Category: Outside

I mean, let’s be real. It’s not screen free all day. She is four (five tomorrow!), and I have work to do. But she did get a snow day here today because of the blizzard named Stella, which is really more of a gross, slushy snow dump than a proper blizzard. But nevertheless, here we are cooped up inside. It seemed like a good day to share some screen free activities we’ve been doing lately (while the small human is tucked up in our bed watching Scaredy Squirrel).

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Last Friday we headed to Battleview Orchards after school to get our apples. We’re late this year, we’re usually out in September. But late meant that the late varieties of apples, like Granny Smiths, were finally available. We never get Granny Smiths!

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I am so behind on posts, I’ve been having computer problems lately. I’ve had a ton of photos on my phone ready to download for posts, but my laptop hasn’t entirely cooperated. So, let’s talk about fall decorating!

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Other posts on this trip: Disney Post the First, Harry Potter Day at Universal Plus All of the Food, Disney Post the Second

This is my last post on our week at Disney, but I wanted to put the photos from the Halloween party separately. Because that’s where we got to sport our PJ Masks costumes, and it was also my favorite thing from the entire trip. I just loved being in Magic Kingdom when it was spooky (but not too spooky), and how cool is it to get to trick or treat around Disney World? It was pretty darn amazing, I thought. And so did Hannah, we didn’t get home from the party until just before midnight, she just kept going.

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It’s the last day of August, and it feels like a good time to check in with all the remaining summer fun we’ve had that I never posted. I did post some things a few weeks ago, but this is it. All the rest. It was a great summer! But, we are ready for one last vacation and then back to school. It’s time. She will have had 3 months of summer, with no camps or big summer programs (one day a week at a play gym), and this child NEEDS to go back to school. She loves it, she misses it, she’s ready.

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We took advantage of the crazy heat last week to melt some crayons into cookie cutters to make some fun new rainbow sun crayons. I’ve seen these done everywhere and never tried them, but H thought the colors of the melted wax were pretty neat. She called it “hot lava” and loved the swirls.

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So much snow, all of the snow. Three days with everyone snowed in at the house. I’ve made chili, I’ve made pizza, I’ve cleaned, we’ve played, we’ve napped. Jonas dropped 20-some-odd inches of snow in our neighborhood, with crazy snow drifts taller than Hannah. It’s been cozy and also frustrating to be so off our routine. But, the snow play has been well worth it.

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At some point during the winter, when we were busy with snow paint, someone on social media suggested I try homemade chalk paint in the summer. And I do not forget awesome suggestions like that, but I did forgot who told me. So last week, we made some liquid chalk paint.

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It’s hot. Not 100 degrees hot, but regular July-in-NJ hot. And despite living at the shore, we are not all-day, every-day beach people. There are only so many indoor, air-conditioned things you can do with a three-year-old during an extra hot week before everyone needs to feel the sun and get some vitamin D. This is where our backyard messy play has come in.

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2015 has been a little rough so far. It was an endless winter, and we’ve been super busy with preschool evaluations for Hannah. Between work, weather, and worrying it’s been a stretch. So the beautiful weather the past week has been amazing.

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