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Maia is 19 Months!

by Chrissie Wainright on July 29th, 2015

 

Fourth of July!  She stole corn off everyone's plates.

Fourth of July! She stole corn off everyone’s plates.

 

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Maia is talking so much more these days!!! The other day as we were leaving the library where she met a little girl her age, she said “bye cute baby!” over and over. It was so cute =) And so clear! It’s very interesting because for a while she said a few words, but then it seemed like she was trying to talk in paragraphs and I didn’t understand any words at all, but all of a sudden I can. She knows the names of all the Backyardigans and the Paw Patrol characters, and will point at them in books and say their names. She “reads” all the little board book sets we have aloud. Each page has a word and a picture and she knows. We have about fifty of these so I was astonished when she started picking them up and saying what was on each page. Even though we read them often we have so many I didn’t think we’d gone through them enough for her to memorize. She said “Dada out!” from her crib yesterday, and she says “Pizza!” whenever someone comes to the door. =) We may be eating a lot of takeout during our move…. Oh, and her most common request is Paw Patrol, which sounds like Pa Puh Tee. =) She says outside, swing, and sliiii. So many things. It’s so nice when she can actually say what she wants, she’s much less frustrated.

Maia is a climber. She climbs over the back of the couch constantly. She is very busy all the time and doesn’t like being limited in where she can go =) Which is fine in the baby proofed house but a bit more challenging when we visit =)

Her favorite books right now are the Bunny Rabbit Show and Super Why Christmas. Favorite toys at the moment are probably her wooden puzzle from Vanaema or the stacking cups we got with her gift from Papa. She lines them up and then stacks them =) She got into the marble run the other day and started stacking the purple squares on top of all the brown ones, and she was not open to other patterns. =) She had a plan!

She recently gave up her high chair, which was ok for awhile but now she just wants to take all her food into the other room to eat on the couch.  And forget about finishing meals.  Plus we need to keep the house tidy so we can put it on the market.  So the new rule is food only in the kitchen, so whenever she gets up from the table I take away whatever she tries to wander off with.  She’s not pleased with the new rule.  The other day she grabbed two huge handfuls of cheerios and stuffed them in her mouth before leaving the table to work around it.  =)

Maia's First Do a Dot!

Maia’s First Do a Dot!

Sprinkler Fun =)

Sprinkler Fun =)

Boxes

Boxes

SuperWhy!

SuperWhy!

She said "pretty" to this headband =)

She said “pretty” to this headband =)

She loves getting rides on the plasma car Raegan passed down to us =)

She loves getting rides on the plasma car Raegan passed down to us =)

Everyone loves it =)

Everyone loves it =)

Pics in the secret room.  Maia plays in here a lot, even with the play kitchen which I was considering getting rid of.

Pics in the secret room. Maia plays in here a lot, even with the play kitchen which I was considering getting rid of.

Maia "helping" pack.  We were taking the games and toys down to the garage and came back up to find she figured out how to open the marble ru =)

Maia “helping” pack. We were taking the games and toys down to the garage and came back up to find she figured out how to open the marble ru =)

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Fourth of July!  She stole corn off everyone's plates.

Fourth of July! She stole corn off everyone’s plates.

Playdate with Miss Sophia!

Playdate with Miss Sophia!

Maia's favorite comfy spot is snuggling Mama with her hand down my shirt

Maia’s favorite comfy spot is snuggling Mama with her hand down my shirt

This bucket used to hold Magformers... that offended Maia, both because she loves to play magformers, and because she feels the bucket is better on her head.

This bucket used to hold Magformers… that offended Maia, both because she loves to play magformers, and because she feels the bucket is better on her head.

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Serenity and DZ in June

by Chrissie Wainright on July 14th, 2015

I’ve been doing so many birthday posts there isn’t much left to say about June, so I’m combining their monthly post.  Also, it’s late, so this will get me caught up =)  The kids had two weeks of Camp Incredible, which they loved.  Serenity did Magic Tree House, DZ did African Animal Alphabet, and they both did Explore Europe. So much fun!!!   And for the rest of the month, just pictures =)

 

My Little Pony Camp with Mama

 

Since we only signed up for two weeks of camp, we decided to start having Mama Camp.  The kids pick the theme and I pull out various toys and activities related to it.  The first week (decided by a dice roll from several choices they made) was My Little Pony week.  The first day I made a sign that said, "What do these ponies need?  Build it for them.  Serenity built these feeding systems, and DZ made a stable.

