Thursday, August 10, 2017

All the July Small Things

The kids have been SUPER in to blocks lately. Constantly building stuff, which is great except it also causes A LOT of melt downs and yelling and crying. Belén knocking the towers/houses over and Shae not sharing blocks with her, etc. etc. etc.
 Date night hike at Buttermilk Falls.
 Then off to watch the sunset at the Thursday night Farmer's Market. We were so sad that the fried platanos were sold out by the time we got there :(. 
 I think I'll keep him.
 Such a beautiful place.
 On our way home we had to pull over at the slope on Cornell to watch a bit more of the sunset. It was just so beautiful. 
 Picking up the kids from their partial sleepover after our date. Too cute.
 Finally going through all my high school stuff that has been up in my parents attic for so long. Time to get rid of these babies. What do people do with trophies? I kept one, but had to part with the rest.
 Water fights with kuhn-ta.

Happy Birthday Grandma! Tried out my first ever Boston Cream Pie. It was okay, not great, but okay. 

 We tried to squeeze in as many fun activities as we could with the Halls before they took off. We had never swam at Treman before so they showed us how it's done. The water was FREEZING so we didn't end up staying too long, but it was so so gorgeous there!

 Sometimes she comes up to me and says things like, "Hair. Me. Picture." Then she does her sweet quirky squinty eye smile and of course I have to take that requested picture.
Fun with playdough.
 Wonder Woman pose.
All the jewelry.
 Just hanging at the park with some buddies.
 Naps are getting increasingly more difficult for this one, but I just can't give them up yet. I definitely need them more than she does... One especially difficult day I ended up just rocking her in the rocking chair and when she fell asleep I put her in Shae's bed since it seemed less likely to wake her than lifting her into the crib. She looked so big to me in the toddler bed.
In other news...have I already mentioned that she figured out how to climb out of the crib?! Easily one of my least favorite transitions to date. Goodbye perfect routine, I hope to find you again someday.

 You know he's sick when he falls asleep on the couch on his own. Poor kid has been sick and really tired a few times the past few months. He has also been extra hungry and cranky the past few weeks. Growth spurt? He definitely looks taller to me lately.

 Love our Friday story times so much.
 Blueberry picking. The blueberries were only $1.50/lb!!!

July was a SUPER rainy month. And not just any rain, hard rain with thunder and lightning. It was pretty cool actually, except it made it hard to get out and play, so we had to get creative and come up with some fun inside family activities. Our tea party was one for the books.

Belén’s face just lit up when I suggested we dress up for the party. She immediately started stripping her clothes off and going around telling everyone they needed to "dess up now!" Shae was really excited about doing the tea party in a fort, and pretending super heroes were there too.
There's that quirky smile again, haha. That girl. 
 We ate oreos and drank milk while talking about our favorite pastimes and places to visit, etc. Belén’s favorite pastime was: Toys. That is all.
 Sir Turner of the Northwoods.
 Lady Amelia
 Sir...super long name that I can't remember. We just called him Sir Oobey Doobey for short.
 Lady Guinevere 

The End.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lake House Activity

Last weekend our branch had an activity at our High Councilman's house. He lives in a beautiful house right next to the bottom of Seneca Lake. The view of the lake from their living room window was just stunning and then the stairs leading right down to the water...just so beautiful. 

It didn't take us long to hop on the boat and go out for a little cruise. Shae loved it. Belén got through it.

 Some of our friends taking off after us.

 Shae has become so brave with water. He just jumped right in this lake water off the deck with no fears in the world. My mama heart felt that itty bitty bit of fear for him when I watched him jump in though--what if his floatie fails and he drowns!? I mean, I was right there in the water when he jumped in, but you know me, always fearing the worst in life.

 This is her, "I want to get in the water but my parents won't let me get in without a floatie on and I don't want to wear a floatie" face. Life is hard as a 2 year old.
 Our friends watched the kids for a little bit so that Darin and I could go out on the tube together. It was so fun, and we never flew off! I think Brother Snedekor took it easy on us--although my arms were pretty sore from holding on so tight afterward. Should not have gone out so soon after eating lunch though...not my smartest move. Is it possible to have a blast and feel like you are going to be sick at the same time? 

After we got back Shae and I went out. It was so fun to be out there with him! He was smiling and giggling and at one point yelled out over the waves, "I love you mom!" It was pretty sweet.
 After 2 hours of yelling, "No! No Mickey!" (the Mickey floatie that is), I was shocked when she finally let us put it on her and lower her into the water. She is so timid in the water, but it was nice to swim around with her and watch her face change from smiles to terror within seconds (if you let go of her for a second--even with the floatie--she freaks).
The boys going out for one last trip around the lake before we took off.

Already can't wait to do this activity again next year!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Splash Pad--Seneca Lake Style

We took a little journey up to Seneca Lake State Park a couple Saturday's ago with the Halls (minus Evan who was studying his life away in prep to take the bar). 

We were hoping that along with playing on the amazing playground and splash pad that we could swim in the lake as well, but it was a no go. I mean, we could have, but the water was just so gross. It was extremely full of seaweed and smelled like dead fish. It was pretty disappointing. The kids didn't mind as they could have played at the splash pad and playground ALL day long.
 These two kids are just the biggest frenemies. So happy and cheerful, imagining together one second and then marching off in separate directions saying, "I need alone time" the next. I sure will miss watching this sweet friendship unfold.

 That first rule though. 
 It was so fun to spend the entire day with these sweet friends of ours. We sure did make an effort to hang out as much as possible before they left us (which happened last week. Insert all the sad face emojis in the world). Love these people so much, with an extra special affinity for this one...

 This girl's smile is contagious. She is the cutest. She also started calling me "mommy" last week which I thought was just the sweetest. 

We ended up leaving during the late afternoon and headed over to Sampson State Park where we swam. There was still a good bit of seaweed over there, but it was much more maintained and did not smell like the other area did. It was a really beautiful state park and I just soaked it in and took absolutely no pictures...