Color Weeks {Blue and Green}

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

So I've been a bit of a 'Mommy School' failure since the holidays hit. Now that everything is back to normal and we are in routine again, it's time to get back to it. I decided to start with color weeks. I did this with Meyer back in the day, and it was so fun! 

Blue was our first color. I'm not going to lie, I had a hard time not starting with red. You know, the ROYGBIV thing? Anyways, I'm weird, but I thought saving red for the first week of February would be fun to get into the Valentines spirit. You can read about Meyer's Blue Week

She woke up Monday morning to this spread of blue. I had most of this already, and just added a few packs of stickers to the mix. 
 She was totally confused, but seemed excited! 
 Basically, over the span of the week, we did everything blue. We talked about blue, wore blue, pointed out everything blue in sight, colored blue, stickered blue...
 Ate blue food, which is by far my favorite part of mommy school. 
 She definitely has a shortage of blue clothes, but we made a few things work! 
 We did a sensory afternoon with a blue theme. 
{Kinetic Sand, Play Doh, Silly Putty}
Meyer and I made "Frozen" silly putty while Hadley napped. 
 They both thought it was great and it was so easy! 
 We made a quick transition to Green! 
 I think big brother is just as excited and he's been great at helping me get everything ready. 
 We do most of our learning after nap while we wait for Daddy to get home. 
 Our green craft was a finger painted turtle. She was a little unsure at first about getting her hands messy, but she soon realized how fun it was. 
 I love how our cute little turtle turned out. 
What would green week be without a little green eggs and ham? 
 ...and this snack blew their little minds! 

These color weeks are SO fun and really SO easy. I do 3 basic things...

1) An assortment of things in the color of the week. A quick trip through our playroom usually produces enough stuff for the week.
2) A craft or sensory activity
3) Color themed food 

Along with those things, we just talk talk talk all about the color of the week! She is now very confident with blue, but green is still a little tricky for her. 

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Hadley is TWO!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Up to this point, I have only had a chance to write about Hadley's birthday and her party. Now I sit down to write about my girl...my TWO year old...my favorite girl in the whole wide world!

Where to even begin? Hadley Rose...at two years old...is everything and more than I could have ever hoped for in a daughter. She has been a perfect little lady from day one with just enough sassy to shake things up every once in a while.

A smarty pants just like her brother. She definitely had high standards to live up to with Meyer coming before her. Well, let's just say...she managed. She is extremely verbal and you can bet your bottom dollar that girl knows what's up. We always joke that she has "street smarts" for sure! She is speaking in sentences most of the time. She can count to 13 and knows some of her colors. She has just recently started playing pretend and I could watch our little momma for HOURS scurrying around her playroom with multiple babies in tow...feeding them, changing them, doing laundry, ironing and gathering all her "things" and "keys" to leave. Where is she going you ask? Oh it depends on the day..."Haddy go gym with babies" or "Target...get light bulbs." I'm telling you, she's a hoot. I caught her just the other day scolding her baby...telling her she better stay seated in her chair or she would have to go back to her high chair. Wonder where she learns all this???

A beauty for certain, with that amazing head of hair! I'm not sure where it comes from, but it's incredible. She wakes up with bouncing volume most days!
At 2 years old...our mini might came in at...
25lbs (25th percentile)
33.5 inches (30th percentile)

She wears 18-24month clothes and some 2T.
Size 6 shoes
Size 4 diapers
She's just the right mix of momma's girl and miss social butterfly. She doesn't typically meet a stranger, but will occasionally be terrified of specific people. She loves school and Kindermusik and thinks she is much older than she really is. 
Little miss is currently trying to potty train herself. She loves wearing panties and goes on the potty multiple times every day. I, however, am not sure I'm entirely ready to potty train her. The interest is obviously there and I probably should run with it, but we are doing Disney in March and I just can't decide if I should bite the bullet before or after! 

At 2 years old, Hadley is a lover of...
Babies
Snacks
Her grandparents
Pacis
Babies
Playing pretend
"Apple juice"
Being a big girl
Did I say babies?
Telling her brother to be quiet by "shushing" him with her finger on her nose
Dresses and hair bows

Hadley Rose, you make our world go round sweet girl. It's hard to believe you have been here for 2 whole years, but at the same time, we don't remember life without you. We love you SO much sweet Rosie pop!

Because honestly, what's not to love about this girl?

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New Year's Eve

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's Eve 2015 was one for the record books!
We spent the first part of the evening with these 2 cuties. They got all dressed up in their formalwear for our first family New Year's Eve party. 
 Getting a picture of these goofs was the hardest part, but a party was promised and they did their best! 
 I decided this year that both kids were old enough to start the tradition my mom and dad started for my brothers and I growing up. My mom would set up this elaborate spread at our kitchen counter, complete with candy, chips, dip, and sparkling grape juice. All the things we were never allowed to have...except for New Year's Eve. She would dim the lights and light candles and then bring us all in.

Where it all began...
We put our own spin on things by getting the kids all gussied up for the big party. Their little minds were blown away when they saw the goods! 
 They really didn't even know where to begin...
 Party girl was all over it!! 
After we got them all sugared up, we took them to Mimi and Pop Pops for the night and headed out with friends. We had such a fun group!
We aren't 100% confident that we will be allowed back in this establishment, but we went out with a bang! 
...and then proceeded to crash a NYE party! 
I don't think anyone was feeling quite right the next day, but we sure had fun!

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