I think I can, I think I can…
I had to do it. We were out of food. I avoided it for as long as I could but today we HAD to go…all FOUR of us. OMG. I haven’t done that in forever. A whole year to be exact.
I knew I had to be prepared. Like really prepared. ‘Stick to the list only’ kind of prepared. And of course use my best parenting skill to get through the shopping adventure…bribery. Ha! #truth 😉
The big kids are trying something new this summer…Acro at Tutus! They LOVED it but someone, I won’t mention any names, did not.
My baby girl turned 6 today!! Crazy but true. We gave her a special heart locket with a picture of me and her daddy in it. I seriously thought she was going to cry when she opened it. She LOVED it and wears it everyday! Later that evening, I asked her what her favorite gift was out of allllll her gifts and she said it was the locket, I asked why. She stopped what she was doing, looked up, touched her necklace and said because it has a picture of you and daddy. A giant lump formed in my throat. #heartofgold
Of course we had to visit the library! Best place to be on your birthday!
First visit to the neighborhood splash pad was awesome! We were supposed to go to the library but…we stayed home to watch the caterpillars turn into chrysalises! And I actually took a video of the whole thing. AMAZING! Now I have to figure out how to upload the 5 minute video to YouTube so I can share the magic.
(Photos Courtesy of Little Otters Swim Academy)
We had a make up swim lesson day at our house today. Madeline had her final test…a ‘silly’ swim. She had to jump in the pool fully clothed and do a swim-float-swim. She also had to sit on a raft while Miss Tina flipped it over. The kid passed with flying colors and this momma couldn’t be prouder! I’m not much of a swimmer and it just amazes me to see my babies swim with such ease and confidence! Thank you Miss Tina!
#CampRoemer Week 2 complete!
What fun things did you do with the kids this week??
It was a short week but I still needed to keep the kids busy. For me, I’m a better mom when I take the kids out of the house. When we stay in the house, I try to actually get things done…you know, like cook dinner, do the laundry and so on. At the stage the kids are in now, those are impossible to do in a timely fashion. I make it a goal to plan an outing everyday. They aren’t all fun and games because we do need to do some chores like food shopping, doctor appointments and taking the car in for maintenance visits.
Here’s how our first week went:
Oh how we have missed #CampBentley!! Our kids go to different schools and have different schedules which makes it a bit more challenging to meet up during the school year. My girlfriend and I LOVE the summer time because we get to spend most of the week days together. For the most part, our kids all get along great and we can actually have adult conversation. It’s a win win for all of us!
Since we’ve moved to the other side of town, we don’t get to visit one of our favorite libraries all that often. The girls were ecstatic to hear that we were on our way to Maitland Library for story time! Granted, it was a story time for the babies but the kids didn’t even notice. It felt great to be back!
Our first stop on Thursday was at The Fresh Market. They have Little Big Meals on Thursdays for $20 and it feeds the whole family and then some! A fresh, delicious and most importantly, easy-to-make meal. This month is Summer Salad and there are many different combinations you can make each week.
Elizabeth’s 2nd birthday was on Friday and we celebrated with our dear friends, donuts and a play date at Grammy’s Indoor Playground. All five of the kids had a blast! I wasn’t sure if Madeline would love it because of her age but she did and has already asked to go back again.
The girls even got a little reading in!
The Roemer Girls give Grammy’s a 2 thumbs up!
#CampRoemer Week 1 complete!
What did you do with the kids on their first week of summer break?
Today marks the first full week of summer break and the girls and I are FINALLY starting to settle into our summer routine. Over the last week and a half, I’ve found a few things that we are in LOVE with and I’m so excited to share them with you!
So…let’s get this LOVE going!
These only come out only when the baby is sleeping. And these are the real deal, not the chunky toddler ones that we have had for years. My oldest loves them! She got her first set for her birthday last week and I LOVE watching her play with them. I can actually see her think when she puts them together. She does this cute little thing with her lip when she’s thinking hard and the whole process of following directions, figuring out which pieces go where and actually creating a finished project has her mesmerized.
I stumbled upon these dry erase boards on one of our Saturday morning trips to Lakeshore Learning for their FREE weekly craft. My almost 4 year old would rather run, jump and twirl than sit down and practice her letters but…she is in LOVE with these boards! She actually sits down and does them all. And I happened to get them on sale for 1/2 price! #momwin!
I didn’t expect to add this one to my list but here it is… Grammy’s Indoor Playground. The girls went nuts! I actually wished I had brought my book to read because I was just sitting there. All by myself! Best money I ever spent! And we were there for FOUR hours! If you go, make sure to look for a coupon or get some friends together for a group discount.
The girls even read a few books!
Trotwood Park Splash Pad was my back up plan yesterday because we missed story time at the library. I surprised the girls with this outing and even hid their bathing suits and towels in the car. It’s a great splash pad! Completely fenced in and small enough for you to stay seated and still be able to see them at all times but big enough that they can run and have fun. Oh and it’s FREE for Winter Springs residents! $3 per kid if you’re not. As you can see, the girl LOVED it!
All the libraries! I cannot stress enough how wonderful the libraries are. It’s air conditioned and they have programs for every age…even the parents. From Lego Building to Mother Goose Stories, it’s the best place for families to hang out and it’s educational too!
Seminole County Libraries
Maitland Public Library
What are you in LOVE with this week?