Sunday, July 26, 2009

Forward bound

After 2 months of scooting backwards, Munchkin is army crawling forward short distances this week. It has to be within a few inches for her to be motivated. She'll be full fledged crawling before we know it! Here are two short videos of her going after a train toy to show off her skills. They are short because the memory card was filling up, so they are not big distances and hope you can see her pulling forward. (You get a sticker if you immediately know what video the boys are watching in the background LOL.)
video video

And because she's in a hurry to learn to run and chase her brothers I think, she did this twice today:These photos are of the second time. The first time she was at more of a 45 degree angle and I stayed nearby to help her down when her toes finally gave out. She then pulled the drawer out on top of herself and when I put it back, proceeded to quickly pull herself to this 90 degree stand pretty quickly. Guess she's a fast learner. Ack! We need to finish our cabinet remodeling project faster!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Baby photos

Which brother do you think Munchkin looks more like?

She has red hair like her big brother Dinoguy did as a baby...

She has curls and blue eyes like Trainboy does...

I'm starting to think she decided to pick their cutest features and combine them together to be the ultra cutie.


Dinoguy ask me to take this photo last Sunday.

And we needed a "current" photo of Trainboy too to complete the post. :)

Acid or Base?


We've been using a science kit Dinoguy got as a gift last year to learn about Acids & Bases. It has some fun activities where things change color based on if they are acidic or basic and growing colorful crystals and making a little color changing "volcano". Though the boys pointed out that since the lava wasn't coming from inside the volcano it wasn't as real as the ones we've made before, it was still fun.

Munchkin supervises

Sitting Up

Look who started sitting up on her own in the past two weeks!













Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Violin Spectacular!


While we were in Arkansas, we went to a children's violin concert at the local library with our friends. The recital was kind of like a tipping point for us and the boys decided that they definitely wanted to learn to play the violin and I was convinced we (as a family) could take on the commitment of lessons now. They've been talking about learning some instruments off and on for some months now and I decided to go with the fervor of interest expressed and start lessons.

I happen to have a Suzuki Violin teaching friend. She is awesome with young kids (has 3 of her own!) and is an amazing Violinist as well. She was happy to help us start learning the violin (or the violin game, as it is sometimes called in her house). That was last month.

This month was her students' recital at the local library and while the boys are not ready to perform on their own, they happily participated in the finale song where everyone played Twinkle Variation A. (They played the rhythm on the E string, we aren't quite to fingerings.) Plus they got these awesome violin t-shirts to wear! Dinoguy counted down the hours on the clock all morning until it was time to leave for the recital. Trainboy came up to me afterward and said "Mommy I did it!" They are proud of their accomplishment, (as are we!) as playing with the group on the rhythm (practicing with a CD recording) took a lot of practicing. They are excellent practicers, and we have had a lot of fun learning all about Violins!

Here is the video of the boys violin debuts! :)
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Same video, youtube version for better quality?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Independence Day celebrations

We had a ton of fun over July 4th weekend. Our favorite fireworks show is the night before. It has water play for the boys, trees and shade for the adults, friends, a quick drive home... and good fireworks of course.

The morning brought our Church breakfast followed by naps, followed by a BBQ and swimming at a friends. (Where Munchkin went in a pool for the first time but my camera batteries were dead and the only photo I took was with my phone.) Then more naps followed by friends coming over for a haircut! (Random? Yes. But she wanted her hair cut ASAP and her husband convinced her it was better to let me help then try to do it herself.) No, I'm not a beautician. I regularly mess up the boys haircuts that should be simple with razors. But I slowly and carefully cut her hair into a cute cut over 1.5 hours! Still no pics b/c the camera battery was still not charged.A grandma walking by took pity on hatless Munchkin and fitted her with a do rag. (Her hat was with me.)
Swimming boys take a break for picnic dinner.
A few photos of the boys having some fun swimming. Watching fireworksTrainboy shares/gives away all the cookies.

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