Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Backyard Transformation

When we moved in, we inherited a rock/weed/mud pit for the side yard.  We were happy to ignore that mess as the backyard was pretty much Percy's domain.  This year, Little Girl loves being outside.  I love it cause I can relax on the porch while she entertains herself hunting bugs and examining rocks.  Oh yeah, and pulling out all my flowers and drinking out of Percy's water bowl.  Ben said he caught her chewing on a beetle today.

Anyway, it became clear that this was the year to make the change.

So much better, right?  We have a few plans for next year, but we are pretty well done for now.  It is time to relax and enjoy!

Move square foot garden into best sunlight spot
Mulch planter and add more flowers
Trim trees
Dig out rocks and weeds
Put in sprinklers and drip system
Put down top soil and sod
Plant raspberry/blackberry/flower bushes along fence
Purchase some inexpensive patio furniture
Purchase ultimate baby pool & slide
Order outdoor dog bed

Still to Do
Stain fence
Order a Water Table
Build/Buy Sandbox and Lid

Games to Play with Baby

Cadence and I spend a lot of time together.  A lot.  Sometimes, I think she gets tired of me.  I try to keep life interesting, here are some of the games/activities that she has enjoyed and kept me in the 'fun mommy' category over the past few months.

1. Cell Phone Microphone.  I have a business cell and a personal cell, but you can try this when Daddy is home or on playdates if you don't regularly have access to two cell phones.  From Phone A, call Phone B, then give Phone A to baby.  Put Phone B on 'speaker' mode.  Make sure to keep Phones A and B far enough away from each other to avoid feedback.  My kid will babble to the phone and enjoy hearing her amplified noises for a solid 15 minutes.  Mommy win!

2. Mommy bangs head against wall and makes pained noises.  This never fails to elicit a giggle.

3. Percy is the ultimate toy.  She still won't say Mama, but she has a nickname for that darn dog.  He is lavished with pets, kisses, hugs, and she has a special loving tone of voice she reserves just for him.  Putting Percy in the playpen transforms it from prison to a magical place where the dog can't run away.  Sometimes, we'll give Percy a toy and then chase him and try to knock it out of his mouth.  This is her favorite game of all time.

4. Fetch.  No, not a game with Percy.  Whenever my daughter brings me something, I throw it across the room.  She'll crawl or toddle off to retrieve it, then I throw it again.

5. When we need a little time, we put the baby in a box with a few choice toys.  Her favorite is the box the shredder came in.

6.  With my online store, I sometimes need to spend some time on the computer.  This is workable with Cadence ever since we emptied out the top drawer of any choking or poking hazards.  Cadence came built with a tiny radar.  As soon as I sit down at the computer, it begins clanging and she comes running to beg to get on my lap.  Once seated, she pulls open the drawer and picks up each item to give it an individual chew.

7. When I'm out of ideas, it's time to send her to play with Daddy!

Nursery Progress

Cadence is 16 months old, and is starting to enjoy spending time in her room.  We read books and play with puzzles, and it is one of my favorite rooms in our home.  I still have artwork to make and hang, a hairbow holder to complete, and some lovely bookshelves to paint and hang that her Grammy and Great-Grandpa made for her.  Still, I thought it would be nice to take some pictures because this is a happy room I will definitely want to revisit in future years.  We are going to start

Make a rug from jersey sheets
Sew and hang curtains
Hang artwork
Set up reading corner
Refinish thrifted furniture in white
Make a chandelier
Paint walls and trim

Still To Do
Paint and hang bookshelves
Finish bow holder
Rearrange furniture?
Art for above the crib

I've started thinking about her big girl room, but want to go in a completely different direction so that may have to wait till the next house.