Summer break has come to an end, and school season is upon us! Carina is starting Kindergarten next week, and we have been busy getting everything ready!
I decided to buy some labels to help with keeping things organized, and chose two brands to try out. Our sweet friend also gave Carina a set of vinyl monogram labels for her birthday, so we are fully stocked!
The first set I chose are from Kidecals. This company advertises that all of their labels are waterproof, laundry safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and BPA free.
Below is a photo of our “mixed set” of “blue bead” style lables. The set includes 24 classic labels (2″ round) and 48 mini labels (1″ round). You can personalize your colors and the information that you want your labels to include. http://kidecals.com/
The second set that I chose are from Name Bubbles. These are from the School Labels Pack, which allows you to choose from several different designs and includes pages of stickers for specific purposes – some are dishwasher safe and some are laundry safe. http://www.namebubbles.com/
Below is a snap of some vinyl monograms made by Simply Monogram It. I am looking forward to using these too! You can check out all the great options here: https://instagram.com/simplymonogramit/
My daughter and I both love gardening and being outside in nature. Despite the heat here in Katy, Texas, we decided to finally make a butterfly garden in our backyard.
This was a labor-intensive project, but the workout was definitely worth the result. I love looking out the window and seeing all the color instead of just dried up grass. Also, several of the plants that we have chosen are specifically meant to attract butterflies!
We bought the limestone, soil, mulch, cone flowers, black eyed susans, and a few other plants that looked nice – all at the Lowe’s on Katy Freeway. Everyone there was very helpful, and they even loaded all those stones into the truck for us. Jonathan was awarded the job of bringing it all to the backyard. (Thanks Hubby!)
We also visited Beyond Paradise Nursery for our lovely purple butterfly bushes and bright multicolor butterfly weed (milk weed). The kids enjoyed some popsicles and saying hello to the resident cats there, while we looked around.
I recently attended story hour with my grandchildren at the Beaumont Public Library Miller Branch and discovered one of the sweetest stories of all time, “Mole’s in Love.” A young mole named Morris set out in spring to find love in all the wrong places, mainly due to bad eyesight! But, after much heartbreak, love found him! Similar to Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” this story will be loved and passed down by young and old. Bravo to the children’s librarian at the Beaumont Public Library Miller Branch for selecting and sharing this book with the children during story hour.
One of the major purchases we have made now that we have two kids is a double stroller. Carina is 3 and still likes to sit in the stroller during long walks and when we go out. We wanted to give her that option even when Nathan got here. I spent a lot of time comparing different strollers and think my findings might be helpful to others.
Here are a few of the parameters I was working with:
Comfort for the kids – or it would never get used!
I did not intend to use the stroller for working out.
I wanted the kids sitting next to each other – I do not like the stacked seating strollers, particularly if one kid would be facing the opposite direction or their view would be blocked by the seat in front of them.
Carina is pretty tall for her age, so I needed a stroller that could accommodate her and a newborn at the same time. In the end this was a major deciding factor. The stroller could only be used if it would fit both kids – the bigger the better!
The Maclaren Twin Techno best fit my desires. It is cushioned and comfortable for both kids. For size, Carina will benefit from the rising canopy and open footrest. For Nathan, there is a mesh foot cover that keeps the baby from sliding, as well as an infant head cushion and almost flat recline. The stroller also includes some awesome extras, like large pockets, two independently moving hoods with viewing windows, a raincover, footmuffs…The beautiful Persian Rose color didn’t hurt either!
Maclaren Twin Techno
Newborn & up
30.4 lb stroller weight
110 lb capactiy
29″ wide – seats 11.5″ each
18″ seatback but 25″ from bottom to canopy & up to 30″ with rising canopy
Automatic lock to close
Hard to open
Smaller storage on the bottom but has back bottle holders and 2 pockets on the canopy, can also hang baby bag
My little boy is officially 4 months old! He is growing so fast!
At over 16 pounds, he is already wearing size 3 Pampersdiapers and some 9 month clothing (sometimes 12 month, depending on the brand). What a little chubster! Ha!
Having a 4 month old and an almost 4 year old creates a very hectic life. Nathan’s daily routine is pretty loosely scheduled: he eats whenever he wants, and I just try to keep up by nursing and pumping while still allowing Carina to go about her daily activities around town and at home.
We have been very lucky, with Nathan sleeping about 5 hours straight each night. He wakes up just to nurse and then falls back to sleep. I usually put him to sleep either in the bassinet in our room or in his crib in his room. Then, when he wakes up to eat around 2 AM, he comes in bed with us. Nathan seems most comfortable sleeping in a SleepSackwith a long sleeve onesie.
My favorite day clothes for him are footed onesies and rompers like these:
Both kids get up around 7:30 and will play or watch a Dora or Diego episode together while I make breakfast and then get everyone dressed and ready for the day. Nathan will often take a nap around 9:30 and again around 11, sleeping sporadically throughout the afternoon until 8 or 9 PM, when he goes down for the night.
During his time awake, Nathan will tag along for whatever Carina and I are doing that day. He absolutely loves watching his big sister, and she is such great entertainment for him! He also enjoys his play mats, kicking his feet, grabbing his toys, and sucking his thumb. He is a very smiley baby and chuckles when he is tickled or he thinks a sound or face is funny!
The Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, public education, and wildlife rehabilitation. They will be hosting their Wild for Wildlife Family Fun Day on March 30, 2014, 1PM-5PM.
Spend a fun day learning all about your favorite local wildlife! Meet live education animals and learn how you can help the animals living all around you.
Games – Baby Bird Rescue Relay, Bull Frog Challenge, more!
Crafts – Wildlife Feeders, Baby Bird Rescue Nest, more!
Prizes – Animal Paintings, t-shirts, more!
Live Wildlife – All of your favorite TWRC education animals will be on hand with special guests including a 7 foot Red Tail Boa and 3 foot Alligator Snapping Turtle!
And much, much more!
They are also now accepting registration for new Saturday Wildlife Workshops and Summer Camps for kids ages 7-15, held in the TWRC Education Center.