Sunday, August 18, 2013

Critters (August 11-17)

Lemurs, horses, a peacock, zebras, kangaroos, an elephant, a monkey, a dog, and a caterpillar.  This week was full of lots of creatures and critters.  The week started out with two trips to the zoo (one was a do over).  And it ended with a home made caterpillar.  In between were lots of laughs and memories.



August 11:  We headed to the San Francisco zoo in the morning to meet up with some friends.  We waited for them at the lemurs, and blew off a bit of steam.


Brenna is always happy to get out of the stroller and walk around. 


One of the first things we did with our friends was ride the carousel.  Everyone loved it.


Liam had such a blast with his friend, Lucas.   


He was in a great mood, too.  Until we were close to the exit.  Things went south, quickly.  And he screamed the entire way home.  Somehow Brenna fell asleep sitting next to him and slept the entire way.


August 12:  Monday morning Liam really wanted a zoo do over.  So, while I headed to work, the rest of the crew headed back to the zoo.  The zebras and giraffes at the entrance are always a hit.


We skipped the Australian animals on Sunday, so they went to see them on Monday.  The kangaroos were sleeping, as usual.


And Liam spent some time greeting the only elephant at our zoo.


When I got home from work, we checked on the work "the guys" (our construction crew) did during the day.  The giant dirt pile in our garage was a dream come true for Liam.


Both kids are starting swim classes tomorrow, so I picked up a towel for Brenna (Liam already has a shark towel) and she loved it.  She pranced up and down the hall for quite a while wearing it.


August 13:  It finally warmed up in San Francisco.  It was warm enough for Brenna to be dressed like this at dinner time, after swim class.


Both Liam and Brenna did great at swim class and were in a great mood at bed time.


We've started doing half of bedtime with both kids, in Brenna's room, since she is now going to bed just before Liam does.  They both really love reading stories all together in bed.  We all do, actually.


August 14:  Another day, another snack cup that Brenna shared with Ravioli.


And then we got all three toy guitars out for a little play along to some music.


We also did a little "hard work" in the dirt pile in our backyard before dinner.


And practiced our balance on the extra wood boards.


August 15:  I picked up some storage boxes at Target today, and a new bubble machine.  The bubble machine was a huge hit with Liam and Brenna.


They also got some new flip flops for swim class, which Liam immediately wanted to try on.


Every time we go into the garage now, Brenna looks for the bubble machine and points excitedly. 


Bubbles are toddler heaven.


August 16:  I rearranged some of our arts and crafts supplies today, which mean they were suddenly interesting to Liam.  He wanted to do a little painting on his easel.


He likes to paint his hand and make prints on the paper.  He used to hate getting messy, but now he'll cover his hands in paint, roll in sand, and do lots of other things that used to really dislike.  Funny how a toddler's personality can change.



Brenna did some drawing with markers and crayons while Liam painted.  



And then they did a little art together.


August 17:  I used the last of the eggs this morning and felt inspired to create a caterpillar.  Liam was really excited to do it, too. 


The result was pretty cute.


After some art, we went on an "adventure" to the donut shop.  Liam likes to use a spoon to scoop the filling out of the strawberry and cream filled donut.


Brenna likes to eat on the move.  She likes to do everything on the move.


When we got home, we set up the bubbles.  Brenna found a little puddle and really enjoyed splashing in it.


Water is fun!


Then it was inside to play a bit.


In the late morning, the SF Food Fest kicked off a few blocks from our house.  We met up with a friend of mine and walked around sampling food from the different vendors.  Brenna tried a fancy quesadilla and crepe.  Liam really liked the kettle corn and ice cream.


When we got to the front of the ice cream line, we looked down at Brenna to see whether she might want some.  And we found this.  She fell asleep on the walk to find ice cream without us noticing.  I cannot believe she just fell asleep in the middle of the crowd!