Sunday, September 6, 2015

Day to Day in April

April was a pretty crazy month for us.  Dallas's work schedule continued to be insane, so we were on our own for most days.  We filled our time with swim lessons, LOTS of play dates, and a couple weeks of travel to Washington to visit the family farm.

These are a few of the highlights from our month of April...
Daxton started his second session of swimming lessons with Coach Nicole at Just Swim school, but this time he got to be with his buddies!  Emily, Ayla, and Daxton made the absolute best swim class.  The improvement was shocking from his previous swim session to this one.  The second he was surrounded by his buddies, he had no fear, loved the water, and wanted to try everything the girls were doing.  He quickly became a little fish.

The kids loved these floaties which allowed them to work on kicking their legs on the top of the water propelling them the length of the pool.

They also loved putting on their own swim fins.

One of Daxton's good buddies, Jack, turned three in April so we were able to go to a couple parties for him.  The first was a fun morning/afternoon spent at Dania beach.  Since we came straight from swimming lessons, we were a bit late, but we had a lot of fun playing in the sand and waves, and eating yummy birthday cupcakes.

Goofing off with Zoey in the waves and sharing trucks with Jack on the sand.

We spent about an hour with everyone before people had to leave, but we ended up staying another couple hours just the two of us for fun.  It was such a perfect beach day and the water was incredible.  We couldn't resist!
The birthday boy and his gorgeous momma, April.

My favorite picture from that day...
I mean seriously, that water! 

The next day there was an official birthday party for Jack at their clubhouse.  There was a yummy lunch, swimming, games, and an incredible birthday cake created by our friend, Whitney.  We had so much fun playing with everyone and being able to celebrate with Jack.

The water snakes everyone made while swimming in the pool... 

Gorgeous decorations and stunning cake and cupcakes.  Daxton about lost it when he saw the whale cake!

We told the kids they couldn't get cupcakes until we got one good group picture...bribery never hurt anyone.
Look at how cute these little ones are!

Some other highlights from April...
Daxton and Daddy had lots of fun using his new blocks to build cities and ramps for all Daxton's cars.

Daxton had a lot of fun trying out his new ziggle from Easter.  We met up at the park with his buddy Julian several times where the boys would have ziggle races, teach each other new tricks, and then play on the playground.  Daxton loved when he got to wear his safari hat.

At home he would practice up and down our street, where his outfit of choice were his stinky rainboots, a diaper, and his safari hat.  I'm sure the neighbors were wondering what kind of a mom I was!

Another big achievement was when Daxton started drinking from a regular cup instead of a sippie cup.  He was pretty proud of himself and loved that he could make a chocolate milk mustache.

In April we also had several fun play dates.
Monica, Jeni, and I decided to take our kids to the Flamingo Nursery for yummy fresh tropical shakes.  The nursery was stunning, with row upon row of gorgeous plants, flowers, and trees.  The kids had tons of fun feeding and then chasing all the ducks around.

A pretty hilarious group shot!
As they were posing, several ducks came up from behind the bench and under their feet.  Daxton and Olive started squealing with excitement, which in turn freaked little Claire out.  I love all their different facial expressions!

In April we spent a lot of time with the Kohfelds, because of these two :)
Daxton and Ayla became inseparable and SO stinking cute together.  We would play at least 2-3 times a week with them; either going to parks, pools, or other fun adventures.  It also worked well, because Aubrey became such a dear friend to me.  So while Daxton played with Ayla, Aubrey and I could chat for hours.

We loved meeting up at Young At Art since both of us were members.  YAA is a really cool children's museum in Davie based on imaginative play and art aesthetics.  

Daxton and Ayla at the entrance...
Dax was so excited to see so many rain boots! 

They would chase each other around, giggle loudly, share snacks, and explore every nook and cranny of this museum.

They both especially loved the water table.  
One day they created a game where if they blocked the fountains with their hands, it would spray in all directions.  They thought it was hilarious and spent almost an hour playing in one spot.  By the time we convinced them it was time to leave, they were soaked.  Of course neither Aubrey or I had brought an extra change of clothes!

I got the best video of them squealing at the top of their lungs while spraying water EVERYWHERE.

One of our favorite traditions we started with Aubrey and Ayla happened every Friday after swim lessons.  Once they finished swimming we would drive over to Flamingo Nursery for refreshing smoothies and a smiley face cookie.  Emily, Ayla, and Daxton would drink their smoothies while Aubrey, Carrie, and I would chat for a couple hours.  The kids loved running around exploring all the fun "secret" spots throughout the nursery.  

Relaxing in the colorful lawn and rocking chairs.

Climbing on the different signs and furniture...

Both Daxton and I loved the butterfly garden at Flamingo Nursery.

Another big milestone was going in for Daxton's 3 year checkup.  We met his new pediatrician and office staff, made sure he was up to date with immunizations, and then completed the physical.  We were happy to hear that everything went well.  Daxton is in the 90% for both his height and weight and is happy and healthy!

Showing off some serious attitude while waiting for the doctor to return with his flu shot...
Love those furrowed brows!

In April we also got Daxton several different Alphabet games and manipulatives.  He played with them for awhile, but mostly likes to use the alphabet apps on the iPad.

April also started the fun weekly routine of pool group where these two adorable kiddos could have yet another excuse to hangout and play.

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