Tuesday, March 25, 2014

{4} wheel fun

A couple of weekends ago we went to visit with family at my Aunt and Uncle's house. There was other family from out of state visiting so we all used it as an opportunity to catch up. Mom and Dad came down for the weekend and we traveled together.The weather for the day was absolutely gorgeous (where is that weather now???) so we got to spend a good portion of the day outside. We had a really great time and Elise got to have some 4-wheel fun!
She absolutely loved riding on the 4-wheeler!! I think she would have spent all day on it if she could. If no one else was riding she kept asking Uncle Bob to take her out for a ride.

Love this picture!

Maggie really liked walking around. She just wanted to go, go, go. She touched a few of the trees, but didn't care for them. And when she fell down she almost always asked for help because I don't think she liked touching the grass to stand up.
Since we were visiting and trying to keep Maggie out of trouble I didn't always get to watch or hear what Elise was talking about while she was riding but I did hear two pretty funny stories.
1. She figured out how the speedometer on the 4-wheeler worked and told Uncle Bob (or my Dad) I can't remember who she was riding with) that they could go 'faster.'
2. She apparently fell into a hole in their backyard. She was fine, but a little shaken up. She convinced Uncle Bob to take her out for another ride because she said "I think a ride would make me feel better." He laughed and took her out to reward her ingenuity. HA! 

Fun playing with my new zoom lens.
Thanks Uncle Bob and Aunt Debbie for a great day!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

We are outta here!

It has been a LONG time since we have been able to travel and visit family. The weather every weekend has been unpredictable at best, but finally a couple of weekends ago we ventured up to my mom's. Since it is only about an hour away, if the weather did decide to get crazy we wouldn't have as far to get home. It still snowed over the weekend, but it wasn't so bad that we weren't about to get home.

Since the weather wasn't great, we mostly visited and hung out. But we did take a few minutes to pop across the street to Conner Prairie and have a little fun.

 Finally Dad got to come, and I think he had as much fun as the kids in this area. You can create and learn about science by building and experimenting. This was an area to learn about circuits.

 They tested which blades worked the best. There was a meter attached to the windmill to see how much energy you could get. Of course, Elise liked pushing the button to start the wind.

 Then they worked on creating a ball run. Again, I think Bob had as much or more fun than the kids. This is definitely Dad's sort of thing. (And why he is an engineer and I am not, ha)

 Maggie really likes climbing into chairs and rocking.
 For some reason, Elise decided to hug the food.
 Planting food with sis.
 Elise said the chickens were having a fight. 

 "Don't you just love my big floppy hat?!"

 I think Elise could have spent all day here. Just building with pretzel rods, orange slices, and marshmallows. I actually had to promise her that we could do this at home because we needed to leave for lunch. We did do it at home, but with toothpicks. And I am pretty sure she spent at least thirty minutes just playing around with time. Of course, there was a little bit of snacking involved.

Maggie practicing her writing. She was so sweet. She actually picked up most of the pieces of chalk that she dumped on the floor.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Exciting News!

This awesome 4.5 year old has a loose tooth!

She is somewhat nervous and excited about the whole thing. She has asked about the Tooth Fairy and all that it entails. She even asked a friend some questions because he had already lost a tooth. So she figured he knew all there was to know. She is such a worry wart, I think we spent 20 minutes one night reassuring her that it wasn't a big deal and that it happens to everyone. Everyday she checks to make sure she knows which one is loose and proceeds with the usual questions. It will be interesting to see how she handles it when it finally does come out, but I know that it will be a bittersweet moment for me.

16 months!

