Monday, February 27, 2017

Bluebird Gap Farm

We had a very warm weekend recently and decided to head down to Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton off of a friend's recommendation. Randomly we ended up pulling into the parking lot at the exact same time as some of our friends, totally unplanned. We had both been inspired to visit by the same friend. The farm itself was kind of surprising because we turned off the interstate, traffic in every direction, in the middle of downtown Hampton right next to the Coliseum, but the directions said the farm was in 0.4 miles. Sure enough, there is a little farm smack dab in the middle of the city.

The farm had animals that you could see, pet, and feed, including horses, llamas, goats, emus, ponies, peacocks, chickens, turkeys, turtles, sheep, and all kinds of birds.

They had a great playground that the girls enjoyed, but Eleanor did take a little spill off a swing. She recovered well, though.

We had brought a picnic lunch and there were plenty of benches, places to lay a blanket, and covered areas to eat. We even saw a family setting up for a birthday party. It was a great outing for the morning and Eleanor loved visiting the farm.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

How babies get in bellies (the 3.5 year old edition)

I shared this conversation on Instagram the other day but figured I would put it here, too. I was chatting with Eleanor one morning and she was talking about her sister (we had been listening to our favorite sister-song):

Eleanor: "..and then Jane came out of your belly and said, 'Hi, big sister!' But wait! Mama, how did Jane get into your belly?"

Me: "Umm, well, sometimes moms and dads pray really hard for a baby and sometimes God gives them one."

Eleanor: "So does that mean me and Jane were up there?" (pointing up at the sky)

From there our conversation rapidly deteriorated into hospitals where people poke holes in your belly and you push babies out. This girl has a very serious but logical imagination. Anyway, we are entering new territory here rapidly and I'm not sure we're ready for it!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

We celebrated a bit late this year because I had to work on Valentine's Day, but it is so sweet that Eleanor is really getting into the holidays now. Chris wrote the girls notes and put them in cute little mailboxes from the hot spot at Target along with some candy hearts (that Eleanor snuck into her bed at nap time and ate the entire box while we were unaware). I made the girls heart-shaped pink pancakes in the morning, which was fun, too. That night, we had our traditional meal of french toast for dinner. It was a fun day!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Charter Day weekend

February has started out as a very calm month for us but it is quickly picking up steam. This past weekend was Charter Day weekend at William & Mary (Happy 324th birthday!) and also the annual Gold Rush game, which is a game that tries to encourage everyone to come and wear gold to support the Tribe. Chris was pretty busy Friday and Saturday but we also had a friend's first birthday party to go to, so we stayed busy, too. Their theme happened also to relate to basketball, so it was a very basketball-filled weekend for us. Jane was surprisingly very into basketball, something Eleanor has not shown a ton of interest in playing so far. She spent almost the entire party at the hoops.

From there we headed straight to a basketball alumni gathering before the big game. The girls obviously didn't care and were "drawing up plays" on the board in the room.

From there we headed straight to the game, which was a great game. We won! Jane, having had to skip her nap, lost her mind about half way through before promptly passing out. Needless to say it was a very early bed time that night.

Monday, February 13, 2017

"Winter" weather

We've had very labile weather here recently. We had cold, rainy days, then a day or two where the weather was up in the 70s, and then the next day snow flurries and wind. It has been hard keeping up with getting everyone dressed in the morning because I never know whether someone needs to be wearing a jacket or shorts! The other day, we went on a long walk through the woods and Eleanor insisted on picking out her own outfit.

I think I'm not the only one getting a little confused. Shorts and a tank-top along with a winter hat and boots...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Daniel 2:20

Our church's preschool program teaches the kids a Bible verse each month. This month, Eleanor's verse is Daniel 2:20. This video is just for fun, some of the little girls got up on the stage after church last week and wanted to do their verse together. You can tell the girls on the right are all in preschool classes and the girls on the left are all in the nursery classes but just wanted to get involved. Jane tries so hard to be a big girl - watch her walk up and start clapping!

Anyway, enjoy. Eleanor also does this verse as a song AND in a robot voice.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Eleanor is getting big

I was feeling nostalgic the other day about Eleanor getting so big, because that day, she was acting so big! While there are a handful of things that still make me feel she is small (naps, tantrums, whining), there are lots of things that make me face the fact every day that she is growing up. She never asks for help putting her shoes on (though occasionally they are on the wrong feet), she can go out and check the mail by herself, and the other day she asked me if she could make her and Jane a snack after naps. I got out the things she asked me to get out and then she wouldn't let me touch a thing while she made their snacks. I did end up having to do a bit of clean up at the end, but I was quite impressed that she made quick oatmeal for herself and her sister.

Then, later that day she was playing with her chalkboard and I asked her if she wanted to write her name. She said yes so I explained how she has to write her letters each after the other so it's in the right order to make her name. Then she actually wrote her name! I was shocked. I honestly didn't think she could do it, I was just asking and then she did it. She still doesn't actually know all of her letters but she knows all the letters in her own name and how to spell her name (and Jane's) out loud. Her 'N' is backwards, but otherwise a very impressive first effort!

Sweet girl, you're getting so big!