Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Game of the month: Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. This game is really similar to HiHo Cherry-o. Scott and Janelle sent it to Creed for his birthday, and I promise that it is hard to resist its cuteness! Creed loves it so much he got it for his friend Sara for her birthday too. Simple enough for a four-year-old to play and it helps work on small motor skills too.
App of the Month: The Three Little Pig 3-D story by Nosy Crow. I'm not one to go gaga over Apps, but if you have a little one you NEED this one. It's expensive, but it entertains Creed for ages. It's a book, and the animation is incredible. You can choose to have the story read to you or to read it yourself and you can interact with all the characters, flicking them in the air and flipping them around, and they say something different each time you tap them. You even blow on the wolf to help him blow the houses down. The background moves when you shift the screen so it looks almost 3-D. The characters are funny and they have the CUTEST British accents. I'm dying to get my hands on the next storybook app they have coming out this summer, Cinderella, but it's hard to imagine how it could live up to this one.
Picture Book of the Month: We Are In A Book by Mo Willems. We love all of Mo Willems' books, but this one in particular has Creed rolling on the floor with giggles.
Middle Grade Fiction book of the Month: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. I hadn't even heard of it before it won the Newbery Medal this year. It was hard to get me hands on it, but it was love at first read. The award was well-deserved.
Young Adult Book of the Month: Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Ok, yes, it is Hunger Games and Matched by Ally Condie rolled into one, but I still enjoyed it.
Sesame Street Clip of the Month: Creed never liked Sesame Street, but now he asks me to turn it on "for Ollie" and then he's glued to the TV, which enables me to sneak a little unpacking in or just some extra snuggle time with the boys. Some of the cameos are so awesome. This one might be Larry's favorite of the moment. Conversations with Bert: Part 1, Andy Samberg
And don't miss Conversations with Bert: Part 2 with Andy Samberg
Our kitchen is far from finished, but what a difference a weekend makes! Our counters were ready early so we were surprised by a knock at our door, 7 a.m. on Saturday. Five installers got to work moving that incredibly heavy piece of quartz on the island and by the end of the day I was greeted by this sight.
And what's that in the background? A working fridge and freezer? Wahoo! We finally have milk in the house again! Now if only we can get the sinks hooked up so we can have some drinking water . . .
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Riss was asking me for some updated pictures of progress on the house so the rest of you get a sneak peek too. On the bright side, things are really coming together and I'm going to try not to focus on some of the problems that we still have to work out.
Here's a picture of the old laundry that's right off the kitchen. It will be a butler's pantry soon. (see that light, I'm not talking about it)
Saturday, June 11, 2011
We were going to take our time checking out of the hotel and head home on our last day in Yellowstone, but the craziest thing happened; my sister Marissa called my mom to tell her that she was driving from her home in Canada to go to a funeral in Idaho and they planned to stop in Yellowstone on the way down. What are the chances we would both be in Yellowstone at the same time? We had to stay a few more hours to meet up with them, especially since Creed and his cousin Logan are BFFs and always ask to see each other. They were thrilled! And we got to watch Old Faithful again with Marissa's family!
Posted by Stephanie Ford at 11:31 PM
We got a later start than intended on our second day visiting Yellowstone because Ollie had an early morning seizure and then fell back asleep for a few hours and we wanted to give him time to fully recover.
Late morning, we headed to meet the Davids at the Mammoth Hot Springs area of the park and we were even later than we'd imagined because we ran into another herd of bison slowly meandering along.
Posted by Stephanie Ford at 11:21 PM
Thursday, June 09, 2011
One week after Las Vegas, we went on a trip to Yellowstone with our friends the Davids. It was just the grand adventure we were hoping it would be (and totally the opposite of vacationing in Las Vegas).
To be clear, we do not live a life of luxurious vacations, but Larry will have to put in a lot of time building up his new practice so we wanted to travel as a family while we had the chance. I am so glad that we did.
It only took one day for Creed to become a mini-Davy Crockett.