The 52 Project/Week 18

We are so excited for fall!  Today Renee “NayNay”, Andy, and Levi “Pea Pie” came over to spend the afternoon and carve pumpkins!IMG_3324 IMG_3325 Dada and Andy started off the carving!IMG_3326IMG_3328 Cody, you woke up late from your nap and needed some extra snuggle time with Nana to get ready for the festivities…IMG_3327  Once the top of the pumpkins were removed you guys were ready to scoop out the insides!IMG_3330 IMG_3335 IMG_3338 IMG_3341 IMG_3343 IMG_3348 IMG_3349 Levi and Avett worked on scooping out their pumpkins together…IMG_3351 You guys were quite the pumpkin carving crew!IMG_3353 IMG_3354 IMG_3358 IMG_3359 IMG_3360 Cody, you thought fitting the lid back on was just like working with your puzzles!IMG_3362 IMG_3364  Nay Nay drew the faces on our pumpkins as a guide for us to carve while all the kids played on the playground… IMG_3367 IMG_3371IMG_3373And the carving began!!!IMG_3374IMG_3376IMG_3382The pumpkins turned out great!  We carved a kitty pumpkin for our house!IMG_3390IMG_3396IMG_3404The finished product!IMG_3402Looking forward to a fun fall with you kiddos!  We had such a nice day with the Spinks family!

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The 52 Project/Week 17

This week Dada had Fall Break, so we took a few days to go up to Cashiers together.  It was wonderful!  We did some hiking, some crafting, some playing in waterfalls, etc.  Here we are at Cliffside Recreation Area just outside of Highlands, NC.  It was a great little trail that took us through rhododendron tunnels, over several bridges, with a picnic area for a snack, and even a waterfall!IMG_2011

 

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Cheddar Bunnies and time to look out over the lake…IMG_2017

A little extra love from sissy…IMG_2019

Avett led the way through the trails…IMG_2027Dada and his little hikers!IMG_2029 Our next stop was Sliding Rock, just outside of Highlands, NC.  We had a great time playing in the water and building sand castles.  This was a beautiful spot and super easy to get to!IMG_2038 IMG_2035 IMG_2031Later that night we decided to have craft time with you guys out at the Chimney Garden, where mama and dada got married over 6 years ago!  We love this place and thought it would be a great place to spend some time outside doing a fall craft!  Mama made trees out of brown construction paper and you guys made “leaves” with your fingerprints.

IMG_3263 IMG_3264 IMG_3267 IMG_3269 IMG_3271 IMG_3272 Not too shabby of a spot to craft, eh?  Mama and Dada said their “I Do’s” right in front of the chimney there!IMG_3273 IMG_3276

IMG_3266Dada had a great idea to dip bits of lichen into the ink pad and then use it on the paper to make “grass” under the tree.  Cody, you were excited to try it out!IMG_3278IMG_3279IMG_3280 Then, we dipped leaves into the ink pads!IMG_3284  Cody, you were excited to show us your tree!IMG_3289 Your final product!  Cody’s is on the left, Avett’s on the right!IMG_3291 After we were done crafting, we had some great playtime outside.  You LOVE when Dada throws you in the air!!!IMG_3293 IMG_3302 IMG_3305-2  Cody ran around the trees for a little while…

IMG_3307IMG_3317And then stopped for a few quiet moments…I love these sweet moments!!!IMG_3308 IMG_3310 IMG_3314What a fabulous few days getting to connects and spend quality time with you guys.  You are so loved!

 

The 52 Project/Week 14

Every day both of you do little things that crack Mama and Dada up!  Mama is trying to catch all of those little moments so we always remember them.  Cody, this week you helped mama while I worked!  You told me, “I push this button…and now I’m pushing these buttons REALLY FAST!” I was so glad you you were there to help me in the office!IMG_20140831_095440_796_1

Avett, for a few weeks now you have been obsessed with Dada’s coffee cup…so obsessed that you decided to take it to bed with you.  Here you are on the monitor asleep cuddled up with Dada’s coffee cup.  There was no getting that cup away from you at bedtime!  : )

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Love you guys!

