Craziness and a birthday!

Since thanksgiving I have been in overdrive. We hosted thanksgiving here so that came with its our stresses. Then I co-organized a “Christmas for Kids” one day event with a friend for our church. We hosted about 20 kids for a morning of crafts, snacks, stories, and singing. It was a lot of work and both of us were exhausted afterwards, but the kids heard the wonderful story of the birth of our Savior so it was worth it.

Then I had a ton of baking and prep for Miss G’s birthday party. We wanted to do something special but also keep it fair (since we did only small gatherings for the boys 2nd birthdays). So we hosted a gingerbread house decorating party. I made 5 batches of gingerbread for the 10 houses (one for each kiddo) and several cookies for the adults to munch on as well. G and everyone had fun. (And one friend even hinted to maybe making it an annual thing,lol.)

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So funny when G opened her gift from Grandma and Grandpa that had new hair “pretties”, she wanted to wear them all! And that backpack from family (Daddy, myself, and the boys) was an instant hit. She even went to bed with it!

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Halloween learning

The boys had been noticing all the fake spider webs that neighbors had been using for Halloween decoration. I looked through my pinterest boards and found something that was perfect activity for the kids to do.

Using masking tape (which I get at the dollar store), I made a spider web on the corner of one of the archways in our house. Then I gave the boys pieces of paper with either letters or numbers written on them. The boys would read off what was written on the paper, crumple it, and throw it at the spider web. The point then was to get the crumpled paper to stick in the web. It was great gross motor skill practice with throwing and letter/number practice too. We ended up using a chair in the end to get the boys throws closer to the web. They got so excited when it actually stuck.

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It will be an activity that will be “on deck” next year too. I can imagine sight words in addition to the letter and numbers. 😉

Halloween

Because I knew that we would be in Seattle for vacation limiting my prep time a bit, I encouraged the kids to pick a costume for Halloween that didn’t need as much in order to be done. We ended up with two firefighters and a princess (was going to be a fairy princess but G decided as we got ready to go out that the wings were a no-go that night). E said for the longest time he wanted to be a prince but at the last minute decided to be a firefighter just like J. (Good thing I kinda knew this would happen and made him a fire truck as well!) It ended up being a fun night filled with lots of walking- we walked all the way to my parents house to surprise them! (far for kids, but not for adults- roughly 2 miles)

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A bit delayed but…

Here they are. We took our back to school pictures outside. We are already in our new school year so I should’ve caught the blog up already. Well, that will come. Vacation is done, my leg is almost healed (long story for another post), and we are back on track. So for now enjoy back to school pictures- better late than never!

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and then I went a little special photo effects happy…

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Miss G got her first haircut!!

I can’t believe it but this past week G had her first haircut. Husband and I agreed it was time as Miss G had developed a mullet…well more of a layer that didn’t work. I think G had gotten into the habit of pulling on her hair rather than the stuffed animal tags like she had done before. So as a result, G had this weird layer of short and then a lot longer in the back. After googling some ideas, I bravely attempted to give G her first haircut. Because of the layers she had given herself with hair pulling, I cut the bottom and layered it a little bit to match the self-given ones. It turned into a cute little bob. Not too shabby for my first girl haircut either.

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The beginning of the end

Know what this is?

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It is the beginning (gathering of supplies) of the end of diapers in this household! I can not believe that Miss G is old enough to start potty training. She has been showing signs of readiness so we are going to dive in again into the whole training program. I have been told numerous times that it clicks faster for girls so I am hopeful. G is almost a year younger than the boys were when they showed this many signs of being ready. So I may drop off again as we face this new step…but hey this time I know, when I am done, I am done for good! Crazy how fast the time has flown.

Protect yourselves from the sun

The past few days have been pretty hot (104*Friday, 108*Saturday, and a cool off to 91*today). So we have gotten back into the sunscreen before outside play routine (we tend to fall out of it during winter).
Since today was not quite as hot as previous two days, I took the opportunity to weed a little bit in our backyard. Well, as I came back to the patio from the sideyard, this is what I discovered…

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So evidently I need to put the sunscreen bottle up out of reach after slathering up the kiddos.