On playing: 14 months

All I can say is: toys are overrated. I love the way Naomi plays at this stage. Last night we tried to play with oobleck from one of those post-a-day kid fun blogs (this woman is totally winning at the mommy war. or something). It was so. cool. Um, to me. But Naomi said, Whatever. Let me go re-stack those books that are sitting in the hallway again…

So. These ideas are not really Pinterest-worthy. But they are awesome to the fourteen-month old who could not be more excited about playing with keys and a car door. For an hour. But it is how we really play…

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Claimed this baby from the recycling bin. Yessss. At Renee’s suggestion, we added clothespins. Note the look of determination. Lid on, lid off.

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Decorating a present for Aunt Cate with some brown paper (packaging material from the Amazon shipment from whence it came).

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The box from Amazon AKA the gift that keeps on giving. It is not doing a whole lot for my living room decor situation but man, is it fun.

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The lid basket– emptied 1-2x daily. Add a plastic bag, lid and magnet together for some in-and-out goodness and you’re practically in a sensorial wonderland (Note: when your sweet husband offers to give you 15 more minutes of sleep beyond 6:30 am, you do. not. question the outfit upon waking.)

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At the sink while I prep dinner. Our kitchen is on the small side so I can keep close.

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This I just find hilarious. I was culling some toys from earlier in babyhood and last night’s pans we used for oobleck were still sitting in the hallway. Naomi immediately brought the two together for a sorting game.

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This one: be still my heart. She grabbed this from my hand while I was sweeping up. You want to sweep? Never mind about our original designs on your Christmas gift– we’ll get you some toddler cleaning supplies. Next project: working on picking up BEFORE we sweep.

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