Will’s Imagination // It’s the Little Things

20140604-203807-74287935.jpgHello! I’m linking up with Jess and Ashley for “It’s the Little Things.”  Will has such a wonderful imagination.  We were driving the other day and he pointed out an elephant in the sky as well as a rhinoceros and a turtle.  The entire drive, he kept pointing out shapes he saw in the sky.  20140604-203809-74289113.jpgThis kiddo loves to build forts.  He will tear apart his room and our bonus room while he makes elaborate forts and ant holes (that’s what he told us he made the other day!).

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Best Buddies // It’s the Little Things

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Hello! I’m linking up with Jess and Ashley for “It’s the Little Things.”

Sibling love:) Will and Harper are 22 months apart and have become great buddies recently.  I love watching them interact and play with each other.  I’m very glad our kiddos are close in age.  My husband has one brother who is three and a half years older than him.  I have three brothers: one is a year and a half older than me, one is a year and a half younger than me, and my baby brother is 6 years younger than me. I was always the closest with my oldest and next youngest brother since we were so close in age.

Will and Harper are constantly together and playing with each other.  They get along for the most part, but whatever Harper has, Will wants and vice versa, ha!

Reading books together…

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Watching a video clip on the computer…

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Getting ready for bed…

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Holding hands…in this picture, we were down by the mailbox when a car came up the road.  Will grabbed Harper’s hand and held onto it to make sure she didn’t get hurt.  How sweet:) I love how protective he is of his sister.

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I could show you a zillion more pictures of the two of them playing outside, reading books together, getting baths, building towers, playing pretend kitchen…the list goes on and on.  They are such good buddies and I hope their friendship continues to grow over the years.  Love you two!

Wagon Ride // It’s the Little Things

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Hello! I’m linking up with Jess and Ashley for “It’s the Little Things.”

The other evening, the kiddos and I decided to take a wagon ride to our neighbor’s house to see Shadow and Isaac.  Our neighbors leave treats in their horse trailer for us to feed to Shadow, their horse, and Isaac, their donkey.  Shadow and Isaac love it when we visit! They come running over to the fence, ready for a treat. We really like walking down our neighbor’s driveway since there’s no traffic and the kiddos are able to walk without holding our hand.

I pulled out our dusty wagon and headed off with Will and Harper to visit our animal friends (my husband was mowing the lawn; otherwise, he typically comes with us).  Will and Harper rode in the wagon most of the way, but after a while, Will ran ahead to greet the animals and Harper wanted to pull the wagon.

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On the way back,Will helped pull Harper a little.

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I even hopped in the wagon with Harper while Will pulled us for about ten feet, ha! He said, “Mommy, the wagon’s too heavy.”

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I’m enjoying these fun springtime activities with my kiddos! (And yes, Harper insisted on taking her play cell phone with us!)

Cupcakes and Cracker Barrel

Here’s a quick recap of our fun weekend!

On Thursday, Will turned four! He helped me make cupcakes for his preschool class and was so excited when he came home from school with a special birthday crown made by his preschool teacher.

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Yummy cupcakes!
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For Will’s birthday dinner, we gave him the choice of eating out at Panera, Cracker Barrel, or Chick-Fil-A. All day long he was set on going to Panera (which I was very excited about!) but after coming home from Nana’s, he had changed his mind and decided on Cracker Barrel.  The kids love going to Cracker Barrel and playing checkers:) Now Will is giving Mommy and Daddy three restaurants for us to choose from for our birthdays! Our birthdays are coming up within the next month, and I do have to say, he has given us some good choices for places to eat! I love this boy!

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On Saturday morning, we headed downtown to the farmer’s market (our first visit of the year).  Before the farmer’s market, however, we stopped at a little bakery that makes the most delicious donuts.  I’m really picky about donuts and don’t like the store-bought kind.  I shared a donut with the kiddos and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

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I had been wanting to stop at a fairly new eclectic shop downtown and finally got the chance.  It’s a fun shop full of all sorts of goodies…jewelry, candles, party supplies, etc.  If you’re looking for random items for a Pinterest project, this is the place to go!

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We walked around the farmer’s market and enjoyed looking at the beautiful flowers and fresh spring produce.

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Of course, no trip downtown is complete without  a visit to our local toy store, Pufferbellies.

