Bike Rides

August 22, 2016 | This summer has been the one of family bike rides. There are playgrounds not too far from us, but not really feasible with a toddler who doesn’t want to ride in the stroller much anymore. Enter the bike trailer and we are SET! We can go longer distances, and explore more area which makes everyone happy. She really loves going into corn fields…a LOT. So we did that many times, as well as walking over a new bridge/waterfall that’s pretty awesome. Potty training while far from home meant cleaning up #2 from a playground on one of these adventures (“Don’t touch the poo momma!” — thank goodness there was a spare diaper in the bike trailer), but it’s totally worth it!

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Scissors

August 20, 2016 | Our Parent-as-Teacher Danielle mentioned that scissors are a great way to work on some fine-motor skills…yikes, really?! I keep thinking she’s too little, but man she was so focused and intense when I gave her the kid-version!  It took some time to get her hands right, but once I did she wanted to cut for 30-minutes straight.  I have to put them away so she doesn’t go too crazy, but it’s still a favorite thing for her to do. We are so sad that this was our last meeting with PAT (budget-cuts). But it was great!

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MLP

August 11, 2016 | While lots of little girls love princesses, I’ve tried really hard to keep that stuff at bay.  Not to say that it will NEVER be allowed, but I wanted to postpone it as much as possible.  But My Little Pony?  Well, it’s a big deal around here.  Potty training has gone so well with her, and I think it’s thanks to the help of My Little Pony!  These small figures are found at Target for less than $3, and they are her favorite.  It started with a couple, then watching the “Friendship is Magic” show here and there, and then the SOFT ponies came along for big rewards as well.  I cannot count how many images I have with her carrying at least 1 pony, and it’s pretty adorable.  When we watch the show, she has to run and go get all of the little figures.  Whichever pony comes on the screen is the one she grabs!

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the Flower Shop

August 7, 2016 | I decided to do mini-sessions this Summer, and collaborated with a florist that I adore. After finding the stand at a garage sale, staining it, and adding in her flowers, it was a huge hit with the 10 little girls that booked with me!  At the very end of the minis, I asked Dave to bring E to the park where I was setup for some pics too.  She loved it, and is now convinced that her momma works at a flower shop!

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the County Fair

August 6, 2016 | Our county fair is just a bit South of the house, so it’s an easy trip to see some 4H animals and participate in the kid-activities!  It was also E’s first time to see/use a porta-potty. Totally gross for me, not to mention hot/sweaty, but this was the start of an obsession with using porta-johns. Why?! But even more important, is that this was the first time E would ride a ride all by herself!  I was totally nervous to walk away once I buckled her in, but as soon as the ride began she was THRILLED.  She couldn’t turn that steering wheel fast enough, and her smile lasted until the cars slowed down!  It was AWESOME…
After dragging her away from the rides — explaining we were out of tickets — we saw chickens, rabbits, etc before finding the giant box of corn.  Shoes off, and she jumped right in.  The thing that convinced her to get out of there was a funnel cake (also her first)! We love this, because funnel-cakes have a special place for Dave and I. When we were dating we always managed to get one, and would throw some of the powdered sugar into each others’ faces… 🙂 That may be why E has sugar on her face!

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Some cell phone videos too!

Doughnuts & Downtown & New Park OH MY!

August 1, 2016 | We have some really great neighbors, and on a random morning we decided to venture down to a “bar” district to try out a new-ish doughnut shop.  It’s kinda crazy to drive so far for doughnuts, but I really wanted to see this space!  I opted for the s’mores doughnut, and of course E wanted sprinkles.  It was delicious, and all of the kiddos were pretty happy to see that Daniel Tiger was on the projection screen…ha!  Oh, and I should mention I left E in her undies for this adventure (potty in the back of my car) and she did GREAT!

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Megan asked if we could hit Prydes while we were downtown, so we walked that direction to view their amazing collection of breakables dishes.  Then we saw that we were 15-minutes early to opening…so we had to kill time with little kids who want to run around. We found a little space that worked, but wasn’t totally ideal for littles.  Finally it was time to head in, and I knew we were pushing potty-time.  I tried to help E potty outside in some grass, but she wasn’t having it.  Into the shop we go, where they pounded on the piano and started reaching for all the eye-level products.  Holly and I lasted 10-minutes with our toddlers before we had to get out of there.  They want to touch EVERYTHING, and this store has tons of precariously-stacked bowls and cake-plates!  So we made our way back to our cars with the little ones to drive to the new park.

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Poor Holly had to bow-out on the drive over, because sometimes being a good parent means enforcing consequences to bad behavior.  I felt so bad, and wished that we had gone directly to the park (vs. the whole waiting/Prydes stuff).  But we promised to try again soon!  The park was amazing, and not too crazy-busy thanks to all of the rain showers that were happening!  E didn’t even glance at the water until the very end, and then thought it was hilarious that her clothes were soaking wet!  I don’t have proof, but since she didn’t pee (despite sitting on that potty in my car for over 6-minutes) she may have in the splash pad.  But no accidents on the drive home!  I consider that to be an overall WIN… 🙂

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