Adventuring With Mojhi

I’m a toddler and that means my job consists primarily of exploration. It’s full-time employment which involves exploration, adventure, and trekking to new locations. I’m meticulous and very thorough leaving no stone unturned. Exploring is serious business.

At home I explore under the couch and inside the dishwasher. In the yard I make sure to thoroughly explore every square inch of dirt by excavating with my shovel and bucket. At the park I explore every stick and every stone that I can get my hands on. When we go to the grocery store I explore by running up and down each aisle repeatedly.

Peachy having an outdoor adventure

Exploring can be messy.

Every serious explorer knows that true exploration requires adventuring. I love going on expeditions to explore new things and trekking to new places. I’ve been many locations already such as my grandparents’ house, the big park down the street, the mall, and even a few restaurants. All these places have been fun and I am ready for new places to explore.

Daddy’s vacation is just a few weeks away and we have several adventures planned. This will be my chance to explore the beach, go for a hike at the zoo, and I’ll even get to try my hand at boating. These adventures do sound fun and I am looking forward to having these experiences. I think they will be the perfect stepping stone to prepare me for the adventure I’ve been planning for myself.

After the experiences I’ll have this summer, I think I’ll be ready to take on some real trekking. While mommy has been busy researching toddler friendly activities for us to do on vacation, I have been investigating bigger adventures. I think that I have found the perfect activity for me. I’ve decided to take on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. With an elevation of 5895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest volcano outside of South America. It is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park which is governed by the Tanzanian National Parks Authority. Mount Kilimanjaro has several official trekking routes and is a very popular tourist attraction.

While researching my Kilimanjaro adventure, I stumbled upon a website called Mojhi.com. Mojhi allows you to compare adventure activities and customize a package that’s right for you. They work with vendors and tour operators to help you put together the expedition of your dreams at the best possible price. With quality discounts, a paperless system, and the ability to book online, Mojhi makes it easy and convenient to create a once in a lifetime kind of adventure experience.

One of the options offered on Mojhi.com is a Kilimanjaro climb. Just a quick look and I knew this would be easy. Mojhi breaks it down into five simple steps to plan my trekking adventure.

Peachy has Mount Kilimanjaro in her sights

Mount Kilimanjaro here I come!

1. Chose your trekking route

The first step is to select your preferred route. I’ve decided on the Lemosho trail. Mojhi describes it as quieter and scenic. A good view is very important to me when I go hiking. It also has good acclimatization and the highest success rate. This will be my first climb and I want to set myself up for success by not choosing something overly difficult and beyond my abilities.

2. The size of your party

Next you chose the number of people you will be adventuring with. My party consists of mommy, daddy, and myself. That’s three, so I’m selecting the small group option which includes 3-4 people.

3. Group and private tours

The next step is to decide if you want your party to join a group tour consisting of several parties, or if you prefer a private tour arranged just for your party. I imagine it would be cheaper to join a group tour, but money is of no interest to me. I’m selecting the private tour.

4. Do you want safari with that?

Mojhi offers you the option of adding an African safari adventure to your Kilimanjaro climb. Two adventures in one? Why not! I do like animals and I want to get the most out of my safari experience, so I’m selecting the 7 to 9 day African safari.

5. Save the date

The last step is to select which dates you can go on your adventure. I have to be realistic here. It’s going to take me some time to prepare for my Kilimanjaro climb. My summer is already booked with the adventures mommy is planning, and daddy will probably want to go back to work for a bit before another vacation. December is my birthday and I want to be here so that I can get my presents. Then we have Christmas and more presents. I’ll have to delay my Kilimanjaro climb until January.

Finally I entered my contact information and pressed the button to get quotes. While I wait to receive my information, I have to consider how to present my trekking adventure idea to mommy. This will take a bit of finesse. I’ll need to be tactful.

I suspect that mommy will say an African safari is too dangerous and that Kilimanjaro is no place for a blogging toddler. I have until January to show mommy that I can do this and to prove how mature I really am. I will be 2 whole years old by then. Surely that’s old enough. Maybe it can be my birthday and Christmas present? I’m certain that we can work something out.

This post was sponsored by Mojhi.com. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.

Kitchen Helper

One of my favourite things to do is helping mommy in the kitchen. Mommy tells me that I’m a very good helper and that makes me feel very useful. It’s a great feeling and it motivates me to help out some more. I know mommy appreciates my help and company.

I like to help with the dishwasher. I’m good at taking dishes and cutlery out of the machine and stacking them on the floor. I’m great at splashing around in the residual water that ends up on the open door of the dishwasher. Sometimes I even help load the machine by tossing some of my toys in there.

Once we have the dishwasher loaded and the kitchen tidy, mommy and I get cooking. The first step is to rummage around in the refrigerator. That’s where the food comes from and we can’t cook without food. The moment mommy opens the refrigerator door I run over and get to work.

Mommy goes for the chicken and I grab a box of some sort. I shake the box for a moment but it’s not as satisfying as I hoped so I toss the box on the floor. Mommy searches in the pantry while I continue working in the refrigerator. We work side by side to get the job done.

I spot a cucumber. I love cucumbers! I grab it and take a bite. The cucumber is surprisingly tough and covered in some sort of plastic film. Not as tasty as I remember cucumbers to be. Very disappointing. I guess it’s just not cooked yet so I toss it aside and move on to something else.

I see cheese and I suddenly get a craving for the stuff. I try to grab it but it’s in some sort of plastic compartment that I can’t get open. I give up on the cheese and go for the egg carton instead. I pull with all my might and wrestle the egg carton from its place. That’s when mommy intervenes by grabbing the carton and she puts it back in place.

