Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dear Hazel,

You're 2! I cannot believe how fast these past two years have flown by, especially this last one. You have grown so much this past year and you are such an amazing little girl.

You love playing with baby dolls especially the new doll you got for Christmas, we call her Snacking Sara - even though she isn't the "real thing" that doesn't matter to you. You love to hold your babies, you pretend to feed them, you change their clothes-usually you just take their clothes off and then say naked baby! It's the cutest thing ever. Your new thing is getting the baby plate and grabbing one of your old baby spoons to pretend to feed the baby. What you think Snacking Sara? You say after you feed her. 

You are so interested in knowing everyone's names. When we go to the store you'll sit and ask me, what's that's name? To which I say what's their name? I don't know.  But on the off chance the person is wearing a name tag or I do know their name I can tell you. 

You love having people over to your house and you get so overly excited when someone comes to play. You call your family your friends and always ask when your friends are going to come over to your house. 

You played in the snow for the first time, the day after Christmas, and you loved it. Prescott has become an exciting name to you and every time you think about something we did in Prescott you think about the snow. The other day we went to Hobby Lobby and you said and the snow will be there? Oh the things you remember, my sweet girl. 

You've started saying the sweetest things to me, just the other day you gave me a big hug and said did you know you're my best friend?! You sure do know how to melt my mommy heart. 

You have a big girl bed now, your daddy was instant that you move into it as soon as possible. I was more okay with holding off because I knew that meant you were growing up and you would no longer be my baby. For me it meant that you would no longer need me to rock you to sleep, and I sure do miss that.  You love your big girl bed, and were so excited to sleep in it the first night. The first few weeks daddy and I would find you just sitting in your bed with Maggie and Dolly.

You know so many words and speak full sentences--sometimes you need help with your grammar, but it's cute and sometimes I don't want to correct you. You love being with older kids and playing with them, because you think you're just as big. You've often times got your own agenda for doing things but you are becoming such a good listener I can't believe it. Just the other day I said Hazel, please put that back. and you responded. Okay mommy. My eyes practically bulged out of my head I was so surprised by your response -in a good way. 

You've started asking if you can drive the car - it's terribly cute - mommy I drive the car? I hand you the key, say sure! you say kay thanks! And then you hop in the car and put the key in the ignition. You can't turn the car on yet - thankfully - but I imagine you'll learn that soon enough. 

You absolutely love playing with play-doh, crafting, painting, and just creating things. You love to cut with your scissors and you'll often ask me where my scissors go? Because you want to cut the paper and the string. 

You're the smartest girl I've ever known, and you're so curious about everything. You're starting to remember all these stores we go to and the things that we've gotten from them. We got horsey from... what's that's name? 

I love keeping you busy and doing fun things with you, you love to help me bake and cook dinner. The other night you did as much cooking as I did, it was so nice to have you help me with everything. 

There are so many things that you do, it's so hard to remember them all and write them into this little space. I cannot believe all that you are learning and doing, it makes me so happy to see you learn and grow. To see that you are such a smart girl and that all our hard work is paying off. 

You're growing too fast, and I'm trying to soak in all these moments of your precious little life. I love you so much Hazel girl, you're my favorite girl ever.

xo, Mommy 



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Friday, February 10, 2017

kid's craft: Valentine's Day gifts

easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
Hazel is really into crafting lately, she loves to paint pictures, glue crazy eyes onto paper, and she really enjoyed this Valentine's Day craft. She especially loved that we got to make something for someone else-her and I have the same love language in that way I guess. This craft is really easy to do, but is fun and helps kids develop fine motor skills while also getting them thinking about giving to others. During the activity Hazel and I talked about each cousin and what we thought they would like for Valentine's Day. We talked about which candy would be for who, and we even wrote names on the lolly pop cards for each person. Hazel was so willing to help decorate the bags and put all the candy in, I think this kid's craft was a success. 
easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
Materials will need:
Paper bags
Sticker hearts
Pink, White, and Red Pom-poms
Sticker hearts that have Valentine sayings
Glue

Food items you will need:
Oranges
Lolly pops
Chocolate

easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
It's not rocket science really, all you do is have your little one stick the hearts and pom-poms on the bags. No particular order, no real pattern to follow, just your little one being creative. If they need help with gluing--Hazel caught on rather quick--you can just dab the glue on the bag for them and they can put the hearts or pom-poms on for themselves.

Most of these items were purchased at the Dollar Tree--this is not an add--so it makes for a super easy and fun craft. If you end up having extra stickers you can save them for another day and another craft, or you could put the stickers on some little oranges like we did in the picture below. Super easy, super cute Valentine's Day craft and activity that will keep your little ones busy for a little bit.

When I sat down to help Hazel decorate the bags I would say positive things about what she was doing. Something you might think to say could include: wow, you're doing a great job! oh, I think they are really going to like your work. or that turned out great! The more you talk to your children the more they will learn, especially when the words you are saying are positive and uplifting. If they accidentally make a mistake (which is really hard to do with this craft) just kindly fix the problem, say: oh that's okay, or no worries, we can fix that! You want your child to love crafting and being creative, so it's always important to make sure you are using positive words no matter what.
easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
easy Valentine's Day craft for kids
If you have any questions, suggestions, or a picture of your creation, feel free to comment or send me an email (alyssadawsonblog@gmail.com) I love getting feedback and hearing how you all get creative with your kids.

Happy Valentine's Day crafting!

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