Showing posts from April, 2016

To Pin or Not To Pin

So, several months ago, I decided to cut way back on my Facebook usage. And by "way back," I mean quit completely.

It wasn't difficult to do, and I do not miss it, but I do miss keeping up with a few friends and family members who live a good distance away from me. 
However, the break has been good for me. Less negativity to read and less of the green-eyed-monster lurking, means more contentment in my heart. 
I have, though, found myself scrolling through my Pinterest feed more often than is probably heathy. ;)
But the benefits have been wonderful! 
I've started gardening. Good afternoon, my gorgeous, growing, nearly-three-week-old plants!
I've compiled TONS of neat activities for the kids, both indoors and outdoors
The creativity out there for toddler-approved arts and crafts lessons is endless! 
My list of home helps (i.e. cheap and chemical-free) is growing :).  So far this week, I've cleaned my bathroom (hello and thank-you to the bubbly, fizzing goodne…

Two Things Tuesday (4/26)

1.  Jack has been, on his own, attempting to count the last week or two, so I decided our learning times this week would be geared toward numbers and counting. I selected nearly 20 books from the library, and we've been enjoying those.

Yesterday, he painted the circled numbers at the top to match the ones I'd painted at the bottom.  
Today's activity was super fun! I took out ten number flash cards and added star stickers to the sides. Then, I pulled out our clothespin container and had him clip the pins on the stars. Then, we'd count. We made it to the seventh card before he got tired, but I'd say 20 minutes of counting and clipping was pretty good for his age :) He pretended like the pins were alligators, so that made it even more fun :) 
You might not be able to hear him, but he's counting, and I'm super proud of him!
2.  Also, a day or so ago, Jack asked me for tea. He's never had tea before, but they have a toy teapot, and there's one episode o…

Five Facts Friday (4/22)

1. For those of you doing some grocery shopping this weekend or this coming week (all you smart people who don't have to fight the weekend shoppers!), there are TONS of coupons and rebates here and here! I saved over $14 at the grocery store today between the two on things I already had on my list :) LOVE when things work out like that! Our bank account was appreciative, as well, haha!

2. Insect week is going well over here. He loves the flour-filled balloon bumblebee and to have me sing the song--you know the one ("I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee. Won't my momma be so proud of me?...")--while he acts out the motions. Ella just likes squeezing and tossing it and squealing with glee :)
This insect search was a real hit, too! He found and buried them all several times :)

3. My dad sent over a few mint plants (that I haven't planted yet but that the kids really enjoy sniffing, haha!) and some tomato cages for my cucumber plants. 

I spent yesterday afternoon weedi…

(Non-)Wordless Wednesday with Some Words for the Bestie (4/20)

Happy birthday, Bestie!
You're fantastic, and I'm so glad our friendship has survived 20+ years of ups and downs and husbands and kids and jobs and life. 

May your day be filled with more love and laughter than you can stand!

(I know you feel SUPER special because this is the first song he's sung!!!)

Two Things Tuesday (4/19)

1.  We're learning about insects and spiders this week, but maybe I should have checked out weather books and found weather activities instead. 

Our part of the state (especially where my in-laws live) got hammered by torrential rains, and a lot of people had significant damage to their homes.  My in-laws had to take up most of their flooring and will have to redo the lower sections of walls soon.  Here are our frontyard and backyard after just a few hours of rain . I can't imagine what it would have looked like had we gotten what they got :/

2. Ella is doing a really good job of telling me when she needs to go to the bathroom and of keeping her undies dry. We're very pleased :)

Five Facts Friday (4/15)

1. My garden is really thriving with all of the rain we've gotten lately :)

2. Jack has been enjoying our free learning times this week by exploring in rice and beans. He played with the beans and little farm animals for nearly an hour yesterday morning. 
3.  The homemade weed killer I used last week seems to be working! Yay for cheap and non-toxic!
4. Ella has entered the stage of life known as the I-want-nothing-to-do-with-anyone-else-but-mommy stage. It's painful. And it makes me happy that I can make her happy. But it's also exhausting. And frustrating. She's also climbing. On everything. 
5.  I got a pedicure. I needed the pampering and the break. I'm thankful for both. 

Thankful Thursday (4/14)

Today, I'm thankful for the giant stack of hand-me-down undies The Bestie gave us for Ella. 
We're on day 4 of our potty training adventure, and we've used probably half of them. This is what's left. *side note -- little girl undies are the cutest thing!
When she has accidents, I just throw them in the diaper pail, and they get washed when the pail is full of nap and nighttime diapers. Handy :)
I'm thankful for having TONS of extra undies to help us out as she learns to do her business in the toilet and not on my floor.

Two Things Tuesday (4/12)

1. This kid got a haircut from his Pop-pop and The Husband earlier this week. I LOVE it, and we think it makes him look like such a little man :)
And, this girl has started potty training for reals! Two days and a few accidents later, she's also had a few successes!
2. I decided to take a break from lesson plans this week. I chose some books by one of my favorite children's authors and some books by my most favorite children's illustrators. We'll read and enjoy those, and our learning times will be a free time to paint or color or mold or lace as the day calls for it. Jack gets a kick out of me saying, "and this book was written by the same author/illustrated by the same man as this one!"  (I seriously ADORE David Catrow's illustrations and have for years and years. So funky and adorable.)

Five Facts Friday (4/8)

1. We've spent a lot of time out in the backyard this week soaking up this gorgeous weather we've been having. They have loved every minute and beg to go out several times a day. 

2.  Learning time has centered on farm life this week. We checked out 17 books, and we've enjoyed them so far!  Here are a few things Jack has worked on :)

3.  The Husband decided to cut a hole in the garage wall this morning. 

4.  The weeds in our backyard are OUT OF CONTROL. I found a recipe for natural weed killer on Pinterest and mixed it up. 

5.  Speaking of backyards... I put together a pallet garden  :)  (Another nifty idea I found on Pinterest!)