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Monday, July 28, 2014

Setting up a Child's Calendar

Three year olds don't really have any sense of time, and nor should they, but they are beginning to understand the concept of time and I thought a calendar would be a great way to help them grasp the different days of the week. 
 This is a white board calendar that I bought years ago, probably at Target, and now I sit with the kids every morning and we check to see what is going on that day and week. I write in the days with a vis a vis marker (so they don't accidentally erase anything) and draw in activities for the month. Big things, like trips and special visitors, as well as every day things they look forward to, library and museum dates. I bought a set of magnets and everyday we place either a sun or cloud (I let them tell me what the weather is like) on that day's date. I am sure to tell them the month and day and then we count down to any fun activities coming up.
This has been so helpful when we have something to look forward to and is a great way to start a conversation on fun things we've already done.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let's Go On An Adventure!



Last weekend we packed up the car and headed out west to Lubbock. Chris and I are both originally from there and something about the big sky gets to me as we move away from Dallas. On the way there we watched the sunset over the Caprock and coming home we watched it rise. Hard to beat a West Texas sky.

The kids are pretty good in the car. We had new library books, a few toys, apps on the iPad, and a rented movie from iTunes to watch (Happy Feet). At one point I looked in the back seat and saw them like this, holding hands. Too damn cute.

Then on Sunday Chris and I left the kids with his parents and headed up to Colorado Springs. Chris had a conference at the Broadmoor which is kind of a fancy place but still really comfortable and relaxing. We had an amazing dinner and walked around Sunday night and enjoyed spending the time just the two of us.

Monday Chris played golf and I had a massage at the amazing spa, then walked around and tried my first beet bloody mary. This was pretty much the limit of my exertion because then I headed back to the room to sit on the terrace and read my book. That night we had a conference related dinner and talked to a few couples that had twins and laughed at each other's stories.

Tuesday Chris went to a meeting and I did one of my favorite things that there is to do in the entire world, I ordered room service. Then we hit the road and headed back to Lubbock, spent the night and picked up the kids, then drove all the way to Dallas on Wednesday.

It was a bit of a whirlwind but actually really fun. I checked out The Night Circus on audiobook (I had read it, Chris hadn't) and it was really enjoyable to sit and listen to it and watch the beautiful scenery go by. On our way back into Amarillo we watched a thunderstorm roll in and I forgot how amazing it is to see a storm from afar. There must be a metaphor in there somewhere because we drove through that storm and soon in our rearview mirror we could see the black clouds behind us and the sun's last rays peeking through the clouds. Just breathtaking.

It got us thinking how relatively easy it is to travel with the kids now (big kid beds, no… well almost no… diapers, they entertain themselves, and love to sight see) and how we need to start adventuring around our state together over weekends. I've been looking into places we can go and I hope I can share some fun things we find here on the blog.

Getting to change up the routine and see things from a different perspective always adds to my life and I hope I always remember that it is worth it to seek out adventures, even if they are close to home.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Library Day Layout


My first layout using the Gossamer Blue July kit and I have to be honest and say I'm already wishing for more embellishments in the kit. I like all the layers I was able to achieve, but found myself wishing for a little more 3D finishing touches. 

I chose two pictures taken during a weekly library visit. They went well with the theme of the kit and I love having this every day type story documented.

To see the entire page and how it came together, watch this start to finish video!


What's on your workspace this Wednesday? Anything paper related?