Sensory play or mess?

Jan 15, 2020

A photo is worth a thousand words. Those are crushed eggshells. Yes it was a mess. It was a huge mess. I had eggshells tracked from the kitchen to the family room. I don't regret it. She said, "mom can I make a mess?" I said sure. She had so much fun. And she got some serious texture and sensory play. Now I know that you are asking in your mind, "why the egg shells?" The answer: chickens. Chickens use a lot of calcium in their diets. That's what the shell of the egg is made of. Because they use so much calcium you have to give them some form of calcium in their diet. Either oyster shells or even cheaper, crushed egg shells. Have you ever had a farm fresh eggs? They are packed with nutrition and it takes effort to crack the shell. Now compare it to a store bought egg. Pale yolks and thin easy to break shells. It's just part of commercial egg production. Also fun fact did you know that in the USA it is illegal to commercially sale eggs until they have been bleached? That's why we have to store them in the fridge. They would go bad within days otherwise. Did you also know in Europe it's the opposite? It's illegal to bleach eggs and sale them. Europe knows that the protective coating that is naturally on eggs doesn't hurt anything and makes them fresher, longer. If they aren't bleached you can actually store them on the counter and they won't get bad. I know. Mind blown! 

So next time you crack an egg remember how amazing they are. And if you let a 3 year old play in your supply of crushed eggshells they will be so happy and messy. But it's really the happy that counts. We have a vacuum for the mess. 

The year of clear vision

Jan 06, 2020

It's a new year and a new start! 2020 is going hold some awesome things for our family. I just know it. This year we rang in the new year on the Hogwarts Express! We got together with our best friends and all the kiddos and had a blast. Harry Potter games, inspired treats and even sorting cupcakes! We even did an early count down At 930. Cause ya know we are parents... Ha ha.

One if the things I love about our life is our support system. Life is hard. That's the nature of it. But we don't have to do it alone. I can't count how many times our tribe has rallied together for one thing or another and for each other on different occasions. So let the new year ring in and bring some awesome stuff our way!  20/20 I can see it so clearly!

I spy with my little eye

Jan 06, 2020

We have been trying to play more games as a family. Not only is it a great learning tool, but it's a lot of fun. Tonight we played Eye spy. My mom got it for Girlfriend for Christmas. Let me tell you, it's a bit! So fun and right up our alley. Time is so important to us. Especially since it seems to be going by so fast. So thanks for helping us slow it down and be meaningful with our time Grandma!! 

It was Spontaneous!

Dec 23, 2019

Winter comes every year. Then it takes forever to leave. I don't mind too much really. If I minded I would move. Part of Illinois living is finding fun things to do during the long winter. We headed out to visit one of the children's museums within driving distance of our house. Don't worry. They were closed. Even though online they said they were open. FAIL. We were not to be deterred from a good time though. 2 buildings down was the local library. The thing about the library is every library has a children's area with toys. Because this wasn't our local library we had never played with any of these toys. Enter happiness. One of the fun things we found was living books on the computer. They are called something else now days, but when I was little they were called living books. They are awesome! They read the story to you and when you click on the pictures, amazing things happen. Tea pots sing, fish jump out of the aquarium, you get my drift. Girlfriend had never experienced the joy of Living Book adventures. It was a success. Even though we were sad the museum was closed, we had a pretty good time anyway.

Following the leader

Oct 29, 2019

Hello all you lovely folks! Have you started following us on social media yet? You haven't? Well why not? That's the place to go for an even closer look into what we are like in good 'ol regular life. 

https://www.facebook.com/jeremyandannie/

Instagram @jeremyandannieadopt

We really like our family and we are pretty sure you will too. 

Homemade is the best made

Oct 06, 2019

Growing up I loved play dough. Let's be real here. I still love play dough. My mom always made me play dough though. We never bought it from the store. I can't even pull a memory of playing with store bought play dough. It's just not something we bought. 

One of Girlfriend's favorite things is play dough. But we usually buy it from the store. Hands up for clearance and Ross! But every once and a while when the store bought play dough is opened and all of it is crusty or getting hard I smile and think of my mom. Out come the ingredients for homemade play dough and a few minutes later we have a huge batch of warm soft dough. 

What are some things from your childhood you want to pass on?

Warm moments

Sep 25, 2019

Tonight I did the dishes. No, that's not the warm moment, but could be considered a miracle in itself. But as I did the chore I hate the most, I starred out the window. What I saw made me small and made my heart a little lighter. Jeremy was running across our yard with our daughter close behind. Then behind her were 4 chickens running along and joining in the fun. Though there was glee from the three year old when the swing set was reached the chickens just stopped and looked around. Obviously disappointed that the running was not because there were treats to be had. I chuckled. Then I watched as Jeremy pushed our daughter on the swing. She laughed, he smiled. Do you want to know something? He's a really good dad. Like, the ones that you hear about, but don't always get to see. The ones who take time off of work to attend every activity. The ones who are at the dance classes and tumbling classes. The ones who listen, have tea parties, wear silly hats and talk in goofy voices. The ones who put the babies to bed and are happy to help with bedtime routines. The ones who give and give. And as I was scrubbing plates and mixing bowls I was reminded how in the every day there are little moments that make life. This was one of them. And I am lucky.

Squash or bestie?

Sep 19, 2019

We went grocery shopping today. I had plans for butternut squash soup for dinner this week. When we got home Jeremy said, "hey! You bought a Sophie's squash!" Which is one of Girlfriend's favorite books. The whole book is about a girl who gets a squash from the farmers market and while her parents want to eat it, she draws a face on it and it becomes her best friend. It's a super cute book. So as soon as Jeremy said that Girlfriend wanted to "draw a face on it, bounce it on her knee and call it Bernice." Just like in the book. How could I say no?

Every day living

Mar 27, 2019

Routines, schedules, calendars. We all live with 'em or by them. I like to think we are somewhere in the middle. We have our schedule and our routine, but we have room for adventure. Yesterday our wonderful neighbors came over to see our new baby chickens. It was on the fly and we had a wonderful visit. When they were starting to walk home S said," mom do you want to go on an adventure?" In my mind I ran through all the reasons why we couldn't walk them home (I hadn't even started thinking about what to cook for dinner, I had been in the middle of taking down Christmas lights outside when they came, it was cold, ect) and in about 1 second I realized those were all dumb. So I threw the excuses out the window and said, "you bet I do!" So adventuring we went. We had just walked our neighbor's home a whole 20 feet when Jeremy pulled in the driveway from work. We waved and kept walking. We ended up only walking them about halfway home before Sabrina was done. That was totally fine. We headed home happy. There are days when we live by the calendar. That's just life. It's sometimes hectic and messy. But sometimes when adventure calls you have you answer. Even if it's just an adventure down the street.

She blinded me with science

Mar 27, 2019

I'm a prepper. I know myself well enough to know that it's easier for me to relax when I am prepared. So every summer I have a summer box in the car. It has sunscreen, towels and maybe a few park toys. That way of we get hit with a wild hair to go on an adventure we have the basics! Winter is the same.  Here in Illinois our winters have a tendency to be long and cold. So before we are confined to the house I take preparations. This winter S is old enough to do some pretty fun things. So we started doing "science" this winter. We made playdough, we played with shaving cream and of course we made slime! The first time we made it we made just a basic slime. The second time we did a fluffy slime. It was fluffy slime for the win! The basic slime separated after you stopped playing with it and the fluffy slime has been going strong for 2 weeks! And it was a lot more fun. Jeremy was working from home the day we made it and so he was even able to get in on the fun! And what made it even better was I could just whip everything out. No need for a store run!

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