Eli was determined today to wander away from our beach spot. Walking or running, he was determined to get away. Eventually I just followed him to an abandoned sand castle as far from the water as he could manage. He sat down and pointed to a spot next to him for me to sit. There we sat. No talking, just digging our hands and feet in the sand together. After a few minutes of beachy white noise he was content going back. Lesson learned. Thanks, Love.
As I tried to make dinner Lucas, teething and miserable, cried and cried and cried. Eli, inspired by the Jerry Lewis marathon Dad was watching ("The Disorderly Orderly" at the time), decided to cheer Lucas up by acting like a buffoon. Hilarity ensues!
A month before Eli's second birthday I stumbled across a neighbor's yardsale. There was a sturdy, well-loved train table for $10...needless to say I had to have it and our neighbors even offered to deliver it to our living room! It needed a makeover so with some paint, paper and elbow grease I made a new train & art station for Eli. He adores it!
Train Table (before)
The two green panels come out and can flip sides. I'm not sure why they do that... it's ugly green on both sides. What's the point? It's scratched up and has been used in a family with four boys but it has good bones! And was TEN dollars!
Train Table (after)
I painted one side of the table with black chalkboard paint. So far it has been pretty durable and washes cleanly away with no problems. We're using sidewalk chalk as that seems the most colorful, vibrant and comes in nice big chunks that are easily handled by a toddler.
Lucas watches Eli play with the trains!
The chalkboard paint has so far held up to having trains, dinosaurs and robots crashing into its surface. Totally necessary in a house with a two year old.
Train Table (side 2)
When the chalkboard panels are flipped I've decoupaged an alphabet robot city. Eli loves identifying the letters & numbers although he does not run his trains or cars along the "roads" I made with paper. The tracks satisfy that need. I used scrapbooking paper from Michael's and lots of Mod Podge for a smooth, durable finish.
Note: Today was the first day of school and I have to admit it was a little bittersweet. Maybe bittersweet is not the right word but it was certainly a little strange. I kept glancing at the clock and making mental notes:
7:20: Arrive at school; 8:15: First class begins; 1:30: End of last class; 3:00: Head home.
Instead of my school routine I did baby/toddler stuff all day.
7:20: Make coffee & change diapers; 8:15: Make breakfast & change diapers; 1:30: Yo Gabba Gabba rest time & change diapers; 3:00: Rescue baby squirrel & change diapers.
Different, but wonderful.
Strange, but grateful.
So it has officially begun... my year at home with the boys.