A few weeks ago, I convinced Dustin that we HAD to go to Ikea. I didn't really need anything but I just love that store. Since Ikea isn't the most toddler friendly store, we quickly realized two key elements to making the trip a little more bearable:
1. Take two separate carts-one for what we are actually buying and one for Brylee and some stuffed animal "friends" to hang out in.
2. Go straight to the kids section first and let Brylee pick out an animal or two and a few toys to keep her busy while we browse the aisles.
If you really wanted to you could use the drop in play place but we decided not to this trip.
Anyway, after we did the loop around the upper level, we ended back at the kids section. Brylee decided she wanted to stop and play for a while, so Dustin stayed with Brylee so I could browse casually by myself. Eventually they caught back up to me and Dustin said Brylee played with the toy kitchen for good 10-15 minutes before he could convince her it was time to go find me. We decided right then and there that that was what we were going to get her for her birthday. So I scoured the web trying to find the best one. These are the four we narrowed it down to, they all have their pros and cons so if you have one you would recommend let us know!
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I like both of these and they are solid wood but I heard they are a beast to put together.
This one is super tiny but there are so many great hacks you can do to it.
This one is plastic and has a lot of fun options but it would take up a lot of real estate.
A few days ago, I let Brylee take a bath with her googles. She thought it was the coolest thing ever. Now she has to use them during every bath so she can swim and blow bubbles.
If you have Facebook, I am sure that you have seen this recipe floating around. I wanted to try it but Dustin is weird with "new" foods and I wasn't sure if he would like these or not. Two weekends ago we went to my cousins graduation and they served these there. Dustin couldn't get enough, so I decided to make some last week. Brylee loved them too which is always a bonus!
The town we live in has like five splash pads and we have hit up a few already this summer. Brylee doesn't like water "splashing" her but she eventually warmed up and decided to just let loose and have fun. I also realized from the 123123 pictures that her eyes are shut whenever she gets close to the water. I think we will start to bring her goggles with.
After the splashpad, I told Brylee we would go and get some ice cream. I let her pick what flavor ice cream cone she wanted and she chose chocolate-messy melty chocolate that stains... Next time we are getting ice cream first so the sticky mess washes off at the splash pad (and she can wear off the sugar!) The little place we stopped at puts candy sugar eyes on the ice cream and Brylee has to tell everyone her ice cream had eyes.
Also she insisted on eating the MELTED ice cream out of the cup with a straw, but not by sucking it out, by actually using it as a spoon. Ugh. Notice her swimsuit cover up--and it only got worse because she is stubborn!
We went to a home show back in March and one of the vendors was giving away tomato plants that can grow indoors. It started as a little 2 inch plant and it is almost 3 feet now. I haven't gotten any tomatoes off of it yet but Brylee loves to help me water it. I transplanted it once into a cute planter I found at the Target dollar spot but I may need to replant it into a bigger one.
Thats all that I have for today besides wishing my mom a Happy Birthday!