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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Boo at the Zoo and Kyton’s Sugar High

With our schedules Sunday afternoon is the only significant time that we have together as a family, so we try to make the most of it.  We wanted to go to a zoo but Dylan gets home around 2pm.  We figured that by the time we made it to a zoo it would be almost closing time.  We were excited to find a local Boo at the Zoo event.

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While we were waiting in line to get in Kyton laid down on the ground.  Everyone waiting in line watched him for lack of anything better to do and he ate it up.  He loves being the center of attention.  Trains are his favorite at the moment so we got him a simple Thomas the train Halloween costume.  He gets excited when he sees it, but won’t wear it for more than a few seconds.  I’m not sure what we are going to do for Halloween if he won’t wear the costume…

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He loves attention and is very affectionate. 

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Checking out the crocodile as batman flies overhead. 

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A rare family photo taken by a random person at the zoo. 

At the end of the night Kyton was running around full of energy at the dance party and on the walkways as normal.  We had two different people make the comment that he had eaten a lot of sugar that evening and would sleep well in the car.   The only sugar Kyton had eaten that evening was apples and grapes, natural sugar.  It’s funny that people think my son is on a sugar high when he is just his normal self.  He stayed awake the entire hour car ride home and went to bed around midnight, which is  his normal bed time. 

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A selfie from the train.  Kyton LOVED the dance party at the end.  He loves to move and loves feeling like he is the center of attention.  We were a little disappointed that most of the animals were inside, but we did have a nice time with all of the exhibits, train ride and dancing. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mini Beach Weekend

So it wasn’t really a weekend, more like and overnight, but it’s all we get these days.  The only time that all three of us are free at the same time is a few hours on Sunday afternoons where we usually have to catch up on house work. On this particular weekend I had Monday off, so we left for Daytona beach Sunday afternoon as soon as Dylan got home.  

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This was both of our first times actually staying on the beach.  I think Kyton had more fun going from the pool to the beach and back. 
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My little fish loving the water.  He jumped in at one end and swam to the other insisting he wanted to do it all by himself. 
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Breakfast on the balcony!
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The view from our room and the resort pool.
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It sure was nice to have a little vacation, even if it was only for 24 hours!  We hope to do another 24 hour trip soon, any suggestions close to Orlando?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Some kids sleep with stuffed animals, but my kid sleeps with…

his trucks and trains.   Last night Dylan went to put his trucks away after he had fallen asleep and he noticed a minute or two later when he reached over to cuddle with his train and it was not there. Dylan had to put his trains back in bed before he would go to sleep.  Removing a truck or train from the bed after Kyton has fallen asleep is a nightly ritual.

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What do your kids sleep with?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

When Daddy’s Not Home- Part 2

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I was looking at the mobile uploads I make to facebook the other day and I realized that about half of my pictures involve Kyton covered in water.  Sometimes planned, other times not.  He loves water.  I gave him a cup, turkey baster and an ice cube tray and let him go to town.  I needed to mop the floor anyways, so the extra water was not a big deal. 
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 If you did not catch part 1 earlier in the week be sure to check it out.
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At the end of the school year I brought the beans to school to see if my students were interested.  To my surprise it was a huge hit among the 9 year olds I teach.  I only let them play during “Fun Friday,” which means they had all of their work done and were on target for their reading goal.  My students were extra motivated to complete their work so they could sort the beans, measure the beans and pretend to cook.  You always think of sensory activities with young children, but forget the value for older kids. 
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One thing I have discovered after working with kids is that they like to push the boundaries.  My goal was to avoid having beans all over my floor, so I told Kyton that he was not to get any beans out of the plastic bin.  Since he’s 2 and does not have the best coordination there were beans that ended up in the pool, but the clean-up was super easy. 
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He enjoyed dumping the beans through the funnel and did have to be reminded a few times that he would not be able to play if he could  not keep the beans in the bin.  When he was finished I dumped the beans into a gallon zipper bag for easy storage.  That way I can use the bin for other sensory textures and not take up much space. 
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Do your kids or grandkids, any age, enjoy playing with household items?
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