February: the month of extended periods of cold, piles of snow, and hearts– lots of hearts. Now that January is over I feel an inch or two closer to spring. However, this month has been bitter cold and we have stayed home as much as we possibly can without going crazy. We have finally jumped on the bandwagon and started enjoying Valentine themed activities to get through these long days. Here is a list of 10 awesome Valentine’s day activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. My 4-year-old personally helped me select these and she is determined to do them all!
10 Valentine’s Day Activites for Toddlers and Preschoolers
February, the month of romance, right?
I have to admit that I struggle to be romantic. I distinctly remember my mother chastising me for not planning anything for my boyfriend (who soon became my husband) on valentines day. I argued that he wouldn’t care and I doubted we would even do anything on valentines day. Her hassling finally broke me and with the help of my roommates we made a very ugly cake in the shape of a heart that we dropped off at his house for him and his roommates to enjoy. Done.
Turns out this wonderful boyfriend actually did plan a romantic date, including sneaking into a locked, dark, and damp rainforest room in the University with a PB&J picnic that we enjoyed while mice scuttled around the floor beneath the bridge (the mice were gross). The date continued and became even more romantic as the night went on, and I thought “crap, I should step up my game”.
I was dozing to sleep on the couch for the second time today- holy moly growing a baby is exhausting. The time was 4:30 pm -witching hour- the kids were tired from skipping naps, hungry and wanting all the treats they could find, fighting over a piece of fluff they found on the floor, and Dad had just texted to say he needed to work late. All of my “sweet mommy voice” had run out after breaking up arguments and dealing with tantrums all day. Being house bound from the terribly cold and snowy weather was starting to affect all of us. That nauseous feeling from pregnancy was picking up again and there was a very high chance we were having Kraft Dinner or pancakes for supper. I was feeling overwhelmed. There was nothing left to give and the day still had so many hours…
I seem to have many moments like earlier today. I want so badly to be “Super Mom”… but sometimes that ideal seems far away.
I have been doing a lot of self-contemplation and studying on parenting. There are a few things that I have learned that have been helpful in my quest for becoming “Super Mom”:
I’m not very good at New Year’s resolutions. I mean, who actually has time to think about a resolution on the first day of the year? I’m still recovering from the Holidays. It’s now almost a week into 2017 and I think I have figured out the direction of my ‘resolution’.
Today I was lamenting over the fact that I haven’t been keeping up with any of my hobbies. My Blog has been anything but interesting, I haven’t painted in weeks, and I can’t even remember what other sorts of things I like to do. Further, I felt depressed about the amount of time I have spent laying on the couch, floor, or bed, just waiting and aching for the sickness to go away. How I have been dragging myself from one task to another and trying to be a good mom. Well, I am here to tell you (and myself) that I have a pretty darn good excuse. Baby number 3 is on its way!! This baby has sure thrown a curve ball in my normal functionality. I pretty much loathe the first trimester of pregnancy. I even started writing a whole post on “How to get through the first trimester of pregnancy”, but didn’t have the heart to post it because I couldn’t REALLY see how I was going to get through it. (Maybe I’ll post it later)
This Christmas season I have joined in with mormon.org and their #LIGHTtheWORLD 25 days of service challenge. I am posting a few weeks ahead, as my December is a whirlwind of crazy in our home, and I wanted to start sparking your ideas for service you can do! First up is our Christmas service of Gratitude.
This blog has become very stagnant lately. I apologize for that, but I’m not really here to fix that. Instead, here is a post about a whole lot of nothing. Including some random, unedited photos.
I can vividly recall the feelings of frustration as my father would begin a parable at the dinner table, when I was struggling with my math homework, or when I had done something wrong. I would roll my eyes and complain that teaching a man how to fish had nothing to do with division, or how the story he told didn’t make any sense! It wasn’t until I got older that I began to appreciate the story-telling and understand the meaning behind my father’s quotes and parables. The children’s book, “I can sleep when the wind blows” brings back these memories. When I dwell on it, I can’t directly recall my father telling me this story. It seems so familiar, so close and comfortable that I wouldn’t be surprised if it came up a time or two; especially when I complained about my chores.