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!
This week Dada played in a disc golf tournament over the weekend, so we hung out with Nana and Papa. On Saturday we went to a “Touch a Truck” event and Farmer’s Market in Johns Creek and had a blast! There were trucks, but even though you LOVE trucks when you are with me in the car, you were both a little overwhelmed when we got up close to the trucks. Avett, we barely got you to hang out in this Bobcat…you actually tried to crawl out right away!
King of Pops (the most amazing popsicles ever) had a stand at the Farmer’s Market, so we got an assortment of pops for everyone to try. They were a hit!
After all that dancing you needed a snack and took a break for some “Tummy Bunnies” (aka Annie’s Organic gummy bunnies). These “tummy bunnies” cure everything that ails you right now. : )
After the “Touch a Truck” event we went to Nana & Papa’s for a nap. You guys were worn out and took an almost 4 hour nap! While you slept Mama and Nana made some Queso (your FAVORITE) from scratch! We got some cute little star shaped cracker and cut out a tortilla into the shape of a moon. You loved it! Avett loved the star shaped crackers!
Cody, it is frightening to think of all the things you are going to get away with in life by using the sweet face. : )
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!
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… We stopped to rest for a minute, have a snack, and share a sweet smile with Justyce. Then, it was back to play in the fountains! Avett, you were really impressed by the big fountain! After the splash pads we walked on over to the playgrounds. The slides were a big hit with everyone… Cody, you were getting a little sleepy… Justyce was a little wary of how high the slide was…But, once she started sliding down she warmed up to it!Justyce and Tikiyah had a little drum session… Thanks to Tikiyah & CeeCee for such a wonderful outing! We love you so much and our lives are better with you in it!
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. : )
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!
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!
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!