Tuesday, June 25, 2019

365: Global Beatles Day

June 25 is Global Beatles Day. It is a day dedicated to the original boyband, the Beatles. We couldn't not celebrate the holiday. After all, Jude is named after the Beatles song, Hey Jude.
We spent most of the day listening to the Beatles, especially when we were playing outside. Not only did we listen to their songs, we also convince Jay to sing "Hey Jude" for Jude. We danced, laughed, and enjoyed life.
If you haven't already, go crank up a Beatles song and celebrate!

Monday, June 24, 2019

365: Please Take My Child to Work Day

June 24 is Please Take my Child to Work Day. It is a day that gives moms, specifically stay-at-home moms like myself, a chance to relax and get some child free time during the work day.
Most mornings, I joke with Jay that it is "take your child to work day", so it was a slam dunk when the day actually came around. Jay works from home as a software engineer. It wasn't practical for him to take Jude for the entire day, but to celebrate the day, Jay did take him in for his morning call.
Jude spent most of the time trying to slap the keyboard and the pictures on the video chat, but it was a lot of fun for him to get to see what his daddy does all day!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

365: Public Service Day

June 23 is Public Service Day. It is a day that honors people in public service jobs that help our community run smoothly.
We decided to focus on some unsung heroes in our community, the garbage men (and women).  Jude and I talked about garbage men. Then, we did a quick play activity with a little garbage truck I picked up from a thrift store a bit ago. I placed knotted play scarves together and Jude fed them in and out of the truck. It was a great way to work on his fine-motor skills and problem solving. After we did that, Jude decided to start stacking his little animals in the car and moving it around the playroom.

It was nice to have a platform to talk to Jude about public service work and expand his vocabulary. We want to extend a special thank you to all of the public service workers out there!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

365: B Kinder Day

June 22 is B Kinder Day. B Kinder Day is a day that was inspired by a 12-year-old girl, Billie, who lost her life in a horse riding accident. The day is made in her honor as a chance to talk about kindness and do kind things for your community.
Today is also Cincinnati Pride Day. This is Jude's second pride parade, and I thought that it might be nice to mix the two holidays together. To celebrate, we walked around, said hello, and smiled at as many people as we could. Jude has a pretty infectious smile, so it made people smile back. Smiling at others is an easy (and free!) kindness!
It was a lovely day to be kind.

Friday, June 21, 2019

365: International Yoga Day

June 21 is International Yoga Day. Yoga is a fun way to stretch out your body and hopefully relax a little. Jude has been moving his body a lot more recently and emulating whatever I do, so I thought it might be fun to do some yoga together.
The majority of the yoga involved Jude trying to climb on top of me. It was a lot of fun. I spent more time laughing than relaxing with Jude wiggling and giggling around. It was a good practice for Jude's gross motor skills, and I think we will be adding it to our morning routine! I couldn't get a picture of us and do yoga at the same time, unfortunately, so these are non-yoga photos!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

365: Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 20 is Vanilla Milkshake Day. It is a day dedicated to the simplest of milkshakes.
To celebrate the day, Jude and I shared a few sips of a vanilla milkshake and then I let Jude make a milkshake "Jude style" with the remainder. To make it Jude style, I made a small buffet of toppings and I let him make a mess. He was contained to his highchair to contain the mess, and it was mostly successful.
Letting Jude make his own milkshake offered us the opportunity to talk about a lot of different colors, textures, and tastes. It was truly an all senses activity. He also got to use his fine motor skills to move the ingredients from the bowl to his shake.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

365: International Mud Month

June is International Mud Month. I have been waiting and waiting for Jude to be old enough to do a mud sensory activity without putting mud in his mouth. Today was not that day, so I created a taste safe mud.
To celebrate, I set up an invitation to play with taste safe mud and some dinosaurs using a couple of containers we had around the house. I knew that this activity would get messy, and it was raining too hard to go outside, so we pulled out Jude's new kid's pool. I also gave him a clean water bucket with just a little bit of soap to use as a rinse station after.
Jude had a blast. He was a little confused to start about the soapy water, but after I showed him how to rinse off the animals, he had a great time making them muddy and then cleaning them off. I can't wait to try it outside to cool down on a warm, not rainy day. This will definitely be a summer staple.
Taste Safe Mud Recipe
3 cups of flour
2 cups of white sugar
2 1/2 cups of cocoa powder
4 1/2 cups of water

