So grateful for this place. My kids have a safe space to explore, use their imagination, form friendships, problem solve, be independent and ride their bikes without fear of being hit by a car. We are getting ready to close up for the winter, but I already can't wait for next summer. ❤️
This is where my baby daddy hangs out when he is not home!!! Seriously amazing and ridonculous- for serious. I have no idea how you can get used to being up this high. I can't even climb the one story tower at the corn maze without wanting to barf.
This is a seriously wicked find by some friends of ours. Peanuts (and pistachios) in resin! My son with anaphylaxis has only ever seen pictures of peanuts and shells in our yard, but these babies are surrounded by a thick layer of resin. What a cool and safe way for him to get an up close look of something he needs to steer clear of.
This was emptied from the pockets of my son- AFTER they went through the wash. I will never forget my son telling me after a ginormous meltdown over a toothpick that he really likes the things he finds. He was 4 then and and now he's 10. Lol. This hobby hasn't always been easy, but he has found 5, 10, 20 dollar bills and countless change. I can't guarantee he has acquired these items lawfully but he definitely loves the things he finds.
Ok. So. The last couple weeks have been a bit of a gong show for me, and my house is less than perfect. Being a household on various "spectrums", we have a lot of structure and organization that goes into living our daily lives. With all the changes that September has brought for everyone in our family this year, I've had several panic attacks which I haven't had for a loooong time. I know things will eventually settle down, but change is hard, and I haven't felt super proud of all the ways I've dealt with my anxiety. After the kids are in bed tonight, I will take a stab at cleaning my house and maybe doing a load of laundry, but I think I am going to have to lower my expectations of myself.
So I planted a butterfly garden a couple years ago and I cannot believe how busy it has been this September! There was probably 19 butterflies and a ton of bees hanging out when we went to check it today. I really let my yard go this summer, but it still gave me back something amazing. I can always tell when my life verges on utter chaos because my plants are the first to suffer, but they are so much stronger than I give them credit for and I am grateful.
I'm proud of this kid. He handled an IV and being put to sleep like a champ for his MRI today! This is the before pic, because he was a little out of it after. As he was falling asleep he was talking about getting sushi because he had to fast since last night. I'm amazed this kid keeps smiling for pictures these days!
I know I'm totally biased here, but this will be the cutest video you ever watch. Seriously, turn your volume on lol. Small-but-mighty is 3 years old in this video. He was just as hardcore about fitness at three as he is now. He has given me permission to post this ridonculous video, despite being in his embarssingly green hulk gitch. I love raising kids that are active, even if I can hardly keep up with them some days. BTW, he used to call push ups, pushing ups.
This is what taking my kids grocery shopping looks like on a good day (photo not from today). Note that they are on a break after running fanatically in giant circles. Today was much worse and full of evil stink eyes. How can they bike well over 4 km to the grocery store and still have so much energy! In total we did 8.5km this afternoon (I walked while they rode back and forth on the trail-so I'm sure it was more for them). They even went biking this morning too!!! Can someone bottle this energy? Please? Seriously, I could use gallons of it.