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It's Raining It's Pouring, Try Not to be So Boring 

Photo Credit: Suzy Hyer and her adorable kiddos

Once upon a time in a far away land (pre kids), rainy days gave me a good excuse to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies all day. Fast forward to two kids later, rainy days are now filled helping to keep the entire family entertained.

And you’re probably aware, that the Bay Area forecast is calling for rain. Years ago I shared some rainy day activities. I’m adding to the list.

  • Puddle Jumping: Have the kids put on their rain coats, rain boots and head on out for some puddle jumping. Jump with them. It's a lot more fun than just watching. 

  • Dance Party: Turn on the music and just dance. Josh created this playlist on Spotify for Reese’s 4th birthday. We blast it in our living room and she teaches us how to Dougie.

  • Valentine’s Day: It’s just around the corner. Have fun making Valentine’s Day cards, cookies or cupcakes! There are so many ideas on Pinterest but here are some of my faves.

  • Toons: Turn on a good movie, make some popcorn and cuddle up on the couch. This would work for my 4.5 year old but definitely not for my nearly 2 year old who can’t sit still for too long.

Target is a great source for hidden treasures. Stop by to grab from the $1-$3 bins. Yesterday I found:

  • Mess Free Markers: These are mostly for Greyson since he prefers the walls for his canvas.

  • Balloons: Josh and I will blow up as many balloons as we can and let the kids go wild.

  • Glow sticks: I thought we could use them in the bathtub but Josh had a better idea and had a glow fest in the kids’ room. You can see in this short video. 

1$ at the store, 1 hour of entertainment. Good find @alexaranoff #thingsthatglow #withthekids

A video posted by Josh Aranoff (@jaranoff) on Feb 7, 2015 at 10:20am PST

 Check out Pinterest for more ideas! What do you like to do on rainy days?


Go the F Back to Sleep


That’s how I felt this morning at 5:30am when my son woke up to play. Actually I think it was closer to 5am. 

When we transitioned him into his big sister’s room we gave him this adorable glow turtle to keep him company in his new big crib. It’s the Twilight Turtle from Cloud B. My daughter has had and used the Twilight Ladybug since she was a year old and loves that is changes three different colors. It’s only over the past few months that she started sleeping with it in her bed, which is really sweet.

What’s not so sweet is that we gave Greyson his own lightup Turtle and he too takes it to bed with him but loves it so much he woke this morning at 5:30am to play with it!

So my plan is to hide these adorable little glow creatures for a day or two. I hope the kids don’t freak out.  I’ll tell them they’re on a trip and will come back soon. Once they return, the new rule will be that the Turtle and Ladybug can keep the kids company in the their room but not in their beds.

Now off for some much needed coffee.  


No More Sleeping in a Closet

22.5 monthsI'm suprised at how well our closet nursery ended up working out. 

Greyson started sleeping in his little nursery when he was around 2.5 months old. Look how little he was here! Originally we thought we’d transition him out of his mini crib and into his sister’s room before he turned a year old. But things were working so well we decided to wait as long as we could.

We realized it was time to make the move when we saw that when stretched out Greyson’s head and feet could touch both ends of the crib. How did that happen so fast?! 

Greyson is now sleeping in Reese’s old crib and has a lot more room and Reese has graduated from a toddler bed to a twin bed. Last night was the first night of sharing a room and it went rather smoothly. It’s only been one night so we’ll see what tonight brings.

I shared a room with my two younger brothers for years! Looking back, I have some of the best memories. Mostly just the chatter and laughter before finally feeling so tired my eyes would shut and we’d all fall fast asleep.



It's all about the thermometer. No fever.


Feeling better.

I learned something new last night. After almost five years of motherhood, I now know at what temperature a child has a fever.  

Previously, I thought anything over 99 degrees Fahrenheit was a fever, no matter what kind of thermometer is used. It turns out, that’s not right. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the actual definitions of fever: 

  • Rectal, ear or temporal artery temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
  • Pacifier or oral temperature of 100 F (37.8C) or higher
  • Armpit temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) or higher 

All weekend, I thought that Nic had a low-grade fever of around 99.8 degrees (along with congestion and moderate crankiness). Because of this, I cancelled all of our weekend plans and kept us cooped up around the house. When he still had this fever after three days, I started Googling. For once, Googling random symptoms was actually productive. I found out that because I use a temporal artery thermometer, Nic didn’t actually have a fever. Although he was definitely a little under the weather, he didn’t have a persistent fever. This was a relief.

Did you know that the threshold for fever is dependent on the thermometer?


Ice Skating with Toddlers and Preschoolers


We tried ice skating with Nic when he was about two. It was a total bust. He was a wet noodle we tried to pull around the rink.

We made our second attempt at ice skating yesterday with Nic, almost five, and Z, almost two and a half, and it was much more successful. Although it almost wasn’t.

I’d received an email about a local pop-up ice rink that had “bobby” skating aids—basically ice strollers that you could ride on or use for support. This seemed like a genius idea, so we decided to go on New Year’s Day. (Full disclosure: The rink comped our skate.) However, when we arrived, they were out of “bobbies.” (A hazard of going on a holiday, I suppose.) We got on a waitlist for a bobby, but it didn’t look like one would open up before our session was over. The boys were doing pretty well on the ice, but we were all a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t get to try out the bobby.

Then a Christmas angel swooped in and let us borrow her bobby for a few trips around the rink. It was amazing! The boys took turns riding on and pushing the bobby and it was fun for all. It also gave Nic a lot more confidence on the ice. After our turn with the bobby was over, he went back out with Daddy and even let go of the edge a few times.













The moral of the story is: Ice skating with little kids is a lot more fun with a little help.

Info for Bay Area Ice Rink:

The Little Ice Rink

South Shore Center, Alameda (Who knew Alameda was so cute? This center is really nice too.)

Open through January 19th

Thank you to the Little Ice Rink for our family skate!