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Sunday, September 28, 2014

331/365 Brunch

We went to brunch at The Miller House in Owensboro, Ky with Dave's parents.  It's about an hour drive, but I love this place and it's amazing food, service, and ambiance.  After we ate we took the boys to the riverfront.  The river front in this city is fantastic with a huge, park and kids play area. Huge.  There are fountains and swings all along the river and it's beautiful.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

330/365 Airplane

We had a ton more air traffice than usual today; it was way more than our little bitty airport is accustomed to.  I am presuming the mess with the Chicago air traffic control center was the reason.  I finally got a decent shot of a plane from our backyard.  The boys really like living so close to the airport and watching the planes and I like it for the potential photos.

Monday, September 22, 2014

325/365 Pitiful Plant

D bought a Venus Fly Trap plant a few weeks ago.  He has wanted one for a while, after all, a plant that eats bugs might as well have his name on the box.  Unfortunately, I find I am much more sucessful with outdoor plants and this poor little thing has been no exception.  We moved it to the windowsill to make sure it was getting enought sunlight.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

324/365 Fish and a Frog

After visiting the bugs booth at the kids fest yesterday, D got the idea he wanted to go out to the church lake and collect water bugs.  We really didn't get any bugs, but he caught three little fish and a tiny frog.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

323/365 Kids Fest

A local tv station does an annual kids festival with booths from organizations around the community.  D got to hold a Madagascar hissing cockroach from the nature preserve booth and another booth had water insects to look at under a microscope.  He was a big fan.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

322/365 Clean(ish) Windows

D has a toy he wants and in the past our response has been that we would add them to his birthday/Christmas list, but he has decided he doesn't want to wait until Christmas.  So, he raided his bank, which had some money from when it was given to him by my husband's aunt.  He has done this on a few occasions and is now short the amount he needs for the really cool robot fish toy at Target.  He's about $2 short.  So, I offered that he could do some chores to earn the money.

I have had to think this through a little as I feel it's important for him to have regular duties that he does not receive anything for, as he is a part of our household and needs to contribute as such.  So, I didn't want to pay him for things like putting his shoes in the closet when we get home, putting his dirty clothes in the hamper, picking up toys (or anything/mess he helped make, for that matter)as I feel he should just do these. Period.  Also, I would prefer if these extra chores be something he can do independently and effectively, for the most part.  I started by handing him a package of wet wipes and had him wipe off the baseboards.  Then, he came up with the idea washing the windows.  This was borderline on the effectively/independently part, but he was excited to do it.  He still has several more chores to reach his $2 and I have thought of dusting, taking out the trash from the bathrooms and smaller trashcans, and wiping off the bathroom counters/sinks...but, if anyone has some additional tasks please share!

So, here's my washing the windows series... kind of a big share for today, but these came out much like I envisioned when I picked up my camera (which doesn't happen that often that I get an idea for a photo and am able to execute the way I envisioned) and I was happy with how they captured the moment.

And, since this is a huge post already, some sneaky baby photos for good measure.  Don't let this face fool you.  This is the "I am so cute and sweet and I am giving you my best innocent eyes so you won't even notice when I do something naughty 2 seconds from now" face.

Yes, that is an outlet.  He will say "uh, uh"... as he touches it.  Toddlerhood.  And it begins.

Monday, September 15, 2014

319/365 Playing Games

The boys invented a new game today by throwing a ball up the stairs and watching it bounce back down and come out under the baby gate.  I suppose it was really a home-made ski ball.  Baby A thought it was fantastic...of course, it involved a ball.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

318/365 Feeling like Fall

Yesterday I put out the fall decorations.  Baby A keeps playing with this little pumpkin...and like everything else remotely circular, he calls it a "ball."