Friday, April 1, 2011

Playtime...and other Happy Times!

During Spring Break, my brother and his two kids came out to play one day. Luckily, we had the opportunity to go to the local playground. It's so wonderful to be outside again and to see the kids exploring the equiptment after months of being cooped up inside. Jack and I enjoyed the swings together
Oh, and that little booger LOVES to eat!
Alaric has been working on riding his new bike. It's big and he's slow and he gets scared easily. One evening after Brian got home from work, Alaric decided to practice. There was lots of whining and fussing but by the end, he was moving slowly down the street with his own cheering squad including neighbors getting out on their bikes too, friends running beside him cheering, and even neighbors yelling from their porch he was doing a great job! It was fun to see him smile, knowing that no matter what- he was supported! Mara got out on her new bike too!

We are still potty training with some successful days and some unsuccessful days. After a potty accident outside, she just wanted to be stripped down and so....my naked child in the carport!

As a way to try to put some emphasis on making memories instead of just buying stuff for birthday gifts, Grammy and Papa gave Alaric a morning out together....a date. Alaric was so excited to have them both to himself for the whole morning. Everyone had a blast! They went to Toys R Us, where Alaric got to pick a toy and they looked at EVERYTHING and then headed to McDonalds for a Happy Meal and to play on the playland stuff. All three had a blast and Alaric was talking about the date for days!
We headed to Decatur to the children's museum where Amara multi-tasked and ironed and swept at the same time ( I wish I could do that)
The kids, especially Alaric, suprised me when they asked to climb in the 2 story art sculpture thing. They both climbed all the way to the top!
Amara started an art class! Every Wedensday for 4:45 minutes, Amara and I go to Monticello Christian Academy where the art teacher there ( and friend of mine) is having an Art Smart class for two and three year olds and thier child care providers. This week was our first session and Amara loved it! She got to paint on bubble wrap and then do prints! I'm so excited to do something creative with just her while Bubba is at school!
The kids begged to help me clean the bathrooms. And while it is more work to have them help, they were so eager and I loved having them help! Each had their own spray bottle ( of water) and they got started on the mirrors while I did the rest. I think they could have lasted 45 minutes cleaning the same spot on the mirrors if I let them!
I found them taking a break, with Mara in the sink! SO cute!
We are just as busy as ever but having some fun moments along the way!

1 comment:

The Buehnerkemper Family said...

Looks like such a fun spring break! I can't belive how big Jack is - he's so cute! I can't wait to have some fun playdates with you guys this summer!