Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A trip to the pumpkin farm - 2016

Last week we took our annual family trip to the local pumpkin farm. We pet & fed some goats, searched for 'the best pumpkins,' as Liam called them, and enjoyed the fresh autumn air. 

Chloe was obsessed with the goats...

Liam trying to lift a Liam-sized pumpkin...

Our little sweetie

Taking a rest...

No room for Liam in the wagon this time...

And playing with the goats one last time...

Looking back...

See photos from the pumpkin farm in 2015 here
See photos from the pumpkin farm in 2014 here

Friday, July 22, 2016

Chloe's 2nd Birthday Party

This summer has been busy! And my blog has gotten shoved to the side because of it. But I'm back and I have so many cool summer moments to share with you.

So let's backtrack to Chloe's birthday...which was way back in April!

We celebrated Chloe's second birthday with a birthday party attended by family.

This beautiful little girl woke up happy and ready for her party

On your birthday you get to eat Cool Whip with breakfast...

I can't believe our sweet little girl is two years old already!

The theme was rainbows...

Take-home treats for the kids

Rainbow craft station for the kids

Proud big brother Liam

And of course a rainbow cupcake cake...

And rainbow food...

Lucky little girl with her gifts...

A card from cousin Bella...

Her gift opening helper, cousin Hudson

New shades from grandma

Aunt Becky wishing Chloe a happy birthday via Face Time 

Cake time!
She was pretty tired at this point in time

Getting a little help blowing out the candles from cousin Rylan and Liam

Happy birthday to our little sweetie. Our little peanut. Our little cutie.
You are so full of life and love. We are so lucky to have you as our daughter.

Mom and Dad


See Chloe's 1st Birthday Party here
See Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview here
See Chloe's 2nd Birthday Interview here

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Chloe's 2nd Birthday Interview

Chloe enjoying what, I hope, is our last snowfall of the year...
The answers in "quotes" are her own :)

What is your name? "Wo ey" 

How old are you?  "Two"

Where do you live?  Sheboygan 

What is your favorite color?  "Yah low" 

What is your favorite animal?  "Elmo"  (She also lovvvvvesss our cat Marlee)

What is your favorite food? "Eat"  (Carrots, green beans, apples, blueberries, noodles, pizza, m&ms)

What is your favorite toy? Her dolls, Elmo, crayons/paper, fake food, rocking horse

What is your favorite song? Shake It Off by T. Swift

What is your favorite book? 'Kittens' and 'Bunny's Garden'

What is your favorite TV show? Sofia The First (favorite movie is Frozen)

Who is your best friend? Liam, mom and dad

What makes you happy? Food/snacks, Marlee the cat, snuggles, her dolls, playing outside, music, shoes

What makes you sad? Nap time, Liam sometimes, being sick, not getting candy when you want it

What do you like to do indoors? Play, art projects, watch cartoons, push dolls in strollers, eat snacks, play with Legos

What do you like to do outdoors? Swing on the swing, sidewalk chalk, kick balls, sand/water table, shovel snow, go to the park

What do you want to be when you grow up? Mom thinks you'll be a fantastic mother someday, also maybe a dancer, an artist or a lawyer (because you sure know how to get your way already!) Dad thinks you will do something involving kids.

Chloe absolutely LOVES: 
Shoes, candy, dancing, babies, baths, and swinging on her swing

Happy second birthday, baby girl! You are the sweetest, smartest and feistiest little girl we ever did know. And we love you, so very much :) Love, mom - dad - Liam

View Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview here
View photos from Chloe's 1st birthday party here

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter potatoes

The kids and I made, quite possibly, the easiest Easter-themed craft yesterday. I'm sharing it with you because it's cheap, easy, fun and kids of all ages can do it.

We decorated our Easter eggs first and decided to add this quick project because our kitchen table was already covered in newspaper and the kids were covered in egg dye. "Why not add more messy fun to the mix?" I said.

All you need is a potato, some paper, paintbrushes and paint (I recommend a non-toxic tempera paint for little kids).

Just cut a potato in half. A potato of any size or type will do.

Squeeze some paint onto a paper plate or dish.

Give each kid a paint brush and let them do their thing :) Polka dots and stripes are easy. 

You could also try a tie-dye effect, faces or designs. Or  adults could carve their potatoes (see Pinterest for ideas) with a small knife or pumpkin carving tool to create more detailed prints.

Chloe enjoyed painting the outside of her potato too :)

Liam's first potato print. Testing it out.

Making a whole bunch of them.

And hand-printing a bit.

They used up all of the paint I gave them.

And here are the results -

We let them dry, then cut out our favorite ones to send to family as Easter cards -

And a photo of the Easter eggs we dyed. We did shimmery ones this year -

If anyone else tries this out please share a photo of them in the comments section below.
We'd love to see them!

And some prior Easter crafts I've done with my kids: