We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.
The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…
Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…
Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…
Fed the tortoise…
And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.
On a cutting board.
Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.
And just let everyone eat what they wanted.
Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.
It’s been almost two months since my last blog!
In case you can’t tell, we’ve been super busy!
Miss Addison turned 3 in January and we celebrated with a Fox birthday party in the park. And at Disney (of course!).
And we just finished all of our Valentine’s Day fun!
We are also participating in a hiking spree at the local parks. We have to finish 8 hikes by the end of march, so we’re doing about one a weekend!!
Eric and I also just registered for our first half marathon! We’ll be running the Disney half next January!
So I’ve been busy training for that as well. Here’s what my weeks have been looking like lately:
Monday– Hikes with homeschool group/ Busch Gardens/ Karate
Tuesday– homeschool testing/ Dance class/ Chick-fil-a/ tea party
Wednesday– school from 8:40-Noon/ all my grocery shopping done/ Karate
Thursday– school from 8:40-Noon/ run while the girls are in school
Friday– Friend’s houses/ play dates at parks
Saturday– Farmer’s market/ Home improvement store/ gardening/ family time/ date night
Sunday– hiking/ gardening/ Disney
What Mom’s week doesn’t look like that?!
For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.
Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.
We made paper plate turkeys by:
1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)
Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.
We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.
With Emma starting preschool, breakfast around here has been hectic.
I’m not used to leaving by 8:20!
I had picked up some mini blueberry muffins from Publix, but I went through two boxes of them in two weeks!
So, to Pinterest I went and found a few different recipes that I liked.
I wanted to use whole wheat flour.
I didn’t have any plain Greek yogurt to use.
So this is what ended up being my recipe:
I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.
I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.
I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.
I’ve seen streets flood.
I’ve had the power go out.
I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.
We throw Hurricane parties.
Until we have kids.
Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…
Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:
It’s the end-of-the-year, which means graduations AND RECITALS. This is my girls’ second year of dancing and I have TWO dancing so these are some of my tips and tricks for surviving the dreaded recital.
#1- Do not, I repeat, do not volunteer to be a chaperone. A chaperone is an adult who stays behind-the-scenes of the recital, keeping the kids busy while ALL of the other dances happen on-stage until it’s their turn to go.
Good luck to the poor sap who has to entertain 10+ toddlers for 2+ hours.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
One of the things I didn’t touch on too much in my last post about Camping with Kids was food
And let’s face it…
Toddlers NEED food…
They get HANGRY…
So, here’s what we packed for our weekend trip (we had a refrigerator, also):
We just got back from a weekend camping (Ok, GLAMping) trip.
We stayed in a cabin.
But there were still some things we needed to pack and prepare for bringing along two toddlers.
I wanted to stay in/ near Crystal River, so we could see the manatees.
I went to the dollar store and bought little ribbon dancers (remember those?!)
And glow stick necklaces and bracelets
We brought shovels (which didn’t get used)
And fishing poles. Which definitely got used.