We got some closets/dressers cleaned out at our house this weekend as well. We had college friends staying with us Saturday night, so I decided to clean in the morning. While doing that, I had DH going through closets/dressers finding things we no longer wanted/needed/out-grew to donate. I also dropped off a huge trash bag of toddler clothes/shoes to a friend at church. I couldn't get over how much stuff we got out of our house!
Saturday afternoon we met our friends at our college and watch a Jazz Singers concert. Surprisingly our 18 month old made it through about 25 minutes of the 45 minute concert and our 4 yr old made it through the entire thing. That evening our friends plus my husband went to a dance concert at our college, while I stayed home to put the girls to bed. Yep, it's the season for concerts and as alumni we like to go support the students since we were in many of the same groups or knew people in these groups.
Sunday afternoon, I took DD#1 to the dance concert and she LOVED it. Just waiting for the day for her to ask us to start dance classes. During intermission, she became "friends" with the 3 yr old sitting next to us and they were dancing around the floor. It was so cute! DH brought DD#2 for the second half and she loved it too. He sat off to the side in case she was a distraction and he said she was dancing around too. So cute!
Oh, exciting! We got our first riding lawn mower this weekend. Can't wait for DH to be able to cut the lawn in half the time now! We don't have a HUGE yard but it use to take him an hour and half to do the entire thing and I didn't like helping b/c the push mower was so heavy. He's excited to use it!View Thread
Ok, my husband (just talked to him about this) thinks that it's not fair for kids to be punished if their parents aren't available (working 2 jobs, single parent) to help with homework when the child is too young to read instructions on their own, etc. So he thinks it should wait until they are older or be optional at a young age. Then I asked how many kids would do homework if it was optional? Thoughts?View Thread
I don't have a child in school yet but I just wanted to throw out my opinion on homework. Personally I think the US is behind in comparison to other countries and so schools are trying to catch up by giving the kids more homework. Don't quote me on this but I read some where that kids in China go to school much longer during the year than US kids and they spend longer on their studies/homework in the evening. I'm sorry but I think sports, other activities, tv, videogames, etc have become more important in our country than school. Sure I think being on a team is important to build and grow in working together as a team to accomplish something but when our kids are better at kicking a ball around than they are reading/writing/etc. something is wrong with our country. I believe that starting the kids off as soon as they start school with homework is setting the stage for what is expected of them through out school. Plus younger kids are more eager to learn, so if we ingrain homework in them when they are young it may not be as bad as they get older...just my opinion. Plus can't we make homework fun and part of family bonding time? Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about since my oldest is only 4 but I honestly think homework is very important.View Thread
You might know this already but if you have damage on your house due to hail, you can get your roof/siding/gutters,etc replaced for free and the insurance company can't increase your premium. We just had a roofing company check for damage on our house this week and they told us this.
We had some pretty strong winds/rain last night but luckily not as bad as you all had. Both of my girls slept through it.View Thread
During the winter, I have an online friend who said her son was battling complications due to lyme's diease from a tick. Now that it's spring, I began thinking about if I need to do anything to protect my kids. We live in the suburbs of Harrisburg, PA and have a few trees in our yard (maple I think) nothing terribly woody. We do have a dog, which we treat with flea and tick repellent. Does anyone put insect/tick repellent on their kids when they play outside? My husband thinks I'm crazy for worrying about it but those things creep me out. Last year he went canoeing and I found one on his leg when he came back, I thought I was going to throw up pulling it out of his leg. We bathe our girls every night but DD #1 has auburn hair, which is kind of thick and would be harder to see any ticks. I guess I started thinking about this on Friday when I saw her rolling down the hill at daycare. What are your opinions on this topic? There are also spreads that you can do in your yard and have to repeat every 4 months, would you do something like that instead of spraying your child? I know there are all natural repellents, should I use that? Any suggestions would be great!View Thread
We had a great weekend too! It was busy so it went too fast.
Friday night we went to a 2nd birthday party for a daughter of really close friends. They had a ton of families/kids there, so our 4 year old had a blast. Our shy 1 year old even started playing with the other kids after she warmed up. Both kids were up past bedtime and were actually good while getting them ready for bed.
Saturday, our college had an Easter egg hunt for alumni children. They've decided to do it after Easter since people aren't as busy and they can save money on candy. Thankfully they split it into 3 age groups, so that the 1 year olds didn't get run over. Both of our girls had fun and even found gold prize eggs. DH had a youth group conference at the college so he was there all day. After the girls went down for naps, I watched the first two episodes of Downton Abbey, season 1. Still don't know how I feel about that show, I'm going to finish watching season 1 to see if I get hooked.
Sunday, we went to church and then headed to Baltimore to see a baseball game. My older brother was home visiting and that's his favorite thing to do, so DH and I took the girls along. DD#1 had a blast with my brother...sat with him the entire game, while on the light rail and at dinner. DD#2 who is normally very shy around family was warm to him as well, we were happy about that since he's hasn't seen the kids since April...he lives in NC. Once again we got home right at bedtime and despite not having normal naps, the girls were in a good mood during bath time.
We had a great weekend and the warmer weather is really great too!! View Thread
About two weeks ago, I realized that I hadn't been having any girl time without my family around. So last week, I met a friend at Panera break for coffee and to just chat. Now this week another friend of mine set up a meeting of a bunch of young moms from our church at a local smoothie cafe. I'm so looking forward to it.
So I was wondering, what do you all do for me time or girl friend time?View Thread
We don't really have too many traditions yet other than the location we've been going for Easter lunch with DH's family. We've allowed DD#1 to paint eggs a few times but none of us really like hard boiled eggs so it's not worth the hassle for like 3-6 eggs. Every year our college has an alumni Easter egg hunt the Saturday after Easter (the candy is cheaper, if they wait a week) so we've been taking the kids to that. This year I bought some Resurrection eggs, which are just plastic eggs with trinkets that help tell the story of Christ's death and resurrection, and DD#1 enjoyed the learning the story this way.
We didn't really do baskets this year b/c the gift I bought for DD#2 was too big to fit in it. We got her a Magna-Doodle b/c she loves playing with her sisters. Then for DD#1 we got her educational books, socks, craft and lip gloss.View Thread
Wow! Sorry it was so crazy! Forget about her and enjoy your day off tomorrow...so jealous of the massage and alone time. Unfortunately, I have to work but DH has the day home with the 2 girls. Can't wait to hear how that goes! View Thread