Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Random Life

Not much has been happening around here these days, but we do have 2 little ones that will be having a birthday the end of this week! A lot has happened in a year, and both kids have grown up so much! I'll post pictures of how much they have grown/changed in a year for their birthday, but in the mean time, here are just some random pictures of what we've been up to around here.
One cold day I tried to make up a new game for Brooks since he is always wanting to throw things.  I had seen this idea on Pinterest and thought it sounded fun for him. He loved the concept of throwing paper balls at the 'spider web' made of painters tape, but unfortunately the balls would not stick very well.  In about 20 minutes of playing, we got maybe 3 to stick.  The tape just wasn't sticky enough, but Brooks had fun trying!

 My mom found my old hamper basketball hoop at her house, and needless to say, Brooks is in love! Blake hung the hoop downstairs on shelving brackets so it can be raised and lowered as he grows.  Brooks and Blake have spent hours playing basketball the past few weeks! (and yes, he uses whatever kind of ball fits!)

 After watching a Daniel Tiger one morning, Brooks wanted to recreate the scene where they make an inside beach out of blankets.  We luckily had just the right color blankets for sand and water and some fun 'beach' toys.  The kids played most of the morning with it off and on!

 Keely loves to climb.  One day when she would not stay out of Brooks' room to climb on his little bench, I decided to just put a tote in the middle of the floor for her.  She loved it! She did really good in the beginning getting down, but now after a few crashes she gets scared once she's up there and fusses until someone helps her down.  But it won't stop her from still climbing up!
Another Pinterest thing I found was to make popcorn balls out of Peeps.  I know Brooks loves popcorn balls, so I thought this would be an easy way to make a small batch! One 5 peep pack makes just about 3 cups of marshmallow popcorn.  So after Easter when the Peeps were all on sale, I bought a few packages.  Brooks was super excited!

 And he loved it!
 We have been spending time outdoors when we can, but Keely has a knack of getting quite dirty and getting into everything!
 We went over to our friends, Austin and Danielle's house a couple weeks ago, and Austin showed Brooks how to fly a toy helicopter from Austin's phone.  Brooks thought it was pretty cool! And I must say that for an almost three year old, he did pretty well!

 Brooks also had his first Wii experience that night.  Here he is bowling.  He thought it was pretty fun!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Easter Fun

I know this is a little late, but I still want to get pictures up of our Easter week! Brooks, Keely and I went over to my mom's to dye eggs with Lane and Katy on the Tuesday before Easter.  Brooks kind of remembered doing it last year, and was excited.

 Keely just got to sit and watch and play with plastic eggs, but she still seemed to enjoy herself
 I at least got a picture of the boys with their eggs...Katy and Keely were already down playing by this point!
Then on Easter Sunday we went back to my parents' house and had an Easter egg hunt for the kids and a great supper of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, Jello Eggs that Brooks helped me make, and bunny shaped rolls.
Each grandkid got an Easter basket, and Brooks was most excited about more bubbles!

 All ready for the hunt!
 Keely got one egg in the grass, and that was enough for her
 Brooks telling Grandpa that he already went over there!

 Checking if Cheyenne had any eggs....
 Keely loved looking at the dogs...she couldn't get enough of them! It's a good thing Blake finally got our fence fixed at home so we could bring Cheyenne back with us that day.  (Cheyenne had chewed a couple holes in our wooden fence in the backyard, so Blake had to do some patch work while Cheyenne got to spend a few weeks on the farm...I think Cheyenne makes the holes just so she can go to the farm!) Now that she's home, Keely LOVES to look out the sliding glass door to the deck and talk to her.  She's definitely a dog lover!

 Oh, and here's a couple pictures of the kids Easter morning with their Easter baskets I gave them.  Again, Brooks likes his bubbles best! He also loves the Scout video I got Keely, but at least they both can enjoy that! 
Keely wasn't too interested in the bunny I got her.  But Brooks loves his Green Eggs and Ham book...we hoped it would make him want to try new things, but so far it hasn't worked.  Even though we have to read the book before nap and bedtime everyday! Maybe it'll sink in....