The Crayon Saga Continues…

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Happy Friday friends! If you’ve been following along with my Brynlee updates, then you are probably already aware that we have a tumultuous relationship with crayons. Brynlee loves to color! Ever since she was able to hold a crayon she has loved to draw with them and she is actually pretty good at it. She really works at coloring certain things and holds her crayon the proper way. She’s never really been one to grab it with her fist and scribble furiously across the page. However, with that love for coloring, came another love, I don’t know why, but she always tries to eat them! So much so, that we have to closely monitor her whenever she colors. There have been a few times that I thought we had finally made it passed that stage and given her a little slack in the coloring observation department, only to then hear her chewing on something, resulting in me pulling tiny bits of crayon out of her mouth while she screams and tries to bite my fingers. It’s a hazardous job people!! So now, we have regulated crayon time to in her highchair (don’t want her sneaking off with one of those waxy beasts) and always with a watchful eye from Landon or I.

I hate that we have to do this! I want her to be creative and to be able to color whenever she wants, but the only other option I can think of, so as to keep her from eating them, is to take them away completely and I really don’t want to do that. In the beginning, we did try taking the crayons away for a few days at a time whenever she would try to eat one, but it never seemed like it fazed her and again, I don’t want to stifle her creativity by keeping them from her. Anyone else ever dealt with this? I’d love to hear what you did.

So, to get back to the point of this post, the other day Brynlee had a very color-full day. She wanted to color ALL. DAY. LONG! The moment we came downstairs in the morning she was reaching for her crayons and was perfectly content to sit in her highchair to color. I obviously didn’t keep her up there all day, but she repeatedly requested to color throughout the day, so I happily obliged. And not once did she try to eat a crayon! I was so proud of her!

Fast forward to bedtime, some nights Brynlee happily goes to bed without a fuss, other nights… not so much. That night, bedtime was so easy, I should have known better! When I said, alright time for bed, Brynlee grabbed her Mickey and was ready to go, when I put her in her crib she laid right down. When I came back downstairs and checked her on the monitor she was quietly laying down, I could tell she wasn’t asleep yet, but it looked like she was trying. I watched her for a few more minutes until I was sure she was down and then went on to do other things. About 20 minutes later, on a whim, I just decided to check in on her and there she was sitting up! What!!! I hadn’t heard a thing! Usually when she moves around I can hear little thuds that clue me in, but nope, not tonight, she was perfectly silent. Her Mickey was in her lap and she was really focused on something in her hands, it looked like a stick or something, but I had no idea what it could possibly be. Then she put it in her mouth and started chewing on it! I still didn’t know what it was, but I ran upstairs to get it away from her and wouldn’t you know, it was a yellow crayon!!!!! How did she get that up there?!?!?! She hadn’t colored in hours and we had completely changed her clothes since the last time she did. The crayons are downstairs, her crib upstairs so it’s not like she could have hid it there without me knowing. I’m telling you, it is a mystery! One that makes it very clear that I need to keep an even closer eye on my daughter! I swear she played us, making it seem like bedtime went so smoothly, luring us into a false sense of security, only to completely take advantage of us because unbeknownst to us she had a yummy (in her opinion I can only assume) treat she was saving for when we weren’t looking. I still haven’t been able to figure out how it got up there, but I am beginning to wonder if Brynlee will be a magician when she grows up…

Needless to say that when I took the contraband crayon, Brynlee did not take it well. All of her hard work and planning down the drain and she only managed to take a couple of bites. She then proceeded to scream for the next hour and a half, no amount of rocking or singing to her would make up for me taking that crayon away. It wasn’t until pure exhaustion took over that she finally gave in, laid down and went to sleep. Let me tell you, as a mama, watching your baby girl cry like that and not being able to do anything about it is not a good feeling. The only thing that made it even slightly better was knowing that there wasn’t anything wrong with her, well, unless you count stubbornness.

So, here we are, back on the eating crayons train and not having a clue what to do about it, just praying that it is indeed a phase, one that I really hope she will grow out of soon! But I mean seriously, what is with this crayon obsession? My mom says I need to try one to see if they actually taste good, I say, that’s all you grandma!

On a side note, I’m definitely adding this story to the baby book, along with the crayon in question. Oh and the color she ate was goldenrod, just in case you were wondering, I’m sure you weren’t, but now you have that tidbit of useless information anyways. You’re welcome!

