Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Falling Back an Hour

The girls & I started off our weekend with a busy morning on Friday.  We met Lynn & Brody at COSI for a little bit then had to go to the girl scout store to buy Lucy's daisy uniform for her first meeting tomorrow.  After, we headed to our favorite little lunch spot, Krema Nut Company, for peanut butter sandwiches and a milkshake.  By the time we got home, it was nap time for Cece while Lucy & I worked on a school project.  We had a low key night in on Friday since Todd & I had a babysitter lined up for Saturday night.

They started to play immediately as we walked in to COSI

 Checking out the new hot wheels traveling exhibit with Brody

Racing cars

Changing a tire (wish Lucy would've been with me last Monday morning when I got a flat tire and had to call AAA!)

Cece getting in on the action

They also had a special model trains exhibit that was there only for the weekend

Ready for lunch!

We all split a peanut butter & nutella sandwich and a peanut butter & marshmallow fluff sandwich

Love my lunch dates with these girls

And Cece was loving the buckeye milkshake

Cece had to go to the bathroom when we were there and their only bathroom is located through the factory; Lucy thought it was hilarious that we had to wear these red hats to go through the factory to the bathroom

For once, we didn't have any set plans for the weekend (except our date night) and since it was a little chilly out in the morning, we decided to head indoors for a play area.  Unfortunately, a lot of the indoor play places close to us are closed for open play on Saturdays due to birthday parties but we found a place in Sunbury, Fun in the Jungle, to check out.  It was about a 25-30 min drive from our house but was well worth it!  The girls played for close to 2 hours and probably would've stayed longer--plus it was only $11 for both of them to play!  They loved going down the bumpy slide and riding the train.  

Like I said earlier, we had our babysitter come over on Saturday night so Todd & I could go to dinner & a show.  We went to Hudson 29 before seeing Disney's Aladdin at the Ohio Theatre as part of the Broadway Across America tour.  The show was amazing (the actor/singer that played Genie really made the show spectacular) and I was glad we bought tickets months ago for it.

Part of the play area

Cece going down the bumpy slide

Lucy going around on the train

Cece's turn on the train

Surf & Turf Sushi was a delicious appetizer to start with for our date at Hudson 29

Proof of our date night

Couldn't resist the Texas sheet cake

Outside the Ohio Theatre

Waiting for the doors to open so we could take our seats

Our view of the stage from our seats

We were lucky that we got an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night with the time change since we were up later than normal.  The girls didn't skip a beat either; Cece was up a little before 7:30 AM and we had to wake Lucy up so we could eat breakfast and get ready for church.  We're very thankful that the time changes never seem to mess up the girls' sleeping patterns.  We spent most of Sunday at home after church and running some errands which was nice.  Lucy started working on her Thanksgiving place cards she wanted to make and we read a bunch of books while Cece was napping.  It's fun now that Lucy is starting to read because she can practice reading to me now!  She still needs quite a bit of help but it's amazing to see how quickly kids pick up things at her age.

Had to get a picture of the girls dressed up for church (and it's crazy to think that the dress that Cece is wearing was a dress that Lucy originally wore for family pictures when Cece was only a couple months old!)

We have another busy week with work, school, a girl scout meeting, and dance classes but I know the weekend will be here before we know it!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween 2018

What a great Halloween we had this year....and the rain (for the most part) even held off!  We had a busy day; I worked in the morning while Lucy & Cece were both at school and then I picked Cece up from my parents after work and we headed to Lucy's school for her Fall Parade & Party.  The school was packed with parents because they had to move the parade inside and we were able to see all the kids walk through the hallways with their costumes on.  Afterwards, we went to Lucy's classroom for her party where they did a craft and had some festive snacks.  Lucy could've come home with us after the party but insisted on staying at school so she could ride the bus home.  Once she was home, we had just a little time to relax (while Cece took a late nap) and then I had to start making dinner so the girls would be ready for trick-or-treat to start at 6:00 PM.  It was just a light mist during trick-or-treating and the girls didn't seem to mind at all.  In fact, it was fairly warm out so they didn't even have to wear coats over their costumes this year!  My dad joined us and Todd & I swapped going out with the girls so one of us would be home to pass out candy.  Cece came home shortly before 7:00 PM and Lucy stayed out just a little after 7:00 PM.  All in all, they had a fun night and got plenty of candy to enjoy!

