Monday, August 20, 2018

Simple Summer Night

The other night we had the best summer night. It was so simple - we just hung out in the backyard and enjoyed a rare storm-free evening. At the beginning of the summer, we did ALL. THE. THINGS (beach, pool daily, trips for ice cream, a festival, park trips, the movies). After Hayden got sick, our summer screeched to a halt and we've been slowly easing back into it, maybe with an appreciation for taking things a little easier.

After trying to convince the kids to go to the pool and an outdoor event downtown, they really just wanted to stay home, play on the swing set, and run through the sprinklers. And it was just right.

I cooked the quickest dinner possible (grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with a special treat of juice for dinner), because who needs a fancy dinner when you can spend all your time outside?

The kids had ice pops and then … Daddy came home!

It's fun to go to the pool and the beach, and events and all sorts of things, but lazy summer nights are the best.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Playroom update

One of our most pinned images is the basement playroom we designed for our kids in the first 6 months we lived in our house, back when we had a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old. Now we have a 6-year-old and 3-year-old and things change. They both love playing in their rooms and ended up not using the playroom to play as much so we have moved things around and made the space work for us.
  1. Indoor activities: Winters are LOOOONG on the East Coast and the kids need something active they can do on those seemingly endless snow days. We ended up purchasing a mini trampoline, some scooter boards, balance pods, and other equipment from Amazon and Ikea. 
  2. A couch: this area has turned into the dedicated TV space for the kids. We typically let them have a movie night on Friday or Saturday night where they get into their pajamas early and get to eat dinner downstairs and watch a movie. It's nice not to hear a kid movie from the next room, and they love this special treat. 
  3. Smaller art table: We had a huge desk that my father in law built us which has since been moved to Hayden's room (for all his lego building). I purchased this smaller table from Amazon. Charlotte's the one that loves to do art and color so it's the perfect size for her. Plus, it's light and can be moved into place for movie-night dinners. 
  4. Magnet wall: It's not the prettiest but we put magnetic sheets on the wall for the kids to use to with magnet letters, our magnet gears. We also attached magnets to one of our several marble runs and the kids use those to build a run along the wall (which lead to me finding 10 million marbles in all corners of the playroom)
  5. The Wall: This was the biggest (and best!) change. Nick built a shiplap wall with a sliding door to separate the basement-work-bench-side of the basement from the playroom. (Previously we had it blocked off with some Ikea bookshelves.) I LOVE the look of the wall and having two distinct areas.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mom Hack 01

I love to hear other's tips and tricks for momming. We're all in this together, right? Since no one in our house naps anymore (sad, sad day when that ended) we have Quiet Time each afternoon. It's necessary for me to have a little extra time for work in the afternoon and even more importantly, my kids are usually tired and ready for some down time after mornings out/at school/etc.

Anyway, we used to have a playlist of kids music that they would listen to, but then I discovered Disney's Storyteller Series on Apple Music. They have narrated stories of all my kids' favorites movies, some with the songs incorporated. They range from 15 minutes to 1 hour and we time Quiet Time to be about 1 - 1.5 hours every afternoon. My kids love choosing the stories each day to and a lot of times when I peak in, I find Charlotte resting on her bed just listening. 

We also have Sonos speakers in basically every room in our house (thanks, husband ;) ) and so it makes it really easy to make a playlist of stories each day. 

So, if you have Apple Music, definitely check out the Disney Storyteller Series!

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