Monday, April 13, 2009


I have been waiting for warmer weather to get a bike for Megan. She always likes to ride other kids ride on toys, so I wanted to get one for her. The above picture is her running for it, when we brought it out.

Good Friday

Chad had Good Friday off, so we packed in as much activity as possible. In retrospect, it was too much for one day, but we survived.

First, we decorated Easter eggs.

Megan thought the color pellets were pretty cool, helping to drop them in and watching the change.

She liked dropping the eggs in the cups although she didn't quite understand that eggs are breakable. She liked to add the stickers, too, but was more interested in dyeing over and over.

After eggs, we made a pizza. Megan enjoyed sprinkling and tasting.

After the nap, we made some sugar cookies but Megan didn't stay as interested for the duration. We also attended a Good Friday service and had a few people over afterward.


So I didn't capture the original moment, but the re-enactment is cute. We were playing outside, so I gave Megan a juice box (a special treat). She took a big first drink and said, "Mmm, Delicious."

She found a piece of newspaper that had blown into our yard and carried it everywhere for the next hour. She was cracking me up holding it like she was reading while swinging. (Note, it is difficult to snap a picture of a child swinging.)

She apparently wanted to eat her morning waffle in her box.

One of Megan's newest things to do is to tell "Knock Knock" jokes. Her favorite episode of Backyardigans has Uniqua telling two such jokes and she started asking repeating parts of it. The above video is a combination of her jokes. The first is the classic:

Knock knock

Who's there?

Banana, then you repeat all of it again, the punchline is "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?"

Well, she usually starts the joke with orange and keeps saying different parts as long as the laughs continue.

She ends up with "Don't Cry" in this video, which is a completely different joke...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Family Fun Night

A couple weekends ago, we went to a parenting conference by Tim Kimmel. The conference was great. He basically helped build a framework/worldview for parenting. The basis of his approach is to treat our children the way God treats us, with grace balanced by truth. For any of you parents out there, I'd definitely recommend trying to find a conference near you. Here is his website:

Anyway, what does this have to do with this post? After the conference, Chad and I decided to set some specific goals related to what we learned and we decided to have a regular family night. 2 Friday nights a month we have Family Night, 1 night we have a date night, and 1 night a month one of us will take Megan on a date (the other parent gets the night off).

Phase 1: Because Megan is pretty easy to please, we decided to have a "picnic" in the foyer. She thought this was pretty cool.

Phase 2: We spent about an hour playing play-doh, which is one of her favorite things to do.

Phase 3: Ice cream!