Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: October 2015

Our Adventures at Tampa’s Lowry Park ZooBoo Kids

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Lowry Park Zoo and received free tickets in exchange for my time.  All opinions regarding Lowry Park Zoo are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

We had the opportunity to celebrate Halloween a little early, in a fun and safe environment, this weekend.  Big C dressed up in her Spider-Girl costume for the first time as we headed to Lowry Park ZooBoo Kids opening weekend!

Parking: For this event, Lowry has two free parking lots and a $10 premium lot.  The free lot on the property was filled.  The premium lot, located at the front, is what we chose.  The other free option is across the street, called the over-flow lot, which is not a far walk at all.  
Photo-Ops: There are many fun photo opportunities throughout the zoo.  So don’t forget your camera!  You can pose with silly characters or find a fall scene.  Little M wasn’t quite sure of this guy, but Big C thought he was pretty cool!
Rides: Throughout ZooBoo Kids, you’ll find lots of rides.  A rollercoaster, bumper boats, carousal and more!  The wait times were short, except for the bumper boats.  There was only one working. Despite that, Big C waited patiently 20 minutes to ride it!  Another favorite was the rollercoaster. She sure was a brave girl.
Trick-or-Treat: When you enter the park, you’ll receive a treat bag.  ZooBoo Kids has several candy stations where we stopped to trick-or-treat.  
Additional Activities: Some other activities you’ll find throughout ZooBoo includes face-painting, games, crazy corn maze, Scaredy Cat’s Fun House, a Monster Mash Dance Party and more!
Helpful Tips: Wear light clothing because it’s hot out!  They also have a water area if you want to bring your bathing suit.  
The free parking on campus fills up fast.  So get there early or park in the over-flow lot.  Otherwise, be prepared to pay $10 cash or card.
Big C (who is almost 5) did not need a stroller, but it was helpful for Little M who is almost (20 months).  
Learn more here  about Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and get $3.00 off park admission!

My Kids Are Opposites

Yesterday, I clicked on one of my old blog posts entitled Infancy to Toddlerhood.  It described how hard I felt motherhood was the first time around.  I listed normal concerns a new mom would have. But I didn’t realize how easy I really had it.

As Big C grew closer to 3 years old, I started feeling guilty about how much I loved staying at home with her and being her mommy around the clock.  She was and still is so much fun.  Just an easy going girl who finds excitement in everything she does.  I thought, I could have another baby for sure.

Well, the other day, I saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh.  Because I get it!

Does anyone else feel this way?  Or is it just me?  I know there is at least one other person who understands, because they created this card.  But in all seriousness, my kids are total opposites.  In areas that Big C struggled with (like making me hold her sippy cup or eating healthy), Little M has no problems.  And vice versa.

Big C was a great sleeper, never had separation anxiety issues and just seemed to be a textbook baby. I know Little M was a preemie and that comes with many of the delays he goes through.  But just his personality, in general, is such a difference.

God created my babies perfect in His image.  I’m beyond blessed to have them both!  And I’m thankful that whatever we go through with either of them, that God is our guide.

Changing Schedules

I was really looking forward to spending more individual time with Little M once Big C started school.  But I miss her like crazy.  She was my little helper and always took good care of her younger brother.  I know she is learning and having a blast in pre-kindergarten, though.

I thought that once my daughter was in school, I could take my son to fun places like story time and play times.  But his little personality is so different from his sister’s.  Big C enjoyed being out with friends and learning.  Little M, on the other hand, only wants to stick close to mommy.  
The biggest thing that has changed for us is his sleep schedule and it has been turned up-side-down. When I just had one child, my life revolved around her sleep times.  Now I have to try and balance it all.  It’s not pretty.  If even one nap is thrown off, his (and ours) night sleep is thrown off.  It becomes a constant cycle.  Sometimes waking multiple times at night and rising as early as 4am. This makes for one tired mama and grouchy toddler.  
We are doing the best we can.  Thankfully, he will fall asleep in the car.  Many of his naps take place just before I arrive somewhere.  So you can find me in my car more often then not, letting him catch up on his sleep.  Well, at least I can catch up on some reading.  
So, this is our new normal for now.  Life is always changing.  We will just take it step by step, keep praying for guidance and figure it out as we go.

How did your life change after adding a sibling?

Win or Lose I Love You Children’s Book + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and Win or Lose I Love You are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I was first “introduced” to Lysa TerKeurst during my mom’s Bible Study a couple of years ago.  Lysa has since become one of my favorite christian authors.  She has a way of speaking to and getting through to my heart.  She has helped to shape my faith and is a part of who I am today.  So when I had the opportunity to review her newest children’s book, Win or Lose I Love You, I knew I would not be disappointed.  And neither would my daughter.

Almost everything Big C does is a competition.  And she loves to win.  She races up the steps or wants to win at buckling her seatbelt first.  And of course, when we are playing a game, she wants to be the winner.  How do you teach your child that it’s okay not to win every time?  Well, TerKeurst does a beautiful job teaching what it means to be a good sport in her story.

Win or Lose I Love You describes how competition can bring out the best and worst in us in a fun and entertaining way for children.  Lulu and Max set out on an adventure to help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their forest friends in a field day competition to determine who will be the leader of Lulu’s forest.  Tempers flair and sore sports take all the fun away.  But Max and Lulu help the animal friends to treat each other fairly, overcome bad sportsmanship with christ-like attitudes and acknowledge that they are loved no matter if they win or lose.

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