It was also a short walk from Belmont park, where we played mini-golf one night, and rode the rides, including the old wooden roller coaster, another. I almost lost my glasses on the roller coaster, we felt a little sick after eating a funnel cake, Brian got ice cream as big as his head, and the whole thing was wonderful.
I also discovered Acai bowls, and took dozens of foodies that I will spare you.
It seemed like no time at all, and then we were road-tripping again to California, this time to LA for the fourth of July weekend.
A burger with gluten-free bread and dairy-free cheese – I thought I died and went to heaven.
Besides our trips, we had some great down time and just fun moments.
How does this even happen???
I posted on Instagram that I was beginning to understand why parents of two-year-olds sigh deeply. He does the cutest, sweetest things, and then the next second melts into a raging monster I barely recognize. These days are hard.
The sanity-draining whining, the fits, problems resurfacing at daycare, behavior issues that I just don’t know if I’m dealing with it in the right way, and others I don’t know where to even begin dealing with … parenting is just hard!
Lots of ice cream (after he goes to bed) and a sense of humor are essential, I think.
But after a particularly bad day of fits, Edison got sick at daycare and so he had to stay home the day after. He helped me decorate his birthday cakes, which you can see in this post, by finishing off the frosting.
I already posted about Edison’s birthday, but one of the presents Brian was especially excited about was getting Edison his first bike. He hasn’t quite figured out how to ride it yet, but he definitely loves it.
3. New mattress, sheets, and pillows
4. Cleaning Kit
5. Inexpensive Organizing Solutions
6. A Special Item to Mark the Transition
In the entryway, I changed my letter board to reflect the theme, and added this very cute cactus light. Over the fireplace, I added this cactus banner. I expected it to be made out of paper, but it’s actually felt! I think it will stay up year-round somewhere in my house.
Outside on the porch, I brought out all of my blue metal kitchen chairs, and bought a folding table from Target. The aqua plastic tablecloth I already had, leftover from a bridal shower I threw a year ago. I decorated the table with some of my little succulents on tiny cake stands, which I already had also.
- Walking Tacos. Apparently, this is a Midwesterner thing, because no one in Arizona had heard of this. You take individual bags of Doritos or Fritos, open them, and put a scoop of taco meat and all your usual fixings inside the bag, mix it up, and eat it from the bag. These are the original Doritos Tacos – but deconstructed. I cooked the taco meat in the crock pot to make life even easier.
- Guacamole, sour cream, cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa – all purchased and packaged, again, making life easy.
- Fruit from a handy fruit tray.
- Peanuts and M&Ms – Conley family tradition.
- Fanta, lemonade, and lime La Croix as well as bottled water. I wanted brightly colored, kid-friendly beverages. Although the La Croix was really all for us non-soda drinking adults.
- Taco Cakes!!! I’m still so thrilled with how these turned out. I made two round cakes, cut them in half, and stacked them to make the taco shape. Then I frosted and decorated them to look like a taco with fillings. Here’s a tutorial that I based my cake on, but instead of using crushed Oreos, I used the star shaped decorating tip and chocolate frosting for the taco meat. I didn’t create the tomatoes and cheese from separate frosting either, I just used the small round tip to pipe them on.
- Cactus light
- Letter board
- Cactus banner
- Gold number balloon
- Paper Mexican Tissue banner
- Paper Fiesta Fans
- Paper Fiesta napkins
- Mexican blanket
- Aqua Plastic tablecloth
- Paper honeycombs (similar? I bought mine locally)
- I made the “Drinks” sign with a piece of poster board, sprayed with black chalkboard paint, and wrote on it with a gold chalk marker.
One evening, I’d decided to take Edison on a quick walk, more for me than for him, to clear my head a bit in hopes of not tossing and turning all night. He was fascinated by the water flowing through the gutter, and I picked up a few pebbles and tossed them in. He was delighted, and I realized I’d made a terrible mistake – now we were going to be here all night, and we’d barely walked a few feet from the house! As I was trying to hurry him along without success, a lady came jogging past. “I miss those days when they were so small and so content to play with rocks!” She said.
I took a deep breath. The days are long, but the years are short.
I took a few photos and a video of Edison in the tub, being entertained by his Aunt Andrea playing peekaboo around the doorway. His giggle is just the best.
