A quick stop at the playground before story time.
As I opened the gate to the playground the park ranger had just finished putting the last swing on. K1 screamed and ran right for them. I guess she had felt a bit deprived over the past few months. With the park having been closed since December until last month, and then opened with no swings, I guess she missed them.
Ahh. I think I need another trip back to visit. There is almost always traffic to get here, to this spot, in this photo. With two kids things like traffic are a deterrent for me. Maybe they should not be, but they are. Either way the reward is worth it, wouldn't you say?
"Darling all I require are fabulous shoes"
Do I need to say anything more? Love shoes, there's the girly girl in me.
Once she got it, she got it. Then it was so much fun. Cue Mary Poppins "Let's Go Fly a Kite".
If you haven't taken your children, do it. It is totally one of those childhood memory things. They are cheap too for the amount of use you get. (the one pictured was $1, a whole dollar)
Nature. Family. Hike. Hike over all has a very broad definition. I often think of climbing mountains, and often that is what we do. This one was a very gentle hike, prefect for letting toddlers do all the walking. With out several feet in elevation there is still some great scenery to take in. The outdoors is magical for children, instant good moods all around. I often forget that. We should go on more walks.
This was the first time that we went to In-N-Out and were given these sticker activities for the kids. Awesome! All those other guys handing out crayons have nothing on stickers. Both kids loved this. I suppose that maybe other places do this too, we just don't go out to eat a whole lot. If you know of any, tell me, I want to visit them next.
Thanks Uncle for coming by and helping with the car breaks. Wanna stay longer and let me do homework? Oh you do? Cool. Here are some crayons and coloring/activity books. Good luck. Just kidding, my kids aren't that bad. They had fun together.
Vegan Mac N Cheese, roasted asparagus and broccoli, salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, topped with red wine vinaigrette.
At some point one of the kids turned the temperature on the oven down from 350 to 260. The pasta was going to be fine, because it does not really need to cook, just heat. The vegetables however took a bit longer to soften. I really only make this because it is one dinner that the kids will eat and ask for seconds, not my fav though. Remind me of that before I make it next time, because I also had to eat the leftovers for three days. Ack.
My second attempt at making home made jelly from scraps. The second time that the "jelly" did not set. Maybe there was not enough pectin. Meaning I needed more peels. Either way still kinda frustrating. I really want this to work. Just gotta keep on trying, but I am running out of patience. I also hate wasting all that sugar. I also read after my second attempt that strawberry jelly is one of the harder jellies to get to set. Super. Wish I read that before starting attempt # 2.
Everyone had noodles for dinner one night last week, and I just decided chop sticks were necessary. I have many different ones. Enough that I can pick a set that matches my out fit. However, since having my two beautiful children those things never get used at home, ever. It was kinda fun to pull them out and use them, like a holiday or something. Date night at home idea? Maybe? I might have something brewing here.
She made a new friend on the way home from the playground. Somehow she tried to use that as her chance to run off, back to play. Except she is the one who wanted a snack, so she came back, pretty quickly.
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