We started the morning playing outside in the yard. The woods that run along the back of our yard are wild and lead down to a good sized river. I’m always grateful for the wide variety of flora and fauna they provide to explore and enjoy!
We had a wonderful weekend, visiting with family from out of state, and I had a photo shoot capturing a surprise proposal. In all the excitement, my routine slipped, and it has taken me a good two days to get back on track.
I made a simple breakfast for the kids, consisting of sausage links, apple slices, and snack-size bell peppers. They always enjoy having an assortment of finger foods for any meal, and I wanted them to finish quickly so we could go to the park and library afterwards.
We headed out to a playground across town and everything was going rather smoothly until Katherine took a dive, face down, off the top of a ladder. I quickly ran to her rescue and determined that she was quite alright, if not traumatized and feeling betrayed by the playground. But she surprised me with a very nasty diaper that she had apparently been working on during her play.
After getting her freshened up I decided that it was time to head to the store for a couple of items. Katherine had soiled her undershorts, so it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the sale they were having on toddler girl’s bike-shorts.
Managing three small, energetic children across a parking lot is usually chaotic and stressful, but I’ve developed a routine to make it simple. I find a parking space next to a cart return (with carts) so that when I get out I can get one before unbuckling the kids. Then, one-by-one, I unbuckle them and situate them on the cart, as pictured below.
We procured said under-shorts and hand sanitizer (I won’t be caught off guard next time!) as well as a few other too-good-a-sale-to-pass-up clothing items. Girls capri leggings for $1? Yes, please!
The kids, per usual, begged for some sort of treat as we went through checkout. Normally, I don’t indulge them, but it’s been a stressful week for them missing their daddy while he’s out of state on business.
I was tickled to see these SweeTARTS sour gummies for 98¢ that had no artificial flavors or colors! Not healthy by any stretch, but Christian reacts badly to artificial food coloring, developing bowel incontinence after eating some dyes. Everyone got 6 pieces, the recommended serving size, just enough to delight, but not enough to induce a sugar rush.
Then it was on to the library! I had a few books waiting for me on the pickup shelf, and we had a few to return. I’ve been trying to cultivate more excitement for reading in Emma, so I’ve been making a point to make regular visits to the library to pick out new and interesting titles to engage her.
For the first time, I noticed a Little Free Pantry outside the library as we were leaving. I was so pleased to see a resource like this, especially at the library where people in need often go to access the internet.
Then we were homeward bound to delve in to our library finds!
For myself, I checked out three titles:
Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant
An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years by Carol Kranowitz
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and two subjects near and dear to my heart.
Both my husband and son have ASD and SPD, and my youngest, Katherine, struggles with SPD as well. While it is only very mild for us, I still struggle on a daily basis to understand and cope with it. Many times I find myself at a complete loss of how to help them cope with what is happening to them. I’m hoping these titles can provide some insight on the thought processes associated with ASD and SPD, which often accompany each other, as well as ways to help them learn to manage and overcome their struggles.
There is another title on SPD by the same author, The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, that addresses SPD in children. I have that title in transit to our library as well!
An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton is a delightful compendium of collective nouns, from a clowder of cats, to a nullity of nihilists! The book is set to 250 charmingly witty engravings. This is one I definitely want to add to my home library, as I would love to have it on hand as a pleasure read as well as a reference book.
We found some delightful children’s titles as well!
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff explores colors in a sweet dialogue between Mommy Bear and Baby Bear. The illustrations are colorful and so cute!
What Can You Spot? In The Wild by Max and Sid is full of endearing cartoonized animals spread over each page, with silhouettes at the bottom to tell you what animals to find.
How Do You Feel? by Rebecca Bender is my favorite of the three! The illustrations are soft and simple, as well as incredibly adorable. It explores descriptive words for small children in a short adventure of observing nature. I love the calmness that the white space adds to each page!
That was our morning adventure! Now I’m off to go tackle chores before the evening routine.