Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Heat Wave

It has been unusually hot for early spring. With temperatures reaching the mid to upper 80s.

So I decided to pull out the new wading pool Grandpa Bob and Grandma Judi got for Ben for his birthday. As far as I am concerned this pool is awesome and perfect in every way for a toddler and baby (and mommy).

I also took a few pictures showing the layout/size of our yard since I occassionally find myself trying to explain to people just how small it is. Considering the size I do think we make pretty good use of the space.

We have beds along the left side and in front of the shed (all beds have no been cleaned out, but hadn't been at the time of this picture). And we have the sand and water table set up with actual sand now. The full yard pics were taken from up on my screeened porch. That is why they show a weird texture.


So that is the whole yard. Pretty much a postage stamp. In the below picture you can see that we have a big beautiful park directly behind our property though. This somewhat makes up for it.

I have been so proud of Ben lately conquering many of the things he was too afraid to do. Last summer it was very difficult to actually get him into the pool...let alone to stay in the pool. This year he loves it and never wants to get out. He plays with all the toys and will lie on his belly. Another conquered fear is the slides at the playground. We have never been able to get him to go down a slide, but lately he is LOVING it. Each visit to the park he has to be coaxed and eventually basically sat down and pushed down the slide the first time. But then he remembers how much he loves it and he goes round and round and round up the steps and down the slide by himself. And the other day he let me clean him off with the garden hose. He had gotten covered in sand and he has always been afraid of sprinkling water, but he LOVED being sprayed with the hose and laughed hysterically.

The enclosed red area is a separate little baby pool area, but the water in there doesn't warm up as much so I just put Anna in the regular pool.
And there is a slide coming out of the baby pool!
There is my little sweetie girl who loved sitting in the water on such a hot day!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Easter

Well with another long Lent coming to an end Easter finally arrived!!

In the morning Claudio made a delicious breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and hashbrowns.

After breakfast we went to Mass at Mater Ecclesiae.





I tried to get a good picture of Ben in his blue and white seersucker short pant suit, but as you can see I did not! First of all the jacket makes him look like Frankenstein....and he wouldn't stand still or smile...let alone keep his eyes open.




I totally forgot to get a picture of Anna in her April Cornell Easter dress. It is her first April Cornell dress and she was, of course, beautiful!!
After Mass and several mishaps involving a wallet, a pacifier, and a miscalculation of mileage we spent a good 2.5hrs in the car going to Claudio's brother's for Easter dinner.
The dinner was delicious, but, unfortunately, after a long mass and a long car drive Ben was really out of sorts and basically just wanted to play quietly in another (and not sit to eat). But he had a great time doing an egg hunt and playing on the swingset. And Anna loved visiting with her adoring cousins!!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Pretty Princess

I just can't get enough of my pretty princess. Here she is dressed to go to Grandma and Grandpa's for Passover wearing her new summer bonnet.

She is wearing adorable navy patent leather maryjane shoes that her cousin picked out for her before she was born. He has been waiting and waiting for them to fit Anna and they are totally adorable!!

She has become and expert at sitting up unassisted!! And just yesterday she finally started to do some army crawling and pushing up onto her knees!! I will try to get video of it in the next few days.

She is a little chow hound. She loves to feed herself and is in general just very interested in food. With just two little teeth her choices are limited, but we try to give her a nice variety to try out.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Felted Eggs

After seeing this tutorial I decided to give felted eggs a try so that I could put something in the kids' baskets that was homemade and that they could keep...as opposed to eat!

I made two eggs for each child and I made one little feltie toy for each to live in an egg.


This is Ben's egg and the first one I made....also the best one. Not sure what I did different, but it came out the best and most solid.



Inside the egg I made a little octopus. Ben calls them opahtapus and has just been really interested in them lately. Plus I figured it would be easy enough to make one LOL



Here is one of Anna's eggs with a little felt dolly to go inside. I thought she came out pretty cute.