A List Maker's Life: February 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

My Baby?!

Two Celebrations…Too Fun!

Two Pieces of Cake…Too Yummy!

Two Bitty Baby Outfits…Too Cute!
Two Tu-Tus…Too Fancy!

Two Play Food Additions in a NEW Kitchen…Too Lucky!
Two “Big Kid Beds” in One Room…Too Unpredictable!

Two Years…Too Fast!

Birthday Girl…Too Sweet!

Sunday, February 17, 2008


Fresh, clean, and updated...

Stepping out of the shower onto a shiny, new floor...

White wayne's coating to replace tiled walls...

Having my husband home to complete my "honey-do" list...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

It was fun to read Gavin’s first valentines from his friends. It is amazing how many of the characters portrayed on valentines are repeats from our own childhood favorites. (Almost all of them, except for the delightful SHREK cards Gavin chose to hand out...ugh!)

Taken from the cartoon cards, here are some heart day wishes for you to try on your sweetie…
~ Fill your day with laughter (Care Bears)
~ Shine like a star, wherever you are (Ariel)
~ You are a super chick (Hmmm… these are the cards a little boy gets only because the valentines are addressed to “My Friend" instead of individual names.)
~ Have a Wonkalicious Valentines Day
~ Swinging by to say “Hi!” (Spiderman)
~ Thumbs Up, It’s Valentine’s Day (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…still???)
~You’re a sparkling good friend (Cinderella)
~ Reaching out to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day (Power Rangers)
~ Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouseka-Friend (Mickey Mouse)
~ Nothing like a valentine to bring out the bounce in you (Tigger)
~ It Must Be Puppy Ruv! (Scooby Doo)
~ You’re Enchanting (Barbie)

If those sayings won't cut it for your Valentine, perhaps you would prefer to borrow Anne Hope's line... "Peek-a-boo! I Love You!"

Friday, February 8, 2008

"Traveler's City"

Thanks to a very generous gift, we just returned from a wonderful winter get away at Great Wolf Lodge! Gavin was so excited on the ride there he could hardly stand it. Having seen the lodge commericial several times he happily sang, "Goin' to the Lodge!" He would stop singing to exclaim, "But Mama! But Mama! Are we in Traveler's City yet?" You can see he very literally interpreted the name Traverse City. (He also announced to our Pizza Hut server that the restaurant would be more appropriately named "Pizza Hot!" When she delivered our pizza and explained not to touch it he said, "Now, that is what I'm talking about...Pizza Hot!")
Anyway...we had a great time together and were happy to miss the snow storm that appears to have hit the rest of Michigan on Wednesday and Thursday!

While we were at the lodge we enjoyed:
1) storytime with Wiley the Wolf at the singing tree house
2) MagiQuest - an interactive & magical game
3) waterpark splashing, swimming, tubing, and more
4) a visit to The Traverse City Pie Company
5) a woodsy playland
6) arcade games
7) warm, humid (82 degree) air
8) sleeping a little longer than normal
9) a break from homework and house projects
10) being together as a family

Saturday, February 2, 2008


This morning we went to the Fennville Children's Museum. They hosted a birthday party for Elmo.
During the party the kids did several fun activities:
1) "limboed" with Elmo
2) played parachute games
3) sang Sesame Street songs
4) delivered handmade birthday cards to Elmo
5) ate birthday cupcakes
6) posed for pictures with Elmo
7) brought home a goodie bag of Elmo surprises
It was a cute event and the kids seemed to have a good time. However, Gavin figured out quite quickly, "That Elmo is just a man!" Anne Hope, on the other hand, truly believed he was THE fuzzy monster and wanted to stay as far away from Elmo as possible!

Friday, February 1, 2008

"Ball Class"

This winter Gavin and Kevin are participating in a program called "Start Smart" through the Holland Recreation Program. The purpose of the class is for 3-4 year olds and their parents to begin working together on the basic skills in all sports: throwing, hitting, catching, and kicking. There are coaches at each center helping the kids learn the correct form and position for each of these skills.

Last night's agenda included:
*warm up stretches & jumping jacks
*station 1: batting practice off a tee
*station 2: stopping & scooping up ground balls
*water break
*station 3: underhand tossing with Koosh balls
*station 4: stopping a moving soccer ball and kicking it back to a partner
*hop, skip, sprint races

I was glad to be able to get away from my Thursday night classwork for a bit to see the guys in action. Fun! Gavin seems to really enjoy his participation in this program and I am quite sure Kevin enjoys being there with him.