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Monday, February 14, 2011

13 Things.

1. I posted about this mailbox a week or so ago. And how I got it so that I could leave letters/treats for Parker on days that I go to work.

Well- it took me a while.....but I finally got around to following through with my plan this past Wednesday.

Geoff sent me this picture. He said she was so excited when she saw the mailbox and everything inside. It made my day and it really didn't take me long to get together. Just a quick note and some M&Ms (although- I do not want to get in the habit of always leaving her candy).

The next morning- before Geoff was even up- he aid she ran into our room saying, "mommy wrote me another letter and got me a PINK slinky." ;)

2. I made these 'recycled crayons' for Parker's Sunday school class. I got the idea for it from Counting Coconuts and thought it was perfect: cheap, easy, and NO sugar!

3. Grace is going through a picky and whiny and stubborn and demanding stage right now. Haha. Anyway- she has gotten to where she will not eat the food that we cut up for her (you know- the way you are supposed to for your one year old?). This can be a very frustrating and scary thing. So sometimes we have let her hold larger pieces of food....and just sit with her and watch her closely. We say the words, "No ma'am!" a lot, as well as, "Take a bite". She does pretty well most of the time.....taking small bites. But alas- she will still try to shove large pieces in her mouth. (NOTE: I didn't just sit here and take pictures of her stuffing her mouth....I did intervene!)

See.....even when I just say her name, "GRACE!", she immediately spits it out. She knows!

Parker just sat there eating her popcicle. ;)

Here.....she's trying to pull apart 'small' pieces.

Almost in- and I said, "Grace! No ma'am!"

So she pulled it out of her mouth.....smiled.....shook her head no.......and then continued to eat it. So put down the camera to put a stop to this once and for all! ;)

4. Kristin had a Valentine's party this past Friday. It was good to have a 'playdate' and talk with other mom' well as, enjoy some good food. Kristin did a great job decorating the table. I
was very impressed!

Parker is done with me taking her pictures. So this is the new face she makes a lot of the time.

I love it when we try to get a picture of all the kids. Even though they don't come out how we would like.....I think they turn out much better. Here are just a few that I got....

This is Megan and her son Hayden. He loves Grace. Seriously. It's the funniest/cutest thing.

And I wanted to get a few more pictures, when my battery died.

5. After the party- we came home and Grace took a nap. Parker and I had 'quiet time.'

Then it was snack time.

Parker's: mandrin oranges and cheez-its (per her request).

Grace's: heart-shaped cheese slices and crackers.

This is what Grace does when I pick up the camera......Makes me laugh.

Here she is saying, "Cheese!"

6. During snack time- Parker and I made a few Valentines.

A few weeks ago I had made her a Valentine's sensory tub.

And Parker took the stuff from inside her tub- and made me this picture.

Well- I decided we could use the rest of the tub to make a few more things. I got this idea for these Valentines wreaths from No Time For Flashcards. Ours didn't turn out quite as cute as hers. ;)

She was proud and so was I. We had fun eating our snacks and crafting. It was a good afternoon.

Grace ate all of her snack and started stacking her cups.

7. I had tried to decorate our house for Valentines, but it didn't quite work out. I made this chain.......

and had wanted it hung over our window in the kitchen....

But it ended up being hung over the ceiling fan in our living room instead. Maybe next year?

8. Yesterday afternoon was beautiful. Parker made me some 'dessert' from her sand box. She kept asking me if I wanted butter on my dessert? I told her sure. Why not?

9. This girl loves to swing.

10. I made this cheesecake danish to take to Sunday school. I think maybe I should go have a slice of it right now.

11. We got home and napped. Then Geoff built a small tent in the living room (Aunt Sis did this at her house earlier in the week for the girls). Parker had a blast. She kept yelling at the top of her lungs, "Grace!!! Grace!!! Come. in. here!!!"

12. Geoff took the rest of our overripened bananas....and made some banana bread.

He made a few in our silicone hearts....

13. And lastly- I made 'chocolate' play-dough for Parker to play with tomorrow. I used this recipe and added about 4tsp of cocoa and some red and green food coloring to make it more brown. So easy to make. And hoping she will love it.

I got this idea from Counting Coconuts......and got a box of chocolates......took out the chocolates.....and put the 'chocolate' play-dough in the box. Because I used real smells like chocolate. While I was making it, I was wishing it was chocolate!


Emily said...

Marla.....Where do you find the time? Cohen is one month and I can hardly find time to do a load of laundry! You are awesome! Parker and Grace are so lucky!

Mrs. Ramsey said...

Lots of great ideas. I love the crayons, I might try it.

Viv said...

That's what I was wondering too sweet girl, where do you find the time? Great pics though, making wonderful memories!

Unknown said...

This is a great post! I wish we had take a picture yesterday at playgroup. All the kids wore red too. I love the mailbox, the sensory tub, and the wreath.

Anonymous said...

What a fun playdate party! I love your cake and all the fun foods. All your Valentine activities look super fun too.

Jenni Price said...

You sure dressed your girls adorable for that party! So cute! One of my kids takes really big bites too and I'm always scared about that....especially with bananas.

Kristin said...

SO crafty you are!! I am impressed! I enjoyed reading this post! I loved the crayons!! Really cute idea! And the box of play doh too!

Anonymous said...

Girl, do you sleep?!?! When do you find the time to do all of these cute creative things? I'm certainly impressed!

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