This summer we’ll be spending our days at the pool. Like all day, everyday. It’s hot and the neighborhood pool is our favorite summer spot to cool down. Sun safety is super important since we spend so much time outdoors so durable and safe sunglasses are a must. But style is also important, these boys have good taste so we love our new Babiators.
Babiators are safe, durable and awesome sunglasses. Babiators feature flexible rubber frames and shatter-resistant lenses that won’t break when you bend, twist, or step on them. (This is a must have in a house of 4 active boys!) Not only are these fun, stylish sunglasses the coolest around, they offer 100% UVA and UVB protection and are backed by Babiators’ signature Lost & Found Guarantee™ – if you lose or break your shades within one year of purchase, Babiators will replace them for free!
Weather we’re at the pool, playing in the sand at the beach or just hanging out in our backyard we will have our Babiators. Children have sensitive eyes and need real protection to keep their eyes safe from UV damage.
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The NC Zoo is a big park and we knew we wouldn’t be able to see the entire park in 1 day especially with 4 small kids in tow so our first trip we only explore the Africa section. This past weekend we went back to the Zoo for our follow-up trip to see the North America section.
It just so happened that we picked a special (and slightly busy) weekend to visit, Bear Necessity. The bears came out of hibernation and there were several fun bear themed activities scattered around the North America section of the park.
We got to see most of the animals with the exception of the wolves, they were hiding or sleeping. The boys loved the seals. Joe really loved the puffins and I think the otters were my favorite. The polar bears and usually pretty fun but we didn’t stop by their exhibit until the midday (hottest part of the day) so they were mostly lying around inside.
The boys really love the kids’ play areas like the Garden Friends Playground and Kidzone. In fact Noah has requested to go back to the zoo for his birthday for the sole purpose of playing at the Kidzone.
polar bear nap
watching the seal do laps with his eyes closed
"reading" about the falcon
Abel was a trooper in the zooper
teddy bear picnic
The boys love the water and got soaked!
painting the walls with water
Simon's not so sure about this giant bug
Noah on the giant praying mantis
down a giant leaf
Climbing in a spiderweb
where are the otters
I climbed up on this rock mama
simon and a bear
Jude with a bison
Bison at NC Zoo
We had a great day at the zoo and are looking forward to a few more trips this year.
I am a planner. Before I became a stay-at-home mom I had a job and it was basically all about planning stuff. I like making lists and spreadsheets and timelines and filling in calendars. It helps me stay sane.
This past week I’ve been planning every single trip our family will take this year… all at once. We didn’t travel at all last year (due to a 4th child and no $) but this year we plan on taking a few small trips and adventures. My brain is running in all directions at once planning every detail of our trips meanwhile Joe is stressing out about the 1st trip on our list. He’s not a planner. He does one thing at a time and pours all of his attention into that one thing. Then when it’s complete he moves on to the next thing. So while I’m fluttering about planning all the things like crazy, Joe is quietly freaking out becoming overwhelmed by all the things.
But we work well together. He teaches me to slow down and enjoy the spontaneity of life and I make sure we’ve got a dinner plan for when we’re done being spontaneous.
He toddles all over the place and it’s absolutely adorable. I tried putting shoes on him the other day and he was so confused. Both of us prefer bare feet but it was cold out and he refuses to keep his socks on so I thought shoes might help. He didn’t take the shoes off but he wasn’t too keen about walking in them either.
For the most part I enjoy homeschooling the boys. I’ve actually decided to keep all the boys home next year, no more preschool. I’m a little apprehensive about how I will divide my time teaching each boy but I know we’ll figure it out.
The only thing I really miss since becoming a full-time homeschool mom is alone time. It’s not something I dwell upon but I just realized the only alone time I get is on the weekends when I occasionally get to run an errand or two by myself. To be honest I really enjoy spending time with my family and if I had to choose between sitting alone all day in the house or running around chasing my crazy boys I’d easily choose the latter.
However, there are days when I wish for a few hours of me-time where I could run an errand alone, clean the house without my “helpers” or go to the gym.
I’ve always been an introvert and as a young person would spend endless hours just hanging out alone in my room (reading, writing, creating, thinking, listening). I don’t get to be alone much anymore but it’s amazing how I’ve learned to adapt. I really love spending time with my family, so much so that I often day dream about living in a small RV traveling the country with all 6 of us packed in like sardines… for sure there would be no alone time there but it would be a magical adventure that no amount of me-time could ever rival.
While we aren’t a full time RV family (yet!) I’m constantly reminded that all the best memories are made with the people I love. I want to make as many amazing memories as possible with these lovelies.
The creator of the popular Spot it! games, Blue Orange Games, has a fun new game that makes the perfect gift this holiday season, Ring It!
Ring It! is a fun for kids ages 5 and up (2 – 9 players) Clap and ring your way to victory! Players continuously flip their cards until a combo is found. Be the first to find the combo, clap your hands and ring the bell. Hesitation may cost you 1st place, but if you act too quickly you may make a mistake and face a penalty!
This game helps children enhance their visual perception, maintain focus and attention, and increases their processing speed.
Jude loved the fast pace thinking and decision making that this game required. He often struggles with maintaining his attention but because this game specifically requires you to stay focus and mentally engaged he loved it because it challenged him in multiple way. My 4 year old, Noah, also enjoyed playing this game since he knows is colors and can easily identify his numbers.
Ring It! would make a great stocking stuffer this Christmas!
When Jude was 2 years old we found him climbing the kitchen cabinet, that’s when we knew we had a climber. All of our big boys climb anything, anywhere, any time. We have a play set in our back yard and the climb all over that thing, even the parts that aren’t meant to be climbed. So when we received the Lil Monkey Dome Climber the boys were excited.
What makes the Lil’ Monkey Dome Climber unique is the interactive game app that you can download that makes playing on the dome twice as fun.
In the game you physically move around the dome and surrounding space to find bananas to feed the monkey. The boys thought this was amazing and tons of fun.
Although they did love just climbing all over the dome.
The Lil’ Monkey Dome was super easy to assemble. Jude(7) and I put it together in about 25 minutes. The pieces are made from a durable plastic and simply snap together, no nuts or bolts. I like that this structure isn’t too large. This makes it ideal for small yards, like ours and for small children, like ours.
My boys play outside almost every day, weather permitting, and they are constantly climbing on the Lil’ Monkey.