Sunday, April 13, 2014

More Easter Fun!

We are all about having as much Easter fun as possible this year! 

This week we dyed eggs for the first time. To give something different a try we used all natural food dyes. It was suggested to let them soak overnight, but no way was that going to work with a toddler wanting instant results! I think they turned out pretty well and maybe we'll practice a few more times until next Easter to perfect our homemade dyes :)

The BIG Easter adventure was Rose's first train ride on Saturday! We told Rose all week we were going on a train ride Saturday and sure enough, all Saturday morning she kept repeating 'train ride'! We had a great time :) 
Rose loved the train, but wasn't interest in any pictures with the Easter Bunny!

 Rose did love the Peeps (especially the bunnies they gave out!)

We also spent as much time outside as possible! 
Nana took Rose to the green house on Wednesday, so we planted a few of Rose's containers

Rose loves her bubbles

Rose got silverware from the kitchen to set a picnic for her babies ;)

Back when everything was covered in snow I saw an idea on Pinterest for a water table with a sink. Based on past experience I figured the snow would have to melt eventually and that Rose would love her very own working water table for her birthday. Justin built it this weekend and we decided to let her have at it!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Experiences :)

Rose got to start and end the week with some new experiences...and have lots of fun in the middle!

On Monday we went to meet Ethan, my coworkers brand new little boy. He was not even a week old, making him the *newest* baby Rose has been around :) Needless to say, after going home, Rose has been in baby play overdrive!

 We enjoyed getting to spend LOTS of time outside this week, bring on the warm weather! Rose is perfecting her swinging. Just like her mama, she finds going side to side just as fun as front to back ;)

We also played with some toy bugs. If Rose finds a real bug, she grabs a tissue and tells daddy to flush it!

Rose is definitely MY girl :)

...unless she wants something, then she calls Nana :)

Rose has also been talking up a storm this week. I really think that even non familiar people could understand about 50% of what she says (I understand about 90% of it...).
We spend 10-15 minutes most days working on Rose's speech sounds.

We try to make it as fun as possible, including jumping on the words and then saying them :)

Saturday we started our Easter festivities with Rose's first 'official' Easter Egg Hunt...we've done a couple around home just for her ;) We went to a park in Exeter and Rose made out like a bandit! We stayed in the same little area and Rose picked up about a dozen eggs and got: 4 stuffed bunnies, 2 free kids meals at Moe's, and 4 prizes!

April is sure to be a busy month with more Easter activities and birthdays for my 2 favorite people :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014


We ended our week, and spent much of our week getting ready for, Baby Bechtel’s Shower.
We all pitched in to celebrate the arrival of my brother’s first child and Rose’s first little cousin. Justin did a marvelous job at a diaper tractor. I planned the games and activities for the shower and Rose contributed her cuteness :)

We have also started planning Rose’s 3rd birthday and sent out some invites this week…now I really need to work on all the fun stuff :)

When we weren't busy with party planning, we spent lots of time together and being silly.
I’m not sure what Rose has planned for herself down the road, but if she ever decided to be a mommy, she is getting lots of practice in. This kid has crazy baby playing skills. She makes sure they have bibs on, blows on their food, wipes and places clean diapers on their bums, and rocks them to sleep. Sometimes it feels like I have an in-home child care :) 

We also played outside…with babies!

Rose also likes to act like her mama...and I LOVE it :) 
Here she is typing her 'work' while watching her baby

And she insisted on putting in her 'eyes' like mommy :)

My two favorite moments this week I didn't capture in photo or video which would have been even better L
-After some encouragement and mommy promising to catch her, Rose had enough courage to slide down her slide, and she LOVED it! I asked her how many times she wanted to go down and she would hold up her whole hand and say ‘5’….10 times later she said ‘5’ again J
-Saturday after it started raining and we had to come inside, Rose found her bouncy balls (2 of them) and LOVED bouncing them off everything in the house (luckily nothing was broken!). She especially enjoyed when her release was off and the balls flew in different directions.

Sunday we had a great time at Bruce and Kate’s Baby Shower

 Before the people...yup so it was a sportsman's club, no extra charge for all the dead animals :)

After all the people...I think there may have been more people at this shower than at my wedding reception ;)

The expectant couple!!!

Justin made an awesome diaper tractor

I was the hostess for the shower and in charge of the games. Luckily we decided not to play too many games because of the large group of people. Everything seemed to go well and Baby Bechtel received LOTS of great presents!

Here is my happy family :) 
(Rose was enjoying a cupcake and has some blue icing on her face to prove it!)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

You say Good-bye, I say Hello

Life is full of lots of changes/transitions, some of the time those things are unpleasant…but they can also bring great new things! So let’s be positive J

In Early Intervention, 3 is a HUGE deal. A child is no longer eligible for services that are provided in the home and must transition either to the BCIU or outpatient services. Rose has been with her speech therapist since she was 10 months old…she has become like part of our family and I can’t believe it is almost time to say ‘good-bye’ L

I am also not really sure what is going to happen at 3. Rose will continue her current outpatient therapy and we may increase that to twice a week. We are also going to see what the BCIU offers for services and decide if we want to use those services also.

We are also discussing starting Rose in preschool, probably just 2 or maybe 3 mornings a week, but this will be a HUGE change for her…and us!

Since we are going to give preschool a try, we have decided to skip the spring session of our music class. We completed 3 of the 12 different sessions and can always start up again, but want to have some more time on the weekends for other activities as a family J

All these things are happening because our baby is turning 3! I could go back and retell Rose’s birth story like it was just yesterday and it really is a great story ;) There have been so many changes and transitions in our lives since that wonderful day; it all seems to be happening so fast. We love every minute with our sweet girl!

This week wasn’t exceptionally busy. We made the best of all changes in weather, enjoyed Nana’s birthday, and had lots of fun just being together J

 Rose doesn't let a little rain stop her from spending lots of time outside...she just makes sure to accessorize with a cute umbrella!

And if the weather is a little chilly... add a fun hat ;)

 This is a picture Justin took of Rose on their way to grandma's house. She has been refusing to leave the house in anything but her PJ's and also usually samples daddy's lunch!

Tuesday was Nana's birthday, so we took this picture for her! 

Wednesday we all got to go out to eat to celebrate Nana. 

 And on Friday we went out for ice cream to celebrate the end of the work week!

I guess I didn't realize it until putting all these pictures in this post, but we went out to eat A LOT this week... Saturday after Rose's nap we headed to Trader Joe's and grabbed a quick dinner, with a Frosty, on the way home. 

When we weren't eating out, Rose was very busy playing! 
I think Rose has a favorite cartoon: Doc McStuffins. Rose then enjoys pretending she is a doctor and checking out all her stuffed animals and herself :)

Rose is also very helpful! Lately she has decided to set the table for us...what we all actually get to eat with can make dinner fun!

We have lots of fun planned over the next few weekends with a baby shower, some family activities, and Justin and Rose's birthday :)