Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Here's the Progression

We introduced solids with Cadence and Ben introduced a new song to Veronica. Both of these are monumental events, as any parent would note. For those of you who don't understand why the second is monumental, let me explain. As any parent knows, it is very likely to read a specific book or listen to a certain song over and over and over again.

Well, the beauty of the new song is how Ben introduced it. Actually, I would say it's more than beauty, but pure intelligence on his part. He asked Veronica if she wanted to listen to, 'The Waffle Song?' Now, one of her current obsessions is waffles, so the title is an automatic winner. The intelligence is that he renamed The Postal Service cover of "Such Great Heights," to "The Waffle Song," and now Veronica wants to listen to a song that Ben & I don't mind listening to over and over and over again.

As you watch the video below, listen to Veronica asking for "more waffle song."

After dinner and listening to The Waffle Song, she found her Bee Hat, which meant it was outside time as is no matter what the rest of her attire said.

After listening to The Waffle Song over and over and over, she is already having withdrawals.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Two for the price of one

This is Veronica's new way of saying cheese for the camera. She is saying, "cheese," then laughs, then says, "SEE!" (to see the picture)

This is Veronica listening to her Strawberry Shortcake song. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture the dancing.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Easter Weekend

This year for Easter we didn't go to the usual Easter brunch place in the 'Burg, because they have consistently gotten worse over the years. I decided I would make all the food for our brunch. It turned out really well. Here's one of my favorite parts...carrot cake! Although the food was wonderful, it was only a slice of the weekend.

Going to Grandma & Grandpa's house always includes tons of fun. For instance, she gets to watch Strawberry Shortcake on the way over in the van DVD (only time I let her use that thing), she gets to have certain privileges mommy doesn't give her (strawberry smoothies aka strawberry milkshakes, chocolate milk), and she partakes in Grandma's "finds."

Grandma found this playset at St. Vinnie's or Goodwill. I'm sure it looked horrible, full of dirt & grime, but Grandma has a knack for redeeming these junkyard prone items.

She decided to mow the lawn, unfortunately, she didn't get very far with her bubble blowing lawn mower. Oh and it's plastic!

Grandma also has a knack for keeping many of the children's old toys or items, which are now perfect for her grandchildren. This little desk was Ben & Amber's desk, and now Veronica can be the second generation Scellick to enjoy a meal or draw a picture at it.

Grandma & Grandpa enjoy going to their restaurant once a week. El Capporal (sp?), which is a Mexican restaurant. This makes Veronica right at home since she gets to celebrate with her people--she's of Mexican heritage (yes we celebrate on the 5th of May). She thoroughly enjoyed her burrito and dipping chips in way too hot salsa.

Luckily, Grandma or Grandpa cleaned her all up before heading out. What a pretty girl! We also celebrated Auntie Mimi & Uncle Bob getting engaged!

After a long day of playing, eating, playing, reading, playing, very little sleep, and more is time for bed. Some children are happy about bedtime & bathtime...

...while other children are not so happy about bedtime or bathtime.

We plant baby flowers and they are so much more beautiful than those flowers you find in nature.

Here's Veronica with her Auntie Mimi. Many people say Veronica looks like Ben, but those of us who know Amber understand that she looks more like her aunt.

Another baby flower, or maybe a toddler flower.

Veronica loves the 'David' books, so she received this book for Easter and of course, she had to read it right away. Please disregard my apparrel, I took a break for cooking and look like this without a shower.

On to the Easter Egg Hunt. I believe this is post hunt, but super cute.

Veronica would pick up her egg and open it up, the jellybeans fell out, and she would continue on in this vain. She finally found her first hardboiled egg (what you see below). She picked it up, examined it, and then tossed it aside.

Here's one of the coveted plastic eggs.

The booty.

Veronica can't have all the fun, so we introduce to you...SUPER CADENCE!!!

Veronica is very good about saying her goodnights and giving Grandma an eskimo kiss.

After she had gone to sleep I peeked in to see how she was doing. I went back upstairs to capture it on the camera. Not sure how she got in this position.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A little conversation

Our little Cadence has been quite the conversationalist lately. She will carry on a conversation for at least 10 minutes with me as we go back and forth taking turns listening & talking. I know this isn't necessarily of interest to most, but probably grandparents. Either way, there is definitely something sweet about a baby's voice. (Veronica is getting her hair brushed, which she hates due to the tangles and that's what you hear in the background).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Our almost 5 month old

We really can't believe that Cadence is already closing in on the five month mark. This second time around has really flown by compared to Veronica at this age (we as the parents have also been much more calm). Aside from thinking she is so adorable (the pictures speak for themselves), here are some tidbits about how she has us eating out of her hand...

*She lets out a major laugh when I tickle her neck.
*She lights up when mommy sings.
*She also lights up when she sees her sister.
*As she's getting drowsy laying on mama she starts babbling in that sweet baby tone.
*Whenever she wakes up she's still proving to be happy with a smile.
*Her hair makes you tempted to stroke your hands through it (just ask Veronica).
*When she giggles and turns her head with a huge smile and brings her legs up toward her chest.
*She grabs her foot to put in her mouth.
*Her sweet disposition.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Make some Gak

One of my favorite roles as a teacher was making "gak" with the kids. I decided that instead of making playdoh with Veronica we should venture in making some gak. If you have young kids and haven't made gak, then I highly recommend it!

This is what you need...

Bowl 1
1 1/2 cups hot water
2 cups Elmer's glue
Food Coloring (use as much food coloring as possible to really come out in the gak)

Mix all of these together completely.

Bowl 2
4 tsp Borax
1 1/3 cups warm water

Mix together until completely dissolved.

Pour bowl 1 into bowl 2, but don't mix.
Lift Gak out and knead into shape.
**you can find borax in the detergent aisle at the grocery store, normally under name Mule 20.

Safety of Borax

The following recipes contain Borax, which is a toxic substance. The experiments should not be done in the kitchen nor near food or food preparation areas. Limit the time children are exposed to it, and tell them never to put it near their mouths, nor eat until their hands are washed. If they have an upset stomach or rash afterwards, push fluids, and the symptoms should go away. When interest has waned, use to kill ants somewhere away from children and pets.

**We used about 15 drops of blue and it only came out as a pale blue, so seriously you need to add tons of food coloring.
**Also, we added food coloring to bowl 2, but I think it's better to add it to bowl 1, which would probably bring out more of the color and give you a base for whether you should add more or not.