Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Picking Strawberries

     I had wanted to go berry picking for a while, but Jen's post on Southern Amor, inspired me to do it sooner rather than later.    I took each of the babies out into the fields individually for their first berry picking experience.  It was wonderful for them to learn firsthand where strawberries come from.

Grayson had fun gathering berries

and Capri shared his delight.


Ryder took in his whole surroundings at close range


while Xayden had eyes only for the strawberry.


The farm fresh berries were a special treat.

    The berry picking adventure was so much fun.  Afterwards, we eyed the calendar and made plans to return to pick other fruits and vegetables when they are in season.  I think the raspberries are calling my name...  Have you gone to a farm to pick produce?  I would love to hear your stories.  As always, comments are welcome.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Parade

     We took the babies to a Memorial Day parade so that they could enjoy the sights and sounds of the festivities and remembrance.  The warmth outside was visible in their flushed faces and the glisten of sunscreen.  They enjoyed seeing the decorated cars, fire trucks and horses. 

The parade got off to a great start with an amazing fly over.

Boy Scouts in full uniform marched along the route.

Grayson looked overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it all

while Ryder appeared fascinated.

The Red Hat Ladies made an appearance on a passing military vehicle

which was followed by a message of remembrance.

The babies enjoyed the colorful flags

 and beautiful horses

Capri and Xayden watched with interest

as girls in sparkly costumes twirled batons


and a talented young band energized the crowd.

     When the parade was over, the babies fell asleep in the car on the way home.  I imagine their dreams danced with images of horses, cars and marching bands.  What did your family do over the long weekend?  I would love to hear your stories.  As always, comments are welcome.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mini Ice Cream Cones


     Grandma and Grandpa gave the babies a special after dinner treat.  I had never seen such tiny ice cream cones.  They are perfect for toddlers or anyone who wants a little taste of decadence.  While the babies are all the same age, they have such different personalities and approaches to things.  It was fun for us to watch how each one responded to the mini ice cream cones.

Ryder started with a tentative taste

while Xayden held nothing back.

Capri savored it slowly

while Grayson's ice cream disappeared in record speed.

     The babies do not have a lot of sugar in their diet and generally do not have any right before bed.  The ice cream gave them a colosal burst of energy.  Grandpa entertained Ryder and Xayden after dessert.

They found Grandpa to be hilarious.

     It took a while to get the babies settled down after their sugar high.  The fun with ice cream was worth the mayhem that ensued afterwards.  Next time, they will have this treat earlier in the day.  What desserts does your family enjoy?  I would love to hear your stories and ideas.  As always, comments are welcome.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book Reviews and Giveaway--Paris Goes to San Francisco and Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe

     When I was approached by the publisher of young authors, Paris Morris and Liberty Morris to review their books, I was intrigued.  Paris, now in middle school, wrote her first book at the age of eight and has since written several more children's books.  She stars in the books along with her twin sisters and her parents.  Paris is mentioned in a Forbes article on young entrepreneurs. Liberty, her nine year-old sister who is also one of the twins, authored Paris Goes to San Francisco.    The newest travel series is about the adventures Paris has with her family as they visit different destinations.

      Paris Goes to San Francisco is about a day in the city with Paris and her family.  Various landmarks and activities are brought to life with educational facts and colorful illustrations.  This would be a great book to get before travelling to San Francisco to teach your children about the city so they can identify with Paris and her sisters as they visit the same destinations.  If you are a parent of young twins, they would enjoy seeing books with twins as regular characters. 

     Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe chronicles Paris's family adventures as they visit Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas.  This book gives young readers information about many activities they can enjoy in the Lake Tahoe area, from rafting to snowboarding.  It demonstrates that Paris has a strong bond with her immediate and extended family.  She mentions several family members, including her aunt and uncle who take the kids out for a boat ride while Paris joyfully rides behind in an inner tube.

Grayson loved Paris Goes to San Francisco by Liberty Morris

while Xayden enjoyed Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe by Paris Morris.

     The travel series is great for engaging imagination in your children as they join Paris and her family for sight seeing and fun activities.  It would be exciting to talk to your kids about how the authors of the books became published when they were still in elementary school.  It may inspire your  kids to follow their own dreams no matter how young they are.  It is amazing what kids can accomplish when they believe in themselves and have supportive families.

