Friday, February 29, 2008

Our Two Favorite Toys

So these are the toys at our house that get played with several times a day by each girl.

First is Anika's Christmas present, a Pixel Chix digital toy. You can see Is playing it during lunch. Anika likes to take it to the bathroom so no one will bother her (I make sure to sanitize the buttons after these special trips). The digital girl asks questions about which clothes to wear/what to do/what to eat, etc.; purely mindless stuff, which makes it quite appealing to young children. Isabelle and Olivia recently got more bold with Anika at school and have more comfortably started playing with her prized toys while she's away. Now Anika is used to everyone playing with it, which is nice.

Second is the LeapFrog LeapPad which has really made a comeback in our home. When Anika first got it at age 3, she wasn't too interested. She'd play it every now and then, but usually out of suggestion from a parent. But now- interest by other siblings breeds interest for self. (you can quote me if you'd like) We have the microphone LeapPad which adds a lot of fun with the singing and question games. The princess book also gets a lot of use. I am so happy this once questionable present turned out to be a winner. I know now I don't need three of every toy- all it takes is one toy and several kids wanting to take a turn so bad.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I love fun shoes!
very cute funky Jump shoes
height (I need) and low price (makes me happy)

My Reasonable Spring Outfit Desire

Cute shirt from AE

Bermuda Shorts from Old Navy

I'll post some more tomorrow. Be excited!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Beautiful Cuisine Take 1

BBQ Pizza Chicken. Many people probably know this, but in order to have a crispy (instead of soft and/or doughy) crust, you need to cook the crust at a high temperature, say 415. We have enjoyed our pizza a lot better this way. Anyway, we have some red onion, tomato, chicken and ranch/bbq sauce.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fancy Nancy Party

Good times were had at the library event. Check your local city listings so you can watch it on the telly! How exciting is that! These guys are excited about being tv stars. The library was brave and even broke the no food rule and served ice cream parfaits for a treat!

Monday, February 18, 2008


Which one?

I kind of like the top one best. This is a big decision so I am asking for comments to my one or two readers. Thanks!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

What Mesmerizes Babies

We have a pack and play we have used as a changing table for all four of our kids. As each newborn has been introduced to the wonderful world of diaper changing, they quickly become fixated on the warning sign sticker located on the left side of the changing table. No fail. It makes diaper changing time quite pleasant, and as a bonus I get 10 extra minutes to run around and get things cleaned up while they lie there hypnotized. We know babies don't see much at a few weeks old- but they can see contrasts. And the black and white little words on the warning sign seem to be right up the developmental alley of cute little babies. Who would have thought? Thanks Graco!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Countdown too soon?

I don't know if I should even be thinking about it yet. I have enjoyed the snowy days these past couple of months but there are some good things Spring has to offer:

  • The option of outside play
  • New life growing
  • Easter
  • Warmth of pastels
  • April showers
  • Tulips
  • Being able to have windows open
  • No more coats!
  • Spring clothes
  • 60 degree temps
  • Cadbury mini-eggs

Friday, February 1, 2008

Not sure what to write today

Special bonding time taking place.

Our seasons wall! Don't look too close at the mats I cut
out myself. Aren't the pictures great?

Russell has a hard time with the little curve
the letters take. But I honestly don't notice. It's
the non-perfectionist in me, I guess. I always was
perfectly content with a B. Still good, but not perfect.
Who needs to spend the extra hour to get an A?