Baby Bookworms : June

We have been spending a lot more time playing outside than we have been reading this summer, so I only have a couple books to share this month. 

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Ten Tiny Toes - Cora loved this one when she was younger and Ida is really into it now. It's helpful to work on identifying different body parts and always ends in giggles.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - a classic and loved by both my girlies

Here We Are : Notes For Living on Planet Earth - this one is more for Cora, but also one I really enjoy. So cute and definitely recommend

Corduroy - A story about a toy bear waiting for a child. Another classic that I remember reading as a child and I love reading it to my kids now.


The Girls' Room Doors

Last time I shared the girls' room it felt pretty close to finished. The closet was kind of dirty and there was some chipping paint, so it was definitely on the top of my girls' room to-do list.

I gave Cora the choice between blue and pink and she surprised me by picking blue. We mixed some white with the color we used for the trim and started painting. Cora popped in and out of the room to help out and cheer me on. After finishing the closet, we still had a lot of mixed paint leftover, so I started painting the inside of the closet door. That snowballed into painting all of the doors.

The painted doors (and closet) make the room feel so much more finished. The light blue feels subtle at times and really bold at other times. All we have left to do is hang some art over the dresser and I think we're finished in this room... at least for a little while.


Vegetable Garden : Watching Things Grow

Looking back at our garden last month, I'm amazed at how it has changed in such a short amount of time. This month, we added watermelon plants and some zucchini and cucumber seedlings. I've done a bit more reading and figured out that part of my problem last year was watering too much. Even though we visit the garden beds on a daily basis, I've taken a step back and water way less often.

We get so excited each and every time we see a new little baby vegetable growing. Right now we have some baby tomatoes, baby Roma tomatoes, baby sweet peppers, and baby red bell peppers. Our plants are getting so big and there are tons of flowers all over all of them... so we're hoping for lots and lots of veggies.

One of our beds is mostly full with our watermelon plants. The below picture was less than a week ago and it's at least two times bigger than this. The vines have started to cascade out of the bed and Ben accidentally mowed over one, but the other ones are growing nicely. Because there are some empty spots in that bed, Ida loves to bring her tools out and dig a little bit each time we check on our plants.

We put out our Mother's day flower pots on the garage windowsill to liven the patio space up a bit. Those plants have been thriving since we put them outside and I like that I can see them from my kitchen window.
I love watching our girlies check on the plants, dig a bit, and cheer over each new baby vegetable that we find. This has been a fun project for all of us and we can't wait for our first harvest.


Father's Day Zoo Trip

We made two trips to the zoo this weekend. Saturday, I had a work party so we suffered through the hot weather and enjoyed a quick trip. We stopped by the picnic, ate, checked out the animal encounters they had (lizards and pancake turtles), and rode the carousel. Ida tried out the carousel again and loved it. She rode an animal that doesn't move up and down and Ben was right by her side cheering her on.

Ida did the painting a couple weeks ago and Cora drew a picture on top of it to make the perfect present for my dad. She drew a picture of "Poppy, me, and Ida swimming". 
Sunday, my dad wanted to celebrate Father's Day with a family trip to the zoo followed by a brunch. We saw some animals, rode the train, and enjoyed running around with the family. 

Ida Rue was loving running around with Poppy. The girls are so lucky to have him as a grandpa. 

The zoo trip was followed by late brunch at my sister's house. The kids played outside in their water table and baby pool and they had the best time. It was the perfect weekend with our family celebrating some of the dads in our life. 


Life With Ida: 21 Months

This is such a fun month with my girl Ida. May was so full with the end of the school year and Ida had a blast with each and every activity. Ida is the best about going with the flow and up for whatever we have planned.
We finally renewed our family zoo pass and have made quite a few trips to the zoo. Ida had her first ride on the carousel. She screamed in excitement for the first 30 seconds until she realized that she was not a fan. We'll try again another day with an animal that doesn't move up and down. Other than the terrifying carousel ride, Ida loved the zoo.

Ida loves to curl up in my lap for books or tv and it is the sweetest thing. I love those cuddles and I love seeing which books she chooses to bring to me. Some day she'll be too big to curl up in my lap, so I'm treasuring these moments while I can.
Ida loves to color! She's still in the scribble stage which is one of my favorites... But I do a lot of telling her not to color on her legs or toys.  We spend a lot of our coloring time chatting, and Ida is becoming quite the chatterbox lately. Since she is normally pretty quiet, it is such a fun surprise to hear all the new words she learns. Ida is constantly asking "whatsthis?!" and practicing new words.

I try to get the girls outside every day, but don't always want to work on the garden, go to the park, or run around outside. We spend a lot of our snack times on the front porch. The girls love to holler greetings at our neighbors walking by and wave at cars. They love popsicles on the porch and searching for squirrels and bugs
Summer brings pool time. We haven't gotten a pool pass yet, but have been able to take advantage of neighborhood events and guest passes with Poppy. Cora is mostly independent (especially in the baby pool) so I get lots of time with Ida. It takes her a long way to warm up to the water, but once she's warmed up it's hard to get her out. She's a little water baby just like her momma and I love it!

PS. Ida boo is still constantly making her grumpy face! She has learned to "cheese" for the camera, but I love when I can catch her little grump face


Family Adventures: Sharon Woods Creek

Sharon Woods is one of those Cincinnati parks I occasionally forget about (it's not that close to our home), but whenever it comes up I love to make a quick trip to hang out for a bit. I love looking back at some of our trips there with friends and seeing how much our girls have grown. Our favorite part of Sharon Woods is definitely this little spot on the creek.

It's fun to watch as their different personalities come out. Cora loves to jump right in and splash around while Ida loves to slowly stick her toes in and get used to the water. 

Cora loved to encourage and cheer on Ida as she started to get used to the water. I love watching her be a cheerleader for her little sister... and I also love watching how confident Ida gets when she knows that her sister believes in her. 

 I love these sweet adventures with my girls!

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