Muffin Tin Meal: Rainbows and Clouds

I was really inspired by Tamara's beautiful rainbow muffin tin, and decided that our weather study to go along with A Pair of Red Clogs would be a perfect time to have a little rainbow fun ourselves.

The little ones got to make their own yogurt parfaits with Greek yogurt clouds and a rainbow of raspberries, peaches, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, and red grapes.

It was a simple breakfast, but one we all enjoyed!


It's A BOY!!

I'm so happy, no I think thrilled and over the moon might be better, to announce that my sweet sister in-law provided me with the most handsome little nephew yesterday!!! 

I got to hold him when he was less than two hours old, and it was such a precious moment after having to wait almost four months to hold my other little nephew last year.

Now in case you were excited thinking I was making an announcement about our own little bundle, you'll have to wait a few more weeks for us to reveal to the world whether a girl or boy is coming, but I promise, I will share.

Congratulations to my sweet sister and her wonderful husband.  You have blessed our family beyond words! 


Girl's Night Out

This weekend my Bitsy and I had our first ever girl's night out, and had tons of fun that we wanted to share with you.  A few weeks ago I noticed she was in need of some one on one time with mommy, and after a few months of a sick mommy taking care of three little people she definitely deserved it. 

My in-laws were so sweet and offered to watch the other little ones and Bitsy and I went and checked in to one of my favorite hotels in downtown Salt Lake City.  From the moment she hit the revolving door my little angel was in ecstasy!

After we put our bags down in our room she was ready to go and explore!  Our first stop was an amazing toy store across the street where she stood for a long time watching the marble shoot just outside of the door.

Once we were inside she was all smiles at the wall of candy.  Her favorite part, besides the colors, was that when she stepped on the lights in front of it they would turn red and play music.  She got to pick out any two toys in the store to take home as gifts for Manly and Lettie, and was thrilled to find things for them.
After our little shopping trip we were both hungry, so we headed back to the hotel for an outdoor dinner, and some coloring for Bitsy.  She couldn't wait to finish eating so we could get to the pool.
After our swim and a bubble bath in the huge tub she put on a bathrobe and climbed into bed to eat her purple candy.  (I love that grin, she had it on her face the entire time!)  As much as she enjoyed her treat, she was very sweet and asked if she could save most of it to share with Manly and Lettie when we got home.
We ended our stay with a yummy breakfast from room service, and a few shivers.  (The AC worked REALLY well!)  
I am so glad I got to spend this time with my little angel!  It was a nice rest for both of us, and it gave me such a beautiful opportunity to see my little girl's heart...and her lovely smile!
When we got home Manly and Lettie were full of hugs for both of us, and little Manly wanted to hear all about our trip, because he's excited to take his turn in two weeks!


Discovery In A Bottle

Shortly before our move I came across this great post at Pre-School Play on making Discovery Bottles, and I knew we had to make some for car trip entertainment.  While I wanted to make all of them I only managed to make a magnetic one with Manly when he woke up early one afternoon from naps.

When I saw the pipe cleaner I love it, but since I can't leave well enough alone we went through the house finding pipe cleaners, paper clips, and a few other metal objects to add in.  I also thought it would be fun to add in a few non-magnetic items so he could see the difference.  He had tons of fun dropping everything in!

And then for a good twenty minutes he had even more fun using our magnetic wand to pull as many things up the side of the bottle as possible. 
Normally I seal the lids on our exploration bottles so I don't have leaky messes, but I didn't on this bottle because I thought it would be fun to change out the items inside from time to time. 

Hours of fun from a plastic bottle and a magnetic wand!  


What We Did This Summer

Since it's back to school time, and I haven't posted a single week in review all summer I thought a summer review might be in order.  

So here's how we spent our summer.  We watched a man fish on the pier near our house and inspected the fish he caught before we got there.
We played with dry ice that we arrive in some food Grandma sent us.  (Don't worry, they weren't allowed to touch it.)
We had some arts and crafts time.  This particular arts and crafts time was part of a Five In A Row week that I am hoping to post about soon.
 We participated in the library's summer reading program and got these, ummm, interesting hats.  :)
 We went on a field trip with friends!
Sometimes we just took a few minutes to sit and quietly reflect on things.
We made a discovery bottle...  Again, another post about that, soon I hope...
We made cute faces.  
We cooked together.  Bitsy and Manly LOVED making bread crumbs!
There was plenty of time outdoors in the pool and sprinklers.
And most importantly, we made each other laugh!
Despite sickness, moving, and family separation we had a pretty good summer.  It wasn't what I planned, but it was what our Heavenly Father had planned for us, and somehow His plans always seem better!


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