Blueberry Picking – Week 10 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Life as a Toddler

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WEEK 9 - Blueberry Picking

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Last week I posted about Daily Mom recruiting new contributors. The response was so overwhelming that I almost forgot to blog about this with all the work I had to do. {Literally I have not done anything but respond, answer questions and set up all week and I usually get good 8 hours of work between Lexi’s nap, what hubby gives me and how late I stay up at night. So to me it seems like it’s been a month, not just a week.}

Anyways, this  was one of the more fun and completely new and unexpected experiences for Lexi. For about a week, I’d been telling her that we will have a “fruit picking day“. She loves that episode of Daniel Tiger and was very excited when she heard we’d be going on a Fruit Picking Day, listing all the fruits she would pick. I love when we are able to connect an experience with one of her favorite characters, books or shows – it makes a huge difference in her level of interest.

On our way home from our monthly Orlando trip, I quickly looked up some organic farms in the area (there are a lot of them in middle Florida) and since she fell asleep in the car, we had to go to the one furthest on the way home. When we arrived, the blueberries were HIT majorly. Completely picked over. I guess the season was almost over for them.

It didn’t matter though, because as soon as Lexi was given a bucket, she began dancing around asking to go pick blueberries in that way that only 2-3 year olds can:”Can we go? Pick blueberries, mama! Pick blueberries! Let’s go! Can we go? Can we go? I want to pick blueberries” It didn’t help that the owner was chatty, but it was kind of nice to talk to someone about the horribleness that Monsanto is.

So finally we were able to go into the fields (blueberries were planted in buckets off the ground which is really cool cuz there is no pesticide run off from other crops or any other contamination)

What a blast she had!

Seriously she had not been so interested and so involved and active in any of the experience weeks as she did this time. She always enjoyed each activity but usually didn’t get excited about  it till some time into it. For this one, it was full on excitement from the moment I mentioned it and complete seriousness as soon as we got into the field. She was there to do a job!

So we went to pick, she had no trouble taking blueberries off the branches. Because the bushes were really picked over, it was actually more fun to pick, hunting  for blueberries, playing peek-a-boo, than it would have been had they been full of berries. She would move branches, look around, exclaim when she would find one.

This activity is a definitely going to be repeated numerous times as we drive back and forth to Orlando and pass all these U-pick farms. Highly recommend it!

Since we didn’t pick that many blueberries (and she dropped the bucket on the way to the car onto a dirty road) and then they sat in the car for a bit, we didn’t end up eating them, which makes me think that going to a non-organic farm would be fine for next time just for the experience, not to eat the fruits/vegetables. She didn’t attempt to eat blueberries off the bush after we told her that they needed to be washed and was just excited about picking them.

Wonderful time and wonderful memories for everyone involved!

The beautiful UPF zipper top is courtesy of Petit Crabe and is an absolute lifesaver in Florida sunny weather. We layer it atop of everything when outside. It protects so much better than unblock.
The UPF sun hat is by Polarn O Pyret

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HERE IS OUR LIST (PRINTABLE VERSION OF BOTH LISTS)

