Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Fall Table Decoration!

As many of you know I am not a decorator by any means. I think I found a simple and inexpensive solution to decorating for the fall...

Ok, so maybe not! Guess I need to keep the chairs put up or keep a better watch on what M is doing! 

Play dough and mint!

Josiah's helicopter!

We have planted a small patch of mint as our whole family really enjoys mint tea. Farmer A takes great joy and pleasure in collecting his tea and setting it to dry. This collection is hanging in our basement drying for the winter. We will look forward to warm mint goodness all winter long! 

One day we spent quite a bit of time playing with play dough. I cut out dinosaur and truck shapes that got used for all sorts of creative activities. :-) 

Once they got tired of the play dough the puff balls came out. Who knew that a dollar bag of puff balls could lead to so many hours of exploration!

 The boys were actual able to play together for a few minutes without biting, hitting or arguing. I best run out and get a whole stash of these magic workers! :-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Puff balls, spit and rice!

Yesterday we tried doing a couple of creative play times. I always see these great ideas on mommy blogs and think it would be great to try them. Yesterday I actually put one into action. The idea is to use painters tape on the floor to make a target. 

You then give the kids a straw to try and blow puff balls from the outside into the center of the target. The person who gets to the middle first wins kind of deal. 

It seemed like a great idea since both of our boys love blowing in straws, especially when they are in cups of water. Well, let's just say we may or may not every revisit this activity. J seemed to get the concept but just blew is spit all over the carpet. His attention span which can actually be rather long lasted about two minutes and then he was playing baseball with the straws and puff balls. M just wasn't quite sure about the whole thing 

They both played for a few minutes and then decided to chew on the straws or send them flying across the room. And thus ended what I was hoping to be a nice quiet morning of creative play! :-)  The tape is still on my living room floor as I felt bad wasting that much tape for just a few minutes of play. I guess I will have to come up with some other type of activity to make sure of the tape squares. Any suggestions would be welcome!

 The rice tub has been one of J's favorite activities how since little M came along it has only been pulled out during M's nap time. J was asking to play in it yesterday afternoon so I decided to get smart and lay down a queen sized bed sheet to catch all the rice.

This actually turned out to be one of the most productive side by side play times for the boys. J played for an hour and half and M lasted about 45 minutes. The fun ended when I caught M throwing rice across the room. He quickly lost his rice tub privileges which I think made my point very clear.  

Just let me figure it out!

We bought a small set of hand weights that came with a simple plastic holder. It was put together and sitting on the table one morning last week when J got up. After looking at a couple of the single weights J asked if he could take the whole thing apart and put it back in the box. For some reason I didn't think that was a great idea at the time so I said no and left the room. 

A few minutes later I returned to the kitchen only to find that J had found the styrofoam from the box. He had then taken all the weights off the rack and placed them in the correct hole. When I walked in he was trying to figure out how to put the rack back in the packaging. I should have known better that he was just wanting to see how all the pieces fit together in the packaging. He had a great time figuring it out and was really proud of himself. Despite the fact that I had asked him not to play with the weights I did have to smile to myself and remember that this is the kid who is going to look for ways to challenge himself. Oh boy do I have a lot to learn about raising him! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Amazon purchases tell all!

So this evening A and I were talking and he asked if I bought a book on his Amazon account. I had purchased a book about different quiet time activities and as we were talking about it I realized that my Amazon purchases can explain how my day went. Obviously J's nap time/quiet time went smoothly and was extremely beneficial. Ok, or NOT! All someone has to do is look at my Amazon order history and they would have a direct insight into my day. Ha! This kind of made me laugh and want to cry at the same time. I do love being a Mom but some days are just not easy. Next time you see me feel free to ask for my Amazon purchase history instead of asking about my day! :-)

"Hey, look what I can do!"

This morning the boys actually played without fighting for almost an hour. I was truly amazed and thankful. (I won't mention the battle wounds from the afternoon. At least the morning was good.) While the house was relatively calm I tried to get a bit of computer work done. I was sitting at the kitchen table and looked over and saw this...

 M had pushed a chair from the table to the sink and was asking to wash his hands. I know he has seen J do this but it seemed rather random. I guess maybe he was done with playing quietly and was ready to cause some trouble! :-)

I turned on the water and let him "wash" his hands. The whole time J kept insisting that he needed soap so we even used soap. I was once again reminded how quickly these boys are growing up. M is rapidly moving from an infant to a toddler. Now if he would only start talking a bit more. At this age, J was speaking fairly clearly. I do not mean to compare kids but I think I didn't realize what a gift it was to have such early communication. M throws a lot more tantrums and I think it is just due to the fact that he cannot ye t articulate his thoughts and emotions. I am not sure how much J, his talkative brother, will appreciate hearing M's two sense on everything but I think it will make my life a bit easier. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We win the best parent award!

We had a fun weekend with Uncle K. One of his favorite things to do is going to get sushi. So at about 12:45 pm we headed out of town. After waiting a bit to be seated and waiting for our food we heard a thump.

We looked over and saw that M had fallen asleep in his high chair. I think we had worn him out with too much playing and a late lunch. 

I didn't know a side effect of eating sushi was drowsiness but that seems to be the case for M! Both A and I spent a portion of our meal holding a very sound sleeping child.