Cece waiting in the hallway at Lucy's school for the parade to start

Lucy's teacher leading the way for the Kindergartners

Part of Lucy's class walking past some of the older elementary students on the left and parents on the right

Got a quick pic of her as she turned around to say hi

Craft time in her classroom

These two girls are the best of friends

Such a cute snack!

I love how Cece is casually sneaking her hand in to grab a marshmallow off the apple

Lucy was great and shared her donut with Cece

One more of them together

Dorothy & Glinda the Good Witch are ready to go trick-or-treating

Family pic on the porch

One with Grandpa

Walking to the first house (there were hardly any kids out the first 15 min)

Running up to our neighbor's house

All smiles as we continued down our street

I eventually had to tie Cece's dress up because the fabric tape I used came off and she kept stepping on her dress

I was impressed with the number of houses that had Halloween decorations outside

Our pumpkins lit up on the porch

Cece & I hung out while Lucy, Todd, and my dad continued outside

She was loving this fun dip

Lucy checking out her loot once she got back home

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Squeezing in Everything Halloween-Related

It was a busy but rainy weekend for us!  The weather just didn't really cooperate for all the fun outdoor Halloween and Trick-or-Treat events so although we made it to a couple we wanted to go to, Boo at the Zoo and Candy by the Carload in Powell, we didn't stay at either one all that long.  Of course, the weather is calling for rain tomorrow too on Halloween which is when Lucy has her Fall Festival at school which includes a parade outside with all the kids in their costumes and it's Trick-or-Treat night.  Fingers crossed the rain holds off!

On Friday afternoon, we made a special trip to Target for Cece because she's pretty much potty trained (she still wears a diaper during nap time & bed in the evening) and after filling out two full sticker charts, she earned the toy of her choice.  We had loosely been working with her on it and weren't very successful (she would go to the bathroom on the potty like once every 4 or 5 days) and I was so close to just trying again in a couple months.  Well, my parents were on vacation for two weeks so Todd & I were home with the girls (alternating days off work) so I figured, hey, let's put her in underwear one day when we're at home and let's just see what happens.  Todd was home with the girls the first day we tried and I was shocked when he kept sending me texts at work that she kept going on the potty.  The same thing happened the following day so we just kept going with it.  She only had 1 accident each day on the first 3 days and then hasn't had one since (and this is now 2 weeks later).  She's pretty much in undies 100% of the time when she's awake.  In fact, she even used the bathroom at Target with no issues!

Cece picked out Nella the Princess Knight as her prize

On Saturday morning, we went to Boo at the Zoo at the Columbus Zoo

It was drizzling outside so they moved all the treat/candy stations indoors

Lucy was so excited to see a Wizard of Oz display so we had to get a picture of Cece as Glinda the Good Witch and Lucy as Dorothy in front of it

Posing in front of Dorothy's locker

Display of carved pumpkins

Princess-inspired painted pumpkins (Little Mermaid, Frozen, Rapunzel, and Beauty & the Beast)

They had someone there carving these huge pumpkins

A few he had already done over the last weekend

On Saturday afternoon, Lucy & I went to a special Halloween Mini + Me class at barre3 in Powell; Cece wanted to get in the picture with us before she went down for her nap

 Lucy was so excited to see there was a ballet barre in the room

Lynn & Olive were there too and I couldn't resist getting a picture of the two of them during class

Posing after the 30 min class before snacks & crafts

All 4 of us

And one with just Lucy & I

 We had one more fun thing planned later that day which was Candy by the Carload put on by the city of Powell and held in the parking lot by city hall; I was hoping we could've walked from our house but with the on and off drizzling rain, we decided to drive

I'm glad we got there right when it started because it was packed when we left!  

Local businesses were set up and handing out candy; there were a ton of vendors and the girls' pumpkin buckets were filled before we even got to all of them

On Sunday, we stayed home to carve our pumpkins and then my parents came over later for dinner & cake (my dad's birthday was when they were on vacation and we still wanted to celebrate with cake and presents)

Todd cut the top out so the girls could clean out the inside

Lucy went first...

Cece was hesitant at first but then got after it

 Todd & Cece using a template to make...

The Wicked Witch (left) and Striped Socks with Ruby Slippers (right); you know we had to stick with the Wizard of Oz theme!

While they were carving pumpkins, Lucy snapped a picture of me making my dad's birthday cake

Girls with Grandpa and his birthday cake