Fresh Air and Sunshine

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 19, 2011

It rained three days this last week, but Noah asked every day – multiple times – if it was summer yet. That boy is itchin’ to spend time outside. He wants to feel the sun on his skin. He’s dying to play in the water. Heck, he played outside every day this week! He didn’t care if it was raining.

Me, on the other hand? I don’t like to be cold. Or hot. A perfect day, in my book, is a breezy 70 degrees, with only white, puffy clouds in the sky. Think Hawaii. Or San Diego. I’d be outside every day if I lived in either place.

But, it’s not all about me…

With Noah dying to be outside, Ben’s newfound freedom found in riding a two-wheeler, and my new rollerblades, we’ve spent a lot of time roaming our neighborhood streets and trails this week. Ignore the cold weather. Ignore the wind. Ignore the allergies. We’ve had fun!

Sunshine and Fresh Air

You can tell in that picture of Timmy that it was windy… poor baby could barely keep his eyes open! In spite of it, I think he enjoyed being outside almost as much as the rest of us, though. Well, I don’t think any of us enjoyed it as much as Noah did, but close.

Being that he can’t move around like the rest of us, I had to bundle Timmy up against the cool wind. Good thing he likes his lovies and soft blankets more than any toys! When Timmy was really little myMonkeymoo sent us their stroller blanket, stroller pad and a Monkey Bucket.

The blanket and pad have become a must-have when we’re out and about, but you will often see any one of my kiddos carrying around the blanket around the house… It’s one that you just like to snuggle! The Monkey Bucket came in super handy when Timmy and I were in Florida. It was a perfect little place for park tickets, sunscreen, my phone and sunglasses – everything we needed close by, but couldn’t lose. I’m sure Timmy will love keeping all of his goodies in it as he gets older.

Win it!

Have your kiddos been dying to get outside, regardless of the weather? Well, myMonkeymoo wants to make sure that your little one stays nice and cozy! Leave me a comment, before 9pm on May 31st, telling me about what you have done to help keep your kids from driving you crazy with the countdown to summer. Your comment will enter you to win a Stroller Pad and Blanket Set and it’ll help me figure out what to do with Noah!

For additional entries, you may leave a comment if you follow myMonkeymoo on Twitter and yet another if you “like” the myMonkeymoo page on Facebook.

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susanlanai May 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

We’ve been doing lots of crafts! Although we try to go for a walk every chance we can when the sun peaks through!

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susanlanai May 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

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Amanda Bradley May 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

Lots of puzzles, coloring, play dates, playing ball in our hallway, pillow fights, Thomas the Tank Engine. : )

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Amanda Bradley May 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

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Amanda Bradley May 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

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Adina May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

We take all of the pool toys into the bathtub and have “indoor swim”

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Adina May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

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Shai-Le May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

With the summer coming on slowly, and my little girl dying to get out and interact, if there are no local play gyms open, i sometimes take her for a bus ride. It keeps us out of the rain (which we get tons of, here in Vancouver, BC). And she loves gibbering away and waving at all the new people. She’s quite the social butterfly!

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Shai-Le May 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

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brocha May 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

my kids love coloring books….which keeps them busy indoors.

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brocha May 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

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Joyce May 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I am the exact same way the weather! 70 is perfect. I don’t do cold (I shiver like no other even bundled up) or hot (I turn bright red in the face). I’m over the 7-month on/off rain. And this week’s rainy day consisted of trying something new…impromptu drawing lessons. =p I learned to draw a bunny and a duck…hehe
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Kmenn May 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

We’ve been walking the bike trail behind our house and looking for new buds on trees & new flowers!

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Kmenn May 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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Erin R May 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

During the cold days (and recent “monsoon” season) we’ve gone to Target and walked the aisles, read lots of books, watched fun movies snuggled on the couch and played with play-dough. And, when it’s been warm enough (yet raining) gone out to the garage and let the kiddos color (with sidewalk chalk) on the ground.

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Erin R May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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Colleen May 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

We live in a high rise, so we make excellent use of the community areas – going to get the mail is a 30 minute adventure now.

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Kathy Johnson May 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

We’re on the Wet Coast, so cold, wet, gray is 75% of our weather. We’ve taken advantage of library story times and parent drop-ins, as well as logging in a lot of mall hours and time at the swimming pool. Thankfully, an indoor playground just opened locally, so that should be a refreshing break, too.

