Sunday, June 29, 2008
This is the bug we made out of recycled materials for the library. They are havinga display & competition for bugs created out of recycled materials. We used a juice box and wrapped it in a grocery bag and she colored the outside and then for the legs & teeth we used juice box straws, a pop tab for the nose, and water bottle caps for the eyes.
Thanks again to Luanne, Ryan, Lucie, & Henry for letting us stay at your house the last week and a half.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Before we went to the zoo we went to the Delafield library for a puppet show. Isabel loves puppets, so she was very eager to get there. While we were there, Isabel won a little readng poster. Next week their Wednesday afternoon activity is the Bug Ball (dance), so I think she will love that. We hope to get to the zoo again next Wednesday evening as well.
Yesterday we had Rachael over for the day again and our friends Michelle, Noah & Olivia came over to play with us in the morning. In the afternoon we went to our friends Kelly & Drew's house to play and have them show us around their place, as we go to their house this weekend to housesit.
Today we joined our friends Mary & Ben and Lori & Rachael at the Wirth Park Aquatic Center. We had a great time there and we recommend it very highly! She slept for 20 minutes on the ride home and that may be it for a nap for her today, although she seems in good spirits. It may be an early bed night for her tonight then. This afternoon we are babysitting for our friends Clara & Julia.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Here is a slideshow of Isabel & Rachael playing in the sprinkler this afternoon. I will post a few of my favorite photos from here in the next post.
This afternoon we played in the backyard. The girls had a good time running through a sprinkler toy and playing with the outdoor toys. They also thought it was fun to come sit on my "dry" lap after they ran through the water. I got quite wet. Afterwards, we all changed and went for a walk until Rachael's mom came to pick her up.
The girls had a good day playing with each other.
Today we have Isabel's friend Rachael spending the day with us again; she'll hang out with us again on Thursday. The three of us first went to storytime at the Oconomowoc library and they both really enjoyed that. We met our friends Sophia, Tommy & Elizabeth there. Afterwards the three of us went to Westover Park. This park is designed more for the able-bodied climber. Isabel isn't quite there, but loves practicing and takes her time so that she can learn and be safe.
The girls are just so silly when they are together. Right now they are napping and I am listening to an audio book of Beautiful Boy. It is the book for our July book club. It is definitly not light summer reading. As soon as I am done listening to this (normally I don't do audio books, but this is what I had available to me), I will begin reading a couple of books from the library adult summer reading program.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Right now we are housesitting for my friends. We have 3 different places we are at over the next few weeks. After that, the plan is to find something to rent month to month. I figured out we can probably double up for 6 months by using our savings, but beyond that we are screwed. So, we may get to stay in WI for another 6 months but it may be inevitable that we have to move away from here. Daddy has now had to start searching in MN for a new job so that we can live in the house that we own. The only way we would move anywhere else would be if they bought our house as part of the relocation. We did have another open house this weekend and a privcate showing this past week, but of the 3 groups through our place none of them want to call it home. So, that's the scoop.
We just don't know what the future holds for us or where we will be living mid-July. The only thing we know is that if we want to stay here or are able to, we will have an income coming in.
As for Sunday, we went to church in the morning (after Isabel & I took a bike ride, she is really enjoying going on bike rides) and then went to the Delafield Brewhaus for their Sunday brunch, which was fabulous by the way. After naptime it was playtime until dinner, then another bike -ride, which daddy came with us on. Then we went out for gelato and walked to Fowler Park. By the time we reached the park it was raining, then pouring. So, she never got to play on the equiptment and we just walked back to the car.
I'll have pictures to post later.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I think Isabel got lots of playtime in today. We started off the day with a trip to the library and post office. Then we came back and all three of us went for a bike ride. That was nice and Isabel liked riding. And then we had a picnic outside while Isabel played on Lucie's playset, which they asked us to bring up from ther basement and set up for them while they were away. Then it was nap time, then to play at friends house, which Isabel played A LOT and ate very little supper. She is now at the age/stage where play is usually more important that eating. I wish I was at that stage.
Tomorrow we are going to plan on going to church and that's about in for plans. If the weather is nice we'll play outside some and go for bike rides again.
Friday, June 20, 2008
This is from this morning as I was getting us ready to go to the park for playgroup. She is watching Super Why! which is her new favorite program. You can watch it on PBS. She is doing great here at Luanne's house. She is sleeping in the big girl bed and taking nice long naps and only seemed to have one nightmare the first night and none last night. And she hasn't fallen out of the big girl bed (twin) yet. She has been enjoying playing with Lucie's toys, as it's like having all new toys for 1.5 weeks. And Lucie has lots of books we have not read before, so that is fun. She likes to "cuddle" now on the couch or chair under a blanket as we read stories together. She will go to one of them and grab a blanket and put in over herlself and say, "cuddle, cuddle."
