Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Picked up a 4-pack of these big punching balloons for Alex the wonderbabysitter to use to entertain the troops. Although Alex reported B gave her what-for about blowing them up so big, they enjoyed themselves.
Since then, the balloons have been "big pollens" for the bee family and various other things. This afternoon, we just had a little heading practice for my future soccer stars.
Uncle Kelly would be proud.
Turns out, heading balloons is not easy to catch pics of. Should have used the other camera.
All was lovely until...
Good thing it was a 4-pack.
Monday, July 26, 2010
A few recommendations for things we've been loving...
This was the bribe I paid for the girls to try hard and finish swimming lessons. It just projects a rainbow onto the ceiling or wall, but for some reason (probably because we love Rainbows and everything girly, sparkle-y, or unicorn-y (and yes, that's a word in my world) around here.
It has been appearing in many a play scenario. Pretty cute.
Surprisingly, they enjoyed this more than I thought they would. We also like the Letter Factory DVD by Leapfrog.
This is such a cute series. Simple and funny. We enjoy them so much that I purchased the Elephant (who also goes by Gerald) and Piggie stuffed animals and much acting out of the stories has commenced.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I know painting seems kind of messy. It definitely has to be supervised. Keep a box of wipes handy. But there's just nothing like it. It's very therapeutic.
You know what's also therapeutic? Barrettes.
I've not yet run across a kid who doesn't love painting.
Here is E's road:
I don't know what happened up there in the right hand corner. But it doesn't look good! ;-)
I recommend this paint. You can find it at Wal-Mart and Target, for cheaper than that link.
We put it on a sturdy paper plate that has a lip.
S likes to do her own thing, so first she colored, and then when everyone else was about done, she dove into the painting.
I rarely use smocks, but you could. I find that if I'm sitting right there with a baby wipe in my hand, the mess never gets too out of control. I just don't know that I will EVER stop buying baby wipes. Even though we are technically past that stage now.
We had new friends over -- and by new, I mean we had never met them before. That's the Air Force life, folks! -- for a fun playdate yesterday.
We had lunch and played with ponies for a while (a given) before heading out to the backyard for some wading pool time. Afterwards we did a little art work, which I will feature tomorrow. And then we decided to dig out the play clothes and ham it up!
Fashion show (set to the tune of Candy Cane Jane by the Laurie Berkner Band) :
After one costume change:
Then we moved on to play dance class:
We stood in a circle and pointed our toes (tap, tap, tap)
We practiced our pirouettes, our spins, our bows and our curtsies.
We did them together and then took turns showing off our skills.
Then we put the music back on, and put the CD on random, so whatever came up, that's what we danced to. Taking turns:
And then some duets:
I wish I had some pictures of the dance class before the performances, but I was busy supervising.
They just loved this. We had a grand ole time.