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Kathy Johnson May 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

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Stacie May 21, 2011 at 2:17 am

I know how you feel! My 2 year old has been dying to get outside b/c we have been stuck in the house for the past 3 months due to my son having a rare heart condition and being in isolation. The weather hasn’t really allowed us to get those much needed fresh air breaks! I have been taking her in the garage & letting her draw with sidewalk chalk. I’ve also tried to move them around the house from day to day spending most of the day in a certain room to mix things up. One day we’ll hang out in the kitchen a lot baking or playing with the fridge toys, next day- dining room drawing & making things out of construction paper, then the next day one of their rooms playing house, doctor..whatever, etc. It’s been helping give them a change of scenery and keep my 2 year old distracted from wanting to go outside!

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Cheyl May 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

We bowl inside, bake cookies, bread or brownies, sing songs ,put on little shows or play a game.

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Kari Meeker May 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

well my baby is only 12.5 months old, so it’s ME who is going crazy for summer! :) we’re getting ready to move into our first house, though, so for her birthday we got a great little playset for outside that was actually small enough to get set up in my parents’ basement :) and every chance we get we go for walks!

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Kari Meeker May 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

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Kari Meeker May 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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Belinda May 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

On dreary days we play with play dough. My boys love it and it keeps them occupied for a while. On nice days, we go outside and blow bubbles, another favorite of theirs.

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Chelsea May 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Hey neat giveaway! We’ve gone to the mall a lot and played games inside a lot :)

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Chelsea May 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

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Amanda Alvarado May 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Since we are in South Texas, we don’t have too many dreary days but when we do, we like to snuggle on the couch and watch Nick Jr. or play some board games and do some puzzles. DD loves her games and puzzles! Now if we could just get her to follow directions instead of playing like *she wants! LOL We have also gone ‘shopping’ at Target/Walmart/HEB just to get out of the house!

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Amanda Alvarado May 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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Krystal Marcoux May 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

my son is only 10.5 months so it is me that is going CRAZY waiting for summer to get here… during the rainy days we usually stay inside and read or watch his fave movies and on nice days we enjoy the weather outside in the backyard or parks, and go swimming (indoors for now…)
Planning his 1yr birthday is also keeping me pretty busy…

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Krystal Marcoux May 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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Krystal Marcoux May 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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Kim May 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

endless puzzles and some Curious George dvds!

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jennifer May 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

On very cold days we would have play dates with kids that lived near by .I had a big appartment with plenty of room and toys . I woulod invite their mothers and have some hot tea while the kiddos play and got their exercise for the day. on other days that we could not do that build a fire and set up a tent ( fort ). watch movies . A few times I got a really big box cut out windows and got markers and they can go to town.

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Shainy May 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Reading books at the library, covered a wall with construction paper and let my boys color with crayons and decorate the wall, Lego and clics…

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Andrea G. May 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

We bought a gigantic trampoline from Sam’s Club and put it in our den! Yes, inside our home! The weather has been so yucky and rainy and not able to get outdoors, yet their energy level was not subsiding! We had no choice if we wanted to keep our sanity. Once the rain has stopped, the trampoline will be moved outside!

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Andrea G. May 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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Toni May 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I have been doing things such as giving my son little coloring projects or writing or reading it really does help and I also let him go to PBSKids.org so he play games!

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TODDLERS May 25, 2011 at 5:35 am

I thought I was alone with this, my kids were always kept inside the house because I’m to busy with work, but when somebody want’s to bring them along outside, they instantly rushed ( well only family relatives do)
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libby hunt May 25, 2011 at 11:57 am

We sit on a blanket and eat “picnic” lunches in the living room.

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libby hunt May 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

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libby hunt May 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

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Kimberly M May 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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Kimberly M May 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I have 2 small kids and we need to do ALOT to keep us all from going wonky!

We have made playdoh, baked cookies, storytime at the library, blowing bubbles outside, making crayons with old crayons and moulds- google it, super fun!

Loads of coloring, stories , making tents and popsicle walks ( them in the wagon) and all of us enjoying popsicles!
Hope you get some ideas girl for you and Noah!

PS, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these stroller pads and blankets, what a FANTASTIC idea!!!!

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Kathy Nguyen May 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

We do lots and lots of coloring to pass the time. I also let my daughter wait Baby Signing Time occasionally.
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Kathy Nguyen May 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

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crystal May 31, 2011 at 9:43 am

We bake, make crafts, make forts w/ blankets, play board games, bubbles and play with playdough.

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crystal May 31, 2011 at 9:44 am

I follow myMonkeymoo on twitter.

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crystal May 31, 2011 at 9:45 am

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