Oh, hello Friday.
Hey, Friday! I’m so happy you’re here. It means we’re one day closer to next week, and exciting things happen next week. For one: I get to see my mama, and we also get to go on our road trip! Of course, a million and one things need to happen before then, so hopefully I can get them all finished before it’s time to leave. Have you told me where we should eat on our road trip yet? You still have time!
Call this post what you will (some call it Five on Friday), but here are
five seven things currently on my mind, or things I want to share with y’all. Seven? Yeah, seven. I’m a rule-breaker like that. Happy Friday 🙂
It’s movie night tonight, and I get to watch whatever I want! Help me pick my Redbox flick:
- Aloha because…yummy eye candy (Bradly Cooper), plus it has Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone
- The Longest Ride because…Nicholas Sparks, and I read the book
- Hot Pursuit because…Reese Witherspoon, and it’s a comedy.
Let’s talk toddler apps for the road trip. Do you have any good, cheap apps for toddlers that work well without WIFI? I started browsing last night, but so many of them only worked if you had Internet, which we won’t. I do have a couple movies downloaded, but she likes to press buttons, so I think a few apps would be fun.
Several months ago I made a summer bucket list, and one day this week we were bored out of our minds, so I took a look at it and picked something to accomplish. It was the least I could do since I wanted to at least cross something off of it before summer ends.
It turns out I was a little over-zealous thinking we’d do all the things, because we didn’t. If it involved going outside, we most certainly didn’t come close to doing any of them. I guess you could call me an overachiever with my list—that sounds much better than “lazy mom who hates being outside with her kids.” Anyway. In lieu of not going outside, and feeling guilty for letting her watch yet another episode of M-I-C-K-E-Y, we stayed in and got crafty…kinda. I pulled out some yarn and an old box of Froot Loops that I stole from a hotel one morning after breakfast, and we made a necklace!
She wore it allllll day, and even when I told her she could eat the cereal off the string, she refused. Julia actually REALLY impressed me with her hand-eye coordination for putting them on the string. I helped her out in the beginning, but by the end, she was doing it herself!
Oh, and the cupcake holder is there because I didn’t know how to stop the loops from falling off the string, so I tied a knot on the other side of the cupcake holder so that they’d stay in place.
I heard the other day on the John Tesh Radio Show (don’t judge*—I love those little bits of “Intelligence for your Life” that he shares throughout the day) that several new words are in the Oxford online dictionary. What made the list? “Hangry” and “Awesomesauce.” Seeing as how I use both of those pretty much every day, I’m definitely okay with that.
*You’re totally judging me now, aren’t you? I know; I’m judging myself a little bit now, too. I thought I at least had five more years before I started admitting that I liked shows like that.
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I’m doing a clothing swap today with some girlfriends and I’m really excited about it. We’ve all cleaned out our closet, and now we can get rid of the stuff we don’t want, and hopefully find some “new” clothes to go back on those empty hangers. The ladies are from my MOPS group and I’m so happy to be friends with them, and that I’ve found a group here that I fit into. My bank account is a little happy, too. Free clothes are the best!
Is almost-seven months too early to be signing back to me? Because I swear Maddie just signed “milk” twice while she was eating. I tried to film it, but she stopped (of course) as soon as I pressed record. She did it once during one nursing session, and then again the next time I fed her. If she really did what I think she did, I need to start learning my baby sign language a lot more, because this is amazing! Julia started getting the hang of her signs around 10 months, and it was incredibly nice to know what she was trying to say.
Happy (almost) weekend, y’all!
Clothing swaps are the best!
So, on the apps – what kind of tablet do you have? If you don’t have one, I HIGHLY recommend the kindle fire. I had one for a while until we discovered the “freetime” section and now Abbie uses it ALL. THE. TIME. The vast majority of the apps in there she can use without wifi. Since I already have Prime, I think I pay 2.99 a month or something like that to have it, but it’s WELL worth it because everything is included. Also, since it’s in her special mode, I don’t have to worry about her accidentally buying something, and she only has access to the freetime things unless I manually add something else for her.
I can’t even tell you how much she loves it – she can go in and out of apps and change and I don’t have to worry about wifi most of the time – if it doesn’t work, she just goes to a different one. You can also set time limits and things on it, but I haven’t done that yet.
And now I’m a walking ad for the kindle fire. But seriously – we LOVE it.
Lol i’ll keep the Kindle Fire in mind, but we have an iPad mini that I won in a raffle for $10, so we’re definitely keeping it for now 🙂
I hope you picked The Longest Ride, because I really want to see that. I don’t know why that should sway you since I won’t be there to watch it with you, but that would be my choice. 😉 And the Froot Loops stringing looks like so much fun! My kids would love that!
Toddler Apps: Endless ABC, Endless Reader, Endless 123, ToddlerFish, MatchBlitz, Hooked on Phonics… those are all popular here!
Um, who DOESN’T love “Intelligence for Your Life”? And I’m younger than you, so clearly that just means you’re hip and cool. 😉
Doing stuff outside in the summer in Georgia is AWFUL. I mean, it’s so hot and humid and uncomfortable. My outdoor activities primarily consisted of spending time in a pool.