Monday, April 18, 2011

Crepe Paper Carrots

This is about as far as I've gone with Easter decorating this year. I saw a very basic tutorial on the Martha Stewart website. It suggests putting a trinket each carrot, but trinkets and little boys don't mix so I left them empty. Do what you will, but I think they are adorable either way!

Simple Crepe Paper Carrots:

1. Loosely wrap orange streamer to form carrot shape, making it thicker at top. Tuck in gifts as you work. Press end of paper down into top.

2. Fold green crepe paper in half across its grain. Cut out leaf shapes; bunch up. Tuck leaves into carrot top; secure with dab of hot glue.

A Blanket is Best

Who needs umbrellas?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Little Remi

Thoughts and reflections about my little boy have been running through my mind today. I don't want to forget them

He is surprisingly obedient, except when it comes to not harassing little brother.
He never runs off in public, always asking in his way if he can venture a bit further.
He is cautious and follows directions incredibly well in parking lots and crowded places.
He gets embarrassed easily and doesn't usually want to be the center of attention.
He is observant, noticing when I miss a turn while driving and responding with a "Whips!" (Whoops!), noticing when something is out of place, noticing when I close the garage when I had previously promised that he could do it.
He has never thrown a tantrum in the store over a toy or candy.
He has an amazing sense of direction. Wherever we happen to be he can point to home and Mama She-she's house.
The things that delight him make me laugh. He squeals with a delighted "ma MA!" every time we pass the bowling alley, Taco Time, McDonald's, or any two or more story building that might have an elevator.
Yes, elevators. DING!
He has taken to playing pretend elevator in any enclosed space, making others play pretend elevator, watching youtube videos of people filming themselves riding on elevators, guessing which buildings we drive past might have elevators by repeating "Ding, Ding, DING!" until someone acknowledges him, hoarding toys that have elevators (we have at least 7 or 8) and he LOVES riding on an elevator. He gasps and shrieks with glee as each level is met with a chime or bong. He even knows proper elevator etiquette.
He loves counting and the alphabet.
He hates being hot. I catch him turning over his pillow to get the cool side and kicking off his blankets and sheets when he's in bed.
I let him have a say in what clothes we buy for him. I think he appreciates that I respect his opinion.
I see him maturing before my eyes, even though his language is so limited. He and I have a perfect understanding between the two of us that it makes it difficult to see outside our little world. I'm never quite sure if I'm helping or hindering his progress, but for now I love the special bond that we share. His new words as of the last few weeks are: home, big, in, me, you, Dan-dan (Danielle,) walk, car, sit,
His first independent sentence: "I want you in." Trying to get me to move so he could shut a door and the same day saying "I want Dee-dee," when we pulled up to Mama She-she's house and he wanted to go inside.

I love this little boy so much. I love to see him grow.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Popping in to say hello...

Still recovering from our whirlwind move, so in lieu of an official newsletter, here is a Marsh (Mar Mar, Me-Mu, Brother, Little) update.
Marshall is falling more in love with food everyday. He's loving bowtie pasta, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, waffles, peas, butternut squash, and much more. He gets insulted when I break food into tiny pieces. He would much rather be handed a whole piece of toast to gnaw on.
Our sweet little fella. He is snugly. He walks and nearly runs. Waves hello and goodbye. He is all too forgiving of his older brother's attacks. He is babbling and trying to talk. Is is highly emotional. He loves sleeping with a pillow. He give kisses and high-fives. He parrots the tone of nearly everything anyone says.
His teeth are coming in. Well, tooth is more like it. I know the others are lurking under surface making everyone miserable and moody.

Dani the Lady

Made tissue flowers using a tutorial from Martha Stewart found here
Assembled a paper pennant banner:
Printed a banner with the birthday girl's name with the help of Ruffled found here

All for one of our favorite little ladies.
We love you, Dani!