Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Home (February 16-22)

We spent a lot of time at home this week.  Lots of time in pajamas.  Playing inside and out.  Chasing.  Tickling.  Reading.  Giggling.  

February 16:  Brenna, Liam and I made new rainbow rice.  I first made some for Liam when he was around 1.  It still holds his attention.  Perfect for "doing hard work".

Brenna loves it too.  Unless it is stuck to the bottom of her feet.

Teething is hard work.  Brenna has been tired and cranky with four canine teeth budding.

February 17:  Fun on a slide.  Brenna can climb up and slide down on her own.  Victory!

"More tickles!"  What kids ask for more tickles?  Mine.

February 18:  Multitasking and marble racing.

Naked post-bath reading.  They went to pick out books and couldn't wait to get their pjs on to start reading.

February 19:  Brenna loves these butterfly wings.  And Liam loves his cape.  Brian was forced into the Olivia backpack, though.

Christmas (jammies) in February.

And picking out bedtime books (again).

February 20:  Brenna and Liam were being robots, with boxes on their heads.

And attacking Dadda.  With supervision, as always, by Ravioli.

February 21:  Brenna insisted on a shirt, shoes and no pants.  The pigtails were my idea.

Liam wanted to be "no pants", too.  Not only does Brenna mimic Liam, but he mimics her, too.

I picked up Oma and Opa on my way home from work.  Opa got right on the floor to play a board game with Liam and Brenna.

And did a bit of post-dinner dancing.  What a good sport.

Someone is getting really good at stairs.

February 22:  Here is a strange Brenna fact.  She likes my feet.  She'll snuggle my feet, particularly it seems when she's not feeling well.  I was busy making breakfast for everyone and she really just wanted a snuggle.  So, she got down at my feet.  Strange girl.

We all went to the Exploratoriam (again).  Opa might have been the most intrigued by the place.

But Liam and Brenna still love it, too.

We found a lot of new things we hadn't seen before.  The music and lights grabbed Brenna's interest, in particular.

Waiting for Opa.  He was having such a good time we often had trouble finding him!

It was a beautiful day, so we ate lunch outside and got to climb on the outdoor exhibits, finally.

Liam loved this thing.  He climbed all around it.  

Totally unstaged.  Geniune smile.  Opa just having a blast with his grandkids.  Love.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Giggles (February 9-15)

This week there were so many giggles.  And tickles.  And chase.  The weather remained dreary most of the week, but we made up for it staying inside and being together.

February 9:  Sunday morning.  Rain.  We stayed in our pajamas.  And made really ugly Valentine's day sugar cookies.

The kids were still in their pajamas at lunch.  And during their naps.  They put real clothes on in the evening since we had friends over.  Now that's a lazy Sunday.

February 10:  We played chase.

And tag.  

And gave tickles on command.  Well, Ravioli gave kisses since she doesn't have an opposable thumb. 

February 11:  She's a butterfly princess with a lovey, of course.

He has his lovey, too.  And giggles.

February 12:  Is it spring yet? 

We've been working a sticker chart.  One sticker for each new food tried.  Tonight Liam and Brenna filled up their charts (Brenna is a willing food trier, but who doesn't like a little healthy sibling competition!).  

The reward?  A beloved backhoe.  Liam had been asking for one.  He's in love. 

This little girl is so sassy.  Tonight she wanted to pick out her own pajamas, like every night.  She added a little flair with her hello kitty ("KeeKee!") top and penguin ("Pingu!") bottoms.

February 13:  When Liam is at school, Brenna doesn't have to share the dress up clothes.

More running and chasing. 

Brenna keeps finding the toys I have sorted out of our play area to give away.  This one has renewed life, now.



And Octonauts in the bath tub.

February 14:  For Valentine's day, I got a lap full of jumping toddlers. 

Liam decided to skip a bath (usually one of his favorite parts of the day) in favor of playing with his beloved backhoe.  He loves it that much.

So Brenna got the tub to herself.  She chose "Oka Dots!" for pajamas and accessorized with some sparkly beads, of course.

February 15:  It was supposed to rain - again - so we headed out in the morning to try and get some outdoor time in while it was still dry.  That meant a donut and the playground.

Then lunch out with an ice cream cone for dessert.  Of course, both kids ended up losing most of their ice cream on the walk home.  Much sadness. 

More chase up the hallway, this time with a stroller for Brenna and a ball each for Liam and Ravioli. 

A rainy Saturday night is the perfect night for hot chocolate with marshmallows.  All over yourself.