Keeping it Fresh

Keeping two toddlers entertained or in happy boredom is easy for a few hours here and there. Doing it all day and night while working out meals and other house essentials has it’s challenges–mainly because my kids are at a stage where they are constantly bickering in between moments of great companionship. I feel like a referee making some really hard calls (a small World Cup reference; yesterday was intense).

The technique this morning involves an M & M seduction. Each kid starts out with 7, and bad (yes, I’m using that word) behavior = 1 chocolate taken out of the bowl. I’ve tried so many creative different tactics that I can’t even feel bad about this one. It’s close to noon. Layla has 7 still; Zade is down to 6. I told them that whatever they have left in the bowl by 6 pm can be dessert after dinner. We’ll see how that goes.

M & M incentive idea

M & M incentive idea

We’ve had friends over and had sweet playdates, and we’ve also been creative about entertaining things to do at home:

Zade lines up his toys and uses my phone to take a picture of it. He's in a "line everything up" stage!

Zade lines up his toys and uses my phone to take a picture of it. He’s in a “line everything up” stage!

Cheap and fun paintbrush set from Hobby Lobby

Cheap and fun paintbrush set from Hobby Lobby

Awesome art supplies from Ikea + paper plate = fun for an hour

Awesome art supplies from Ikea + paper plate = fun for an hour

Zade takes his stuffed animals for a walk

Zade takes his stuffed animals for a walk

Layla makes and drinks a smoothie

Layla makes and drinks a smoothie

Playing in the rain

Playing in the rain

Carson Dellosa workbooks that have been a big hit this summer (Thanks, Amy, for your rec!)

Carson Dellosa workbooks that have been a big hit this summer (Thanks, Amy, for your rec!)

And we’ve done some fun things outside the house as well:

Layla totally excited before the amazing Cinderella puppet show!

Layla totally excited before the amazing Cinderella puppet show!

Magical "carriage"

Magical “carriage”

At a farmer's market

At a farmer’s market

Backstage at Cinderella performance

Backstage at Cinderella performance

And then there are these surprising moments as well:

Acting too grown for my comfort (using a paintbrush and water)

Acting too grown for my comfort (using a paintbrush and water)

Zade uses Target's Sticky Hands to "make Mickey fly" in the air.

Zade uses Target’s Sticky Hands to “make Mickey fly” in the air.


So that’s our quick summer update.

Leave it to kids to invent fresh ways to have fun when we’ve straight up run out of idea energy.

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