The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.
A few weeks ago I joined in with the Country Kids linky for the very first time but since then, I have realised how much we are outside and how I have so many opportunities to capture those moments. The glorious sunshine today was one of those moments.
Today we gazed through the farmers field and once again asked why the chickens had been put in the cage. Unfortunately Mr Fox has the answers to that one!
So we went in search of other adventures, like blowing fairies into the wind.
And then chasing them through the bluebells.
Do you remember chasing fairies as a child?
I am also linking up with Actually Mummy's Expressions Linky because I love the expression on my youngest daughters face in the second image.
When the word "woggle" was mentioned after a Water Babies lesson, my mind immediately flew straight back to 1988 and my brother wearing a Beaver Scout neckerchief with the woggle holding it together but thankfully that it wasn't that kind that was used at swimming.
The woggle or the noodle as it is also affectionately known is a swimming aid, it is less restrictive than arm bands, more flexible than a static float and more versatile than it is given credit for.
I give it credit for allowing my daughter to swim confidently across the water on her own.
I give it credit for creating a fun tunnel to swim through in our lessons.
I give it credit for keeping her safe, in and out of the water, so I am adding it to our life cheats!
So aside from the obvious, how else does it keep a toddler safe?
Simply by ......
This is just one of the parenting life hacks we love but there are loads on YouTube.
It scores me brownie points with my Mum for recycling and for me for a thrifty idea. Its a win win!!
Do you have any alternative uses for a woggle / noodle??
Last week I wrote a post about what a Mum wants. so this week it is the turn of the girls.
I have blogged before about the differences between my two girls and this is never so prevalent as to what they want. In the space of 24 hours, I hear the words "I want" fairly frequently ..... despite my constant reminders to say "may I have" but the difference between the two never fails to make me chuckle.
At the dinner table
Tween : Mom, I want a drink please.
Toddler : Mommy, I want her drink.
Tween : Can I have what you are eating Mom?
Toddler : I want what is on everyone else's plate, except my own.
Tween : I want to watch a dvd, not read a book.
Toddler : I want you to read every single book on my book shelf, twice.
At the painting table
Tween : I want to create something reallly cool.
Toddler : I want to paint over everything, including my own legs, hands and occasionally some paper.
In the playroom
Tween : I really want to finish this jigsaw.
Toddler : I want to pinch all of the pieces of the jigsaw and hide them behind the curtains.
In the bath.
Tween : I want to lie in the bath and chill out listening to music on my iPod.
Toddler : I do not want to lie down, instead splash water everywhere while I show you my swimming skills.
In the car:
Tween : I want to watch my dvd.
Toddler : I don't want to watch her dvd. (Thank goodness for dual control)
Tween : I want to sit in the front.
Toddler : I want to get out.
When they are poorly
Tween : I want my Mom.
Toddler : I want MY Mom.
They might want different things at different times but they always want Mom in the end!