I am incredibly lucky to still be friends with my childhood classmates. Through boyfriends, marriages, babies and cross-country moves, Tricia and Alicia have always been there for me. On my last trip home, Alicia was pregnant with Boden (who also happens to share my birthday) so I was really looking forward [...]
The Sarge had a few days off around New Year's so we decided to take advantage of that and pop up to London for a day at the Natural Science Museum. Many of the museums here in England offer free admission with the opportunity to make a donation when you leave. I think it's a great way to encourage families to get out and spend time together without it making them go broke.
On Christmas Eve, our local church held a crib and christingle service. I had no idea what it meant or what to expect but thought it would be something nice for us to do as a family this year.
Wanting to tire Lena out before our long flight home, we took her to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. I'm certainly no expert on children's museums but I have to think this one ranks up there as one of the best.
For Lena second birthday we rented the local tumble gym for an hour and let the kids run wild. We are blessed to have an amazing community of both friends and family who love Lena as if she was their own. Despite many of them not having young children, everyone came out to watch the birthday girl show off her gymnastics moves.
I have a dirty secret: there are days when I don't want to be a stay-at-home mom. Gasp! It's true. Sometimes I miss going to work, being creative and eating lunch with other adults. Feeding, clothing, changing, entertaining, nursing and [insert 8 million other verbs here] a toddler is exhausting at times