It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks, but we’re happy to report that we’re officially in our house WITH internet and furniture!

We’ve done a lot of work (at least a lot of work for us) that we’ll be sharing over time. There’s still a lot more to do, but I’m sure there always will be…

And, speaking of work, I’ve taken more trips to two large home improvement stores in the last month than I have in my entire adult life. Like… every single day. Wish I could be more efficient, but sometimes it just works out that way.

I’m not one to publicly complain (privately it’s game on), but I really just wanted to rant about something that’s been very frustrating for me recently.

(I’ll throw this behind a break in case you’d like to just move right along.)

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Taking a brief blogging hiatus, but we have a very good reason – no internet connection!

We’ll be waiting patiently all week for the Verizon folks to come hook up our new house – in the meantime, we have plenty of projects to keep the three of us busy.

Who knows, in our limited sans-internet free time, maybe we’ll pick up a book, or play a board game – like the good old days.

Until next time,

Tom, Lauren and Luca


Back again with two more great busy bag activities!

The first is an animal “puzzle”.  The maker of this activity printed out colorful images of various animals on a thick card stock. Each image was cut in half, and Luca’s job is to match up the pictures.  Simple, yes, but also entertaining, engaging, and even educational! These could be laminated to be even more durable.


Next up is a cute button activity.  Several sea shapes were traced and cut out of colorful felt.  Coordinating large buttons were sewn onto another piece of felt.  Each sea shape had a slit cut into it (the button hole) and L’s job is to button the shapes onto the felt.


We love this activity! Again, it helps develop his fine motor skills as well as matching colors together.DSC_0259

So there we have two more inexpensive and quick busy bag activities perfect for toddlers.  Hope you enjoy!


Dealt with my first mega tantrum the other night while Lauren was at the gym.

I’ll set the stage.

An hour before bedtime, no afternoon nap, no Mommy in sight, and veggies on his plate. We are in between houses at the moment, and currently living at my Mom’s. Luca has been spoiled the past few months because the living room television is viewable from the kitchen. He’s grown quite comfortable watching his favorite TV shows during dinner. Typically, we don’t have a problem with this as long as he actually eats. Continue reading