Once Upon a Toddler’s Time

There are days when I’m just hankering for adult time and adult conversations.  I seem to be on toddler time constantly with my 18-month old and my 2-month old newborn.  Yeah…we’ve been busy.  Among many things, toddler time consists of steady playing and activities, pulling random stuff off of shelves and out of drawers, constant snacking on anything that fits in the mouth, and the inescapable “MOMMY!!!” holler.  As independent as she is when doing activities, sometimes I feel guilty for putting my daughter in front of the telly too much just so I can catch up with things I need to do.  I’m still learning how to balance adult time with toddler time and it’s definitely a work in progress.  My daughter loves to be outdoors, and it isn’t always easy to go to field trips with a newborn.  So I always get excited when we get to do things, just her and I.

Destination: Downtown West Palm Beach at CityPlace

We went downtown with a few goals in mind: go window shopping, listen and dance to music, play at the fountains, get ice cream, and visit the bookstore to buy a new book.  We went to a couple of stores…tried on some hats and purses.  She happens to like looking at herself in the mirror, and I promise you that she didn’t get it from me.  Ha!  We listened to some live local jazz and blues at the plaza and danced along with anyone else feeling brave enough to groove.  I ran after her as she chased all the tiny bubbles floating in the sticky air.  We got wet as we interrupted with our hands the constant stream of water jetting from the fountains.  She loved that.  And of course there was the delectable Cookie Monster ice cream from Sloan’s.  Yumm.  We sat on the plaza benches and marveled at the twittering birds and the many kinds of dogs that strolled by.  We would’ve gone to Barnes and Noble except they closed it down to build another LA Fitness.  What?  I’m not even going to comment on that.  And this is a couple of years after they tore down the downtown public library.  Ah!!!  Like I said, I’m not commenting on it.

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Anyway, our night ended early as the little one got tired.  She expectedly fell asleep in the car only to get an expected second wind at the house.  It was an absolutely fun night.

Today was just as fun.  With the nonstop rain being the downer recently, we were blessed with a beautiful Saturday spent with good friends.

Destination: Okeeheelee Park at Greenacres

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This enormous park is pretty awesome.  Picnic areas, shaded pavilions, tons of barbecue spots, a dog park, a golf course, baseball fields, soccer fields, BMX tracks, kayaking, boating, water skiing, nature center, walking trail with exercise spots, lots of playgrounds and volleyball courts, and tons of huge trees.  Yep.  And it’s free.  It was a hotdog and hamburger kind of day.  The kids got to kick the soccer ball around and flew kites as we welcomed a nice breeze after a short drizzle.  Some of us just chitchatted while the others went fishing at the lake.  And the baby, of course, just slept on and on and on.  It was an absolutely fun day for the whole family and most especially for my toddler.

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It really isn’t difficult to keep her entertained.  No matter how much we try to make it about us, it’s always naturally about our children.  As long as they’re having the time of their lives, then I, myself, am having a toddlerrific time!

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Author: Jennifer Longinos

I'm a freelance writer and a homeschooling mom of two awesome toddlers. If we aren't out on an adventure, we spend most of our days tickling each other on the bedroom floor, making things explode in the kitchen, jumping on piles of laundry before and after washing, or just doing random little things that make life absolutely worth it.

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