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My Birthday and the Zoo

                Last week I celebrated my 31st birthday and it was wonderful! My mom, sister and her kids came down the night before and surprised me with a delicious giant birthday cookie from Paradise Bakery! We also made homemade pizzas, I thought it would be fun to get the girls involved with making their own pizza, but they just wanted to eat the cheese instead of put it on top of their pizza… oh well, you win some you lose some.

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The next morning we met up with my Aunt and spent the day and the Phoenix Zoo. Other than the Zoolights, this was Brynlee’s first time at the zoo and she had so much fun. I think her favorite part was the Safari Train ride. They advised us to get a seat early if we all wanted to sit together because it fills up fast and I was a little worried about how she would do sitting still for the 20 minutes until the ride started, but she was ecstatic the entire time, smiling and squealing with delight. And once the train started to move she couldn’t contain her excitement, I don’t even think she cared about seeing the animals on the tour, she was having too much fun riding the train!

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*Waiting for the train to start, she was so happy!!

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*We met some very friendly geese.

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*Brynlee loved petting the goats and even tried to give them hugs!

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*There was a fun play area that we stopped at so the girls could play and eat some snacks.

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We spent the entire day at the zoo, Brynlee took a short nap in her stroller, but other than that she was having a blast seeing all of the animals, petting the goats and we even got to pet sting rays!

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*This was a very wet attraction, we were all soaked by the time we left, the sting rays loved to splash at you! One actually jumped up and tried to plant a kiss on my niece!

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On the way out, I decided to buy a membership for the Zoo, it was only $55/year for me and Brynlee is free because she is under 2. Plus you get two free zoo tickets, so Landon can use those when we all go. I’m already planning to take Brynlee again this week. This will be such a fun activity to do during the week with Brynlee, she will learn a lot going so much and we won’t feel rushed to get through any of the exhibits because we will get to go so frequently. Can you tell I’m excited about this? Oh and to make the deal even sweeter, Landon only works about 2 miles away from the zoo, so if we go in the morning we can meet up with Daddy for lunch and be home in time for a nap! I see many zoo days in our future and am so grateful for the great AZ weather that will allow us to go so frequently!

Our Trip to SeaLife Aquarium

The past few weeks have been super busy for us, but most of it was fun! First, my baby niece was born, we celebrated Landon’s 30th birthday, Brynlee and I went on a few adventures, celebrated my 31st birthday and spent lots of time with family and friends! I love with life gives me seasons of this kind of busy, it makes the not so fun busy times worth it.

Today, I want to share one of mine and Brynlee’s adventures, we met up with my mom, sister and her kids and spent the day at the SeaLife Aquarium. I must admit, I’ve lived here for over 10 years now and I had no idea about this aquarium until a couple of months ago… Granted, I think it’s only been open for a few years, but nonetheless, I had no idea about it! It’s located in Arizona Mills Mall, and isn’t the largest aquarium ever, but it was perfect for a couple of toddlers.

*I need to apologize in advance for the poor picture quality, the lighting in the aquarium was horrible.*

It took us about 2 hours to get through the whole thing and I’m pretty sure Brynlee loved every minute of it! She was kind of grumpy when at first, but as soon as we walked in and saw the first fish tank, it was smiles from there on out!

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She loved seeing all of the fish and putting her face right up to the glass.

Some areas had a bubble hole that you could stick your head in so the fish were all around you and these were by far Brynlee’s favorite!

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In the first room we found one I had a hard time getting her to leave. The fish tank surrounded the entire perimeter of this circular room and all of the fish were swimming so fast around the tank, it was pretty mesmerizing for our little girls to witness, I’m pretty sure they would have stayed there all day if we let them.

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The girls also had the opportunity to pet some sea stars and we got to watch them feed some of the underwater critters while they told us about them.

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It had tunnels to crawl through and one large tunnel that took you right through the center of an aquarium, even the floor was glass which meant that Brynlee was basically glued to the floor.

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*There were some tears when I made her leave this tunnel, it wasn’t too long before she was distracted by another fish tank though.

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At the end of the aquarium, they had one of those interactive projectors that projected water on the floor and would ripple wherever you walked on it. I think I might need to get one of these for my house because it provided a lot of entertainment and had we not made the girls leave it, I think they would have happily played on it for an hour!

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*I think the girls thought they were swimming.

Once you walked out of the aquarium portion, they had a large room with a big jungle gym for the kids to play in. The girls had so much fun climbing around and going down the slide, it was definitely a great way to tire them out.

After the aquarium we had lunch at the food court and Brynlee was passed out in her car seat before I ever left the parking lot. All in all a pretty successful day!