We work hard to make bath time exciting around here. Liv loooooves bath time! And I truly appreciate that half hour (no joke) of time after work to make dinner, finish up emails or pick up around the house. No worries, her bath is in the middle of the house and we talk to each other throughout her spa time so I know she’s okay. Plus she’s almost three, the girl can practically swim across Nana & Papa’s swimming pool on her own. My little fish.
But new ways to make bath time fun? DIY bath toys! These squishy foam shapes are perfect for play time in wet, sudsy environments.
When Taylor is old enough to bathe with her big sis I’ll have to pull out some of the smaller pieces, but prior to then Liv has requested various scenes, and for about $.50 a foam sheet we’re ‘creating’ them together. Then she plays away rebuilding them in the bath.
Current favorite scene? House and flowers. She frequently makes the flowers clouds and the windows building blocks in her
world bathtub of imagination. When wet the foam sticks to the edge of the bathtub like so:
The process for cutting these shapes out is as easy or detailed as you make it. Foam sheets can be found at craft stores like Michaels or on Amazon very inexpensively – one sheet will make an entire building block set or all of the letters in a first and last name (I think the sheets are generally about 12×18″ in size).
To make detailed shapes, try tracing various objects with a pencil on the back of the foam (just don’t press hard) or keep it free hand, they are for kids after all!
Super fun at the possibilities are endless.
Today is a very special day! Today is this handsome man’s birthday.
To this very special person in my life… I love you so much. You are the salt to my vinegar, the amaretto to my coffee, the sun to my moon, the umbrella to my rainy day, the navy to my pink, the marshmallow to my graham cracker, the caramel to my chocolate, the whip cream on my java chip frappacino. What I mean to say is that you make me better, without you the world would just not be the same. I love you.
We celebrated all day yesterday with the one thing that will steal Kevin’s heart most – delicious, from-the-heart food!
My mom made an amazing brunch for a morning with the family…
In the early evening I prepped a meal for sixteen complete with locavore farmer’s market goodies and fresh fish brought and caught by some of the best fishermen we know, our friends.
And then a surprise Murder Mystery Dinner Party!
After much sleuthing and investigating we figured out whodunit.
Such a fun evening!
If you haven’t been to murder mystery party (this was a first time for all of us), I highly recommend it! It was so much fun to host. I embellished with mandatory mugshots and murder weapons to keep everyone in the spirit. And when everyone arrives to your home in their assigned costumes and in character, you know you’re in for a good night!
One final toast to the man I love most: Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for being a terrific father and a loving husband. Happy Birthday!
I never quite understood the meaning of the term ‘dog days of summer’ until I moved from the crisper, redwood-climate of Northern California (think Big Sur) to the arid, high desert, palm tree-loving weather of Southern California. And now I get it. This summer there were many days when it was 90 degrees outside, doors to the house wide open with a hope and a prayer that a decent breeze would find its way in. This is why cotton dresses were made. I can feel the sweat between my shoulder blades just thinking about it.
But we are lucky in Southern California, the warm weather also means outdoors! Summer means swimming in nana and papa’s pool, BBQing in the evening and soaking up the sweet warm rays of the day over a cool glass of white wine. It means camping and night hikes, eating stone fruit by the basket full and doing half as much laundry since both girls are sporting basically just undies or a diaper all day. It means friends visiting, sailing in the bay, outdoor summer concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, trips to the beach and Liv enjoying loooong vacation-style naps.
Love that last shot of Taylor dancing in her sleep.
Summer for us this year meant new life and all of the sweet, quiet moments that came with her. It also meant a family vacation to the Atlantic ocean, weddings, homemade Sunday brunches, swimming in fountains, cloud watching and first giggles.
And now I can’t believe that summer is near over – it feels like it’s leaving as quickly as it arrived. The hot weather that was knocking on our doorstep is already cooling down with impending fall, and we’re beginning to need sweaters at night. Oh sweet summer you were a fun one! But fall? We are already brainstorming Halloween costumes and plans for Thanksgiving. I think we’re ready (and excited) for you, too.
Images from my Instagram feed.
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