Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Stay at home/school



Hey Mama’s how are y’all  hold’n up! 

I really wish I blogged everyday since the beginning of this pandemic because the waves of emotions and adjusting has been, ummmm sorta like a rollercoaster. 

We are on DAY 40!!! So let me recap for my blog records :)

This all started on the first day of the kids March break! I won’t lie, it was all pretty exciting in a weird way. Being lucky enough to work from home and keep our family inside and staying home.  The kids were up late, lots of movies and screen time and junk food as mommy and daddy were glued to the news with anxiety but smiling faces to keep everyone in as normal and fun state as possible. 



The news talked about the rise in cases and the extra precautions we all have to take. Articles and news stories about washing produce and wiping groceries, wearing masks and gloves when you are out. It got very overwhelming at times. I panicked about food in our fridge and if we had enough of there was a total lockdown.  I made list after list of things we needed. Thankfully we haven’t had a strict lockdown here in our province. 

Whatsapp chats with alll our groups of friends and families kept us super busy exchanging thoughts and support.

And now here we are day 40. 

I think we are on week 3 of the official roll out from our schools for homeschooling.  Something that is new for all of us.  Teachers working extra hard to provide their students with as much support as possible. Parents trying to juggle homeschooling, work, multiple kids and a household. The busiest kind of busy! 



All while keeping it together.  Every family dynamic is different and every family does things differently. What works for me, might not for you. These are not normal times and we all have to make the best of it. 

These are the things that work for us during this crazy time.  





We have a light schedule. It’s not a strict one either. If the kids need extra sleep then they get it. They are usually up for 9am anyway. 

We enjoy breakfast together, no rushing. Plus mama needs a full cup of coffee before we fully start our day ha! 

After breakfast we head over to our workspace. Getting the boys to pay attention when they want to play instead and giggle and distract each other is no easy task haha! Some days are easier than others. We just roll with it! 

While I try and help my grade 3 with math and English, I get my 4yo to practice tracing and coloring. Then I switch over to help my 4yo with reading and site words. 





We work on school stuff for about 2 hours in the morning. The amount of work the school sends is about 1 hour a day, but we usually take 2 hours.  They complete their lessons that their teachers send by 12pm each day. 

Then it’s a free for all! Haha. They get to play in the backyard, have lunch and snacks, figure out fun games to play, relax and watch movies. I also have my time to work on my project and do house work while they have fun playing. 

This is what is working for us. This is what keeps my kids happy and having fun at home and not feeling the stress of the outside world. 

We have open communication with them, and help them understand what the whole world is going through and the changes to society right now. We have donated to food banks and those in need and pray everyday for the world and those who lost their lives to this virus. 🙏🏻



I want them to remember this time as calming as possible. I want them to remember how we were all lucky to be home together for months with love. Staying home to keep us and others safe. FaceTiming and phone calls to stay connected to those we love.



We are making history right now and we all need to be as gentle with each other as possible. 



Here’s to another day at home :) flattening that curve! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Traveling Europe with kids

Everyone thought we were crazy for traveling with the kiddos to Europe. Actually, I did too when my husband booked the trip 2 years ago! To my surprise, it was pretty smooth and the kids loved this trip! Mr K is 7 and Mr M is 3.

The hardest part of the trip was the 2 flights to get there! The flights were delayed and we ended up losing a day of travel. The kids didn’t care about timelines tho, they were loving the adventure. 


 I will dress them the same for as long as I can haha!




We had a layover in Germany on Valentine’s Day! So this was our valentines dinner, haha yummy!


We downloaded some Netflix videos and their favorite games. They slept a lot on the plane as well. This mama also packed their favorite snacks like goldfish, granola bars, raisins, lollipops. Especially if your kids have any allergies, you know it’s best to feed them products you know are safe. 

Mama  T Tip- bring all sizes of ziplock bags, that way it’s easy to pack unfinished food or separate the treats. The snack size ziplock bags were a life saver! 

