Tuesday, November 29, 2011

be careful little ears what you hear

Elle loves to play Just Dance on the Wii and Chris is so awesome to dance right along with her! This is one of Elle's favorites and apparently she has her own lyrics.

media literacy plug: How often do you really listen to or analyze the music you're listening to? How comfortable are you singing those lyrics or having other people hear you listening to that song?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

zoo babies

As part of Elle's baby countdown I wanted to take her to the zoo and look for all the baby animals. I love our zoo because right now it's a perfect spot to find several. Black Friday was a really good day to go and Chris even took advantage of the state holiday to go with us. The weather was decent enough and we saw some great animal action.

Wait that's not a baby! But a pygmy hippo is close right?

The zoo had 4 tiger cubs born in July and they are on display now. This was our first chance to see them. They were so playful and we even watched a couple of them nurse.

We also caught the end of the elephant show, which was great to get an up-close view of Malee the baby elephant. She was pretty playful too. While we were there one of the keepers said elephants are pregnant for 22 months! I'm so thankful we don't have gestation periods in common with elephants!

The zoo also has a toddler and baby chimp. The baby just wanted to hang onto one of the adult's backs, but we did notice this time that it only has one hand. Anyone know the story behind this? The other young chimp put on a show playing with another adult and entertained us for a good while.

I just had to share this cute photo of Elle and her Daddy.

I'm not sure if there are other babies at the zoo, but those were the main ones we sought out. It was a really fun activity and will be precious memories because it could be our last as a family of 3!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

more baby countdown

We're less than a week away from the due date! How did that happen? I'm trying not to hyperventilate when I think of all the things I still want to do. Here are some more of Elle's baby countdown activities:

car wash/detail and install car seat:
I really want the car to be a little more dog hair and cheerio free when we bring baby brother home and before I put another car seat in the back. So Elle and I headed to the car wash and got the "Shrock Box" all spiffy. Since we never do this I thought Elle would be pretty intrigued by the whole process. She loved watching them vacuum the car and then watching through the glass when they drove the car through the big washer. We now have a clean and cozy backseat with two car seats! I thought about taking Elle to the fire station and have them shuffle Elle's car seat and install the new one, since they supposedly do that, but I thought Chris would be offended so he did it himself.

pack a diaper bag:
When we were going through the baby stuff I found a couple of pacifiers that work with "heavy baby" so she plays with them and has a box of other doll clothes and blankets. Since Elle was going to a sibling class and needed to take her baby I thought she might like a diaper bag to put all her stuff in. I bought a couple of cheap bottles and made a little bag since I couldn't find a cheap one that I thought she could manage. I had already made some play wipes and diapers so we added those to the bag. I got the wipes tutorial from here and I made my own diaper template and used the leftover flannel and some velcro. I emptied a travel bottle of baby powder. Then we packed a diaper bag for baby brother.

Elle's sibling class:
We're delivering at Saint Anthony's, but they don't offer a sibling class. Fortunately, OU offers one and allowed Elle to enroll even though she's younger than the minimum age and we're not delivering there. The class was 2 hours on a Saturday and cost $10. She had to take her baby and a picture of her as a newborn. The teacher was really friendly and the activities kept Elle interested the whole time. She had 4 other kids in the class and the mom's and dad's could attend as well. She watched a video on being a super sibling, practiced putting a diaper on her baby and swaddling her, made baby brother a special onesie for his birthday, started a handprint certificate that we can add his handprint to later, ate cupcakes to celebrate, and then toured a room where she got her own doctor's hat, gloves, and mask (she loves these!). Overall, I highly recommend the class!

special present for baby brother:
We also wrapped up the onesie Elle made at her class and I took her to Babies R Us to pick out a new blanket just like Elle's to give to brother. If you know Elle you know how special her blanket is to her so I thought this would be a gift she wouldn't mind sharing.

thank you notes:
Elle and I worked on thank you notes for gifts she got at the shower etc. She really liked playing with stamps and stamp pads and picking out the stickers and paper. This also went along great with Thanksgiving coming up!

Friday, November 25, 2011

tt: turkeys, native americans, and thanksgiving

Here's some of the things we did for school leading up to Thanksgiving.
We made turkeys out of oreo cookies, whoppers, candy corn, twist'n'pull twizzlers, and pretzel sticks

Then "turkey and dressing".

I thought this picture of the girls was so cute! they were sitting in the same chair and didn't even notice because they were so busy with their markers!

Fall recycled crayons with cousins!

indian corn with cocoa puffs and honey kix cereal

We made headbands and lined up the 10 Native Americans with the right number.

Plymouth rock cookies that didn't turn out at all like they were supposed to, but the girls still ate them!

The girls loved making thumb and fingerprint turkeys, then they just wanted paper to make as many prints as they could

Saturday, November 19, 2011

baby countdown activities cont.

We've been counting down the days! Here's some of the things Elle's been doing:
Some friends at church threw us a baby shower. Thank you Laura and Katie! We are so blessed to be at Mayfair with such talented ladies! I'm so glad to have such wonderful people to raise our kids with. Check out that awesome diaper cake Katie made and (WARNING!!! if you don't want to know the name don't look at the pic too close!) the cute sign for the baby Laura made.

Elle got the book Little Mommy by Sharon Kane. She loves this book! It's about a little girl who takes care of her baby dolls.

We spent a day looking through Elle's baby book and started baby brother's. She was fascinated with pictures of her at the hospital and I loved looking back at how much she's changed. This also got me motivated to catch up on a few pages and it will hopefully, encourage me not to slack on the next one. Check out the baby pics of our cutie!

We also went and toured the hospital. They were all full so we couldn't see a room, but a nurse showed us around the floor and answered any questions we had.

