Five Fact Friday – We’re spring break-ing this week, soaking up the spring sunshine, planning some dates, and eating plenty of good food. Here are a few bites from the week!
1. Spring Break-ing. We’re wrapping up week 1 of spring break today, and I can’t believe how fast it went by. I told my sisters and mom this week that spring break has felt alternately like “wow! I love this extra time with my kids and the freedom of no schedule!” and hiding in the pantry hoping that no one finds me for a few minutes. (Anyone else relate?)
Overall though, I’m SO glad to have a little break from our regular routine. It’s been so nice to have the freedom to go to the park, or play outside, or bake without any rush or fuss.
2. Pizza Time! We are 1 month away (to the day) from 5 years of gluten & dairy free eating. When we started out, there was ONE brand of almond milk available, and no good bread to speak of. Everything was SO expensive and hard to find, so it never ceases to amaze and delight me when I find another restaurant or brand who’s doing great things in the GFDF world. (So much has changed, and SO much is better!) One of our favorite pizza chains just opened a new location and the kids were SO THRILLED to get to go for a visit.
3. Dating My Kids. Do you date your kids? My kids LOVE it when Michael and I take them out for “dates” one on one. I’ve found that even with only two kids, it’s hard to find time to get that alone time together! Milo and I have time together while Sophie’s at school and he’s not, but a lot of that is just day-to-day stuff (laundry, errands, books, and playing). Most of it isn’t things like games together or just talking.
And Sophie? I feel like we only rarely get alone time together with her gone at school and with the few things we have tacked onto our schedule (like swim lessons and art class). Most of our one on one time is running errands together or occasionally making something in the kitchen when Milo’s busy with something else. What’s your favorite way to get that in? Do you set aside a certain day where you and your spouse trade off? Do you just fit it in when you can? I need a better system! (Thank you to everyone who’s already chimed in with ideas on this Instagram post)
4. Lite Brite. We’ve been going through closets and doing some spring cleaning, and during one round of cleaning, I handed Milo our Lite Brite to work on while I cleaned. He’s hardly put it down since! Both kids LOVE Lite Brite. I love that no one is putting the pieces in their mouths anymore, and it’s a fun chance to be creative in a different way. It’s definitely one of those toys that’s fun in stages around here–they’re either playing with it ALL the time or it’s tucked in the closet waiting for the next round of fun.
5. A Tricky, Tech-y Question. Not to end on a serious note, but there have been a LOT of articles and stories circulating this week about technology and kids (like this one–warning: it’s kind of hard to read). I’ve been mulling things over all week wondering what I can do to help prepare my two little ones for what’s inevitably coming as they grow older. We’re a fairly low-tech house, and the kids don’t have unsupervised media time, but I know that we need to be really preparing them to use and handle technology in a responsible, safe way. Who has awesome ideas? Lots of you have recommended this book to use when they’re a tiny bit bigger. Right now, we mostly just try to focus on enjoying being outside, playing with toys and games, reading books, and exploring, but I’d love to know how you work on this in your homes!
Happy Weekend, Dear Reader!
Wishing You Every Good Thing!