Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring has sprung, sort of

It has been warm and snow for about a week!  These snow pictures are from the end of February when we had the last big storm.  This snow was perfect for snowmen and igloos so we did our best!  Andy started off the morning shoveling the front porch and he made this little guy for the girls.
The snow was wet and heavy but was beautiful!
 Our sweet Aunt Donna (church secretary) gave us this super sweet brick maker!  I could not imagine building an igloo (or fort wall) without it!
 My wall!
 Our first family snowman!  The snow was so deep that Hadley really had a hard time getting around in it (not that she minded).  Joni was perfectly content just sitting and eating it.
 Tada!!!  It is actually a snow-girl complete with earmuff and carrot nose.
 Andy thought it would be fun to make an igloo.  It didn't work.  I am trying to hold up the doorway while he finishes the supporting bricks...again, it didn't work but it was still fun!
Hadley practicing her name in the snow.
 Both girls have become quite the helpers in the kitchen.  It could be that they just like to eat the batter, like me.  Hadley started asking over and over again, for a number of days, for some banana bread.  So, we made some mini muffins to satisfy the craving.  
 Waiting is hard to invention ever: the oven light!
 We have been teaching Hadley her alphabet by taking one letter a week and making a craft, reading books that start with the letter, coloring a picture, writing the letter, and occasionally eating food that starts with the letter.  'O' and 'P' were particularly fun!  We made little hot dog Octopus!  (Hadley is saying the 'o' sound)  
 The next week we had a Picnic, by the Piano, and had Pork, Potatoes, Pickles, and Peaches, with Peanut Butter ice cream for dessert.  It was perfectly precious.  Apparently lots of food start with P.
 With all the snow, we had to get creative with entertainment, so off to Pinterest I went.  :)  Found this fun activity....baking soda and colored vinegar.  
 They loved it.  It fizzes when you drop it in....
 However, it wasn't too long before drops weren't enough....and fun time was over :)  Something we will surely have to do again!
 We have lots of Easter fun to upload soon but we did this springy activity with our sweet friends.  Decorating Easter cookies!  We colored some frosting, put out some sprinkles and then them go to town.  There was A LOT of frosting eaten but most of the cookies got decorated before the frosting ran out :)
 She is so into rainbows right now....coloring, painting, frosting in rainbows!
 Chloe (who spent all of her time frosting, then licking it off, then re-frosting the same cookie :))
This is Joni's cookie.  Sprinkles anyone?
 I know that this makes a mess but look at these faces and tell me they didn't have fun!  So worth the clean-up....and the extra pounds from eating all the cookies.
 Lizzie and her creation!  Going to be doing this fun activity again soon too.
Sweet Jo! 
 Probably the best news about this post!  Joni is almost completely potty-trained!  YAY!  We made a sticker chart and she got 1 for pee and 2 stickers for poop and look at all those stickers!  When she filled it up she got to go to the "Dinosaur Place."  
And here we are!  The Dino Cafe is similar to the Rainforest Cafe except with a bunch of dinosaurs that scare Joni (but apparently in a good way because she always wants to go there).
 Lizzie and Chloe went with us (and their fabulous parents ;)) and then we went for ice cream too.  
 Blue cotton candy ice yummy!
I had a meeting I had to go to and Andy had the girls so like all fun dads he took them to the American Girl store (Joni LOVES playing with the babies)....

 And to the fun play area in the mall....where our social children picked up some friends and went for a ride.
Don't worry, he got to have a guy night too....
And the last one....Andy went to a business fair (to hand out info about our church) and came home with lots of free stuff for the girls.  They were thrilled :)
 Check back soon for our Easter post and that exciting news we mentioned!  Love to you all!

1 comment:

Stacey said...

Looks like you are having lots of fun! Where are you guys again these days?