Monday, August 10, 2009

Plug for Cloth Diapers

So this weekend with cousins here and busy life, getting ready for the party and all, I got a little lazy and just did disposable diapers more with Caitlin. The whole weekend, her little bum was a bit red and looked like she was about to get a good diaper rash. Yesterday we went back to cloth diapers, and viola - her bum is all cleared up! Hooray for cloth diapers. I am actually really enjoying them. Right now they are leaking a little around the legs, so I am trying to figure out if it's user error (not putting the insets in right) or just not putting them tight enough or even too tight. But I am liking them.

Haley's 5th Birthday Party!

Haley really wanted to do a fairy party this year. So this is it. We had chocolate cake with homemade strawberry ice cream. And had all the girls make fairy wings and fairy wands. At one point there were 15 girls in our house!!!! Poor Jeff was way out numbered! Needless to say he needed some good man time!

All our little fairies, but one.
Our friends Hannah and Kate, mom Lauren, and baby brother Sam!
Casey and Haley
Mattie Van and Ellie
Carlie and Lily
Jeff and our little fairy - Caitlin
Cousin Ellery and Aunt Caroline
Haley blowing out her candles!
Kate and Haley
Happy Birthday Haley Grace!
Cousins Carlie and Mattie Van

Day 2 Continued

After playing in outside in the water, we came in and got dressed, ate lunch, then started playing. Katie brought over all their ballet things for the girls to dress up in. Here are our sweet girls possing for some fun shots. Baby Caitlin even got dressed as a fairy.
Our neighbor Lily and Haley
Cousins! - Haley, Mattie, Carlie
Being goofy!
They all love Caitlin!
Our little baby ballerina!!

Birthday Weekend - Day 2

I have many memories of us staying with my cousin Kilby. There were three of us girls, and even though I remember fighting, I remember really enjoying going to visit them. One the that we did was all sleep together. Of course, girls do this kind of thing, right? Well, Haley Grace is not used to sleeping with others yet. At my sisters, she does ok, but she isn't in the bed with the girls. At our house, HG just has one bed in her room, an there is a queen bed in the baby room. So we attempted having them all sleep in one bed. ... needless to say that night HG kept the girls awake, and had to return to her own bed. So sad - I was hoping they would just stay up for a little while talking, then just fall asleep. Maybe next time.

The next day, we had our neighbor down the street come up and play - we got out our new slip-n-slide and the girls had so much fun on it! Katie (neighbor) even put dish soap on it, and the girls LOVED it!
Mattie Van
Lily - our neighbor

Girls/ Cousins!!

For Haley's birthday, we had my nieces come stay with us for 4 days! So this weekend, I was a mother of 4 girls!!! YIKES! It was all kinds of drama. But it was lots of fun.
The first day they were here my sister in law Caroline came over to hang out -bringing her daughter, making it FIVE girls! :) My sister had made all 5 girls matching dresses, so we decided to attempt a girl cousin picture. ... here is how they turned out!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Our Big Backyard

Jeff's work helped sponsor this play area called "Our Big Backyard".
So, for opening day, we got to go for free!! I love free stuff. It's basically all kinds of outdoors stuff. They had a giant bird house that the kids ran through and played in, more like a tree house. But it had lots of things about birds to learn inside it.

This was the tree section. The wood was used for all kinds of things for the kids to play on.

Here is the flower area - get it - flower "beds"! :) they had couches and chairs made of green vines too.

This is the giant spider web - there was a massive spider hanging from the tree right above the web!
Here is a play house - filled with music instruments
Haley standing on a rolly polly

I think this was the coolest thing - they had a real rain section. Every 30 minutes, it started to thunder. 3 min later, it got "cloudy" (aka misting), then 3 minutes later it poured rain from on top of the roof! They provided lots of umbrellas for the kids to dance and play in the rain!