Thursday, February 22, 2018

Getting outside

As the weather warms up, we find ourselves having a bit of cabin fever.

How do you combat that?!


And man oh man have we spent our time outside lately.  Warm days, shorts, hair up, play equipment.. that is all you need in life.

At least in 2 year old life!

We have been enjoying our days outside.  We have been enjoying our time playing without a care in the world.  It is nice to get out in the fresh air after all the sickness and doctors visits.  It's nice to play without a care in the world.

And baby girl has been doing her part.

Running, screaming, climbing, sliding.  She has been doing it all.

She's making new friends every time we play.  She loves following the bigger kids around, and they usually love having her tag along.  She is everyone's favorite baby after all!

We are working on planning our summer vacation this year.  We are thinking the beach... and I think baby girl would approve of this idea!

Being outside is giving us back a little breath of life!  It is so nice and warming and comfortable.

**So story time... real quick.  These pictures were taken as we waited outside a restaurant for daddy to show up.  These are not the pictures I meant to put with this blog post about getting out and making new friends.  But as I looked over the pictures I took at the play ground, every single one of them as a face of a kid in it that I cannot crop out, no matter how hard I try.  So out of respect to those kiddos, you get these pictures instead of the ones of her playing at the playground!**

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekend plans

Some families are probably planning big weekends away doing things now that the weather is warming up.

Not us!

We are planning how to clean up our yard!

So much fun.

(I don't know if that's sarcasm or not.  I haven't decided myself!)

So day one of making your yard presentable involved a trip to the hardware store for a
backboard for a new shelf (nothing to do with the yard, but still) and to get mulch.

See, there's the new shelf with the new backboard on that I did!  The shelf was already put together, but that backboard, that's all me.  (It's the little things you all!)

Then a second trip as you realize that you need so much more mulch than you could ever imagine.  And nails, because those are important to nail backboard onto a shelf.

Then a realization that you are gonna get only so much done this first weekend.

We also started our seeds, but that'll be it's own post!

Anyway, every weekend from now until eternity will be spent on this yard.  Weeding, pruning, mulching... so much to do!

But I'm sure they'll be pretty when they are done!

Oh yeah, someone also got gardening gloves from grandma and granddaddy.. and she's loving them!  How cute is she with her little gloves on helping?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Day in the life

Ever wonder how our days flow?  Well, I picked a random day and decided to take a picture of everything we do, within reason.

So here you go, a day in the life of a 2.5 year old!

We stared the morning by waking up.  Yeah, seems simple, but I figure it's a good place to start!  Usually daddy leaves for work around 7:30 and baby girl is up and ready now a days by 8am.  I, however, am not a morning person.  So we typically sit and snuggle for a bit in bed.  She chats in her little babbly way, I nod and mmhmm when appropriate.  It works.

This morning we had oatmeal.  And you know, that's the only picture I can't find in my folders!  But it was Quakers Blueberry and Cream Oatmeal. Trust me, good stuff!

 When we were eating breakfast I decided I Wanted some cold sweet tea.  So I made some hot black tea, then made it cold.  lol.  Simple, right?!  I made enough tea for 2 glasses.  One now, one later.
Also during breakfast we watched a little Sesame Street.  Seriously loving them lately.  And she's so interactive with them!  Brain Building!

 After breakfast, we got dressed and headed down to our neighborhoods playground!  Absolutely love it there.  And it's a 2 minute walk from our house.  You can't beat that.
 She climbed this tower all by herself.  She was super proud!

 And we played.  For long time!

She was so proud of herself for conqueroring this climbing wall!

After we finally had enough play time, we came back to the house.  Yes, of course it wasn't perfectly easy!  A kid on a playground who is over tired because I just realized what time it was?  Yeah, that was a meltdown!

But we had lunch and watched a new to us show called Classical Baby on HBO Go.  We've been watching it a bit here and there, and while it's not what we thought it was, she actually loves it right before naps and sleeping time.  It really chills her out.  

After lunch was another diaper change and then getting ready for nap!  She loves that salt lamp as much as I do.  It's the perfect night light.. except she's turned it off and on so much it now has a busted bulb we have to replace.  But honestly, small beans compared to how much it's part of her routine now!

After nap was a great snack of grapes!  Then we colored and worked on counting in our first and  second languages.  She's getting better at it than me!  

Then there was a demand for more snacks!  Except, nothing she asked for was ACTUALLY what she wanted.  I have zero clue what she actually wanted, but it wasn't anything you see pictured here.  And after the lonely piece of naan bread, I basically gave up and she stopped asking!  Win/win!

 Then we wrapped baby!

As you can see behind baby is my open laptop.  I was trying to get some blog posts edited and ready to be put up.  That did not happen.  Baby wrapping was much more important!
 Listened to Maimoa, a favorite!

 Danced to Te Vaka (an absolute favorite!)  And included a little bow at the end to complete the dance.

Then busted out to some Meghan Trainor.  This is a newer obsession, but my goodness she knows everyone word to almost every some she's heard from her!  

 After all that dancing, she got a little impatient for daddy to get home!  She decided to take her baby, her blanket, and a couch pillow and go lay down on the floor by the door daddy would come in.  This was obviously the only acceptable answer!

From here until supper was a lot of random play and throwing things.  After daddy gets home she likes to go a little buck wild and just blast through full steam ahead.  And daddy has great bonding time with her!  I took some pictures, but I think it's better not to put them up.