The 52 Project/Week 13

Today I took you to the Splash Pads in Old Fourth Ward to meet our part time super nannies CeeCee & Tikiyah.  CeeCee brought her daughter Justyce and her friend Mackenzie and we had an amazing time!  CeeCee brought cups for us to fill up with water in the fountains…IMG_1942  IMG_1950 IMG_1953 IMG_1960We stopped to rest for a minute, have a snack, and share a sweet smile with Justyce.  IMG_1964  Then, it was back to play in the fountains!IMG_1979 Avett, you were really impressed by the big fountain!IMG_1981 IMG_1982-2  After the splash pads we walked on over to the playgrounds.  The slides were a big hit with everyone… IMG_1985 IMG_1986 Cody, you were getting a little sleepy…IMG_1987 IMG_1991Justyce was a little wary of how high the slide was…IMG_2002IMG_2001But, once she started sliding down she warmed up to it!IMG_2003IMG_1993IMG_1992Justyce and Tikiyah had a little drum session…IMG_1988 IMG_1989 IMG_1990Thanks to Tikiyah & CeeCee for such a wonderful outing!  We love you so much and our lives are better with you in it!IMG_1944

 

 

The 52 Project/Week 12

Cody wanted to work with Play Dough today, so we busted out the Play Dough kit that our friend Jaimee Diller got you for your birthday and started creating!IMG_2886 IMG_2890 IMG_2891 IMG_2893 When I asked what animal you wanted to make you said a monkey (like Curious George, your favorite), so we worked together on making a play dough monkey…IMG_2894 IMG_2895 Avett, you came over and made your best monkey noises when you saw our monkey!  Oooh ooh oooh!  Ah ah ah ah!!!!IMG_2896 IMG_2897 IMG_2898 Sweet Frei watched from the sidelines while lying on the Curious George quilt.  : )IMG_2901 And Finn didn’t want to be left out of the Play Dough fun!IMG_2902 IMG_2903 IMG_2904  IMG_2907IMG_2916 Avett, you spent a lot of time working on your cutting skills with the scissors…IMG_2915 IMG_2905  While Cody, you worked on using the different shaped cookie cutters…IMG_2919 IMG_2920 Avett, you then wanted to work on rolling the Play Dough to make snakes…IMG_2917  IMG_2924Another fun morning activity with both of you!  I love these simple mornings with you.  : )

The 52 Project/Week 11

Introducing the Meow Meow!!!!  IMG_2838

 

This week we adopted Finn, a sweet and spunky little Maine Coon mix kitty cat.  You have both been chasing Finn around yelling “Maow Maow!!!!  Hold it!!!  Hold it!!!”.  Luckily Finn is not easily spooked by either of you or the two dogs (Charlie and Frei).  Finn is very interested in everything you guys are doing…in the picture above Cody, you were “cooking” for Finn.  Avett, you have been so excited to have a kitty…you giggle hysterically every time I put Finn in your lap and lean over to give Finn kisses every chance you get.  Absolutely precious!

The 52 Project- Week 4

Today you had your first swim lesson at Twin Lakes with one of the swim coaches Jennifer.  She was great with both of you and you guys were AMAZING!  Apparently, most 2 year olds cry a lot at their first swim lesson…..you two were all smiles!  You learned to kick kick kick!IMG_1112 IMG_1117You learned to blow bubbles…IMG_1118IMG_1119IMG_1123Jennifer brought a Ken doll and a Barbie doll and you threw them into the water and swam to them…Ken worked on his tan by the pool.IMG_1127 IMG_1155IMG_1156 IMG_1158Jennifer also taught you to hold on to the side of the pool and wait until Mommy and Daddy could get to you for help.IMG_1132By the end of the swim lesson both of you were so brave you were jumping from the side of the pool into our arms!  Unbelievable!IMG_1133IMG_1134IMG_1141 IMG_1142Both of you practiced swimming on your bellies, scooping the through the water with your arms and kick kick kicking through the water with your legs!IMG_1145IMG_1146IMG_1151 IMG_1161At the end of your lesson Mama and Dada decided that you both deserved a Klondike Bar to split as a treat.  We were so proud of you!IMG_1164 IMG_1169

Bravo to our brave little swimmers!!!