Traffic Jam



I’ve been wondering when I was going to become that mom with toy cars all over her house. I see it all of the time with my other friends who have boys in the house. It was only a matter of time. Colton and I recently played “traffic jam” in the entryway of our house. We crashed, vroomed, and raced for what felt like hours, but was only 30 minutes. And so, it is now official … my house is becoming a parking lot for cars of all shapes and sizes.

Kelsey’s Digital Photography Debut

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog“Mom. I’m getting good at this. I’m going to start bringing my camera everywhere I go, just like you do.” Can you tell that we’re related? I suppose I do take my camera along for the ride at every chance I get.

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog“See, Mom! Do you like it?” Lately, Kelsey takes her Vtech camera everywhere that we go! We were at Ikea this weekend. And so was the camera. I was getting ready. There was the camera. We were playing outside, yep there was the camera. Ryan and I were kind of surprised she knew what to do.


She reviews every photo she takes, to make sure she’s satisfied with the way it looks, and to show off the photo with such pride. You should have seen her yesterday. She was taking pictures of stationary objects, but she would move them around until they were in a position that she liked. She did this with a chair, a ball and even took this artistic upward shot of the umbrella.

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog

vtech kids camera -many hats of a mom blog
Then, the inevitable happened. Colton saw how much fun she was having with this pink little “toy” so he took it from her. In her sweetest voice she kindly asked for it back. “Colton, can sissy have back her camera, please. Please, Colton can I have that back now?” The sweet talk didn’t work but it was pretty cute to watch.

This camera actually takes digital images that you can download to your computer with a USB port. It even has it’s own version of “photoshop” built into the camera so if she wanted to, she can add frames and shapes to her pictures. Here are some of Kelsey’s pictures from the weekend. And yes, she really took a picture of herself. I’m telling you, they watch everything you do.

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The Parenting Hat: Target with a Baby

Going to Target with a toddler girl means leaving the store with a pair of $6 butterfly wings that you had no intention of purchasing.

Do you leave the kids at home when you shop? Thank goodness for that dollar bin at Target.

The Leisure Hat: Backyard Cruise Ship

While daddy mowed the lawn and Logan played with his ball, Kelsey and I sailed across the backyard. We went this way, that way, up and down. Not sure what we were searching for, but we were enjoying every moment out at sea. She is the cutest captain I know.

The Mom Hat: Seeking Solace in Bowling

When a child isn’t kicking, screaming or throwing a tantrum, they are actually quiet serene. Last weekend I watched as Kelsey “bowled” outside. We stayed in my in-laws backyard until the stars came out with a toy bowling set. Kelsey had more fun putting the pins in order than she did knocking them down. I sat nearby and watched her bowl. The only sounds I heard were little feet on the grass and birds in the sky. Quite relaxing, it was.

The Family Hat: Brobee is Taking Over

Brobee goes everywhere with us. In the car. To my parents. To the store. He even tried to go to school, but mommy wouldn’t allow it. Brobee sleeps with Kelsey (until she falls asleep and then I take him out). Look how big he is!

PS – Who’s creepier in this photo – Brobee or Ryan? 

The Shopper Hat: Kiddie Toy for Summer

If you don’t have the Little Tikes Beach Balloon, I would recommend it. Kelsey’s Aunt Lauren bought it for her last year. You hook it up to your hose and it creates a big, balloon-like sprinkler in your yard. It’s so much fun. Kelsey loved running up to it, hitting it and then running away. A must-have summer kids toy.

The Mommy Hat: The Next Big Toy

Kelsey is a first-born child, so she has 1,809 baby toys to play with. I have no idea what Santa will bring her, because I feel like she has them all! However, I am looking into purchasing the next “best” toy for her age. She is nearly 10 months old and she loves to bang, stand up, climb and make noise. She’s too young for a Barbie Playhouse, but she acts too old for the majority of her baby toys. If you have any good ideas for toddler toys, please shoot me an email or comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts.

She loves this toy