For the past couple of weeks our neighbor boy, who is a 2nd grader, has been coming over when we’ve been outside in the afternoon. At first this was a little annoying as sometimes I felt like I was baby-sitting him while his grandmother stayed inside, but it has turned into a fun activity time for Cutie Pie. They often kick the soccer ball around, play hide and seek (finally someone is getting through to Cutie Pie that you don’t yell “Here I am!” as soon as the person finishes counting!) play in the sandbox and swing.
Seems like lately I’ve been blogging about activities that have required a little bit of preparation rather than something that has just sort of happened in our everyday. So here’s something that was totally unplanned, and actually something we were trying to prevent Cutie Pie from participating in since it required there to be a pretty large gap in our deck.
I found this magnet kit a few months ago. Every once in a while I’ll get it out with Cutie Pie. The other day he wasn’t feeling too hot, so we got it out again. He always has so much fun with it! This particular day all he wanted to do was ‘go fishing’. The kit came with plastic fish, paper clips, these little boxes that you can fit wheels to or make into a boat, some round magnets, rectangular magnets and a couple of posts and sails. We of course, couldn’t go fishing without having a boat in the water!
The park has 3 small-ish ponds with a walking trail of about 1 mile surrounding them. Cutie Pie insisted on walking which was fine with me. Shortly after we started we saw goslings near the trail. While this was extremely exciting, it got even better when an elderly couple walked past and offered crackers for us to feed to the babies! (Of course, I made sure we didn’t get too close…Mama geese are pretty vicious, I hear!) Sweet Pea was more than content to watch from the confines of his stroller, but Cutie Pie had a blast crumbling the crackers, tossing them and watching the goslings move closer to eat. We noticed there were 3 distinct sizes of goslings and 6 ‘parents’ watching, so I assumed this was 3 families spending time together. Cutie Pie liked that!
We Play ideas are being shared at Childhood 101 today! Here’s my contribution!
For some time now Cutie Pie has loved to pretend to be a dinosaur, running through the ‘loop’ in our house roaring. Sweet Pea usually wants to play along and until this week has asked to be up in our arms running after Cutie Pie as he pretends to be a tyrannosaurus rex or triceratops. Occasionally he’d offer a roar or two. Sometimes Cutie Pie is cunning enough to manage to get piggy back rides and have us pretending to be dinosaurs too!
It’s We Play Tuesday at Childhood 101 again! This isn’t really a play area, but rather something Cutie Pie absolutely loves to do and thinks it is play, which carries to him using his imagination in other rooms of our home! He LOVES to help his Daddy make pancakes and waffles. Here they are making waffle batter for our Sunday night breakfast for dinner. To us, making dinner can be a chore (especially with little hands wanting to help!), but to him it’s exciting and fun to make something we eventually eat! Not to mention he’s working on his coordination, counting skills and following directions, as well as learning about patience as the food cooks! Notice he’s using his left hand…and Sweet Pea is keeping himself occupied playing in the pots and pans cupboard – he’s in the lower left corner!
We went to see the local philharmonic orchestra concert for kids, called OrKidstra, on Sunday, which just so happened to make a very nice Mother’s Day for me! Cutie Pie had been once before, but not Sweet Pea! We weren’t sure how he would do, but he did great!
My teacher hubby is awesome!! I’ve been having a bit of a time recently with Cutie Pie listening to me and doing what I ask. We have talked about how this is a sign of respect and honor for his parents (mostly this happens to me, though) and when he doesn’t heed our directions or requests he isn’t honoring us or showing us love. Tuesday was no exception, in fact it was quite intolerable to me. It might have been worse as Sweet Pea had been sick for the few days prior with the stomach bug and was receiving a lot of extra attention as a result. Cutie Pie was definitely acting jealous.
Poor Sweet Pea woke up ill this morning with the stomach bug. It is so hard to watch your little 17 month old get ill and not be able to make them feel better. Cutie Pie never got sick at this age, actually hasn’t ever gotten sick to his stomach. We feel very blessed in this area. I love to cuddle my boys, but it’s hard to find pleasure in it when it’s a limp little boy with a high fever occasionally throwing up and always miserable.
Today was absolutely beautiful outside! The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the air was warm and the kiddos were sharing! I even had a full night’s sleep last night! A Saturday couldn’t get any better – unless of course I also had a maid to do all the cleaning for me and was relaxing by a pool!
Today Cutie Pie actually initiated playing some of the ‘games’ I’ve printed for him in the past (he used to spend hours reading so I thought he’d be interested in tot paks and lap-books and printed pieces with trucks and dinosaurs). We matched dinosaur halves, dino colors, and ended up talking about a PBS show called Dinosaur Train. Cutie Pie then surprised me by wanting me to help him write some of the dino names from that show. He’s never asked to write before!
We went to the library today and found another great hands on experiments book for the boys called Science Play! by Jill Frankel Hauser. This one is for ages 2 through 6. This one is separated into topics with several different activities in each topic as well as conversation ideas, More to Explore sections and Practical sections that carry each idea on. Since we’ve been finding lots of worms lately we decided to get dirty!
Friday was spent at the park as our playgroup wasn’t able to meet due to illness. The kids had a blast and Hubby was able to spend some much-needed time taking care of his car and working on his music, getting it ready to send to possible publishers. When we came home Cutie Pie informed Hubby that he ‘pretended to share’ while in the sandbox with other boys and girls. Not entirely sure what that meant!
We had quite an adventure today! We got together with my hubby’s brother and his family for the day which always makes for a Crazy Cutie Pie. They live about 45 minutes away and we never seem to get the opportunity for the kids to just play as we usually meet somewhere in the middle at a restaurant. Today was so fun!
We went to the zoo! We love the zoo. Usually it’s just me and the kids and a few other people there, but today hubby went too, along with a zillion other people! It was so fun…we even played on the playground, climbing through ‘fallen trees’. Here’s Cutie Pie in one:
The first weekday of spring break with Daddy home! It was so nice to have him around our home today, even if he was doing chores like letting the snow blower run out of gas to store it and changing the oil in the lawn mower. I was so surprised these activities didn’t attract more attention from the boys than they did, and am thankful because I know activities like this aren’t my hubby’s most favorite things in the world and are made more unpleasant by little hands that want to help, but belong to boys who aren’t big enough to!
Well, today didn’t feel like a Friday, although I know it was because we did all the typical Friday things. It was just one of those days where you just feel numb and go through the motions. I call it Mommy tired.
I love Sundays! Not only because we get to go to church and worship The Lord, but also because we usually have breakfast for dinner on Sundays! Yum! I’m a breakfast person! Tonight it was pancakes! Love it!