Mama T Tip- I put their empty sippy cup in a ziplock bag in my purse. Then once we get in after security, I buy water to fill it up. Years ago I left water in the sippy cup as we went through security, the officer took the bottle opened it up (their gloves all over the bottle and god knows what else they touched that day) it grossed me out so much that I’m now always prepared! Empty all the sippy cups! Unless you have formula or milk for a baby of course, they allow that I believe. 

Travel time from the moment we parked our car in the park nfly to arriving at the AirBNB it was 24 hours! We were exhausted but still sooo excited! 

My husband booked the Airbnb right in the middle of the Spanish steps! It was the perfect location! The kids called it our Italy House. 

It was a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen, laundry, 2 bathrooms, dining room , living room and the cutest balcony! 

The elevator itself was soo fun for the kids. 




Seriously! Waking up like this was the best feeling ever! 



The weather was brisk but the sun was so bright and warm. The air was soo fresh and the sky was the bluest sky I’ve ever seen, at least that’s how it felt.


The kids woke up a little jetlag but the excitement was more than enough to get them up and going. 

Check out @aka_mama_t to see more pictures! 












We found a cafe nearby and bought the most delicious croissants. We bought like 4 of them! Plus some paninis. My mouth is watering just thinking of  them haha! I packed some of the left over for the kids as we headed out to sightsee! 










I think I’ll do a post on our meals alone! More of our Italy trip to come! Have a great weekend friends! Have any questions about traveling with kids? Leave a comment or DM me on my Instagram
@aka_mama_t


Monday, January 08, 2018

Christmas 2017


Christmas 2017!
Baby M really enjoyed Christmas this year. He loved the Elf on the Shelf fun. 
He talked about Santa and Baby Jesus' Birthday. Toddler stage is by far the most exciting. 
Watching these little ones learn and understand things for the first time. 
Mr K had his Grade 1 Christmas Concert. Mr Green right in the front ha!
Christmas Eve was at the usual place :) My grandparents house.
The whole family gets together for a yummy food and celebration. This year my niece and Mr K were making videos of their experience and I gotta tell you, those videos were hilarious. They made me realize how much they've grown too.


 
Christmas Morning was our family's tradition. We wake up and make a big breakfast while we open gifts. Then I prepare a Turkey Dinner! It's a PJ's Movie Day celebration. Being together and being soo thankful for 2017. 
The Mr and I even fit in a date lunch. 
We ended 2017 very relaxed! It was all about movies and togetherness this Christmas break. Well it was freezing and we had a couple snow storms that kept us in too!
We hosted New Years Eve with family and friends! Everyone had a blast! 


We even had some fun Competitions ha!

The party continued for New Years Day Breakfast!
We are soo 2018 ready! I have new blog goals, life goals, family goals etc. I love reading about everyone’s 2018 goals. I’m excited to read/hear about your 2018 goals! Send me a comment and share your goals! Next post will be on mine! Happy New Year Friends!

Monday, September 04, 2017

End of summer camping! 

This was our second annual camping trip with the kids. 

We picked a different camp site than last year. This place was an hour and a half away. The car was stuffed with our gear haha!

As soon as we arrived we set up camp! 


I think roasting marshmallows was the kids favorite thing to do. They loved the hammock too! 


The first day was warm and sunny. So we went to the beach! A short drive from the camp site. The sand was fluffy and the water so clear. The view amazing. 


It was so relaxing and the weather was perfect. 

That same night after we went to sleep all cozy in our tent. It rained all night. Which made for a chilly second day. 

Which was ok for this park because there were so many trails for exploring. 

We dressed warm and went for a nice trail walk. 

The kids were so cute walking with their sticks. Their eyes were wide and they were excited walking in nature and learning new things. I learned new things too ha! 


We had fun climbing rocks, and throwing pebbles and making wishes. 


The boys loved this! 


Camping with a toddler wasn't the easier thing. Mr in and out of everthinh kept us on our toes. 


Little K loved helping make the BBQ.


We had a fun, cozy, family time weekend with so much snuggling, 

The last night both kids fell asleep in each of our arms as we sat by the fire. It was so peaceful. Holding the boys so cold as these years go by quick! Mr K begins grade 1 tomorrow!! Baby M is talking so much and wants to be Mr independent. We cherish these times so much! 


Summer 17!