Archive for May, 2010

My way of smocking

Posted in Sewing on May 31st, 2010 by jen – 3 Comments

While my mom and mother-in-law truly smock, this is my way of making a smocked sundress. (Ok, so maybe it's really a shirred sundress.) I found the tutorial on Molly saw me sewing it and asked all morning if her dress was done. Finally after naptime she got to put it on and modeled it beautifully.

Shirred sundress

Dance like a robot

Posted in Molly, Video on May 30th, 2010 by c-had – 1 Comment

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Just a little dancing from Molly before bedtime. In case you were wondering, the song is on The Backyardigans: Robot Repairman, which Molly has really enjoyed.

Puff painting

Posted in Molly, Video on May 30th, 2010 by c-had – 1 Comment

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Jen and Molly did some puff painting this week. I'm sure she'll post about it soon, but for now enjoy this video of a normal activity in our household.

A bouncing birthday

Posted in Celebrations, Molly on May 26th, 2010 by jen – 1 Comment

Molly's friend Sadie had her 3rd birthday party at AIRmania. Molly and Jillian had fun jumping together.

Jumping with Jillian

Molly was skeptical at first, but quickly realized that sliding was a lot of fun too!

Sliding is fun too

Is it possible to get a group picture of twelve toddlers in a bounce castle? Not really, but here's our best try.

Is it possible?

Happy birthday Sadie!

Happy Birthday Sadie

New milestones for Leah

Posted in Leah on May 25th, 2010 by jen – 2 Comments

Chad has already posted video of Leah crawling and talking, but she has also begun pulling up. One of her favorite things to do is rummage through the book basket.

Pulling up

Her first tooth broke through a couple weeks ago, but getting a picture of it is pretty difficult. Chad finally succeeded. The other one on the bottom is almost ready to break through as well.

First tooth

It's interesting how closely the girls are following the same developmental milestones. Here is a post I made about Molly's milestones when she was 8 months old. I could have almost copied that exactly for Leah!

Letter of the week – I

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on May 24th, 2010 by jen – 4 Comments

We worked on the letter I this week, starting out by making an ice cream cone with sprinkles and a cherry on top.

Sprinkles and a cherry on top

Molly wanted to paint, so I printed a picture of Isa the Iguana (from Dora, of course!) for her to create her masterpiece.

Isa the Iguana

Molly did a great job making an igloo, using royal icing as the glue. She kept asking to eat the marshmallows, and eventually she was given the OK! She also loved that she got to eat some of the igloo for an after nap snack.

Icing igloo

We've been working our way through I Spy A to Z. Molly really enjoys look and find books.

We spent some time exploring The New York Philharmonic Kidzone. We learned about instruments in the orchestra, sorted mixed up instruments, played an instrument matching game, had a percussion showdown, and created our own musical mingles. Molly really liked playing on Mommy's computer!


The weather was nice at the end of the week for us to spend some time outside painting with colored ice cubes.

Ice cube painting

We did some learning with inchworms.

Inchworm patterns

Inchworm size sorting

You can't go through I week without making ice cream. We tried to make "ice cream in a bag" like in chemestry class. The result? Molly ended up drinking a milkshake instead. :(

Ice cream in a bag

You can check out what other moms are doing with their tots at 1+1+1=1.

Crawling and talking

Posted in Leah, Video on May 23rd, 2010 by c-had – 2 Comments

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Leah is hitting new milestones by the minute. She's now crawling like an expert. She's also much more vocal. Make sure to watch all the way to the end to hear what she has to say.

Hallway fun

Posted in Leah, Molly, Video on May 22nd, 2010 by c-had – 2 Comments

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The hallway can be a lot of fun, particularly when the hall closet has mirrored doors.

Letter of the week – A

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on May 18th, 2010 by jen – 2 Comments

Molly loved her A alligator. Several times she took it off the fridge and pretended that it was eating Daddy!

I originally saw this idea in an issue of Family Fun, but have since seen it all over the blog world. We made an apple print painting. Molly really enjoyed painting her apple green, and then using it like a stamp. I tried to get her to paint a red apple, but she only wanted green! The stubborness of a three year old...

We learned a little about ants. We made "ants on a log" for lunch one day. Molly ate one piece, then decided it was more fun to use pretzels to scoop out the peanut butter and raisins.

Molly also practiced sorting the big and little ants.

We incorporated our stART project into our Apple Pie Day celebration. In addition, I found a clip counting activity that coordinated with the Ten Apples Up on Top theme.

You can check out what other moms are doing with their tots at 1+1+1=1.

Apple Pie Day celebration

Posted in Celebrations, Kid crafts, Leah, Molly, Playdates on May 17th, 2010 by jen – 4 Comments

May 13th was National Apple Pie Day. So, what better way to celebrate than to have a playdate to honor the day. We began with a reading of Dr. Seuss's Ten Apples Up on Top.

We then made adorable yarn apples.

And topped off our celebrating by eating mini apple pies.

Leah was actually awake to play with the other younger siblings. This picture had to be captured very quickly since they didn't stay put very long!