Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 Summer Fun List

One of my friends sent out a list of 101 fun things to do this summer.  Luke and I changed some and here is our list.
  1. Eat snowcones
  2. Play tag
  3. Celebrate Luke's 5th birthday
  4. Go swimming
  5. Make chocolate chip cookies
  6. Play in the sprinklers
  7. Go on a picnic
  8. Watch fireworks
  9. Make homemade ice cream
  10. Go to the library
  11. Blow bubbles
  12. Make a collage
  13. Play a family game
  14. Go to Pop's for a pop
  15. Visit Grammy & PawPaw
  16. Have a playdate
  17. Blow dandelions
  18. Take a family picture
  19. Watch the stars
  20. Participate in the summer reading program at the library
  21. Get a drink at Sonic
  22. Go to Hafer Park
  23. Build a tent and sleep in it
  24. Eat watermelon
  25. Chase lightning bugs
  26. Visit Grandma & Grandpa J
  27. Make a bead necklace
  28. Wash the car
  29. Play in the sandbox
  30. Make and fly paper airplanes
  31. Go on a scavenger hunt
  32. Build something 
  33. Have a water fight
  34. Stay in a hotel
  35. Paint a picture
  36. Try a new recipe--LJ's choice
  37. Go to the movie theater
  38. Make popsicles
  39. Go to the rocket ship park
  40. Go to the zoo
  41. Watch Mentos explode
  42. Put together puzzles
  43. Make hammered leaf prints
  44. Play on the swingset
  45. Go to a baseball game
  46. Make and do an obstacle course
  47. Make chocolate chip muffins
  48. Climb trees
  49. Go to Myriad Gardens
  50. Make an ice cream cake
  51. Spend the night with Grandma & Grandpa H
  52. Go down a water slide
  53. Walk to Braums for ice cream
  54. Go bowling
  55. Go on a nature walk
  56. Go to our neighborhood park
  57. Visit a museum
  58. Have a summer pinterest party
  59. Have a water balloon fight
  60. Work on name writing
  61. Go to the bookstore
  62. Catch bugs
  63. Go on vacation
  64. Make pizza
  65. Write a story together
  66. Have smores
  67. Eat home-grown veggies
  68. Make handprint art
  69. Throw frisbees
  70. Make blueberry pancakes
  71. Go to Unpluggits
  72. Go to Peach Wave
  73. Watch the July 4th Parade
  74. Build a giant wooden train track
  75. Go to Mitch Park
  76. Family Movie Day at home
  77. Paint rocks
  78. Play basketball
  79. Go to Martin Nature Park
  80. Take silly pictures
  81. Eat breakfast for dinner
  82. Bead art
  83. Go to the Farmer's Market
  84. Play Legos
  85. Play hide n seek at the park
  86. Go for a big wheel ride
  87. Work on letter and number writing
  88. Plant flowers
  89. Play in the rain
  90. Draw a huge picture with sidewalk chalk
  91. Grill burgers and hot dogs
  92. Do a baking soda and vinegar experiment
  93. Eat outside
  94. Go hiking
  95. Decorate cupcakes
  96. Play hopscotch
  97. Read a new book
  98. Make rice krispie treats
  99. Feed the ducks
  100. Go for a long walk
  101. Do a cannonball off the diving board
As of today, we've completed 27 things.  

Right Now...

...I'm typing this post standing at the bar ledge in our kitchen.
...Hannah is asking for her milk, saying, "Mil, mil?"
...LJ is at Grammy and PawPaw's house until late Friday.  I miss him.
...Troy is at work and currently in a meeting.
...I'm planning to grill some salmon for dinner and have a caesar salad and asparagus to go with it.
...there is a third load of laundry in the dryer for the day.
...I should be working on making LJ's birthday invitations.
...surprisingly, there are not a thousand toys all over the family room floor.
...I'm wishing I had more tomatoes growing on my tomato plants but I'll take the 4 I have.
...my favorite saying of Hannah's is, "Than you mum."  I really need to get it on video.  It's adorable.
...my gardens desperately need to be weeded but it's so hot I have no desire to complete the task.
...Hannah is eating pretzel goldfish for a snack or nack, nack.
...I'm happy to say that the TV has not been on all day--really like that.
...I'm currently reading my fourth Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny.  Great books!
...Troy and I are talking about how realistic it would be to put in a pool.
...I'm really looking forward to the "cold" front that's supposed to come next week.  Highs only in the upper 80's for the beginning of July.  Yippeeee!
...it's time for me to go. :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Father's Day

Father's Day was a good day for Troy.  We had donuts for breakfast, one of his favorites.  That was followed by a trip to Myriad Gardens to play with the kids and watch them have fun in the splash pad.  We then came home for lunch and naps, another favorite of Troy's.  And we had dinner with my dad and step-mom at their house--grilled salmon, corn on the cob, potato salad and caesar salad--delicious!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

18 Months Old

Hannah is 18 months old today.  Our beautiful little girl is a year and a half old already.  Hannah is without question full of love, laughter, attitude, determination and as much fun as one can pack into a little toddler body.  She is quirky, goofy, spunky and still a bit of a momma's girl.  She will let you know her opinion in no uncertain terms and she definitely wants to do it all by herself.

*Schedule: Hannah is awake no later than 8:30 and usually closer to 8.  Since school has been out for the summer, she has transitioned to just one nap a day.  It is usually about 2 hours long, from 1-3.  There are days though when we barely get an hour nap (those are not great days).  Hannah goes to bed at 8 or a little after.  I am so thankful she sleeps for 12 hours at night considering her nap time isn't always the greatest.

