Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Family Reunion

Last week we had the pleasure of celebrating the life of our Uncle Steve Sanford in Minnesota. The time with Dan's extended and immediate family was so rare and wonderful.

We were able to spend time with Clara's Mimi and Poppy and Aunts and Uncles whom we've all missed so much in these past 6 weeks. Our favorite moments include breakfast, lunch and dinner with her great aunts and uncles, golf with Poppy, swimming with second cousins, and coffee and cake with Great Grandma Geri. It was a food and family filled trip, and it was wonderful.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Fun in New York City

One of my favorite things about the city is all the free activities available for kids.

We have occasionally been enjoying art in the park. Toddlers and kids of all ages can enjoy crafts and coloring, and new projects daily in Riverside park. I love doing art projects with Clara, but they are messy, time consuming, and don't last that long. So when someone sets up, cleans up and even gives my kid a little instruction and encouragement for free next to the best park in New York City, I am sold. Clara spent a good half hour playing with the below puffy paint which they made by filling tins with:
Shaving Cream
Food Coloring
They let the kids mix them up and used foam brushes and a pail to rinse off after each color change.
This would be a great craft for winter, and would probably be really fun in the tub.

Friday, July 18, 2014

No Sleep State

You guys. 

We are not getting a lot of sleep around here. The move, the exit of the pacifier over a month ago, and Clara turning three has resulted in a no sleep state. 

Clara is not yet comfortable in her new room. I know I have to do more to make it feel like her special place. But getting the rest of the house in order has taken priority over decorating anything. 

Clara has stopped napping. I don't even want to say those words. They are a pain in my soul. Her nap was my refuge, my opportunity to work, and restart the second half of my day. Without it, I feel like our day is never ending. On top of that, she hasn't been falling asleep until after 9, sometimes 10 every night. I'm so tired, and so is she, resulting in some major mommy daughter tension, and (so sorry new neighbors) tantrums. This is the part of transition I was dreading.

So every few days lately she's been passing out in odd places. She's never been a kid to fall asleep anywhere but her car seat and bed. But now she can be found regularly sleeping at dinner and lunches out. So there's that, that silver lining of snuggling my big girl and kissing her cheeks like the days she would sleep on my shoulder as a baby. So as special as that is...

Pray for us dear friends. We need sleep.