Okay, so we’re still a few weeks off from actual spring, but the weather lately has me thinking of warmer times ahead. I am so SO READY to put away the mittens basket and add a little color to the house which always seems so blah after all the holiday decorations get taken down. So here’s my must haves for this almost spring time…
Let’s meet Sara, licensed real estate sales person and mama to August Anne and Jameson Adam (and a fellow book clubber of mine)…
I consider myself lucky that I am my own boss, and I work from home, because for the most part I get to call the shots when it comes to taking time off. For so many mothers though, their time is defined by their maternity leave, and today I want to talk to you guys about what helped you transition when your maternity leave was over.
When people see me with all five kids, they usually ask questions like “Are they all yours?” or “Is it crazy to have that many kids?” or “Don’t you know about birth control?” (yes people say that and yes it is super duper awkward so please stop). But the most surprising question?
This weekend’s weather was pretty spectacular, so we took advantage of it and spent most of our time outside. Luckily there were some great local events that made that super easy (and so fun, hello s’mores)…
First we went to West Mountain’s Fire on the Mountain celebration with torch tubing, black light face painting, and a live band which Talley loved dancing to (she also totally dominated that outdoor dance floor with the disco lights, no one can handle those moves)…
Saturday we went to YMCA Camp Chingachgook’s Winter Wonderland day and it was incredible. As a former sleepaway camp counselor I was in heaven, and the camp itself is absolutely gorgeous. On the eastern shore of Lake George, at the foot of Buck Mountain, the camp is known primarily for its world-class summer camp programs, but YMCA Camp Chingachgook has expanded its offerings in recent decades to also include a variety of retreats, programs and partnerships all geared toward positively impacting the world through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At their Winter Wonderland day lunch is provided and the event is totally free.
We walked around the camp trying out all the different activities: snow tubing, snow shoeing, hikes, crafts (the girls favorite), snow painting, the snow spiral, s’mores by the campfire, hot cocoa and Gaga ball (the boys favorite, we could barely pull them away from the Gaga ball tournaments). I have to add that the staff was so super friendly too, from helping the kids with the games and crafting, to showing us around camp, it was such a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere (that definitely made you want to stay longer). It wasn’t long before Finn and Levy were begging me to sign them up for camp this summer, and part of me was wishing I was 10 years old again and could go to camp too, it is like the picture perfect camp experience, I’ll have to settle for living the camper life vicariously through them (we are also going to try to do some family camping there this summer too).
I can’t guarantee you’ll have the same weather we had this past weekend, but I can guarantee that you will fall in love with YMCA Camp Chingachgook. Their next Winter Wonderland Day is on February 25th, programming starts at 10:00am and goes until 4:00pm. Get more info online here and call them at 518-656-9462 to RSVP!
I had such a great time meeting everyone at the Well Mama Meet Up at Healthy Living Market and Cafe yesterday! Stay tuned for info on the next Meet Up in March at Healthy Living, PLUS info coming SOON about a Well Mama Event at Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio that you won’t want to miss! xoxo
*photo courtesy of Healthy Living Market and Cafe
Don’t miss the first Well Mama Meet Up on Thursday, February 16th from 10am – 11am at Healthy Living Market and Cafe in Saratoga! Join Learning Center Coordinator, Kiya McIntyre & myself (and my babes) for a FREE event that’s all about moms. Plus it is totally kid friendly!
Oh the loveliness of school mornings: make five breakfasts, pack two lunchboxes, three snacks, locate library books and mittens and folders and hair ties and sneakers and try to drink my coffee before it gets cold (again). Things that run through my head during these mornings: How many days till Jack goes to kindergarten too? Where did I put that coffee cup?? When am I finally going to start saving for all of these children to go to college?!?
Have some of these same kinda thoughts? Relax, you got this.
I am your mom friend. Whether we know each other in person, I want you to know that I am your mom friend. I am the kind of friend that will congratulate you when your kid goes on the potty for the first time. I am the friend that you can call in the middle of the night because your baby has a fever and you are scared. I am the kind of friend that will give you my hand me downs (and will happily take your hand me downs). I will not judge you for bottle feeding your newborn or breastfeeding your toddler. I will tell you that you look amazing in your new outfit.
I am the kind of mom friend that will tell you if you need to get some help if you are struggling. And I will go with you if you want me to.