Saturday, September 28, 2013

Toddlers + Activities = Fun

Being at home with the kiddos has challenged me to be on the look-out for quick, easy and entertaining activities, whether it be at Wal-mart or in our own closet. Here are a few that our kids have enjoyed. A couple of these activities could be moved inside too once the cold weather kicks in.

Treasure Hunt
Lately the kids have been fascinated with coins. We bought the kids their own piggy banks to start collecting change that they find. Towards the end of the month, they can buy a treat with their saved money. (Since the change is mostly pennies, we just use our handy debit cards for treats and recycle the change. We'd be hated by many ice cream servers if we dished out pennies...)

My grandma gave the kids a bag of change that she had been collecting, so we've been using this for our treasure hunts.  Once in a while, i'll take change and "hide" it around the living room in piles for the kids to collect. If it wasn't obvious, the game would last hours. And hours.

Macaroni Box
The first time I took this out, Deacon played with it for 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes. Our rambunctious boy rarely keeps still for that long.

We took toys around the house and threw them in the macaroni for the kids to dig up with their bowls and spoons.

Window Paint
These can be put onto table tops too, but it was a little easier for the kids to see their art against the window.

We squirted a couple different colors into a gallon-sized ziploc bag, and stuck it to the door with contact paper. I taped the bags up first to make it easier.

It is spill-proof, but you will probably want to take it down after a day or two anyways. We left ours up for too long and the heat thinned/melted the paint.

Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles
Who doesn't like a good puzzle?

Well, I didn't like one.
Suggestion: Don't buy those kid lenticular, 3D puzzles that change images when turned at a different angle. They look fun, but it's a headache waiting to happen.

Birdhouse Decorating
We found good deals on birdhouses and paint supplies at good ol' Hobby Lobby. Use their 40% weekly coupon and it's even cheaper.

Happy playing!
Have any suggestions for an easy, at-home activity? What have you found that your kiddos enjoy doing?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Happy Birthday Booger Bear!

It seems like just yesterday when our goober had his first birthday.

You know it, but i'll say it anyways. Time flies.

This season in the Narcomey abode has been a fun one because we've been able to watch Deacon grow, talk, and interact with his sister and those around him more and more. Parents, you know that (those) phase(s) of childhood where it's really hard to understand your kiddo, mostly because they aren't communicating much yet and you're just trying to figure out what your kiddo likes?  I guess it's been a fun season because Deacon has been talking a lot and we are learning more about what he likes (and dislikes).  It's nice to ask what he wants or why he's upset and get a verbal response. Really nice.

Deac, these are some funny things you do and say:

You absolutely love playing with tea sets. You'll ask "tea? tea?!" to play with it. We plan on getting you a neutral colored tea set next week for your birthday. You need a manly tea pot...

You could easily drink chocolate milk all day: it's the first thing you ask for in the morning.

You had a first last month: a trip to the ER. You were a champ and didn't cry for too long after falling off of the bed and hitting your head on the rocking chair. Four stitches. This is why we don't jump on beds. Just saying...

You love planes. You'll yell "pain! pain! see!" when you spot one in the sky.

You like doing starfall with your "sissy" on the computer. You're starting to learn your ABCs and you say "ABCs!" when you see letters anywhere.

You jump high off of things and land on both feet with no trouble. None.

After time-outs, we like to give you hugs and kisses to show there aren't any hard feelings. Sometimes, before we're even done explaining why you're in time out, you will stand up to give us hugs and kisses. Sometimes, we're suckers for it and break. So much for disciplining you.

At bed time you say, "I pay (pray), Mae pay, Daddy pay, Mommy pay."

Little, rambunctious boy, you've been a blessing to raise.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility 
count others more significant than yourselves. 

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, 
but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4