In other news, she is back to taking 2 steps forward with potty training. She is now starting to periodically tell me when she has to go pee-pee and is going on the potty with a great er frequency and is staying dry or mostly dry at night. So, that's neat. Although, poopy on the potty is a different story, that isn't happening yet.
Playing at Cushing Park We met playgroup today at Cushing park. It was quite sunny & warm today and her little cheeks go so pink. I lubed her up with sunscreen a couple of times while we were there and I made her wear a hat as much as possible, but I did put sunscreen on her head as well. Our friend Carrie let us borrow her sunscreen there and it's a spray, which worked well for doing her head. After Cushing, Isabel & I had a picnic at Riverside Park.
Her Playgroup Twin
This is Isabel & Taryn. Both her mom (Lori) and myself have heard from a number of people that our little girls look so much alike. Taryn is about 4 months older, but other than that they are about the same height and same body structure and same blond hair and blue eyes and are both frequently in pigtails or ponytails, same full lips, and by looks of things they are both right-handed. We had a playdate at their house this afternoon. I love their playroom and took pictures of a couple things I would like to make, get, or have made for Isabel's playroom someday.
AND......Happy Birthday Godmother Jessi!!!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
She was partial to green. Most rides she would choose the green one if it was available.
The big slide was a fun time. She got to go down it once with mommy & once with daddy. As you look in the picture below (with daddy, they are the ones coming down last) it is quite a hike to walk up all the stairs to get to the top. And even as an adult I still felt my heart leap out of my chest as we went down each hump. This was always my favorite.
As a kid we came here evey year in grade school for our end of the year field trip and them mom & dad would take us once every summer. When they took us we would go cash in all our aluminum cans we collected and that would be our money to spend on rides. When we were young, tickets were 10 cents a piece. NO! I am not that old! They are only 25 cents a piece now and rides cost 1-2 tickets. Most of the kiddie rides are 1 ticket, although the train and carousel are each 2 tickets. The rides for the bigger kids are all pretty much 2 tickets. But still, that's cheap family fun.
Any moms in my playgroup that are looking for a good weekend or day trip, you should go check out Green Bay. You could to do Bay Beach and the next door Wildlife Sanctuary (we haven't take Isabel there yet) on one day and then go to the zoo another day. Plus there is the Packet Hall of Fame, which you can intice the dad with. I haven't been there since I was in junior high. There is actually a lot of other neat things to do in GB, so if you do make a little trip out of it, let me know if you need more ideas.
Mommy, daddy, Isabel, Grams, Gramps, Auntie Razz, Uncle Shane, & Blake all went to the N.E.W. Zoo on the afternoon of Father's Day. It was a good time. We enjoyed outselves and I thought they had it very nicely landscaped and had lots of trees and enough space and it felt like the animals were well cared for. I hate when you go to a zoo and the animals don't look well and their habitat feels like a prison. Isabel loved feeding the giraffes and her other favorites were the lions, snakes and fish.
This is cousin Blake and his daddy.
This is daddy & Isabel on the train ride at Bay Beach on Monday morning.
Here she is under the parachute. She was laughing hysterically as they ran under that. Silly girl. She did wear herself out but not enough to sleep for a long time on the way up to Grams & Gramps house. ** This picture did finally show up, just not while I was blogging the first time around.
She really enjoyed the playground here. It helps that she is a tall girl because if she wasn't and was the height of other 2 year old girls she would have struggled more to climb on things since this is for elementary students. Doesn't she look so grown up?!?!?!
This is one of 2 pictures at the playground that I tried to upload. I will have to try again with the other one. I took her here for an hour to play on Sunday morning hoping to get out some energy and get her down for an early nap so that we could leave for the zoo at a relatively decent time. Although all the daddies were taking naps and I think she would have wished the kids had slept longer which would have resulted in a longer nap for them as well.
This is cousin Blake. He is getting around really good these days and is getting close to walking by himself. He will walk behind things and push them. He will be 9 months at the end of the month. It's amazing how much boys work on those gross motor skills so much earlier. At 9 months Isabel was rolling across the floor to get places or she would push herself on her back with her feet. She started crawling just before she turned 10 months.
