Tuesday, July 28, 2015

sand art

The girls watched a video on youtube with a girl making sand art and asked if we could do that this summer.  So when I came across the little bottles of sand, I bought them for our summer bucket.  Based on our pictures, we do a lot of craft and activities after gymnastics, during Miranda's nap!
It started slow...

...but they were patient and did layer by layer.  I don't recall any complaints for this activity and it took a while.  YAY!


Mackenzie's finished product!


Meredith's finished bottle.
Meredith was apparently too hungry to pose for a normal picture!
we still have leftover sand, so I guess I need to buy another bottle to fill! ;)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Target Dollar Spot

The target dollar spot is dangerous for me!  We went to Target one day while waiting for the Library to open and stumbled across some great finds.  Thirty minutes later and I won't tell you how much money, Mackenzie said, "I thought we were only supposed to buy strawberries and grapes."  Yep, that's how Target works...you go in for 1 or 2 items and leave with 40! Ha!

A classic dollar toy are the foam capsule things.  We got three packages...

To make it easier on everyone, I fixed to bowls for the girls (Miranda was napping).  Waiting, waiting...

Meredith got bored pretty quickly with just one or two at a time, so we did 10 at a time! ;)
Mackenzie liked taking her time and made her 18 capsules last a LONG time.
Ooh, yay!  36 foam creatures!
Here are our finds that were immediately spread across the floor!  A rainbow puzzle, a color puzzle, ABC blocks, snap blocks, large dice, plastic dinosaurs, plastic ponies and a few other things not pictured! I'm telling you it's dangerous!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015 Summer Recap: Week 5

Summer is starting to wind down and I'm 3 or 4 weeks behind in my recaps!  But I guess that's pretty typical, so oh well! ;)

During week 5 we had an incredibly busy morning...grocery store, gymnastics, target, whataburger and the library.  We were back home by 1:30 and WORN OUT! Ha!





On another day we went to eat lunch at Jimmy Changas. Surprisingly, it wasn't too hot outside despite it being July!  You couldn't pay me to eat outside (without a pool), this week, though.  It's definitely July now!

Our good friends invited us to play at their house one afternoon and the girls loved it.  The little jacuzzi part (not heated) was the favorite place for Meredith and Miranda.


Miranda even took a little nap outside after lunch. ;)

We also played board games one afternoon during naptime.

I think I only won 1 game of the 5 we played!

At some point during the week, Miranda was throwing a fit so I told her to go stand in the corner if she was going to cry.  She got up off the floor in front of the couch, walked to the hallway where they stand in the corner and laid on the floor to cry.  I had never told her to go to the corner before, so I guess this was her kind of doing her punishment, but also still getting to cry on the floor like she wanted to. ;)


We stay pretty busy every morning, but out afternoons are pretty relaxing.  It makes for a great combination and fun summer.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Noahs ark pool

One of the girls favorite places to go is the "Noah's Ark Pool." It's perfect for them and they have a lot of fun!

 Miranda wasn't sure what to think. Ha!

With water only going from 6" to 12" the girls have fun running around and going down the slides.
This whale is also a favorite!
As you can see, Miranda wasn't too thrilled that Mackenzie joined her.


Some of my new favorites from the summer!  All three girls might not be looking at the camera, but you can tell they are having fun, so that's even better!


Pizza, capri suns and a water park = a super fun day!  Well, lunch was fun for everyone except Meredith.  Once the flies showed up she was not happy!  She gets so scared over bugs!

Friends met us there, so I actually have pictures with me in them!  ;)  Meredith and Miranda thought I was part of the water park!
Meredith floating!
Miranda found a water gun and had fun squirting it, even though she only new how to pull the trigger when it was facing her!

Mackenzie and a friend found the "deeper" water and enjoyed swimming and playing together.

Just as we were about to leave, it started down pouring on us.  We and our towels were soaking wet!  Luckily, it stopped pretty quickly, so we just snacked while air drying. ;)

Another fun day at Noah's Ark.  We will be going again this summer, so yay!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Miranda's words

Miranda didn't start walking until she was 16 months old.  Brandon and I were so ready for her to walk by then since the big girls had started walking at 12 and 13 months.  As with the walking, Miranda also started talking later than the other girls did at that age.  Meredith by far was my biggest/earliest talker!  However, Miranda is definitely coming along in her vocabulary.  At Miranda's 18 month check up, the doctor asked if she was saying any other words besides "mama" and "dada" and she wasn't so I know they'll definitely be asking how many words she says at her 2 year check up in 2 months!  With that in mind, I thought I'd list the words she says on a regular basis, especially since I missed her 22 month post last month!

momma
dadda (refuses to say daddy)
mik (milk)
monkey
hippo (one of her lovies)
ball
bounce
blanket
nack (snack)
this
no
know? (don't know)
buckle
book
hold you (hold me)
up
out
off
ni ni (night night)
bible
purse
bagel
ip (ipad)
hello
lop (lollipop)
two (every time we say "one" she responds with "two")
ticker (sticker)
mouse (mickey or minnie)
gin (again)
shoe
hi
mote (remote)
I sowee (I'm sorry)
nose
tickle
wower (flower)
peas (please)
baby
watu (water)
bel buz (belly button)
yes
ok (when she falls down)
close (when she gets in trouble for opening the laptop)
want this (as in "I don't want this")
mores (I want more)
tank oo (thank you)
piggy
go
tigh (as in her carseat straps are too tight)
ow
gasses (sunglasses)
gross

She probably says even more than this, but this is all I can remember at this time.  I actually made this list and then listened to her for a couple of days and heard 20 more words that I forgot she says! That's 52 words that we hear pretty regularly - yay!  Much improved in 4 months!  I'm sure she'll add even more in the next 2 months!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

summer miscellaney

I found these pictures on my computer and I don't know where they fit in with our summer, but they are cute, so they get a separate post!

On a random, rainy afternoon...

Mackenzie wanted to play with her shopkins (ie: line them up),
and Meredith wanted to play with the melted bead thingy.

Miranda just wanted to be in the middle of all of it, so I stuck her in her high chair with large beads.
I think she liked it! ;)

On another day, Miranda and I were having fun making faces...

I think Meredith ate something with chocolate.  Just maybe...

Our little dare devil.  Not really, but she did enjoy standing on the elephant rocker.  I think at some point, all three of the girls have done this.
Sometimes the randomness we have is cuter than the planned stuff!

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