Thursday, March 31, 2011

Grandpa Bud Came to Visit

 Grandpa Bud came to visit over Spring Break!  We had such a fun time with him while he was here.  He went with us to the Natural Science Museum in Greensboro.  We got to see the new baby wolf cubs.
 We also just had fun running in between the exhibits there.

 We went to Reynolda Gardens one day after school.  We ate a snack together and took a hike.


The last day we got to spend together, we headed to Sciworks.  When we were done we headed home and celebrated Ryan and Molly's birthdays with Grandpa Bud.  We miss him already!!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Break in Charlotte

We headed to Charlotte for a few days over Spring Break.  We had a great time with our friends, the Reshetars who graciously hosted us while we visited.  We took the kids to the Lego Store, the Discovery Place Museum, and Monkey Joes while we were there!  It was such a fun trip!





We also discovered a new family favorite restaurant.  Pei Wei Asian Diner.  They are a take out version of PF Changs.  Molly ate this entire bowl of noodles with the chopsticks!  It was so cute!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Not So Clueless

A couple of years ago I wrote a post entitled Clueless.  I talked about how Andrew didn't know anything about guns, and how he found lots of creative uses for them at a friend's home.  He pretended they were a hair dryer, gas pump, and broom.




Fast forward 2 and a half years and 2 kids later.  I walk in the living room this morning to get 23 month old Molly and bring her upstairs to get ready for church.  She is wearing her new pink princess pajamas. In her little fist she was grasping a lego clone trooper's hand that was holding a gun. She started to chase her brother as she pointed the centimeter long gun at him.  "DIE!" she yelled.  "DIE! DIE! DIE!"  



Her brothers think she is the coolest little sister ever.  I am thinking perhaps she could use a little sister.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Can You Come Outside to Play?



I am hosting a 30 Day Come Out and Play Challenge in the month of April for parents. Basically, we as parents  promise to play outside at least 30 minutes with our little ones EVERY DAY.  Rain Or Shine!  I would love to have you join us!  I have set up a separate blog, so that this one can stay about our family.    And invite your friends.  Details on how to join are found below.  But please click through and comment on the other blog to join the challenge.  If you already go outside with your kiddos everyday, join our group any way and share the fun things you do together! Inspire us!

*If you would like to accept the challenge to play outside EVERY DAY in the month of April, please comment on the Can You Come Outside to Play?  blog post and become a follower of that blog.   Also share your FAVORITE place to play outside as a child. At the end of April I will ask you to post again if you met the challenge.  There will be a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card. 

*We will share ideas throughout the month of April on how to reach this goal.  We will include books and blogs about the benefits of outdoor play. If you have a book or blog you think we should highlight, please message me at daniellescribner at juno.com. 

*Each week I will also host a "Weekly Virtual Play Date."   Something that we all do in our separate locations.  On Sundays, I will add a link-up where you can share pictures and blog posts about your outdoor play that previous week, if you wish.  This isn't required.   

*For it to count, I think the playtime should be at least 30 minutes total that day.  (Although much more would be ideal). At the end of the month you and your child(ren) will have been outdoors at least 900 minutes together!
 
*We will be reading books about outside for our Mommy and Me Book Club in April!  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

St. Patrick's Day 2011

St. Patrick's Day Learning Fun

  Sorting Rainbow Pom Poms,  Sensory Box, Rainbow Rice Bottles, Mommy and Me 

Leprechaun Trap

The boys worked so hard making their trap for the Leprechauns.  
Andrew thought it would be tricky to tell them it was their home.

Leprechauns Are Mischievous 

 Those sneaky guys turned our playroom upside down, opened our Lucky Charms, and even left a message for us with our toys!  The trap didn't work, but they left a note and some Rolos and 6 Gold Dollars. Andrew tried to convince me that 4 of them were his, and that 1 was Ryan's and 1 was Molly's dollar. 

Leprechauns at School

The Leprechauns ended up at Andrew's school while they were outside on the playground.  
I was "lucky" enough to be there at the same time and got to see the kindergartners cute reactions!

Fun With Food

We ate Lucky Charms for breakfast with green milk.  I packed Andrew a green lunch with a rainbow salad (we ate the same thing a home).  My sweet visiting teacher brought me yummy Irish bread that we enjoyed with green butter, green pesto pasta, salad, and green beans.  For dessert, Ryan and Molly helped me make a 6 layer rainbow cake.  It was so much fun!  Molly kept pointing to the cake and saying "My Pink Coc, Pink Coc."   

(Almost) Two Year Olds Are Also Mischievous 


I had planned another fun activity for St. Patrick's Day with Ryan and Molly.  We were going to sort and graph the marshmallows in the remainder of the Lucky Charms cereal.  I went upstairs for a moment and when I returned I found Molly with a lot of Luckies and NO CHARMS all over the kitchen counter.  Not that I blame her, the marshmallows are the very best part of the cereal. But I was amazed at how quickly she had accomplished this feat!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Before I forget

Just wanted to jot down a couple of funny things the kiddos said/did this week before I forget.

First, Molly.  She found a box of 86 crayons this week that an older brother had left out in the middle of the playroom floor.  When I found her, she was sitting with her back to me gently lifting one crayon out at a time, and then placing it back in.  I watched her do this 20-30 times.  Finally, she seemed to find the one she wanted.  She jumped up, ran over to me and declared "PINK!"  as she waved the crayon in the air, grinning ear to ear.  She grabbed my hand and pulled me to the kitchen. "PAPER?"  She sat happily and colored with her pink crayon for as long as an almost two year old does anything.  (She is also attempting to refuse to wear any clothes or bibs that are not pink). 

Ryan has also put a smile on my face this week.  Actually many times.  He is at the fun stage where so much of what comes out of his mouth is accidentally hilarious.  Here is part of our conversation we had this week about what to tell a policeman if you get lost.

Me-What is your Mommy's name?
Ryan-Aunt Danielle

Me-What is your Daddy's name?
Ryan-Chad Scribner

Me-Where do you live?
Ryan-North America.  That's where Alex and Masen live, too.  And Molly. 


And last of all Andrew.  Andrew is out of the stage where he mixes words up on a daily basis, but he is still pretty cute in his own right.  This morning he was playing with his super hero toys.  He was pretending to be a bad guy.  In his most threatening voice he demanded that the other bad guy do what he said, or else he would "Get NOTHING for CHRISTMAS but GIRLY TOYS, and that is ALL!"  I love that getting girly toys for Christmas was the worst possible punishment someone could receive. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Molly Climbs...well, EVERYTHING!

Molly is quite the little adventurer. She loves to climb on tables, counters, into sinks, and into tubs. Doors must stayed closed at all times, chairs must be kept on top of the table, and stools kept out of her reach. On a daily basis I find her somewhere she is not supposed to be. Like fully clothed squealing with delight in her brother's running shower, on the kitchen counter reaching for the knives in the cupboard, or outside in the middle of the trampoline. Every time I think I have Molly-proofed a room, she discovers new areas of her world to explore. Last week, we were nervous when we realized we had not heard Molly for a few minutes. This is what we discovered. She had pulled her chair over and was trying to climb into her bed herself. That is the kind of adventure I can whole heartedly support.