Thursday, April 24, 2008

FCOC Kids site

Since I've managed to put together the Toddler Celebrations site and blog, I decided it wasn't too hard, and I could handle a blog for work, too. In case you're interested, here's the link to the new FCOC Kids website:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Landon celebrated by coloring a picture of a raccoon recycling using blue and green crayons, markers, and chalk. And look! He's wearing green! (Okay, that was purely coincidental.)

And then he wore some "I love the ocean" jammies to bed. That was coincidental, too, but once I realized how appropriate they were for the day, I had to take a picture. And this one makes me laugh, because I think it looks like he's doing the Twist.

As for me, I spent the day researching the many dangers of plastic toys and the benefits of more earth-friendly wood/cloth ones. It turns out that it's all rather overwhelming. Too bad I didn't know all this before I accumulated two years' worth of toys. Sigh. I'm choosing not to stress about it too much, though.

Monday, April 21, 2008


This is just a bit of typical Landon for you:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A tour of some of Landon's favorite things

Today we have the nicest weather so far this spring. We were supposed to be hosting playgroup at our house, but no one showed today. But since I had the backyard all set up for outdoor play, and we had plenty of time carved out for playing, Landon and I spent a good part of the morning outside. One thing we did was take a walk around the parking lot adjacent to our house. Here is are photos of some of his favorite things to see on our walks:

First off, we have the church bus. Landon loves to look at the bus. We hear, "Go see da blue bus?" a lot.

"And what's that he's holding?" you say? It's his flag hat, of course! Grandma and Papa bought that for him last week. It lights up even. The reason that they bought it is that Landon is American flag-obsessed. When we drive, he points out each one: "American flag! 'Nother American flag. Diff-ent American flag! More flag?" Actually, I think that Landon picked out the hat himself. Quite the treasure, isn't it?

This red trailer is next to the blue bus. Usually Landon doesn't care much about it, but today he was very interested in it.

Usually there's a dog that we look at when we walk, but today we skipped that part and went straight for the stop sign at the back of the parking lot.

Today Landon even had a hug for the stop sign. He wanted to kiss it, too, but I stopped that one. He also wanted to hug a passing van and some trash. I had to say no to both of those requests, too.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Rainbow cloud

Landon's been under the weather since Saturday; he's got a cold and/or is teething or maybe both. However, we managed to work together on this project. It took two days because of his sad state, but here it is:

Directions for this project are on the Spring page of

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Kite flying

We grilled tonight for the first time this year. While our Lemon-Butter Pork Steaks were cooking, we got out Landon's kite that Grandma Rita bought him a few weeks ago. We didn't have much luck getting it up in the air--not surprising, since there was only a light breeze--but it was fun to try.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Finger painting

Here are some pictures of Landon finger painting tonight for the first time. I made the paint with 1/4 cup laundry starch and 1+ Tbsp. powdered tempera paint. I won't use that recipe again. It was thinner than I would have liked, plus it occured to me afterward that letting my toddler play with laundry starch wasn't the best idea. Fortunately, he didn't try to taste it. I looked around online tonight and found recipes involving corn starch or flour instead, so next time I'll try one of those.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Playing outside pictures

Landon and I were able to spend time outside this morning. We blew bubbles and played with chalk.
When Tony came home for lunch, he pushed Landon on the glider on the new swingset a bit.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Warm weather

Hooray for warm weather! Landon and I got to spend a good hour outside today. His swingset is up, so he did some swinging. We also spent lots of time just walking around. He likes to go see the blue church bus, a dog that lives in a neighboring yard, and a nearby stop sign, so we hit all those spots. Tomorrow's supposed to be another nice day, so maybe I'll get pictures of the swingset tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

MOMS Club and Today's Playgroup

Landon and I are joining a new MOMS Club that is starting up in our area. See for more information. I'm very excited about it!

Today at playgroup, Landon got to decorate a styrofoam cup and plant tomato seeds in it. We'll see if anything grows!