Monday, October 31, 2011

2 months

Meredith is 2 months old and so we had her 2 month check up at the doctor today.  Her stats are as follows:

Weight - 12 lb 4.5 oz - 84%
Height - 24" - 95%
Head circumference - 15.98" - 89%

So she is still a big girl and grew another inch since last month's check up!  Here's hoping she will be able to stick with Mackenzie's clothes through out the seasons.

At two months, Meredith... eating (5) 5 or 6 oz bottles a day. starting to get her hair back after losing the baby hair last month.
...smiles when Brandon and I talk to her.
...has slept for 7-8 hours straight the past 4 nights!
...likes the musical star on her play mat.
...still has dark blue eyes, but they appear to be getting a little lighter and possibly hazel in color. a pretty good traveler in her car seat during the outings we've recently had.

Here is the comparison of the girls at 2 months.  I think next month will be easier to compare because I stopped using the boppy pillow to prop up Mackenzie.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Responsibility and Chore Chart

I had been planning to create a daily chart for Mackenzie in order to help both of us get up and ready every day.  Since I've been home with Meredith, we've probably had more "pajama days" than I've ever had in my life.  I feel bad when the day gets away from me and not only did I not get dressed for the day, but neither did Mackenzie.  I thought a daily chart might help us along with other daily "chores" Mackenzie needed to start doing.  Fortunately for us, friends of ours stopped by on Monday and brought Mackenzie her birthday present:
A chore chart!  You can change out the chores/responsibilities as needed, so we'll be able to use it for years.  The only chores she has are making her bed and putting away her toys.  All others are just daily things we need to do.  As you can see, Thursday was still a pajama day, but one a week can't hurt! ;)  And we are still working on the "not whining", but that will probably take years! ;)  Actually, it's not so much whining as it is throwing fits when she hears something she doesn't like.  I think its just her age, but we still need to rein in the fits and attitude. "no whining" was the best description on the chart.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Activity Mats

For Mackenzie's birthday, she received activity mats for us to use inside when we can't go out.  Yesterday I pulled them out for fun to see what she/we could do.   There are 15 total mats and have activities like jumping jacks, balancing, toe touches, hopping and crab crawl.

We tried all of the activities and she knew how to do most of them but had a little difficulty with the crab walk, jumping jacks and balancing (standing on one foot).  I think she had difficulty because she kept trying to match the picture which looked like the boy had his foot really high behind him. 

She also tried to match the feet on the skipping rather than actually skipping. ;)  I think next time, I'll place them throughout the house and we'll just follow them all around the house to get even more exercise!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Cards

Earlier this week my mom sent Halloween cards to me, Mackenzie and Meredith.  Meredith's card has a pumpkin on the front.  Mackenzie's has a one-eyed monster and mine has witch feet. Mackenzie loves all 3 of them so I put them in her playroom on her shelf for her to look at whenever she wanted.  This morning she made me laugh when she said the following while pointing to each card:

"Meredith is a pumpkin,"

"Mackenzie is a monster,"

"And momma is a girl."
I informed her that those were witch shoes, but I didn't really like it when she said, "Oh, momma is a witch." :(

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Books to read

I've said this before - I like to read.  I don't always have time to read (especially now), but I do like to read.  I also like to collect books - specifically free books on the nook and iPad.  Combine those with the books I've bought over the years and never read and I've got quite a collection of books waiting to be read.

A couple of weeks ago, in an effort to get organized while stuck here in the house, I made a list of every book on my shelves and on my nook that I hadn't read.  If that's not dorky enough, I then categorized them by genre and then numbered them in the order that I wanted to read them, being sure to alternate between hard copy and nook book.  Did I mention I did this in an excel spread sheet and also printed the final list?  yeah, I know...I'm crazy.

With that said, I have 74 books waiting to be read!  The genres include non-fiction, classics, history, christian (fiction and non-fiction), and biographies.  The first few on my list are:

1.  Mere Christianity - I was already half way through this book when I made the list, but since I stopped reading it after Meredith was born, I put it on the list so I would finish it.

2.  Elizabeth: the life of Elizabeth Taylor - I've had this book for several years and had just forgotten to read it.

3.  Gap Creek - this book was a freebie for my nook.  My mom read it probably 8 years ago and really liked it, so I have high hopes.

