Thursday, August 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Hayden

The sweet boy who made me a mother turns 5 today! He is kind, sensitive, silly, and creative. Hayden loves to cuddle, read books, and build with his legos or magnet blocks. He loves the Octonauts and his marbles. He cares deeply about his family and is always offering words of encouragement- whether it's for potty training (Charlotte) or pushing the stroller up a steep hill (me), he's always shouting "You can do it!" He has a strong sense of what's right and wrong, although he definitely knows how to push his sister's buttons. He is a fan of helping me cook and he loves math. He loves salad and most raw veggies, but also pizza and dessert. Hayden has made huge gains with his swimming this summer and is learning to ride his bike. He loves school and is so excited that Charlotte will be there next year too. Happy Birthday to our favorite little boy; we love you so!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Our Living Room is Done!

In our house, our sunroom/kitchen is the most used and populated area of the home. Our living room has always been in a state of not-quite-done. We didn't use it as much as our sunroom so it got ignored for awhile. However, we've found that it's nice to hang out in there when the kids are watching a movie in the sun room- we can close the door and have an adult conversation. It's also the room that's held our Christmas tree and all our decorations for the last two Christmases.

Monday, July 31, 2017


Hayden's birthday is coming up (5!) and I've been doing a little birthday shopping for our guy. His interests definitely veer toward building, engineering, and creating. He absolutely loves playing with his legos and creating very detailed structures. I decided to create a round-up of some favorite STEM toys for his age range- some of these we have and some I know Hayden would love. We have the marble run (2 actually to make giant tracks!) and the Magna tiles. Those, along with the legos get played with daily. We also have the code-a-pillar and he and Charlotte both have fun with that one. Let me know what fun STEM toys your kids love!

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit//Skoolzy Straw Structures //Marble Genius Marble Run Starter Set//Domino Rally Classic //Magna-Tiles Clear Colors //LEGO Classic Large //BathBlocks Floating Ball Run//Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar//Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

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