Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rolling in Newsprint is Underrated

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our Wild and Crazy Home Daycare

The older kids and I thought it would be fun to make Fruit Loop necklaces a few weeks ago. Like usual, I conducted the activity separately with the little guys in the morning. They were all very much into putting one Fruit Loop on their necklace. And then their work was done. Or perhaps, for them, the task just changed to the better option: snacking.

Riley and Noah took a little more time with their necklaces in the afternoon...but did devour them quite quickly after completing them. Mmmmmm....edible jewelry.

We had been waiting for some good puddles to splash in and finally got our wish one day at Lithuania Park.

Thomas and Leila in particular enjoyed stomping around in various puddles.

Oh what fun! :)

Another day, we got out the easel to paint some masterpieces.

Amadea, as usual, was the most enthused participant. She has quite the focus for a 20-month-old!

She became inspired to paint on a different surface, her arm.

It is a very deep concept, but I believe what she is saying is "I am art." Look out for her work at the AGO, in years to come. ;)

Noah opted out of this activity but princess Riley was very engrossed in her work. She is so sweet. Often, when I say, "I can't wait to hang your art work up!", she'll say, "I want to bring it to my mama." Even better.

We have been hanging out at our usual stomping grounds, Lithuania Park, on a daily basis.

Noah can now propel himself a little on the swing, which keeps him going for a long time after a big push.

Leila and Amadea are trying to master the playground, and improving every day. I wonder how many new skills they will have by the end of the summer!

A Leila sandwich hug.

Unbelievably cute. All of them.

Here are the little guys doing Play Dough together in the morning. And here they are congregating under our dining room table. 

The following photo was taken when Noah and Riley went on a play date one evening to High Park. King and Queen of cool. ;)

The little guys often come to hang out with me in the kitchen, when I am washing dishes and cleaning up after snack. Again, just so cute I couldn't not take a picture, especially with Thomas sporting a Mr. Potato Head mouth. (He is crazy about that toy, by the way!)

We brought water balloons to the park on some particularly hot days, since the wading pools aren't open yet, and at this point, the water fountains hadn't even been turned on. As you can see, the younger ones are perplexed and frightened by this activity, which for the older boys, consisted of squeezing a water balloon over one's head until it pops.

Okay, apart from her future career as an artist, I am also convinced that Amadea has a calling in the fashion world. She loves trying things on, especially shoes. All shoes.

The bigger kids always climb up the dirt hill on the way back from Lithuania Park, while the younger ones travel in the wagon. I guess Leila is becoming a big girl, because she now insists on walking home, though she needs a little help to get to the top.

Check this out. No words needed.

One morning, these crazy kids were having a ball playing with Noah's umbrella and managed not to poke each other's eyes out. I call that a successful morning!

And finally, we have the kids playing in the dirt at Noah's school. They were so quiet and focused for some time. I loved watching them so content...the whole group working side by side.

I leave you with the budding artist, and her presentation titled "Yogurt on Skin". Actually, someone noted that it may be an undiscovered beauty treatment. Either way, it's surely a revolutionary idea.

Oh - yes, let me also include a video I captured of the creative process. It is just too adorable. Plus, I just love the part near the end where Leila discovers a piece of a pita-cream cheese sandwich (apparently dropped there after our outside time about a half our earlier) in her dolly's crib. Classy. :) 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

High Park Cherry Blossom Field Trip

 So, we went on an adventure to see the Cherry Blossoms at High Park last week. We kept referring to our destination as "the magical forest", which it really does feel like when the cherry blossoms are at their prime. The whole way there, Riley and Thomas kept pointing at trees and saying, "Is this the magical forest, Charla?" It was the cutest thing. We were probably a day before the best viewing time, but since Thursday and Friday were not pleasant days, I'd say we picked the best day!

We quickly moved on, however, to see the swan's nest.

 The children got to see it up close. I have personally never seen an amazing thing like this from such a close distance. We were all in awe. It wasn't long, though, until the children took an even bigger interest in the ducks swimming around the swan's nest. In the picture below, the kids have followed the ducks along the bank to get a better look at them. Leila though, I think, is still in awe of the swans. :)

 Here is a rare event, where I got to join the children for a photograph!

We sauntered back home, still in time for naps. I couldn't believe that Amadea stayed awake for this entire trip!

I am adding these random pictures below to the post because....well....I couldn't not add them!

This picture of Amadea is probably my all-time favourite of her. So beautiful.

Oh, and my apologies for how out of date this one is, but it must be posted. Aren't the big kids so great, pushing the little guys in the swings? Also, I get a good laugh when I look at Amadea and the rice cake hanging out of her mouth. It is especially funny to me because these kids are ALWAYS eating when we are outside! They have bottomless stomachs!

And here is Noah and a little butterfly doing Lego. (Oops, I can almost hear her now, saying "They're not butterfly wings Charla. They're fairy wings.)

The two pictures below were taken in a rare moment when the kids were all relaxing on the couch together. They were listening to the Lion King audio cd, and Noah is following along in the book.

Here are Riley and Thomas on one of our many hiking trips behind Lithuania Park. They always ask me to photograph them sitting on this same log. :)

We had a wonderful visit from one of our alumni, Oscar. He and Thomas were very good buddies back in the day. It was nice for them to reconnect!

Behold the window washer: aka Spiderman. You don't see this every day, folks. 

And finally, this picture I took today just melted my heart! You're welcome for making your day. ;)