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Too Much Time On My Hands? Jun 24

It took me WAY too long to catch up on my blog reading this morning. The sad part about this is that I was caught up when I went to bed last night. I fear that I will have to cut down the number of blogs I read (again, because I just did this a couple weeks ago) because my daughter is more important. I’ve read a lot of posts with good advice or that were just plain funny, but unfortunately I’m going to have to stop keeping up with everyone constantly. It makes me sad. I’m keeping everyone on Twitter so that I can read other posts when I have time, but it’s ridiculous how much of my morning has passed me by due to blog reading and chores.

Now that that is out of my system, I have more time to focus on my daughter. But what about the blog WRITING that I enjoy doing? And why haven’t I been doing it? Am I just distracted, or is it a case of writer’s block? I feel the urge to write, but I want to write about camping. I’ve already done two pre-camping posts, and I refuse to write any more until I actually GO camping next month. So other than boring you with our mundane daily activities, what should I write about??

Oh! I got it! What the heck do I do with my previously mentioned 17 month old daughter this summer??? I just cleared more of my day for her, so what should we do? She is constantly telling me she wants to, “Go!” but I am clueless about where to take her. Monkey Joe’s is one of the few indoor options around, along with the science center, but I HATE crowds and the babe isn’t too thrilled about being kicked about in a throng of people. We both enjoy spending time at the beach or pool, but the heat is so intense already that the best times to go are before she wakes and as she’s supposed to be going to bed at night. She eats crayons and disassembles the Lego castles that I try to build, so that eliminates two of mommy’s favorite pastimes. That leaves reading and watching TV which get very dull after awhile. Especially when the babe brings me the same books over and over and over and over and… I think you get the point.

So what are your favorite activities with a toddler? Is there anyone in the Orlando area who can help us find other indoor activities?

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5 Responses
  1. LeeAnn says:

    I came over to your blog from your Twitter profile. I’m so glad I did!

    I could have written the top part of this post myself. I read way too many blogs and between reading them and doing my own, I spend so much time! There are just so many good blogs out there.

    I am in the Orlando area and have some great ideas for you. I’ll shoot you an email.

    Happy Friday!

  2. Anjanette says:

    Thanks for your input about cooking. A tip about leeks (and most veggies) – you can substitute them in any recipe calling for onions, scallions, garlic or any like ingredient. It may not look or taste exactly the same, but the flavors will be compatible. 🙂 My e-book will have a pretty extensive ingredient exchange list – so keep an eye out for it when its released!

    Feel you on entertaining a toddler! Let her “water” the plants (or sidewalks or back deck) with a squirt bottle. Water squirted on pictures drawn with sidewalk chalk is fun too. Have a picnic or tea party with stuffed animals and dolls. Include some real food like fruit with skin (so the dolls don’t get messy) and then eat it. Sitckers. Paint. Water Sprinkler/garden hose. “swim” in the bathtub after she’s gotten too warm with outside play.

    • Erin says:

      Those are great ideas for my daughter. 🙂 She has a watering can that we usually take to the beach with us, I’ll have to take that out to the back yard for her. I’m still a little concerned about giving her her chalk, paint, or even crayons since she will still stick them in her mouth every now and then. She just got her first Crayola Tadoodles crayons on Friday and so far that has gone well. She also got her first set of stickers to play with this week and they are EVERYWHERE. Great fun for all, but odd to find stickers in random places. 😉

      I look forward to reading your e-book when it’s released!

  3. Lauralee says:

    Yep, I need to cut down on my blogs, but I am not quite sure where to begin the cutting. Sad, it is.