Anyways, I have pictures of:
Saturday: Isabel at a trial gymnastics class
Sunday: Isabel playing the Lena Elementary School playground, pictures of cousin Blake, pictures from the N.E.W. Zoo in Green Bay
Monday: Pictures of Isabel with us at Bay Beach Amusement Park
For those that are wondering, we are staying at a hotel for a couple days until we start our first stint of house/cat sitting for a friend. We went swimming in the pool here last night and Isabel thought that was so much fun. We are doing a lot of swimming this summer. Molly (the dog) is now at her summer hom on the farm. My parents built a new & bigger kennel for her & Benji to be in with their dog houses.
We had a good weekend by Grams & Gramps and we'll have pictures from our adventures there soon.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
These are pictures from yesterday when she was practicing doing somersaults in her shirt & pull-up. On Saturday morning she is going to try out a gymnastics class on Saturday at Gymlingo (see link on sidebar) with her friend Rachael. It is bring-a-friend free week, so Isabel gets to try it out. The class is for ages 1-3, so it should be perfect.
Yesterday we had our friends Ben & Mary over to go swimming & then later we went over by them to go walking. In the morning we had gone to the Y & to the library to sign up for the summer reading program. Today we had our friends Carrie & Ryan over to play in the morning and then in the afternoon we had dinner with our friends Elizabeth, Sofia & Thomas and then we stayed with the kids so their mommy & daddy could get out for a couple hours.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Here she is laughing in the frogs ribbiting. They have 2 different kids of frogs in their ponds and she found the deep, low croaky ribbit of the bullfrog particularly funny. It was really neat to see her distinguish the sounds.
Isabel took this picture. She was more interested in taking pictures of the frogs rather than touching them.
Monday, June 09, 2008
On Saturday, we (daddy, mommy & Isabel) went swimming and then we spent some time in the resprt basement hoping a tornado didn't hit us. It didn't. On Sunday, we went to church and then got some Little Caesars for lunch and then for dinner we had dinner with friends (see above.)
She thought pouring salt was fun. I didn't think it was so fun when she tried to pour it in mama's wine. Today we me our playgroup at Delafield Sports Commons park. Isabel went straight for the tallest, biggest slide right away. She had a good time, although was not very good about sharing her snacks with her friend Ben. We brought carrots, strawberries & cheddar bunnies crackers. She had not interest in the strawberries until Ben was enjoying them, then she started shoveling them into her mouth by the fistful. Isabel & Ben act like such brother & sister. He's always trying to touch her and she is always like "Mom, he touching me!'
One of Isabel's favorite things to do right now is play Hide & Seek. She only likes to be the seeker. She is sometimes a cheater, but when she isn't she loves to be scared (i.e. you jumping out yelling Boo!) She also got a couple new puzzles that she is enjoying. She loves doing puzzles.
Tomorrow we have our first "Wee Wonders" Class at the Retzer Nature Center. We are all prepared to get wet & muddy (per description) with her rain boots & rain jacket. In the afternoon we have a playdate with some friends. On Wednesday we are going to a birthday playgroup. Thursday is a pretty relax day and Friday we have a park playgroup in the morning and will maybe have a friend over to swim in the afternoon. This weekend we are going to visit Grams & Gramps and are planning on going to the N.E.W. Zoo on Sunday (Father's Day) and Bay Beach on Monday.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Kids & stairs.......they are just drawn to them, aren't they.
Isabel loves to put things on to dress up. She has such a fun time with dressing up.
This is hre friend Addyson playing with puppets.
And her friend Christa playing with a cash resgister.
Rachael came over to play all day on Tuesday and Thursday this week. They have a great time playing with each other and get along so well. Rachael & her mommy came on Monday to go swimming with us and also came yesterday afternoon with both her mommy & daddy to go swimming with us. Isabel loves swimming with the pool noodle. She uses is as a horse and ride it around the pool & mommy gets a good workout from that. Today we are going to go get her life jacket out of storage because she tries to be too independent in the pool and she is just not tall enough to stand anywhere but at the stairs.
They kept riding down the slide together and would laugh hysterically. They are both silly girls. Yesterday in the pool, Rachael gave her a hug on the stairs and Isabel hugged her back and said "I love you" and they they were giggling & hugging away. It was very sweet.
I taught Isabel a new way to swing that she can do herself. So, she loves it. She wants to be so independent sometimes, but she just can't do everything (or it's not safe) to do it by herself. So, I am starting to experience some power struggles with that. She sits on a big girl swing just fine now and holds on well. I give her a little push and then I can't push anymore because she wants to be a big girl. She is trying to learn how to pump with her legs. Swinging on her belly is something she can do by herself without mom's help.
They really likes this horse swing because they could both be on it at the same time and Rachael could use her legs in the stirrup part to help push and keep it swinging. (Less pushing for mommy!, Actually, Rachael would tell me to get them started and then to let go because they could do it themselves.)