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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Snow Fun!



This December we have had a ton of snow and it has been crazy cold. Last week was the first time that Ally got to go and play outside. She and I had a blast! We made snow angels, a snow couch and pretended to be bears. Unfortunately I have misplaced my really good pair of snow pants that I was given last year....stupid move!

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A Little More



Here is Ally working on some Gingerbread Men and making some Reindeer Food on 'our' Christmas Eve. We started celebrating our Christmas on the 23 of December. I started this because I wanted to do our own family celebration but not take away from our extended family get togethers. Ally is just getting Santa this year and it is so exciting for me. I have tried really hard to make the magic happen for Ally. I think I have laid a good foundation this year and next it will be so amazing. Ally will truly get Christmas and I will be able to explain some of the meaning behind it too.

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More Crafts





Here are pictuers of more of our crafts. We didn't end up doing a craft a day but we did enough that Ally wakes up and asks,"What are we doing today?" or "Can we do a craft today?" I love how interested she is and it has become our special time.

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Christmas Tree or Spider





Ally loved this craft. I planned for the craft to be a tree but Ally decided it was a spider. She has never threaded beads before and I was quite amazed at her dexterity. She had no problems!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Tinfoil Stars

Finished result
Ally working on her start

Today we did Tinfoil Stars. Cut out a cardboard star and cover with tinfoil, then take markers and color! Permanent Markers work the best but for a toddler washable markers are great, just don't touch because the color will come off. For an advance technique take a black marker and draw lines to make a stained glass technique.

Christmas Crafts

Mixing
The finished result

Zoe is helping too

Ally stirring.

This year I found this blog and it has inspired me to do Christmas crafts with Ally. I highly reccomend the blog the writer is amazing and so creative. I took ideas from the blog and then scoured the internet for more ideas. I made a plan to do a craft every day and then ran to Wal-Mart to get supplies.

Here is our first craft and I got the idea from an online friend. Thanks, Steph!

We made Apple Sauce Ornaments, they are easy and fun. Take 1/2 cup Apple sauce, 1/2 cup of cinnamon and 1 tbsp of white glue. Mix it all together. The form into shapes for an ornament. Try to make the shape really thick. Then place on tinfoil and let dry for a couple days.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Presents





Here is Zoe opening presents and enjoying her party. She really had a blast and loves all the wonderful gifts. Thanks!

Cake Time!

Waiting for cake and wondering why everyone is crowding around.
Yum!

Want some?





Zoe's Birthday



Here is Zoe opening a present first thing in the morning from her Uncle Pat, Aunt Alicia and cousins Kaya and Adlai. They came Friday night for a visit but couldn't stay for the party.
Zoe reading her card
Voila! The cake! Alicia and I stayed up until midnight decorating the cakes. I am very proud of the work we did.


I cleaned for days, baked and did my best to get everything ready for Zoe's birthday well before hand. Here are the pictures from her 1st Birthday, which I must add was a success!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Still Nursing


Zoe is still nursing and going strong. Nursing is her preferred method of going to sleep and best way to calm her down.

Trouble




Zoe is now at the age that she is getting into everything. She has a knack for finding things that she really shouldn't touch. She loves to put her hand in the toilet and knock things into the tub. She also loves to climb up the stairs. She will wait till you aren't watching and just go for them.

Crafts




Ally and I are really getting into crafts. I am on the look out for fun easy things that we can do. We are also getting ready for Zoe's birthday part on Saturday. Here we are making Christmas ornaments out of pine cones. We are going to put them in the goody bags. Zoe really wanted to get in on the action but I was afraid that she would eat the glue.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

First Official Word!!

Zoe said her first word today! She has a few that I consider words but this one is her official one because it was so loud and clear. We were talking pictures today and I kept say, "Look at Daddy! Where is Daddy?" And she looked up and said,"Dada!"


Here is a video of her.
video

Shaving Cream


I got this idea from a friend on a message board for kids born in March 2007. Ally loved playing with the shaving cream, she played with it for about a half an hour.

Bad...


Yes, I know I am so behind...I am a horrible mother and Zoe is being shafted...I will make it up I promise!


Here is Zoe sharing her fishies. She is a tease, she likes to offer and then take the food away then laugh.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pudding Paint





Today we made pudding from scratch and the put food coloring in. It was a blast! Ally wouldn't eat it and delighted in the painting. Zoe enjoyed eating the paint and I had fun painting her. Sorry for the bad quality I think someone has been touching my camera.

Spoons

Here is Zoe trying to figure out her spoon this morning. video

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Christmas Pictures





Mike had a fun time getting all us to pose, look at the camera and smile all at the same time. Here are our Christmas pictures and look for them in your mail box when I send out our cards.

My Little Helper


I am so lucky because soon I will have two helpers.

Messy Face


Zoe loves yogurt but this morning she decided that it would be more fun to drink it out of a toy cup. Here is a picture of the result.