Some days are really challenging. Naps are extra short (Felix) or nonexistent (Romy this afternoon) and it's rainy and grey outside making for total indoor chaos by 4pm.
I try not to get too caught up in it, and instead remember to look around and laugh a little (or a lot. maniacally even) to keep things as light as possible. This doesn't always work, but today I got lucky and noticed this silly pig wearing glasses while stuffed into the playhouse roof! Nice one, Felix. Thanks for reminding me to relax and keep having fun.
Our big boy has been perfecting his climbing skills, and I am so grateful he has been accompanied by such a great spotter during practice. He has also been building daily caves and forts around here. Or...at the very least pulling all the sofa cushions off in order to bury us. Dustin had to be rescued from a pile of cushions and tinker toys the other day (luckily I had my camera nearby to capture this). Deep breaths as I continue to work toward finding a balance between tidy and chaos.
Our baby boy has become a professional smile-giver. He is such a happy, smiley baby. LOVE that so much. :-)
As for me, well, my slowcooker is my best friend lately. That thing is a lifesaver.
I have also been trying to find time to do some holiday making. Not sure exactly where to start, but I suppose crafting Romy a stocking is probably the right place. After that, I think I see some citrus salt, homemade biscotti and chocolate truffles on the horizon.
Dustin and I went on a date the other night. We sat at the bar in a beautiful new tapas restaurant in town eating dessert and drinking grownup drinks. It was perfect. And the best part (besides getting to chat for two uninterrupted hours with my sweetie) is that I think we've figured out a way to make date night an almost weekly thing by swapping childcare with some friends who also have two littles.
We're getting our tree this weekend and I'm beside myself with anticipation. Can't wait to get all the holiday decorations out and up around here. Good fun, indeed. I stumbled upon this holiday traditions article and thought I would share. I love a good tradition, don't you?
The title of this post is what Felix calls his magnifying glass. Hearing him say "magic finding glass" nearly makes me drop to my knees every single time. It is definitely one of the things he says that I hope sticks around for as long as possible. Like, till he's at least 30. Oh, okay that's crazy...20.
Let's see...this week has really gotten away from me. Surprise. I'm moving in super sloooow waddlely motion around here -- 37 weeks tomorrow. That, and last weekend we did the 3 day potty learning method with Felix. It was a huge success (thank you dear Heather for telling me about it!) but I've had to be very aware in the "tell mama if you need to pee" department this week so everything moves along in the right direction. I'm a little afraid to type this as there could certainly be some back-sliding (like when the new baby arrives??) but he has gotten it thus far so it's looking like we may have only one child in diapers instead of two! Wouldn't that be fantastic?! Indeed it would.
Hope you have a great weekend. We're making personal pizzas on the grill -- a new idea that will likely work better than grilling one big pizza, something we still find a little challenging. Besides, I want pesto and artichoke hearts on my pizza and I'm guessing the boys (specifically Felix) will want nothing to do with artichoke hearts.
For fun I will leave you with some favorites I've stumbled upon lately.
Who would have known mixing flour and baby oil together would result is so many hours of sensory activity fun? Cloud dough (or moon dough) is certainly well worth the two or three dollars and post-play clean up required. Well worth it. Felix loves the stuff and has asked to play with it almost daily since I mixed it up when his cousin Hazel was visiting a few weeks ago. I will admit that it feels pretty nice to the touch -- it is like sand (it packs together very well), but much softer and silkier
There are lots of recipes around the web that all say pretty much the same thing:
Mix 1 cup of baby oil with 8 cups of flour and store in an airtight container. (You don't want this stuff to get wet. Goopy mess supreme.)
**Also, if you're wondering, the plastic bin we use is attached with zip ties to a rectangular milk crate. I drilled tiny holes in each corner of the bottom of a cheap plastic bin -- water can drip through, but the opening is too small to allow any cloud dough or sand or good old dirt to escape. Having the bin off the floor at a good height for Felix to stand next to and move around seems to decrease messes and increase the fun. Besides, I always enjoy having an excuse to use a drill and zip ties.
Popping in to say hi. Hope you're having a fun weekend. We are certainly having a few good laughs over here due to Felix's new(ish) orange sun hat and critter catchin' net...and his hilarious personality. Oh boy.
Yesterday we celebrated Felix's birthday by having a party at one of our favorite parks. Lots of friends and kiddos showed up for a couple of hours full of eating snacks and Felix's requested green cupcakes, lots of frolicking on the playground equipment, and a five gallon bucket full of bubble magic!
Felix definitely enjoyed all the love and attention that came his way. (Funny tidbit: Our family arrived a little early to set up and Felix walked around for a minute or two before coming over to Dustin and I with a puzzled look and saying, "no friends". We assured him that friends would be arriving very soon. :-) And they certainly did.
Felix had quite a blast with one of the performers in the kiddo area of an event we went to last weekend. He liked the bubbles and the hula hoops, but he kinda freaked out over the ribbon wand. Should probably put it on my list to make him one for his birthday next week. I could see that going over really well.
Sitting and being circled by ribbon. Pure joy.
Running through it. Super fun.
Touching the guy's amazing harlequin tights. Awesome!
a lot of snuggling in "the big bed" some gardening breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the back porch a found and inspected wooly bear a freed wooly bear some accessorizing with necklaces from mama's drawer lemon ricotta pancakes a ride on a paddle boat lots of good fun had at the 8th annual Beaver Queen Pagent a trip to the library a few naps a movie night
a couple of really nice days.
hope you had some as well.
♥ ♥ ♥
oh, and I hit the 26 week mark. the belly button is now officially leading the charge. oy!
Dustin introduced Felix to water balloons this weekend. He was amazed; although, he didn't like it one bit when they popped. And he was even more bummed upon finding out that mama couldn't fix the situation using tape. :(