  1. Backwards Day
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Backwards Day book tie in)
  2. Ride a pony/horse
    (Berenstain bears book tie-in)
  3. Go to the airport and watch the planes land.
    (Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book)
  4. Go to a music shop and explore the instruments
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in)
  5. Go to a train museum SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  6. Jump in Puddles (Weather contingent) (Hello, Fiends book) SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  7. Feed ducks at the park (Curious George book)
  8. Dance in the rain (Weather contingent) (Olivia book )
  9. Plant something from seed and watch it grow OR plant a garden
    (Curious George episode tie in,  Little Critter bookCurious George book)
  10. Climb a tree
  11. Gather shells (Berenstain Bears book)
  12. Ride a trolley (Daniel Tiger themed)
  13. Go to the lake to look for tadpoles
    (Curious George episode tie-in, Curious George book tie in)
  14. Go on a scavenger hunt in the woods
    (Curious George episode tie in, another Curious George episode tie-in Berenstain bears: nature’s guide (this is a great book for a scavenger hunt and it rhymes)
  15. Fly a kite SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (a great rhyming Berenstain bears book, Curious George episodeLittle Critter book)
  16. Roast marshmallows by the fire
    (OLIVIA tie in)
  17. Play in the snow (Location contingent)
  18. Go to an aquarium
    (Berenstain Bears bookLittle Critter book, Curious George book)
  19. Have a picnic – complete with basket and red checkered blanket. (Berenstain Bears book - another great funny rhyming book)
  20. Lay out and look at stars (Curious George episode tie-in)
  21. Go camping unplugged (phones turned off)
    (Daniel Tiger episode tie in, Curious George episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in, Curious George book tie-in,  OLIVIA book tie in other camping books)
  22. First movie theater movie (Curious George book)
  23. Go to a petting zoo!
  24. Listen to a thunderstorm (Weather contingent.)
    (Daniel Tiger Episode tie in, Little Critter book tie in)
  25. Have a Family Movie Night with snacks  SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  26. Run around the grass in a park, barefoot, as a family
  27. Pick fruit at a farm SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (Daniel Tiger episode , Curious George book)
  28. Make Snow/Sand Angels
  29. Make pinecone and peanut butter bird feeders and hang them in the yard
    (Curious George tie-in)
  30. Draw with chalk on the driveway/sidewalk
  31. paddle a canoe down the river
    (Curious George episode tie-in)
  32. visit a tidepool  (Weather contingent)
  33. Egg Dying (Curious  George book)
  34. Go to see a boat show (at Christmas)
  35. Go on a sunset cruise on a boat
    (Curious George episode tie in)
  36. Make giant bubbles in the yard SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  37. go to a waterpark
  38. go to  Botanical gardens
  39. Go bowling
    (Curious George episode , Curious George book)
  40. Jump on the bed/couch/furniture together (5 Little Monkeys bookSEE OUR WEEK HERE
  41. Get long newsprint/butcher’s  paper and trace/color your hands, feet and bodies!
  42. Make cookies together
  43. Play Hide and Seek
  44. Build a fort out of blankets and pillows (The Fort that Jack Built book)  SEE OUR WEEK HERE
  45. Go to the Zoo
    (Curious George episode, Curious George book)
  46. Go on a family bike ride through the woods
  47. Make newspaper planes
  48. Get a few giant cardboard boxes play pretend with them!
  49. play tennis
  50. play miniature golf
    (Curious George book)
  51. Ride a roller coaster SEE OUR WEEK HERE
    (Curious George episode , Curious George book)
  52. Ride a train
    (Berenstain Bears book tie-in)

 

RIDING A ROLLERCOASTER – WEEK 7 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, BABY, Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, TODDLER, TRAVEL, VIDEO

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WEEK 7 - RIDING A ROLLERCOASTER

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Last week we had to travel to Orlando for work, so as usual, we made a quick trip to Disney. I have been looking for a perfect time to take Lexi on a rollercoaster for a few months now. I can’t say this was her first rollercoaster experience. My tall girl was 35 inches when she was slightly over 1, so we took her on the Goofy’s Barnstormer, a small rollercoaster meant to be the first coaster for little ones over 35 inches tall. At 1 years of age, she didn’t really comprehend as much, she was sort of scared, but then asked to go again after we were done (which we did). I was really curious how she would do this time considering she now knows what a rollercoaster is. One of her favorite Curious George books ( aren’t they all), is a book about Curious George not being tall enough to ride a coaster. So when we were at the park, and I would ask her if she would go on a rollercoaster with me she would answer “No, I’m too big for it! Go Carousel!” Obviously, she meant “too small” and was referring to the book we always read. I kept trying to videotape her saying say, but each time I’d turn the camera on, she would stop saying it ( it’s always that way). You can see on the video me asking her over and over again hoping she would tell me she is too big again :)

Egg “painting” – Week 6 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TODDLER

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I am totally behind on posting our weeks. Whenever I travel even for a day, it screws up my posting schedule big time, because there is usually a lot of work I am trying to catch up on otherwise. But I am back and no more travel for a whole week (whoo-hoo!). Then we are once again going away for a while, but I am hoping to steal those naps and evenings to post and work.

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WEEK 6 - egg painting

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Blowing Giant Bubbles – Week 5 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TODDLER

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Seriously, guys, this is awesome! I love how this project makes me step out of the comfort of doing the same things every day and try out new things.

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WEEK 5 - Blowing Giant Bubbles

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Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, TODDLER

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WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

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Continuation of our Week 4 where we managed to do two activities in one day, thanks to the rainy day. See Puddle Splashing here

Puddle Splashing and Fort Building – Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TODDLER

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WEEK 4 – Puddle Splashing and Fort Building

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This week we have all been sick, still recovering so not much was done. I was hoping to go on a family bike ride through the woods but it couldn’t happen cuz we were miserable. But just as it would happen we got a rainy day. YAY! And rainy days mean two things: indoor activities and puddle splashing.