My plans for today included putting away 3 loads of laundry, washing everyone's bedding, a load of dishes, vacuuming, cooking breakfast and dinner, and making sure all three children made it through the day breathing-and fed and stuff.
After 2 hours up at oh, 8am Adeline, my 3 1/2 year old, asked me to go somewhere or go do something.
We aren't used to idle days at home much since we're always on the go, and if we're still home by lunch she's usually a bit uncomfortable about that.
I looked at the laundry and then over at Gideon who was standing up on the kitchen table chair trying to reach his sister's smoothie pushed towards the middle to stay away from his reach.
Sure we can go somewhere, I know for sure Gideon won't injure himself in his car seat, and that way I don't have to fight the dog to stay out of my laundry piles.
Yesterday was the park, and let's be real here. I cannot do the park two days in a row. Not by myself anyway, they out number me and make me want to hide from them in the tunnel slide for as long as possible.
So without a place to go or a fun thing to do I googled and Pinterest searched "fall activities for toddlers and preschoolers".
Only most of those search results required:
a. a lot of effort
b. more adult hands than I have available
c. an environment where it actually looks like autumn
So we just went to Rouses (where I made the kids pose by a pile of pumpkins trying to hide the big $3.99 signs plastered all over them so that I could have a fall picture resembling a pumpkin patch).
They picked out the lucky few and here. we. go.
This is Gideon. The messiest child to ever walk planet earth. Brought to you by Philip. The messiest man to ever walk planet earth. :)
During the first 5-10 minutes of painting these suckers I totally felt my good mom mojo flowing.
They were happy and it was a new activity and no one pulled anyone's hair yet.
Oh and Selah stayed asleep long enough for me to pull out my new fancy camera to take 167 pictures of the event. Thank you baby.
and I resisted the urge to limit the paint colors to only fall colors, because blue just won't look right-- but I let her anyway.
Sometimes I wonder who this kid is, and then when I watch her get creative and meticulous with a project she makes me feel like I handed something down to her. It's way cuter when you're three though.
and somewhere during the clean up process this happened.
This morning there was pumpkins. glitter. and naked babies.
All of which were obnoxiously adorable.