Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sponge Painting

Here are the kids re-using the sponges we got with our Kiwi Crate. After they were done, Amelie rinsed them all out and then washed the plate. James threw his on the floor.

Friday, January 30, 2015

World Bird Sanctuary

We went to the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis a few weeks ago. It was free, and fun, and I'd recommend it.

The kids love these things:

But then they literally ran laps around this loop for no apparent reason. Whoot! I said. Keep going! You see that Sam is right there with them.

James the bald eagle:

Friends holding hands in the parking lot:

There were cranes (my favorite), several eagles, various hawks, turkeys, chickens, homing pigeons, and I don't even know what else. Then we stumbled upon a training session for this bird. There was also an armadillo and a tarantula in the room because ...? I don't know, but they were neat.

Sally was the one who suggested we go, and then was a good sport about our schedule ... and then she cooked dinner for us :) I need to drum up something fun/free to do in Como to repay the favor.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I couldn't find a picture of Amelie's first dentist appointment to link up!

James had his first dentist appointment yesterday. He was a champ! The doctor didn't notice any problems, though he did say that James has 4 more molars to go. He hasn't been bothered by teeth yet, so hopefully those are no exception.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kiwi Crate

Our friend Cabell got the kids a Kiwi Crate for Christmas. It came with two crafts and a pack of bug-facts cards.

The first craft was a sponge-painting activity, which Amelie especially enjoyed - she started making bugs as directed and then covered the entire paper with paint. The next craft was making a lightning bug - and this one was really cool because it wasn't just a cute craft, it was an actual, functioning toy.

The finished product:

And James zip-lining the bug. (Ignore the mess.)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ice Cream

Dickey's Barbecue has kids-eat-free Sundays and also soft serve. It's a hit!

You can't see it, but James was holding out his empty ice cream cup, appalled that he'd run out, I guess.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Toddler Fashion

James was very proud of this Tigger shirt and vest (he requested the shirt when getting dressed) but then he didn't want to stand still for a photo / fashion shoot.

And then he didn't want to wear the vest anymore.

Thanks, Nana Jana, for the outfit (last year! but I don't think I got any pictures when he was wearing it then). 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


As I alluded to earlier, we brought my great-aunt Helen's twin beds up to Columbia right before Christmas with the plan to create a bedroom and a playroom for the kids instead of having them in separate rooms.

Amelie had been sleeping on a trundle, and James was still in the crib, so it was a move up for both of them. The first night they were in the room worked out beautifully, but since then it's been hit or miss. Twice I've found them in a nest on the floor in the morning. James still wakes up sometimes and comes to our room, too. (And they do sleep all night in their own beds occasionally!)

Here's Amelie in her Elsa dress from Aunt Tara. Thank you!

Anyway, it freed up the other bedroom for a toy room, and that has worked out really well in keeping the mess contained (and giving them a nice open space to play).