Hi Friends! I’m back today to talk about a few things we’ve been up to lately. In case you missed Tuesday’s post – here it is:
As I mentioned last week, one area I’ve been focusing on lately is making sure each child feels special. That manifests itself in many ways – and one of those ways is one-on-one dates (or special time, as Violet calls it).
Our kids have never liked pizza – they actually refuse to eat it. But last week, Violet (7) said she wanted to try pizza again. So, on Sunday, Evan took Violet out for pizza date at Costco – just the two of them.
Violet had two bites and decided she still didn’t like pizza, so Evan ended up eating two slices..hers and his. There are worse things! Haha.
Violet deciding she still didn’t like pizza – but she loves dates with her Dad! 🙂
I took Miss Ginger (9) on a special date to Whole Foods and the pet store. We just needed to get out of the house and have some time together. At the pet store, we checked out all the animals, especially the cats available for adoption (from a rescue organization).
Our Whole Foods has a section of booths where you can sit and eat, so we did that! Ginger got a lemon poppyseed cake, and bought poppy seeds (so we can recreate the recipe at home). She also got cookies for her sisters, and dark chocolate espresso beans for Evan.
At the pet store:
Checking out the pastries at Whole Foods:
Eating at the cafe:
Smelling all the handmade soaps! She expressed interest in making our own soap, so that might be next on our list of things to try…
Paprika went to see How To Train Your Dragon 3 with a friend, and they also went to the comic book store one day this week. She’d been looking forward to seeing this movie for months!
I think Huck (9 months) is the most read-to baby on the planet. The girls are ALWAYS reading him books, and he loves it. While I was working in the garage the other day, Paprika read him books to keep him occupied:
Violet read to him in the van after we got home from violin lesson:
Paprika at violin lesson – she was channeling her inner Luna Lovegood. You can see Huck crawling away in the background! He’s an escape artist. Haha.
Paprika during her lesson:
This is Violet’s attempt to keep Huck out of trouble. She puts him in the laundry basket and calls it “Huck’s Palace.” She even made a sign for the laundry basket. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t stay in here for long! He can crawl out in about three seconds.
Huck loves his baths – they’re his favorite thing. We just donated the baby bathtub and he’s in the big tub now. He usually shares the bath with Ellie – and they have so much fun together.
The weather has been less rainy, so we’ve been taking full advantage of outdoor time. Ginger and Paprika have both been riding their bikes a lot more.
Ellie loves playing with boxes and making them into her own little houses. Every box we get, she takes and makes it her own creation!
Of course, it’s not too long before Huck discovers her. Ha!
Huck is always so happy, especially whenever Ellie is near him:
Evan and Ginger have been going back to the rock climbing gym. Ginger is getting so confident! It’s definitely a special time for the two of them.
Ginger loves bouldering, but it makes me nervous…so it’s a good thing I stay home with the other kids!
We just watched a great documentary on Netflix called “The Dawn Wall” – which is about rock climbing. I liked The Dawn Wall even better than Free Solo (the documentary we saw at the ArcLight Hollywood with the filmmakers…and it just won the Academy Award for best documentary!) Here is the blog post I wrote about when we saw Free Solo. 🙂
The Dawn Wall is about grit, determination, and never giving up. I highly recommend! (It does have some intense scenes and language, so you might want to watch it first before showing it to young children.)
Violet (7) has been busy playing her violin! I think it might be time for her to take private violin lessons again. Now that we’ve rearranged the music room, the girls are playing and practicing music constantly. It’s amazing how something as simple as re-arranging a room can make it seem brand-new and fresh:
I hope you have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!
Talk to you Tuesday!