Time with Annie…

wovenplay tutu wovenplay tutu wovenplay tutu wovenplay tutu wovenplay tutu wovenplay tutu The other day in the car, Annie started to tell me something and she started off with, “When you get rid of me…” What? I think she thinks the new baby is replacing her or maybe it’s because I’ve threatened one too many times to ship her out of the country when she’s driving me mad. I reassured her, I was not getting rid of her, now or ever. 

While I love all my babies the same amount, I have a special bond with each one, that’s unique to just them. With Annie, it’s always been, because she was the baby. Perhaps I coddled her a bit more. Or secretly enjoyed her sleeping next to me more. It doesn’t help matters that she is so miniature and petite. At 4 years old, I can still easily carry her around. Even on her worst days, in her crazy Annie moments, she has this way of mesmerizing me with her tiny self and her little cartoon voice. The way she stands in front of me with her little books that she’s authored and proudly tells me a story that makes absolutely no sense. But I don’t care, because, that voice. I love that little voice. I love the way she still uses adjectives as verbs. Instead of telling me she cut something out, she’ll say, “Mommy, I sharped it out” I kind of hope she does that for longer than she should. I’ll correct her one day, but not now. As excited as I am to meet the new baby of the family, my heart hurts a little knowing that she won’t be the baby anymore. Let’s face it, with each new addition, there is less of me to go around. A newborn requires a lot of attention. There will be times when I will have to put his needs over hers. She’ll adjust, I know she will. They all have when it was their turn. For now though, I’ll just soak up these last months of her being the baby. I will tell her, as my Mom did me, that she’ll always be my baby. Nothing can ever change that.

Just a side note. I took these pictures at construction site in our neighborhood. It was after hours and no workers were present. Even though, it might look like in some of the pictures, she’s about to be scooped up by a big excavator, she is not.

School on Captiva Island and the Best Beach Bucket…

DSC_6513 DSC_6514 DSC_6521 DSC_6528 DSC_6500 DSC_6503 One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that school does not have to be held within the four walls of our home. So, last week we headed out early to Captiva Island and we spent the morning digging for sand fleas, periwinkles, and shelling in the warm sunshine. The water is a little cold for my taste, but that and no bathing suits didn’t stop these three from dashing into the water at full speed.

Living near the beach is nice, but hauling all the gear and packing it back up is not. During the summer months, we bring beach chairs, an umbrella, dry food bag, a cooler, towels, floats, and way too many toys that need to be washed down before packing them away. Too many toys that don’t get much play time, but get plenty dirty and plenty scattered all over the beach. This year, I decided we will be paring down on all the toys. In my search for less, I stumbled onto these beach buckets. I ordered three a few days before our beach trip. They were a big hit with the kids and passersby! Everyone wanted to know where they could get one for their kids or grandkids. Usually, we have to dig a trench and fill with water to keep their little critters alive. These buckets made it so easy. You just fill with water, a little sand, toss in your live shells and small fish. The top is perforated for easy refilling of water and the handle has a nice big grip, for ease of carrying when filled to capacity.

We were there for a few hours and they never stopped filling up the buckets. When it was time to leave, they easily released all the live shells. For the shells they could keep, they just popped the lid back on, filled with water, and strained out all the sand. These are the best little beach buckets! If you are planning a trip to the beach anytime soon, I can’t recommend these enough!

Yarn Wrapped Lollipop Valentines…

DSC_6726 cardboard valentine yummy earth organic lollipops kid valentine kid made valentine cardboard valentine class valentine treats kid made valentine If this baby to be has made me anything, it’s lazy!! Oh.My.Word. I can plan for weeks for what I’m going to do and when it comes to actually getting it done, I simply don’t get it done. No excuses, except for, I don’t wanna! For someone that typically has about 20 projects going on at once, this is foreign territory for me.

So, this is a tad last minute, but I was determined to get it up on the blog. We made these yarn wrapped lollipops in about 20 minutes. Yes, they are that easy!

Fortunately for lazy me, I had all my supplies on hand. But if you don’t, you’ll need to gather up yarn, cardboard, scissors, a pen, and some lollipops.

First, cut some heart shapes from the cardboard. Then, have your kids write, “from: (insert name)” on each heart. Next, place the lollipop on back (the side with no name) of heart and start wrapping in yarn until lollipop is secured. When finished, thread loose end through yarn.

Happy Valentine’s Day!