Thursday, August 13, 2015

Idlewild Park

We traveled to Idlewild Park in PA last week to meet Daniel Tiger & friends and stroll through Daniel's neighborhood!

We were joined by our friends, which made it even more exciting for Addy!

The park has numerous kiddie rides for the little ones:

And even one named after my childhood nickname!

We visited the water park also, but the kiddie section was closed.

Addy got to experience staying in a hotel! It took a bit of convincing for her to settle down to sleep the first night, but after the park on the second night, she was out much quicker!

It was a great summer trip, full of laughs and smiles. I'm curious to see what details Addy will recall when she's all grown up! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bathtime, Interrupted

I settled into my Sunday night bath after putting Addy to bed, only to be interrupted by the following exchange:

Addy: "Sorry to annoy you, but I had to go downstairs to get a few essentials"

Me: "Oh yeah? What essentials?"

Addy: "Well, my baby wipes, baby powder bottle, and diaper bag. Because one of my babies POOPED THEIR PANTS. Ugh!"

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Baby, baby, baby!

Meet Baby:

This is Addy's baby, and her latest obsession. Baby eats at the table with her, in her own high chair.

Baby gets wrapped in Addy's special blankie to take a nap.

Baby even gets gauze and bandages when her toes get chewed off by an unfortunate run-in with the dog.

Baby goes shopping with us, on walks to the playground with us (where she LOVES to be pushed in the swing by mommy Addy), and she watches TV with us. This little baby is Addy's pride and joy.

Today, Addy drew a picture of her and baby taking a hot air balloon ride:

I can hardly stand how precious this is. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Look, they match!

When you are four years old and battling a double ear infection (which I happen to think was a secondary condition caused by strep throat)... get to eat popsicles for breakfast! On the couch! 

Because nothing beats a popsicle for breakfast when you have zero appetite for food. What she doesn't know is that mommy snuck in some nutrition when she made these popsicles! Here's the recipe:


1 container strawberries
6 oz blueberries 
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp agave nectar (or more to taste)
Fresh mint, a few sprigs

Blend all of the above in a food processer (I used my Nutri Ninja). Fill popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

I used 4 sprigs of mint, each about 3"-4" long. If I make these again, I'd probably put half of that in. 

Not only are these Addy-approved, but she was very amused that they match the current state of the dog leash burns on her ankles:

Here's to hoping the amoxicillin will win the battle going on in her body soon, so she can get back to summertime fun! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Easter in May

Who says you can't dye eggs once Easter is over?!?

I had purchased a bunch of Kool-aid packets to dye eggs with before Easter, but somehow it didn't happen. I finally made time for it today! 

For the record, using Kool-aid makes some nice vibrant colors, but it's rather messy and doesn't stick to the eggs very well. It stains hands and countertops brilliantly, though!! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Flowers

The best thing about experiencing our first Spring in a new house is the surprise of all sorts of spring flowers blooming. First came the pink hyacinths, then the yellow daffodils, and lastly, pink and purple tulips blooming most recently. I've never had tulips, and now that I do, I think they're the definition of Spring. Once I realized how many we had coming, I was anxiously awaiting the right time to pick them and put them in a tall vase.

Unfortunately. Addy wasn't aware of my plans when she decided to pick some tulips while playing outside one day. She came bursting in excitedly holding 7 tulips with stems about 3" long. 

I wanted to be angry, but the smile on her face wouldn't let me. There are plenty of tulips left to pick with proper long stems, and I believe I made the best of things:

This now greets me at the front door, and I can't help but smile. 

It's official...I'm a Soccer Mom!

Based on previous failed attempts at organized group activities and classes for Addy, I have been reluctant to post about her latest adventure for fear of spoiling the success. However, last Friday we made it through the THIRD practice/game of a local soccer league!! A third session is the farthest we've ever made it, so I feel comfortable posting it now.

Addy has genuinely enjoyed playing. She does relatively well with following instructions, and she's not at all afraid to steal the ball away from the other team. Getting the ball in the net, however, is an area for improvement, as she is just happy to kick it not caring what direction it goes! 

When Fridays roll around, she's excited and has zero complaints about suiting up for the sport. She goes on the field with enthusiasm, and gives us a periodic thumbs up throughout the session. 

Watching her out there - participating, learning, trying, improving, smiling...this could be the most fun I've had as a mom. I hope I get to be a soccer mom next year too! But if not, I know I'll enjoy watching her participate in whatever activity she might have a desire to try. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Magnetic Personality

Momma has a new hobby, and she's selling the output on Etsy. Trying to at least...

Stylish glass bubble magnets, handmade  by yours truly. Magnetic Personality is the name I wanted for my shop...because my magnets have personality! Sadly, that name was not available on all outlets - Etsy, Pinterest, and Facebook - so I had to come up with a second choice. 

So there you have it, my shop is The Magnetorium. I consulted with my favorite curious monkey for the idea...

(Insert clip of Curious George episode in which they visit the museum's newest exhibit: The Magnetorium. Use your imagination because I can't get it to insert!) 

Hopefully, I make some sales. But if not, I'm having fun creating them! And there is sure to never be a shortage of magnets around to display Addy's artwork on the fridge! 

My shop:



Friday, March 13, 2015

Achievement Unlocked: Coloring

And just like that, my completely reluctant colorer has found her groove...

Check out that rainbow on the Care Bears picture! I am one impressed mama! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What a difference a wash makes

Angel Teddy before and after her adventure in the washing machine. Holy cow, she's like a brand new bear!