Tuesday, October 25, 2011


We did a fun picture session today on my baby's second birthday! I'm sure I'm biased but he is just the cutest! A friend got some shots at the pumpkin patch too that I'll post once I get them. These below are my pictures with my nifty camera.

...and for memory's sake a few more!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Yesterday was Nolan's second birthday party. If you remember my sneak peek thread from a while back, we chose a dino theme. Sadly no family is nearby but Nolan is blessed to have a great group of friends ho helped make his big day special. I think everyone had a blast. Here are some of the highlights. He wouldn't put his whole outfit on at once so I'm sneaking in a picture of his dino hat from a few weeks ago.
It has a dino tail on the back too!

I made dino tail party favors for all the kiddos!

Nolan the birthday-boyasaurus in his outfit minus his cool hat!

He kept pointing to the blown out candles amazed!

Cake! His favorite part!
The set up before everyone arrived. You can see the fun bounce house peeking out from the back part of the yard.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I was a bit skeptical of this playdate idea when I imagined a bunch of two year old's trying to bowl! Think of the chaos of little ones skidding down the lanes and balls being rolled everywhere. Luckily no such thing happened. It turns out that bowling with bumper rails and the ball roller is a lot of fun if you're two.

Nolan went first on our lane and was immediately hooked. He didn't quite understand that you can't continuously bowl and have to wait for your friends to go in between but it got easier as the game went on. Nolan was a pro! He bowled three spares and scored over 80!

Patiently waiting!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sneak Peek!

We're in full birthday prep mode around our house. Well, really just I am! Here is a sneak peek of some of the prep I've been doing.

I can't believe my baby is going to be TWO!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Birthday Lens!

I got my "nifty 50" for my birthday. I'm still getting used to my fancy schmancy camera and trying to learn all I can but so far I'm loving the Canon 50mm f/ 1.4 Tim got me. Here are a few shots from my first time using it today. These are straight off the camera no editing.

Nolan was in a very serious mood as you can see. He was busy helping Daddy finish the pool shed. He walks around picking up various things and pretending they are tools complete with sound effects. Sometimes he gets to play with the real tools even!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teaching Tots!

I'm hosting our TotSchool meeting tomorrow. I've been planning for a few weeks and it all just came together tonight. This week is our field trip week but we're not doing an actual tour or such as being our 4th week in we didn't have quite the planning time. So instead we're having our fun outdoors at a local park. I'll have stations set up all pertaining to the Letter D. It's more play than some of our indoor events and the arts and crafts portions will take home. That required a bit of prep!

This motivated me to build my flannel story board I've been wanting to make. It was very simple to create and by making it I save a lot of money! Tomorrow we'll be singing a fun duck song/story and using it for the first time. It was a bit tedious cutting out so many ducks but the kids will love getting to play along. Nolan helped me place them all onto the board for a good pic.

We'll be having a dinosaur themed moon sand filled sensory table. Our water table will be "D is for Dishes" and full of plates, cups, and fun sponges. We'll be playing dress up and tossing bean bags in to a giant letter D. Fun songs and books will wrap everything together. Let's hope it goes well!!

**update** Here is another item I made for the board. I painted the turtle face on with acrylic paint and sewed on the carapace (shell) and stitched to make the scutes (scales) divisions. More to come soon!