Ginger (8) loves having “helpers” in the kitchen when she’s baking. Lately, Ellie has been Ginger’s constant sidekick in the kitchen. I am most impressed by Ginger’s patience with Ellie – and how she includes her even when Ellie’s not so helpful. Ha! On Monday, Ginger taught Ellie to make blondie bars. Ellie gave up half-way through, but it was still so sweet.
Sunday was Mother’s Day! It’s the first Mother’s Day since I became a mom that Evan’s been home from work. When he was on DWTS, he always had to work on Sundays – and I was always home alone with the girls until 2 or 3am. Now that he’s doing other shows (Bachelor/ette, American Idol, etc.) – he’s home more often on the weekends and is usually home by 9pm at night on the weekdays. It’s so great!
One little thing I wanted to do for Mother’s Day was assemble this double-sided bookshelf for the garage reading nook. I got the bookshelf as an open box deal on Amazon back in December – and it’d been sitting in the box ever since! The reviews on Amazon said it was impossible to assemble, so we were kind of dragging our feet on it.
Evan and the girls surprised me by assembling the bookshelf on Mother’s Day – yay! For now, the bookshelf is living in the garage where we have LOTS of children’s books stored. I recently gave away about 40 Trader Joe’s bags filled with kids’ books to the Little Libraries around us, and still we are overflowing. I don’t know how we accumulate so many – but I kept all the favorites and classic books, so no worries there!
We also have two bookshelves in each room in the house (except the kitchen and bathrooms!), filled with books. I read this article a few years ago that said that kids with bookshelves at home do three times better in school. I guess I’ve taken it to heart! Now even our garage has one.
I recently set up a second Lego station on the back porch. Having the legos out and available really makes a difference in how much they get used. I love all the imaginative play the girls get from their lego creations:
Playing legos on the back porch:
Oh, so this was funny. Instead of a TV in our living room, we have this big mirror. The mirror used to be in a different part of the house, but we recently moved it to this spot in the living room.
Anyhoo – our neighbor twin boys (age 9) came over to our house to play the other day. When they saw the mirror, they started freaking out. They were like, “What kind of TV is this?! It’s the coolest TV I’ve ever seen!”
They were trying to look behind it and trying to press on it to turn it on. I was cracking up so hard and almost didn’t tell them it was just a plain Home Depot mirror. But then I did – and they thought it was funny, too.
Violet brushing her hair in front of our super high-tech TV:
The girls, especially Violet and Ellie, love getting out the bouncy castle. We’ve had this thing since Paprika was 3 and Ginger was a baby! We use it rarely enough that it’s still special when we get it out, but just often enough that it’s been worthwhile keeping it.
I love watching them play and jump. Every time, they act like it’s a magical castle. That’s one of the joys of being a child. 🙂
Hope you have a great weekend!