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Water fun

It wouldn’t be summer without water! These are some of our pool and spraypark adventures from this summer. These are from the Fircrest wading pool, the pool at the La Quinta Inn when mom and grandma came up, our pool at home and at Nonna’s, and the spraypark at Titlow.

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Torchlight parade 2013

Breanna enjoyed the torchlight parade this year. She danced and watched the floats and bands go by. I walked down to M.O.D. pizza again like we did last year and got pizzas for us to eat for dinner. And Breanna stayed awake through the whole parade. We didn’t stay until the end but pretty close to it. She loved the glow sticks I brought for her.

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Breanna at 21 months

Up to this point Breanna hasn’t really been interested in TV shows at all. I won’t let her watch too much TV but the shows she loves to watch are Mickey Mouse clubhouse and Sesame Street. When she wants to watch Sesame Street she will say “Elmo” over and over. When she wants to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse she will say “Meeshah” over and over. She will refer to both minnie and mickey when she sees them in the store as “Meeshah”. I think she gets this from when they say “Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse” on the show. She is also obsessed with playing with our iphones. She has toddler games and Disney jr on there and she loves to watch “meeshah” on the phone as well as play her games. Looking at pictures and watching videos of herself is also one of her favorite things to do on the phone.

Its summer now so there’s lot to do outside. We don’t have much of a yard in this house so we play on the deck. Breanna loves playing “owwsy” (outside). Probably her favorite things to do is blow bubbles or “bubbufs” as she calls them. She also loves playing in the water. We have two sand and water tables. One has just sand (which we keep downstairs in the garage) and the other we keep just water in upstairs on the deck. We also have a small pool we put out on the deck with a little slide going into it. She has played with both the water table and the pool almost everyday this summer.

Breanna is also really liking her baby dolls lately. We have to take baby everywhere we go. I think I will probably get her some baby clothes and diapers for her birthday or Christmas. I bought her a pajama set that is has a matching nightgown for her and her babydoll. She loves wearing this nightgown and loves to put the matching one on her baby.

She all of her baby teeth other than her two year molars and her hair is getting pretty long. She hasn’t had a haircut at all yet but I think I might take her in soon to get her hair evened out.

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Toddler activities

This website gives a list of 101 toddler activities that are pretty basic but helpful when you are trying to think of something to do.

http://counting-on-me.blogspot.com/2011/05/101-things-to-do-with-your-toddler.html

Craft type activities:
1. Ocean in a bottle
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2009/08/ocean-in-a-bottle.html

2. Toddler dot to dot
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2011/07/dot-to-dot-for-toddlers.html

3. Sticky paper collage
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2008/03/sticky-situations.html

4. Window painting
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2009/08/window-painting.html

5. Toddler lacing
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2011/01/homemade-toddler-lacing-activity.html

6. Threading pipe cleaners
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2011/11/friday-do-over-threading-pipecleaners.html

7. Hanging the alphabet (or colors)
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2008/03/hung-out-to-dry.html

8. Dropping popsicle sticks in a container
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2010/11/playing-the-slots.html

9. Filling a jar
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2010/08/friday-do-over-filling-a-jar.html

10. Putting caps and pompoms in a container
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2011/03/playing-the-slots-second-round.html

11. Fish for magnets in a bathtub using a small fishing pole with a magnet on the end

12. Edible finger paints
http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/07/edible-jello-finger-paints-recipe-babies.html

13. Toss bean bags into a laundry basket

14. Wash the dishes using a small bin, play dishes and a sponge

15. Make a bracelet with cut up straws

16. Use kitchen tongs and practice picking things up

17. Build with popsicle sticks and Velcro
http://sunshinydayswithkim.blogspot.com/2012/04/velcro-crafts-sticks.html

18. Put washable finger paints with water in a water bottle and let them spray things outside

19. Make a sensory bag
http://mamaot.com/2012/09/23/easy-sensory-bags-for-babies-and-toddlers/

20. Squeezy sidewalk chalk
http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/06/squeezie-sidewalk-chalk.html

21. Make a ball maze
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22. Finger painting in a Ziploc
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23. Play balloon paddle ball
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24. Build a fort

25. Have a tea party with stuffed animals and babies

26. Kiddy car wash
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27. Put stickers on a paper

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Trip to Dallas


To celebrate my birthday this year, Scott booked a trip for us to fly out and see Shawn in Dallas. Makayla came up on the train on Thursday after her last day of school. We flew out early Friday morning and we got in around dinner time. We were ready for some delicious southern food so we had BBQ at Rudy’s…yummy! Then on Saturday we went to Fort Worth and visited the stockyards. There was a cattle drive when we first got there, we went through a maze, checked out Billy Bobs, had hamburgers and milkshakes and shopped some of the souvenir stores. Sunday we visited the JFK memorial (very eerie but interesting seeing where JFK was shot. They have the spot on the road marked with an X and the place where Lee Harvey Oswald shot him at left just as it was with glass around it. The building was a school book depository). Then we drove to Lewisville lake and enjoyed the sun and splashed around in the warm water. On Monday we went to Six Flags and had a blast riding rides and playing games. Tuesday before we left we took the trolley to a nearby park and let Breanna play before we had to catch a plane back to Seattle. It was nice getting some hot weather in before returning to the rain!

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Verbal Explosion

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Breanna is 19 months old now and up until this point she hasn’t really formed any real words, just babble. Now all of a sudden she is repeating quite a few things we ask her to. Some of the words she is using now are sock, shoe, no, sissy, please, thank you, more, out, off, daddy, ma, nonna, nonno, hi, bye-bye, bird, ball, elmo, and cheese. Most of the signs she was using are now replaced by words but some of the signs she still uses are: all done and hungry. She’s also starting to mimic some of the hand motions in the songs we sing such as patty cake, itsy bitsy spider, three little monkeys, and the elephant song. This picture, by the way, is a picture of Breanna eating her first bowl of cereal with milk