The past two weeks have just flown by! It all started with Dave picking up that book I REALLY wanted to read at the Downtown library on his lunch break (I am 44th in line at our library, so it was really kind of him to go check it out for me). It was fabulous! The boys were supportive of letting me get in a little extra reading time and I got it done in a week.
Brooklyn has discovered it's fun to dress up. We don't have any girl dress ups, so I purchased this for a few bucks of a cheap Chinese website. It's really cute and she loves dressing up in it, although she refuses to pose for me...
Although we didn't have that problem with getting Dustin to try it on. He posed just fine after he made sure "there are mermen too, right?"
Speaking of Dustin... He's been such a ham lately! He has built a fort a day and we spend hours reading in them, or in this picture's case he was telling me spooky stories.
About two Sundays ago Logan came down with a 24 hour stomach flu. Dustin got it too. It was no fun at all, but reflecting back I realized none of our kids have ever thrown up in their lives (if you don't count baby spit-up). So I guess we're doing pretty good on that front.
Brooklyn is getting so big! She can follow directions well if she wants to, and loves to pretend she's a big girl. She feeds her baby while we wait for dinner to be ready.
She thinks she's so big that she doesn't need two naps. Mom doesn't agree so we still try to wrangle her into two naps a day (see how much she fights off the evil nap?)
Also fighting the evil nap, she and Dustin were snuggling under her doll's blanket.
I don't remember when... but some time in the past two weeks we got a special package from Great Grandma Yoder!!! It was a picture of Grandma's neighbor's cat Chester!!!! The boys just love this cat and he just loves them.
Dustin's reaction was "Oh mom! I love this cat! He misses us so much that he made Grandma mail us a picture! She promised she would send a picture and I bet he reminded her."
He decided the picture needed to be on his dresser so he put it there proudly! Then Logan got home from school and they fought about where the picture should go (Logan thought it should be in the living room where everyone could enjoy it).
They decided on a compromise that it could move every five minutes to each boy's prefered spot. They continually moved it all day long. The picture still moves. It is currently in the living room but makes appearances in every room (even the bathroom). We are so grateful for our cat picture!!!
Brooklyn discovered it's fun to paint! But she likes painting her body more than the paper. Although the paper is sure fun to paint too.
We have done a few science experiments over the past two weeks. The coolest involved soaking two eggs in vinegar for two days. We learned that vinegar dissolves the calcium in an egg's shell and makes a naked egg!!! Which you can bounce on the table, but don't bounce it too hard, or they will break and you get just a raw egg. Which doesn't taste good if you cook it. It's way too vinegary.
Logan has been reading like a mad man!!! I bought him Dogman for Christmas and he has probably red it 10 times. So I ordered the second and third book off ThriftBooks and he has really loved them. I think I'll get him the 4th one right before school ends to encourage summer reading. He can read one of the books in an afternoon and they're a few hundred pages long.
Speaking of that cheap Chinese website... I also picked up this knockoff Lego set for future Brooklyn. It was $10 including shipping! Dave was really skeptical the bricks wouldn't be compatible with Legos or that there would be pieces missing so he insisted we put this together and "make sure". The pieces are a little less sturdy than Lego, but are still indestructible and compatible with Legos. And there were extra parts.
Dave was so surprised that he decided the wanted a Lego Technic knockoff for his birthday. So we'll be buying these again in the future (probably some for the boys too).
We decided last weekend to make it a fun one. We hit up the Hogsmead village at the South Town Mall in Sandy. It was really cool to see, although I'm so glad we didn't go during the Christmas rush. I've been told people waited 2 hours just to get in and look around. The place was neat, but tiny! So I can't imagine waiting that long. I must not be a diehard Harry Potter fan.
The boys got to play a Quiddich game where you try to throw the balls (quaffles) through the ring. They had so much fun with this we had to play twice!
W browsed around and looked at everything!!! They had over priced books, robes, scarves, games, puzzles, wands, and the biggest temptation CANDY! We decided it would be better not to buy the $20 jelly beans and make a treat at home.
The highlight of the trip was the wand shop. The wand master did a demonstration with a grand finale of making it snow inside the shop!!! The boys were fascinated and discussed if magic was real for the remainder of the night.
We decided to make donuts for our homemade treat. It took FOREVER to make them, but they were totally worth it. The dough ended up really sticky so I had to add extra flour which deflated them quite a bit. We ended up with half as many donuts as we should have gotten (I blame elevation) so they were gone in 24 hours. We shared with 3 of our widowed neighbors, and they loved all the chocolate frosting and sprinkles the boys put on top. We will definitely make these bad boys again!