The reality of me actually going down the list in the "correct order" is probably non-existent.  In fact, I've already gone out of order.  I skipped finishing Mere Christianity because it there is too much thinking required when reading the book.  With a 3 year old and 2 month old, I need something light and easy to read and pick up where ever I left off.  I started reading Gap Creek the week after I made the list, but haven't read very much more since.  It's not that I don't like it, it's just I haven't had a lot of free time where I felt like reading.  Maybe soon.

My goal for the remainder of the year - to read all 3 of the above books.  My goal of 3 books in 2 months is quite a change from January and February when I read 7 books in those two months.  But then again, my life has had quite a change since January and February!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New favorite

For those of you not following my 365 blog, yesterday I took some of my new favorite pictures of the girls - one of which I posted on 365.  It started as just taking individual pictures of the girls in their new clothes, but then Mackenzie wanted to sit in the chair with Meredith.  I ended up laughing almost the entire time I was taking pictures!  I love Meredith's facial expression!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Play time at the Playground

Last week when we had much cooler weather, we went to one of the neighborhood playgrounds in the morning.  The first morning, we met another mother and her 3 year old daughter, so it was nice to have some adult interaction for a change! ;)  While I tried to get Meredith to sleep in her stroller, the other mother pushed Mackenzie and her daughter on the swings.  The next morning we went back but no one else was at the playground. 
Mackenzie likes to swing...

but when Meredith got fussy, I had to show her how to swing on her own.  She's slowly getting the hang of it.
She finally conquered her fear of climbing the "fish bone".  She's always been a little scared because of the holes in the bottom of the bridge.  She was so excited when she finally climbed over and got to the big slide.

This is how Meredith hangs out at the park.  It was sooooo cold that morning, that I actually put the little "no scratch" mittens on Meredith's hands just in case.
And then of course, as if it had never been cold at all, Saturday morning was HOT!  We walked to the playground, but it was way too hot for me and Meredith, so we walked the half mile to the other larger playground that is covered.  So much better!
 Mackenzie's never been a climber, so I was proud that she wanted to climb this thing to get to the other slides.  I had to stand behind her and show her where to put her feet and her hands, but she did this over and over again. 
 This might be our new playground we go to when it's hot and we'll save the other one for when it's cold and we want sunshine!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Today was the first time since Meredith was born that I have cooked a meal for us!  When my mom was here for the first week we were home from the hospital, she made a ton of food and put it in the freezer.  We're talking (9) 8x8 foil pans, plus p-dub's meat loaf - a LOT of food!  Combine that, with the food people brought us, leftovers from the birthday parties and the occasional pizza order on the weekend, I haven't had to cook a full meal in 2 months!  I've heated the food out of the freezer and made sides (read: heated green beans in the microwave) here and there, but haven't actually prepared and cooked a full meal - until today.  It's been awesome!

The last few weeks I've been collecting recipes to try so that we don't go right back into our usual staple meals.  I figure since I'm at home now, I can actually make meals that might only last us one or 2 nights rather than the full week casserole I usually made when I was working.  Today's meal I would actually call a weekend meal because it was a fun, not so healthy, main dish that I don't know what you could add as a side besides dessert.  It's called bubble up pizza and it's basically a pizza that you eat with a fork.  You mix together biscuits (cut into pieces), pizza sauce, mozzarella and whatever pizza toppings you like and bake it for 30 minutes.  I added italian sausage sauteed with bell pepper and onion, pepperoni and mushrooms.  I thought it was yummy, but then again, I could eat pizza everyday.

This is by no means a meal I will make every month, but occasionally it might be nice to have and it's definitely cheaper than ordering a large pizza for delivery!  The rest of the week I'll be cooking new recipes as well, so we'll see how that goes.  Meredith sat contently in her bouncy seat the entire time I prepared the pizza dish, so hopefully tomorrow afternoon she'll do the same while I prepare dinner!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Circus Photo-op

One of the activities I bought for Mackenzie's birthday party was a circus photo prop.  I hung it by the door, but kind of forgot to take the kids pictures until the end. 

I think it might be more for older kids, but it was really funny to watch Karleigh and Mackenzie try it. ;)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Photo Comparison - Bath Time

I took a picture of Meredith the other day in her bathtub and then remembered I had a similar picture of Mackenzie.  I couldn't resist doing a photo comparison.

