Thursday, September 20, 2012

Flour-y Fun

Tuesday morning started the same as usual. Keira was up earlier than I wanted to be on my day off so downstairs we went for breakfast. (Yes, I've recently rearranged my kitchen for those of you wondering.) Keira decided to wear her hat and wanted to tell Daddy about it. All summer, I fight to keep her hat on her head. Now that it's fall, she wants to wear it indoors. (sorry about the blurry)

Soon enough it was naptime.

Or at least, it should have been. 30 minutes does not qualify as a nap in my book, so we went for a walk. My hopes of her falling back to sleep were in vain.

When we got back to the house, I decided to try something different to entertain her. I'm sure there's some sort of variation on Pinterest somewhere, but I haven't come across it. This disaster was my own making. I took out a mixing bowl, grabbed her stacking cups and a measuring spoon. Then I put about two cups of flour into the bowl and showed her how to scoop it from the bowl to the cups. No lie, this kept her quietly content for a solid 5-10 minutes. Go ahead, I'll wait while you revive from your shock.











Sure, she spilled some (ok, a lot) on the floor, but hey, I have a vacuum. I had started to clean it with my dustbuster, but then realized it'd be faster with the regular vacuum. It does have more power after all. It took all of 5 minutes. And let's be honest, it's not like my house couldn't use an extra vacuuming. Then I realized that I should clean the flour out of the dustbuster so it doesn't get caked up. Yep, I washed my dustbuster.

After that we had an errand or two to run and I decided we deserved a stop at Petco as well. We checked out the fish & turtles. Then the lizards. I avoided the snakes & spiders.

We looked in on the ferrets but they were all snoozing away in a pile. Not very interesting to say the least.
 
Then came the birds. She loved the parakeets and kept 'chirping' back at them.

We moved on to the baby parrot. She kind of liked him. He came right up to the glass to check her out as well. Then he squaked.

Poor Keira. She jumped just about out of her skin and started crying. It's a good thing we have no plans on adding one of those to our family any time soon. (Ok, anytime at all. Those buggers are crazy expensive).

Since she had enjoyed the fish so much at the Biodome (see our Montreal trip here) and she seemed to enjoy them at Petco, I considered getting our old tank out of the attic. Then I thought about it. She'd likely tip the tank over or who knows what. I'd end up with dead fish and water everywhere. So I did the next best thing. I downloaded an app on my iPad. Ok, I downloaded 3, then had to delete 2. She loves it. It's called Colorful Aquarium for iPad. Super simple to set up and free.


And the Fisher-Price iPad case? Awesome. It's drool-proof, has a handle, rubber corners that keep the body from hitting the ground and she can't get it open. Another great-feature? At one end of the clear plastic front is an extra, hard plastic piece about 3/4 of an inch big. This gives you the option to put the iPad in 2 ways. One way allows you access to the button, the other way, that hard plastic blocks it. It makes it so little fingers can't get out of the program that you want them in. Oh, and washable crayon comes right off.