Bella was asking about what day it was and if Husband had to go to work. To the schedule board!
It was picture day for Bella's dance class and it was supposed to be full costume and hair so I got out her costume to shower steam it. But we later decided that all that effort for pictures when she is only 2 years old was just too much. Besides, it would have messed with naptime. There is no messing with naptime. I'll get plenty of candids during her dress rehearsals and recitals - no need to pay $30 for professional dance pics.
"Apple dippers" - a favorite snack. (The dip is peanut butter.)
I sent Husband out for a couple hours so that he could have some time to exercise/chill and Bella made this stunning collage for him while he was gone. She likes layering :)
Husband put the chin-up bar up and both kids like hanging off it.
Family walk to the new playground we just "discovered." Usual dumping of the sand from the shoes from our last park visit. So much gets tracked in.
I continue to be obsessed with taking family pictures in this random apartment building's front door.
Oliver is really starting to enjoy the playground equipment. He wasn't so sure of swings and the rest of it at first, but now it makes him smile and laugh.
Husband got a bee in his bonnet (HAAAAA) about going out to lunch. I love going out to eat for the most part so I didn't push the fact that we had been rather indulgent all week already. We went to Brasa - a local/organic place in NE Minneapolis. Food was good and the kids behaved well but it was a reminder that it's just not worth the expense to eat out right now. So much management of the kids and their own eating that you end up shoveling in your food. A nice lady offered to take our picture. There was also a rather bratty little girl who came in with her dad to get take out - think Nellie Oleson - and she made such a fuss about Oliver (she was mad that his sippy cup fell on the ground? or something?) that it attracted the attention of half the restaurant. The dad seemed oblivous to how rude she was being. Bella was completely fascinated, which made us cringe. Other tables made eye contact with me just to roll their eyes. Anyway! It was an unpleasant few minutes.
We wrapped up lunch and walked back home. Then Bella and I took care of a little task. This might be gross, but we sprinkled Bella's curls from her haircut earlier in the week for the birds to use in their nests. I googled before we did it to make sure it was an actual thing and not just some crazy notion I had made up :)
AAAAAARG. I didn't do them Saturday night, but a night off makes for double duty the next day. Boo. However, it was naptime and I just wasn't interested. So I left them to ferment some more.
I tried to nap along with the kids, but couldn't fall asleep. Once Oliver woke up I took him with me to Babies R Us for more formula.
Bella was up by the time we got home so we skyped with my parents.
While Husband was getting HIS parents on the computer so we could chat with them, I got the bubble machine up and running. A big hit.
Dinner for the kids and then a bath for both of them. There is something so crazy cute about siblings in the tub. I had to bribe Bella to take a bath with Oliver, though, by giving her a jellybean. Maybe I shouldn't have told her about that time my little brother pooped in the tub when he was a little baby :)
One last bottle for Oliver - with the usual scoop of probiotics (he gets them twice a day, Bella gets them once) and to bed for Bubby.
Bella asks to paint - she has been really into art projects this week - and requests Daddy paint along with her. This ends up being Husband's and Bella's favorite moment of the day.
I work on the dishes for what seems like forever while they paint and Bella helps me finish them up.
Someone is not happy about it being bedtime. Her bedtime routine these days: potty, brush teeth (dentist-style in the recliner), Berenstein book, pinkies & entourage in bed, singing 3 songs, a snuggle, a back rub, a hug, a kiss, and EXTRA snuggle and an EXTRA kiss. Then I deny her a bunch of other things - songs, hugs, kisses, etc. Tricky bedtime delayers.
Husband feels I duped him by having this giant vat of jellybeans and not telling him. I maintain that I told him several times about it and he wasn't listening so that teaches him to listen to his wife. Plus - I have been eating them regularly at home and have posted pictures on the blog! One must take personal responsibility for one's own jellybean consumption.
I blog, blog, blog while semi-participating in the house hunting. We will start viewing houses in the next week or so! We want to be moved in by September.
Love in a time of Children.