My parents invited us to their vacation to Nags Head, NC last week. It wasn’t that long of a ride (4 hours—5 hours with traffic) since we live right above in Virgnia, but it was long enough to leave us aching to get out of the van for sure. Miette rode with my parents and Kenzie traveled with me, my brother and his girlfriend. I can’t vouch for Miette but Kenzie did amazing the whole way.
The house my parents rented for the week was one block away from the beach. Every morning my dad and Miette got up and went to walk on the beach watching the sunset and picking seashells. Mommy stayed in bed with MacKenzie until she woke up at 6:30.
There was a lot of beach going (for a couple of hours a day). Both girls did surprisingly well. Kenzie enjoyed playing in the sand and Miette did very well with staying in the shallow part of the water. Not any meltdowns until we left.
We arrived Saturday evening and enjoyed unpacking and the view while munching some delivery pizza. Sunday was the first beach day. Not hot and not chilly…perfect 84 degree weather. Monday though was a rainy all day. So it was inside we were stuck….alllll day. The rest of the week was our saving grace. Perfect weather though the news called for scattered thunderstorms all week.
Along with living the life of beach bums during the day there was a lil put put gaming going on.
My little girl turned 4 years old Wednesday June 26th. She has been looking forward to her birthday for two months now so we had to show her a calendar everyday and countdown to her birthday and her birthday party, which was yesterday. The thing she was most excited for was to see her friends from preschool again! Gotta love her! We celebrated her birthday by taking a trip to Richmond to the Childrens Museum in Short Pump. Such an adorable place! Miette and Kenzie loved it. Kenzie was at the in-between stage. She thought she was too old for the baby/toddler section that’s blocked off so they can crawl/walk around. The big kids looked like they were having way more fun so she was determined that’s what she was going to do first. Miette was all over and she probably could have spent all day there if she wasn’t so wiped.
Then came a two day period of nothingness which she asked over and over when her friends were coming over for her party. But I did get a little bit of productivity and education out of it. I bought ABC foam pieces and wrote words on paper and she had to make the words. Start working on word recognition. She wasn’t a big fan of this activity.
Then finally came Saturday! The most coveted day of the month. It was a whirlwind because I did very little setting up the day before due to needing the big muscles of my brother to move things around so I could decorate. We were finally finishing it all up when the first people came. Talk about a stressful momma! I didn’t even have time to change or do makeup or anything. But it was a great success and it wasn’t as stressfull as I was making out to be. All the girls were just happy to play and be together.
We decorated princess tiara’s before the cake and ice cream and presents. But in truth they just wanted to play. Way to excited!
It has been so insanely hot and humid in VA this week. Usually I would keep the girls (Miette and Abbigal, the girl I babysit) in most of the time so as not to pass out from heat exhaustion but Monday we ventured out for a couple of hours while Kenzie took a nap in the morning. They enjoyed the playset for a total of 10 minutes before complaining about the heat so they changed into bathing suits and jumped into our little baby pool to cool down. Then I made them jump out into the shade for a snack. They love being able to eat outside then jump in and out of the pool.
That sums up our past weekend. Saturday we took it easy and spent some time outside (it was way too hot to spend very long out!) at my mothers house playing in the water and bubbles.
For the rest of the day we took it easy and relaxed at the pool later in the evening. On Sunday we made a early start and set out to Richmond to visit Miette’s greatgrandmother Gigi. She hasn’t seen her as much since we moved 2 hours away and I knew she would like a semi-surprise visit. Gigi loves to collect old vintage everything (a lot of old dolls and toys) so her house is eye candy for both girls.
Then back home it was and almost straight to my moms (their Maw-Maw) so Daddy and I could have a much needed Date Night! So fun to relax and eat and get some ice cream. I love spending time with him and he’s been working extra hard this summer since I’m taking the summer off mostly. Such a sweetie!
Now that school is over and summer break has begun I have time! O what a wonderful thing that is time! I have been enjoying spending all day with the girls. There has been a lot of swimming and on Saturdays Miette is doing T-ball with the YMCA. Love!!
Miette: “I’m going to make a ghost mommy. She has a belly button so she is a good ghost”–while playing with playdough
We have awesome snow! Just enough to get a good play in. It snowed Wednesday night and Friday evening. So soft and fluffy! Everyone had a blast including Kenzie. Though it wasn’t enough to make a snowman and it wasn’t packable snow, so no snowballs either.
Since we were pretty much stuck inside I fixed up an easy notebook for Miette so she could practice more on her Alphabet. All I did was dot all the letters on cardstock paper and stuck them in paper protectors. Now she can do them over and over again. I sit with her and we name them and repeat what sound it makes as she traces them.
One thing about being stuck inside is that it makes me cook special treats. My favorite cooking show is The Pioneer Woman and on one of her episodes she made delicious looking Banana Boats. So we recreated them and it was as delicious as it looked on the show.
I loaded ours with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and heath bits! So Good!! You slit a banana down its middle move the banana inside to the side and stuff to your hearts desire. wrap it up in foil and stick in the oven for about 25 minutes.
MacKenzies eats include spaghetti and strawberries. The spaghetti was tolerated but the strawberry was demolished in seconds. I love the fact that when I gave her the spoon and bowl of spaghetti she was put the spoon on the bowl and then bring the spoon to her mouth. Babies amaze me of how observant they are!
