Sunday, August 26, 2012
For the record, my mom is a former preschool and kindergarten teacher and it's only now that I'm a parent that I truly know what she was talking about when used to say that she would create lesson plans, but because of the attention span of little children, she would constantly be having to change things up. I now understand that when I come up with all these ideas for things to do with my kids, sometimes the interest just doesn't last long. I sure wish I could set my kids down with a squirt bottle or some paintbrushes and water and have them be occupied for time enough for me to say, sit down and watch an entire episode of (cough) Bachelor Pad, but these little small windows with my boys doing something where they are having fun and using their imaginations totally rock. And, then we're on to the next thing! You have to have a whole arsenal of these little ideas for the whole day. So, add squirt bottles to your list!
If you do a google search, you can find a gazillion ideas for what to do with water beads. You can paint with them, fill a bin with shaving cream and put some beads in and play with them that way or put them on a lighted table. My boys love taking the bin and sorting their favorite colors out. But, so far, I will say that I am NOT on Team Water Bead. Why?
1. Not 10 minutes out of the box, Noah ate a water bead. Oh, it's not a day around here if I don't call poison control. For the record, water beads are non-toxic. The nice lady at poison control said the worst that might happen is that he'd have a tummy ache. He was fine. Anyway, they are kind of "gummy" like, so I totally get why Noah did this, but still.
2. My boys love to tear apart the poor water beads, making a big gummy mess.
Anyway, a lot of people love water beads and if you are looking for a fun inexpensive activity for your kids in a controlled environment where you can make sure they won't ingest them, I say go for it! Someday soon I will try painting with them, but until then I will send my boys back to the sandbox for their sensory fun.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Eeek! We have two more weeks until school starts. All of the VBS and summer camps are over, leaving us the freedom to stay in our pajamas with nowhere to go and, since it's August, possibly losing our marbles (okay my marbles) because there isn't a lot we can do outside in the afternoons (besides pour a large glass of chilled white at 4pm). Enter Camp Mama, or when I go out and invest in stuff from the Dollar Store and Michaels and we attempt to do craft ideas and fun activities to keep our sanity. I'll be sharing some ideas the next few posts. I always see mom bloggers posting these elaborate ideas for crafts that look far too difficult for a lazy simpleton like myself. I am going to focus on cheap and easy stuff that even this mama can do and that have kept my boys entertained (ages 4 and 2). Here is what we did yesterday and today:
|Genius idea stolen from pre-school. Foam blocks leftover from a large appliance purchase, $3 worth of colored golf tees and some toy hammers= hours of fun!|
Hello! I haven't been blogging much. There are two reasons for this. One is that Aaron is still not sleeping well at night (boo! hiss!) and number two is that we have just been busy. I went through my phone pictures and man, we've been running around a lot lately. I was worried that three babies was going to make me a total shut-in this summer, but thanks to our babysitter Alex (who comes three times a week for a few hours so I can go to the grocery store and whose departure for college in three weeks will make me sob) and to our pure determination to get out, we haven't slowed down much!
|Visiting with our elderly neighbors...|
|...who hopefully will invite us back. :)|
|Riding the Zilker train with Nana (in matching outfits!)|
|Playing "baby" or rather playing in the crib so that Noah can "visit" Paci during the day|
|Another day of playing baby. This time co-ed with Sela!|
|Going to Southlake to visit our cousins|
|Painting trains at Terra Toys, also with Sela|
|Laying under the shady pecan trees at Barton Springs|
Monday, August 06, 2012
|Still such a happy guy!|
|I love this. He's so relaxed!|
|My littles. Big brother at camp.|
|Strong like bull!|
Well, Aaron, since I blogged about your sleeping the other day, you have been a lot better. You are still all over the place, but you've been doing some nice long stretches the past three nights. Two nights of down at 7, up at midnight and down til 7. Last night you went 7-4. Bravo, good man, bravo! Keep it up! Just this week, we've transitioned you from napping in the swing to napping in the bed and I can't believe it. Sometimes you go down without a peep. Sometimes, I let you cry a few minutes and you can put yourself to sleep. A few months ago it was really hard for me to get you to sleep in the crib during the day, so I just gave up and put you in the swing... Desperate times, desperate measures, people! Don't judge!
In the past month, you've hit some big milestones. You rolled from front to back at 14 weeks. Just this very morning, we found you on your belly after rolling the other way. You are very strong and can hold your head up really well. You are also VERY VERY oral, all of a sudden. Everything goes in your mouth. Your favorite things to put in there are your fists and plastic linking rings. You love all the little rattles and baby toys. You also love the play gym mat and the bouncy chair in a way your brothers never did. Does anyone remember how John Michael drooled until he was 2 years old? How he was constantly wet? Well, sadly, I think we have another drooler. I may have mentioned that both Michael and I soaked through bibs, so I guess the genetic odds aren't in our favor for dry babies. Noah was so nice and dry! Ah well. Aaron can't be one-hundred percent perfect.
Anyway, we love you, Aaron! You are a complete ray of sunshine in our lives and are growing up too fast!
Friday, August 03, 2012
My first response? Look at how cute they are! My second response? Aaaaaack! Get Aaron back into the baby bath tub pronto! He is way too little for the sit-up bath seat. Isn't he? :) Waaaah! Not yet!!!!! Seriously. Back in the lay-down infant seat tonight! No rush for our last baby!
|"I like to eat at 4:30pm... and at 7... and 9, 12 and 4!"|
I do know this. Both Aaron and I need predictability. Aaron needs to be able to fall asleep on his own. The time has come. At almost 4 months into this, Mama is tired and we know that Aaron can in fact go all night! He has done it here and there, but just not every night. Mama is counting down the days until we can do sleep training. Sorry, Aaron, but soon your all-night buffet is going to close! And, it's going to be painful at first for both of us, but then it's going to be AWESOME! Sleep training rules!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
|"Welcome to Barton Springs... the soul of Austin" says the sign.|
|Observing turtles, runners, people who haven't bathed recently, etc. on the Zephyr|
|He who wears the concert T-shirt to the concert|