Today is one of those days when you find so many cool people and things in the blog world that it just overwhelms you.There isn't enough time to read all of these. I am sure you all can relate: one link takes you to another link that takes you to another link that takes you to another link, etc... There are so many crafty moms out there. Since I have seen all these cool things, I have a long list of projects I want to do. Unfortunately, I will probably not get around to them or when I find time I will have forgotten where I found that cool project. I may just have to start printing out some stuff. I am also overwhelmed with starting montessori activities with Bay. I am in the preparing and gathering stage since she is only just about to turn 2. I know that if I take the time to prepare she will be able to show me when she is ready how smart and awesome she is. I feel it is my responsibility to provide my child with as much educational opportunities as possible. Children as capable of soooooo much at a young age and I want her to put her skills into action. Plus, I am artisty and crafty and there is no excuse not to make food and educational projects naturally and in a fun way. I need a plan of action. I emailed a lady about this so hopefully I will organize these thoughts and crafts in head and start educating my child in a cool way soon.
We are back from St. Louis and I feel like I am trying to catch up on rest. It was a fun trip. I think that the kids handled the stress of traveling pretty well. They got to meet there aunt, uncle, and cousin. Bay loved swimming and walking. She loved running down the hotel hall. Saturday was especially hot outside and while we were doing the VBS in the neighborhood, June got a heat rash all over. She still has a little bit of it now. Bay was so cute dancing to the songs with everyone. She was doing some of the hand motions too. One morning, June was so fussy that I just laid her down on our bed and she grabbed the cover like she does with her blanket, sucked her thumb, and she was out! Tony's dad was watching the pets and house while we were gone. When we got home we checked our garden and found a huge zuccini. Those things must have crazy growth spurts because it was only about 2 inches when we left. We ate it with our dinner that night. It was pretty good. Some of our cherry tomatoes were also ready to be picked. I let Bay pick those. It is a good learning experience for her. She learns her colors because "we only pick them when they are red, Bay!" She gets to taste good organic tomatoes from her own backyard. I think we will have a bigger garden next year. Here are a few pics of the trip, family, and the zucchini.
Watch out people, here she comes. June is crawling. Not just slowly in one room either. She crawls all around the house. She has already found Daddy's work boots, Gibson's dog food and water, and the computer cords. I think she is very determined to walk so, who knows, in another month she might. She pats her hands on mine and on the highchair tray so I figured she was ready to paint. She did an awesome job. She painted two pictures. Here are two videos-one crawling, one painting. She crawls much faster now than she did in this video. She is crawling towards an egg shaker. This is a good and inexpensive baby toy by the way. She can easily hold and shake it.
Thanks to our "adopted" Louisville parents, Bill and Joyce, we were able to go see the broadway show "Cats" at the Louisvlle Ampitheater last night. Joyce had surgery so they couldn't go and gave us the tickets. Tony's dad came over and put the girls to bed and we headed off. It was packed......with old people. That's okay, it was a really nice warm night and I was alone with my husband. Neither one of us has ever seen "Cats" so it was all new to us. As we sat down we realized we were too short for the chairs. Our feet slightly dangled. This made it very uncomfortable throughout the night. The suits are a bit tight and they were moving those hips and genitals. It was kinda gross. I think we just aren't use to seeing wonderful performances like this. They sang and danced wonderfully though. I guess we were both expecting more of a story with a love story or something. It seemed a bit random. It was cool to be outside watching it. During the second act, I could hear the crickets. I did enjoy it and would go see it again. I think I would like it better the second time. I hope to do more things like this and go on more unique dates. Here is a picture of me and a cat. I thought she had the best face and makeup.
This past week I have enjoyed lying down and gazing up at a big tree with Bay. She will grab me by the hand and say, "C'mon, Let's Go!" and we go to the ramp in front of the shed door, lean back, relax and say, "ahhh". Sometimes there is a bird or a squirrel we can watch. Mostly, we just enjoy the wind blowing the leaves and the awesome creation of God. In the picture of the ramp you can see Bay's chalk art on the door and the bricks. The other picture is our view of the tree which is much more beautiful than our little ramp.
Yesterday I was a bit sick but well enough to endure the fourth activities. This morning I feel like crap. And Bay is getting it too. Those awful runny noses. Yuck. For the 4th, we went to a friend's house for food, fun, and fireworks. I knew going into it that I would be very worn out. It is very challenging for me to feed June, feed Bay, make sure Bay is safe, and socialize. As soon as I got there at 6:30 I fed June dinner to get that out of the way. We were good for a while until it was time for everyone to eat. I still haven't figured out how to eat when everyone else eats at an event like this. Bay was too excited so she didn't eat much. They have a plum tree that is heavy heavy with the fruit. The limbs had broken off it was so heavy. Bay gathered her plums and tasted a few. This kept her busy for most of the night. Bay is much younger than all the other kids. The girls would say "Baby Alert!" when she walked in. Then around 8:00 June was tired, like she should be, so a friend fed her her bottle and we tried to lay her down like normal (in the pack-n-play). I am not sure if she slept any. She cried on and off for an hour or so. I finally just got her up. She didn't want to miss the fireworks I guess. Plus, there's nothing like your own bed. Bay was very tired. She even at one point told Daddy, "home". That is so sad. She didn't like the fireworks. They were too loud. We watched some of them from inside. June was up at this point and was able to watch some fireworks. She did fine except for one time when one was too close. It made her cry. So, I ended up inside with Bay while a friend rocked June who was completely happy and appeared very awake. That's fine with me as long as no one is crying!!!!!! This description of the night doesn't quite depict the stress that came with it. Overall, I am glad we went. We need the practice of being in public with our kids. So the plan was to let the kids sleep in right? negative. Bay woke up at her usual time except I found her on a blanket on the floor. She must have woke up and got out of bed but knew it wasn't time to wake up yet. I have a body pillow that hangs over the bed so she can slide down. It is hard for her to climb back on the bed with this in this way. So she wasn't in the best mood. June did sleep about an hour and a half longer. She wakes up unhappy too. Thankfully it is Saturday and Daddy is home now from a men's "Bible study"(group therapy). The kids are pleasant and still I am sick and tired. Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be fun and eventful.