Since we only signed up for two weeks of camp, we decided to start having Mama Camp. The kids pick the theme and I pull out various toys and activities related to it. The first week (decided by a dice roll from several choices they made) was My Little Pony week. The first day I made a sign that said, “What do these ponies need? Build it for them. Serenity built these feeding systems, and DZ made a stable.

The second day they got these tiny my little ponies, and they built things that these ponies need.  Serenity made Rose Luck a magical garden, and DZ built a castle for Twilight Sparkle.  Maia enjoyed chewing on hers =)

The second day they got these tiny my little ponies, and they built things that these ponies need. Serenity made Rose Luck a magical garden, and DZ built a castle for Twilight Sparkle. Maia enjoyed chewing on hers =)

The kids love the worksheets and do-a-dot pages I printed

The kids love the worksheets and do-a-dot pages I printed

DZ got to go to Little Boots camp and ride an actual miniature horse!  And he painted him too =)

DZ got to go to Little Boots camp and ride an actual miniature horse! And he painted him too =)

Serenity made beautiful My Little Pony necklaces.  She even made one for Maia =)  They watched some of the My Little Pony cartoon too.

Serenity made beautiful My Little Pony necklaces. She even made one for Maia =) They watched some of the My Little Pony cartoon too.

 

Lego World:

Lego world has been a summer staple =)

Lego world has been a summer staple =)

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Lego Chima!  A bit challenging for DZ but SO cool!

Lego Chima! A bit challenging for DZ but SO cool!

The kids chose to spend half their birthday gift to Kiddlestix now, and half in July.  Serenity got Laser Maze, which we all love, and DZ got an awesome lego kit.

The kids chose to spend half their birthday gift to Kiddlestix now, and half in July. Serenity got Laser Maze, which we all love, and DZ got an awesome lego kit.

 

Summer Fun:

Picnic under the peach trees.  Shade at last!

Picnic under the peach trees. Shade at last!

Love my snuggles.

Love my snuggles.

Pajama boys

Pajama boys

Making watermelon shapes with cookie cutters

Making watermelon shapes with cookie cutters

Zoo trip with Daisy Friends =)

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Serenity’s Fairy Garden Birthday

by Chrissie Wainright on July 13th, 2015

Serenity’s Birthday Journaling

Serenity’s birthday was so much fun! The theme underwent several subtle shifts over the year. At first it was going to be Nature Girl. When she plays outside, she calls herself Nature Girl, and she loves to save the earth. Then, we read the Secret Garden, so we were going to focus on gardening and making a little secret garden in the side yard that we’d reach with a keys. Then, she discovered Rainbow Magic Fairies. She adores these books. We checked nearly a hundred of them out from the library. In each story the girls help their fairy friends recover magical objects from Jack Frost the mischievous goblin. Each fairy has a different job, and Serenity especially love the fairies that work with nature or cuddly creatures. So we kept the gardening theme, but we decided to make Fairy Gardens!

 

The locked gate to fairyland.

The locked gate to fairyland.

In Fairy Land the Queen has wings for everyone, and magical objects for the fairy gardens hidden for them to find.

In Fairy Land the Queen has wings for everyone, and magical objects for the fairy gardens hidden for them to find.

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Houses primed white with moss roofs, ready to decorate.

Houses primed white with moss roofs, ready to decorate.

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Rainspell Island, where the girls from her favorite stories first meet their fairy friends.

Rainspell Island, where the girls from her favorite stories first meet their fairy friends.

We began the party with a little Fairy Face painting to get everyone into the spirit =) I think this was Serenity’s favorite part! I also made butterfly and leaf headbands. Then, everyone went outside to make fairy gardens. We wanted to make them really inviting so the fairies would want to come live in the garden. Each child decorated a fairy house (a birdhouse I primed so the markers would show, and I covered to roofs in moss.) Then they planted an assortment of plants like miniature ivy, celosia, and groundcovers. There were also purple rocks for paths, little circles of wood they could make into trails or furniture for the fairies, twigs and bark.

