Play Date Fun

Today we had a play date instead of doing a craft. My friend Violet is also a nanny and this morning she had the brilliant idea of combining forces. She was with her three kids a couple of miles down the road so I gathered up Penny and Jude and we went over to visit Violet, Alex, Andrew, and Alyssa. They were all outside playing and waiting for us. The kids got to play in the small pool and in Andrew and Alyssa’s little toy cars and Violet and I got some time to talk. I love play dates because the kids are able to entertain themselves for the most part and I can have a fun little hang out. The novelty of playing with kids that they don’t get to see very often was all these five kids needed to have a good time. They ran around laughing, screaming, splashing, and chasing each other around. It was a lot of fun. Honestly play dates are so helpful when the nanny or mom is a little tired and not knowing what to do with the kids because the hard part is getting them to the play date. Once Penny and Jude are at a playdate I find they are so entertained by their friends that I can relax a lot more than if we were same coloring at home because while coloring I always have in the back of my head the knowledge that any minute they could be bored and I will have to come up with something new, while at a playdate I don’t experience that.

The kids had such a good time that we stayed for lunch. They all ran around the house like a tornado while Violet and I cooked up some pizza and mac and cheese, not the healthiest of lunches but it was what we had on hand. Sadly I was so caught up in the moment that I didn’t take any pictures of all the kids playing together. However there is good news! The kids all had so much fun and Violet and I loved it so much that we are going to try and make it a weekly Friday thing, us going to their house or them coming to ours. So next week if we do it again I will post some pictures. Well the kids are up from their naps and the house, though we weren’t in it for a couple hours, is still messy. Until next week have a weekend!

~The Pinning Nanny

The Catch Up Post

It has been a few weeks since I have posted and before I start posting crafts again I guess should tell you all a little bit about what has been going on. Since my last post the kids and I have been extremely busy!

20150520_144039First of all I went to England! I just recently got back from an intensive creative writing course in the South of England, County East Sussex, in a little town called Lewes. I spent my days hiking the South Downs and writing. It was such a beautiful trip, although when it came time to come home I was ready. I was ready to come back and see my family, friends, and get back to Penny and Jude.

wpid-20150619_101337.jpgPenny and Jude were also busy while I was away, particularly Penny. While I was away, Penny was finishing up her last few weeks of preschool. Today was her last day and I am thrilled to say that I was there to bring her and pick her up from her last day of preschool. She was so incredibly cute telling me about how she was graduating and asking me when I would be graduating myself. The picture on the left is a picture of Jude giving Penny her last day high-five. They have had this tradition for I want to say the last four or five months. Penny gives me a hug good-bye and then walks up the ramp into the school, but not before giving her brother a high-five. It is such a cute little tradition and as I realized it would be the last time I would see it I quickly grabbed a picture of it, of course I got my finger in it. Anyway it is still a cute picture of the moment.

So that is what has been happening on this end of the blog. I hope the beginning of the summer has been treating you all well. I’ve got a few summer surprises in store for the kids so check back soon.

~The Pinning Nanny