Mom Life

Before we moved to Idaho, I was a full-time working mom in San Diego.  I tried my best to juggle work, family and friends and be somewhat successful at all three.  Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn’t.  I was BUSY.  Then came an amazing opportunity for my hubby and we relocated to Idaho.  Despite my first reaction when he told me there was a possibility (my exact words were, “we’re not f@$&ing moving to Idaho”), we made the decision to move.  This meant that after 12 years in the classroom, I left my job.  No more daycare for my mini.  It would be me and her all day, as I was blessed to become a stay at home mom.  I thought I was busy before…um, no.  I am way more busy now than ever!  All my other SAHM friends should have warned me.  But, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

With an active 3 year old who DOES NOT nap any more, some days are busier than others.  Some days I have planned activities/projects for us to do, other days I fly by the seat of my pants.  Some days there are play dates, and other days  I reach into my teacher bag of tricks (or 12 storage boxes in the garage–I gave away so much stuff before I left) and do educational things.  We cook together once a week, bake together, play lots of games, and oh…I should probably clean the house, grocery shop, laundry, etc.  Wait, let’s squeeze in some workouts in there somewhere too.  Tired yet?  Yep, me too.  Welcome to my life.

We definitely have our routine, and like a big ol’ nerd, I have a cleaning schedule that I stick to so my house is not a tornado of toddler mess.  But, sometimes the most fun times are when we make do with what we have around the house.  And, like I said, I have 12 storage boxes of teacher stuff to dig in to if I need it.  I didn’t need that today.  Today’s fun was simple.  Paper plates, popsicle sticks, duct tape, and a balloon was all we needed.  I gathered my supplies, and in less than 5 minutes we were playing and laughing and practicing those gross motor skills!  Who wants to come play?

 

 

Balloon Play

 

 

 

DIY Slime

As a teacher, one of the things that was always dreaded was “rainy day recess” schedule.  That meant the kiddos were trapped inside.  “Recess” was inside.  Lunch was inside.  Energy was contained in one school classroom.  All. Day. Long.  Those were the longest days.  After leaving the classroom, I didn’t have to worry about this…or so I thought.

Enter Idaho.  Our move from San Diego to Idaho meant that there are not only rainy days, but SNOW days.  Days where we stay inside because it’s too wet, too cold, to snowy, or all of the above.  With an active 3 year old, this can be a challenge.  Sure, we have tons of toys she loves playing with, but sometimes that’s not enough.  Even our big house, with room to ride her balance bike in isn’t enough.  That’s when mommy needs to get creative.  We do science experiments, art projects, cooking, baking…anything that is interactive and FUN.  Lucky for me, my mini can communicate what she wants to do now.  The other day she requested that we make slime!  A quick Pinterest search, and I had the recipe.  So, while she was at preschool, I ran out to get all our supplies so we could have some fun!  I had most of the supplies already, but the others I grabbed super quick at WalMart.

After we ate lunch (I told my mini we had to eat lunch before making slime and I’ve never seen her eat so fast in my life), we got to making our rainy day, ocean slime.

In a bowl, we added the glue.

We added the color and glitter…lots of glitter.

Then we added the starch

And we mixed and mixed until we got the right slimy consistency.

 

We made a few more colors, and in a little less than 30 minutes, I had a happy girl who loved stretching and touching and playing with her new batch of ocean slime.  It looked super cool as we mixed the 3 colors together, but now is just one solid blue color.  She doesn’t care.  She’ll spend an hour at a time playing with it.  We added sharks, and even Elsa and Anna have taken some turns in the slime.  We grabbed our play-doh cutters and molds, and the imagination is flowing!  Unlike other slime I have made (usually with borax and white school glue), this one is still stretchy and slimy and fun 3 days later.  We keep in in a ziploc bag at night.  And it’s ready for more slimy fun whenever she is ready.  She’s already requesting pink, and purple.  I better go get some more supplies.