3.22.11: Travel Tues – Road Trip Bound!

We booked our flights last night for the family reunion back east this summer – I can’t wait! The one thing I can wait for is the 10+ hour drive that we will be doing to get from one family members house to another…with a 3 year old and 9 month old it could be interesting! Not to mention my sister and her 12 year might be joining us. So, I thought that I should research some road trip tips while traveling with kids. Here are some of the suggestions that I found…I will let you know how it goes…we aren’t leaving until July…if you have some ideas in the meantime – let me know! Happy Travels!

  1. DVD Player (you decide beforehand if this will be allowed)
  2. Snacks (Easy to eat and open if you are traveling by yourself and children)
  3. Picture Books & Board Books
  4. Lap Tables (definitely worth it for the older kids) – good for snacks, portable DVD players and drawing
  5. Play Games
    1. “Family Trivia” – ask questions about the family you are going to be visiting. Even better, bring pictures of all the members you are going to visit and “quiz” the kids on names and relations.
  6. Give them a map! (Our big girl loved this when we took a road trip to Canada when she was 2)
  7. Colored Pipe cleaners
  8. Have you kids pack one of their favorite lovies and a blanket
  9. Audiobooks – check them out at your local library before you go
  10. Bubbles – babies and toddlers will love this (try the small containers found at party stores)

Practical Tips

  1. Plan heavy driving time around normal nap times!
  2. Costco Membership? Map out your trip by planning gas stops by the nearest Costco.
  3. Stick to the speed limit and watch your miles per gallon climb!
  4. If your trip is going to be one overnight, pack every family members needs in one bag.
  5. Find rest stops with places for the kids to run around

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Mama Monday – Mommy Resolution!

I was driving to work this morning and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and wondered who that was looking back at me? Ever have one of these mornings? You are going about your day and all of a sudden you realize that your eye brows need to be desperately waxed and your roots are exposing a look similar to Madonna’s in the 80’s! Ok, I exaggerate, but not much.

I decided that I am making a mommy resolution right then and there! I will get my eyebrows waxed every 2-3 weeks (I have found a great deal at the local nail salon and maybe if I am feeling really lucky I will get a pedicure too)! I will get my hair trimmed and colored every 6-8 weeks as needed and feel fantastic when I leave the salon. I don’t know about you but a good couple of hours at the hair salon and I feel like a new person. But my hair dresser is also pretty fabulous and always is there with the customary, “you look so beautiful!”….”you are absolutely shrinking” (I had a baby six months ago)….”Yes, your hair is falling out but look at all this baby hair growing in” (Well, that one is questionable but at least he is honest .) And he fluffs my hair, washes it with extra time for a head massage and then does a beautiful blowout, just in time for me to get home, get the girls in the bath and fall into bed….but I sure feel gorgeous when I do.

Yes, just writing them makes me want to go to the salon right now for a full treatment…hmmm, I think Mother’s day is coming up soon – maybe I will have to get a day at the spa!

How do you treat yourself? What is your mama resolution?

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What’s for Dinner Wednesday – Homemade Pizza!

One of the dinners that my daughter and I love to cook together is pizza! I get the roll yourself dough from Trader Joe’s – they have three types: plain, whole wheat and garlic & herb….we typically rotate between all three (the garlic & herb is mild enough for the three year old too).

Last night we had some friends over to have a “pizza off”! Each of us brought our own ingredients and I had picked up two types dough, whole wheat and garlic & herb.

Whole Crust
Red Pizza Sauce (Trader Joe brand)
Quesillo (Mexican cheese that is typically used in quesadillas)
Black Olives
Mushrooms
Tomatoes
Goat Cheese

Garlic & Herb Crust
Fig Spread (Trader Joes)
Roasted Red Peppers
Chicken Sausage (sliced)
Quesillo (Mexican cheese that is typically used in quesadillas) – they added their cheese to the top

We were all so hungry by the time it was done that I didn’t get a picture of either of them but let me tell you they both were delicious!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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3.15.11: The Second Time Around

It is so different the second time around when having children! I was much more relaxed in my pregnancy and felt less afraid of “what was going to happen”.  You wonder what it will be like with having two children, everyone tells you it is not double the work but ten times the work…so far it just feels like double the work but she is only six months. We are still in the honeymoon period…she isn’t crawling yet – but she is close!

With my first daughter, you feel so proud and want them to be making all the milestones and early even! I wanted to make sure that she was crawling, walking, talking at all the appropriate times and even encouraged her to hit these marks. The second time around…it’s different! You now know that as soon as they are crawling/walking that the honeymoon will officially be over.

I am definitely proud of the baby but I can’t believe that she is almost crawling already…she has been getting on her hands and knees and scooting backwards for a couple of weeks now! Everyone told me that the second one would do everything sooner than her sister, I just didn’t realize how much sooner! I realized the other night that the reason she must be doing everything faster. One she is in love with her big sister already and is trying to mimic and two, I have had to put her down on the floor much sooner and for longer periods than I did with my eldest.

How you can feel so different about the same milestones with your children? The first one you want them to do everything right away and the second one you want them to slow down. I think this might be some good insight for me to be cautious in my parenting of them.

Do you find yourself parenting your children differently, not just by who they are but by their birth position?

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