Monday, November 28, 2011
Today we went to the bank and made our annual deposit to their kids CD's. We've started a tradition in our house as far as saving goes for the kids. They get to put birthday money, Christmas cash, or any other money they get (like when I clean out my purse or John empties his pockets), into their piggy banks. Aaron thinks this is so cool and even if it's just a nickle, he is delighted. Then around Christmas time we head to the bank to deposit what they saved. At Cap Fed they usually offer the kids a prize or gift around this time of the year for a deposit of $100 or more. So we decided we would cover the difference each year. That is until they start saving thier own money from chores and stuff. Hopefully it will be more than $100 a year then! In Aaron's case, this year we didn't have to add much! Aaron got to put another $100 in his CD and Ethan got to start a brand new one! This year the prize is a snow cone maker. Sometimes the gifts are a little lame but this year, I was actually excited to get them.
After dinner we busted out our new toys and sat around the table making our desserts. It was so fun and tasty! We used melted popsicles to flavor our snow cones. In the future we will probably use the kind you buy at the store that aren't frozen yet. They are the real cheap ones you have to stick in the freezer - perfect for flavoring a snow cone! Even though Aaron wasn't strong enough to turn the crank himself, he was thrilled to watch daddy turn ice cubes into a tasty dessert. Even Ethan enjoyed the end product although I think he liked the cold spoon the best!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
In other news, we are trying to get prepared for the coming winter months of staying indoors more and trying not to get bored. I've swapped out some toys in the living room to keep things fresh including bringing out the old play mats to jump around on. We're going to have to take apart our couch and move a section into our garage just to have room for a Christmas tree this year! That's a project we'll do later this month. I've also added an "art cart" to our dining room. It rolls great on our new flooring! I've stocked it with construction paper, coloring books, paints, markers, crayons, play dough, and chalk. So far, Aaron is really liking it. I got a roll of paper so we can roll it out on the table or on the floor and go to town.
We also now have a "boredom bucket". Parents As Teachers has a Facebook page full of TV free ideas for activities to do with young kiddos. So I took out a pad of paper and started jotting them down one by one on little slips and dropping them into the bucket. Some activities are games, some are crafts, some can be done outside but most are indoors. And I also added free outings like playing at the Great Mall, swimming at the YMCA, and visiting the library. Some take 5 minutes to complete, some take over an hour. I hope to keep adding to it when I hear things or see things in magaizines that sound fun. Whenever I hear, "Aaron's bored" (yes folks, at 2 years old he already says this) we'll reach into the bucket and have a good time. We've already used it once yesterday and made a great painting for the hallway wall using our feet and some paint!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Since being discharged from Speech Therapy a month ago, his words have EXPLODED. He is doing so well - making full sentences and using words to ask for things now, even practicing good manners too. Every day I am amazed at what comes out of his mouth. I really do need to write things down as he says them because some stuff is just absolutely hilarious!
Besides learning new words, Aaron has been keeping himself busy by learning to sing the ABC's (he has already mastered saying them all, memorized by sight), practicing counting, playing with friends on play-dates, painting, coloring, relaxing (ha!), and taking every opportunity to try to "wrestle" with his baby brother.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Serial posting at its best! Its been a while since I've posted and its not like I don't have anything to blog about!
Aaron has added about 3 new words a day to his vocabulary, got a haircut that instantly made him look older, sings the ABCs and parts of other songs and is simply cute and ornery as ever.
Ethan stands like a champ even balancing at times, turned 9 months, got his first haircut, and wants so badly to cut some more teeth.
We've done some fun Thanksgiving activities and got our house ready for the cold-indoor-stir-crazy months.
Real blog posts to follow soon with lots of cute pics.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This year Aaron was a Farmer and Ethan was a Scare Crow. Momma was a barn cat on Halloween itself! : ) We had a very exciting and eventful evening. I kicked things off with wearing my costume to my Zumba class and adding Thriller and Ghostbusters to my playlist! It's very interesting to Zumba with a tail! Then we headed over to Nanny and Papa's for some trick or treating. We had a great time and Aaron was a doll! Ethan was done with it long before he was though. Next stop, Great Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth's House. It was so nice to see them! Turns out they had quite a few trick or treaters this year. Then it was off to the Hospital to see daddy and his co-workers and take them cookies. It was a quick visit and the boys were noticeably tired by that point! Finally we stopped off at Grandma and Grandad's house to get some super cool goodies and say goodnight. We made it home around 10:00 and I'm not sure who was more tired, the boys or me!
I wish I had a working camera. Unfortuantly both of my cameras - my compact one, and my good Nikon, are currently broken so I had to rely on my phone. Too bad the pics really didn't turn out well. I'm hoping to get some pics from the grandparents soon but here's what I've got!