Mix it all together and you're ready to play! It's not an exact science on measuring. If it's too thick, add more water. If it's too thin, add more flour.
A couple warnings. First, it is taste-safe but it does not taste good at all. I wanted Jude to be safe if he ate it but not want to eat it. Second, if you use a baby pool, it gets very slippery with the soapy water and mud mixture, make sure to keep an extra eye out for that.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

365: International Picnic Day

June 18 is International Picnic Day. Jude and I were hoping to have a picnic outdoors, but there were thunderstorms all day, so we had to move our picnic inside.
I took the opportunity today to allow Jude to start helping me in the creation of lunch. A few weeks ago, we found a learning tower for sale on marketplace and Jude started standing with me when I make lunch but not really helping. Today, Jude helped.
Jude helped place the cheddar bunnies on the plates. I showed him how to move the bunnies from their Tupperware container to the plate and he mostly mimicked me. The dogs ended up with a decent amount but we took the time to clap for Jude when he got the bunnies on the plate. This praise helped give him the confidence to keep helping. I have noticed that when we clap for his accomplishments, Jude is more likely to stay engaged with what we are doing and seems more willing to try new things.
Jude's other job was to wash the grapes. We got
these faucet extenders to let Jude take a more active roll in the kitchen and in washing his hands. They are made for bathroom sinks, so it wasn’t as successful as I had hoped but it did extend it just enough for Jude to reach. I gave Jude some grapes in a bowl and let him rinse them off. He had quite the time splashing and it was nice for it to be contained for once. 
We ended up eating our picnic lunch standing in the kitchen because Jude was happy there. After lunch, we washed our hands, and Jude took it upon himself tostart cleaning up our dishes by rinsing them. He’s such a smart little guy! 

Monday, June 17, 2019

365: Eat your Veggie Day

June 17 is Eat your Veggies Day. We are struggling a little bit in getting back to non-beach life, so we went simple today. 
Jay, Jude, and I attended a little BBQ for some of Jay’s out of town family members. At the BBQ, Jude smashed some broccoli salad. I guess all it takes to get him to love broccoli is a little bit of bacon with it! 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

365: Father's Day

June 16 is Father's Day. We spent the day celebrating Jay, Jude's wonderful dad! Jay is exceptionally supportive of all things that I do and loves both Jude and me fiercely. Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

365: Smile Power Day

June 15 is Smile Power Day. We spent the entire day driving from Oak Island to Cincinnati, so we celebrated this holiday at all of our stops on the way home.
Jude has an infectious smile, and he loves to flash it. We prompted him to say hello to most of the people that we passed and the act of waving to them made him smile and in turn made the strangers smile. There's nothing more powerful than a good smile!

Friday, June 14, 2019

365: Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day. It is an American holiday honoring the creation of our flag by Betsy Ross.
To celebrate flag day, I took the group outside and created our own version of the American flag. I drew one big rectangle in the sand for each kid. We walked around collecting materials and then placed those materials down to make our flag.
This activity was a lot of fun for both the kids and adults, and we will definitely be doing projects of a similar concept in the future. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

365: International Axe Throwing Day

June 13 is International Axe Throwing Day. Axe throwing is a game where you throw an axe at a target. From what I have seen, it's similar to darts but with axes.
Since I am not in the market of giving axes to children, we made felt axes instead and had a lovely time throwing them. The older children (Lincoln, Athena, and Lizzie) made axes for them and the little ones to throw.
I let the kids choose their colors and their method of creating one, and the older kids and I had an interesting conversation about what they thought would fly further.
The younger kids had a lot of fun throwing them. With the help of the older kids, we talked about which axes were flying farther and why. It was a fun introduction to physics!