we had a wonderful thanksgiving where almost all our close family was able to spend time together. we did the meal at my parents house because lets face it, our house is too small for a big meal.
audrey was very excited and even made a craft for us all to participate in, she drew turkey parts that we had to color and then cut and glue them together. heres some pictures:
audrey wanted to try some press on nails with dora but decided they felt too weird to actually wear them for the holiday.
and to make sure that audrey understood that thanksgiving is about being thankful we made a thanksgiving tree. i just used scrapbook paper and cut out a tree shape. then cut out leaf shapes out of scrapbook paper. she loved writing what she was thankful for all by herself. (yes there is a turkey decoration flying around by the tree, guess who did that?!)
some major things we are thankful for this year are: miles development (he only has to see a physical therapist once every 3 months and he no longer needs occupational therapy, yeah!!), audrey and jake's school, God's faithfulness and unfailing love.
i had thanksgiving lunch with audrey today at her school. she was so excited to have me come and eat with her, plus it was the first time she got to have cafeteria food. im glad that i could make her day alittle happier.
yesterday miles and i went to the children's aquarium at fair park with our church's mommy group. it was lots of fun. its not very big but there are quite a few hands on things as well as tanks that really let the kids get close to fish. my favorite was the large shark tank and the sting ray area, you can even pet and feed the sting rays. i also liked the sea turtle, 3 different kinds of sea horses and the jelly fish. here are some cute pictures from our day.
audrey received the butterfly garden for her birthday. it is basically a mesh enclosure for you to watch caterpillars become butterflies. with the enclosure comes a coupon code to send off for your caterpillars. i made the mistake of sending for them when it was still too warm.
when they arrived we had some crispy critters, it didnt help that we are at the end of our mailman's route so they probably sat in his hot truck all day. but they guarantee at least 3 that will turn into butterflies so i sent them back (i marked out the part on the envelope that says "live" and wrote dead). this time i had them sent to my parent's house as they get their mail sooner in the day. and it worked, very well. this time we had 6 live ones, very live ones.
it was so amazing to see how they developed and audrey LOVED it! i definitely recommend this as a gift for your kids and its only $20 plus $5 for every shipment of live caterpillars (yes, you can reuse your enclosure over and over).
we released them yesterday. audrey was alittle heartbroken. they are painted lady butterflies and we hit the jackpot, we had 6. we will definitely be doing this again.
the kids were super heroes this year.
miles was the incredible hulk and audrey was supergirl.
miles costume went together easily but audrey's boots were a problem. there was a pin on pinterest about making duct tape boots. you basically have your kid put on some shoes, put knee highs over them and then wrap their foot in duct tape. but guess what if their foot is wrapped in duct tape its too tight on their foot and makes it so they cant walk. on the pin she added grommets and laced them together which might work but it still seemed too tight to me. so we ditched them. they are now "clifford's" legs in one of audrey's crafts.