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 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 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 2

Yesterday we decided to throw on our bathing suits and have some fun on the deck.  We started by filling up the water table, adding a squirt of dish soap, and having a good old fashioned car wash…

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Avett, you thought the cookie monster car looked especially dirty and needed a deep clean…

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Cody, you had a great time just pouring the soapy water between these two cups.  You were so focused and did a great job keeping the water in the cups!

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And then…you thought you needed a soapy beard.  : )

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Avett, you kept saying “Bubbles!  Bubbles!” and had a great time just feeling the bubbles between your fingers…

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While Avett dipped his toes in the pool, Cody decided to water my pot of mint and petunias with her bumble bee watering can…

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Avett, I love that when you are really concentrating you stick out your tongue to help you focus…

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Rush hour traffic puts Cody in a bad mood…

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At least her curls look fabulous.  : )

 

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AVETT!  Are you pouring your bubbles into the water table????  Can you say

B-U-S-T-E-D?

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52 Project/Week 1

Today I decided to start off the 52 Project while you were playing on the deck having your snack.  We spend most of our playtime outside these days.  Both of you chant “Shoushide? Shoushide?” before we are even done with breakfast.

Watermelon is a big hit right now with you Cody…

 

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Avett, you are getting over a brutal cough right now and begged for yogurt at the refrigerator.  You are intently working on mastering your “spoon skills”.

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Both of you are both obsessed with rocks right now.  You collect them in a bucket from the yard and driveway, throw them into the kiddie pool, and will hold onto them for hours at a time.  Cody was playing with one on the porch today…I love this of your sweet little belly button!

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The 52 Project-Coming Soon To A Blog Near You.

While I’ve had the camera out a lot in the last two years I truly feel like it is never going to be enough.  Each day brings a flood of precious moments with these sweet kids that I feel like I can never possibly come close to capturing all of the reasons in a day that I feel lucky to be their mother.  I cannot believe I am celebrating Avett and Cody’s 2nd birthday.  I’ve thought long and hard about what to do for them for their birthday this year.  We REALLY don’t need any more toys…especially since a mixing bowl and a spatula are all they really need to be happy.  So, I’m going to try to do something a bit more personal…something that will tell them a little more about their mother and hopefully capture some of their precious and fleeting childhood memories.  Every week I am going to get out the camera and take some portraits that capture a day in the life of our little family.  Happy second birthday to the funniest, sweetest, cuddliest little two year olds I know.  You are loved more than you can possibly imagine and joy follows you everywhere.