In other news, we are trying to get prepared for the coming winter months of staying indoors more and trying not to get bored. I've swapped out some toys in the living room to keep things fresh including bringing out the old play mats to jump around on. We're going to have to take apart our couch and move a section into our garage just to have room for a Christmas tree this year! That's a project we'll do later this month. I've also added an "art cart" to our dining room. It rolls great on our new flooring! I've stocked it with construction paper, coloring books, paints, markers, crayons, play dough, and chalk. So far, Aaron is really liking it. I got a roll of paper so we can roll it out on the table or on the floor and go to town.
We also now have a "boredom bucket". Parents As Teachers has a Facebook page full of TV free ideas for activities to do with young kiddos. So I took out a pad of paper and started jotting them down one by one on little slips and dropping them into the bucket. Some activities are games, some are crafts, some can be done outside but most are indoors. And I also added free outings like playing at the Great Mall, swimming at the YMCA, and visiting the library. Some take 5 minutes to complete, some take over an hour. I hope to keep adding to it when I hear things or see things in magaizines that sound fun. Whenever I hear, "Aaron's bored" (yes folks, at 2 years old he already says this) we'll reach into the bucket and have a good time. We've already used it once yesterday and made a great painting for the hallway wall using our feet and some paint!
Our cuties shopping with mom at Aldi. Go on, stare a little. They are the cutest kids on this planet! : )