It's only 3-4 days late, but Maggie is 16 months. I feel she has gone through some tremendous changes the last few weeks. Here are some highlights:

  • She is talking a ton. (ie- making sounds, pointing, and trying to communicate.) This is helpful and frustrating all at the same time. She is easily frustrated when she doesn't get what she wants and I don't know what she wants. Though I do believe there are times that she doesn't know what she wants either. But I can tell that she is trying and that is always a step in the right direction.
  • Speaking of steps! Guess who is FINALLY taking some? That's right! I don't recall a specific day, but we do have a short video of her walking about 10 steps on her own. She walks more each day, but still does a lot of knee walking. And now she wants to get down if I am holding her, usually to go cause trouble. Ha!
  • She understands A LOT. You can ask her questions and sometimes she will shake her head yes or no in response. She understands the difference between upstairs and downstairs/basement. She does like to play down there. 
  • She know some animal sounds. Cow, sheep and monkey...I have no idea where she picked up the monkey.
  • She says 'mama', 'mommy', 'dada', 'books', 'bye-bye', she does the sign for 'milk' and even better she will walk/crawl over to the refrigerator and stand there signing or trying to say milk. Sometimes she will do the sign for 'water' when she wants a drink, but definitely knows what water is when you are talking to her. 
  • She has pretty much made the switch to 18 month clothing.e hav
     Sweetness...does she have you fooled yet??
     Silly Maggie! We both love this smile of hers, squinty eyes and scrunched up nose.
     Sweet...and 2 seconds later.
     "I am DONE."
     She does like the shape sorter, and sometimes she actually gets them in. But she is big on dumping them out and she will actually put most of them back in.
     On the move, and she decided that she wanted to go upstairs.
     Just like sis, she likes to sit in the chair. She can get up in it and sit down all by herself, and (knock on wood) she hasn't fallen yet. She will even get down to get a book.
     See you later!

     This is what happens when you give Maggie a napkin. And now half the time she expects to be given one and allowed to destroy it. Confetti anyone?

     Bubble time!

     She just loved it!

Big Sis helping with the bubbles. She is getting pretty good!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

15 months

Here she is...my not so little baby. 15 months! Wow, where has the time gone. Although, now I am getting to the point where I actually remember when Elise was about this age. I attribute some of that to the fact that I started blogging around that time. It was on another page, but I can still remember doing it. I don't feel like Maggie has changed a lot, but then again...leaps and bounds!
She is definitely eating more foods, and requests (read whines until satisfied) to eat food off of my plate or more recently if Sis has something she might think she is missing out. Though usually it is my plate and most of the time actually is the same thing on her tray, she just wants it from me. Ha, always the mom willing to share, right?

She has become interested in using a spoon. I say, good for here, except for the fact that she is SO messy. I'm not sure she didn't do a better job when she used her fingers. Usually I can get away with putting something on the spoon and helping her guide it to her mouth. That way it gets in there!
Elise decided she wanted to be in a picture. And this is the face I got...then she left!

See? Spoon in one hand, but used her fingers to pick up the yogurt.

All four of these pictures were taken in succession, and had no help from me! This is a small puzzle toy that she got from my mom, and really likes it. Now she has gotten pretty good at it. She can easily put all the pieces where they belong, but sometimes she tries to put them in different places. There are times I think she either forgets, or tries one more time to see if it will fit in a different spot.

Baby genius? Maybe... A little biased, definitely!
About 11:30am this is a typical look. She is not taking a morning nap anymore, but often gets tired in the morning before lunch. She is a thumb sucker and blankie holder. Super cute, right!? (for now, ha)

Maggie still isn't walking, but has gotten better at walking on her knees. I'm telling you, I am going to buy her some knee pads so she doesn't ruin any more pants. Although, I think I am thankful she is doing it this time of year and not the summer. Her knees would be a wreck! (Hindsight: maybe that is why she is still doing it, hmm) Anyway, she doesn't have a lot of words, but she understands a lot! She knows where her ear, head, nose, feet, teeth, tongue, and hair is located. Sometimes she will point/poke her eye if you ask her, but not consistently. She is making attempts to say words like 'book' and 'cheese'...two of her favorite things. Also, "Peg + Cat" has become 'catcat'. And she always makes the same sound when she is referring to the show. She knows what sound a cow makes, and usually makes that sound when she sees one. She has also started trying to say the word 'up.' Usually she just crawls over, pulls her self up on your legs, and says 'uh.' Close enough, and a good start, right?! Her newest fascination is with light switches, and going up the stairs herself. If she doesn't get a chance to do either one herself (when she sees the opportunity) a small protest ensues. I know that this age gets to be a lot of fun, and it just gets better. We will see what the future holds for this bright little 15 month old.