Monday, November 8, 2010

Snow and Rain Won't Keep Us Out of the Sandbox!

Confession time - I've gotten a little mentally tired of writing every day.  I decided that meant I should take a little break, so I did!  I'm aiming to get back to regular posts and an update of the week at a glance page, but for now I'm just going to do a quick update of today's fun.  It's a rainy/snowy day, but Mr. A's current favorite words are "DIRT!" and "TRUCK!" which he says with great gusto when he wants to go out to the sandbox.  Since that isn't practical today I decided to break out a great substitute - Moon Sand!  I haven't let Mr. A play with it before because he's still so little and rambunctious I knew it would end up all over my house.  However, I knew he was getting to the point that he'd really feel the loss if he couldn't go play in the sandbox with his trucks and the moon sand would be a great distraction.  You can see he made himself right at home and found a truck just the right size for the Moon Sand Box.  (Miss M also had fun molding stars and creatures!)
Just because the weather stinks we shouldn't have to quit filling dump trucks with sand!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gosh, now I feel bad.

Last week, and the week before that, I got out toys the kids hadn't used for a while.  We played with Barbies and board games and blocks and lots of other great toys.  It was fun to revisit them all, but I was also hoping to find some things the kids didn't really like any more that I could donate to charity and clear out our playroom a bit.  One thing that was on my chopping block was a plastic Barbie play kitchen.  When Miss E received the kitchen for Christmas we spent hours playing restaurant.  It was a favorite toy but it's been collecting dust for a while now so I was planning to sneak it out of the house soon.  Yesterday, I watched an old episode of Blue's Clues with Miss M where Blue and Steve played restaurant.  I told Miss M that used to be our favorite game.  She said "I don't know how to play restaurant."  I thought about it, and it's true.  She was just a little baby when Miss E and I played all the time.  By the time she was big enough to play, we'd finished the play room in the basement and moved the kitchen downstairs, where it was put in a corner.  She'd only occasionally excavated through the rest of the toys enough to reach the kitchen, and Miss E had moved on, so they played other games together instead and because they had each other, I played less and less.  Now, however, I can't believe she's almost five and doesn't know how to play restaurant!  That can only be neglect on my part, so I decided to give the kitchen one more chance.  Today, I'm bringing it and the huge tub of accessories out where we can play with them.  I'm going to teach Miss M (and Mr. A, of course) how to play restaurant.  Everything is portable enough to take out into the sunshine, too!  Bonus!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It was too nice of a day to stay inside and blog.

I didn't post this morning because I was busy running errands and basically covering all my bases.  I'm so glad I did all the things that had to be done early in the day though, because the afternoon was a glorious time to be outside.  Some neighbor girls came over after school and again after dinner and really made a party of it!  I took some fun pictures of them all out playing tag and rolling around on the grass.  Ahhh...  Nothing like tag and some grass in your hair to make your day complete. 

Chalk drawings were safe zones.

Tag!  You're it!

Mr. A LOVES the neighbor girls.

Whoo Hoo!  Twirling with the big kids!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What was I thinking?

I looked at my Week at a Glance calendar today and wondered what I was thinking.  I'm trying to stay close to home so Mr. A can work on his potty skills, so I'm not sure why I planned a trip to the park.  That's going to become FUN outside but at home, because frankly, we have everything a park has in our own back yard.  I think we'll start with our Little Tykes cars.  We have a Cozy Coupe for Miss M and a fire truck for Mr. A.  They love to "race" them down the sloped driveway in our back yard, even though Mr. A is still figuring out how to really make his go.  I also have some work to do in the garden to get it ready for winter.  I need to pull out the old, frozen plants and basically clean it all up.  Miss M should especially enjoy helping with that.  She loves that sort of thing.  So, we aren't going to the park, but we are going to enjoy this gorgeous fall day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday: A New Beginning

Every Monday brings a new chance to have a great week.  That was a friend's Facebook status this morning and I liked it, so I'm using it to get me motivated this morning.  As I've written about many times before, I'm still not doing 100% of the things I plan every day.  Some days I do really well, but more often than I'd like I have many good intentions but fewer actions.  This week, I'm trying out a new mantra:  Work First, Play More.  I've figured out that it should only take me two hours or less to finish all my "work plans", and that should leave more than enough time for "FUN plans" but I just haven't been disciplining myself enough to do the work first.  I'm really good at just hanging out, but I'd like to do better when it comes to actively doing the things I like or find important.  I spent the weekend making a mental list of the things I'd like to do for fun, whether just for myself or with the kids or with the spouse.  I'm going to work on fleshing that list out today, and will choose something to reward myself with if I successfully complete all of a day's plans.  Wish me luck!

Oh - the Week At A Glance page is updated with meal and FUN plans.  Last week's experiment with Kraft's 1 Bag, 5 Dinner's plan was less than fabulous.  I was right - some of the recipes were a bit funky.  I'm giving it one more chance though.  This week we'll be using their Healthy Living Bag 3  Everything looks pretty straight forward (and less funky) so hopefully we'll be happier with our meals this week. 

Our FUN plans mostly involve playing outside as much as possible.  The weather forecast looks fabulous so we'll take advantage of it.

Have a great Monday!