Friday Five {Vol. 38}

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Here are five things that made me smile this week.

1. Stephen’s job – So I don’t think that I’ve told you guys yet, but Stephen started a new job back in August.  It is a video production job and he is really excited to finally have a job in his field.  The first two months on the job were slow but recently things have picked up and this week he was able to do some shooting and editing on his own!

2. Fall weather – I haven’t put away all of our short sleeve shirts just yet but we are starting to get some fall weather and the leaves are dropping.  Fall is my favorite season!!

3. Escape artist – I’m not exactly sure how he managed this, but some point during his nap Henry tried to escape from his shirt.Friday Five {Vol. 38} - finddailyjoy.com

4. New sounds – Henry learned the letters “k” and “s” this week.  Now he has added several new words to his vocabulary and added the second syllable to some of the words he was already saying.

5. New coop – Our chickens had outgrown their original coop and weren’t all going in at night to sleep.  Now they have a new, spacious coop and since they go in on their own we no longer have to gather them up each night.Friday Five {Vol. 38} - finddailyjoy.com

So what made you smile this week?

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Froot Loops Water Sensory Bin {Playing With Toddler}

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Fall weather has just started to blow in around here but I did manage to squeeze in one final summer activity last week.  I pulled out Henry’s water bin and decided it was time for some new objects to play with.  If you looked closely at the pictures from Henry’s last water sensory bin you may have noticed some blue circles.  Those rings are pieces of a pool noodle and since they are colorful, easy for little hands to manage and float I think they are perfect for the water bin.  When I spotted pool noodles on clearance at the end of the season I picked up a few more.

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The pool noodles are easy to cut with a serrated knife and I cut off slices that are about 1″ thick.  All of those colored rings reminded me of Froot Loops so I decided to go with the cereal theme and throw in some bowls and a large spoon.

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Henry has no idea what Froot Loops actually are but he did have lots of fun scooping and pouring.

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If the weather in your area is a little too chilly to play with water outside you could always play in the bathtub!

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Looking for some more baby and toddler activities?  Click HERE.

Have you ever done a water sensory bin with your little one?  What did you put in the bin to play with?

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Henry – 18ish Months

I had thought about doing an 18 month update on Henry but that never happened.  So…..this is his 18-21 month update. :)Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

At 18 months Henry weighed in at 26 lbs 2 oz (76th percentile) and measured 33″ (85th percentile).  He was wearing 18 month clothes and size 5 shoes.  That didn’t last long though.  Soon that big round belly of his fueled a growth spurt and he is now wearing 24 month/2T clothes and sporting a size 7 shoe.  According to our scale at home he weighs 30 lbs and is 34″ tall.  I don’t know what percentile he is in now but I know that he is the same size or larger than most 2 yr olds we run into.

Over the past few months Henry’s vocabulary has been slowly but surely increasing.  Most of his words are still one syllable but he has recently started to string a few words together like “wah mow ka-ka” (want more crackers) or “uh-oh, wher go?” (uh-oh, where did it go?).

Speaking of talking…..Henry can now count to three.  At first I figured he was just repeating a phrase he hears us say before he falls down on the bed (one of his favorite activities by the way).  But one day he came up to three bottles sitting on the kitchen floor and carefully pointed to each one as he counted up to three.  It is so crazy to see little glimpses of those mental wheels turning!  If he could communicate everything that he really understands I’m sure it would blow my mind.

Henry loves his Daddy and gets VERY excited when he comes home. If Henry hears the truck door close he will run to look out the window and start calling for “Da-da”.  Then when Stephen comes inside Henry will yell “DA!!” at the top of his lungs and run full speed towards him.  As soon as he has finished his greeting Henry runs off to start playing the game of chase.  Yes, Henry thinks his Dad is the best playmate in the world……but when it come to comforting kisses and cuddles…..only Mom will do. :)

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Henry’s Grandparents gave him this wagon and he wants to ride in it every time I go out to the garage to work on laundry.  He loves to open and close the door on the wagon each time he gets in and out (which is about every 5 seconds if we aren’t out on a walk).  One day he insisted on wearing Stephen’s helmet.  Henry must have been expecting to go on a wild ride!Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

It was always a drudgery to get Henry to eat cereal and he would constantly beg to eat cereal out of my bowl. That is until one day when I poured milk into his cereal bowl and gave him a spoon.  He was thrilled to eat cereal this way and will now eat 3 or 4 bowls before he drinks the milk out of the bowl.Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

When Stephen and I came back from our anniversary trip we were greeted with a little boy who no longer slept through the night. :(  He would cry every time we put him down to sleep, tear apart his bed and wake up several times throughout the night screaming and crying.  This went on for about two months but thankfully things went back to normal!Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

Henry is getting to be very particular.  He wants to line things up just so, must stand in exactly the same spot when he plays a game (like throwing his ball), tries to fix rugs when they get rumpled, arranges his apple slices into the same pattern each time you put them on his tray and if you dare to move his plate half an inch to the left he will move it right back to where it was.Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

One day the fire truck stopped in front of our house to check the pressure of the fire hydrant.  When we went out to look at the truck they let Henry sit inside and gave him a hat.  Henry insisted wearing the hat while playing in the blazing heat with sweat pouring off of his head.

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I took Henry to a park that is at a small airport one Saturday morning.  It was a busy day and we were able to watch several small planes take off and land.  Henry was very excited every time a plane went by and would wave “bye-bye” to them as they flew away.Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

One thing that cracks me up is when Henry does a silent laugh.  He throws his head back, opens his mouth wide and shakes his upper body while silently laughing.  I wish we had a better video of him laughing but you can see him do a quick laugh at the end of this video.

(If you are viewing this post as an email you may have to go the blog to play the video.)

Every day Henry looks more and more like a little boy and less like a baby!Henry - 18ish Months - finddailyjoy.com

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Time To Catch Up {pt. 2}

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Is August seriously over already?  How did that happen?  Guess it’s time to do a quick recap of the month.  Thankfully I was feeling much better and we were able to do a few fun things. It seems that no … Continue reading

Time To Catch Up

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As I mentioned yesterday, it has been awhile since I have posted on the blog.  So I figured I should let you guys know what has been going on around here over the last two months. JUNE Father’s Day:  I … Continue reading