*Stats: Hannah was 25 lbs 8 oz and 32.5 inches long at her 15 month check-up.  I weighed her today and she's between 28 and 29 pounds and I would guess at least 34 inches tall.  We don't have her 18 month check up until July 11 but I'm guessing she will still be in the upper 90th percentiles for weight and height again.   Hannah is wearing 18-24 month clothes and pajamas are 24 month or 2T size.  Hannah's hair has finally started to come in more and much more in the last couple of weeks.  It is very light blond and can still have a red cast to it occassionally.  It's even long enough now that she gets a few little curls in the back.  

*Food: No change here--Hannah loves to eat!  She is quite particular about how she eats--she must now have a spoon and fork of her own and she would prefer to have regular silverware rather than little plastic forks and spoons we give her. I have to say that I am impressed with her skill at using both a fork and a spoon. Either lunch or dinner is a huge meal and sometimes both.  She can still out eat Luke and I'm always amazed at how much she can fit in her little tummy.  Her favorites: cheese, fruit (strawberries and raspberries), macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, sweet potatoes and corn.

*Activities: Hannah LOVES to dance and sing.  We have a bunch of dance parties around here.  Hannah has yet to slow down--I don't think she ever will.  Chase and tag are favorites now especially with Luke.  Any toy that makes noise will grab her attention at least for a bit especially musical ones.  Hannah is back into building towers and knocking them over.  Drawing is still a big favorite.  She also loves to be tickled, push her stroller around, carry around her dolls and play with Luke.  Outside is the place to be for Hannah--swinging, going down the slide and a new big time favorite, the swimming pool.  She is an absolute fish!  We're working on blowing bubbles, kicking and she's already put her face in on her own a few times.  Jumping in from the side of the pool is also lots of fun.  Hannah is quite good at pouting.  She will throw herself on the floor, tuck her arms under her tummy and pull her knees in as well.  She then flips her head back and forth and tries to catch your eye to see if you're paying attention.  Hannah also enjoys finding "trash" and throwing it away in the trash can.

*Mobility:  I don't think there's much to say here other than she never stops moving.

*Favorites: When Hannah is tired or fussy, I am still most prefered but Hannah is definitely becoming a daddy's girl.  The joy and excitement she exudes when Troy gets home from work are almost unparalleled.  Big brother is obviously a favorite.  Just the other night she gave Luke a hug and a kiss before bed all on her own.  Man was Luke excited about that.  Unfortunately, Hannah must have a cloth diaper with her where ever we go (just like her brother).  She calls them bebe's.  Hannah really enjoys looking at books.  She doesn't want you to read them to her she just wants to flip through and look at the pictures.  Unfortunately, Hannah is very hard on books and really likes to rip them apart.

(As a quick side note: I wish someone could explain to me why my children find sucking on cloth diapers so comforting. And Hannah didn't learn it from Luke--she started doing it when she was about 3 months old.  Also, anyone with suggestions of how to rid them of this habit please leave me a comment.)

*Noises/Talking:  Hannah's new words include: Grammy, Grandma, cheese, milk, more, down, outside, bird, squirrel, stinky, excuse me, repeating me over and over if she wants something, night night, sheepy (a new stuffed animal), book, swing, water and I'm sure several others I'm not thinking of.  Hannah also babbles constantly and she sings Frere Jacques and we believe she has also started singing the ABC's.  She also still makes this adorable blabber, blabber, blabber noise with her tongue that we all love.
She does this squat all the time.
Can you see the curl in her hair?  Isn't it cute?!?!  Also, how red it looks in the pic below.
Love this girl to pieces!!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


So, it's been over a month since my last post.  This year it has been harder for me to find the time to blog.  It's not like I'm a busy mom with a toddler and preschooler running around, school is out for the summer or we're doing fun stuff together or anything like that--definitely nothing like that.  

I have gobs of pictures from the last month but a computer issue that required an overnight stay at the Apple store to restore all of my pics has caused a slow down in that department.  They used to be neatly organized by event and I could find what I was looking for in a few seconds.  Now they are in large groups, thankfully still in order by date, but it will take a bit of time to get them all back into events and sorted in order to find things.  Another task that requires much time for a mom who doesn't seem to have much free time these days.

So a quick word run-down on the last month:

May 12: Mother's Day: It was a great day.  We had brunch with Grandma and Grandpa Hogancamp and I spent the rest of the day outside planting flowers.  I choose to order mexican for dinner which we enjoyed outside on the patio.

May 16: Luke's last day of school:  Luke had a great school year.  We also found out this week that he will have the same teachers next year; we are very excited about that!  

May 20: Luke's last day of Gymnastics:  At the end of this session the gym has what they call the M&M olympics for the kids.  Luke got a trophy and 2 bags of M&Ms.  Much excitement there.

May 20: The devasting tornado in Moore, OK.  Mother Nature can be a very scary force and we were/are very sorry for those families affected by this storm as well as the other communities affected this tornado season here in OK.  We are very grateful to have our storm shelter and pray that we never truly need it.

May 25-June 6: Troy and I go to Switzerland to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  We had a wonderful time even with awful weather.  I have no doubt there will be many posts on this trip hopefully soon.  The kids stayed at home and Grammy and Sarah were with them the first week, Grandma and Grandpa H for the weekend and Grandma and Grandpa J were here for the last 5 days.  

Again, hopefully pictures will follow soon.