Jun 15, 2011


Happy 1st Birthday!!!!!

We visited the Bentons on Colin's birthday. They were sweet enough to have mini-cupcakes.

I'm not sure why he looks so guilty. He's finally allowed to eat cake!

Unsure of what his responsibility is here.
The Bentons gave him a little glow-worm. It was really cute to look in the van mirror
on the way home and see him playing with it and looking at its face.

We had a tasty lunch outside and let the older kids swim. Good news is that
we get to head over there every Thursday for the summer.

Back at home, Nana came over for dinner and Colin unwrapped his gifts from us.

The girls helped us pick out this little racetrack. It's fun to see them all playing together.

I've tried to put my fingers in that same position and it's painful! haha

Congratulations, Colin, on being such a great addition to our family. : )

The next day, we were invited on a park playdate (kites, picnic, and nature hunt) with some church friends.

Our kite did really well!

Soon, it was just me flying the kite. I only managed to get it stuck in a tree twice.

Madeline and Chloe having a wordless 2 yr. old bonding moment.

Working on our nature journals.

Yep, I'm back with the dollhouse. So I drove the girls around to a couple of garage sales the other day and saw a plain little dollhouse. The tag said $20- no way! But the lady saw me looking and said it was $10. She also said she would give me a discount because the girls were so cute. Tempting, but we just got a wonderful dollhouse. So we went home. And I could not get that house out of my head! The girls had ended up with so much furniture, the nice dollhouse was a cluttered mess. Some of the furniture was too nice to toss, though. Having a second one could accommodate all the doll family members as well as the extra furniture. Also, the girls could each play with one.. you can see I developed crazy brain. So at about 1pm, knowing the sale was probably over, the house was probably sold, I drove the kids back over there. I could see it from the end of the street! It was still there! (as you guessed from the picture) She gave me the house and a couple of bags of even more furniture for $15. I'm no haggler. So I gleefully drove it home and proceeded to set up all the rooms. Next is wallpaper and flooring, but I have about 100 other things ahead of that on the list right now- including this blog.

Little man at church in his birthday shirt from Grandma.

Sunday afternoon, we held a going-away party with the choir for one of our longtime church members, Ben, who is moving to San Antonio. Apparently Mike is cracking everyone up- even his wife next to him- now that's an accomplishment!

These guys found one of Colin's toys and played with for about half an hour-seriously.
The food was great!! Dax smoked a brisket and 2 beer chickens. Other folks brought great dishes, too, including my favorite salads- caprese and potato.

Reader Benjamin's last Sunday Liturgy at St. Maximus.

Have you heard of the little 4 year old girl whose oil paintings are sold for thousands? There's some controversy surrounding the legitimacy of it, but after watching a video of her, I really felt she had something different going on from most young kids. She had a certain focus and creativity in what she painted. Sure, she would throw around the paint, smear colors together, etc. but there was a balance between intent and letting the paint land. All in all, I think her creations are beautiful. Here is the video I watched. Aelita Andre
Here is one of her paintings I like. She gets the most attention for her use of color.

So as with most things I'm interested in, I try to do it myself. The girls watched the video twice and loved it! We got our gel paints, a tarp, and got to work. I was also curious to see if they would adapt some of the techniques Aelita used.

And they actually did! They sprayed water on the paint and watched it spread, they decided to clap paint onto the paper like she did, and they poured straight out of the bottles just like her.

Hannah tried a new technique.

At some point, they turned to monster imitations.

We've had the same muted landscape paintings in our den for awhile, so we put our new creations in those frames. These two turned out the best.

Today was the first of our Summer Playgroup. Each mom takes turns hosting each week and decides what we all do. I've recruited Megan to help me run a music-related day (of course). Lindsey hosted today and we visited a great water park. I've lived here for 10 years and still am amazed at what is just around the corner or down the street. I was nervous at first. Watching 3 little kids in water? With a bunch of other kids running around?

Thankfully the larger pool was closed so all the younger kids could play freely. It was still hard to keep track visually, but we had a group of 8 moms watching our kids, so that was nice.

Colin explored the splash pad. At first he wasn't quite sure, but he got excited about it.

Lunchtime! As much work as having 3 little munchkins is, there's nothing that
can replace watching them all sit together and do day-to-day things as siblings.

Colin likes whole apples. The other day I was very proud about that and texted Dax. By the time I was done with the text, I turned around and the apple had been replaced by a fistful of crayons.

Hannah did a great job swimming on her belly. She was in the water almost the whole time.


melody said...

looks like tons of fun- you are always doing all sorts of neat activities! i love their paintings.

Megan said...

Those paintings are awesome. You should do an art day for a plat group. That would be so fun!