One of the most important things to me is spending quality time with my girls, and playtime is the perfect time for that. It builds and strengthens our relationship while they’re learning. Block toys are one of our favorite toys. The girls love building and creating new shapes, and I love knowing that while they’re playing, they’re also growing in all developmental
Nobody becomes a parent thinking I’m going to yell at my child. But as our children get older, they become less of the angelic baby that can do no wrong. They become tantruming toddlers, backtalking preteens, they push our buttons, and test their limits, and we yell. We yell to get them to listen and behave, and then it can start to become a habit, and something we begin to rely on way too much.
We don’t want to yell, but our children are leaving us no other option, right?
It can get really hot in the summer here (like up to 120 degrees hot), so on those days, we tend to stay inside and do crafts. This paper plate suncatcher craft is the perfect way to incorporate the summer sun into our day without actually having to go out in the sun, by hanging it in the window to see the sun shine through the colors.
For Iris’s 1st birthday in May (how has it already been almost 2 months?), we threw her a Garden Party. I mean, with a name like “Iris”, how could we not? For the party favors, we gave the guests iris bulbs in little flower posts that they could take home and plant in their gardens. We added garden-y touches around the house/yard with watering cans and ceramic pots. And for food we offered