Thursday, December 19, 2013

winter time

Winter time in Michigan can be so fun, but can also make for long days. Heading outside in the cold and snow can be quite a chore. I tend to leave the outdoor activities for Ryan & I do more of the indoor ones :)

 Ryan taking both kids outside for fun in the snow

We do lots of coloring these days and since Andrew loves fans it only makes sense to color fans
Sylvia's first candy cane.
The kids and I headed to Breton Village to look at the train display, eat cookies, listen to a book reading, and look at fish
The train display was great.  Andrew enjoyed it a bit more than Sylvia
Looking at the giant gold fish and making wishes while throwing pennies
Christmas tree cookie
After a book reading at Pooh's Corner, the kids had fun playing at the train table.
Back home, the house is so cold Sylvia must resort to wearing Andrew's underwear on her head :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

this and that

Sylvia LOVES to read books.  Of course she has her favorites:  Barnyard Dance, Snuggle Puppy, The very Busy Spider, and The very Hungry Caterpillar.  Almost all of them involve an animal of some sort.  She has also been singing and ton.  You can often hear her singing Twinkle Twinkle or Itsy Bitsy Spider.  It makes me smile every time.

Ok, so I have just discovered how easy it is to make play-doh, especially if you have a Kitchen Aid mixer.  So Andrew and I made Christmas play-doh:  add green food coloring, peppermint scent, and glitter of course!
Enjoying the fruits of our labor :)
These kids sure do love 'their' new 'toy', otherwise known as Dada's new smart phone.  Goodness!
Andrew enjoying the snow with his Dad
Look at that smile!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Funny, sweet, helpful Andrew

I sure do love this sweet boy. He is so cautious about many things, but also so helpful, fun, silly, smart, and eager to please. And there is something about 'new' things that bring out the best in my dear son.

 We purchased a new vacuum and suddenly he wants to help :)

Look at this new face, Mom!
...and this one too!
Fresh, new snow on the ground so it's time to shovel.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

dress up

Maybe you have gathered from past blog posts that my dear Sylvia loves to dress up and accessorize. These photos are proof of that.

A dress 4 sizes too big but so stinkin' cute!
She hiked up her dress to fit on this car.
She has her pom-poms, two cell phones, purse, graham cracker, and favorite book.  Ready for a night on the town :)
Oh, and the sunglasses!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We were extremely spoiled this Thanksgiving to have so many members of my family visit. My brother Matt came into town from Chicago, and my sister Sara came all the way from Texas with her family. We had a blast. I am especially thankful for a niece and nephew who entertained my children so well :)

Just plain cute!
Andrew sledding with his cousins. 

These next few photos are courtesy of my brother.  Doesn't he do a great job?  He did have a cute subject though ;)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

playing catch-up

It has been so long since I posted on our blog. Being busy is one reason. A broken camera is another :( So here are a few pictures I captured before Andrew threw our camera and broke it.

We went to a local church for a 'Trunk or Treat' before Halloween.  Sylvia was an alligator and Andrew was Thing 1 (from Cat in the Hat).

This was actual Halloween night.  Andrew is jumping up and down with excitement...even the rain couldn't dampen the joy of collecting candy!

On another note, Sylvia loves shoes!  In fact 'shoes' was one of her first words.  I pulled out a new pair of shoes and she just had to try them on, even in her pj's and diaper :)

Hard to believe that this girl is 18 months old now.  Her recent doctor's appointment revealed that she is 98% for weight and off the chart for height...a continual trend.  She continues to be happy, independent, and can say about 30 words.  Love her!