In an attempt to beat the July heat we decided to popsicle paint. I decided to call it popsicle paint, because you two couldn’t decide if your paint was a popsicle, or part of an art project. : ) I basically froze some of your paint, inserted a “handle”, gave you a canvas and let you go to town!As with any project involving paint, you were ready to paint handprints Cody! Uh oh Cody…you have that wild look in your eyes! Avett, everything became part of your canvas….your face…the table…the house. : ) The finished product. Perfection!
Tonight we decided to try a new craft activity from our favorite art blog The Artful Parent. We have gotten so many great ideas of crafty things to do around the house from this blog and couldn’t wait to try the shaving cream marbling activity! It started out a very neat and tidy affair…and quickly we were all covered in colored shaving cream. : )
First we gave our aluminum pans a good layer of shaving cream…Then we squirted paint into the shaving cream and used craft sticks to swirl it around to make cool marbling patterns!Once we had a cool pattern then we would press paper or paper plates into the colored shaving cream mixture and scrape off the excess with a craft stick. Then we played in the water bowl to wash off our hands! The water bowl was as much fun as the painting activity for you two!Both of you had fun feeling the shaving cream and playing with it! Soon everyone was covered in shaving cream! Even Dada!
Next we just painted onto plates for a while…Cody you LOVE to paint. You will often wake up from a nap and just start asking to paint. I think we need to get you into some art classes soon! One of your favorite things to do right now is paint your hand and make handprints…
Our plan is to use the paper plates to make butterflies, so hopefully we can get to that in a few days. Love you guys!
This was a big week! Nana & Papa’s gift for your birthday arrived!!! A new fabulous playground!!! We had it installed on a Friday and because it was cemented into the ground we had to keep you off of it until Saturday morning…this was QUITE the challenge! You guys were so cute on Saturday morning…we tried to get you to eat breakfast to no avail. You wanted to see the playground!
Pardon the foggy pictures. It was so humid outside my camera kept fogging up!
For the July 4th holiday we often head up to Cashiers, NC and visit my parents mountain house. You guys LOVED every minute of exploring the wilderness up there! We took golf cart rides all over Bridge Creek and would get out and explore each new area. We saw bunnies (which you guys both call “hop hops”) nibbling on clover, baby toads down by the big pond (“ribbits”), and wild turkeys running for cover when they saw us coming in the golf cart. We even got to see dump trucks and diggers working at the top of the mountain! I think my favorite part was driving around with you guys in the golf cart in our laps calling, “Here hop hops….here hop hops…”
I wasn’t sure how you guys would feel about seeing and hearing your first fireworks, but you loved them and kept asking for more! We went to the Village Green in Cashiers, danced and listened to music and watched your first set of fireworks. You guys were troopers and hung in there even though it was past your bedtime. The next day we played outside all day! The covered bridge leading into Bridge Creek was a big hit!Uh oh! Cody “fall down”!
Both of you ran back and forth over the bridge! We also found rocks and threw them over the side to watch the go “kerplunk” into the creek below!
Cody, you loved to walk on the balance beam down the bridge…Next we went down to the big pond and ran around like crazy!Avett had fun sliding down the Adirondack chair foot rest.Cody, you found sweet little tiny toads and wanted to “hold it”…Then, you found some Black Eyed Susan wildflowers and had some fun!Avett, you worked up an appetite and came back to the porch to eat a snack with your buddy Frei…Cody, you are very focused on potty training right now. Washing your hands afterwards is very important…Our friend Tammy came to see us and brought you guys the sweetest little onesies! Here you are modeling them for her before bedtime!Lastly, we took our annual picture of both of you with the Tyre twins. They are 1 day older than you and live in Atlanta and have a vacation home in Cashiers, NC just around the corner from Nana & Papa’s house. Here is a side by side pic of all of you for the last 2 years!It is unbelievable how much you have grown in the last two years. We love all of you!