We tried a fun little activity I had stumbled upon on another mommy blog that involved pipe cleaners and a colander, both of which we happen to have. The idea was to stick both ends of the pipe cleaners through the holes in the colander for some fun loops, and double bonus, it works on a toddler's fine motor skills. The woman who posted about the activity said that it kept her toddler occupied for about 20 minutes. Noelle enjoyed it for about five minutes, and half the time it was "mommy's turn", which meant I was sticking in half the pipe cleaners.
Most of my day is now spent walking around like this with Jonah. Sometimes he holds a finger on both my hands to walk, other times he's feeling balanced enough to just hold one hand. He's most likely walking towards the wall socket, Zoe's water bowl, the stairs, or for his sister's toddler potty. He is going to be such a handful and we will need to baby-proof for sure!
Speaking of the toddler potty, the whole potty-train Noelle by the end of January thing is not really working out. She's been in underwear most days, but not every day, and not all day every day when she is. Sometimes she requests diapers, and some days she has a bunch of accidents. But we will just keep trying. And, as has been typical when she's in underwear, she isn't wearing pants, but also loves to wear her borrowed snow boots!
With the snow we got earlier this week, Luke was in the mood for making the from a box snickerdoodles that have been sitting in our pantry for awhile. The man who is not the biggest fan of sweets made nine whole cookies and the rest of the batter is now sitting in the fridge just waiting to be baked.
Noelle wanted to go make a snowman, but I was lazy and didn't feel like changing her into a diaper or going out in the cold, so I brought the snow inside for her to play with. I have to admit it's keeping her occupied for awhile, but there is most definitely going to be a giant puddle on the kitchen floor. The bigger the mess, the more fun it is, right?