Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Leaf Pile!

One of our favorite things about fall - BD blows up a big pile of leaves for the girls to play in!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween 2017

The Doc is in! MC dressed up as Doc McStuffins for Halloween, and GL was Doc's sidekick, Lambie.

We did a little bit of trick or treating in our own neighborhood, then went over to a nearby subdivision where the houses are close together and has sidewalks, which makes ToT'ing much easier with little kids. The girls had lots of fun and got tons of candy!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Spooky House

MC made and decorated a spooky chocolate cookie house for Halloween. I buy the kit at Trader Joe's, and we learned last year to put the house together with hot glue instead of the icing in the kit.

Then she has tons of fun decorating with icing and sprinkles and candies. We leave it up as a centerpiece for Halloween, and not only is it cute and festive, it smells so good!

Friday, October 27, 2017


Here are some recent pictures of MC. She is 5 years old in these pics.

She is really into writing and drawing these days. I especially like the ones where she has sounded out the words herself.

She made a name tag for Piper, who is a husky.

MC "is nuts about her family" with a portrait of her family.

This is an acorn she cut out and glued together that says MC "is nuts about flowers by Meredith" with a picture of a flower.

Super MC is here to save the day!

Trying (and liking) carrots with ranch dressing. This is a huge accomplishment for our little picky eater, and we were very proud of her.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

GL Cast

GL took a tumble down our stairs in early October and broke arm near her wrist. She loves to climb and has been climbing up the steps with supervision for months. On this day we were headed up to get ready for her afternoon nap. She climbed up the stairs while I watched from the bottom, but then she turned around and tried to come back down the stairs - which she had never done before! I sprinted up the stairs and caught her but not before she fractured her wrist! It was terrifying for both me and MC who was also on the way upstairs with us. We rushed her to the pediatrician's office and they thoroughly checked her out. After a physical exam, the Dr assured us she was overall no worse for the wear but had some concerns about her right arm/wrist because GL wasn't very moving it very naturally. I was holding GL as the Dr was leaving the room to write up the orders for the x-ray, and she threw her right arm over my shoulder and waved bye-bye to the Dr. So then we assumed that arm was ok, maybe just a little sore. The Dr went ahead and wrote the x-ray order order but told me to see how she was acting at home in a few hours. She slept fine that night and by the next morning would pick up toys with that hand and move it around but wouldn't put any weight on it. So I went ahead to the radiologist's office with her, who confirmed that she did in fact have a buckle fracture in both her right radius and ulna near her wrist. From there, we headed to the orthopedist's office where they put her in the cast and told us it would take about 2.5 weeks to heal. Because she is so young, it had to be a full cast, because her little wrist and hand are the same size - a shorter cast would not stay on.

As you can see, she was a trooper through the whole thing and having a full cast on her arm did not slow her down very much!

Just as the Dr predicted, 2.5 weeks later she was all healed up! Thank goodness baby bones heal quickly! Removing the cast was the most traumatic part of the whole ordeal for her. The machine that cuts the cast is big & loud and then they have to cut off all the padding underneath the cast with big scissors - she was just unhappy about the whole situation. They did some follow-up x-rays to confirm that the bones were in fact healed and then we headed out cast-free! Yippee!

Monday, October 23, 2017

NC State Fair 2017

We took the girls on our annual trip to the NC State Fair last week, and as usual had tons of fun! This year the only day we could go was also on the Food Lion canned food drive day which is typically one of the busiest days of the whole fair. But we were there early, before 10am, and although it got more crowded as the day went on, it was not unbearably overcrowded.

Family selfie on the giant ferris wheel! (My arms are too short to take good family selfies - I didn't realize MC was crammed into my bag under my arm, hahaha!)

This year MC had so much fun riding all of the kiddie rides! She and I rode the swings together. She rode some rides with me or BD, and she was brave enough to ride several by herself!

Of course we took a couple of turns on the carousel.

And she won a rainbow unicorn from the fishing game!

She tried an elephant ear this year, and it was a big hit!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Fun

We went to a local pumpkin patch with our friends last weekend. This is the same place we went last year, and it has lots of fun activities and is not overly crowded, which is always a plus with young kids. We started off with a picnic lunch under the trees, then played some pumpkin-themed lawn games - pumpkin bowling, corn hole, duck races.

Next we rode the hay ride back to the pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins to decorate our porch and to carve. There were more fun games to be played back near the patch - tennis ball sling shot and water gun target shooting. This place also has a cotton patch that we really enjoyed exploring last year, but this year the cotton bolls hadn't bloomed yet. But the pumpkin patch was full of tons of pumpkins in all different varieties! We spent several hours playing games and picking out pumpkins - having lots of fall fun!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


We took an impromtu family trip to the zoo last weekend. It was GL's first time to visit the zoo! We brought the double stroller in case MC got tired of all the walking, but she didn't ride in it very much. She was much more interested in walking and getting a good view of the animals.

All loaded up and ready to head in to the zoo!

Getting a good look at the giraffes, zebras, and ostriches.

The zoo has several little playgrounds and climbing spots built in among the animal exhibits. MC was very proud of herself for climbing to the top of this one!

The carousel is always a hit with MC! This time she chose to ride the dolphin.

Family selfie on the carousel!

Whew, a day at the zoo can really wear a girl out!

The polar bear, Nikita, really put on a show while we were watching. We just happened to be at that exhibit at feeding time with the keeper, and he was very excited about the raw meatballs that she was throwing out for him. After the keeper threw out all the meatballs, she tossed out the container (looked like half of a plastic 55-gallon barrel) for him to play with. I think he had just as much fun with it - tossing it in the air with his paws, throwing it into the water and jumping on it. It was really fun and exciting to watch!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Messy Food Pics

One of my very favorite stages of baby and toddlerhood is the messy eating stage. GL loves to eat and is willing to try any new types of food. Sometimes eating is a full body experience!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

MC's First Day of Transitional Kindergarten

MC started Transitional Kindergarten earlier this week. Transitional Kindergarten is a half-day kindergarten designed for "young" 5s as an alternative to starting full-day K and being the youngest in class. Because of MC's summer birthday, we decided this would be a perfect fit for her.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

These programs are not very common around here, so we were very lucky for her to get a spot in this class. It is held in a Presbyterian Church that also has a preschool program. This program has a great reputation, and we know she is going to have a great year in TK!

We had already done several play dates with her TK classmates, and she had spent some one-on-one time with both of her teachers, so she was very, very excited for school to start. We made First Day of School goody bags for her teachers based on one of her favorite books, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie...". She helped me bake the cookies and decorated the bags, so she was very proud to bring them in to her teachers on the first day.