I spent a couple days this month getting my garden ready. Day 1 was spent tilling the plot, and expanding into the next section--which, much to Erich's delight-meant he got to cut down part of a tree. He is always bugging me about the trees in the backyard, and what he wants to take down. Usually I'm like, no, but I guess the garden might do better with some additional sun. I planted 6 tomato plants (a little excessive, but four are cherry varieties, which Harper loves to pick, so I wanted to make sure I had enough for everyone), peppers, onions, cucumbers, spinach and carrots. Last year I only planted tomatoes and cucumbers, so it'll be an interesting journey this season. I also have potatoes growing in a bucket by the house, and a window box full of cilantro--yum! Come on tomatoes and onions, we need some salsa!
I've also been spending a lot of time getting ready for Harper's birthday party, and he daycare party. Who knew that the daycare one would be more involved? Thus far, with each birthday at daycare, the parent has become more and more excessive with the gift bags. What started with a plastic bag with golsfish crackers and a juice box turned into the most recent one; a dog themed giftbag with about 10 items, including a full size candy bar, crayons in the shape of bones, homemade treats, pla-doh. My competitive spirit, much to Erich's dismay, has gotten the better of me. Harper is having a Sesame Street themed party, so I ran with it. Her gift bag includes: a sesame street juice box, goldfish crackers, a homemade crayon in the shape of a SS character, a fun twisty straw, a color book, bubbles and stickers. Plus I made labels which have Harper's name on the Sesame Street sign...I may be out of control. Oh, and I may have ordered Sesame Street themed cupcakes for the kiddos at snacktime. A little out of control, but you only turn 2 once, right? Ha, that's going to get old quick. For her family party, I made her invitations--and they turned out pretty darn cute, if I say so myself. I also plan on making Monster cookies, and maybe a Cookie Monster cake. We'll see if it happens.
The final product
Helping me put them on the bags
She was very excited to help
We spent Memorial Day weekend with my Seester and her family in Independence. It was a smidge warm, but we still found a way to have fun. We visited the Build a Bear store where Harper made her birthday monkey, Mimi. She joins her 1st birthday bear, JJ. She had fun for a while, then once it was stuffed she lost interest and wanted to go see the carousel. Pretty much went downhill from there.
Picking the perfect monkey
Let the stuffing begin
Making sure it's soft enough
Giving it a hug
Aaaand we're done here
Watching the carousel with Ethan
She did come back to help me name it and for a hug
We also enjoyed time around the firepit Saturday night, complete with smores and making fun of my brother in law. Good times... Sadly, I didn't take a whole lot of pictures while we were there outside of the mall...
We got home Sunday afternoon and just vegged. And Harper turned into tantrum mode, it was ridiculous. I laugh at my past self complaining about her "terrible twos" hitting early, because that was nothing compared to these, which stem from absolutely nothing. I'm also trying to break her of the paci (she calls it the papi) and that's going less than great. Any suggestions from mom's out there? I tried cold turkey last night, and she cried and whined for an hour before going to bed--where I did cave and give it to her. Blurg.
Monday we bought a plastic pool at Ace for $10, set it up, and spent out afternoon watching Harper and Abbey enjoy it. It was a little cold, but it still felt pretty good since it was warm out. She will definitely have fun in that this summer. We just need to find some Abbey resilient toys...
Erich leaves for Vegas on Sunday, so we're trying to get as much done as possible as far as picking up and cleaning goes, since he gets back Thursday morning, and Harper's party is that Saturday. We also have a birthday party for a friend's 2 year old this Saturday, so it's going to be a fun and busy weekend. Luckily we are done shopping for Harper, I just need to wrap some presents. We did end up giving her her big present early. A play kitchen! She was awful about wanting to pull a stool up to the sink and stove while we were making dinner, so we thought a play kitchen might help. It sits in the dining area of the kitchen which we don't use, so it's a perfect fit. The only problem is Abbey's food is right there, so now she spends most of her time "cooking" it. Good times indeed!