Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Easter - part one

On Easter morning, Natalie asked to have a "special, Easter-y breakfast". So we made some toast, used cookie cutters to shape it into bunnies and chickens, and put some nutella on top. Kinda messy, but it sure made for a great start to the day:

Cheese Nutella!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Egg hunt at the Zoo - 2011

As in previous years, we went to the Easter egg hunt at the Zoo on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. And as always, it was a great time:
Ready to go, let's find some eggs.

We also had breakfast there, with pancakes and whipped cream:


And of course, Natalie wanted a dessert:


But the best part of the whole thing is still how Natalie just takes her time and does things in her own way. She loved finding the eggs and trading them in for candy at the candy stations, but she spent just as much time looking at the animals and asking questions about them, and just generally people-watching and looking around. Here she's just hanging out, looking at the otters:

Just hanging out.

Yep, that sure was a great time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter at the grocery store

The weekend before Easter, our local grocery store had an Easter celebration. Natalie had such a blast!
She even got to meet the Easter Bunny:

"Hmm, I'm not sure about this..."

Natalie later said that she didn't think it was the real Easter Bunny, because the real Easter Bunny is white. Well, who am I to argue with that?

There were several "stations" along the bunny trail with games, treats, temporary tattoos, etc. But Natalie's favorite was clearly the last of our stops:

Decorating the cookie!

The lady behind the counter asked Natalie if she wanted sprinkles or mini-M&M's to decorate with. She seemed a little surprised when Natalie answered "both!"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The scooter

Natalie got a new scooter for her birthday. She's really been looking forward to spring when she could try it out. On Sunday, we had such a beautiful warm and mostly sunny morning. So, I promised to take her to the park after her nap. Unfortunately, after her nap it was raining... So, we moved the cars out of the garage and let her go for it in there. Most of the pictures looked like this:

The girl likes to go FAST!

After the rain stopped, we did take her to the park, so she could try out the scooter on some longer trails:

Look at me!

She had sooo much fun with the scooter. And she figured out how to use it pretty quickly.

Just to be on the safe side, we went out and got her some elbow and knee protectors. And of course, Monday night after dinner, the garage was all hers again:

Let's go!

Monday, April 11, 2011

The cheesehat

For lunch the other day, Natalie had some cheese (among other things). She poked her spoon into a piece of the cheese - and she said:

Look, my spoon is wearing a cheese-hat!

Yep, that girls is definitely from Wisconsin!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Silly Spider

Here's Natalie's latest version of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider":

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A princess castle

Every princess needs a castle.

I was lucky enough to get another big box. So, we turned it into a castle, complete with windows with curtains, and flowers, and flying fairies, and...


Monday, April 4, 2011

The Easter Eggs

Easter is coming, and of course that means it is time to color some eggs:

Natalie loved dipping the eggs in the color. She's such a scientist!

The pretty result!

And, they were ready for...

Silly Face Stickers!

Happy Easter!