CeeCee has been working all week on creating a special Valentine’s Day Party for you… You guys loved every second of your party! Avett especially loved his card…Happy Valentine’s Day to my sweet kiddos! We love you more than words can begin to say…
We’ve had a nice quiet weekend around the house this week…so we decided to make some pumpkin squares together! Cody helped with gathering ingredients and measuring…Avett, you were quality control on the ingredients. I forgot how much you two liked pumpkin straight from the can! Then, Avett found his glasses again while playing with the play dough. I love these glasses.Love you guys-
This week CeeCee has been trying to fit is as many Christmas projects as possible. Poor Avett…you are so NOT interested in the arts and crafts, but at least it keeps Justyce and Cody out of your hair while you play with your toys! : )
We are so excited for fall! Today Renee “NayNay”, Andy, and Levi “Pea Pie” came over to spend the afternoon and carve pumpkins! Dada and Andy started off the carving! Cody, you woke up late from your nap and needed some extra snuggle time with Nana to get ready for the festivities… Once the top of the pumpkins were removed you guys were ready to scoop out the insides! Levi and Avett worked on scooping out their pumpkins together… You guys were quite the pumpkin carving crew! Cody, you thought fitting the lid back on was just like working with your puzzles! Nay Nay drew the faces on our pumpkins as a guide for us to carve while all the kids played on the playground… And the carving began!!!The pumpkins turned out great! We carved a kitty pumpkin for our house!The finished product!Looking forward to a fun fall with you kiddos! We had such a nice day with the Spinks family!
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!
Avett led the way through the trails…Dada and his little hikers! 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! Later 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.
Dada 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! Then, we dipped leaves into the ink pads! Cody, you were excited to show us your tree! Your final product! Cody’s is on the left, Avett’s on the right! After we were done crafting, we had some great playtime outside. You LOVE when Dada throws you in the air!!! Cody ran around the trees for a little while…
This post is dedicated to CeeCee our amazing nanny. This week is National Nanny Week and we couldn’t have hit the jackpot anymore than we have. We are so lucky to have you and you and Justyce will alway be a part of our family. Much love to both of you!
This week our most amazing super nanny CeeCee took you guys and Justyce on the deck to make some good old fashioned mud pies!
Avett, you weren’t quite sure how you felt about getting your hands dirty at first… Cody, you immediately thought this mud pie thing was a great idea! CeeCee found a worm in the mud!!! After a while you warmed up to the idea of playing in the mud, Avett… You even helped CeeCee pour the mud into the water table! Justyce became quite the little mud pie chef! The three of you worked so well together preparing a delicious mud pie meal! Cody, Justyce had a few tips to give you on your mud pie techniques…here she is telling you all about it! : ) You were so proud of your creations you offered me a bite… And then you actually took a real bite, Avett….and I don’t think it was what you expected. After all the fun CeeCee got you all cleaned up and ready for nap time. Love you guys!
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!
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! : )
Love you guys!
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! 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… Avett, you came over and made your best monkey noises when you saw our monkey! Oooh ooh oooh! Ah ah ah ah!!!! Sweet Frei watched from the sidelines while lying on the Curious George quilt. : ) And Finn didn’t want to be left out of the Play Dough fun! Avett, you spent a lot of time working on your cutting skills with the scissors… While Cody, you worked on using the different shaped cookie cutters… Avett, you then wanted to work on rolling the Play Dough to make snakes… Another fun morning activity with both of you! I love these simple mornings with you. : )
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!