Celebrating Spring

Spring is here, the sun is shining, and my kids are happy and healthy.  A mother couldn’t ask for much more.  Living in the Midwest, I welcome spring with open arms (especially after a long cold winter).  Spring is all about blossoms, wind chimes, raindrops, strawberries, watermelon, and chirping birds.  The warm weather has definitely brought a smile to my face and has allowed us to do more outdoor activities.

Recently we have been celebrating the sun in our backyard oasis by creating flower beds, water features, tire jumps, and sand tables. This is the first time I have had a backyard of my own and so far it’s amazing. Let the fun begin!

Digging, scooping, and pouring dirt in flower containers.

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DSC_0518Sisterly Love ~ Taking turns pushing Katharine in the swing.

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Little Helpers ~ Washing and hanging doll clothes on the porch.

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Water table and Popsicles

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Sprinkler Time ~ Kevin, a hammer and PVC piping.

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Pure enjoyment outdoors!

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Mail Time

Jacqueline and Elise LOVE receiving mail, and enjoy opening our mailbox to discover what the mailman has left.  Postcards, flyers, brochures, and magazines are all well liked, but ultimately they love letters that they can rip open.  Needless to say, I asked my creative mother to make individualized mailboxes and mailbags for the girls.  The final products are PRICELESS!  I have promised myself to set aside time each week to write to friends and family, while Jacqueline and Elise write/illustrate their cards.  Hopefully the art of writing letters to loved ones will stay with them forever.

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Creating Mother’s Day cards for Grandma Diane, Grandma Robin, and Aunt Mary.

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Rainy Day Fun

Twenty-four hours of rain is unprecedented for Jacqueline and Elise who love the outdoors.  Thankfully our basement did not flood compared to many houses in our area (our basement keeps me sane!).  Overall my girls had a wonderful day doing a lot of rainy day activities including shaving cream extravaganza, blueberry muffin making, tissue paper flower mosaics, water beads galore, and thunderstorm watching.  The only thing needed to make this a great day for the kiddos would have been hot chocolate with marshmallows (maybe tomorrow).

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Water Beads!

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Easter

Easter is always a joyful occasion, and this year we were able to spend the weekend in South Bend.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed seeing Grandma and Papa and made themselves at home within minutes of arrival.  Elise was beside herself when she received a “monkey bar” aka granola bar in her basket and Jacqueline discovered a new friend in cousin Jodi!  The Easter Bunny was generous with eggs and hid them in the front yard for the girls to find.  Jacqueline, Elise, and Caroline quickly discovered the joy of filling their baskets and enjoyed munching on their goodies the rest of the weekend.  Brunch was fantastic and was celebrated with several Aunt and Uncles!

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Finding Easter Eggs!

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Dyeing Eggs!

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Art Activities!

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Mud Pit

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Our backyard is currently one gigantic mud pit, so I have decided to embrace the mess and let the girls dig until their hearts content.  Elise was in her glory making mud pies, while Jacqueline searched for wiggly worms and ants.  They played together for over an hour scooping, pouring, and stirring.  Without a doubt, worth the mess!

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Little Acrobats

If they are not sleeping or eating, Jacqueline and Elise are climbing!  I have come to accept that the furniture in our house is an object to be climbed on and have therefore thrown my hands in the air of defeat.  With unbearably cold weather this winter, the girls have had little chance to run around outside.  Jacqueline and Elise have discovered their love of transforming our home into an indoor playground complete with ramps, obstacle courses, tunnels, and foam pits.  As a mother, I want to encourage curiosity and playful fun, but my furniture is surely taking a beating.  Please let summer be here SOON!

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Irish Week

St. Patrick’s Day has come early to the Sullivan household.  This week our art and cooking activities included SHAMROCKS, LEPRECHAUNS, RAINBOWS, RIBBONS, and the color GREEN!  I love all things Irish, and this is my way to subconsciously get my children to love Ireland later in life.

Day One ~ Sensory Table

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   Day Two ~Sensory Bottles (rainbow sand, sequins, alphabet letters, oil & water)

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Day Three ~ Shamrocks using dot paints and stickers

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Day Four ~ Letter Rainbows using tissue paper

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Day Five ~ Rainbow Pudding

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Day Six ~ Leprechauns using felt

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Day Seven ~ Counting, measuring, and making pictures using Froot Loops

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