I even looked at the date of Mackenzie's photo and realized she was 8 weeks old at the time, so they are really close in age in the two pictures.  I think maybe their noses look similar, but their eyes and mouth still look different to me.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Play rooms

Apparently, it's not enough for Mackenzie to have a playroom...
 ..and a bedroom to play in.

She has also taken over Meredith's room!
I guess in a year they'll both be playing in all three rooms!  Now if I can just keep the toys from migrating into the living room!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lion King

When I was 15, Disney's The Lion King came out on VHS.  I had already seen it in theaters and LOVED it, so I asked for the video for my birthday.  Along with the video, I got all kinds of other Lion King stuff from my friends and family.

The few sentences above seem cute and somewhat normal for a 15 year old, or at least a 15 year old in 1995, but the picture below tells a different story!

Wow!  Did I say LOVED?  I meant I was OBSESSED with The Lion King!  So, not only did my parents let us take our pictures like this, but we actually bought prints too!  Or maybe just this one wallet, I'm not sure.

Anyways, I was super excited when The Lion King came out in theaters last month and then was re-released on DVD!  I told Brandon I was going to wait until Christmas for the DVD, but I could resist and I ended up buying the DVD on its release day.  Mackenzie already loves it and we've watched it probably 5 or 6 times and we've only had it since last Wednesday!  Mackenzie was even repeating some of the words the other day and trying to sing along to the songs!  I'm so proud, but I promise not to take pictures in Lion King paraphernalia!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Welcome to the Circus

This is going to be a long post...just fyi.

We had Mackenzie's birthday party this past weekend and I chose a circus theme.  I got so excited about making banners I might have gone a little overboard!  I made 5 total!  The Happy Birthday banner is over the play room entry. 
decorations on the table are cracker jacks and animal crackers
Once everyone arrived we went outside to "see the circus".  I made all of the backdrops with leftover cardboard boxes and wrapping paper remains.  First, the children walked the "tight rope" aka a 2x4.  Actually, this was a little harder than I thought it might be because it was on the grass which made it move a little bit.  Another mom and I had to hold the 2x4 down with our feet while the kids walked across.
Next up, the Bean Bag Toss
I already had the bean bags, but we did have to buy what turned out to be a fairly expensive hula hoop.  It lights up and everything!  Unfortunately, since Mackenzie doesn't know how to hula hoop and I'm not sure that I could do it anymore, it might not get much use for a little while.  Mackenzie and I might have to keep playing bean bag toss!

The ball toss was next.  I taped some clear plastic cups to wrapped cardboard and had the kids toss ping pong balls into the cups.  The age range was 19 months to 4 years and I think it worked for all of them.  I think it also worked really well on the lawn chair and was the perfect height for them.

The Clothespin drop was another game we played.  It's a little harder, but I think they still had fun.  Mackenzie and I will probably continue to play this game and also use the clothespins for other fine motor skills.


One of the funniest games was the pin the nose on the clown.

What's funny about all of the clown nose locations is that only two of them were put on by kids using the mask.  The others were all added by kids actually looking at the board!  Mackenzie wanted nothing to do with the mask, so she stuck the nose in the proper place.  Then another girl put it right next to Mackenzie's.  The two on the clown's head were put on blindfolded, but all other were visible! ;)

A repeat of last years game was another hit.  You can't go wrong with rubber ducks in water!

After all of the fun outside, we made it inside for circus food - hot dogs and nachos! Yum!  And of course for dessert we had cake and cupcakes.  The cupcakes actually ended up being a take home since everyone ate the cake.  I made the cupcake toppers with a banner punch from Stampin' Up and the Big Top Birthday stickers.

I decorated the cake using an idea I found on Pinterest and I think it came out really well.  I'm going to have to look at their other ideas to see what else you can do.  This trick just used a butter knife to create the lines/ridges.  It was so easy!

I didn't believe my friend when she said Mackenzie blew out the candle with her nose, but based on this picture, I think she did! ;)
The rainbow cake was very cool.  I might have to try it again one day, but make thinner layers and add a couple more colors.  And last, but not least, you cannot leave the circus empty handed, so everyone took home a goodie bag that my mom made as well as a box of cracker jacks and animal crackers.

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