Sensory Boxes, Ages 2-5

Sensory Boxes, Ages 2-5

A few weekends ago, we went to Atlanta for my nephew, Tillman’s, second birthday. I had been thinking about what to get Tillman for a few months. I knew he was at that funny age where sometimes store-bought toys are the LAST thing they want to play with, so I knew I wanted to get him something that wasn’t fairly traditional. Finally, one night I was pinning kids ideas on pinterest (my kids board is here), and I came across a bunch of sensory boxes and activities that my kids…

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Growing Up Gracie

Growing Up Gracie

In all the hustle and bustle of Bean Man starting kindergarten, Gracie was sort of overlooked. Well, not really. But SHE thinks she was overlooked. We made sure that with everything we celebrated for Bean, we were celebrating just as much with Gracie. Yay! You get to go into a new classroom! Yay! You get to eat lunch in the cafeteria this year! (Which was the greatest thing to happen in Gracie’s short little life so far. She tells us about the ‘cafetewia’ every day.) Yay! You get to see…

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Sideline Momma

Sideline Momma

Last week, I took the kids to the Downtown Disney splash pad. It’s one of our favorite summertime places. We went early in the morning (before 9:30) to avoid the summer Disney traffic. But since it was the week after Fourth of July, the crowds were a little slimmer. That’s actually a good insider tip for Disney. Plan your vacations the week AFTER a holiday. Most people come during the holiday week, so the lines are a lot shorter in the parks the following week. I’m still trying to learn…

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Summer Supplies at the Dollar Store

Summer Supplies at the Dollar Store

We are still actively using our game closet on a daily basis around here.  Never more so than in the summertime.  The trick to maintaining this closet, I have found, is to keep rotating through the toys and activities.  Even if the kids outgrow an activity from the closet, I still keep it in there.  You never know when a set of wooden blocks will be needed for a superhero fortress, and we have used counting monkeys as armies, paper weights, dive toys, students in a classroom, and the list…

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“Mrs. Brown, we have your children.”

“Mrs. Brown, we have your children.”

This week has been a whirlwind. I have been in a week long digital curriculum training for school, and will continue to be in it through part of next week. I have been equal parts really excited because I geek out over this kind of stuff, and equal parts really bummed because I had hoped I would be floating in the pool with my kids by now. But, I’m hunkering down and trying to focus on the positive instead… at least until next Wednesday. The digital curriculum sessions last from…

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An Eyeball in Her Nose

An Eyeball in Her Nose

Last Friday, I was sitting down to begin a training session I was attending all day for work.  We had barely gotten started when my phone rang at 9:00am.  It was the daycare.  Never a call you want to get at work. The voicemail was so funny that I recorded it: I was listening to this in the back of the media center where the training was taking place, and by the time the message ended, I was laughing so hard that I had to step outside. Seriously.  My child…

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At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day

At the end of the day, Chris and I are drained. Work has taken a ton out of me. If I go to the gym, that takes more out of me. Cooking dinner, serving dinner, cleaning up dinner – it all takes what’s left out of me. And then there is bath time. Every night, I wonder if I have it in me to do baths. The kids had one the night before. How dirty could they be? Surprisingly, very dirty is the answer to that question. I’m not sure…

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If You Give a Boy a Swing Set

If You Give a Boy a Swing Set

If you give a boy a swing set, chances are he’s going to ask for you to turn the sprinklers on so he can swing in the “rain.” And if the boy gets his clothes wet while swinging with the sprinkler on, then he’s probably going to want to go ahead and play directly in the sprinkler, too. He IS already wet, you know… And if he’s already wet from the sprinkler, then he might as well put his feet in the pool… And kick…   And yell loudly… And…

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St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon

St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon

Bean and Gracie’s daycare is participating this year in the St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon.  Each of their classrooms has a goal of $400.00 in donations.  So, we figured rather than bug our family and friends (which we’ve already done), I’d ask you kind folks to open your wallets instead. Hey – at least I’m not trying to sell you wrapping paper… Bean and Gracie will ride their bike and scooter down to the end of our very long street on Friday as part of this trike-a-thon.  How much will you pay…

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