Archive for November, 2010

The Tradition Continues

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

In case you didn’t know, Ben and I graduated from Western Kentucky University (three times for me actually) where the mascot is Big Red (basically a big red blob with a huge mouth)!  Everyone, at some point or another in their WKU career have a photo op with Big Red.  Here is a picture from my glory days.


Over Thanksgiving, we decided to head to a WKU basketball game.  Mikayla loved watching all the people and playing with the pom-poms from a little girl behind us.  Even though it was well past her bedtime and went into double overtime, she still had a blast.  However, I would say her favorite part of the game was meeting Big Red.  After she got up close with him and took her picture she kept pointing to him around the gym.  It was so sweet!

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I think she was trying to figure out why his mouth was so big!

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Silly faces!

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Hanging with Grandpa.

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Checking out the pom-poms!  Notice her cutey Big Red clip!

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After Big Red, I would say popcorn was the highlight of her night!

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Watching the action with Grandma!

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Guess Who??

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I bet you can’t guess who is lurking in the cabinet? 

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Any guesses yet?  Here is a clue:  She is the cutest blue eye, blond headed 18.5 month old…

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Peek A Boo!  I see you!

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As Mikayla would say, "Mor" or in English "more"!

November 019This child is starting to get a bit of a pot belly! 

This has become one of Mikayla’s new favorite games.  Along with snack, candy, chips and of course reading her books.  Can you tell daddy stays at home with her?  Just kidding, I am pretty sure I indulge in her requests as much as (if not more than) Ben!  Here are some more cute snapshots of Mikayla.

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This girl loves her bubbles!

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She is turning into quite the "shaggy" girl!

On a non-Mikayla related note, I made these fantastic Fiesta Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas the other night.  They were easy and surprisingly tasty.  The only thing I altered was to add some bell peppers (red, yellow and green…all leftovers from a previous meal) and onions.  As well as a dash or two of cumin, oregano, and black pepper.  If I were to make them over again I think I would use the Queso Blanco from Nice and Cheesy (off brand of Velveeta found at Kroger) instead of traditional Velveeta.  The cilantro on top is a must, as it adds a little extra kick to the dish.  We served with chips and Mexican rice.  It also warmed up pretty good too!  This is a definite keeper in our recipe box!


18 Months Old

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Have 18 months really passed since Mikayla was born? 

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November 003Much happier here.  Side note – she is sporting a hat made by the one and only Brittany.  You can purchase one too for $10!

It is crazy how time flies!  Dr. F said Mikayla looked great at her check up on Tuesday.  At 18 months she was 32 inches long, weighed in at 22 lbs and her head was a whopping 47 cm.  She has grown 3.5 inches since her one year appointment…the nurse was super impressed with this growth.  I mean I knew she had grown, but wow!  She is still below average in weight and head circumference, but is above the red average line in height.  She is also talking more, not sentences yet, but she is putting "I" in front of a lot of statements.  For example "I poo poo", "I eat", etc.  She is also signing more and communicating with us when she has gone to the bathroom.  She doesn’t usually tell us beforehand that she needs to go, but almost always tells us after the fact.  I believe we are on our way to potty training this little baby!  She still only eats one good meal a day, but apparently that isn’t stopping her from growing!

She took her two shots like a champ at her 18 month checkup!  As a reward we went to the park for a little fun, including Ben attempting to fly his homemade kite!

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November 029 Mikayla loves her tub!  I am already making plans for a winter themed tub.  Any suggestions?

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November 042 Sliding with daddy is so much fun!

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November 056 Mikayla, what did you do when you were 18 months old?  Oh I just hung around!

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A Little Fall Leaf Action

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

We don’t have very many leaves in our yard, but I wanted Mikayla to get to experience playing in fall leaves.  So, we headed north to Smiths Grove to play in the leaves with Lylah and Lara.  I think the girls had a good time, and as usual Mikayla was her typical comical self.  We ended the day with a delicious breakfast for dinner and story time at the local library.  Mikayla loved dancing around with scarves and got extremely tickled when I painted her hands to make a hand turkey. 

IMG_9597 She was so excited to play in the leaves!

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Hopkins Hop

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

In case you didn’t know, Ben and I have been working on teaching Mikayla sign language since she was about 6 or 7 months old.  She knows quite a few signs and it helps her communicate with us and us with her.  My friend wrote a great post on teaching children sign language hereSigning Time is a DVD series that we use a lot with Mikayla.  I was first introduced to it when I worked at KAP last summer and reintroduced this year by our special education teacher at school.  Mikayla loves the DVD’s and is now asking to watch them!  Hopkins is the frog mascot they use in the series to help teach signs (along with a few other main characters Alex, Leah and Rachel).  Here is Mikayla doing the Hopkins Hop!


Sensory Tub

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I have been wanting for some time now to put together a sensory tub for Mikayla.  A blog I follow, Counting Coconuts, makes a different tub for her three year old every couple of weeks.  I am blown away with her creativity and thought I would try my hand at it.  I love the idea of giving kids toys that stimulate creativity, sensory integration, and are made from common household items. 

When she was younger I tried my hand at a few simple toys like a water table and a fine motor toy where she stuck chopsticks in holes.  You can read about them here.  Then a few weeks ago I made playdough.  I thought a fall sensory tub would be the next best project!  I had plenty of items lying around the house from my scarecrow costume and picked up a few last minute additions at the store today.  It is simple and (hopefully) fun!


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Fall colored flowers and berries (all fake so they will last longer).


Fall leaves (some real and some fake) and pine cones.


Bandana scraps tied together to make ball things, ribbon, and rope.


Wooden spoons and tongs for picking up and exploring items.  Piece of burlap sack, pumpkins (real and fake) and a straw brush made from raffia tied together.

When Mikayla wakes up from her nap she will get to explore the tub.  I will try and post pictures later!

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Homemade Playdough

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

When Mikayla had some friends over for a play date a few weeks ago, we decided to try our hand at homemade playdough.  I am so glad we did!  It was easy peasy, smelled yummy, and not nearly as sticky as regular playdough.  Plus, if Mikayla or her buddy so desired they could eat it.  That’s right, edible playdough!  In school, when we studied spiders, we always made edible playdough.  The downside to this playdough was that it included peanut butter, something Mikayla couldn’t eat yet.  So naturally I went to Google and found this website with a lot of different playdough recipes.  We decided to go with the one posted below for our trial run.  I am so glad there are crafty people out there who think to mix up common kitchen items and create fun things like playdough for kids!  If you have never made your own playdough, you should very soon!  So much better than the store bought stuff.

Kool-Aid Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months; however after about a month it tends to get a little stickier!)

Here are some pictures of Mikayla and the playdough, just ignore her unruly hair it was right after naptime!

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