We didn't have much of a winter in Southern California; it rained a few times and we had one week where it was pretty cold... kind of depressing, but people seem to be really thrilled about the constant sunshine here. I'd trade it for snow in a second!
All of the stores are already stocked up on their shorts and tees.. even bathing suits; Spring is quickly approaching with Summer just around the corner.
I've made a conscious effort not to buy clothes for Logan in advance. I learned my lesson when I bought her a whole Winter wardrobe and she hardly wore any of it due to Southern California being super confused about what Winter should be. These are a few items I have my eye on for Logan when the time and weather is right to purchase:
I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was pretty quiet and rainy.. and we are so thankful. Southern California has been pretty dry the last couple of years, so when we get a bit of a storm, we a thrilled.. well I am. The downpour lasted for quite a while (and we even got some thunder and lightning.. hey real weather!), but when it let up a few times we let Logan go outside and run around in the puddles.. she obviously had a great time. I love the second shot of her.. it makes me think of Mary Tyler Moore about to toss her hat up into the sky.
Though I enjoy some rain, I'm glad it's over because we'll be able to get out this week to the park and hopefully the farm. What are you up to this week?
This girl is all about books.. she has been for a while now. She loves nothing more than to sit in your lap and have you read her book after book. Even if Rory and I are busy with talking or household chores, Logan will get a book out and sit down in her reading nook to read to herself. I love the way she turns the pages and "reads" them (she actually babbles at each page like she's reading them aloud to herself.. that's a memory I always want to hold on to).
- Dear Zoo It's the thirty year anniversary of this book! We actually discovered it at our local library and I purchased it for her a few weeks later when I stumbled across it at Target. She loves flipping down each "animal container" to see who's hiding behind. - Goodnight Gorilla This book doesn't have many words in it, but Logan talks throughout the whole thing. Since there's not a lot to read, Rory and I tell her what's going on on each page.. a lot of "uh oh! what's that gorilla doing!?" - Tickle Time I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled when we received this book as a gift before Logan was born. I had read them while I was a nanny and I found them to be sort of obnoxious; Logan can't get enough of it! The way it reads is like a song, so she'll start dancing as soon as she hands me the book. - Goodnight Goon I love this parody of "Goodnight Moon". We read this one several times a day and it's our go to for a bedtime story. - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Another book that's an all day every day favorite of Logan's. She likes to slide the inserts in the pages back and forth to discover what animal is coming up next. I really like this book because we're naming colors and animals. - Little Owls NightI had never heard of this book until my dad and step mom bought it for Logan. It's a cute little story about a baby owl and all the things he comes across in the night forest. There's not a lot of words on each page so it's a great read for a little toddler who likes to flip pages quickly!
You can see some more of Logan's favorite things here.
Feel free to share some of your toddlers favorite books in the comments. I'd love to see! xo -Ali
This post should actually be titled "Find a Use for an Impulse Buy So Your Husband Doesn't Murder You".
It seems like I have been on the hunt for nightstands for Rory and I forever. The bed and nightstands we have now is a part of the Malm series from Ikea. Oh Ikea... I know all you young newlyweds have been there. Ikea is definitely affordable and they do have a lot of really great looking things, but what I have come to learn is you get what you pay for; the materials are cheap. So yes, it's affordable, but they are not pieces that last. Since Rory and I have been together, we have moved only three times and our Ikea pieces have been trashed to say the least. So far, I have successfully rid of all of our Ikea purchases with the exception of our media center and bed/nightstands (which I am trying to find replacements for almost daily).
I saw this seventies end table at Goodwill last week for nine dollars. I kept walking away from it, then coming back; looking a little closer each time and talking myself into buying it then out of buying it. I figured it was less than ten dollars and I was pretty certain I had seen a matching one at another local thrift store, so I got it. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the other thrift store (with my new purchase in my trunk for comparison) I saw that yes, they do have a matching end table, but it was more narrow and tall than the one I had just purchased. I asked the thrift store owner if she wanted to buy it off of me, I was already thinking about my Craigslist ad, I was thinking of how I was going to tell Rory I bought something we couldn't use.. then I figured I needed to find a use for it before I totally gave up.
Something unavoidable about having a child is that they need a space for their things in every single room; entertainment in each bathroom, the kitchen, outside, and even in your bedroom. We originally kept a basket full of some of her toys and books in our bedroom and I always looked at it and felt like our "sanctuary" shouldn't have visible baby toys in it (am I being unrealistic here?).. light bulb! I hauled that heavy sucker of a nightstand upstairs and started making it Logan's toy table. I was able to incorporate it with our already existing sitting area by adding a reading lamp and it makes it feel like the table belongs there. It is functional for Logan and for us (not that we ever read in that chair anyway. Truth is it's a dumping ground for laundry, but let's pretend it's really a master bedroom reading nook). I grabbed a little basket I already had to put some of Logan's smaller toys in, put some of her books up top, and voila; a use for the impulse buy.
I really like how the little table fits in our room and it's easy for Logan to access. She can pull her books off, play with her bead roller coaster while standing beside it, and can easily open the doors to access the rest of her toys. Possible confrontation with husband about making an impractical purchase avoided! ::pat on the back::
I counted 33 potted plants in our little yard the other day; they're thriving and give my brown thumb hope. //She draws on the wall with chalk, but that's ok because look how cute she is. // She smells flowers now. // A cozy nook in our living room. // Hanging out in mom and dad's room.
I hope you had a great weekend! If you have any weekend snapshots you'd like to share from your blog, leave me a link! I'd love to see!