Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Since Belle sleeps in a bassinet in our room we had not done anything with her room. The crib had been up since February but it was full of stuffed animals, her clothes were in there but so were a lot of other things. While Sean was gone on a training exercise I decided it was time to make it Belle's room, not a storage room!
Belle's most awesome Godmother made this decoration for my Sip & See shower she threw in Belle's and my honor. I thought it would be perfect to display in her nursery. (Now all I need is to get Sean to take down the one strip of sport wallpaper at the top and it will be perfect!)
This quilt is another wonderful gift from Belle's Godmother. She does the most amazing quilting! I love love love it and I know it will be treasured for a long time to come!
Everything else is hand-me-downs from big sister! I am in love with the breathable bumper, we didn't have one for Logan so once we had to remove the pretty, decorative one for safety we often found him with limbs stuck hanging out of the crib. With the breathable bumper it is safe to leave on once they start rolling and it stops them from getting stuck.
And despite the lack of expense spent on her room, Belle loves it (and so does mommy)! It's amazing how much you learn with multiple children that you don't need to spend a lot to have a lot!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Here's a quick video I got of the kids on their last day of class.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
She's so wiggly these days it's so hard to get a good picture! And with teething approaching she is constantly chewing on her hands. However every once in a while I catch a beautiful picture of this beautiful baby! My happy 4 month old!
On her 4 month birthday day she decided she was done just laying on the floor! She started pushing up on her arms and looking around. Now just 10 days later she is scooting across the bed or floor. She can push up on her arms or scoot with her feet and elbows but not both. However I see crawling in our very near future!!
She's happiest on the floor with her Bubba & Sissy! As you can see she does not stay on the designated laying areas anymore! We will soon have an area rug so she doesn't have to be on the old yucky carpet. I was cooking one night & came in to this. Logan was explaining to her just how his crane worked and she was just mesmerized with him!
Belle is my first baby to have a Bumbo seat and she loves it! Sitting up like a big girl & discussing something very serious with Duffy.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
especially in the summer. In order for the big ore boats, or the lake cruise boats, or even the sail boats to get out of the harbor they must go under the Aerial Lift Bridge. We were trying to leave the island to get back to the hotel in this picture above when one of the cruise boats was coming back.
One night we had dinner down in Canal Park, where the bridge was. We must have watched that bridge go up and down two or three times. They announced as we were leaving there was one of the large ore boats on it's way in and that is a big deal because the bridge has to go all the way up and stay up for a long time. When we got back to our hotel we drove to the top of the parking deck and were able to watch the boat go under the bridge at night. What a beautiful sight, in a beautiful city!
Another thing I miss about Minnesota is Old Dutch potato chips. They are SO SO good! The regular ripple chips come in a box with 2 bags inside and oh how I could eat the whole thing! They also have a very yummy Dill Pickle chip. Don't knock it till you try it! SO GOOD!
Despite the circumstances, I was glad I was able to show my kids by birth city. We did a few more things that I will blog about shortly. I just wanted to show you my town! Can't wait to visit again and explore even more!
This playground I played on as a child. It's a large viking type boat. Here's Logan with my mom, aka Nana. And Logan and Peyton with cousin Kaitlyn (and yes they actually call her cousin Kaitlyn most of the time!)
After a long stressful week the kids decided to be silly with their grandmas! We miss all of our family so much!
"You don't chose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." ~Desmond Tutu
Only in Minnesota would the Children's Museum have a mock campsite and boat! Love it! Both kids sat in this boat, separately - without seeing the other, and sang Row Row Row My Boat! Totally cute! Peyton insisted that I sit in the boat with her.
This was the biggest game of tubes Logan had ever seen! He spent at least 20 minutes playing with this.
Peyton, my little musician (with Aunt Angie) playing in Music Alley. Every time you stepped on a different colored light a different tune played so if you danced and ran back and forth it would make a cool song.
Peyton and I at the top of the big tree. I'm really bummed I didn't take better pictures of this place! It made such an impression on me as a child that I remembered it 25 years later! It was so cool! Definitely will be returning on our next visit!
The last train left Duluth's depot in 1969 and they converted it into a museum and refurbished trains. Some of the trains you can board which Logan thought was totally awesome. The girls were pretty impressed as well...
On a lot of the passenger cars there are historical displays that I would have loved to stop to read but little kids just want to be on trains, check it out and move onto the next one!
This was by far Logan's favorite train, it was a steam engine where you could see inside where the fire would burn, sit in the drivers seat, and the wheels even "chugged"!
Conductor Logan! His smile was from ear to ear!!
Not only are there real trains there are model trains too! Logan is in love with model trains. Don't get me wrong he still loves his Thomas, Chugginton, & Geo Trax but he thinks he needs model trains! I made the mistake of telling him that when he's bigger Grandma Pat has model trains for him so now he asks almost daily if he's big enough for model trains!
We were really under a time crunch, it had been a long week, and we were all beat so we didn't spend as much time as Logan would have wanted but we will visit again and do the Depot up right!!