tried out new phone aps (little success there.)

One of the biggest successes was actually pretty easy on me, and came about because someone didn't want to take their nap.... Driving around looking at Christmas lights.

Yep. As it turns out, when the forecast is for rain and more rain, little ones can take great joy in looking at lights mid-day.

If you are lucky like me, it will be enough excitement to wear them out for a nap!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Adios Emmie

With all the fun and excitement of Christmas there is also always a moment of sadness - when the kids realize that the Elf on the Shelf is gone!

Here is a look back at Emmie's adventures this year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Craftin'

Big Girl has been busy crafting this holiday season. She made a really sweet pink tree for baby A, and painted wooden cars for three special little boys. For about a half-dozen adults we tried out a really simple Pintrest project.

For this one, we had to ask around and gather up wine corks from family and friends (thanks!!).

Then it was a matter of setting he up to dip the white ends in green paint.

When they were dry, she lined them up the way she wanted them and I used hot glue to get the corks to stick together.

We finished the project by tying gold ribbon around the triangles and then putting a safety pin in the top (we used wire cutters to take the closure off and then pushed both pointy ends into the cork) so they could hang as ornaments.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Only One Place

Have you ever heard of a kid that would only poop at home?

I have. In high school I knew this kid (fortunately he lived on the same street as our school) that would leave during lunch to go home to go to the bathroom.

He wouldn't take a dump at school because he didn't want anyone to walk in while he was in there. He didn't tell many people, but it came up in Spanish class because our teacher saw him walking back on campus when we weren't even supposed to leave. The kid explained the situation and she didn't "turn him in."

There is a middle school kid that is a family friend that does the same thing. Several days a week when he gets off the bus he bolts into the house and straight to the bathroom. I don't know what he does in there, but its the first place he goes.

Another friend says that she knows preschoolers who only poop at their house.

What is wrong with these kids? My daughter can poop anywhere. Not anywhere. But, any bathroom. She doesn't care. Never has much.

Then there is my son. Little Man is not very far into the whole potty training thing.

In fact when he actually used the potty last week I was surprise because he hadn't been willing to try for awhile.

Then he went again the next night.

And the next night.

Three nights in a row. Then again on Monday night.

But so far he will only go with me. He hasn't gone for anyone else - including hubby or the sitter. And he will only go in the downstairs half bath. Doesn't even want to try upstairs.

I don't want him to end up coming home from high school to use the bathroom.

But, I also don't want to squash the progress we are making.

And man, I want him to poop in the potty. Wet diapers aren't great, but they are easier than poopy ones. Any day!

So, when and how do I get him going somewhere else? I'm open to suggestions!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Girly Tree

Big Girl is getting really crafty. Here is one project that she tackled this weekend.

 PS - Don't show it to baby A, its a suprise!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Choo Choo. He's Two.

Little Man's second birthday was all about trains. He likes to watch Chuggington on the Disney Channel, and has Thomas pajamas and books. Since he likes them all, we I went for more of a classic train party.

It was fun making the invites and signs, cupcake toppers, etc.

Here is a look back at the details of the big day!

Party favors were at the door for young guests to enjoy as they arrived.
Upside down. Photo editing software is being difficult. Little man's favorite snacks including popcorn, cheddar rice cakes and Ritz crackers. Simple was the name of the game for snacks.

Cupcake toppers. Made in Microsoft Project. Printed and glued to colored Popsicle sticks.
These are displayed on an upside down casserole dish since the cake plate was also full.

Simple art project. The frame, title and track were pre-printed and the cloud, wheels and smoke stack were cut out so all the little ones had to do was make a hand print and use the glue stick.
Signs like these were for the Dinning Car, Arts and Crafts Car, Dress Up Car (favor station at the front door) and welcome sign. The train details were also on the invites.