Guys the weather in South Florida has been incredible lately. I know… another weather post… but really it’s so hot down here that days like these have to be documented. Alex and I have been going on family walks to our neighborhood park and it has given us an opportunity to catch up and for the kids to get a little park time in before bed.
I know we’re not pros at getting outside with three kids because most of the time I talk myself out of it. However, just like most things, the more you do it the easier it gets.
I wanted to share a few tips that help make our park experience a little more stress free and fun!
Proper attire– This obviously depends on where you live, but we like to make sure the kids are cool so we often opt for shorts or leggings for Grace. Sneakers are a must since most parks have mulch and open toed shoes and mulch are not a good combination.
Snacks– We like to have a little break in between our playing time to sit and have some fruit/ crackers and water. This allows the kiddos to take a breather and for us to regroup from chasing them around the playground. Also, who doesn’t like to eat al-fresco?
Practice first time obedience- Kids are going to disobey. It’s inevitable. However, when it comes to them responding to my call, it is super important for me that they are attentive and that they come as soon as I call them. Mainly because it’s impossible for me to carry my four month old, and chase after the two older kids during an emergency. What we do is before we leave the house, we role play. I tell them that I am going to call them, let them run and I say “Grace, Haddon… please come here” and then watch them come back to where I am. We do this at least 3 times before leaving the house and then 3 more times once we get to the playground. I also practice while we’re at the playground and call them just to make sure they’re paying attention. Most of the time I’m right there with them, but God forbid something happen, they’ll know exactly what to do.
Play with your kids– I’m all about taking pictures of the kids, but once I feel that I’ve taken enough, I’ll put the camera down and get right in there with them. I know for a fact that they’re going to remember me crawling and sliding with them and I want to make sure that I’m doing my best at engaging rather than hiding behind a camera. Also, I’ll take a workout however I can get it.
So, from a mom that is just learning how to balance the three kid life I hope this helps and that you and your kiddos are enjoying each other and are making all sorts of memories!
There’s certainly something beautiful happening with the weather in South Florida. I’m thinking this is the remnants of hurricane Matthew, but I’m no meteorologist. The air has been way less humid than usual and the kids and I have taken to the front yard with a quilt and lots of treats. Something about October that makes you feel like slowing down and spending time together.
I wanted to share some links that I’ve kept up on my tabs for the past week:
Thinking about family costumes this year and I think putting Emory on a carrier would be really cute
So much happening around our sunny neck of the woods, but first I wanted to stop and talk about my three musketeers. These three kiddos that made me a mama and drive me cray cray and fill my heart with so much love and happiness.
Grace | 4 1/2 years
Grace is a mama bear around here. She really does take care of her sister and her brother better than I could have hoped for. She’s four, so she has her moments of not wanting to share the spotlight but those moments are rare. She loves arts and crafts and is really good with scissors surprisingly. Lately she has been doing an amazing job at color-blocking her artwork. We pulled her from VPK last week, mainly because she was learning things that we had already covered at home and because the drop off with three kids became really tough on me. She’s not missing it though. We have been keeping her super busy at home practicing her math and language arts skills.
She loves her grandmothers’ food and is really picky about how she eats her cheese sandwiches. She is not really into sleeping in her own bed and sneaks into our bed at night and I only know that because she sneaks her cold little feet and reaches over until they’re right on my leg. I think that feeling us next to her calms her down and helps her sleep better.
This little monkey pushes all of my mama buttons. He is super loving and wants to be held at all hours of the day. He can eat his weight in pasta and loves to help me in the kitchen. I think his favorite part of the cooking process is when he gets to “mis mis” (mix) water in a cup. He also learned how to say “it is” and his favorite word these days is “no”
He is a great boy to put down to sleep. He loves his blanky and pacifier and goes right to bed when he has both in hand. Recently he’s built the best relationship with his dad and gets so emotional when he leaves for work. Also, he sings and on key! Sometimes he starts a movie, sings with the opening song and then rewinds it 5x and sings along. Sometimes he doesn’t even watch the movie.
Emory | 4 months
If you follow along our Instagram stories, you’ll see that Emmy is developing a strong set of pipes. She has a lot to say these days and is certainly standing her ground when it comes to the sharing of attention. She’s really healthy and has stretched her sleep for 6 hours at night which makes me a happy mama. We are hoping to start her on solids this month with some rice cereal and are really excited about seeing all of the milestones as she starts reaching them. She’s really patient with her brother and sister. Grace wants to hold her all the time and Haddon smothers her every time he gets a chance to. She’s the sweetest little girl!