our very own house (of cardboard blocks)

So, I was wondering the aisles of TJ Maxx  ((ALONE)) on Sunday afternoon after picking our groceries up and came upon this box of cardboard imagination blocks.Ok, that isn’t their official name, but you get the idea. As a early childhood educator I am a huge advocate of imaginative play AND blocks ((of any kind)). I’ve been eyeing these at TJ Maxx so when they were on clearance I knew it was MEANT TO BE. I also thought it was a message that there were 100 in the box and Wednesday is the 100th day of school so they would serve a dual purpose. I loaded them up and was SOOO excited to show Elias.

When I got home and showed B and informed him he had to help me “put them together” he was less than thrilled, but he was trooper (per usual) and helped me put them together. I was seriously giddy about these blocks. Elias LOVES to play in boxes, knock things like Jenga blocks over, and pretend so I KNEW these were going to a be huge WINNER. ((He was at a cousin sleepover so wasn’t home to witness the unwrapping))

After eating dinner and picking Elias up I told him we had him a BIG surprise at home. I was so excited to show him. Much to my dismay, there weren’t fireworks and angels singing when he saw them. He was excited for .5 seconds and then on to the next thing. However, I am still holding out hope that he will FALL in love with them one afternoon. They did make for a good photo op.

E was way more thrilled about this new Lego movie….of course…who can compete with Legos?? PS–I’ve heard a lot of great things about Legoland in Winter Haven. We are planning a vacation there during Spring Break….anyone have any good tips to share???


is that sunshine I see??

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!! The sun came back out today—-there was some quite fierce wind that accompanied it but after being cooped up in the house for almost a week we will take whatever we can get. We had an awesome time hanging outside in the pool and on the waterslide. Elias’ friend Jack and his mom came and they had so much fun. Elias is still working on playing well with others…..he really likes to be the boss…..     Hopefully that will pass with time and more experiences with other children. We are working on it. It was still a great morning though!
On a less exciting note, Elias has decided that naps are no longer for him 🙁 It is a very sad day except that bedtime has been restored to 7:30 rather than 10 PM. I knew naps were on their way out because he’s been fighting me more and more when putting him down for his nap. That in addition to staying up until 10 PM some nights without being cranky led me to believe that he wasn’t going to need naps much longer. I am going to try to enforce an hour long quiet time each afternoon after lunch but I’m not optimistic about the whole situation to be honest.

****Ok, so as I was typing that last sentence I realized I should go check on him because he was mighty quiet, which is typically not a good sign. Low and behold….he couldn’t hang any longer.  Fingers crossed he doesn’t sleep any longer than 30 minutes because this could totally ruin his 7:30 bedtime. EEEEK.

I couldn’t resist to capture him sleeping so peacefully…..


Yesterday since we were on day three of being stuck inside the house we decided to go eat lunch with Brent. Elias had so much fun and got a milkshake. He had to take along his “baby puppy.” He even insisted on taking the bottle for the baby….. I’m resisting the urge to get baby fever. I just keep reminding myself about all the reasons we have decided to wait until we add to our family. But seeing him kiss and feed his “baby puppy” sure was sweet. I have an inkling that an actual baby invading his space wouldn’t be welcomed as much as “baby puppy.”


Elias is excited for  a fun weekend and a birthday party on Sunday. Let’s hope for MORE SUNSHINE.