We only have a few warm days left before we have to bundle up to play outside. Maxine decided today would be a great day for her and Minerva to head outside to play.
Maxine suggested that they play with their babies outside, so of course I helped them get their babies uppy back! Maxine chose the Soul Imperial doll buckle carrier. I put the Eclipse Ikat doll meh dai on Minerva. Soul sent them these carriers and they are loved so much around here!
I think Minerva enjoyed having the baby on her back. Especially since she could hold the doll AND all of her chalk at the same time.
Do the children in your life have doll carriers? I’d love to see your pictures! Tag #BrittBrownMarsh on Instagram and Facebook so I can see!
Minerva turned one on Wednesday, so we decided to go check out the Sensory Playground at Peninsula Town Center.
There is highly interactive sensory and tactile play available. The park is Wheelchair-accessible too! The surface is playground rubber.
There was plenty of seating around the playground and some seating was in a shady area. The playground is surrounded by bushes and secured fencing.
I loved that the Minerva could climb some fixtures on her own. I did have to go after my brave baby at some points, haha!
The gravity bowl was so fun for Maxine once she understood how it worked. Her first go ended with her SCREAMING for me to help her stop. By the time we left, she had been back on several times.
The park was really fun! The bathrooms were a block over from the playground, but there was a drinking fountain in the park so that was convenient. We can’t wait to go again! We will have to check out their play fountain next time too.
Also, there is a smartphone app that goes along with the play area! You can listen to the Hans Christian Anderson stories that the park’s themes are based on: The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. The stories are offered in 16 languages!
Smithfield, Virginia is my hometown and such a beautiful place! Maxine is at an age where she can enjoy playing on her own so I decided to take her to check out the new Windsor Castle Park Natural Playscape.
She loved it! I loved that they had a side for younger children. We stayed over there today.
The entire area was beautifully shaded by trees. It didn’t feel as miserably hot as the thermometer read.
This slide was the perfect size for Maxine and she went on it several times. The other slide on the big kid size is 30 feet!
Max had a blast and we will definitely be back soon!
I love to let Maxine help out around the house as much as possible. Her favorite thing to do (besides tossing stuff into the dryer) is bake! Anytime that I am in the kitchen making anything she is right there beside me. Yesterday, a friend shared an article with a bunch of pumpkin recipes and my pumpkin loving self instantly decided that I need to make it ALL. Today, Maxine and I tackled the pumpkin cheesecake monkey bread. I love monkey bread AND I love pumpkin so this was a must.
So when Maxine saw the kitchen setup she was so amazed by all the biscuit dough. She was SO READY to cut things!
I told her the first job she had was to shake up the dough that I already had cut into quarters. She was excited to SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE and she kept repeating it while she shook up the bag.
I finally let her cut up the dough pieces with a butter knife and did pretty great with it! She really enjoyed chopping it up. Her dough pieces were chopped up extra small.
Once everything was chopped up and covered in the sugary pie spice mixture, we put all the other ingredients into the pot and whisked it together until everything was mostly smooth. I let Maxine stand at the stove to help whisk. She was so careful! She knows that the stove gets very hot and can burn her if she is not cautious.
When daddy came downstairs, he helped Maxine finish whisking! Then he carefully poured the mixture over the dough pieces. Maxine was sure to stand back so she would not get burned by the hot mixture.
While the monkey bread was in the oven, Maxine asked no less than 15 times if it was done. I guess waiting for food to bake is the hardest part of recipe for her too! I wish you all could smell how wonderful my house smelled while this was baking!!
After it came out of the oven, I tried to flip it onto a plate but that didn’t work out too well. It fit better on the cookie sheet. It fell apart just a tad but that was absolutely perfect because that is the first part that we ate.
Delicious!! I can’t wait until the next time we bake something. This recipe was excellent and we probably will be making this again very soon.
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