Thursday, July 31, 2008
Isabel's favorite thing was walking on the blocks. She also was able to follow my instructions and climbed top the top of the tall slide by herself, which meant I did not have to follow behind boosting her up to level.
Yesterday we went to the Y for our classes, then had snacks in the cafe with our friends and then went to the library to pick up some new books & videos. That evening we had dinner with Jeff, Lynn & Luz that I made.
Today we mostly stayed here except for a shopping trip to Target & Michaels to get some things for Jeff's house that he asked us to pick out. We did go outside during the morning to have some adventures in the woods & on the rocks. We also made some drawings on the driveway, including a hopscotch and four-square.
Not sure what is really on the docket for tomorrow.
We were hoping to know what our plans for the future were by tomorrow, but the other place is not deciding who they are offering a job to until Monday. There is a possibility that we are going to move back. Daddy had interviewed at a couple of places and has one offer and possibly another. This has been a stressful year and extremely stressful summer and as much as we like living here and like our friends and daddy enjoys his job, well, we can't go broke or crazy from stress. So, we'll see.
And I guess a strom ripped through out town. One of our neighbors called to say that our house was unharmed but that there are some big branches of ours down and they have trees of theirs that are down, one of which is through their garage roof. And there may be some down lines. Daddy called the utility companies and they basically said, Get In Line. And if anyone saw it or read it on CNN, there was a plane crash at the small airport (only 2 miles from our house) that went down and killed seven people. I don't know anymore details than what I read from the CNN article, but they were flying in for a meeting with a local company.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
We walked to the park nearby and as soon as we got there it started to pour. Isabel loved it. She loves playing in the rain & in puddles. Needless to say she will need a clothing change before we go out to eat for grandma's birthday tonight.
We made a German Chocolate Cake for grandma's birthday celebration this evening. Isabel helped sprinkle the pecans and pour everything into the bowl and mix it. She is so much better now and getting thing IN to the bowl when she pours them.
Rarely are there pictures of Isabel & I since I am the one taking the pictures. This is a picture that our friend Luanne took when we made jam recently.
Anyways, these are some pictures from Wednesday. We went to Lyons Park in Muskego and it was quite hot there in the full sun, so we only stayed for a little while. Then we wentt o this country store place (I forget the name) that is basically like a FT farmer's market. We bought some fresh eggs there (from their chickens that Isabel got to see) and some cookies from their bakery and some yummy WI cherries. That country store had lots of picnic tables outside and a playset, so she was able to play there for a while. That evening we joined cousin Jeff & his daughter and her boyfriend out for dinner. It was very yummy.
Yesterday morning we met our friends Luanne & Lucie at Wirth Park. I don't have any pictures from there, but we had a lot of fun. It was a great day to be at an aquatic play center. After naptime we packed up and headed to MN (after some errand running.)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Well, today we stayed home all morning waiting for the mail lady to bring our laptop Express Mail from grandma and grandpa's house. We forgot it there. Bah!
So, we got some good puzzle playing, painting, book reading, block building, coloring, & video watching in during that time.
This afternoon we went to Muskego County park to swim & play in the sand. I will have pictures from that later. We built rivers & lakes in the sand and floated our boats out to the pond/river.She did some swimming and we also watched the fish on the other side that were very friendly and seemed to want to be fed.
So, the pictures you see here are from painting this morning and a picture I tool from my camera phone that I sent to daddy. I took other pictures, but haven't gotten around to uploading them.
Later on we met up with our cousin Jeff and went our for dessert at the Gingerbread House. We had some very yummy desserts.
We had a picnic with lots of yummy food at George's Pond and went swimming. It was the three of us, grandma & grandpa, Uncle Al, Auntie Razz, Uncle Shane, & cousin Blake. We had a lot of fun. Isabel also got to enjoy lots of popsicles with grandpa and she enjoyed this.
This coming weekend we are headed to MN to see the other side of the family. And while we are there we will celebrate grandma's birthday. Isabel & I plan on baking her a cake (probably in the most simplest forms) on Friday.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I had read in numerous places about letting kids paint with water. Honestly, I thought it was a bunch of hooey. Why would a kid be entertained by using water to paint? Seems pointless when a kid has perfectly good paints to use. But on a whim yesterday afternoon I thought I would grab a paint brush and gift it to her. It kept her busy for a good 15 minutes, which is great for a toddler. She didn't seem to bore of it. I guess I was wrong. She had fun and so I guess we will paint with water more often.
Isabel just loves popcorn. I know kids are supposed to wait until 4 years old to have it (choking hazard with the hulls, I guess.) Anyways, a friend was babysitting her and didn't know about the 4-year recommendation and gave Isabel popcorn. She loved it. So, now we have popcorn as a snack often. Isabel will say, "I love corn!" She's so passive-aggressive, she never says " Can I have corn? or I want corn!" It's always "I love corn (or fill-in with whatever it is that she wants.)"
