father and son memories

My husband is the hardest person to buy gifts for. The reasons why could be a whole post in itself. One day I'll spare you with the details ;) So the other day, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a Chatbooks ad with their new album covers for Father's Day. And that sparked a brilliant idea: make him an album full of pictures of Diego and him. Genius. I know. I know.

As I was looking for the pictures, I found so many good gems. These two are the cutest thing together. I just love seeing them interact. So for your viewing pleasure, here are some of my favorite ones. Get ready to go "awwwwww".

 ^^ First day they met.
  ^^ Father's Day 2015
  ^^ Watching TV. OMG Diego looks so little here!
  ^^ In NH last summer.
  ^^ After school snuggles.
  ^^ Boys being boys.
  ^^ I just love Diego's tilted head.
  ^^ In some deep conversation.
 ^^ Reading books before bed.

Matt, if you are reading this: Happy Father's Day. We love you to the moon and back :) xoxo

And if you haven't heard of Chatbooks, then you need to check them out. They make quality photo books from your phone and it is SUPER EASY.

Another weekend. Another farm.

It's officially summer you guys!!! This is my favorite time of year. The weather is (usually) great, everyone is on a better mood and there are tons of outdoor activities going on around the city. 

For Memorial Day Weekend, we decided to stay local. And now that I come to think about it, we always stay local. I just hate traveling when everyone else in the country is traveling. You know what I mean? Traffic, big crowds, waiting for everything... no thank you. 

We had no concrete plans for the weekend and that was a-ok with me. Sometimes spontaneous plans end up being the best ones. 

One of the things we ended up doing this past weekend was checking out SpringDell Farm in Littleton, MA. They were having an open house and were opening the farm to visitors which they normally don't do. 

Mr. Diego's favorite part was, of course, checking out all of the tractors. I think he would have been content with just doing that all day.

We also got to ride this really sweet cow train. Isn't she a beauty? Haha 

All in all, it was a nice little afternoon. We went to our friends house afterwards for a BBQ and that was the perfect way to end the day. 3-Day weekends rule! 

A visit to Drumlin Farm

This past weekend, the husband went camping in the middle of nowhere with his buddies while I stayed home parenting our lovely toddler. When this happens, I like to make plans and think of fun things that Diego and I can do outside the house. If you have toddlers then you know that staying inside the house all day makes the day go insanely slooooow.

I offered Diego two options: go to the playground or go to a farm and see some animals. Obviously, going to the farm won. This kid loves his animals! So after some quick yelp research, I decided we should go check out Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA.

If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it. The official name is Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and it's a wildlife sanctuary and working farm all in one.

It was pretty affordable as well: $9 for adults and $6 for kids. But if you are a Mass Audubon member, it's free! Which I ended up signing up for because the membership was only $32 for a family and that pretty much covers 2 farm visits. Plus, there are tons of other nature reserves you can also go to with this membership. So I'm going to look at it this way: by the end I'M SAVING MONEY! The husband loves when I rationalize like that ;)

We spent about 3 solid hours at the farm. We saw chickens, sheep, owls, turtles, birds, cows, bunnies and a horse. Diego's favorite part was playing with these wooden eggs that they had where the chickens were. He was literally playing in there for a solid half an hour. Oh! And you can also do a hay ride which we did. Of course.

They have bathrooms everywhere and they also have a picnic area so you can pack your lunch and eat it there. We did that and it was perfect!

All in all it was a fun Saturday morning. I'm pretty sure we will be back. I mean. We are members an all ;)

an indoor boredom buster / 01

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Ours was pretty good. We spent a LOT of time inside thanks to the lovely weather. When I found out on Friday that we were going to mostly be indoors, I went to see my good old friend Pinterest to figure out how in the world we were going to entertain an almost 2 year old inside for 2 days. I saw a couple of ideas that seemed fun, but let's be honest, needed some prep time from this mamma. So I skipped all of those for now (judge me! I don't care haha) and focused on the no-prep-time-needed-whatsoever ideas.

And... drum roll please... the big winner was: to bring snow inside. THAT IS IT! Can we get more simple than that? And let me tell you it was a big hit. We did it both Saturday and Sunday and it entertained him for almost 45 minutes each day, which in toddler world is an eternity. All of his Little People friends and animals jumped from the fire truck into the snow pool. They all partied it up in there and then they took some nice long naps in the barn. Epic!

So there you have it folks. Bring some snow inside next time and let the fun times roll.

What about you? Any simple indoor toddler friendly activities? Next weekend is a 3-day weekend so I need some ideas ASAP!