Ryder could not wait to turn the page

 while Capri pointed at two pictures at once. 

     The babies enjoyed the colorful illustrations and listening to the stories. They are still too young to understand the stories, but some day they will identify with Paris and her family as our family goes to Lake Tahoe and San Francisco.  There are some great free coloring pages on  It will be fun for your kids to read the stories in the books and then color the characters on the coloring pages.  The publisher has generously offered one copy of Paris Goes to Lake Tahoe and one copy of Paris Goes to San Francisco for a Capri + 3 giveaway.  You can visit their store to see all of the selections and gear.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baby Pool Fun


     We have been spending time with Grandma and Grandpa who are wonderful with the babies.  They bought them a tiger baby pool to enjoy at their house.  The babies had a wonderful time splashing around.  A few plastic containers and bowls were very entertaining.  They also had fun with the bath toys they received at the dentist's office after their check-up.

Capri liked playing with the fish

and Grayson loved just being wet.

Ryder dumped water on his head

and found it to be quite amusing.

Grandpa and Grandma enjoyed watching the babies

as they played in the water.

Xayden smiled as he frolicked in the pool.

     Spending time with Grandpa and Grandma has been so much fun.  The babies enjoy the special love and attention.  Has your family been spending time in the water this spring?  I would love to hear your stories and ideas.  As always, comments are welcome.  

Friday, May 18, 2012

First Time at the Dentist


    If you read my post about brushing teeth, you know I brush and floss the babies' teeth three times a day, every day.  After doing this routine since January,  it was time to take them to their first pediatric dental visit.  It was nice that their pediatric dentist also happened to be their uncle.

The 'fun' on Grayson's shirt was not mirrored on his face as he awaited his check-up.

 Xayden and Ryder cautiously eyed the waiting room

 and decided they liked the friendly alligator on a nearby seat.

 Grayson experienced his first cleaning with trepidation

 while Xayden was pretty mellow about the whole visit.

 Capri's terror was evident on her face

 and Ryder was happy as long as his mouth was closed.

     I was pleased with the absence of cavities.  It made the twelve times a day routine feel worthwhile. While the babies did not enjoy having their teeth inspected and cleaned, they were cooperative with the process.  I learned about 'lap to lap' dental care.  Small children sit on the lap of their caregiver while they lean back onto the lap of the dentist or hygienist.  I had pictured them lying in a dental chair like an adult or bigger child.  They would have been swimming and possibly flailing in such a big chair.  Lap to lap is a great idea.  What experiences have you or your families had at the dentist?  I would love to hear your stories. As always, comments are welcome.  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mother's Day Weekend Fun


     On Mother's Day morning, I awoke to the music of the babies babbling contentedly, beckoning me to greet them. My mother made delicious cinnamon muffins while my dad and husband made scrambled eggs and prepared fresh fruit. After a taste of raspberry champagne and play time with the babies, we headed to my aunt and uncle's house for lunch.

Their Mother's Day table was beautiful.

     I  have always cut the babies' food into small bites.  I know they are ready to transition to bigger bites, but it is a little scary for me.  My cousin, Ashley, who has a son the same age as the babies convinced me that they were ready for slices of watermelon.  I took the plunge and let them try it.  They were thrilled.  Then my aunt decided that they should enjoy cupcakes and enjoy they did.  

Xayden had a two-fisted approach to his watermelon

while Capri concentrated on one piece at a time.

Grayson started out neat and tidy

and then got messier

and messier.

Ryder wore his cupcake all over his face 

before getting cleaned up and cuddling with cousin Reid.

Then, cousin Ashley introduced Xayden to the pool

and Grandma enjoyed watching the kids in the water.

Capri played with a yellow ring

while Reid and Grayson splashed around.

Cousin Ireland enjoyed a toss in the air from her Dad

as Ryder sat on the steps and watched.

     It was a wonderful Mother's Day spent with family.  For those of you who have read our story, you know that simply being a mother, for me, is the most incredible gift of all.  I used to have a tinge of sadness each Mother's Day as we struggled to start our family.  Now, I appreciate the symphony of the babies' voices and bask in the warmth of their smiles.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I would love to hear your stories.  As always, comments are welcome.

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