Friday, October 31, 2014

What is this white stuff?

Instead of being excited about Halloween, Eliel was entralled with the white stuff falling down from the sky this morning.  He spent a good 5 minutes (long time for a toddler!) just watching the large flakes blowing around.  He's going to have so much when he finally gets to play in it!

Blogger Tricks

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The pumpkin

Well, Mommy had high hopes but here's how Eliel's pumpkin turned out:

What a face! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Finger Painting

I had this brilliant idea to have Eliel finger paint his pumpkin since he's way too young to carve it nor can he even tell Adam want he'd want carved.  I wanted him to do his own pumpkin (what was I thinking?!?).  So, I made (yes made) finger paints for Eliel.  He hasn't finger painted yet and I wasn't sure if he was going to eat the paint or not so I wanted to be sure I gave him something safe.  The recipe uses cornstarch so if he ate any, it wouldn't make him sick.  The paints came out a great color and upon seeing them, Eliel was very excited to get started.

So, get started we did!  At first, Eliel was a little apprehensive about sticking his fingers in the paint.  I should mention that this little toddler HATES having his hands dirty.  However, once he got the hang of it, he was scooping the paint out of the containers.  It ended up in globs on the pumpkin.  So, Adam washed off the pumpkin and we tried again. After three washes of the pumpkin, we decided to say heck with it and just let him make a mess.  The pumpkin is currently undecorated or carved (although I'm working on fixing that!). 

Eliel had a blast though so we will definitely be doing some finger painting more often, especially now that the weather won't allow us to go outside as often.  He's finally starting to get into arts & crafts type activities so I'm thinking it might be a good thing to ask Santa for for Christmas! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Nature Center

The weather this weekend was just too perfect to pass up and so I suggested to Adam that was do something outside. I've been wanting to take E over to the nature center near our house all summer but just haven't had the time to get there.  So, I suggested we go there on Saturday.  It's only a fifteen minute drive from our house and totally worth it.  It's a little slice of nature right in the middle of the city!

River Trails Nature Center isn't very big but it's got plenty to do for kids.  In addition to the few miles of hiking paths, they also have a wonderful visitors center and a handful of native animals.  Eliel loved walking amongst the leaves and watching the birds.  Plus, as a bonus, it's right near a tiny airport so every few minutes, a plane would fly overhead.  It was like heaven for Eliel!

The animals they have include a coyote, fox, skunk, owls and a red-tailed hawk.  Most (if not all) of the animals are there because they were injured in some way and cannot survive in the wild on their own.
Inside the visitors center, they also had turtles, snakes, fish, a squirrel and a beehive.  We spend about an hour in there!  They also just recently renovated it and have a whole section for kids.  Eliel was a big young for it but I'm sure it will come in handy in the winter when it's too cold to do anything outside!

If you haven't been to this nature center, you should check it out!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Train Ride

Adam and I needed to buy a train ticket for Sunday and since the fare is good all weekend, we decided to take Eliel on a train ride Saturday.  It's no secret that he loves trains and he was extremely excited when we told him we were going to go on a train.  I've never seen him want to put his jacket on so badly!

We went to the station just after nine and unfortunately, the train was late so we were stuck standing in the cold for an extra 15 minutes or so.  But, once we were finally on the train, Eliel was mesmerized!  It was fun watching his little eyes dart back and forth as he watched the scenery fly by the window.

We rode the train for about 20 minutes in one direction, got off at a station, waited about 5 minutes, and jumped on a return train.  On the way back, we were treated to an empty car train and Eliel had a blast running along the aisle in the 'upstairs' portion of the rail car.  As you can see by the huge smile on his face, he had a lot of fun!  So did Daddy and Mommy!