Mom Friends

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a play date with a very good friend of mine and her two boys, 2 and 3 months.  L and J are so cute! Punky and Bay have become infatuated with babies so they were happy to have J over to snuggle.  And having her friend over was all Punky could talk about all morning – “Are they here yet?  When are they going to be here?!”  I love that Bay and L are about the same age so they get to grow up together, and he’s a good playmate for Punky too since she’s used to playing with her brother.  Of course, squabbles ensue when a guest encroaches on your territory, but playing together this way really is the best way for kids to learn to problem solve and communicate with others.  I loved listening to them hash out their problems.  There’s something to be learned from the way kids can work through a problem – even if they need a grown-up’s help – and then move on without resentment.

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Dirt…It’s for dessert

No, I have not gone completely nuts! I am not feeding my kids dirt, intentionally anyway. I did however stumble upon an old memory and set out to reincarnate it. I have very fond memories of my Nanny (the name my cousins and I called our grandmother) bringing a certain dessert to all the church potlucks. She would pull a stool over to the counter and let me help her crush, mix, and scoop. Then she prepared its final presentation carefully and quite creatively. It was always the first thing to run out-you had to be at the front of the line if you wanted any!

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Who Needs the Beach?

What do you think of when you hear the word, “beach”?  Vacation? Sand? Breeze? Waves?

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You want to know what I hear?  Sand on everything. Crabs. Sharks. Wind burn. Sun burn. “Mom, I have to potty!!”  Yes, I know.  That’s a pretty miserable way to think of the beach.  It’s supposed to be fun and carefree and relaxing, but with a toddler and a preschooler….it is decidedly not!  At least not for me.  You see, I’ve lived at the beach my whole life and I have never liked it!  I always got sand in my bathing suit and I’m not a fan of the waves.  I mean, who can swim in that?  And then if you go out past the breakers you have to worry about whatever it is that might be swimming with you.  No thank you!  I hear from my friends with kids how much fun they have had at the beach playing with their littles, but it just doesn’t suit my fancy.  I try to go once or twice a year just so I can say I took the kids but other than that, we stick with the pool. Continue reading Who Needs the Beach?

Bust the indoor boredom blues

It’s been a while, huh?  But I’m still here and still working with the kiddos on playing, growing, and learning!  We’ve had some family in town so it’s been a bit hectic and our schedule is all screwy.  But what’s new?!  In the past few days we have been to toddler story time at the museum to learn about the sun and shadows, gone to the aquarium on the ferry with a big group of friends, played at the splash pad at our local park, gone fishing with daddy, and had lots of snuggle time with my sister’s new baby.  Whew!  It has been a crazy week, but so much fun!  And the best part… Continue reading Bust the indoor boredom blues

Piles and Piles of Fun!

A couple weeks ago I had to clean out my classroom. Quite the ordeal since I had basically lived in that room for 2 years. I had decorated with self-made curtains to shade the windows, printed shelf liner adorned my cabinets and tabletops, canvases painted by Punky and me were all over the walls, matching baskets and bins stored all the goodies I had purchased for students and I to use. So many markers, clips, sticky notes, notebooks, and pens galore! So I packed it all up, brought my hubby to load it all in the truck, and toted it back to the house. Hubby cried, “oh no no no” all the way home! Continue reading Piles and Piles of Fun!

Dollar Store Staples

As an educator, learning is a major priority to me, and I am a believer in putting your money where your heart is. I have been known to spend way more than I should have picking up school supplies for home and my classroom. It was to the point my husband was more afraid of the office supply aisle than of the shoe department! However, I have learned over the past few years how easily entertained little kids are and how unimpressed they are with name brand stuff. If you don’t point it out, they just don’t notice. So most of my craft-tivity supplies come from my favorite store: Dollar Tree. Of course, you have to watch yourself. Not everything is cheaper there, and sometimes the quality, or lack thereof, deducts from the value of a dollar item. I have compiled a list of my favorite supplies to keep on hand that are easily found at most dollar stores. Continue reading Dollar Store Staples

Sticking to the plan

Sticking to a plan is harder than it seems! I know I can’t be the only one who struggles to maintain the will power to stick with eating healthy, spending less, or a schedule, right?! I’ve been working on a loose schedule for the kiddos and me so we don’t end up wondering, “What did we do all day?” But it is tough! I feel like I’m always making something to eat for someone and it’s exhausting. I’m hoping we can get into a decent routine soon so the kids and I can have an idea of what’s next and I won’t be constantly battling the million questions and supplying the seemingly endless desire for snacks!  So far our days look a little like this: Continue reading Sticking to the plan