Monday, November 17, 2014

Home Love

Things have been quiet around here lately. Many of our weekends are spent at home with quiet days. The weather has been really nice and we have been trying to take advantage of it before the weather starts to cool down. We made a little DIY castle out of shoe boxes and toilet paper rolls. Audrey just loves that it's pink. We also have been learning a few sight words using our bananagrams. The learning possibilities our endless with those little alpha tiles. Keeping things simple around here is my goal and spending time together is key.

Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Outdoor Classroom

Last Friday, I had the day off so we decided to do some exploring. I truly believe that children learn best by seeing and doing. I also believe that the great outdoors can be the best classroom. So, we headed off to Muir Woods to see some beautiful redwoods. It was really cool to show Audrey such tall trees. A few times she actually got a little nervous (scared) because the trees were so tall. We stayed exploring for awhile so thank goodness we packed her new little bag full of snacks. I loved that she could carry her bag all by was just her size but could still fit all the stuff that she needed. We really had a good day together. I love exploring new places with her. We haven't been everywhere's on our list.

Check out these other super cute bags for your next little adventure...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Read and Create Instead...

Read and create instead is something we live by around here. I am forever trying to give her the tools to be creative. She may never have the latest and greatest toys but I will always spend the time and (some) money to get her to use her imagination. I have to thank pinterest, our art teacher at my school, and my mom for the awesome art ideas.

We are also trying to have a little reader in the family. I am constantly building her little library with used books. The other night I caught her reading by her night light WAY past her bedtime. I still made her go to sleep but I was so proud. During our commutes home from work she pretty much looks at her books the whole way. We have a few books on tape that I want to start listening to in the car. These are just simple ideas that hopefully will go a long way. 

Some tools we always have on hand...
Water colors
Drawing Chalk
Jumbo Crayons
Colored Pencils
Paint Brush Pens
Plenty of activity books, paper, and stickers
Mini Easal
Play Doh
We also always have plenty of pipe cleaners, foam stickers, beads, pom poms, and other random scrap booking supplies. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two and a Half Ladies

A few weekends ago my sister and I decided to take a road trip again...when life gets too busy I either like to tackle it head on or escape. This time... I chose to escape. We headed down south to Los Angeles with no plans except a hotel booked and the need to explore. We got to show Audrey the Hollywood Sign which I myself was excited to see again. We also visited the LACMA lights which was my first time and we even got to explore the Griffith Observatory at night. The observatory was probably my favorite part. The nerd in me loved the exhibits and the good views. It was well worth the hike up and the city lights are beautiful at night. We also did a huge hiking day and visited The Sunken City (more on that later) in San Pedro. We then ended our trip in Malibu and Santa Barbara and hiked some of the coastline.

My sister is the only person I know who is always down for a impromptu road trip. We would totally drive five hours to explore something new and drive back the same day. It was really nice to get away for a bit. The only problem was Audrey way off her sleeping schedule which at times really showed. Thankfully, she can usually pull it together for hiking and seeing new things. I am not sure where we will explore next, but I do know we will be doing something soon... can't stay put for too long :)

Our last adventure...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

(Busy) Fall Life

These past weeks have been ridiculously busy. At times life gets too hectic and I feel like I am on a hamster wheel that I just can't get off of. Thankfully, slow weekends and staying close to home helps us recharge. This weekend we did all things fall including...picking out pumpkins, carving and painting them, roasting pumpkin seeds, and enjoying the cooler weather. We spent some quality time and even got to take a nap. Hopefully, this next work week is kind to us...I (we) need it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Think Pink

Her new favorite pink shoes :)

This Little Lady has been obsessed with color pink for awhile now. Slowly but surely everything she wears, holds, or has is the color pink. Even all her school drawings that come home are the color pink. When we get dressed in the morning she usually has to make sure there is some sort of pink on her outfit. She just loves her pink shoes and the best part is they are 100% machine washable which is awesome considering she wants to wear them all the time. This Halloween she decided to be a pink monster and is so excited to dress up. Although pink has never ever been my kind of color... I do love how much she enjoys it and how committed she is to it :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stay at Home

This weekend was all about staying close to home and relaxing. Weekends like this are needed considering we spend so much time away from home during the work week. The house was organized, small errands and appointments were was good. Sometimes I am torn between adventuring and relaxing but these days relaxing seems to be winning.