Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Fun in New York City

One of my favorite things about the city is all the free activities available for kids.

We have occasionally been enjoying art in the park. Toddlers and kids of all ages can enjoy crafts and coloring, and new projects daily in Riverside park. I love doing art projects with Clara, but they are messy, time consuming, and don't last that long. So when someone sets up, cleans up and even gives my kid a little instruction and encouragement for free next to the best park in New York City, I am sold. Clara spent a good half hour playing with the below puffy paint which they made by filling tins with:
Shaving Cream
Food Coloring
They let the kids mix them up and used foam brushes and a pail to rinse off after each color change.
This would be a great craft for winter, and would probably be really fun in the tub.

Friday, July 18, 2014

No Sleep State

You guys. 

We are not getting a lot of sleep around here. The move, the exit of the pacifier over a month ago, and Clara turning three has resulted in a no sleep state. 

Clara is not yet comfortable in her new room. I know I have to do more to make it feel like her special place. But getting the rest of the house in order has taken priority over decorating anything. 

Clara has stopped napping. I don't even want to say those words. They are a pain in my soul. Her nap was my refuge, my opportunity to work, and restart the second half of my day. Without it, I feel like our day is never ending. On top of that, she hasn't been falling asleep until after 9, sometimes 10 every night. I'm so tired, and so is she, resulting in some major mommy daughter tension, and (so sorry new neighbors) tantrums. This is the part of transition I was dreading.

So every few days lately she's been passing out in odd places. She's never been a kid to fall asleep anywhere but her car seat and bed. But now she can be found regularly sleeping at dinner and lunches out. So there's that, that silver lining of snuggling my big girl and kissing her cheeks like the days she would sleep on my shoulder as a baby. So as special as that is...

Pray for us dear friends. We need sleep. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A New (York) Backyard

We were pretty hesitant about moving a toddler from the country to New York City at first. Even now I wonder if it's a good idea, but it's what we are doing and it's working suprisingly great. We spend a good portion of our days upstate on our front porch swing,  and sidewalk, and yard and back porch doing projects, playing in water tables and eating a million homemade popscicles. 

I was so worried about losing the leisurely quality of enjoying a quiet minute togeher as we eat a not so tasty popsicle together. My healthy intensions for Clara always backfire when she wants me too to have a beet-apple-kale popscicle with her. They are not that great, but she is well fooled into thinking they are a big treat.

We've found a new way, a new york backyard in a little patio space where we can paint, and eat what she sometimes calls "brown popsicles". Gross. 

The first day we took one out to eat in NYC, she said, "lets sit on the porch mama!" because that's what we did everyday upstate. When I told her we didn't have a porch she could not understand. Though she fully knew this was not her "other house", she couldn't comprehend that it didn't have a porch. It made my mama heart break for her not to have exactly what she expected her life to always have. But she adapted so quickly, now we enjoy one on the patio, or on the way to the park, it's just as special. It's just different, and my three year old gets that better than me sometimes.