When she couldn’t get any spaghetti on the spoon to eat then she opted to try to get it by eating the bowl.
Then she figured out how to get those chubby little fingers in there and grab what she wanted.
The strawberry was by far the messiest food I’ve given her so far.
Whenever I pull out the camera Miette has got to be sure I at least get several photos of her (several meaning about 100 of her doing silly faces and poses).
I remember when Miette turned 6 months and started eating baby food. I completely went by the book. One new food every week starting with veggies and ending with fruits than meats. I didn’t mess around at all or stray from what the doctor told me and from what my baby book told me. When it comes to MacKenzie its a totally different experience. She is such a big eater! She has been downing 6-7 ounces of milk every two hours (like clockwork) for the past two months. We started her on the oatmeal when she turned 5 months then very shortly after that the pediatrician gave us the go ahead to give her baby food. Green Beans was the first choice. She took to the spoon and the whole eating immediately. I didn’t follow any guidelines really due to the fact there is no food allergies on my side or Kyles side of the family (though her cousin on her Dad’s side did turn out to be allergic to eggs when introduced) We started on peas and sweet potatoes within the next week. Next was the apples and bananas and pears. Miette and MacKenzie both prefer the veggies over the fruits. Kenzie will down a container of green beans or squash in a matter of minutes but when it comes to pears or apples its slow going and only a little bit (Miette was the same way and is still to this day a veggie eater)
Just recently we started to take more of a Baby Led Weaning approach. Our first dabble in that was a big wedge of banana (don’t have any pictures just video) Here is a great leaflet about it. Kyle and I decided to do a mixture of the two (mainly because I’m a big baby and I hate the gag reflex–makes my heart jump lol).
This week has been a tad bit crazier to say the least. Earlier this week Miette and I made winter cupcakes after dinner. She helped give me all the ingredients then after they were cooked she helped frost them and decorate. Such a blast. Not the most prettiest cupcakes I’ve seen but they were delicious!
I set up a counting game using a egg carton and pom poms. We started practicing 1-5 which I was surprised of how confusing she found it. Usually she is really good at counting but when it came to me telling her she needed to put 3 pom poms into the section she had a hard time. I’m sure she’ll get better the more we do it. What great math practice!
Yes, she is in her favorite princess dress. She was preparing for a friend from preschool princess birthday party the next day but she ended up missing it. Both her and her sister were running slight fevers so better safe and sorry especially with all this flu. She was not a happy camper when I told her we wouldn’t be able to go. Such a hard thing to do.
Our neighboors beagle has puppies that just turned 6 weeks so before they gave them all away we went over and saw and played with them. One thing about me is that I am a huge animal lover and of course I couldn’t leave without snagging one of them adorable pups. She’s too tute!!!
There is a little jealousy between the puppies (I have to keep reminding Sy that he is no longer a puppy but he just will not listen) so the first night was a bit difficult. Usually Kyle and I have no animals (some night Jack Frost (our kitten) will sleep with us on and off throughout the night) in bed with us but Friday night we had all animals in bed. Puppy, Lab, and cat piled in with us. Not very comfy at all.
Saturday was stuck in the house with two girls who slept most of the day. So a lot of cleaning and wiping noses for this tired mamma.
Sunday though was beautiful outside! Such nice weather in January. All we needed was a jacket and we were outside most of the afternoon.
Miette was gifted a bike for Christmas from my parents and its been pretty horrid outside since then with all the rain and cold so today was the first time we could get it out and ride. But first we had to work on it a bit (I had to tighten the bolts for the training wheels) so we put on our workin hats and got the tools out.
Tomorrow I have off so I get to enjoy another amazing day with my loves!
We have been pretty crafty over here in La Casa Lally. I’m pretty obsessed with Pinterest as is most everyone I know and this weekend I tackled some of the cute crafts I saw on there. My favorite thing about getting artsy fartsy is getting to spend that time with Miette and MacKenzie and engaging their imagination. With every craft we do (and really everything we do) is a teachable moment that opens up questions, answers, and knowledge. Here is a countdown of our crafty selfs:
At school we have had the same welcome banner hanging up since I don’t know when and I thought it was time to change it up. I made my mom a new wreath to hang up by super gluing crayons to a foam wreath I had wrapped in a cute design ducktape. Then I made some cutouts with the circut cutter (that I had borrowed from the school–perks of being a teacher) and then super glued them to the crayons. It took some time but it was so worth it! Miette helped by picking out the crayons and handing them to me as I super glued them on. Sparked a conversation about colors and color families.
Our fridge has been desperately in need of some magnets. Saturday we set out to change that. I bought a small pack of large colorful buttons and a pack of magnetic strips and we just stuck them on and ta-da. Sparked a conversation about magnetism.
Miette and I had a talk about being a big girl and what were some ways we could add chores to our daily routine. So while I surfed the pinterest I found this awesome FREE downloadable chores list that was perfect for what I needed. I just printed out on a purple cardstock paper. slipped it into a page protector and put those magnetic strip magnets on the back of that and posted it on the fridge.
After all that crafting we settled down with a nice cup of hot chocolate (I put a bowl of mini marshmallows and chocolate chips so Miette can make her own).