• Just Life

    Tuesdays with Charlie | Little Acorns.

    Little Acorns* was a favorite activity of ours last spring and summer. The photo booth, the train, story time, the toys, wishes in the fountain and even an occasional lunch out.  Thinking today might be our first and last Little Acorns for this season, I was happy we managed to do all of those things. the “Easter-ish” photo booth the train – favorite car this season is a closed one toys on the lawn making a wish grilled cheese … only when he’s out to lunch (with me!) …and then I was most happy for a nice rest while Charlie took a long nap. But the light of my day…

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    100 Days of Finding Light.

    Long story* short, I’m all in for this year’s #the100dayproject. I’m going to explore light – my one little word for 2017. Specifically, I’m planning to fill in this blank Monday morning today and for the next 99 days. I have three of those “I find light ____” post-it notes – one on my bathroom mirror (above), one in my planner and one on the calendar on my desk. Today, I found myself feeling lighthearted on the playground. There’s nothing like a spring day with a toddler and a playground. Tuesday morning I just checked Instagram and see a few of y’all are participating in this challenge. I look forward…

  • Books

    Tuesdays with Charlie | Iggy Peck.

    When Charlie pulled out the blocks last week, he said “let’s play Iggy Peck“. Ok! Last week’s play mostly consisted of putting the blocks back into the box (I’ll never complain about putting toys away, but really, it wasn’t all that….fun). But this week, I was treated to a “tall tower” that took at least 15 minutes to build 🙂 It was cool, too, that Charlie built it on the floor, so there was never any worry it might topple over. I texted Katie one of those nearly-done photos and she replied “Type A? He loves to line things up and organize!” I’m thinking two-year old boys could do a…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Pi(e) Day.

    2017 has given me the gift of Valentine’s Day and Pi Day with my favorite toddler. A BIG Thank You to Bonny for alerting me to this double goodness and then sharing a delicious recipe for Apple Hand Pies. I’m honestly not sure Charlie even knew about Pie before today (and I’m positive he still doesn’t know about Pi) – but I think he might remember now! We followed the recipe pretty much as written (except that I bought Pillsbury pie crusts). We peeled and chopped apples and then cooked them in butter with a little sugar and cinnamon. Charlie kept a healthy distance from the stove. And was happy…

  • Books,  Just Life

    Tuesdays with Charlie | Big Trucks.

    Today’s library outing got off to a weird start. The first book that Charlie chose featured the Jewel Fairies and a costume ball. The second was about Strawberry Shortcake (I didn’t know she had books) and had a good message, but saying “berry” in place of “very” started to bother me a lot by the end. I was happy to spot the 75th anniversary edition of Mike Mulligan and that’s the book we brought home. We both enjoyed the story. I have a new appreciation for the book, too; I love how the words and illustrations play together on the pages. Matthew Broderick narrates a bonus free download. Highly recommended…