Monday, May 20, 2013

Everything and Nothing

Well hello all!  Sharing a few pics from the past few days.  Kenny took the girls camping over the weekend and the girls were worried that I would feel lonely.

So they filled half of my bed with their "friends" to keep me company.  Lucky me.  :)  They made me promise to look after them all and keep them in my bed so I slept among stuffed dogs, monkeys, and of course - several pandas.  

Speaking of ... when I saw this shirt at Gap I knew a certain someone had to have it.  :)

Kole loves to have complete access to the girls stuff when they're gone.  The monkey backpack works for school, but when he's home his real favorite is this old pink backpack of Ad's.  I always smile when he puts it on and starts marching around the house.  It's almost as big as he is.

He's hiding from me in this picture.  I love it.  :)  This has got to be one of my favorite things about toddlers - when they close and cover their eyes and think you can't see them anymore.  It just never gets old to me.    
  

When Kole wasn't messing with the girls things he started a new little trick.  Putting all of his toys (along with a few towels and blankets) into one huge pile on the playroom couch.  I can only handle so many messes like this one before my skin begins to itch.  :)  So after a while I took him in the backyard for one of my favorite toddler activities.  If you have a toddler, take notes...
Get a bucket and a paint brush.  Add a little water to the bucket and teach your little one how to "paint" the wall.  This is my favorite way to occupy a toddler in the summer time.  They love it.  And by the time the wall is finished the water has started drying so it's time to start again!  I told him what a great painter he was and thank you so much for all of the help.  He was in heaven and I was able to get the dishes done and watch him from the kitchen window.  Score for both of us.  


My girls used to do this for hours when they were little too.  :)

Of course a little organizing was in order.  The kids' bathroom cupboards were getting cluttered again.

 So I cleaned them. 

I wish I could show you some "after" pics of my scrapbook space but I'm afraid I went a bit crazy and only made the mess in that room even bigger.  :)  It always gets worse before it gets better, right!?

We met friends at the park tonight for dinner and I brought a fruit salad and my favorite fruit dip.  I've shared this before, but thought I'd post it again in case anyone missed it.  Because if you missed it and haven't tried it yet, well, I just think that's a true tragedy.  It is GOOD.

Whip together:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme
2 teaspoons of Maraschino Cherry juice

Perfect for summer BBQ's!  Love this time of year.

K.  That was a bit of a random post!  Everything and nothing.  Works for me. 

:)

13 comments:

Cathy's World said...

Hey Erin. I love the Panda shirt. Perfect for a panda lover!! Don't you love when you find that perfect thing when you shop.

As usual, Kole is so adorable. He looks so much like kenny. I can't help but want to give him a huge squeeze through the computer.

I am making that fruit dip this weekend. I always use the Jet Puffed alone with strawberries. Excited to try this one. Sounds like a great summer time dip.

xoxo

Julie said...

Marshmallow cream?! I don't think it's made it Downunder! Sounds fab though....perhaps I could pop some marshmallows in the microwave and see what happens?? Sounds like you had a lovely evening. Here the fire is blazing and it's raining outside and I'm already dreaming of summer! xx

Jennifer said...

Hi Erin...

That is so sweet that they left you the stuffed animals to keep you company....they love their mama! :-)

Lynnsey said...

Ahh great post! Will try that recipe! That BBQ looks good!

LOVE the water paint idea! That one is going into motion very soon! We don't have a brick retaining wall like you do, but do have stone pavers - I wonder if he will tire of painting the ground? We'll see!

Hollie said...

Love the post! And Kole just makes me smile :). I'm going to try the "painting" with my kids!

Erin said...

Thanks everyone! Lynnsey and Hollie you'll have to let me know how the "painting" goes. Always a big hit around here! :)

Karen A said...


I'm going to have to try the "painting" the wall thing with my kids. I know they'll love it. :)

Angela said...

I love the water painting idea! I will have to try that with my girls this summer. They love to paint with real paint but its such a pain having to get everything set up and then cleaned up.

Simply LKJ said...

The panda shirt is adorable. Must try the dip, haven't had Fluff in years!! Kole is just the cutest.

Hanna Lei said...

That's so cute about the stuffed animals Hanna

Abby said...

Haha the wall painting made me laugh out loud! Great idea :)

Becky said...

The wall painting - genius! Thanks for the fruit dip, too!!

Nicole said...

You're awesome! Your posts always inspire and put a smile on my face!