Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweet Entertainment

The mother of all storms occurred between 5am and 1pm today.  I'm definitely not complaining, though, because the devastation I saw on the news this morning was enough to make me hit my knees that our part of the southeast was spared.  When it seemed that all havoc-wreaking had passed, lo and behold, our power went out.  Hmmm.... What to do to entertain my diaper-clad toddlers?  (It became smokin' hot really quickly, thanks to the onset of post-rain-summery-humidity.  Gotta love the midlands.) 

Peanut butter play doh it was!  Some of my fondest memories as a child center around playing with this yummy stuff.  My mom and a few of her best girlfriends had a play group, and I remember this being one of the most exciting things we ever got to do.  It doesn't get much better than peanut butter in general, but being able to mold it, play with it and eat it?  You know that's awesome.

Before anyone thinks I'm letting my child possibly choke on a canape cutter, don't worry, I took them away when he started putting them in his mouth!  Funny enough, these are the same ones that I used as a little girl, even though I definitely don't remember that part.  Mom reminded me that she used to let me "make shapes" in my peanut butter play doh, too :)

If anyone is interested in doing this for your little ones, it's super easy to make.  There's no exact science to the recipe, just add in a little of each ingredient until it is easily molded and has a play doh consistency.  Here's what I did, roughly, and it made the perfect amount for two kids:

1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tbs light corn syrup (this was my substitution for honey, since I'm pretty sure we're waiting till age 2 on that)
1 cup dry milk

Again, if it's a little too sticky, add more dry milk.  If it gets too dry, add more pb & corn syrup/honey.  I used a spoon to mix it up well, then went with my hands to make sure it had the right feel.  Have fun!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

To celebrate Easter, we woke up and read a special prayer before going downstairs.  Although Tyler & Caroline are too young to understand it yet, we want them to appreciate the fact that today is special because of Jesus, not the Easter Bunny. 

Dear God, Thank You for Easter
Which comes around each year
So that we all remember
Your Son, who is so dear

Once we made it down there, though, look what we found!

After our french toast casserole and strawberries (that the kids barely ate, thanks to the jelly-bean-filled-eggs), it was time to have fun with daddy!  He'd been on call all night and they definitely missed him.

Happy Easter everyone!  Hope you have a blessed day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Little Bit of Everything

I've developed a bad habit lately of taking 100 pictures in five minutes.  The result of this habit is too many pictures to blog about, but so many that are worth posting.  I want to remember everything, as you all know, so I might do a few of these "clean up" posts.  Bear with me!

A few weeks ago, Nathan decided we should have our first easter egg hunt in the back yard.  Although Caroline and Tyler were soaking wet and covered in mud, they didn't seem to mind the idea so I ran inside and pulled out all the plastic eggs from my "stash" in the closet (patiently waiting on April 24th, of course).  We didn't have high expectations that they would grasp the whole concept, but funny enough, they picked up on exactly what those eggs were about the minute they found the first one.  Tyler tore it open and saw that I'd put a peppermint in it (I was trying to hurry and that was all I could find, don't laugh!), so he threw the entire thing on the ground and began searching for the next one.  Clearly, peppermints are not toddler-enticing... hopefully the jelly beans the Easter Bunny delivered will go over much better :)  Caroline, on the other hand, couldn't have cared less what was inside the eggs.  Her mission was to capture as many as possible and put all of them in her basket, thus getting completely irritated if Tyler beat her to it. 

Last time Granna visited for the weekend, C & T decided they were going to put on a show.  They are so silly and just love to try and fit in the baby doll stroller and pack n play.  I can't tell you how many times I think "hmmm, they sure are being quiet..." and walk in to find them both stuffed into that tiny play pen.  They'll sit there as long as I'll let them, and believe it or not, no one's hair has been ripped out yet (this happened in the grocery store yesterday in the real stroller, but that's another story for another day). 

And finally, Caroline and I decided to run a few errands on Friday by ourselves.  Nathan was post-call and wanted to spend time with Tyler, so she and I dressed for the rain and headed out.  I kept calling her my little "sporty spice" all morning because she looked so stinkin' cute in her itty-bitty warm up suit, so Nathan offered to take our picture together before we left.  I wish she'd been smiling, but oh well.

When we returned, she decided to make sure my new wedges got broken in. This girl loves shoes!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lake Season Begins

Can you tell we were excited?

Straight to the water, no matter the temperature.

"Mama, I don't care that you want my picture in front of this beautiful azalea that matches my dress.  I MUST RUN!  I WILL NOT GIVE IN."

"Hmmm... Birds.... How do I catch them...?"

Caroline:  "Ok, fine, but I will not smile and you better have me hog-tied."

Taking a breather after a long hard day.

Time to feed the ducks!

Having fun with Papa Don.

And finally, the "maiden voyage" to break in the new Bennington.  Thanks for letting us enjoy it with you Granna & Pa!

They couldn't get enough of "driving"...  (So much that Caroline often swatted Granna's hand away when she tried to take control of the wheel.  Ha!)