After dinner last night I gave her some chocolate pudding. Yes, I know the last 3 series of pictures all have in her suit. She was outside going in & out of the pool for 2 hours Anyways, she does a good job getting herself messy when she eats. We have not taught her to eat like a little lady yet. Daddy bathed her in the kiddie pool afterward to clean off the pudding. After that we went to Books & Co. for their pajama party storytime. That was a nice time. Then we came home and she played her new computer game with daddy and mommy read her more stories. She was a very silly girl last night.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It was a good concert, although much MUCH busier than the last 2 weeks. I am not sure if it was because they are a popular band or maybe it was just such a great night to be out. Next week we will get there earlier (if traffic will let us) and we'll bring in our own food. I waited in line a long time to get our food & then again to pay for our food. It was crazy.
This is a project we did the other. I had a picture of Isabel & Rachael enlarged and then she decorated the frame with jewels and she will give it to Rachael when she gets back from vacation.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
This is just a fun collage of a bunch of pictures of her learning today. I highly recommend taking your 2-4 year old to this class if you can. Our next class will be in August. I can't remember what the theme title is, but I know we are getting wet.
Isabel has been getting a little addicted to a Dora video here and will frequently request "watch Dora again." She never really watched Dora before, although we are always checking out Dora books from the library. So, we decided to fill up Rachael's kiddie pool so that I could convince her to go outside & play. Pretty soon we are going to go meet some friends to go for a walk.
We have been talking to Isabel about her favorites lately. If you ask her, these are a few things she usually responds with:
- Favorite Number: 2
- Favorite Color: Green
- Favorite Animal: Cow
- Favorite Shape: Circle
She pretty consistently picks green as her favorite color and usually if given a choice of items to pick out, she will pick the one that is green.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Happy Birthday to Uncle Al!
Today we hung out most of the day until about 4pm and then stayed for about 4 hours with our friends and grilled out and ate lots of nice food and the kids played. The guys played cornhole.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
My Five Most Embarassing Songs I Enjoy:
* Baby Got Back - fond memories of it from high school & I know all the words
* Come On Eileen - fond memories from the sorority days; we have a dance to this
* Chubbawamba - it just makes me smile
* Mambo #5 - I think of Kendra singing this to me when we went out dancing because my name is in it.
* What a Girl Wants - I just love to sing this out loud
(I notice a lot of people list as these are the songs on their ipod, which I don't have, but they are songs I enjoy nonetheless.)
* Drea - a wonderful mommy who's blog I read (both sons' blogs)
* Jamie - a very organized and loving mom in my playgroup who has incredible patience
* Audra - another mom in our playgroup who has these beautiful girls that are so sweet
* Kristal - another mom in playgroup with beautiful girls. It's hard to tell if they look more like mommy or daddy.
* Jeanette - a friend in Newcomer's who works hard at raising awareness for food allergies
* Lori - a close mom friend in playgroup who is just so sweet and thoughful
* Kendra - my dear friend who has the biggest heart that I know and is so beautiful
* Alison - I have never actually met her, but I have been reading her the blog the longest of all.
Now, doesn't that look like a fun park to visit. This afternoon we plan to meet our playgroup at Fowler Park, although that might change if we can go see a couple of rentals I emailed about.
We did make it to the concert at the zoo last night, but only stayed 40 minutes due the rain. We wimped out in favor of dryer fun inside.
So, this is the play equiptment. You can see a picture of the swings & sandbox in the slide show that will be posted. Remember to click on the picture to make it bigger. There is another park in this community as well. We haven't been to it yet. Both are near our church, so maybe we'll go after/before church this weekend. Stay tuned for the slide show.
Oh - Isabel is on to 5 word sentences now. It was just a week and a half ago that I first noted her first 4-word sentence, and now it's onto to 5. This morning she said, "I want bread too please."
And if someone is looking for a very fun book to buy someone or check out from the library, you should check out: How Many Bugs in a Box?
We have it checked out from the library right now and it is her new favorite book. She often reads it out loud to herself (well, she can't read yet, although she is practicing sounding out things, but she recites from memory and says what the pictures look like.)
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The kids did the limbo, hokey pokey, chicken dance, twist, and danced to lots of other fun songs.
This morning we had Isabel's 2-year doctor appt. The doc was double-booked so she was way behind and we were late for Isabel's class at the Y.....mommy missed her class altogether and just had to go to the fitness center to run/walk. Afterwards we sat in the cafe with our friends and had a snack. Then we went to buy some food and when we left the store it was pouring and we got quite wet. It is raining again now.
After Isabel's nap today we hope to go to the Bug Ball (dance) that the library is sponsoring and later on tonight we hope to meet daddy at the concert at the zoo, but we'll see how the weather is later one. I hope to have some pictures & video of her dancing events. So, stay tuned.