Kegs & Eggs

March 26, 2016 | I was so excited when we received an e-mail from Lauren that they were hosting a “kegs & eggs” hunt for all of the kiddos.  There would be beverages for the adults and over 300 eggs for the big & little kids to find!  The weather was predicting rain, but nobody minded so we got dressed in the morning and prepared to hunt.  I pulled together a warmer-outfit from the closet, and adored it on E.  I asked if she wanted one, or two piggies and she excitedly says “Two piggies!” 🙂

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After she was sure OUR yard didn’t have any eggs, we drove to our friends’ house to start the fun.  Lauren did an AMAZING job putting this together.  There was a yogurt bar, bagels, sausage, Mimosas, and plenty of beer.  The little kids were set to find the purple & orange eggs, while the bigger kiddos found other colors that were assigned point-values. Including nine golden eggs worth big bucks!  Sadly Georgia & Greenlee didn’t make it to the first annual hunt, but Caiden and Lincoln took the job very serious!

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Once all the eggs were collected, we made our way indoors to escape the cold rain.  The brothers were ready to do some math to determine the winner, and the adults attempted to actually have conversation with toddlers running around.  HA!  We left the E-girls alone together, and upon the first peek-in things looked totally happy and chill…

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So we returned to our friends and I managed to snag a few pics of Nat…who is such a sweet & laid-back baby!  Then I heard lots of loud giggles coming from down the hall.  My sister wanted to peek in first, so I just watched her face expecting to see a big smile.  But the look of shock let me know something wasn’t right…and our E was literally dumping water all over her BFF and the floor.  Then sliding in it…and laughing the entire time.  Both of them were.  Our child is the worst influence!

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Egg “Hiding”

March 22, 2016 | Last year E loved gathering eggs and placing them in her basket.  THIS year the same still applied, only she’s added the skill of asking to hide them for US!  The crochet-eggs I made last year are still holding up, and we used those plus a huge pink egg from the Target Dollar bin to practice for the egg hunts over Easter.  We would have E stand in the corner of the living room, close her eyes, then we say “OK!” and she would start the intense search for her eggs.  After many days of this, she said “My turn!” and made us close our eyes!  Now that’s about as far as it gets, because as soon as she shouted “Ok!” to us she would run to the single-spot where all of the eggs were and say “Right here!”  It’s the darn cutest thing… 🙂

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Swimming Lessons

March 21, 2016 | When your kid has a totally fearless disposition, and you spend lots of time near bodies of water, there’s no choice but to start swimming lessons.  Our local Community Center offered a 4-week/8 30-min class program for just $50, so I thought I’d give it a whirl!  The first class had a sub, and we mostly just sang a lot of songs.  I wasn’t too impressed.  But two days later the real teacher was there and it was really nice.  Teaching them to be comfy being on their backs (head on my shoulder) and focusing on kicking a ball in the middle was awesome.  And having the toddlers reach out for a toy to emphasize stretching out their limbs to swim.  When class is over we have 30 additional minutes to use the pool before it’s open to the public, and we’ve stay for a little bit but it’s COLD.  Well, actually the air is cold and the water feels good by this point!  We’ve had the treehouse dump BUCKETS of water on us twice, and E freaked out.  It’s cold and loud with no warning at all.  But we are getting better at the whole process now that a few classes are under our belts.  The family locker room has these “cabana rooms” which allow you to close your crazy toddler into a private room to change and attempt to get dressed.  Some of the rooms even have a shower/sink/toilet so you can really get ready for the day.  It’s a lot of effort for 30-minutes of pool time, but I can already see some progress.  Today we started dipping our cheeks in the water, with ears/eyes in the horizon.  Full dunk coming before the program is over!  Here’s a few images from the first three classes.

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Egg Coloring

March 20, 2016 | Toddler + color dyes?  That’s a good idea, right?  Add a smock-like bib and a black table cloth, and I’d say it’s worth a shot.  E jumped right into this activity, and as we ate them she always wanted to choose which color was next.  My plan was to just have 2 colors, but once I opened that little package I couldn’t contain myself!

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Spring Break – Day 4

March 17, 2016 | D took Wednesday off so that I could accomplish some work (hence skipping Day 3), so Thursday was Day 4 and happened to be St. Patrick’s Day!  I wanted to have one of the days spent with E’s cousin B, and this was the perfect opportunity to go to a local children’s museum.  We arrived right at opening time which was perfect, and A brought me some Bux <fist pump>.  Things started with guinea pigs at the check in desk, then to a dairy/farming room, a ball-rolling room, a very complete nursery & vet room, the BIG room with giant building blocks, ending with the very wet water room (thank goodness for smocks).  We revisited a couple of the places on the way out, and then just as things were getting crazy it was time to journey to a playground closer to home.  The kids at lunch on a blanket then thoroughly enjoyed the playing & open field for running.  It was such an awesome day!

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Spring Break – Day 2

March 15, 2016 | Tuesday began with a Parents as Teachers meeting (which we love) and E is progressing beyond the chart of her age-range. This program has been great, and we look forward to seeing our Rep each month.  This time there was even a hearing check!  After that meeting we met some of my yoga-girlfriends and their kids at a local reserve/arboretum.  Being around bigger kids makes E want to do everything they do.  At this point, that means I get to do it all as well since I have to help (much to E’s dismay). We packed lunches, hiked along trails & rocks, and E picked a flower in the mili-second I wasn’t looking…oops!

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After nap I broke out the kite — and E’s face was elated!  I was pure chaos trying to fly with the kite, avoid the trees, and take pictures of E at the same time.  They may be blurry pics, but they are some of my favorites!  It was great until the rain showed up and forced us indoors…

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Spring Break – Day 1

March 14, 2016 | Daycare was closed for the week, so I decided to prepare by finding all kinds of fun toddler activities/crafts/plans.  Monday was yoga first (mentioned in previous post).  After that, we went to Trader Joe’s where E got to push her own cart for the first time.  She LOVES to push our cart, so I knew it would be a blast for her.  It was so great for BOTH of us.  I was oddly proud of her as she navigated the store, and placed things we needed into her tiny red cart!

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After TJ’s and some food-samples, we made our way home for lunch/nap.  When she woke up, I braved some PAINTING.  I knew it would make a mess, so thank goodness it was nice outside.  Mosby even hung out with us to supervise her bird house creation.  E painted so thoroughly that the INSIDE of the house was just as important as the outside. The rainbow ribbon wasn’t a hit at all…and that $1 piece is already in the trash… 🙂

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