Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer Fun

We've packed this summer with lots of activities thus far. I've been so busy playing that I have not recorded much here on the blog, yet. Be prepared for the deluge. My goal is to have one post a day for most of July and that will just be playing catch up.

It would not be summer without a little water fun. We let the children play while we filled up water balloons. I enjoy water balloons but am always annoyed by how long it takes to fill them up. We spent at least half an hour filling up the balloons only to have the children use them all up within three minutes. Wow.

We gave N. one of the reject balloons. It had a small hole and he enjoyed drinking the water.

Three minutes of entertainment.

Once we were out of balloons, we decided to soak the kids with the hose. Bee was the only one interested in this activity, the boys were too scared. She really got into it and would let Sierra spray directly on her.

Summer weather had not yet arrived and we started feeling cold about this time. We had to find her some substitute clothing to wear for the rest of the day.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Still Cute

This is how she stays entertained upstairs while I teach seminary down. 

Here she is resting on my knee while watching her favorite television program, the Dinosaur Train.

It is rare to catch her beautiful smile on camera.

Hair elastics as rings

She indepently wrote out the letters from the alphabet and then presented them to her father.  The 'f' is in the top left corner and the 'g' is horizontal and  lowercase.

The T-rex family. Notice their three-toed feet
Chomping down on watermelon.

This is her version of a pteranodon. She pretends to be a pteranodon at least five to six times each day.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Most Perfect Day Ever, Almost

One morning I decided to bike to the local park for a picnic. I made up a yummy portable lunch, loaded the little one into the bike trailer, and headed out the garage door. The cool air was perfect. We rode around the park twice and then parked in a small grove of trees. We spread out the blanket and enjoyed the morning. It was so idyllically perfect, just like out of a storybook. everything about it was beautiful. I loved watching her and playing with her. She was in a great mood and was happy as she had ever been in that park, even though we were not near the playground, the ducks, or any toys.

She made a mushroom family collection.

We ran around, and we also spent a lot of time flying from spot to spot.

At one point she ran to me from a distance with something hidden behind her back. Then she presented with me a bright yellow dandelion. It was the sweetest thing ever.

I did not capture this sweet offering the first time, luckily she did it a second time. Isn't she precious. I will always treasure the memories from this simple picnic in the park.

The only thing that could have improved this day would have been Benjamin's presence.

Mitt Romney's "non-event" campaign event

See the exciting details of our visit to an official Mitt Romney campaign event in Salt Lake City yesterday:


Friday, June 8, 2012

Playdough Creations

I pulled out the playdoh, the spaghetti noodles, and the cheerios again.This time I challenged her to make a crazy creation. She was engaged in this activity for over an hour and was much more creative that I would have been. Lauren, a college student, joined us for the fun and made her own little creations as well. Bee continues to be very organized in her placement of the noodles and the cheerios. She is very capable of sitting still and focusing on her work when she wants to.

Play dough mustache.

Lauren's adaptations on Bee's original creation.

This is the unicorn bot.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Life is a Zoo

One of my friends is expecting a little girl this fall. She has two little boys and it would be an understatement to say that she was ecstatic about it. She has lots of fun ideas to decorate the baby room, to make blankets,  and to dress her daughter. She asked me, I am still not sure why, to paint a tree on the wall of the nursery. She provided all of the materials and even offered to watch Bee all day so that I could work undisturbed. She took her three children to the zoo. She did not go alone, though, and took two teenagers from church with her. They had a great time and really enjoyed all of the animals. She was especially interested in the giraffes this time. They left at 9 a.m. and did return until almost 9 p.m. It was a little weird to be without my sidekick for an entire day.
Since we are in the modern age, I was able to download these pictures off of facebook to prove that they actually made it to the zoo.

I spent a lot of my day in this room working on this tree. I watched movies on  the DVD player. It was  hard work and I am not entirely satisfied with it. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get the edges smooth. My tree ended up a lot wider and squatter than the original picture she had found off of Pinterest.

Following a suggestion on another blog, I drew the tree on with chalk ahead of time and then painted directly  over the chalk. This was fairly easy and effective. 

I used the tiniest of brushes for most of the tree and it took much of the work day to complete.

I returned another day and helped her place the vinyl leaves she had cut with her Cricut onto the wall, finishing the mural. 

Here is the final product. Luckily the leaves hide most of the flaws. She seems happy with it. I enjoyed helping her out but feel extremely incompetent. I definitely do not know enough about painting and feel like a painting class could have improved my talent and simplified this project. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

She's So Stinking Cute

I can look at pictures of my little girl for hours on end. I love looking at pictures of her. They are not professional and they usually do not have combed hair, but I still love everything about her and have a difficult time not putting all one thousand pictures that I take a month on this blog. It is so hard to narrow them down. The ones I am posting today are cute to me, so here they are.
I do not know what this one is from. I think she might be in the driver's seat of the car.   Ben?

Here she is skyping with her grandmother on a Sunday. She spent most of the conversation showing off her extensive knowledge of dinosaurs.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Camping Test Run

I fondly remember camping with my family as a child and want to create similar memories for my daughter. We decided that a simple solution was to camp out in our backyard. This really cut down on the packing time and the effort required. The tent was quickly up and we even filled up the air mattress in the living room before bringing it out. It wasn't a luxury camper, but it was a comfortable camping experience. It was convenient to have the kitchen, the bathroom, and all of our stuff readily available.

Bee continued her work as a 'paleontologist' while we prepared the campsite.

We had a nice fire and were left alone by the mosquitoes.

We read stories, laughed, and told jokes in the tent.

Bee was super excited and slept in between the two of us. She loved 'camping.' I was extremely grateful we had chosen to camp in the backyard. Especially when I woke up at 1 a.m. to a warm, wet feeling between Bee's body and my own. I ended up going in, cleaning up, and sleeping in my own bed for the rest of the night. Benjamin brought Bee in a few hours later when she woke up crying. The tent was empty for the rest of the night. We found out later that our neighbor (who is legally blind) had a scare that night. She had woken up during the night and heard our little girl outside crying. She worried that she had somehow escaped and was wandering outside alone. She was ready to rush down the stairs to the rescue. Luckily she overheard Benjamin trying to console her and she stayed comfortably in her home. Now we're ready to go on a real camping trip this season.