I have a love-hate relationship with mornings. I don't like getting up early, but I love the morning light, specifically golden hour.
Silas seems to like golden hour too because he's a regular early riser, ready to jump around and play as soon as I pull his nursery curtains back.
It's amazing how happy a toddler can be at 6 in the morning.
We decided to visit Kennywood this past weekend as a way to celebrate Father's Day. This was my first time going, as well as Silas'.
We arrived as soon as the park opened - and even scored free tickets for Rob and myself right before heading to the purchasing booth. Like many places, Silas was free since he is under 2 years old. So entry to the park and its rides was free. This took pressure off of Silas to have fun ;)
As soon as we entered the park, we headed to Kiddieland where all of the toddler rides were. I think we scared Silas away from most of the rides because the first one we put him on was the "Bounce Ride". You know - the one that lifts you up several feet and then drops you. This one dropped you gently, but Silas was crying before they hit the ground on that first drop.
In the end, Silas rode 5 kiddie rides and did great, with the exception of the first one. He isn't a thrill seeker right now, but we'll get there.
In between the kiddie rides, Rob and I took turns riding the scarier rides by ourselves. My favorite was the Black Widow - one of those rides where when you're at the highest of heights, you're wondering why you ever chose to get on it in the first place.
Silas did great with all of the walking - we did have his stroller, but he wanted to walk/run a lot of the time we were there. We took one snack break (we packed food for Silas) and were at the park for about 6 hours. Silas skipped his nap because we were there for so long. Originally we only planned to be there for 3 hours at the most, but Silas was doing so well, we stayed until we were tired!
Can't wait until we can go again!
These cards have been a long time coming. They've been one of those *fun* business things I've always had in the back of my mind to do, but have never been priority enough to ever cross off my list. My desire to personalize my packaging finally made this idea become a reality.
Thank you cards are great to include with outgoing orders, but honestly, I don't have time to hand write them. I know of other Etsy sellers who do - more power to them. This doesn't mean I'm any less thankful for my customers. That's just not my thing.
My solution was to "mass produce" smaller thank you cards that have my contact information and a coupon code on them. The hope is that the customer will either use me again, or pass the card along to a friend of theirs if they are happy enough with their order.
Also on the card I mention a specific "thank you" for supporting small business. It's so easy now-days to hop on to Amazon and just buy what you need there - I get it - it's convenient. I want my customers to know that I recognize their effort to be different in their consumer habits.
I set up the file in photoshop and had several copies printed at a local print shop. Then I brought them home and cut them out myself.
The result is simple, but when combined with my packaging materials, it's the perfect touch.
The little details are what make the difference.
On the Thursday before Father's Day weekend, Silas and I went to Target. You could tell that all the moms and their kids were doing some last minute Father's Day shopping because I kid you not, everyone and their mom were parked along the Father's Day card aisle. The moms were picking out cards and chasing down their kids saying things like "How about this one?" "You liked the frog one, remember?" "Is this the one you want to give to Daddy?"
I can't remember what we gave Rob for Father's Day last year, but I can guarantee you that Silas wasn't that involved since he was only 6 months old at the time. I wanted this year to be different, so we walked past the card aisle at Target and hit up the kids crafting area and bought some paint (washable, always washable!) and stickers.
Silas had never painted before this., but he did exactly as I hoped he would.....stuck the paint brush in all of the colors (before painting the paper) and did random strokes all over the place. And here's what we came up with.
This past week was so confusing to me. Monday felt like Saturday and then the whole week was off in my mind. Part of this is because Rob was out of town for a few days and the other part is that we had some family from out of town stop by on Monday. It must have thrown Silas off too, because he's been sleeping in and taking long naps all week long (and we love it).
We're going into the weekend with lots of fun things planned! One of which, is a trip to Kennywood. I've never been there, nor has Silas (obviously), but I hear it has some great things. Hopefully Silas will enjoy riding the kiddie rides (fingers crossed).
See ya Monday!
Books are a huge hit at the Prib Crib right now. When Silas was first born, we had a handful of books that I would read to him on the floor for a few minutes every day. As soon as he became mobile though, books were not a priority for Silas.
Just in the last couple of months, his interest has peaked enough to where he'll grab and book and sit on your lap to read it. If you don't start reading the book fast enough, he'll raise it up until it's millimeters away from your face.
These are his current favorites.
I'll Teach My Dog A Lot of Words has been a favorite of Silas' for a while now. In fact, it was the only book we read for several weeks. There was one time I remember he had me read it to him five times in a row. That's when I knew, for my own sanity, that I needed to go out and buy some more books to read to him.
Barnyard Dance! is a super quick read. It's so quick that sometimes Silas likes to stare at the page for a good while longer after I've read all of the lines. And then he snaps back into reality and quickly reaches to turn the page.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You is a fairly new book in our collection. I found it at the thrift store, and although it's a Dr. Seuss book, I had never heard of it before. It's about a series of sounds the character, Mr. Brown, can make. I can quote some of the pages just from memory - that should tell you how often we've read it.
Share Share Share is a book that came in a small lot I bought from the thrift store. I am unfamiliar with the characters and show it originates from and assumed that Silas would have no interest. However, I was completely wrong as this is a book that he always grabs when we sit down to read. There are a lot of colors and the story line is pretty simple - share your favorite things with your friends!
Darth Vader and Son was not a book I originally bought for Silas. Instead, I got it for Rob for Father's Day last year. Somehow it ended up in Silas' reading nook in our attic and one morning Silas found it and brought it downstairs to his room. There's no story line - just a bunch of pictures with random quotes that only the truest of true Star Wars fans will think are funny. Silas likes to page through and look at all of the pictures. I kid you not, he looks through this book every morning while I'm getting ready for the day.
I'm sure the round of favorite books will be different next week, but for now these are the ones that Silas keeps reaching for and bringing to me for our story times.