At eighteen months my daughter is really starting to show her fun side. Don't get me wrong-- she's always been fun, but the past month or so her personality and humor and interest in certain things are really coming through. Some of her interests include playing with play-dough, coloring, sorting out or lining up her toys (or quirky little things she picks up around the house). Her attention span for books and certain activities is still pretty short because of her age, but it's getting longer as she gets older, so that makes doing crafts and reading or practicing ABCs and 123s a bit easier and that's something I am really starting to instill in our days now. We've had a little table for her in our kitchen/dining area for several months and she really enjoys sitting at it for snacks and playing. So I've set her up a little craft corner at it with a box of fun things for her to do-- and learning new skills as she plays, unbeknownst to her...
It's 11 PM and my day is finally coming to a close. The day was full of busy-ness. It was filled with messes, cries, tantrums, disciplining, boo-boos, and more messes. But it was also full of smiles, giggles, hugs, kisses, cuddles, and more smiles. I feel like I did it all today. My feet tell … Continue reading Finding Peace in the Hard Days of Motherhood
We live 1+ hour one way from both sets of parents, so just going to visit them is considered a "road trip" for our daughter, now 16 months old, but she's luckily always been pretty good in the car, as long as she isn't bored. We recently went on an actual road trip in May, … Continue reading Traveling with a Toddler: 5 Screen-Free Must-Haves for in the Car
This week we went down to Pensacola, Florida to spend a few days at the beach with my husband's parents and siblings. Since we all live in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee, we don't go to the ocean very often. It was a several hours drive with a couple stops in between, and I was … Continue reading Our Vacation at Pensacola Beach
This day and age we all have smart phones, or some type of cool camera that we've got on hand 24/7. We're practically attached to our electronic devices, virtually glued to a screen. I go to the park, to the library, to the grocery store, even, and see moms on their … Continue reading Be There