I’ve meant to post this forever and finally getting to it now. Just wanted to share pictures of the themed birthday cakes I made last year for the kids. For Emily’s birthday in August we went with a horse theme. She is quite obsessed with horses at the moment. Here’s how that turned out…
The boys requested an R2-D2 cake for their birthday, being Star Wars fans thanks to Daddy. 🙂 I wasn’t sure how well I’d pull this one off, but I think it turned out pretty decent.
Can’t wait to see what ideas the kids have for me this year. And hopefully I’ll post the pics in a timely fashion! 😉
A friend of mine from the Y recently invited me to join her playgroup. I’m so glad I did. Being a new girl in town, it’s a nice way to meet people, and just get out of the house with the kids once in a while. I hate to admit this, but I never think to just take the kids out somewhere, just for fun. In the summer, there are days that we’d go to a park, or just take some time to enjoy the yard, but I’ve never been one of those moms who just schedules time to go out with the kids, especially in winter. The to-do list is always so long that I never think to take time out from the usual routine. Being in a playgroup is changing that. Now that I have invitations to do these things, I make the effort to fit them into our weekly schedule. The kids are loving it and I’m enjoying spending time with other moms as well. Here’s what we’ve done so far…
- Today we visited the Neville Public Museum and let the kids enjoy the Discovery Room for a while, and quickly strolled through the exhibits. The kids run through the exhibit area, so there’s really no time to stop and look at anything, but they like it anyway! The Discovery Room is great though. There are lots of fun learning toys and the kids pretty well occupied themselves so the moms could chat (definitely a plus!). My three had a great time and are already asking when we’ll go back.
- Last week we went to Chuck E. Cheese’s. This was the FIRST time I’ve taken the kids there, with the exception of Emily going when she was about 1 yr. old. It was a challenge keeping tabs on my kids in there and it was for the other moms as well (thank goodness for the kid check system!). Luckily my kids all sat and ate nice at the table. When it was time to play though, Josh would take off running and it was easy to lose him among all the games and rides. Sam was a bit overwhelmed by everything so he stuck close to me and asked to be held a lot. Emily really liked it until she went up into the tunnel system mounted on the ceiling. She was too afraid to come down the slide and didn’t see me standing 10ft. away when she climbed back down the entrance. She got scared and asked someone for help. Suddenly I was being paged to the salad bar to collect my daughter. She was pretty upset after that so we didn’t stay much longer. I’m very glad that she knew what to do when she got “lost” though! I think we’ll have to visit CEC’s again, but with Dad along next time to help keep tabs on everyone!
- We also visited our local library for the FIRST time with our playgroup. Sad, but true, I know. They occasionally have a preschool story time with activities, so the kids really enjoyed that, and then we checked out our first set of books. The boys are constantly asking to go to the library now. My kids love books, and they also like the little playroom in the children’s section.
- Our local mall has a little play area, that we’ve never taken advantage of. I never thought it would be such a big treat to let the boys run around in there, but it sure was! It’s a nice enclosed area with lots of seating for the parents to sit and chat and watch the kids climb around on giant foam shapes.
Overall, being in the playgroup has been great. We’re getting out, exploring our city and all it has to offer. We’re meeting new people, making new friends, and just having a great time. A very big thank you to Carol for inviting me. I really appreciate it!!!
The twins have begun potty training! Nothing too structured at this point. They’ve both been making a big deal over diaper changes lately, so it seemed like a good time to introduce the potty chair. They’ve become slightly obsessed with the “Elmo’s Potty Time” DVD and seem very excited. So, I brought the potty chair up from the basement to once again reside in the kids’ bathroom. Yesterday they each tried sitting on it for a few minutes and that was as far as it went. Today, Joshua asked to sit on the potty three times and he peed every time! I was shocked! I praised him like crazy and he was so proud of himself. I hope it continues to go this easily! Sam is being a bit more timid. He tried sitting once again today and that was it, which was fine with me. They’ll both figure it out in their own time. Not trying to rush anything, but since the interest is there, I better take advantage! It will be so nice when that day comes where I don’t have to buy diapers for two any more!!
Joshua had me in stitches last night. He combined two of his favorite activities into one; naming face parts and pretend eating. This resulted in a hilarious pretend cannibalism. Josh, seated on my lap with plastic toy spoon in hand, would name a part of my face and then pretend to scoop it off with the spoon and then eat it. I sat through several minutes of “Cheek!”, scoop, eat, smile, “Chin!”, scoop, eat, smile, “Eye!”, scoop, eat, smile. He really gets into the pretend eating. He makes a big chomp sound on the spoon and a gulp when he swallows, acting like his spoonful of air is really some satisfying meal. He does this daily with Emily’s toy dishes and food. The kids enjoy the pretend cooking and eating so much, we moved the kitchen set into the living room for easy access. There are some days that I am constantly served pretend meals of hamburger with a banana and an egg, and other appetizing combinations of plastic and wooden food. It’s always cute, and funny because they are not satisfied unless I pretend to eat every piece of food and empty dish that is presented to me. But the face eating was by far the most hilarious so far. I couldn’t stop laughing. What a silly goose!