Our heat came on this morning, which was a small reminder that the days are slowly getting shorter and cooler.
Every morning I try to go for a 2 mile walk with Silas in the stroller. This morning's walk was windy and chilly. I had to dig into Silas' bottom dresser drawer to find some jeans I'd put away at the beginning of the summer, knowing he would fit them once Autumn rolled around.
Our goal is to visit the park and do all things outdoorsy before it gets too cold outside. Silas may be different this year (hopefully), but last year he wanted nothing to do with the snow. I'm already trying to rack my brain for indoor activity ideas - we will not go stir-crazy.
I'm not sure when the last time was that Rob and I took a legit vacation. A trip to visit family doesn't count. Nor does driving cross-country (regardless of how many sunny and hot places you travel through).
The goal was to get away from Pittsburgh and spend time together to unwind and chill and just be. Without a toddler wailing for attention.
Don't get me wrong - my son is great and he's my buddy, but sometimes you realize that it's been a while since you've had a well thought-out conversation with your husband because by the time your son goes to bed (regardless of how early that is), your mind checks out as soon you walk out of that nursery.
Also, it had been a while since I touched the ocean.
We stayed at a resort right on the beach. Seriously. There was no need to pack up and prep your mind for a long walk to the beach. Because it was right there. So, sometimes in the evening right before the sun would go down, we would walk down from our room right onto the beach and catch some of those precious golden hour rays.
Meals were random. I've never eaten out so much in my life. At first I loved it because I didn't have to cook (we had a tiny kitchen in our room, but any food sold nearby was overpriced), but by the end of our stay I was ready for real food that was at least half-way healthy.
Most of our entertainment was within walking distance. If we ever needed a car, we would call up UBER. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly an Uber driver was available
Overall, the trip was great. I would go back. My favorite part was experiencing the sunrise and sunset multiple times. Where we live in Pittsburgh, you don't get the chance too often to watch the sun set over the wide horizon - it's usually over a bunch of houses, which is much less dreamy.
We are nearing the end of our fifth (Pre) Pre-School unit! Over the last two months we have studied Construction, the Farm, Transportation, the Body and are currently on BUGS!
The two books I have been using for our BUGS unit are both by Eric Carle: The Very Busy Spider & The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We've done art projects that recreate the illustrations in the book, we've learned about different spiders, we've done sensory bins with miniature spider toys, and aside from the theme of bugs we've learned our colors and completed sticker, coloring, and cut and paste pages.
Those two work books are geared towards Silas' age group and have simple/short activities. The coloring book in particular focuses on the child filling in a white circle to complete the picture. It's perfect.
The sticker book has been great for fine motor skills and learning how to complete a picture.
I had someone ask me on my Instagram account what I think Silas gets from our activities. To be honest, I didn't start this "program" in order to teach him profound things. The idea to do this came to me when I saw other people sharing their little activities they were doing with their toddlers. However, that being said, through our activities he is learning colors, fine/gross motor skills, memory/matching skills and other things that most kids learn in pre-school. He is also learning things specific to the unit we are on.
The type of reactions I receive from people about (Pre) Pre-School vary. Some are supportive and enthusiastic, some are curious & want to hear more, others are exhausted just from my explanation of it all, and then a few want to know if this means I want to home school. (i have no idea)
All I know is that if you're going to be with your kid all day, why not make the activities worth it?
The first video turned out great, so Rob wanted to help with making a second one. This might turn into a long term memory keeping method for me. Pictures are great, but videos are fun to watch because you can see the actual mannerisms of a person and how they change over time.
Summer's (almost) over and that means Fall is nearly here. I went to the Dollar Tree yesterday to find something for a Baby Shower and ended up spending way too many dollars on fall decor. Who knew the DOLLAR TREE would be such a huge home decor hit?
With Fall comes the falling of leaves - primarily the huge tree in our front yard is giving our lawn a good covering (as well as our neighbor's lawn - they love it).
And along with the changing seasons, comes a change in schedules and new things. For me this means starting back up at the mom's group at church, as well as a new personal bible study (I just finished the book of John and am fresh into the book of Acts - both of which are John MacArthur studies).
On the horizon are trips and bits of work and learning and baking and catching up on scrapbooking and pulling out warmer clothes and friends and football and fires.