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Showing posts from May, 2013

Surviving Travel with Toddlers

Recently we had to take the 5+ hour drive to the big city for a specialist appointment. By the time Mikail was a year old he had many trips under his belt. Olivia has had no really long trips under hers yet so we didn't know how it would go. But, it went surprisingly well. I had the kids each pick a few toys and books they would like to take along and then I secretly made a bin of fun activities to pull out after we were tired of those and 'The Wheels on the Bus', 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider' and 'Jesus Loves Me' got old. We stopped about every two hours for a bathroom break and a quick run around the vehicle or a few minutes on a play structure if we could find one. Mikail did AMAZING with the bathroom stuff. Absolutely no accidents. Absolutely no pull ups (he hasn't used those in months). Absolutely no accidents. So proud of him.

Here are a few things that kept us busy:

I got the kids each a cookie sheet at the dollar store to use as a table. It has edges…

A Max and Ruby Party

May is a big birthday month for us around here since Mikail and Olivia are only two days (and two years) apart. We jump at the opportunity to have a shared birthday party. Why not?

A couple of months before their birthdays they both began a love for Max and Ruby. For those of you who don't know Max and Ruby, it is a TV show created by children's author and illustrator Rosemary Wells and is based on the world of her Max and Ruby books. The TV episodes present stories about Max, a rambunctious and determined three-year-old rabbit, and his big sister, Ruby, a patient, goal-oriented, sometimes restrictive (and very bossy) seven-year-old rabbit.

How perfect for our kids. A Max party for Mikail and a Ruby party for Olivia.The other nice thing was that there aren't really any party accessories that you can buy for a Max and Ruby themed party. So off I went to create my own decorations and ideas for their party. Thank you Pinterest for the help. It was a lot of fun and very bud…