Rainbow Magic face paint =)  Grandma and I had ours painted later too =)

Rainbow Magic face paint =) Grandma and I had ours painted later too =)

DZ =)

DZ =)

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We made the fairy gardens really inviting so the fairies would want to come live there, but they couldn't, because they were trapped by Jack Frost!

We made the fairy gardens really inviting so the fairies would want to come live there, but they couldn’t, because they were trapped by Jack Frost!

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I love how they turned out!  They had so much fun coloring their houses, adding plants, rocks and other details.

I love how they turned out! They had so much fun coloring their houses, adding plants, rocks and other details.

After everyone had a chance to make a garden and have their face painted, we gathered everyone together. I told them the fairies loved the gardens and really wanted to come live in them, but that Jack Frost had captured the fairies and taken them to his ice palace! The fairies needed us to rescue them! The ice palace was a pinata and everyone enthusiastically saved the fairies. Each child got at least one fairy for their garden. =) There was a backup pinata that was filled with the fairy’s magic (pixy stix) that we saved until later so anyone that came later would have a chance. I did really well at first not giving out too many sweets as favors, but I always get nervous that the pinata will break too quickly, so even though I just put fairy figures in the first I ended up with pixy sticks in the backup pinata. Oh well. 😉

Rescuing the fairies from Jack Frost's Ice Palace

Rescuing the fairies from Jack Frost’s Ice Palace

Ready to rescue the fairies!

Ready to rescue the fairies!

Fairy rescue success =)  They are so happy to live in the kids' gardens =)

Fairy rescue success =) They are so happy to live in the kids’ gardens =)

Serenity received the Key to Fairyland after they rescued the fairies from Jack Frost's ice palace.

Serenity received the Key to Fairyland after they rescued the fairies from Jack Frost’s ice palace.

After that, I told them that the fairies were so grateful, they gave Serenity the key to fairyland. I was really excited about this part! The key matched an impression in circle of clay, and when Serenity placed her key in the impression, she unlocked fairyland! I blocked our side yard off with a rainbow of fabric (reused from her third rainbow birthday =) When they followed the path into fairyland, they discovered wings for everyone, and hidden along the path were bags of magic stones to add a little more magic to their gardens. I made giant flowers out of tissue paper and used a bunch of silks to make it look magical. Plus, my trees are dying and the side garden is mostly weeds, so adding flowers helped a lot. Oh, and lots of butterfly garden stakes, which the kids ended up adding to their fairy gardens.

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My beautiful niece approved of the flowers =)

My beautiful niece approved of the flowers =)

Under the peach trees, which is Serenity’s favorite place to hang out in our yard, we made RainSpell Island, where the girls first met the fairies. I hung ribbons from the trees and more giant flowers for a magical photo opportunity.

We also have a sunflower house that was a nice spot to hang out while waiting on a turn to whack the pinatas.

Sunflower House =)

Sunflower House =)

We have fishing at every birthday party, and Serenity thought we should decorate the dock with flowers so it looked like a fairy pond.

The birthday girl chose donuts and fruit for her birthday treats. I got out my whole fairy collection to decorate with =)

Birthday Donuts =)

Birthday Donuts =)

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The fairy buffet

The fairy buffet

Serenity and Raegan

Serenity and Raegan

She also came up with several other fairy games, like fairy freeze tag and hide and seek fairies. I assume they played those as I sort of lost track after awhile, but I noticed several little fairies under the food table at one point. Maia went under there too and kept saying “cheese” since I kept poking the camera under to take her picture. Too cute.

I made fairy dust necklaces for everyone… that I forgot to pass out. Never hide anything before a party, otherwise you’ll get stuck with it =)

Papa always comes early to help!  And he watched Maia the whole time =)

Papa always comes early to help! And he watched Maia the whole time =)

DZ made a tiger garden =)

DZ made a tiger garden =)

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She said “pretty!” when she had the headband on =)

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Fishing

Fishing