Sunday, October 19, 2014


I think we can all agree that those Pinterest-y moms are a super annoying breed of mom. AmIright? You know - the ones that regularly come up with creative ways to engage their children in movement and learning and then brag share via social media - giving the rest of us a bad name. Ugh. I can't even keep on top of regularly cutting my toenails lately.

Okay, fine. I'm not fooling anyone. I am completely envious of those moms. There are some really great ideas out there on some blogs. And I would love to get it together and do fun things with Nate. So forgive me if I want to copy their ideas and then document the one day out of 30 that we did something beyond watch television and collect items for our Doomsday closet.

So here is our Halloween themed, get your kid moving (and learning!) activity from the other day - "ghostbusting."  Not sure where I saw it originally, but no doubt it was through the Toddler Approved! Facebook page, which is awesome. I tossed Caroline in the stroller 10 minutes before Nate got home from school, found a soggy piece of chalk in the garden (I'm not even exaggerating) and drew some lame ghosts with some sight words on them. The idea is that the parent calls out the word and then the kid finds the appropriate word and blasts the word away with a water gun. When Nate got home he was very excited to discover that I not just sanctioning, but encouraging, the use of his water blaster.

Once he blasted away all of the words he drew pumpkins and wrote his own words. Then he turned the tables on me and called out the words for me to step on (since I was holding his sister).  It was a fun change of pace. Now excuse me while I think about cutting my toenails...

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Book With No Pictures" totally lives up to the hype

I've been hearing a lot of great things about B.J. Novak's jump into kiddie lit with his newest, The Book with No Pictures. I ordered it for Nate and it is indeed adorable. Reading it is almost like spending time with that crazy uncle that's silly, yet smart, and completely gets your kid. I'm going to try my best to save it for Christmas. Eh, who I am kidding. I'll be luck to make it through the weekend without bringing it out of it's secret hiding place and reading it to Nate.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nate's 5th birthday party

Natey turned 5 this summer and we celebrated with a party at a bounce house. He had the time of his life!

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