I've been MIA online again... you see, Summer started here in Seattle in July, and it hasn't left yet. We have been enjoying every single day of sunshine and blue sky and cool breezes! I probably can't even count the number of miles we've walked, the picnic lunches we've eaten, or trips (all on foot) to the library or park.
(The good news? I'm still losing weight! And, we've added a few things to our family's outdoor activities... like tennis and frisbee and rollerblading.)
Moshe (2) eating lunch at a park
Anyway, here are a few miscellaneous tips from my kitchen; just little things we've been doing that really help. :)
Keeping the kitchen floor clean
With little kids, sometimes it seems like every meal requires a whole cleanup crew. I usually assign 1 child to pick up any dropped food from the floor, and another child to sweep with a small broom and dustpan. We have folding chairs at our kitchen table, so if the floor is really dirty, I also assign someone to fold up the chairs so the cleaning is easier. If it's really, really dirty, I assign a mopper.
Speaking of keeping the kitchen floor clean...
...going to the park for a picnic lunch is a great way to keep the kitchen floor clean. ;) We often take lunch along on our walks, because then we don't have to hurry back home to eat. (We're already working around nap time and make-dinner time!)
What do we like to take for our picnics?
The kids and I love PBJ sandwiches. I also try to have fresh fruit and veggies on hand to take along. I have the kids help with lunch -- making sandwiches, washing produce, and cutting it and putting it into bags. My oldest boys (ages 6 and 8) love getting to wash and cut cucumbers, celery, peppers, or pears! (I usually cut the harder foods like carrots or apples.)
Eliyahu (6) and Channah (6 months)
Emergency Stroller Snack Tip
On our walks, I wear Channah in my Ergo and push Moshe (2) in the stroller. We pack our water and food and gear (frisbees, balls, library books, etc.) in the stroller. I keep a small container of whole almonds in the stroller as an emergency snack. If we stay out too long, run too hard, or forget one of our sandwiches at home, we'll still have something to eat besides carrots and celery. (I love fruits and vegetables, but walking on the hilly roads here makes me hungry!!)
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