Waiting... and...

MiniM.E. was a week late.  I thought I was doing a good job waiting one day after her due date...  I remember feeling so anxious and excited to meet her and to have her out, though looking back, there was no rush... having a newborn is way harder than anybody tells you.  Not that I wasn't overjoyed to be a mom for the first time and to be able to see her and hold her and cuddle her, but it was so different than I expected.

So this time around I am excited to have her make her debut, but mostly because I am gigantic and uncomfortable.  For the most part she can be as late as she likes because I still have a lot to get done before she arrives and MiniM.E. is still having a hard time with the school drop off and the more days she can go before the baby, the better.

Here's what we've been up to while waiting for the past week:

playground at the YMCA 

in a box
 Friday we went on our first school field trip to an apple orchard:

on the bus

trying to get a photo...

downtown playing in the leaves

Gram came to visit to help me get a few last things crossed off my to-do list.  Saturday we took MiniM.E. to Ellms again:
Moo Choo Train!

bouncy pillow

giant slide

chicken show 
Monday we tried a new sensory activity, galaxy slime.  We found the recipe here:
starting with blue and pink

after we realized we needed a smock, mixing it together. 


This was by far the longest lasting of our new inside activities and we've played with it every day since we made it!


Apple Picking: Take 2

A few weeks ago we went apple picking with our friends and had such a good time we decided to go again yesterday. This time we tried Saratoga Apple.  It didn't have the wooden playground or the goats and alpacas that Bowman's has, but surprisingly, the three girls hung in for much longer than expected.  MiniM.E. picked six or seven apples (twice as many as last time!) and the other two girls picked almost whole bags!  The apples were much lower on these trees so the girls could actually pick.  And the branches were so low that the girls were really into "apple houses" and had a great time playing in the trees and making piles of dried grass clippings.

After our apple picking morning, we stopped back at one of our friend's houses for some kitten cuddles.  MiniM.E. loves Pico and has been wanting to see him pretty much every day since we kitten-sat a few weeks ago.  She even picked out a present for him last time we stopped at Petsmart to watch the puppies get hair cuts.  He is a pretty cute kitten.  Here his is playing in the water while the girls washed their hands in the sink.

In other news, MiniM.E. had a SUPER day at preschool today... despite the fact that it was a pretty rough morning full of "please don't make me go"s and "but I just want to stay with Mommy"s.  At least she's doing really well while she's there, and being at preschool has definitely brought her out of her shell a little.  We just have to get over the anxiety of getting there... 


Ellms Family Farm

This weekend was the much anticipated opening of Ellms Family Farm.  I'm pretty sure MiniM.E. has been looking forward to the opening of Ellms since it closed last fall.  She talked about it all winter, all spring ("the snow is melting, is Ellms open?"), and all summer.

I think it lived up to her expectations.  As for me, it was a lot more walking up and down hills than I remember, though the last time we were there I was not carrying around a full-term baby, which might have had something to do with my exhaustion and confusion as to why we never had to buy $3 bottles of water last year.

I've already promised her we will go back next weekend.  It was that good.

MiniM.E. had her whole day planned out before we got there: "First I want to do the Moo Choo Train.  Then the bouncing pillow.  The zip line, but I only want to go on the yellow one.  Then the roller coasters..."

We ended up at the zip line first, but only because it was on the way to the Moo Choo and there was no one to drive it yet.  (Did I mention we were the first ones there??)

A quick roller coaster ride for the same reason...

And then the MooChoo.  I was the designated photographer because its a bumpy ride... no need to have a baby in a cow car...

Then the jumping pillow.  MiniM.E. needed Daddy's help last year, but this year she quickly wanted to do it by herself.  All the practicing at gymnastics and on Gram and Grumpy's trampoline paid off!

We met up with some friends since Ellms was the place to be over the weekend, though at a place with so much to offer it's hard to keep three toddlers entertained with the same activity at the same time...
at least we walked together for a bit

MiniM.E. wasn't even ready to leave when it was time to go, but Mommy and Daddy were exhausted. More from Ellms next weekend...


Inside Activities

While there have been a lot of nice days lately, we've also come across a few cool rainy ones.  And MiniM.E. is so spent after preschool that we needed some down-time activities.  I'm also trying to test out fun ideas that are simple to set up and might entertain us on a rainy day or that I can sit and supervise without too much intervention, say, if I have to nurse a baby...

So here are a couple things we've done recently.

Milk, Food Coloring & Soap:

This is so easy and tons of fun.  Kept MiniM.E. entertained for about 2 minutes per batch... was hoping for 15, but maybe we'll get there...

Fill bottom of container with whole milk.

Add drops of liquid food coloring.

Swirl toothpick in dish soap and watch everything move!


Rainbow Bubbles:

This took longer to prep than I expected and requires a mixer, which MiniM.E. did not like because of the noise.  But it was worth it for the 30 minutes of play time in our master bath.

Mix 1/4 cup water, 2 Tbs. dish soap and liquid watercolors in a mixer, dump into big container, play where the mess is contained.