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And taking a ride on Sandy:)

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On Sunday, we went to church, made our Trader Joe’s shopping trip, and played outside a bunch! I hope your weekend was super, too!

5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Christina and several other bloggers for 5 on Friday:)

{one} Spring is here! I’m loving the beautiful flowers that are popping up outside in our flower gardens. I picked a few daffodils the other day and put them in a pretty blue mason jar.  They  smell wonderful!

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{two} Iced vanilla coffee!  Hmm….I’m seeing a mason jar trend here, ha! It’s just all the mason jars from Harper’s second birthday party.  I only like my coffee with a lot of milk and some sugar (and not much coffee!).  Also leftover from Harper’s birthday are those adorable pink chevron straws. I love how fun they make my iced coffee look (but I don’t like that they eventually get soggy-boo).

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{three} I hate taking pictures of myself (and especially if there are no kids in the picture), but I snapped this last week before heading to work. I’m loving maxi skirts this spring! So comfy and cute! So far, I have this blue and white striped one and a gray one.  I’m looking to add more to my collection.  Any recommendations on where to purchase another one?

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{four} Playing outside in the sand! We’re soaking up all the nice weather this week!

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{five} Last week at school, we had a fun career fair day. As part of it, every teacher contributes food for a yummy lunch for the staff as well as the presenters. I opted to make a super easy chocolate trifle with layers of Ghirardelli brownies, chocolate pudding, and whipped topping.  It was delicious!

Edited-I have had several requests to share this recipe, so here it is!

Chocolate trifle

1 package brownie mix

1 (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 c water

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (1.5 oz) bar chocolate candy (I actually used 3 Heath bars).

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely.  Cut into 1 inch squares.  In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk.  Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping.

In a trifle bowl, layer half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture, and half of the 12 ounces frozen whipped topping.  Repeat layers.  Chop candy bar and sprinkle onto top layer.  Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

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I hope y’all have a fabulous Friday and weekend! I’m at school for a half day and then have a reading training in the afternoon.  It should be fun!

Weekend Fun!

What a fun weekend! Here’s a quick recap of what we did:)

Spent lots of time outside enjoying the warm weather: picking flowers for mommy, digging in the rocks, running down the yard, playing in the sandbox, swinging on the swing set and much more!

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Checking out our local book fair that occurs several times a year. It’s a huge book sale with great prices and a good selection of books. We primarily checked out the kids’ book section and came home with five board books for under $15 (including two new Sandra Boynton books, one of our favorite authors)!

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Reading our new books.

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On Saturday evening, we headed to a local (kid friendly) California style Mexican restaurant.  This is one of Will and Harper’s favorite restaurant (yay for mommy and daddy!), primarily because of the doodle pads for the kiddos and the yummy queso and chips.

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After dinner, we took a stroll around town.  The kiddos love walking up the hill by the train station and across this cool bridge!

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On our walk, we always have to peek into the quilt shop window and say hi to the cat that lives there:)

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A little Saturday evening grocery shopping-how exciting, ha! I usually go shopping on the weekends with Will and my husband stays home with Harper. However, since we were out and about, we decided to go to the grocery store. I gave in and let the kiddos “drive.”  I know they love it, but, really, it’s hard to steer those carts!

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On Sunday, we visited a new church (which we liked), hung out at home and read books, and played outside.

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On Sunday afternoon, our music class had a year-end celebration for family members. Since I always take Will and Harper to their music class, we wanted to bring along Daddy so he could see what we do. We had a short music class with Ms. Sarah and enjoyed visiting with our music class friends and eating snacks.  Fun!

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Enjoying our Sunday afternoon outside!

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Baths, then snack time before bed.

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Have a great week:)

 

Outside Fun at Nana’s // It’s the Little Things Link-Up

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I’m linking up with Jess and Ashley for “Its the Little Things.”  When I picked up Will and Harper the other day from our babysitter, Nana’s house, I snapped a few pictures of the kiddos playing outside.  Will and Harper would live outside if I let them, ha! They love to play outdoors! At Nana’s, it’s especially fun to play outside since she has several playhouses and a big playset.  Plus, Nana’s parents have a mini farm with horses and sheep.  The kiddos frequently walk next door to Maw and Grandaddy’s to visit and to see the animals.  More on our wonderful babysitting set-up here.

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