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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fabulous Lives of Nathan and Abigail

Here are some kid-specific updates. Nathan is sporting a new haircut. He always looks so cute when he gets a new haircut. He is the best kid to get a haircut. Always sits perfectly still and does exactly what Maggie (our wonderful hair stylist) tells him to do. His motivation most likely is Maggie's candy jar but whatever works. This child will do anything for candy. And yes, he's the one who didn't have any candy period until he was almost 2 years old. That backfired. Or he just inherited Grandma Lorena's sweet tooth. That is very possible.

Although not quite a lady's man, Nathan is getting a lot more social. He tries very hard to play with kids and since his dad and I have explained to him that wrestling other kids to the ground and loud yelling scares most kids, we are doing ok. :-) Here he is with the sweet little girl of a dear friend of mine who is trying very hard to get his attention. Unfortunately the TV was on and there was just no getting his attention anymore. Hopefully this will last until his early twenties.....

You think he's ready to dress himself? He is too kind though. The goggles he is wearing are also used by me for onion cutting. I cry, no let me re-state that, I sob when I cut onions. He kindly lets me lend them and as assured me that I may use them at any time.

Abigail with her beloved "blue" and "pink". Although there are now two "pink" in our house. She has been naming most things by color. However, some things like the "bear" and the "lamby" are still named by what they are. She's been very good with wearing clips in her hair which is getting longer. The white shirt she's wearing was a clearance sale item for only $2! My mama taught me well. :-) Doesn't Abigail look so incredibly grown up in this picture? She sure is getting big. It's still hard to find jeans for her that will stay up though. She is just a very skinny little thing.

How many things can Abigail carry at the same time? Millions. She loves to carry tons of stuffed animals and little creatures with her. Here she is pictures with "purple", her new flashlight from grandma, the beloved "lamby" (from Matze & Mandy), and the beloved "bear" from grampy is in this mix somewhere. Another much loved past-time is to sit in boxes. She must have learned that from Daisy who shares this fondness. Abigail will sit in my laundry basket (I'm lucky if it was already empty because otherwise it will be now), the toy box on top of all the toys in the box, or any boxes laying around the house such as this one.


Last week was get projects done week. All these little craft things have been laying around and just haven't gotten done. So here they are:

Nathan's lizard shirt I made for him. The template is from the internet (search for "lizzard template" and pick your favorite). I transferred it to cereal box cardboard and made a negative cutout. Then I used fabric paint stenciled on with a foam sponge.
Nathan was really excited until I told him that he had to wait for the paint to dry for 3 days. Suppose it isn't too much fun for a little guy to get a gift only to be told it cannot be played with or worn for a while.

Although Playdough (knete for the Germans) was not part of any particular to-do list, it is always part of my children's must-do list. The Playdough below is a reconstruction of the bad trees in Lord of the Beans, a Veggie Tales re-do of Lord of the Rings for children, also teaching Godly values. There are also bad sporks (fork & spork in the same instrument - genius!) (they are the bad guys), Randolph the wizzard (not a spelling error, it's not Gandolf here), some sort of berries the trees throw and a platform the wizard is trapped upon in the movie.

Here is my second attempt, this time with the cover of the DVD as my guide. Nathan got pretty excited. Nevertheless, when he was done playing, he squished my creations back into the Playdough container without any concern for their welfare.

Pretty little Abigail modeling her knew knitted cardigan. This is my first jacket that I knitted for Abigail. She was too cute during the picture taking, always trying to run away. Lately, whenever we ask her if she is our princess, ballerina, whatever, she will very sternly remind us: "Noo! I'm just Abigail." She calls this her "pretty jacket". As in "Mama, can I vear my pretty jacket?" Mama proudly nods and can't contain a smirk. Pattern is from (eyelet cardigan).

Back of the cardigan and yes, we are having a bad hair day! What's your point?????

How cute can one little girl be?? In her hair is the felt flower clip I made her. Searched for flower templates on the internet. Picked a peony one and cut the different layers from felt. Sewed them together with a button in the middle, then sewed the flower to a hair clip, being careful to only go through the bottom layer of the flower which is hidden by the top layers.

Stenciled the flowers on her shirt. Got the stencils from the dollar store. Used regular fabric paint and a foam brush to put it on. I did red first, then a whitish glitter paint.

Close-up of the red hair clip which she really liked. Figured it would be really cute too to clip to a belt loop on her jeans.

