Wednesday, November 21

turkey day.

Yesterday, Iris and I had a Thanksgiving themed play date with one of our friends! I brought some supplies for crafts and our friend made some super cute turkey shaped sandwiches for their lunch! They shared toys so well with each other while playing and chased each other around squealing and laughing. After playing inside for hours, we took them out to the bridge nearby to feed the ducks. Iris had such a great time with her little friend; she was so happy and energized for the rest of the day!  Here is a post my friend made on her blog Make It Cozee! Here are a few photos she took!

Iris' turkey craft - an original craft idea by Me - though the huge googly eyes were Iris' inspiration!

Turkey sandwiches by Make It Cozee

Our little baby-burritos going "nigh-nigh" together!
Goodbye hugs!

Thursday, November 15

feeding the ducks.

Yesterday, Iris and I took a walk down and down the hills into the valley of our town. She carried a little bag full of bread to feed the ducks who live on the river Kyll. Now that it's quite cold here, it's rare to see the ducks swimming about. They remain in their sheltered homes on the bank... until you stand on the bridge for any amount of time. With the expectation of being fed, small groups of ducks soar over from the nearby trees and congregate in an excited flock of about two dozen. They get rather aggressive with each other, and the bolder ones will even fly up towards the railing of the bridge, in hopes of catching bread before the others have a chance.

Iris is absolutely taken with the feathered creatures. We spent a good twenty minutes tossing bread to the birds, our fingers red and growing numb. Iris quacked at them and giggled at their splashing and scrambling for each piece of bread. Afterward, we walked further down the road to the market, and bought some things for dinner and a little piece of chocolate to sweeten the chill outside. 

One of the hills down into town, towards the river.

The river Kyll. The ducks live just past the little waterfall.

Here they come!

Enjoying feeding the ducks. 

Throwing bread.

Two dozen ducks. 


Little observer. 

Monday, November 5


Last week was filled with plenty of toddler friendly Halloween events. First, my friend hosted a Halloween party at her house. She made all the decorations by hand and did such a fantastic job. It was the cutest thing to see all of Iris' little friends dressed up in their costumes and playing together. My friend is actually a fellow blogger, so you can see lots of pictures of the beautiful spread she made here on her blog

Iris painted her first pumpkin this year, we read Halloween stories and went to the Family Fun Night on base for food and a costume contest. On the 31st, we took her Trick or Treating for the first time! I handmade her kitty costume myself. She sat patiently as I painting her nose and whiskers, and then asked to look in the mirror and spun around with her kitty tail with pride. She said "trick oh treet" and "thank you!" to almost every house we visited - it was the sweetest thing! She really had a good time and happily ate her one allotted piece of candy after dinner. Here are a few pictures of her in her costume during each of the events we partook in!

Photo booth at the Halloween party.

Making slime at the Halloween party! She refused to get near it, of course, but Mama had fun with it!

Beep beep!

Iris and her new friend.

The costume contest was VERY loud.

Overwhelmed by the noise, but happy to be there. 

Painting her pumpkin!

The masterpiece. 

Ready to go Trick or Treating! 

Look at the little whiskers on that baby, she loved them!