Category Archives: Kids

Audrey’s Nursery

I’m happy to finally share a little bit of Audrey’s nursery with you all! With Claire I had her nursery set up and ready to go weeks, if not months before her arrival. Well, Audrey’s been in this world almost 4 weeks already and her room’s still not done.

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Claire Update {2.5 Yrs)


I can’t believe Claire is already 2.5, actually 2 and 8 months…ahhh! I practically have a 3 year old! Anyway, she is such a smart little thing. The other day we were out taking a walk and we came across a small dog, Claire looked up at me with her all-knowing big blue eyes and said “That dog doesn’t have feet” to which I replied, “Yes, he does sweetie” and she said “no he doesn’t, dogs have paws.” It was so funny. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud and give her a big kiss. She surprises me with things like this all the time.

She’s also very funny, she will do anything to get a laugh out of people. Her favorite right now is to make up words, like when we sing “Old McDonald” instead of pigs and horses on the farm she’ll make us say something like “Old McDonald had an obi didi doo doo.” Then she’ll laugh forever. She must get this silliness from her dad 🙂

She loves to be in the action. We went to a family wedding and Claire spent the entire reception dancing away {well, really she was running around and jumping}, but that’s where all the kids were, so she had to be there too.

For Memorial Day weekend we went to Washington Family Ranch for family camp. Claire had a blast, she got to go swimming, ride a horse, play games and meet some other little friends. Throughout the weekend they had a Lego Movie theme. I have never seen Claire so scared of anything in her life. Everytime they would come out on stage she would quickly jump up into my lap and say she wanted to go home. She started to warm up a bit by the end of the weekend, she even gave them a couple high fives and posed for a picture. It’s funny to see the phases the little ones go through, all part of growing up!

Claire started pre-school last week! She had a really great first week.  When we went to visit the school a couple months ago she immediately ran over and started playing with the other kids on their outdoor play structure. She turned around and said “Go Mom” with a little wave of the hand. I just about died!! She’s only 2.5 for goodness sake’s. No longer my little baby. Though just last night when she was going to bed she told me she didn’t want to go to school and started crying. She worked herself up so much that I decided to just keep her home today {plus I’m home sick myself}. We stopped by the school to pay for the month and I think Claire was a little disappointed that she wasn’t in the action playing Play-Doh with all the other kids. She said she would go tomorrow. I’m doing my best to make this the most boring day possible 🙂

Potty training is in full force. She’s pretty much got it down, she does have an occasional accident when she’s really into playing and forgets to go {and we forget to remind her}, but I’m not trying to push it much. A few months ago I decided it was probably time to potty train and I had heard about the 3 day potty training. So we gave it a try and It just didn’t work. She wasn’t really ready. She would sit on the potty when I told her to, but she wouldn’t go. In fact, she saved it all up until nap-time when I put a diaper on her. So after day one I threw in the towel and decided we would try again later. I should have just taken my mom’s advise from the start 😉

Well that’s about all for now 🙂

What to do all day with a 2 year old {Guest Post}

A recent study shows that spending a moderate amount of time with your grandkids may actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease and decrease rates of depression. But spending too much time may actually increase your rates of Alzheimer’s and depression.

I spend every other Friday with my granddaughter, Claire. It has been very fun and rewarding. But what do you do with a two year old all day long?

The first time I watched my granddaughter I bought her a sticker book, with 600 stickers. The sales lady said as she was checking it out, “oh my, this would be a nightmare at my house. Your daughter will not appreciate this. I can see it now, stickers all over her house”.  Claire loved the stickers and didn’t make too much of a mess. We also watched the Lorax 6 times. I needed some inspiration.

As our visits progressed we fell into a routine. In the mornings, after watching the Lorax and eating breakfast, we would go for a walk. I would put Claire in her stroller, and we would walk around the neighborhood until Claire would say, “I go home”.  One day we set out for our walk, this time Claire was walking her baby in her baby’s stroller, while we were walking the sun came out. “Grandma, I need my sunglasses, let’s go home and get them”. We turned around and got her sunglasses and set out on our walk once again.

After lunch it would be time for her nap. The first day I visited, I said “Claire it’s time for your nap”,  she frowned and said, “No, I don’t do that”. I let her play and next thing you knew she was asleep on the couch.  She usually doesn’t want to take her nap, but recently her mom has come up with a strategy that works. We have story time in her bedroom, while we snuggle on the dog bed (there is no dog, her Grandpa got her this for Christmas) and I read a few pages of a book until she takes the book from me and says, “I read now”. This is my cue to make an exit, leaving her in her bed reading by herself. She soon falls asleep. But one day she did not want to go to her room to read stories. She was on to us and did not want to take a nap. I let her play, thinking she would eventually fall asleep on the couch. But she kept playing and playin, growing very tired. Soon she could hardly stand up and keep her eyes open. She says to me “I’m tired I want to take a nap”. As we walked up the stairs to her bedroom, she asks, “can we cuddle and read a book?”

After naptime we do a few chores, such as laundry or dinner prep to help her mommy.  One day we spent hours making labels and organizing kitchen bins for flour and sugar etc. She was fascinated with the label machine. This kept her attention longer than any other activity.

I try to plan a special activity that coincides with the holiday of the month. Every month there is a holiday to celebrate. Spring is here. Good time for gardening.

I plan on taking Claire to the nursery to buy some plants. We can plant these plants in the pots from this blog. And if the sun is out we will go out into the yard and plant some flowers and we won’t  forget our sunglasses!

Here is a link for children’s gardening tools.

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