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October 5, 2011 / katelynb

It Is Still Summer, My Friends!

There is still time to play in the yard:

and in the sandbox:

and play around with our new Melissa and Doug sprinkler!  We found it today at Barnes and Noble on the clearance table for just $10… what a steal!  We can’t wait to use it more next year.

Enjoy it while it lasts!

October 4, 2011 / katelynb

Fun at the Zoo + Craft Day at Exhale.

We bought a family membership to the Red River Zoo and we have been getting our money’s worth!  We like to take the kids once every two weeks or so to see the animals, run around, and get out of the house and get some exercise.  Emma was thrilled to visit this weekend:

We don’t usually ride on the carousel because there are so many other things to do, but today we did:

Then we chased some peacocks:

and saw a mother and baby pair:

they sure are tricky little fellas…

feeding the goats is always the most fun:

isn’t this an awesome picture…

Awww, I love the Zoo!

I look forward to Exhale every other Tuesday to catch up with the moms in my group, the discussions, the hot breakfast, and for Emma and Sage to get to interact with other kids in the “daycare” rooms.  Today we did not have a guest speaker or any planned discussion but rather a CRAFT day… SWEEEEEET!!!!

I stamped some ceramic tile coasters:

and created a pretty pumpkin arrangement:

Have to run and try to catch 10 minutes of sleep before the kids wake up.   I could fold laundry or clean up the kitchen but I really just want to lay down. See ya!

October 2, 2011 / katelynb

Tiny Stampers + Auntie Gweny’s Fall Party.

Emma LOVES to stamp!  Typically we play with wood mounted stampers and stamp pads we picked up at various rummage sales and thrift stores over the past few months and she has so much fun mixing and matching to make faces and funny scenes.  On a recent trip to the store, Tony and Emma brought home some tiny little self-inking stamps… perfect for fun on the go or a quick stamping project without pulling out the big bag of stampers and roll of paper.

Saturday afternoon we made our way to Tony’s sister, Gwen’s house for a fall party potluck.  It was a little windy but plenty of sunshine and a little fire kept us warm and happy.  There was SO MUCH FOOD, I stuffed myself to the brim and then went back for more.  Needless to say it was a lunch and supper day at Gwen’s and we went home full… very full.  Emma kept a close eye on the candy dish and probably unwrapped and tasted 20 pieces of bubble gum before she figured out she really didn’t care for it.  Thanks so much to Gwen for organizing such a great party!

Look, there was even a tiny chair for the little guy to sit in:

Emma made her first S’more:

and of course snuggled up to Grandma Ida:

 

September 29, 2011 / katelynb

Thursday in the Windy City.

Today is unbelievably windy and cool… I told you this North Dakota weather is unpredictable! I guess Mother Nature has a little sense of humor trying to trick us into believing it was summer again… The streets here are beautiful lined with crunchy red and gold leaves blowing in the wind when you drive by – just gorgeous!

Today is Thursday and that means Playgroup at the YMCA!  We love playgroup because there are tons of kids and parents and everyone is just free to run from station to station and play for a while.  Emma enjoyed snacks, apple pie scented play doh, the sand table, foam puzzles, dress up and baby dolls and the best part, the skate park and bouncy house!  It is so awesome to just wear Sage, who is usually sleeping in the baby Bjorn and let Emma run wild.  She comes to check in once in a while but is usually happy to explore for herself and pop in and play with the other kids.  Last week she threw a tantrum when we had to go but this week she grabbed my hand and just said “Let’s go, Mom” … easy enough for me!

This afternoon while Sage did this:

and Emma did this:

I updated the cabinet hardware:

Cute, huh?  Just a dollar each at Michael’s this week!  You should go get some for yourself.

Happy Thursday!

 

September 28, 2011 / katelynb

It Feels Like Summer Again!

These last few weeks have been anything but predictable, that’s what you get when you live in North Dakota and Minnesota!  Several days have been cold and felt more like the beginnings of winter and others have reached 80 degrees and made me think about pulling out my shorts again and heading for the nearest pool – today was one of those days and I am so grateful.

We took a stroller ride to the post office and to browse around the farmer’s market:

I love to have one of the very first trees in the neighborhood to turn colors.  Fall is here!

and watered the plants in the yard:

and played in the sandbox!

Wishing for a few more days like today.

September 27, 2011 / katelynb

My Cute Kids.

Today has been busy already and I am thankful to be home again with my two quiet kids.  I spent the morning at Exhale (MOPS) at Bethel Church in Fargo.  This week was my group’s turn to serve in the nursery and I was in the 3,4 and 5 yr old room … 12 of them !! BUSY!!!!  Emma loves to go to her “daycare” room with the other 2 year olds and I am sure Sage enjoys being with the other infants on Tuesday morning as well.  I know I enjoy my time with the other moms and the hot breakfast buffet served at each meeting too. It is a perfect way to spend the morning; I just wish it were EVERY week!

I don’t have much to write about today, just some pictures to share:

This little guy is getting good at grabbing for things and holding onto objects (and my hair!!)  I just love that bib made by Auntie Becky too…

and Emma is an awesome helper when it comes to the dishwasher:

Happy Tuesday!

September 26, 2011 / katelynb

My Momma Told Me There’d Be Days Like This.

After a busy, busy weekend and an eventful Monday morning this is what our house looks like:

getting pretty low on wine, Sunday paper still needs to be read a little closer, and library dvds to return:

a diaper bag and a purse that need to be cleaned out and reorganized before we leave the house again.  I think they each weigh about 20 pounds so if nothing else, I am getting a workout with them!  If you’re looking at my fabulous “coach” wallet please know I payed $4 at a thrift store so I am doubting it is real, don’t be jealous.  The purse I got at Goodwill for $9, it is a Target reject. The Green Bag I have had forever from Limited, I still remember i got it on clearance for less than $10.  It has seen me through college as a book bag and through 2 babies as a diaper tote… love that thing!

aww… our bed is literally dumping grounds for everything:

and more laundry. I swear it is hiding in every corner of every room in the house:

and here I have been sitting for the past hour and a half shelling edamame and blogging while the children sleep:

When they wake up I think we’ll play outside 🙂