My children love their iPads. Yes I said iPads; the plural, meaning they each have their own. In a fantasy world, we would of loved to have them share one. But let's be honest the chances of that are slim to none, even if they were the same age & had the same interests at the same time. My 3 year old is into princesses and my 18 month old loves trains. Their personalities couldn't be any more opposite than night & day. However, they have one thing in common, they both LOVE to read! They will read all day long if you sit there & read to them...the same books over & over & over again! I love our family story time at night but sometimes they want to read at the worst times! That's why I love these interactive storybooks on the iPad! However, some apps are really bright, loud, & not exactly what you want your kid playing with when they should be unwinding from the day to get ready for bed time while your finishing up the dishes, let's say... That my friends is where " Jonty - The Dinosaur Who Could Not Go to Sleep" app comes into play!
As seen threw mommy's eyes...
So I made up my mind and before I could over think it or let others influence my decision…I called New York State Early Intervention Program. I got a voice mail and had to leave my name and number. (Talk about nerve wracking waiting for that call back!) While I waited for my phone call to be returned I reminisce on how many times I recommended parents to have their children evaluated as a teacher and now how many years later, I am a parent with a “questionable” child.
My hubby has a seasonal job which gets very busy in the summer; thus he has to work 6 days a week during the Spring & Summer. So my kids will never know what "summer vacation" really means aside from not being in school. There will be no weekend getaways to the shore. I know that may sound like a bummer to some but I see it as just another challenge on how to keep the kids busy!
Sunday happens to be our only full day together as a family of 4 so that means we try our hardest to not only spend the day together but to also make it fun & full of memories! Just because we can't go away doesn't mean we can't have a Staycation!! So I started to make a bucket list of all sorts of places we could go for a "day trip". Then I thought it would be pretty cool to share for any one else who is in the same bucket as us (pun intended haha). So here you have it, over 40 Staycation ideas!
Rainy day fun? Quick boredom buster? This is one of my favorite go to activities in my house because it is quick, easy, & not too messy! All you need is tissue paper, a spray bottle and a little creativity! However, like anything else there are about 100 different ways to do this project depending on what kind of finished project you are looking to achieve. Below I describe what I find to be the easiest & most attractive.
Kids sleep strange. I have always said I want to make a book of all the strange positions and places children will fall asleep at! My kids LOVE to sleep (they get that from their Daddy haha!)! My older one will sleep 12 hours no matter what time you put her down and if she doesn’t sleep a full 12 hours at night she will still nap a good 2 hours in the afternoon. My son is a pretty good sleeper as well. I can’t complain. Both my kids sleep with security items and I am OKAY with that…in fact I encourage it! I don’t care what they sleep with as long as they sleep! No sleep = one cranky mommy!
And boy it’s been on my mind lately!
As a parent you worry. I know I started to worry the minute I saw the double pink line on the pregnancy test. With my daughter I had an awesome pregnancy and worried about everything! I guess that is what women do, we worry and worry about everything and nothing. I remember saying to myself while pregnant with her, “man I am so worry about her, what do people do who have “high risk pregnancies”?” Well two years later I was able to answer that one too! My normal pregnancy with my son turned out to be high risk and I really worried about it until I held him in my arms. I figured the worrying would end there, but it doesn’t. As days turned into weeks and weeks into months I watched my little infant turn into a happy smiley baby. However, we discovered at 10 months that he suffers from a condition called “Involuntary Breath Holding Spells”. If you think you worry about your kids learning to walk and fall, try dealing with a kid who faints when he gets hurt or frustrated and is trying to walk! My worry meter went on high alert for a few months. At 12 months I was a little concern about his development but since we had just discovered his IBHS I didn’t raise my concern with anyone. Instead I documented EVERYTHING he was doing. (Because that’s what teachers do…document everything! I can’t help it; it’s in my blood even though I am currently not teaching.) I waited. And waited. And waited. I was thoroughly prepared to address these concerns at his 15-month appointment with his pediatrician.
I don't know about you but I am secretly looking forward to a day or two of rain. My grass is looking a lovely shade of yellow (Whoever says the grass is greener on the other side of the fence is clearly not my neighbor!). It seems that no much how much we water our lawn this day in and day out of HOT HOT HOT Sun is burning the grass right up!
This past Saturday we had our very first Messy Playdate in the Park of the summer season! It was a blast!! 15 toddlers + a whole lot of art sensory materials = an awesome time! In one hour the art teacher, Yoissy Thomas, exposes the children to so many sensory activities. From ice cube paints to paint slim and cornstarch paint. Pretty much all the “paints” were safe for little ones to eat, which I love since my son LOVES to put anything & everything in his mouth. (Check out some pictures below.) One of the activities we did was paint with ice cubes! This is a super easy activity to do inside & outside your home! In this fun activity, frozen cubes of paint provide your child with a cool new way to paint a masterpiece. I know a lot of us OCD parents are scared of “THE MESS” associated with sensory play but with a few tips here and there I guarantee you will be embracing the mess in no time!
So if you have been following me on my social media sites then you heard about my attempt at creating my own version of camp for my 3 year old. I appropriately call it #MommyCamp. Every Saturday we go to our "calendar" and discuss all the things we did this week. My daughter then picks her "favorite" activity from that week and draws a picture. She then tells me what she drew and together we write a sentence about it & label her picture where necessary. A few people asked me where I got my "journal" paper from.
A mermaid princess risks it all to be with her prince and live a life of love, on land!
Premiering on Saturday July 5th and running weekends the entire month, the Galli Theater’s Little Mermaid tests the resilience of love at first sight! After rescuing her prince at sea and bringing him back on land, she longs to join him in a life above the waters.