It’s hard to believe that I am researching elementary schools for Big D. Like through many, many, many mother's eyes, he’s still a baby. I shutter with that image of him leaving for college. But until then, I try and embrace every waking moment, hug him (and lil Tyty of course) tighter, cuddle closer and kiss those lips longer.
Monday, April 14, 2014
It’s Spring Break and many of you are traveling afar or staying near to hang out close to home. For our break, we will be heading off to Hawaii for a family vacation. I am obviously very happy to get away, escape work, the busy LA life and exist in paradise with my family for a week. At the same breath, I am terrified to fly and travel along with little ones. Five hours on a plane with kids can be very daunting! The biggest fear as any parent is to make a scene - to care for a screaming, inconsolable child. So my point of view on traveling with a young kid: all rules go out the window. Give them every snack, candy and allow every game and TV show to keep them happy.
Here are my must haves for traveling on a long plane/train/car ride with busy little toddlers and keeping them entertained. My rule of thumb is to try and introduce a new thing every hour - don’t binge all at once and spread out the fun!
- ONE Tickets - my little guys love tickets ripping, trading, and collecting them. Use as a form of point system for a grand prize for good behavior at the end of the trip!
- TWO Bandaids - use as stickers to stick on to everything and not worry about leaving the goo behind
- THREE Post Its - similar to the above but allow them to color and draw on it
- FOUR Their favorite little toys, and in this instance little matchbox cars or legos.
- FIVE Flashcards - easier to read than books (in my case I get motion sickness) so these are large and easy for them to read
- SIX Calculator - a better and safer alternative than my iPhone!!
- SEVEN Necklace Beads - what toddler doesn’t love to play with colorful necklaces
- EIGHT Lollipops - best to use for departing and landing so the kids don’t have their ears popping from the altitude pressure
- NINE markers to color with coloring books or paper
- TEN iPad equipped with a durable case. This is an obvious go-to loaded with movies and show.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Lately, we have been working on giving our home a little TLC with small scale home improvements. We re-painted the entire outside of our house and added a little pop of color to the front door. We redesigned picture collages on the wall and reinforced them with earthquake putty after the earthquakes rolled through So-Cal. I extended the wall paper that's hung in our foyer to cover what used to be a media center (I DIY'ed this one!). And we most recently added this lucite console table to the foyer. Next on the agenda is gutting the backyard. More to come on this task, but we are slowly but surely making this place more 'us'.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Big D has had quite an active and busy schedule this spring with extra curricular activities beyond school - which means I too have been busy shuttling him from place to place! Between karate, tee ball, and football, these activities have been so exciting as a parent as we watch our little man blossom into his own little person and playing on a team. Some may criticize for over-whelming a 4 year old with too many things, but in my opinion, I think it is great to expose our toddler to as much as possible. That way we can learn about his talent, abilities as well as his likes and dislikes.
Beyond sports, here is what Big D has been up to lately:
Helping Mom shop for earthquake supplies
Learning video games
Cutting his long locks
Advancing to yellow belt