Most moms can tell you that the one of the only ways they can make it through a day of child herding is by adhering to a routine.
I’m one of those moms.
Most days of the week are scheduled around the same routine. But it’s a flexible routine. For example, every day we get up, eat breakfast, get ready and take Violet to her pre-school class at the YMCA. But instead of coming home every day Henry and I like to mix it up. We might wander around the little town and window shop, we might pick up a couple groceries, we might stroller up and roll along the walkway that runs next to the river — any number of things.
And then, without fail, we head home and Henry naps for a few hours until it’s time for lunch and to pick up Violet. Then we get flexible again. We may go to the duck park, we might go to the lake or we might go hiking. But we always, always take our snacks with us in case we need to have an impromptu picnic.
The only way to pack snacks, as far as I’m concerned, is loading up Ziploc bags. That way we can plop down whenever and wherever we want and have a picnic.
Just like we did yesterday. Dinosaur-shaped sandwiches, Goldfish, raisins and cookies for dessert – they all fit perfectly in our little picnic bag. Check out some shots of our day:
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