Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
After we dropped Cathleen off at the airport to catch her return flight, we met Daddy at home. There was a wind advisory out today, so we decided to take advantage and try to fly our kites in the backyard. This attracted the attention of about six neighbor kids, who came over and took turns (very nicely) with Alex's kites. She enjoyed watching them try to fly the kites as much as she did when it was her turn to hold one!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Then I walked into a full out DANCE PARTY in my kitchen! :-)
We were overjoyed to see Auntie Carrie this afternoon/evening. She was unable to be at the ZooBilee, so she raced over here today to spend some time with her "favorite niece".
Alex, Auntie Carrie and Cathleen made dinner for us all. We made a homemade Margherita pizza with 'from scratch' crust, fresh pesto (complements of basil from Great-Auntie Robyn's garden), fresh tomatoes (also from Superior, WI), and a beautiful log of fresh mozzerella cheese (made from my new Holstein-Angus mix, Gertrude).
Ok- so we didn't have homemade cheese from a fictious cow, but everything else was fresh from the land! What a treat (if only I'd taken a photo of the finished product...)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Alex and her doll wearing their new Norwegian outfits from GrandMama and GrandPapa Jones.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The cookies are done-- baked, frosted and individually wrapped-- and all the decorations are ready to go, too (I was inspired to create reusable banners to string up around the yard). Now it's down to food prep and cleaning the house. It's been invaluable having Uncle Willy around to help watch Alex while I vacuum and organize!
Monday, September 21, 2009
At Woodbury Days not too long ago, we stumbled across a local teacher who offered music classes in Woodbury, and ended signing up for her "Adventures in Music" class. Alex was very excited to go to class this morning and meet a 'new teacher' and 'new friends'. I was a bit skeptical (because of my strong Kindermusik loyalty), but decided to give her a try. It was a wonderful class. If I were to design a music class curriculum, it would have mirrored the one used today! She integrates fingerplay, classic children's songs, nursery rhymes, poetry, illustrations, and classical music (today was Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens) into a half hour parent-child experience.
While Alex was a bit cautious about throwing herself completely into class, and needed reassurance from Mama that it was ok to participate, I'm sure she will soon warm up. She did have a blast drumming and marching to "Fossils".
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Enjoying her new status as a 'big girl'.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Then it was off to the water room, definitely one of Alex's favorite spots....and look who we ran into there! Our friends Amelia, Graham and Maddie with their mommies! How funny! The kids had fun playing with the boats and bubbles-- then Amelia, Graham and Maddie headed off to explore another room, and Alex and Uncle Willy started to figure out the inner workings of a factory.