2. Holy Yoga YouTube Videos
I’m starting to figure out that I actually need to invest in taking care of myself, otherwise, I’m not going to be able to take care of others. I’m not about to join Brian with the whole triathalon thing – so I’ve decided yoga is more my thing. I took a yoga class at the YMCA years ago and loved it. There’s a yoga studio downtown, but I’ve been looking for a “Holy Yoga” class. If you haven’t heard of Holy yoga – it’s yoga, but with Christian music and meditating on scripture. I thought it would be fun to try, but I haven’t found a class yet, so I started following along with some Youtube videos. I’ve really enjoyed these ones, especially the morning routines.
3. Breathe Devotional.
4. Rugs under $100.
You will need:
- Trader Joe’s bags
- Paint – I used white, gold, copper, and black to decorate mine
- Foam brushes
- White cotton fabric – or really, any color of cotton fabric! For your message to be most readable, I recommend keeping it a solid color.
- Scissors and a ruler
- A piece of copy paper for your pattern
- Craft glue
- Sharpie paint pens, or fabric paint, or a metalic fabric marker, like the copper one I used, that I bought at Joanns. Here’s the closest paint I could find on Amazon.
- A small stick from the backyard, or wood skewers, like you’d use for grilling
- Embroidery thread for tassels and hanging
- Pencil, or water soluble pen
Step 1: Make your pattern by marking the center of your piece of paper, and using your ruler to measure up the sides of the paper and connect the dots to mark the triangle sections you’ll cut off.
Step 2: Fold your fabric over so that you can cut out two identical pieces at the same time, and place your banner pattern on top. Then, cut out the two pieces.
Step 3: Glue the two pieces together, staying very close to the edges. Glue all the edges together except for the top – leave the top of banner open, so that when the glue dries, you can turn the whole thing inside out. Yes, you could sew the edges, but ain’t nobody got time for that.
Step 4: While the glue is drying, make some tassels! These are super easy. Just wrap some thread around your fingers until you have the thickness you’d like.
Slide the thread off your hand, and tie a small piece of thread around it, like so. This will be the top of your tassel.
Then, wrap thread around the tassel a small distance from the top, and tie the ends of the thread together to secure it.
Cut the loop at the bottom of the tassel, and fluff up the threads.
Super easy! Here’s another tutorial, just in case.
Step 5: Now that your glue hem has dried, turn the banner inside out to have nice finished edges. Add some glue to the top edge, and fold it over. This will be the back of the banner.
Step 7: Now for the fun part! Write your message or draw your design on the front of your banner. I drew mine on paper first, and traced it onto the fabric with the light from a window. I used a water soluble pen, so I could just dab off the blue after I was finished with the painting.
I traced the letters on one banner with my copper fabric marker, and use my gold Sharpie paint pen on the other. I LOVE how both turned out!
Step 8: I did break out the needle and thread to sew on the tassels. Just a couple stitches through the top should do it.
Step 9: Then I slid one banner onto a wooden skewer, after cutting off the pointy end. I hung the other one from a stick from the backyard – a stick that had a previous life as a wizard wand. I tied some embroidery thread to the stick and the skewer for hanging.
After a visit to the Rim County Museum (not recommended for toddlers, but if you do go, FYI there’s a bunch of toys UPSTAIRS. Just go up there first, instead of at the end!) We found the perfect place for lunch. We were still on our Whole 30 Challenge for the month of March, and we found great options at the Mongollon Moose!
We had just enough time to stop at an Antique shop before it closed – Granny’s Attic Antiques. They gave Edison the baby, and then when I found the carved candlelabra and vintage Mickey Mouse book, they were close to closing, so they gave those to me for free also. That’s the best kind of antiquing! Note to self: take a cute kid with you to get good deals.
As part of the 2.5 mile walk, we got to tour the Tempe center. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I was so impressed by the facility and the staff. The ultrasound and exam rooms were comfortable, welcoming, peaceful, and professional. The center’s licensed medical and volunteer staff provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, abortion information and risks counseling, low-cost STD testing and treatment, childbirth and parenting classes, men’s mentoring, post-abortive recovery groups, and abuse recovery groups. All without ANY government funding – it’s completely funded through donations.
At the end of March, we renewed our Zoo membership, which reminded us that this is the perfect time of year to take advantage of it!
We’ve gone almost every weekend – and it’s so fun to see Edison picking up the animal names. The mammal (camel) and monkeys are favorites.
This is how I did my Lent Bible study on weekends – with the company of a little cuddler.