Monday, April 7, 2014

First Camping Trip of the Year

If you know our family, you know we get pretty pumped about doing anything outside. Camping, kayaking and fishing are our favorites. I'm also a fan of mowing, landscaping etc... but Jordan prefers to leave that sort of "work" to me. I still can't even try to explain how I find those sorts of things fun.

We had been planning a kayaking/camping trip for several weeks (we are SICK of being indoors). So far it's been too cold or rainy to do much. This weekend looked like it was going to be pretty nice so we decided to go. Friday started out great. It was pretty warm, the river was moving fast and we caught a lot of fish. 

We saw beautiful things like this...

and the boys goofed around...

Jackson played along the river...

We got to our place to setup camp. Jordan found an island/peninsula (depending on the water level) that is perfect to camp. We relaxed, cooked dinner (hotdogs and smores of course) and then settled into the tent to watch Frozen, which Jordan had rented on his tablet. You know, can't get too far away from technology!

It was pretty ironic that we watched Frozen because that seemed to be the theme of the night. It was  a LONG night! It got pretty cold, and since we don't have a lot of room in the kayaks for huge sleeping bags, we made due with the ones we could carry. I made the executive decision that we are going to invest in some small, down sleeping bags rated for colder temps. Jordan just said we weren't going camping unless it was between May and September. Either way, we got really cold. 

Even with the cold we had a really good time and made some memories with Jackson. With him having two sisters I think it's important to get out and do a few things like this on his own every now and then. A big thanks to my Mom for keeping the girls!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Goodbye Paci

When I woke up last Thursday morning I had no intention of "pulling the plug" on Ava. I started fixing breakfast and Ava was especially whiney. She kept asking for the paci, and it continued most of the morning. Even when she got the paci she was whiney. I remembered this picture that I posted on Instagram a few days before

My girls are only 17 months apart, but I thought it looked really funny with them both having pacifiers.

I decided on a whim to lose the plug. I gathered all of them up and put them out of sight. She kept asking for paci and I just told her it was gone. There was a lot of crying, whaling and whining for the next 2 hours.

Naptime came. I wasn't sure how it would go, but I put her in the bed with her blanket and walked out of the room. After about 20 minutes of screaming I decided to cut the end off of a paci and take it to her. She got so angry when I gave it to her and said that paci was broken.

She finally fell asleep and woke up about 2 hours later. The whole afternoon she maybe asked for it once and since then it's history. It was so much easier than I thought. I knew that the older and smarted Ava got, the harder it would be to get rid of it. I thought that she would try to steal Emma's but she hasn't once.

I'm so glad we went ahead and did this. Ava was already saying more than most other kids her age, but now her vocabulary is so much bigger. She is talking in sentences and saying all sorts of things. 

To anyone who is afraid of this milestone, it may be easier than you think. Both Jackson and Ava were so much easier than expected.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Our New Homeschool Room

We made a few adjustments to our playroom/homeschool room. I love having a dedicated space for all of our books, worksheets, marker boards etc. We had a small table and large club chair in the room before. I liked having a comfortable place to sit, but it wasn't working. The table was too small for both Jackson and Ava to work on. I also knew we would need even more space as Emma gets older. 

We had two book shelves on either side of the window wood piece on top to tie it all together. We decided to move the bookshelves to the corners and use the wooden piece as a desk in between.

A few months ago we also put up a chalk board wall  on the other side of the room

This is my new organizer from Thirty-One. It's been pretty perfect to separate our papers out of the week, display some of Jackson's work and keep our scissors, pencils and glue handy. If you want one let me know. I can put you in touch with my sister who is a Thirty-One consultant.

I plan on putting a calendar, sight words and seasons on the tack board. I bought a laminator today. I can't wait to start creating things with that. There's a whole new world of possibilities for chore charts, mazes and so many other things! I may be a little bit of a nerd.

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