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

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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 10

One of your favorite activities right now is playing in the water.  Outside, in the sink, in the tub….doesn’t matter.  You just LOVE playing in water.  You will spend hours pouring water from one cup into another…from a pitcher into a bowl…from the bowl back into the cup.  Cody, you will gather up several items and say, “Wash hands!  Wash hands!” and are wanting to go to the hallway bathroom and just let the water from the sink fill up your containers so you can pour them from one thing to another.  Today I let you pull up your chairs to the kitchen sink and just let you play while I got dinner together!  As usual, Avett, you wanted to be in your diaper only… naked baby time is the best time!

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The 52 Project/Week 9

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!IMG_2760IMG_2763IMG_2775IMG_2771IMG_2768IMG_2767IMG_2776 IMG_2778IMG_2782 IMG_2783As with any project involving paint, you were ready to paint handprints Cody!IMG_2805IMG_2806 IMG_2802 Uh oh Cody…you have that wild look in your eyes!IMG_2800 IMG_2799 IMG_2796 Avett, everything became part of your canvas….your face…the table…the house.  : )IMG_2793 IMG_2791  The finished product.  Perfection!IMG_2809

 

The 52 Project/Week 8

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.  : )

IMG_2320 IMG_2321First we gave our aluminum pans a good layer of shaving cream…IMG_2322IMG_2323Then we squirted paint into the shaving cream and used craft sticks to swirl it around to make cool marbling patterns!IMG_2393IMG_2324 IMG_2325IMG_2333Once 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!IMG_2334Both of you had fun feeling the shaving cream and playing with it!IMG_2355IMG_2356 Soon everyone was covered in shaving cream!  Even Dada!IMG_2366 IMG_2384 IMG_2369 IMG_2380 IMG_2381 IMG_2378

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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…

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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!

 

The 52 Project/Week 7

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!

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The 52 Project- Week 5

Today was sort of a lazy day.  We’ve been so busy traveling and needed a lazy day around the house.  We started this morning crafting with stickers that Shannon Stratton gave you for your birthday…

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Cody, every time I handed you a sticker you wanted to taste it…we were choosing different type of frosting stickers and decorations to put on top of pictures of cupcakes…and we all know you love cupcakes!

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While we had some downtime Daddy decided to put together the easel that Diane sent you for your birthday. Both of you were a big help to Dad while he put it together!

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Once we got the easel together we started drawing with chalk.

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For the first time ever Cody started to draw circles.  Here you are letting me know by drawing and saying, “Circles!  Circles!”

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Cody, you love being able to wipe the easel clean and start again…

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The two of you stood side by side drawing with chalk for quite a while…

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And then Avett took over…

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There were some chalky handprints left around the playroom…

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Cody, you were so focused on your drawing that your feet gave you away.  First, you tried to climb into your drawing…

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Then, you were on your tippy toes!

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And here, you are kinking up your knee…

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Then, you decided to take a break from sorting and check out the back yard.

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Then, back to sorting…this time in the back of your car.  : )

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No paparazzi please!!!

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Painting is exhausting and you were both soon ready for nap time!

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All in all a wonderful day.  : )

The 52 Project- Week 3

Every year we have “Fish Camp” with Nana’s brother and family as a sort of family reunion.  I believe the tradition started with trying to go see your Mama’s Grandmother (your great grandmother Helen) on her birthday every year in August.  Fish Camp is always a great time to relax and spend time with family…and of course…go fishing!  There were so many fun things for you guys to get into this year!

Avett, you were a big fan of one of Uncle Mike’s MG’s.  I think Uncle Mike said he has 27 different MG’s scattered about the property right now.  We played in this car for quite a while and then you found your reflection in one of the side mirrors.

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You also loved “driving” the car and making race car noises.  Honking the horn was a big hit…

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After sitting in that MG you went to investigate another one that was close by…  You and Cody both loved to spin the wheels around…

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Next we moved onto the lawn mower.  Avett, you loved the giant steering wheel…

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Everyone loved lawn mower rides with Papa around the yard!

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After a shaky canoe trip in the pond Uncle Mike found a safer way to go boating using the lawn mower.

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Then it was time for Dada and your uncle Matt to show you how to fish!  Cody, you loved fishing and would go and sit next to whoever was fishing and say, “More fish!  More fish!”  You were so excited to touch all the fish that were caught!

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There was a lot of cat chasing to be done as well.  Both of you chased around Mike and Diane’s cats, Lola and Peaches yelling, “Meow! Meow! Meow!”

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Uncle Mike manned the grill for us while the ladies made some fancy drinks.  This year as a family outing we went to the Watershed distillery in Columbus to see how they made the gin, bourbon, and vodka.  Mama and Dada put it to good use and made homemade simple syrups (ginger, blueberry, and rosemary) to make some wonderful drinks with our goods from the distillery.  : )

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Cody, you loved the pet tortoises Darwin and Logan.  We would go into the yard and collect dandelion greens to feed to the tortoises (their favorite)!  When you woke up from your nap later that day the first thing you said to me was “Tortoise!”

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Everyone had a blast playing in the house outside!  Even Nana got in on the fun!

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We all had a good time relaxing outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather.  Fishing, knitting in our PJ’s, bubbles, and disc golfing!

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I’m not even sure how to explain the whole Curves t-shirt phenomenon that took a hold of the family on this particular weekend…

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We had so much family fun and can’t thank Mike & Diane enough for hosting such a fabulous time!  We are looking forward to next year already!