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! : )
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!
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!