Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Educare and Florida Fun Installment II

The weather was absolutely perfect today. We need to enjoy it before it gets to be too hot. Caden, Lilli, and I met Grandma, Aunt Linda, and Cousin Adin at Educare for a toddler craft/song class. The class lasted 1 hour, and Caden was pretty much done with it after 30 minutes. They did some cute things, but for a 2 1/2 year old, the pace was a little slow. Caden did enjoy the parachute of course. He has always loved that in Adventures in Music. Here are some pics:

The boys before the class started.

My little goofball :)
Here I am trying to get Caden interested in coloring. Not very successfully. Lilli is trying to get in on the action.

Caden seemed to like matching his turtle with the correct shell.

And finally...the parachute. He LOVES it. Check out that smile. Adin is directly behind the flying teddy bear.

The rest of the day was pretty good, too. Caden took a nap today (thank you, God!), and after he woke up we played outside in the water. Lilli also took a decent nap today, so I was a happy camper. It gave me time to get all of my flowers and veggies watered. Caden loves to help with that, but it takes a lot longer then. Plus last night he held Ryan and me hostage with the hose. I was outside with him and he turned it on me. I ran into the house yelling (and laughing) for him not to squirt me. He thought it was HILARIOUS. Ryan eventually had to run out and all around the yard to get the hose away from him. He is a stinker.

Back to Florida...

Here are some pics from when we went to the Lowry Park Zoo. Other than getting in trouble every five minutes from the employees (that is not too much of an exaggeration) we had a good time:

Caden checks out the monkeys with his binoculars.

Look how cute those boys are holding hands :)

Caden was still talking about riding the train with Oma from when we went during Spring Break, so we knew we had to do it again. Check out Lilli's face. Too cute! Andrew is loving it, too.

And of course I need to include a shot of Lilli sleeping, because she loves doing that. And she is oh so cute while she does.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Florida Fun! Installment I

We got back from Florida last Saturday. It was a great time...a hot time...but a great time. We went with Grandma, Bumpah, Aunt Cara, Uncle Jordon, and Cousin Andrew. All had a great time! I am still sorting through everything and tried to get completely unpacked. It hasn't helped that Caden has stopped napping the last two days... This include the pics.

The big part of the trip was when we went to Disney on the 21st. It was also our 8th anniversary. It was a great day. The kids were wonderful. Caden didn't nap then either. He was up all day and didn't go to sleep until 10:20 that night. As I said already, I still need to get through the pictures, but I will put some of the Disney pics up now. Here are some of the highlights:

Lilli was exhausted by all of the action.

Caden on the teacups with Daddy.
Caden LOVED meeting Buzz. Notice we had a hard time getting him to look at the camera :)

Who is afraid of Zurg? Not Caden!

Here we are on "It's a Small World." Can't tell if Lilli liked it or not...

This is when we were waiting for the bus to take us back to get our cars. Long day, but still two very happy little guys.

You may have noticed I didn't include any pics of the kids and Mickey. They did meet both Mickey and Minnie, but I don't have pics from my camera. I am still debating if I want to buy the ones they took at the park. Cara has some on her camera, so I need to see those. I will put some up when I have them. Caden did give both Minnie and Mickey a hug. It was cute.

Caden was also very happy to see Oma and Papa. Every night since we got back he has asked for a Caden story about "going to Oma and Papa's house." Too cute. He also likes to say that Papa is a "pool man." He is a funny guy.

He is still talking more and more. He has been saying the funniest things. On Sunday he said to Chris when we were leaving, "Have a nice sleep in your house, Aunt Chris." Yesterday he looked down at my flip flops (they have gold sparkles on the straps) and said, "those are beautiful." Tonight in the tub he wanted to drain the water, so he said, "May I please push the button?" How did he get to be so polite?

Lilli is doing great, too. She now has three teeth on the bottom and four on the top. I will try to get a pic of those. She is now really starting to get up on her knees to crawl, but she still likes to army crawl the best. She is pretty fast that way. I will get a video.

Although going on vacation is always fun, it is nice to be home. I have a lot of things to...but it is always nice to be home.

Look for more Florida pics soon!



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

School's Out for Summer!

I was sooooo ready for summer to be here. The last two days have been bliss. The weather has been perfect, and the kids and I have been taking advantage of every second!

Monday we played in the yard in the early morning:


After that we headed to Little Oshkosh for some fun around 11ish. We called to see if Linda could bring Adin to play with Caden, and we were in luck. I think the boys had a good time.

Here are the boys taking a break with a snack:

Lilli rested, too:

Lilli liked the bouncy dinosaur seat.


We then met Aunt Lexie at McDonald's for lunch. Caden was bummed out that the remodel of the McDonald's removed the Playland, but I think he still had a good time.

This morning Caden was funny while I was making breakfast. He was playing with his toy drill, so I asked him to fix our oven. He looked at me and said, "There are not screws." So I told him to fix the staircase. He said, "There are no screws there either." Who knew that he knew how to correctly use the word either. 

Caden REALLY wanted to get dirty, so we went to Bumpah and Grandma's to play in the sand for awhile. We then went with Grandma and met Dada for lunch at Fratello's. Again...the weather could not have been better! We ate outside, and Caden was well-behaved. :)

We ran to Appleton to pick something up, and then we headed back to Oshkosh. I wanted to head home right away, but Caden was not ready. As he said when I asked him if we could leave: "Not yet." We played there a little more, and then we came home. We played some more in the backyard on the swing set. Both kids adore to swing. I love it, too. They both have looks of complete joy on their faces when they are swinging. It is too sweet. Caden also wanted to play on the "pirate ship" a.k.a our hammock. He loves climbing on their on looking for other ships. My favorite was the morning of June 4th. We were playing outside and he wanted me to get into the hammock with him. So Lilli and I got into the pirate ship. He asked me for a telescope, so I pretended to hand one to him. He said, "Nope, no pirates." Then I told him to look for Captain Hook. He said, "Aye aye Captain Mama." I laughed my butt off.

Tonight for dinner Lilli had some Gerber spaghetti. She LOVES it. Caden never liked that. It looks like she and the spaghetti battled, and the spaghetti won!

I will leave you with some pics from before. Here is a funny one of Lilli. Ryan put her on the chair. Turned around for one second and she conked out.

Caden is my little baker. He loves to help me cook. When I ask if he wants to help me cook he runs to get his apron. Here he is making some muffins. He put the package of mix in the grocery cart when we went shopping on day. He did a great job.

He even watched them baking in the oven.

Lilli loved the final product, too!


Thursday, June 09, 2011


Just a quick note to say I haven't forgotten about the blog. I have been extremely busy. Today was the last day with students, so I should have more time on my hands starting this weekend. Look for a long update tomorrow!

Here are a couple pics to hold you over:

Caden helping me water:

Lilli on the boat with Aunt Chris not looking too comfortable:

Caden washing the house. (Can you tell he likes the water?):

Lilli browsing my magazines:

Here are a couple of videos. The first is Lilli with Daddy on the hammock in the backyard, and the second is Caden with Daddy on a spinner at a playground.