My favorite activity lately? Laying in the grass with Paprika and figuring out what different things (mostly animals) the clouds look like.
She can come up with a million things…a top hat, a boat, a caterpillar, a cotton ball (good one!)…
Even a marshmallow. But we both agreed that was pretty silly.
We’ve been making it down to the beach pretty much every day. The weather has been just too good to miss it.
Since it’s still winter, we practically have the place to ourselves!
The girls love running on the walk path…
relaxing in the stroller…
performing with their shadows…
and even pushing yours truly! If that’s not an ad for the BOB stroller, I don’t know what is! Ha!
Watching the sunset and the seagulls just never gets old.
Well, not to me anyway!
At home, we’ve been taking full advantage of our bounce house.
So far it’s still holding up. Mr. Mustard even took a turn in it this weekend and got thoroughly attacked by the girls. What can I say, between him in the bounce house and me in the stroller, we’re voiding warranties left and right.
Paprika told me that Ginger is her best friend. They are so cute together and I am so glad that Ginger can really play with Paprika now.
Mr. Mustard took both the girls to soccer this weekend because I was up all night with Ginger (who woke up and wouldn’t go back to sleep). Anyhoo- he told me that Ginger is quite the little soccer player. I totally believe him. She is the most active, fearless child ever.
Apparently she was kicking the ball, dribbling with with her feet, just in the middle of the whole practice…and the other parents were like, “How old is this child?!” So she may end up giving that two and a half year old boy in Paprika’s class a run for his money.
Paprika loves soccer. But you know what she loves to do more than anything else? Play hide and seek in the backyard. Nevermind that there are only four places to hide. Her other favorite thng to do is play monster chase, which is basically just tag while acting like a monster. I think she probably runs 5 miles/day doing this…and no, she hasn’t taken a nap since she was 16 months old. Endless energy, I tell ya!
Papirka is also dressing herself now. And what does she pick to wear? My sweatshirts! Do you think they might be a little too big? We took the girls out for dinner on Saturday night and she wore her new favorite sweatshirt. A couple people commented that she looked like an Ewok.
I’ve been trying to come up with creative things to do inside when the sun goes down. We’ve been baking things, and of course, Ginger is all over that.
The only problem is that I have yet to learn that baking is an exact science, not something you can just wing. Let’s just say that this batch of cookies turned out…interesting (another word for inedible).
In addition to wearing my clothes, Paprika is also really into wearing my makeup.
A little heavy handed? Or no?
And of course, lots and lots of art. Watercolors before bedtime have become a little bit of a tradition around here.
Sunday Mr. Mustard and I had our Valentine’s Day date. Sushi and a long walk on the pier, and then dessert afterwards at a cute little local spot. The girls had a babysitter, and had the best time. Paprika asked all today if her new friend could come over to play. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her friend only comes over when she’s being paid! Ha!
For Valentine’s Day, we took the girls to the beach.
This is pretty much our view of the girls the whole time. People kept stopping us and saying things like, “Wow, that baby of yours has a mind of her own.” Or, “She really knows where she wants to go, doesn’t she?” Yup, pretty much.
Thankfully, sometimes they rest.
While Mr. Mustard took Ginger home for her nap, I got to have a little date with Paprika at the restaurant of her choosing (since it was Valentine’s Day, afterall). Where did she want to go? None other than the Golden Arches. So we went there (one day isn’t the end of the world)…and she was really lovin’ it. 😉