Here’s four photos from my Instagram feed, and some behind-the scenes thoughts to go along with them:
All I wanted for Christmas, really, was a Letterfolk letter board! I was not disappointed. Aside from the labor involved in removing all the letters from the injection-molded plastic frame and cleaning up their edges, the only real challenge now is thinking of clever things to say with our letter board. I’m still working on that part. So far, we’ve shared quotes- nothing original- but it’s all in good fun anyway, right?
I have a love-hate relationship with screen time. I love to hate myself for allowing too much of it, but I don’t really know what to do about it. I can either embrace it for what it is- a modern reality and part of our everyday life- or I can be scrooge-y and complain every time the kids ask for it. The truth of the matter is, I had ample amounts of screen time growing up and it doesn’t seem to have harmed me too much. Though my capacity for attention really stinks… Oh! Look! A bunny! …
So… where was I?
Yes. Screen time. My kids get it, and I actually don’t limit it strictly. My only rule is: don’t pitch a fit when I do say it’s time to put it away and go outside, and we’ll be OK.
Speaking of going outside, we’ve been doing a lot of that this winter. The kids have been riding their bikes down the road and hiking through the woods behind a neighbor’s house nearly every day. We usually stay bundled up inside during the cold months, but our winter season this year has felt more like spring.
And now it looks like official spring is just around the corner! Some of the flowering trees have begun to show their colors (this one often blooms in late January, but gets bitten by another freeze- not this year!). The daffodils are peeking out, and the forsythia is budding. I feel downright festive! I do hope that we get one good cold snap and a little snow, though. I’m sure anything is possible, but for right now the forecast calls for short sleeves most days.
Let’s talk about food. I mean good, healthy food. More specifically, I mean healthy food that my kids will actually eat, because I haven’t found that green sparkly unicorn yet. Eric and I are geared up and ready to make some drastic dietary changes, but the kids are not on board in the slightest. So, in all honesty, I am ready to feed them nothing but chicken nuggets and macaroni for the next month while Eric and I hop on the Whole30 bandwagon. We just might go there, I’m not beyond it! Perhaps by the end of 30 days they will be so tired of chicken nuggets that they will be willing to eat all the zoodles in the world with us.
Check out more of my photos on Instagram, where I post almost daily!