Monday, November 12, 2018

feed the turkey!

this was a fun, quick and easy activity i set up for bowie the other day.  i took an old creamer bottle and used craft paper for some feathers and googly eyes and a candy corn nose to make a turkey.  then using tongs or spoons she had to fill the turkey belly with pom poms.  i would call out foods like "watermelon, lemon, strawberry" and she would have to find the corresponding color pom pom.  this idea came from busytoddler on instagram.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

kids concert!

thursday i was feeling adventurous and brought the kids to the casper baby pants concert at the auburn library!  it was a fun morning followed by a successful library haul!

Friday, November 9, 2018

special smile...

i love the way ryder watches bowie and smiles at her.  his entire face lights up, he has a special smile for her only!  it makes my heart so happy!  and she is pretty smitten on him as well.  here are some videos of these two in action!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

drawing a face...

the other night bowie brought home a drawing she did at the kids room at the gym, it looked like a face to me, but i wasn't sure since i didn't see her draw it myself.  the other morning she wanted to draw when she woke up so i got her markers and paper and she started to draw faces!  i was blown away!  she did it several times so there is no mistaken!  she continues to amaze me everyday!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

candy corn tree!

this is a fun fall activity that bowie and i did together.  i traced her arm and hand and let her color it in with a dot marker and cut it out and glued it to the paper.  then i had her lay out the candies on the paper as leaves and came in behind her with the hot glue gun to secure them to the paper.  she has them in the middle of the page because she says that is how it looks in our yard when the leaves fall!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


i love the way his face lights up when he looks at his big sister, i hope this never fades...

Monday, November 5, 2018

colorful activites!

bowie has been enjoying some colorful activities on these gloomy days, here are a few of them!

color recognition.  i drew some circles on craft paper and found some colorful trinkets in the craft closet.  i asked her to find the corresponding marker for each circle.

pattern blocks.  this was our first time using these and she sorted them out by color, and told me the white diamond pieces were "boring."  she started to recognize that the smaller shapes used together make up the hexagon shape and made designs with them on the tray.  she also called the hexagon an "octagon," which blew me away since that is not a normal shape we talk about.

pom pom ice melt.  this was a fun one that i have wanted to try for some time.  i froze pom poms, glow in the dark stars and pattern blocks in an ice cube tray and then transferred them to a dish and gave her warm water to melt them down.

color sorting with upcycled lids and pom poms

color sorting, same set up as above but in water!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

trying to roll over!

he is so close to rolling over, and getting really frustrated in the process!  he can get on his tummy but then is laying on one of his arms and can't move it in front of him.  even wilfred is trying to cheer him on! any day now...

time change...

this is what the time change with kids looks like!  everyone in bed together...

Friday, November 2, 2018

scare crow!

bowie brought home this adorable paper plate scare crow from preschool today!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

book worm...

this one has been wanting to read books in bed at nap time and bedtime.  she will lay in bed for over an hour reading all her books to herself!  love her imagination and ability to get lost in her books!

busy bag!

it's the day after halloween and we have a busy morning starting off with ryder's 4 month old check up and then my la leche league breastfeeding support group.  so i needed to make sure my busy bag was on point.  here are my favorite go to screen free activities on the go.  some have small parts so i would only bring them in situations where i could supervise like a restaurant or plane ride. 

i think it is important to let them pack their OWN bag, and we love our skip hop toddler back pack.  it is the perfect size and bowie loves to wear it.  inside i include:

~coloring books, crayons and stickers (be sure to peel backing off first)
~play doh
~magnet tiles
~highlights childrens magazine (great because they are waterproof and indestructable)
~her black and white bag contains her favorite disney figurines
~plus plus blocks
~melissa and doug water wow
~wikki stix
~safari toobs
~and plenty of snack in our planet wise reusable bags

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

happy halloween!

this was the first year bowie really gets to experience halloween.  she was a unicorn and ryder was a pumpkin.  we went to our friends neighborhood trick or treating (since we don't have neighbors) and she would walk into each house and want to immediately eat the candy.  then we had a fun dinner at one of jarad's coworkers house.