That's not all! Another baby countdown post coming soon!

Friday, November 18, 2011

ossm makes the sports page

It was last Sunday's paper and it was the last page, but they made it. It was a little paragraph about OSSM's rowing team participating in the regatta on Wednesday with other area high schools.

Thankfully, we got to watch from the Chesapeake Tower.

Most of the students cheered down by the water even though it was freezing! I forget how invincible you feel at 17.

Teams 1 and 2 coming in 2nd and 3rd in the qualifying race. Then we had to wait around for the final race to determine the medals. But, the weather made it so difficult to get started that we lost daylight and couldn't really tell what was going on. Only Team 2 made to the final and I think they came in 3rd.

Here's the Devon Boathouse all lit up at night.

It was a really nice event and I'm really impressed with the buildings.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

it's going to be the dryer or a fire...

that makes me go into labor this week! Last Monday the dryer started squealing and making a burning smell. The maintenance guy looked at it and decided it was the motor, but couldn't get to it again until yesterday. He took it out (since it's a stackable and on top this is easier said than done), worked on it, and then brought it back claiming it was fixed. He put back in, but when I tried to dry a load it had trouble getting started and I saw sparks. Chris messed with it, got it started, but after about 10 minutes it shut itself off and had the burning smell again. Did I mention the one guy who can work on it will now be out of town until the Monday after Thanksgiving?! So we've been sharing a dryer with the girls, which means scrounging for quarters and dragging wet clothes out to the floor. The creepiest part of this is that our dryer in Waco went out just before I had Elle.

On top of that mess all day yesterday, the fire alarm went off about 11:30 last night! I was in bed trying to read, but nodding off. Chris was getting ready for bed, but he did have pants on this time! I grabbed a robe and corralled Mops to the back door. Chris grabbed Elle and then we headed out into the rain. Chris handed off Elle and went back for some shoes for me and covers for Elle. Mops somehow ended up trapped in the stairwell, and had to wait until the girls ran out. Then she went into full panic mode and started barking and chasing them. Elle and I went in the library building to wait and Chris finally got Mops' leash on and went to deal with the girls and the fire department. Probably the scariest part was that I think Elle was going into shock. She kept shaking even though I was holding her and she was wrapped up. She didn't stop until we got back inside. She was a trooper though and didn't cry or anything. The story last night was they had been testing alarms in the new wings yesterday. They're messing with them again today, but thankfully we'll be gone most of the day.

So now I'm going to get in gear and make sure I'm ready to head to the hospital just in case!

Monday, November 14, 2011

daddy/daughter date

Chris took Elle on a special daddy/daughter date as part of her baby brother countdown. They went down to the boathouse district to take a bike ride along the river and then stopped at the park to play. This was a perfect activity for just the two of them since I shouldn't be on a bike. I don't have any other pics, but they had a great time. Apparently, they have 11 slides at the park and Chris had to drag Elle home.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

slumber party!

As part of our baby brother countdown I thought Elle would enjoy a slumber party in the living room. This will definitely be something we can't do once there's a new baby around. Chris and I used to do this when we lived in our apartments in Memphis. We would move our mattress into the living room then stay up late watching movies and eating snacks. We never did it at our house in Waco, I think because we had a TV in our room and then a baby so it wasn't feasible.

Anyway, I decided to try it with Elle and it went really well. We didn't stay up late, but I'm okay with going to bed a little earlier one night. We did move our mattress in the living room and she decided on the Duck Tales movie. I think Elle spent most of the movie jumping on the mattress, but at least she had fun. We also made stove-top popcorn. Chris ended up sleeping on the couch since I require a little more in the bed now with my millions of pillows, but everyone was comfortable and slept through the night. (Mops ended up in our room because she kept whining to get on the bed, but she still slept.) My only complaint was the noise from the floor when the girls were getting ready for their test Sat. morning. Elle wanted to do it again the next night, but I told her we could probably try it again next Friday and maybe keep doing it until baby brother gets here. We'll see!

Friday, November 11, 2011

baby brother countdown

We're 3 weeks away from the due date! For a while now Elle will ask if baby brother's ready to come out, or when he'll be here. I know she can't really understand when Dec. 2nd is. But, I wanted to help her out a bit so I made a baby brother countdown. We started at a month out. Each day she peels off a sticky note and it shows how many days we have left. There's also a pocket where I leave a note about something Elle gets to do or a special present to help us get ready for baby brother. I think she likes peeling the sticky note off more than anything. We skipped a day somewhere, but here's what we've done so far:

1) she picked a place to hang her countdown and took the start note off
2) she got a new movie in case she's stuck at the hospital
3) we've spent a couple of days working in her room getting things organized
4) we got him a car seat and some other baby things from friends
5) she got her own camera to take her own pictures with (it's a kid's camera so she can work it herself)
6) we got him a piggy bank and she put his first penny in
7) slumber party in the living room tonight!

I also have a list of other things planned such as, a special daddy-daughter date, big girl pedicures, touring the hospital, a sibling class, going over her baby book and starting baby brother's, packing our bags, some special holiday things and so on. I'll post again later about what we end up doing. If you have any suggestions please comment!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the weekend of firsts

Our friend RV spent the weekend with us. He didn't realize he was going to be doing a lot of firsts. We checked out the Myriad Gardens update, he got his first smoothie, and experienced his first earthquake!

The big hill at the Myriad children's area was probably Elle's favorite part, but she liked everything. This is going to be a great free resource for entertainment for us when the weather's nice. They were also putting up the Christmas lights while we were there so I can't wait to go down at night!

Mops enjoyed the doggy water fountains and dog park

This is the print out from the Geoscience professor's seismograph