Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Projects

We had a hectic week and a few Easter projects to do.  I found the recipe for those egg nests made with chow mein noodles and was excited to make them.  Nolan was excited for the mini marshmallows and started a game: How many can I fit into my mouth at one time (see below photo)
 He seemed excited to help with the cookies, we made half a batch and it was perfect.  These cookies are not as good as I remembered from elementary school but they were good.  Maybe some chocolate and/or peanut butter would help them.  But regardless, Nolan enjoyed making them and eating the marshmallows.  
 Even more fun was dying the eggs.  We did it last year, or maybe it was two years ago, and was more scary than fun.  Worry about spilling the dye all over the kitchen, making a mess etc.  Nolan was great about being careful, moved things slowly and delicately and was a lot of fun to watch.
 He seemed genuinely amazed that the eggs changed colors and really enjoyed deciding whether or not they were finished 'cooking'.  
 We gave up quickly on the little wire stick/egg holder thing and he just used his hands.  It was so nice to do this project with him.  He seems VERY excited about the Easter Bunny, even more excited than he was about Santa.  I think he's excited about the egg hiding and has speculated where he thinks some good hiding spots are (like under his bean bag chair).  I hope that bunny lives up to Nolan's hopes!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We Wonder...

For about a year I've been angling to get a big-time swing set for our back yard.  Except our back yard is small and the swing set I want (er, the one I think Nolan would want) is huge so after getting some prices and reconsidering what I thought he'd want, we got him a play house.  I thought about the options (there are tons of play houses out there) and decided on this one.  
We made a big deal about how we had a surprise for him after his nap.  He asked if it was a cookie or an M&M and we kept saying 'bigger'.  He seemed excited for his surprise.  
So after his nap we tell him to put socks and shoes on and go outside.  He walks outside and looks around and sees the house and smiles. 
Picking up the giant piece of trash
  Then he sees a large piece of trash that has been blown into  our yard and must have been buried in the snow (maybe it's a sled, we're not exactly sure) and runs over to it (at the opposite side of the yard as the giant surprise house that appeared in our yard during his nap) excited and curious.
Sometimes we wonder why we do things like this.  He probably would have really loved the box this came in too... he seems still unsure about the house.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Swimming Lessons

Nolan loves the water.  He's a fish, he really enjoys splashing and playing.  Dave and Nolan take a swimming class on Saturdays and midway through this session Nolan started swimming with a bubble/on his own.
So I observed a class to see what this was all about.  Above is Nolan 'floating'.  Below they are blowing bubbles and being a goofball. 
 Secretly I think Dave likes the class because he gets some really nice snuggle time with Nolan.  Look at this monkey.
 Nolan did great, he is very comfortable, he's been trying to swim without a bubble and seems very comfortable with his face in the water.  While he's not 'swimming' on his own, he has made great strides in his swimming and we're very proud of him.
 I love that he enjoys the water so much.  And while I wish he was as comfortable in the water with me as he is with Dave, I'm also in love with the idea that they have this to do together, the two of them.  That's really special.  I'm not sure who loves it more.  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chocolate Joker

Guess what this boy was doing?  Yep, hot cocoa.  I just love how he ONLY got the hot cocoa on the edges of his mouth- like the Joker.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cutest Ever

How cute is this pirate?  
You should hear his 'ARRRR' 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

More From This Weekend

Here he is again.  What a doll, right?
And here is Nolan and Fish.  Nolan is feeding Fish some fish in this picture.   
 Those belugas were really interested in me and Nolan which was SO cool.  
 And here's another photo of Nolan and his new pal.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Nolan's Third Birthday Party

Nolan seemed to have a BLAST at his birthday party.  Tons of his friends could attend which was a nice treat!  It was at our town's Nature Center and included an animal demonstration.  The volunteer for the day is a former teacher of Nolan's.  She was fantastic.  Nolan's major concern was the big red Macaw who Nolan is scared of.  We specifically requested the bird not be out on the perch but in the cage the whole time.  He was thrilled when we got there it even had a partial covering on the cage.
 Sweetie the tortoise eating some blueberries and all the kids waiting for her to finish eating to touch her.
 Then everyone gave up waiting and started to pet her.  Please keep in mind, this was not instructed.  Once one child went for it all the kids started petting and touching her.  She just kept right on eating.
 Nolan specifically wanted to hold a snake and got to  He seemed pretty thrilled about this snake.  Kids really have no fears, do they?
 Next he got to pet and hold a blue tongued skink.  The tongue is impressively blue.  Then he got to hold a bearded dragon (one of my favorites).
 Here's the family.  A great photo.
 After the reptile room we went to the furry animal room which holds bunnies, ferrets, chinchillas, birds and mice.  I absolutely love the mouse (it's name is Oreo) and I think Nolan does too.  Here he is preparing to hold Oreo.
 And here is Oreo.  Look at Nolan's face- so excited.  This boy had a fantastic time at his party.  So did his parents.  What a great weekend.  Happy Birthday Buddy!
Nolan's official 3-year-old stats: weight 35.4 lbs (82%); height: 39.75 inches (92%) and otherwise perfect.  The doctor actually said 'he's perfect.'  Yes he is.  Most of the time.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Nolan!

Nolan's birthday weekend started out like this.  He woke up to his doorway decorated.  We had a special trip planned.
We headed off to the Aquarium where we saw tons of fish, some very active penguins and...
 some curious beluga whales.  We did make a rookie parenting mistake and told Nolan he could get anything he wanted from the gift shop...
 this is what he picked.  this GIANT stuffed beluga whale, which he's named 'Fish'.  Apparently the curious belugas made an impression on him and he LOVES Fish.  We tried to convince him to get a smaller version but that didn't work.  So we brought Fish home with us, even if Nolan can't get his arms all the way around him.
 For his birthday party (photos in upcoming days) I made cupcakes.  Here's Nolan enjoying the first singing of Happy Birthday.  He LOVED it.
 And here he is 'catching' the smoke from the candles.  This boy is THREE.  It's amazing how time flies.  He looks like a small man.  He's amazing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

35 Weeks and The Boxes

Here's a belly photo.  35 weeks.  Wow, I feel big these days and I know I'll be getting bigger.  
We're ramping up details and specifics for BG's arrival.  Getting all the items we need, realizing the items we still need and trying to get them bought.  
 Here's a box we received, one of many.  This one was for a new crib mattress.  It was fun while it stood tall and thin.  Then it collapsed and we made it into a tunnel, drew in it and brought toys into it.  It was so fun.
 Somehow boxes are so much fun to have in the house.  No matter what they are for, they can be made into a hiding spot or a fort.  Always a good time.