After a little daddy play time, we were off to supper.  We ended up going out this night, to a favorite Chinese restaurant with sushi.  Daddy gets his favorite, I get my favorite, and baby girl got the chicken on a stick and (her favorite) French fries!  She actually ate a whole stick chicken and part of my eggroll.  As well as, obviously, her fries.

After supper is calm down get ready for bed time.  I didn't take any pictures of this part because being present is important to help her calm down and settle into sleep.  We change into jammies, we brush and floss teeth, we sing a song, tell a story, and drift off to night nights.

And THAT my friends is a typical day in the life of a 2.5 year old kiddo!  And pretty much a day in my life as a stay at home papa!  So much movement, so much fun!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sick days

Random sickness has hit our household.  We have been down the entire second half of the week and the whole weekend, unfortunately missing a birthday party we were looking forward to attending!

I hate seeing my baby sick, but I hate being sick as well.

She handled it better than I did, sadly.  She bounced back relatively quickly. 

Me on the other hand?  I'm still sick.

It's horrible.

Needless to say, we are going to hunker down a bit longer before heading back out in society!  

 Hunkering down means lots of hot tea.  There is nothing better for me than sitting back and drinking a little

And of course you have to drink it out of a cup reminding you to be strong.
It also means not caring that the living rooms is a mess and the kiddo is tearing through it like a banshee on speed.

And this is okay.  

We can always clean the living room later.  Right now, we drink tea and rest.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Snow day!

Part of our rewilding involves going outside and experiencing everything.

Recently we had a "snow storm" (like 3 or so inches!) and I realized baby girl hadn't been out in snow since she was 7 months old!  So we bundled up and away we went!

We had so much fun.  Throwing snow, cleaning off the car, making snow angels!  She was so into it.

And it reminded me of my youth!  Playing in knee deep snow and making snowmen and generally just being a kid and having fun.

I am so glad I took the time to bundle her up and go outside!  Sure, we didn't have "proper snow attire" or anything like that, but that's okay!  We made do with what we had and still enjoyed it!

After an exciting day outside in the snow, we came in, hung up our wet clothes, made hot chocolate, and then enjoyed it in front of the fire place!

What an ending to a great day in the snow.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The new playroom

Ok, how excited are you to see our new playroom?

Probably as excited as I was to create it finally, right?!

Of course right!

So without further ado, here it is!

This is what you see when you come upstairs and round the corner into the room.  Lots of wide open space, a doll house, a corner with chairs and stuffys.
Next to that wall is the play kitchen and dishes, a couple random toys. 

 Then the shelves with building blocks nd the tunnel.  As you can see, baby girl loves this section the most currently.  Mostly because she's all about dumping everything her little hands can get on... and this is prime dumping materials.
 This section will eventually be covered over!  It's a couple book shelves we don't have really any other place to put and our board games.  We plan to put up shelves in that area and then section it off with a curtain tacked to the wall so they'll leave the whole area alone.
This is a radical overview once we added the climbing gym.  Baby girl's awesome aunt got her this and we figured this was the best place for it to be!  She absolutely loves it!

And the awesome wall, as I call it!  So much space to create and enjoy!

Monday, January 15, 2018

planning the garden

I am so excited to get to pour over my new seed catalogue!  We are growing for the first time at our new house and that means a new challenge in learning our hardiness zone and what actually grows here.

It took me a few weeks, but after consulting with everyone, I ordered our seeds!

I am so stoked to get this part going.  I mean, sure, I still have to clear the gardens out.  Measure soil levels and probably replace quite a bit.  Create rabbit fencing.  Check the sprinklers to make sure they even work anymore.  And a whole host of other things.

But we are growing this year if it kills us!

Okay, that might be a little dramatic.

But we are growing this year.  The package arrived today for the seeds!

 Look at them, all bundled up in there!

It doesn't look like much, but I'm hopeful it's enough to get us started.

This is our first year gardening here and it's gonna be a make or break year for me I'm feeling.  I need this garden to work at least a little bit!
Maybe it's more than I thought... haha!

But this is only a portion of the fresh foods we'll eat!

There are also no sweet fruits in here.  Though I did order some blackberry bushes, but they won't be delivered until much later in the year, when it's time!

This is our overview!

So to break down all we got.

In these two rows, starting in the top left corner and going DOWN then starting at the top again.

Bullnose sweet peppers, butter crunch lettuce, Australian brown onion, Orangegelo Watermelon

Carentan Leek, Amish Melon, Strawberry watermelon, Landreth stingless bush beans

Glory of enkhuizen cabbage, Cherokee purple tomatoes, Purple dragon carrots, chives

Waltham butternut squash, Arikara sunflowers, Cherokee trail of tears beans, buttercruch lettuce (another pack... I only ordered one.  So bonus!)

And the last column is:

Danvers 126 half long carrots, giant noble spinach, half long guernasy parsnips, delicacy white kohlrabi

How delicious is our garden going to be this year?!!!

On top of that, Baker's Creek seeds sent us three "free gift" seed packets.

For us they sent: Brunswick cabbage, Black Vernissage tomatoes, and cosmic purple carrots!

How awesome is that?  THREE free food stuffs.  I like free.  It's one of my favorite ways to pay for things.

So now that we have the seeds and I am reading up on how to keep them, it's time to get the garden into order.  

Or it will be, once it's warmer than 19 degrees outside!