Last week I wrote about wanting to bring more structure to our days and weeks. This week we tried to implement the plan, and I'm happy to say we were successful! I loved having a predetermined direction to follow, and even though some of these activities did not take more than 30 minutes, it was enough to give us all a sense of accomplishment and fun that then permeated throughout the rest of the day. The planned outings were also a good way to force myself to get out... sometimes the thought of leaving the house with two kids is overwhelming so I avoid it. But somehow this week it was all painless, and the more I do it the easier it will get I'm sure. Here's what we did.
Making Marvels Monday Mornings: We made paper garlands
On the Move with Mama Monday Afternoons: We visited the Long Branch Nature Center and Trail, which we have driven by a thousand times and never stopped at. The center was closed but we explored the trail and creak and fell in love. It's a new favorite place!
Yummy in my Tummy Tuesdays: We made red and blue popsicles using a bag of frozen berries and honey.
Wonderful Words Wednesdays: We visited the library and discovered the adorable Little Rabbit series of books.
Thumping in the Park Thursdays: We were not able to thump in the park because it looked like it might thunderstorm. Instead, we thumped around the backyard and played with a new hula hoop until the rain came.
Fooling Around with Friends Fridays: We visited my sister and her boys Alex and Nico. We are so lucky to have them just five minutes away. They have a beautiful collection of "boy toys" like trains, ships and cars that Sabrina always enjoys. We also had lots of yummy snacks and Sabrina got some fun presents to celebrate her entrance into the world of academia. But the best part was 20-month-old Nico pointing at Cassandra with his chubby little finger and saying "Baby CC" for the first time!