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Friday, March 31, 2017

Keeping Cool Outside When It's Unbearably Hot

I live in SOUTH Georgia. As in the hottest place on Earth. We are not near an ocean. We do not have cool breezes coming from the water. It's hot. And in the summer? It's unbearable. I know other areas of the country have high summer temps as well, but throw in our insane humidity and I think we win ;)

When summer approaches we see commercials showing family gatherings outside. Bike riding. S'mores. Watermelon eating contests. Every winter we fantasize that maybe this summer it won't be so hot but every summer we are stuck with the heat!

Outdoor play is not just important for our vitamin D or for our children to get out of the house and get a break, but it's also important for ourselves. Breathing in fresh air (yes even 100 degree humid air) is refreshing and revitalizing and will help ease the stresses that being a mom brings (especially being a mom who is home with kids all day every day all summer long!).

Here are some tips for beating the heat so you can enjoy your summer fun:

1. Go Out Early (or Late): Being a Babywise Mom my kids are all in bed right around 7:00 each night and get up right around 7:00 each morning. I've found that if I get out to walk with the kids between 8-9 I can usually beat the heat of the day. We've had luck with not being overly hot when going on family walks after dinner as well (around 6:30) but that's not always possible...and the further into summer we get the less likely it is it'll stay nice around that time. By having outside time scheduled first thing in the morning it makes it easy to prevent getting overly hot AND helps the kids burn off some energy before the day even really gets started!

2. Go Out OFTEN: I'm a person who doesn't like to sweat. I loathe it. I am also a person who gets sweaty SUPER easily. This is my first summer with the goal of getting outside EVERY SINGLE DAY. And guess what? It doesn't seem as hot to me as usual! I truly believe that by exposing yourself (and your kids!) to the weather every day will help your body adjust to it. As it slowly warms up, we just adjust to the new temps. #science

3. Have a "Cool Off Supply Box": There are many helpful products to keep cool. Not only do we live in South Georgia, but we also love Disney so I've become pretty knowledgeable in products that help keep you cool in the heat. Going on a family walk? Clip a stroller fan on the stroller for the baby. And for those who can walk along side the stroller? Get a Frogg Togg towel. They are legit game changers! I also recently bought some super cool misting water bottles. Everyone can stay hydrated and cool!

4. Incorporate Water: We are fortunate to have a pool in our backyard so we swim several times a week. But even when we don't feel like jumping in the big pool I like to have other water type toys handy for my kids to play with outside. They are able to stay cool and have fun and still be outdoors! Water tables are wonderful. Not only for toddlers, but my older kids love ours too! Of course nothing beats jumping through a sprinkler in summer time either :)

5. Popsicles for the WIN: We have really upped our outdoor game this summer and go on walks several times a week. It's not always fun for the kids to walk beside the stroller so we've made it part of our routine to have a popsicle when we get back home. We sit on the back porch (under the fan ha!) and cool off and eat our popsicles. It's amazing how quickly a little popsicle can help cool you off. SO many foods are great frozen (my kids love bananas, blueberries, even apples!) and are easy to take outside as a snack. Even if they thaw out a little they will still be nice and cold and refreshing!

6. Setting Spray: This is a tip just for the moms who may be like me and like to wear makeup even when playing outside in the yard. I'm the mom who has learned if I don't get fully ready for the day before my kids wake up, then it'll never happen. I get up 20-30 min before they do and get ready and part of my routine has been incorporating a setting spray! My makeup will last all day long, even with our outside adventures!

How do you keep you and your babies stay cool in the summer time? I'm always looking for tips to help beat the summer heat and would love to hear yours!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kye's 8th Birthday Letter {From Daddy}

I ADORE the bond that Zach and Kye share. Zach looks up to his own dad so much and considers him his very best friend. I know that is a relationship that is so important to Zach in his life and that he wants the very same to be true of his bond with Kye. I love watching them together and I love that Kye has such an amazing role model in Zach to look up to.

You can read my 8th birthday letter to Kye here!

These letters are so special from Zach to his children. I know the kids will have an ENTIRE BLOG written by me to read so I'm sure my words have less meaning than Zach's do and I know these yearly birthday letters from him will be something the kids will all really enjoy as they grow up! Who wouldn't love having letters from your dad each year???


       I hope one day when you go back and read these letters that I have shown you in real life that I am proud of you. It is one thing to see it written, but another to feel it. Recently we had a man in our Sunday morning bible class talk about his relationship with his dad. He said that his dad was the type of man that he idolized growing up. He wanted to be like his father, but he also wanted to be his father’s best friend.  I hope as you read this one day that you will think of me in somewhat of the same way. I strive every day to a good dad. I know that I fall short all the time. The truth is, you inspire me to be a good father. You are an amazing young man and you deserve the best dad.

You really are becoming a little man faster than I could have ever imagined. You ask questions and see things in situations that are way beyond your years. You make me proud on a daily basis. The other day you got up and spoke in front of the congregation. I was so happy to see you up there and hope that you continue to grow in your faith. It is so funny how I was not even nervous because I knew would do a great job. You have an amazing gift. That same gift is a burden.  You have the opportunity to be a good example to your siblings and to other kids around you. I hope you never take that for granted.

I think your favorite thing to do with me right now is try to beat me up. You are getting so much bigger and stronger. Every time I come home from work you ask me if we can wrestle. It’s always amazing to me, because you never win but you keep coming back for more. I still love playing golf with you and hope that continues for the rest of my life. In fact if you are reading this, give me a call and set up a tee time so we can play again.

I know that one day you will do amazing things in your life. I just hope when you accomplish those things, that you know I am proud of you. But not because of the things you do. I am proud of who you are.


Zach's Past Letters to Kye

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