The clock is ticking down on Christmas 2014 and I'm trying to squeeze in as many last minute things as I can. Also known as, how to entertain three children during the day now that school is out for the holidays.
We started today intending to do our gingerbread men that my brother sent for the little girls.
Well, they came out of the box already broken and it only got worse from there. Ingrid loaded her's up with some icing and then dropped it, breaking it even more.
Then Elodie slipped and spilled a whole bowl of candy decorations. They were fun to clean up.
Danica was quite happy, though. I mean, who wouldn't be? Candy that just rolls right out to you at your favourite perch and you don't have to beg for it? Score!
After we threw up the white flag on the gingerbread men we decided it was high time we did some Christmas-y crafts.
I found these spoon Santas on the internet and thought they were adorable and easily doable for both Ingrid and Elodie.
With the exception of a few knots in the yarn here and there, things went pretty well.
The finished product! (from l-r: Ingrid's, Elodie's, mine)
We moved on to some dollar store pre-assembled foam sticker based crafts. Ingrid was clearly enjoying herself. Note the concentration on her face, particularly the protruding tongue.
Elodie enjoyed it for a while, too, but got bored and decided to do her own thing...
such as donning full princess gear while doing a little home repair. A modern day fairy-tale, for sure.
On Friday, for the last time, I dusted off our bumbo seat.
Danica was very excited about it!
Ingrid and Elodie were pretty excited about it, too.
Danica wiggled her arms and legs around as though she had a taste of freedom for the first time.
Her little personality really shined bright today as she explored the world from a different vantage point. I couldn't get enough of her cuteness.
I may have taken too many pictures.
Even Danica thought so.
She said, "If you don't stop taking my picture I'm going to punch you in the nose."
Elodie wanted to share her lollipop. She's an enthusiastic sharer and doesn't quite understand why no one wants to share her sticky, slobbery treat. She will stick you with it if she gets the chance. And I caught her this close to giving Danica her first taste of the good stuff. Just what my reluctant nurser wants.
Another big first (for the last time)... Danica's first solid food. If you can call a few spoonfuls of rice cereal mixed with about a cup of water solid. She mostly just blew bubbles in it and spilled most of it down her bib. But she loved it.
She was so ready for solids. I think of all three she had the earliest introduction to solid food. I can't imagine making her wait another five weeks until she turns six months.
My what big (beautiful!) eyes you have!
We all took turns feeding the live doll. Ingrid was so excited to do this that she apparently talked to her teachers about it all day long on Friday.
And on Saturday we cleaned up the exersaucer and let the littlest one have a turn. When we purchased that thing nearly six years ago for $119 we had no idea what an investment it would be. I remember thinking it was an awful expense for just one little child. I had no idea then that we'd have three children to use it.
Cabin fever has hit an all-time high around these parts. Though it may well be March, the world outside our windows seems to disagree. It is still bitterly cold and far too frequently stormy. It's been so long since these girls have gotten outside for longer than a minute. And I'm really tired of dressing them in layers and layers of snowsuits. It's time for sunshine and bathing suits.
Ingrid and Elodie begged to put on their bathing suits and spray each other with their water bottles.
I set up some towels in the kitchen and told them they had to stay on the towels. They took turns spraying each other - legs and torso only. They were so patient with each other, so calm and civilized. There were giggles and guffaws in the place where screams and crying usually reside. They ran out of water once and I thought I'd be nice and refill their bottles with warm water but they complained. They preferred cold water.
When they got sufficiently wet and cold enough I decided to warm them up with a bath. They don't normally bath together but they actually requested it tonight so I allowed it. During this bath the following conversation occured:
Elodie: I'm peeing!
Me: Ingrid, get out. Elodie peed.
(This is a situation that would typically send Ingrid into convulsions in her haste to get as far away from her sister as possible in 0.2 seconds flat!)
Ingrid, laughing: It's okay, Mom. I peed, too!
And then at the end as I was taking them out we were goofing around and Ingrid announced "Mom, you made me laugh so much I peed in the bath again."
If only they could get along like this more often. I am tempted to haul in the ol' blow up pool right into the kitchen just to make sure that they do.
We have a problem with putting holidays to bed. They tend to drag on here long afterwards. Five days post Valentine's Ingrid is still cranking them out. But when you can buy left over boxes at Target for 70 cents there's no harm I suppose. And it keeps her out of trouble.
While Ingrid prepared more cards and Elodie watched the Gruffalo again, Danica decided to camoflage herself into my bed! Those are size nine month pjs!
She doesn't really look almost four months old, does she? It's all that gorgeous dark hair. I really, really hope it stays dark but there are signs that it won't. Depending on the light there are definite golden strands in there, too, underneath.
Ingrid made about a dozen cards for Danica and just one for Elodie. Guess who she likes more.