I promise this is easy.
This is the trial of our "No Noggin" costume. This is the only thing the Personal Assistant has talked about all month-being No Noggin for Halloween. Our neighbor made him promise not to fall again asleep this year so he could see the spooky No Noggin costume.
P: Hi Gigi!
Gigi: Hi buddy!
P: Um...you have personals. Are you going to nurse our baby?
Gigi, wide eyed: Ah...no...
P: Then why have you got them? What are you going to do with them? What do you use them for?
Me: Gigi nursed me with them when I was a baby. Mommies just nurse their own babies.
"We are making JEWELRY here people! We're not here just playing with beads. This is SERIOUS."
P: Daddy gave me this popcicle for breakfast!
Me: Oh really?
P: Why do you drink caffeine Mommy?
Me: Because you and your brother have way more energy than I do and it helps me keep up. And I don't get enough sleep...really I should get more sleep.
P: Oh. And you can't sleep because of the caffeine.
P: Are you going to nurse our baby?
P: But you have personals...oh no...Gigi, did your milk dry up?
"Oh! I have never looked more handsome!"
My Personal Assistant has finally reached that "color and draw and paint for hours" phase and it is pretty glorious. BUT...
1. Every shred of paper he touches is now precious and must be displayed and/or protected from Mr. Baby.
2. They are constantly ripping things off the fridge/splashing water from the fridge fountain thing.
So, with some junk from the basement I made a gallery wall for the playroom. I'm a bad blogger and I don't have a before. So here's the after:
"Parenthood is magical."
"A new baby changes your life in such unexpected ways."
"Everything is different after you have a baby."
If you are having your first, precious, lovely, perfect child these words will likely be repeated to you over and over by well meaning adults.
If you are having your second child, the conversations get much more fun. So to all my Mommy friends about to have second babies, this one is for you.
I have been looking for a large, crushable, (you know, to reduce the toddler minor head injury screams) moderately good looking toy bin for ages. Then I saw it on Boo and the Boy...
|Adorable boy's room. Adorable Blog. You should totally check it out...but later.|
It was perfect for Camp Bed Room! Or the playroom, or maybe even the livingroom! Clear floors here I come!
It was $27. For a brown paper bag. I kid you not.
You know I can do better right?
It's hard to find activities that challenge my 4 year old and engage, but are not hazardous the Mr. Baby (he will eat ANYTHING). This easy peasy no mess craft was great for both of them.
I do not love baby gates. I mean, I love that they allow me to take a shower with the kids safely contained in their play room and keep the baby from falling down the stairs, but they are not pretty. And they rarely fit at the bottom of the stairs. And the good ones are $60 each and they still break quickly. Only two of my gates survived the move-plastic parts broke and I had to salvage parts from two gates to rebuild the gate at the top of the stairs. Boo. I decided to build something a bit more fun (and stylish and cheap) for the first floor gates.
You know those home tours and makeover reveals where everything is pretty and nice. Well, this ain't one of them.
I recently posted a kitchen update, mostly because it was clean. But today I am going to give you the "Average Weekday" house tour. Let's start in the kitchen.
I am aware that the American Association of Pediatrics has some rather prudent guidelines about TV, media, and screen time. Apparently, two hours a day is too much. Kids should be playing, reading, engaging with their environment. I'm cool with the first two, but I could do with a lot less engagement with the environment.
My Personal Assistant's behavior yesterday was so horrible that he has lost TV privileges for an indeterminate period of time. Basically, he can't watch tv or have tech time until he stops asking for it-constantly-at a screaming volume-using phraseology he has not been exposed to under this roof. I am so upset. I really do not know how I will cope.
The following is a true story of what happens when we loose TV privileges. It is not for the faint of heart. You have been warned.
Ever get to that point with a project where the finishing touches are taking forever and annoying you, and the pictures need to come off your device to make room for the new ios update? I hit that point this week with the kitchen.
I was promising my self that I would wait to do one big kitchen reveal post, but it's time to remind myself just how far we've come before I get too annoyed at how far we still need to go.
Behold the before in all it's water damaged 1950's glory:
We make most of our own baby food here. It's easy, fresh and cheap, but I think the main benefit is knowing exactly what your baby is eating. Not because I don't trust baby food companies, but because it's just easier when you are introducing new foods. (Also because CSID. But that's a whole other conversation.)
At Christmas the Hubster gave me a Black & Decker smoothie blender. At the time I was all "oh, gee...thanks?" But later I figured out all that it could do and thanked him properly. The best feature of this blender is that it fits on mason jars-which is great for so many reasons. Especially baby food.
This Friday is Mr. Baby's first birthday. It is also my Personal Assistant's very first school party. I asked him what snack he wanted to take and he asked for his favorite-marshmallows. After some discussion, we decided they should be strawberry heart shaped with sprinkles. Yum!
(And since these are sucrose and starch free, as well as peanut, egg, dairy and gluten free, they are a great option for safe sharing at school parties!)
Oh my goodness! I am so super excited about this one...
I may not have Kim K's behind, but I'd like to think I could break the Pinterest with this post.
It's a how to...
Make a mural...
Make chalk paint...
Make a mural in chalk paint...
I'm pretty impressed with myself. This was really, really super fun.