Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eat Your Vegetables to Grow Big and Strong

We have a little issue at our house about eating vegetables.  As in, my kiddos won't.
So we planted a little garden, thinking that if they helped grow some veggies, they might take an interest in eating them. They haven't.  Until today.

Yesterday, our daily inspection of our garden led to a surprise discovery.
While we had found only a few tiny zucchini before, suddenly
we had missed a growth spurt and we found two giant zucchini.

Although they had pooh-poohed my yummy fried zucchini the
night before, today's chocolate zucchini muffins hit the spot.

While Ellie napped, Tommy had helped me mix the batter and fill the muffin tins.

Then while we were watering tonight, Ellie and I found four more zucchinis
a bit more than ready for harvest.  The two smaller ones I will saute.
 But I see a few more chocolate muffins in our future with the two giant ones.
 (They are sitting on a 10" dinner plate for size reference.)

Speaking of things that grow quickly...

Tommy measured 3' 1.9" at his 3 year check-up last week.
That is a 9" increase since his 2 year measurements.
He has also gone from 22.8 lbs to 31.6 lbs.
A few days later at home, he appears to have grown another 3 inches.
Until you notice that he is wearing shoes and standing on tippy-toes.
Like father, like son.

Ellie measured 3' 1.25" at her check-up.
Her kitty chart agrees with this.
This was an increase of 9.5" for her.
Her weight increased from 21.8 lbs to 33 lbs!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Peaches for Breakfast

This picture may not look exciting, but it ushered in a whole new era at our house.

I woke this morning to discover Tommy and Ellie in the kitchen.
I woke up late this morning.  Very late.  As in, I rolled over and the clock said 8:56 and I said a bad word.  Tommy always wakes me by seven, usually before six. I listened to the nursery monitor and heard nothing, so I went downstairs. I realized later that it was turned off, from my alone time break the day before.  Most mornings, as soon as my feet creak the stairs, I hear a cheery "hello, Mama!" from Tommy's room, but he was silent.  He has been sick most of the week, so I thought maybe he had relapsed and was sleeping off a fever again.  Ha, ha, ha! Think again, Mama!

Ellie has figured out how to open the gates at the bedroom doors, so she had let herself and Tommy out of their comfy little prisons.  I had left the kitchen gate unlatched, so they had ambled on in and were in the process of getting themselves breakfast.  Among other things.  They had the whole contents of the silverware drawer out and had gotten out my miscellaneous kitchen stuff basket from a cabinet.  Tommy had found his Cars plate that I hate and had hidden and was treating it like a long lost friend. They had out the plastic lids bin, a roll of scotch tape (declared "sticky") and several bottles of children's medicine.  They had also pulled their cups of milk, blueberries, an orange, an apple, and a can a peaches from the refrigerator. 

I took a deep breath and reached for the camera.  I did not scream.  (And I'm rather happy about that, because it seems like lately I have been yelling an awful lot.)

I congratulated them on their cleverness in getting through the gates and asked who knew how to open them.  They were loyal to each other and neither one confessed or tattled.  Ellie gave away the secret several times later today when she locked Tommy alternately into and out of his room.

I shooed them out of the kitchen so I could put things away.  They were furious that I forced them out, as they were quite proud of their accomplishment, and also they were hungry and they had been so busy getting things out of cabinets that they hadn't yet gotten anything into themselves.

The can opener was laying abandoned on top of the peaches. This was what they wanted to eat, so I showed them that it had a pull-top ring.  Ellie said, "oh, okay, that's how it works."

Overall, I was happy that their breakfast choices were all fruits, rather than the open package of cookies or the chocolate cake that had been left on the table by their parents the night before.  I do wonder though why the heck I taught them how to open pull-top cans.


The train at Lodi Station

Like most 3 year old boys, Tommy is obsessed with all things train.  So we decided to take them for a ride on one.  We headed out to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and intended to catch a ride at the Peninsula station at 11:30.  We left with time to spare, but then discovered that the exit our GPS was telling us to take was closed.  We skipped the exit, but our detour ate up the extra time we had allowed.  We had to park in the overflow lot, and heard the train whistle as we did so.  The train parking at the station actually blocked our access from the lot, so we missed our ride.  We did however get to stand and ooh and aah at the train all close up and noisy.  Unwilling to wait another 2 hours to catch the next train, we decided to do the next best thing.  We stopped at the Lodi Outlets on the way home and took a ride on their little choo-choo.

It worked for Tommy!

And Ellie too!


It's 85 degrees out today, but Tommy insisted on wearing his winter hat.
For several hours!  Goofy boy!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fabulous Fourth

We have a great view of fireworks from the school parking lot across from our house. This year we were joined by our friends the Jeffery's and some of their family and friends.  The weather was unbelievably beautiful - clear skies and low 70's during the day. By fireworks time we had some chilly kiddos, and had to pull out some sweatshirts.


Grandma and Grandpa came for their regular Saturday morning stop and we played outside with them.


ball bats...

Driving to the "rocery store"...

water fun...

and just rolling around in the dirt...

Speaking of dirt, those 60 bags of soil are growing some giant plants.
We are just now starting to get some tomatoes ripening.

In the afternoon we went to the Jeffery's to celebrate Brian's birthday.
Tommy, Ellie and Anna spent about three hours bouncing on the trampoline.
Falling down was their favorite part.
but they always popped right back up.

Juice break

Done for the day.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Three Years Old!

Tommy and Ellie turned 3 this past Wednesday, and we celebrated with family.
On Saturday, Uncle Doug and Aunt Sara came to visit.
Doug had a fun time blowing up some balloons for us.

While Sara played at the water table.

We enjoyed some bubbles.

Tommy jumped on the trampoline.

Ellie woke up in the wee hours of the morning on her birthday to torture Aunt Sandy, who had been up decorating her cake until midnight.  She crashed on the couch shortly before her party started and didn't wake up even when all of the guests arrived.

Tommy fell asleep too as the party began.
Aunt Lindy arrived with cousins Emma, Ethan, and Phoebe

See what I mean?  Phoebe nudged her a few times, but no response.
At least Papa is looking ready to play.
So is Grandma Lux.

Tommy, looking cool in the new shades and hat from Grandma & Grandpa Selvage.

Tommy with Aunt Sandy and Grandma Selvage.
Phoebe became Ellie's gift opening helper. I swiped her new tiara.

She swiped it back. It went well with her new sunglasses.

A week or so ago, I caught Ellie trying to jump rope with one of our dog's leashes, so I thought she might be getting ready for the real thing. Phoebe provided instruction.

Oh how I wish this really cut grass, because Tommy loved pushing it around.
I suppose maybe the bubbles at least clean the grass.
We did some finger painting for fun.

And hung the artwork on the fence to dry.
Unfortunately it rained before that happened, so we lost our art.

But not before Phoebe...

...and Emma posed with their favorite designs.

Pinata time!

Then we finished with cake and ice cream.

They are getting so grown up!  Hard to believe it has been three years already!