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From SoCal to AZ
I grew up in Southern California where the weather is amazing 99% of the year. I grew up on a chicken farm which we turned into our own playhouse of sorts. Chicken feed was our “baby food” and a weathered wood bench was our baby’s crib. I spent every waking hour during spring time, summer, fall and most of winter, outside of our house. Times have changed and geographic locations have changed too. So it’s up to me, now as a parent, to get a little creative on how to spend our days with my 3-year-old boy.
Dealing with AZ summers
Um… yeah. I don’t deal. Arizona summers are not easy for me. Everyone (including myself) turns into a hermit and bounce from one indoor air-conditioned spot to the next. Nobody walks outside. The gardeners come before the sun awakens. Outdoor toys turn to ash (and no I’m not exaggerating.) Its.bloody.hot. And really depressing in my opinion. I’m not too much of a fan; either is my super active, rough and tumble 3-year-old boy.
So come Springtime in Arizona, it is a bittersweet time of the year for me. Its beautiful outside but the summer looms in my mind as I know it is quickly approaching. I feel as though I have to hurry up and do everything before 115 degrees hits the thermometer. As I said above, Gentry is 3 this year – just about 3 and a half. He is now potty trained (another blog post in the near future) and he is still taking an hour to a two-hour nap (HALLELUJAH) daily. I wanted to get ready for spring time and compile a list of some activities we can do together while it’s still nice outside. Also, this was my way of not overwhelming my “have to do everything” self if I can just focus on these simple and totally do able things with Gentry.
Spring Bucket List With a 3 Year Old
Visit a local farm and learn about some new animals
We LOVE Vertuccio Farms and visit mostly during the holiday months. It is definitely on our list to visit this Spring to do more than play on the slides, but really focus on learning more about the animals. Mimicking sounds they make and maybe even drawing in the sand on how to spell the animal out!
Feed the ducks
While I’m on the topic of animals, another item on our bucket list is to feed the ducks. Still undecided on which place to do this at (legally).
Plant a flower/plant
My MIL would be so proud this made it on the list… lol. She definitely has a green thumb. I however…. do not. I try. I want to get better but alas… I kill everything even aloe plants. Gentry has a curiosity to plants which I believe stems from his time at a Montessori school where that was a daily activity. I’m looking forward to seeing his gears turning as I teach him how to pot soil, lay seeds, water… etc.
Take a road trip
I’m hoping to take at least one more road trip by the time summer hits. Gentry has been to the beach but he had no clue what was going on. I hope this spring we will be able to take a trip over to the beach and feel the sand between his toes.
Picnic at a park
Another interest of Gentry is picnics which also is from school. He has only ever pretended to have a picnic indoors. Poor kid I know… So this spring I want to change that.
Go shopping with Mama
Gentry is getting better with shopping trips the older he gets (THANK GOODNESS) so I am looking forward to gearing up his closet for summertime with him in tow. He has just a couple of shorts that I honestly don’t even know if they still fit him. I will be hitting up some of my favorite places like Crazy8 where I know it will be easy to shop with him without being embarrassed if he acts a fool (because you know every angel child does act up at times.) I also like how Crazy8 celebrates every child’s individuality and allows to mix and match pieces since Gentry is becoming more and more independent… que “lemme do itttt.”
Learn about bees
Okay, I’m a little biased about this one because I secretly not so secretly want to be a bee keeper and help keep the bees alive. The other day I found a bee in the backyard with a wing missing. After carefully removing this bee into a clear glass, Gentry was so curious about the little guy. It sparked me to want to give him a couple of lessons on bees and maybe even draw and color a couple of them.
Send cousins snail mail
Now that Gentry has been around his cousins and even Facetimes on occasion, he asks for them particularly when we are about to go somewhere fun. It breaks my heart seeing him grow up without any family nearby which leads me to my next bucket list item to start making post cards to send to his cousins. Even if it’s a scribble, I know it will be well received. 🙂
What about you? What kind of special things will you be doing with your kids this spring?
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