Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fake Cake

We got the Play-Doh down today (it's been a LONG while) and Alex really went to town creating her own multi-tiered cake.  I had to totally let go of the 'keep the colors separate' mental block that I have, but I'm so glad I just let her create.  Granted, we now have ten canisters of disgusting mixed play-doh, but that's where Santa comes in with new stuff, right?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Little Mermaid

As a fabulous birthday present, Brad gifted Alex with two tickets to see The Little Mermaid.  We had a wonderful time (although I was expecting more roller skating?  Apparently they've reworked the show significantly since I first heard about it), and she was excited to call him at intermission and say "thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chutes and Ladders Park

Adventure Day is back in full-swing.  Today we had to run some errands across town, so I surprised the kids by pulling in to the Bloomington Hyland Park Reserve playground,  affectionately known as 'Chutes and Ladders'.  We timed our arrival to overlap with the last 15 minutes of a school outing, which was great.  The kids had lots of other people to watch (and inspire them), and then we had the whole place practically to ourselves.

Even though there are three story climbing structures and lots of slides and 'secret passages', the favorite spot was this climbing net that looks like it belongs in a primate exhibit!  It was a gorgeous day, perfect for playing without long sleeves.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two Chefs in the Kitchen

Justin was really itching to show me his culinary skills, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and put a four year old in charge of breakfast.  He chose to cook eggs "because I do it at Children's Farm", and even wore an appropriate shirt.
 They were DELICIOUS!  When I make scrambled eggs, I normally add a bit of milk.  He refused this advice AND took them off the stove before I would consider them "done" (they were still a bit runny).  I am never cooking eggs again.  This guy has it DOWN!
Even Alex approved-- although this did spark a little sibling rivalry cook-off later in the week. :-)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


We didn't have too much time the last trip to the zoo (we went the end of the day), and Justin was sad to be left out, so we did it again!  And this time we met Vera and her Mama for a fun day :-)

Justin was excited to do some sketching-- he did some comparison observations between coyotes and dogs.
 Vera helped Alex organize all her school supplies :-)

 We spent some time at the new playspace

 And then the little one took a much-needed nap.
 And the big ones continued their quest for scientific knowledge. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Zoo Date

Since I capped the friend birthday party invites to 2, Alex and I decided to do a 'solo' birthday outing with another neighborhood friend.  We packed up our art supplies and hit the zoo for some sketching and playing.  Justin stayed at home with Daddy, and we had a great girls' day out!

 As a special birthday treat, they each got to pick out a special treat- :-)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Big Day!

A Slightly sleepy 8 year old on her birthday morning!
 Since all the big festivities were out of the way, we had a beautiful and quiet family birthday for Alex.  The theme of the presents this year was 'books'!
 She received a slew of How to Train Your Dragon books from Uncle Willy and Miss Toni. 
Auntie Rorie visited later with even MORE books (mostly Geronimo Stilton) to read and enjoy! I don't think we'll be seeing much of her for a week or so as she plows through them.  That's the best part about homeschooling-- she can have independent reading time whenever she wants it!