Daisy didn't want to be left out and is here sporting the same flower. It did look really nice on her but then Twig paid too much attention to her.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A New Playground

We have a really great park system here and a nice website that leads us to them by the city. David discovered this new one not too far from our home. So we went on Friday night to check it out and then went again on Saturday morning last weekend. We went on a stroll on the trail first waiting for the sun to warm up a little first. Then we played for a loooooonnnnnnggg time much to the delight of little ones. Daddy was chasing them all over. We had lunch at the picnic benches and then played some more. We took the tired little monkeys home and let them snooze. We just had a great time and the weather was so perfect. Still a little chilli but mostly really nice. And there was just the perfect amount of people there, enough for the kids to interact with but not enough to make you feel claustrophobic. Nathan even tried playing with another boy and he made a really big effort but the kid kept avoiding him. David and I felt bad for him because he finally went out of his shell and then he caught a kid who didn't want to play.

Here is a tired daddy resting. The man twisted and jumped through spiderwebs, ran over multiple bridges, jumped like a mountain goat and always kept his son running. When he wasn't playing hard with Nathan, he was pushing Abigail on the swing. What a guy!

Abigail gave new purpose to the spiderweb and went underneath the maze instead of through it...

Cutie pie running through the play structure.

Nathan quickly learning what daddy taught him: This is a moving piece that Nathan is balancing on. Behind him is the big play structure. And yes, he loves to wear his hoodie even on sunny days. :-)

Nathan proudly displaying his fire truck iron-on from Oma. Thanks Oma!

These saucers are so much fun! You sit in them and they are deep so you'd have trouble getting out of them anyways. However, the added spice to this is that they spin and once you start, you can't stop! It gets momentum from your own weight and is hilarious. We caught a few kids stuck in there calling for their moms.

Daddy brought Nathan's bicycle and scooter. Daddy and I shared the scooter while Nathan would usually "race" us on the bike. Can you believe how big he is. Just a little while ago this bicycle (proudly sponsored by Grampy) was too big for him. Now it almost looks too small for his long legs.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Another Funnies

The kids just have been hilarious lately. Hence, all the funnies posts. Today we had more to add:

Abigail: You so funny, dada!
Daddy: You know who else is funny? Abigail is funny.
Abigail - silence
Daddy: You know who else is funny? Nathan is funny.
Agreeing silence.
Daddy: You know who else is funny? Mama is funny.
Abigail: No dada, mama'z not funny.

Mama: Nathan, where do you want to play?
Nathan: Sure, whereever you want to; it's your house.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I See How This Is Going To Go...

Nathan and Abigail were playing with Nathan being way too rough. After being warned, he proceeded nonetheless. So he went into time out. This displeased Abigail greatly because now she he had no one to play with. To remedy her dire situation, she yelled "No! No! No! Mama! Abigail ith yelling! Put me in time-out wif Natan!" Trouble ahead???

Today when I put Abigail in time out, she had picked up on a strategy that works for Nathan: "Mama, I want a hug." Since we've been through this with Nathan and I know this backfires, I told her: "Mama will give you a hug after time-out." She contemplated and then asked: "Mama! Can I haf snuggles?" We are in trouble!

Friday, February 12, 2010

What We've Been Up To

Nathan and his Jack and the Beanstalk box that we made. We got the idea from a great book called "Crafts from your favorite FairyTales." Jack is hanging on the beanstalk and you can make him go up and down. There is a little house in the box but it's hard to see. Nathan was pretty excited about this.

Nathan made this awesome drawing of Eve in the movie Wall-E. Wall-E is the square thing in the top right and Eve (Eevaah as Wall-E calls her) is on the left. This is his first recognizable drawing. And of course he drew it on a chalkboard!

This is Eve:

The proud artist displaying his work. :-)

This Superbowl board won me $40!!! We spent the Superbowl at Russ' house together with the Hendron's. A Tradition is that everyone buys squares on a board and then numbers get drawn to correspond with the squares . I just got lucky but I'll take the $40! :-)

Our little artist at work for Rusty's birthday. He came up with his own idea for Rusty's birthday: A telescope with a box to store it in for when Rusty goes to the Wildlife Refuge. Here he is painting a picture to wrap around Grampy's telescope. For some reason Grampy got a present too on Rusty's birthday. Maybe because Grampy always gives them presents on everyone else's birthday?

Abigail also painting with her Christmas present. She was making a present for Grandma and Grampy also for Rusty's birthday. Hmmm.

Abigail admiring her Valentine's Day work.

Nathan proudly showing off his robots that he worked on so hard. I traced all the letters for him and he then wrote everything in pen. The hardest thing for him was that he couldn't eat the candy. :-) Matze and Sandersche, now you know what your robots looked like. :-) They were too expensive to mail. Dave and I will enjoy eating them for you though. :-)

The whole army of robots. They came out pretty cute. Idea from And since Nathan is into Wall-E right now, what better project than to make robots.

Oh no! The robots came to life and took Nathan hostage!! Run, baby, run!!!