Sunday, June 28, 2009
There was a kiddie table full of activities and snacks to keep everyone occupied.
The fish tank, however, was definitely the social gathering spot for the 'under 3' crowd.
Thanks for including us on your Happy Day, Amelia! We had a splendid time.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The grounds were beautiful, and we found some friends "hiding" around the area. Alex was really excited, if a little cautious, about the Mommy and Baby Dinos that we found.
Perhaps the favorite stop, however, were the interactive chimes. You rang them by stepping on metal panels on the sidewalk. Alex was JUST heavy enough to ring them when she jumped up and down. How fun!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
As it was super hot, we didn't get to all our normal haunts (the farm, rainforest, or minnesota trails). We did go prepared, however. They have a neat fountain play area where the girls donned their bathing suits and played for a while (mommies played, too.....it was HOT out!)
Happy after cooling off-- she refused to run through the fountain, but she liked soaking her hat in the cold water.
Monday, June 22, 2009
I ran out this morning to go to the store (we were out of diapers!), and Alex and "Auntie", as Rorie is now called, were having a bath and reading stories. When I returned from my jaunt, I found my daughter had insisted on dressing herself. In Rorie's words- "She selected these articles of clothing specifically".
We decided to paint this afternoon and, after deciding the apron was too restrictive, went au natural- she was one with the paint. We concentrated on expressing our emotions through brush movement today :-)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
After playing for a while (see above photo), we went to dinner at Lake Elmo Inn - a quaint little restaurant not too far away. We found a fishtank in the lobby that (I told Alex) holds the 'original Dorothy' (Elmo's goldfish on Sesame Street). She enjoyed wild rice soup and butternut squash ravioli, as well as a lemon sorbet, chocolate-covered strawberry, AND a bite of Papa Richard's strawberry cake. Thanks so much for a wonderful evening, Barb and Richard! We all had a fantastic time!
Today is not ONLY Father's Day-- it's also Dave's birthday. To celebrate, my little chef and I woke up early and whipped up a batch of cinnamon french toast for Daddy. I can't believe how much more verbal she is after being away for 2 weeks. She's using 2-3 words together for most things now! It's the "purple bear" or "draw please mama", or, as seen above, "Happy Day"!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
That next morning I battled a monster case of jet-lag, but that didn't stop us from going to school. I was expecting her to be a bit clingy and emotional, but that wasn't the case. It was business as usual- exploring, learning, playing-- not once acting out of character.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Amy was on speakerphone - Alex stared at the phone, smiled, and quietly said, "momma!".
2 minutes, 13 seconds @ $2.29 / minute...
Oh, and they're still having fun :).
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
A warm bath and nighttime story by Daddy was a comfy ending to our Saturday.<