Peachy is the kitchen helper

How do you get the cheese out?

Mommy gives me a look and asks me to close the fridge. I hesitate and consider my options. If I close the fridge I won’t have access to all the goodies inside. If I don’t close the fridge mommy will do it and I still won’t be able to get at the stuff inside, on top of not having the satisfaction of closing the fridge. I back up, get a good hold of the door, and slam it shut. That felt good!

Next mommy searches around in the drawers and cupboards. She pulls out a cutting board, roasting pan, small pot, knife, brush, and wooden spoon. I get the small pot and wooden spoon while mommy occupies herself with the rest of the items.

While mommy washes and chops, I bang the pot with the wooden spoon. I get pretty good sound out of that thing. I begin to wonder what other sounds I can make. I use the spoon on the tile floor, then the oven door, followed by mommy’s leg. The oven door made the best sound so I go back to banging on that for a while.

I enjoy the sounds I’m making but it feels like something is missing, so I begin to sing. I don’t let my lack of words stop me from singing. I don’t see why I should. Singing is making music with your mouth and you don’t need words for that. After a moment mommy joins in with some mouth music of her own and we sing together while I keep the beat with the wooden spoon.

Once I get bored with singing, I toss the wooden spoon and come over to see what mommy is doing. There’s a lot of chopping going on and I demand a taste. Mommy tells me that she is chopping potatoes and that raw potatoes are not tasty. She reaches into the cupboard, pulls out a baby biscuit, and offers me that instead. I take the biscuit and sit on the floor to enjoy it while I watch mommy continue with her chopping.

By the time my biscuit is gone, mommy is done chopping. She arranges the potatoes around the chicken in the roasting pan while I watch. Then she asks me to stand clear while mommy opens the oven and puts the roasting pan in. As soon as the door is closed I rush over to peek through the window.

It’s dark in there and I can’t see a thing. I complain to mommy and she turns on the light. I look through the window again and sure enough, the roasting pan is indeed in there. I watch it while mommy washes her hands. It’s not doing anything and I quickly lose focus.

Mommy picks up the cucumber I had tasted and gives it a rinse. Mommy pulls out a clean cutting board and a peeler. I know the cucumber is about to be made tasty so I hurry over and demand a piece. Mommy makes me wait while she peels the cucumber and chops off a manageable piece which she cuts into quarters. She hands it to me and I give it a taste. That’s good cucumber!

I ask for another piece and munch away on that while mommy keeps slicing. Then I ask for several more pieces and I keep crunching while mommy chops up other vegetables. By the time mommy is done, I have eaten a quarter of the cucumber. It was a big cucumber.

Mommy puts the vegetables aside for later and she tells me that it’s time for a break. I’m pretty full and a bit tired so I follow mommy into the living room and climb onto the couch next to mommy. We watch TV for a bit until daddy comes home. Then it’s dinner time and we eat the meal that mommy and I prepared. It’s a satisfying feeling to watch people enjoy the meal you made.

Appelsin Town Review and Giveaway

I was once a fun loving baby. I enjoyed eye contact, sucking my fists, making funny faces, and watching the lights turn on and off. These days I’m a fun loving toddler. I now find enjoyment in running after our cats, playing with dirt in the yard, finding out how far I can throw things, and amusing myself with the games on my tablet.

Peachy as a baby having fun by making faces.

This used to pass for entertainment.

The world is full of apps that can be downloaded onto my tablet with only a bit of cooperation from mommy. I recently found a new game to play and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. It’s called Appelsin Town and it’s a cute game that actually consists of three games in one. Each separate game has a unique character and a different activity with certain tasks to perform.

The home screen of Appelsin Town is indeed a town. There you will find three colourful homes along with the characters that live there. The home screen immediately caught my attention as it is colourful and bright. The pictures are large and clear which make them easy to aim at with small hands. Click on a house and be taken to a unique activity.

Appelsin Town

The Appelsin Town

The first home belongs to the tall giraffe. Here you can decorate cupcakes for the giraffe to eat. You begin with three cupcakes and each has a different frosting. You have four toppings to choose from to make the cupcakes special, and of course there are sprinkles. Decorate cupcakes in almost endless combinations.

The next home belongs to the adorable bunny. This bunny has a garden where carrots grow. Water the carrots to help them grow big. When they are ready, feed the carrots to the bunny to make him happy. The bunny also has a mailbox where a truck drops off mysterious packages. Click on the packages to find out what’s inside. Everyone likes to receive a surprise in the mail.

The last home belongs to Juno the lamb. The lamb is having a picnic and he needs your help. Set up the plates and cups, then search in the picnic basket to find the food. The lamb will even eat the food if you feed it to him. Don’t forget to release the balloons!

Each house has a doorbell that you can ring, a laughing sun you can click, and a few surprises for you to discover. I don’t want to give it all away! You’ll just have to explore Appelsin Town for yourself to find all of the fun and interactive features. The exploring is the best part. You just never know what you’ll find.

Appelsin Apps Logo

Appelsin Town is made by Appelsin Apps. Appelsin has several games geared towards preschoolers. I’ve had my eye on a couple of their other apps but I haven’t had a chance to try the others out yet. So many games to play and so little time.

Appelsin is partnering with us to give you an opportunity to get the Appelsin Town game for free. Enter below for your chance to win. We’re giving away one copy from the Apple app store and a second copy from Google play. Make sure you enter the giveaway for your preferred device.

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These giveaways are open to participants worldwide. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winners will be notified by email. We will be accepting entries until August 31, 2017. You can get more entries daily so do come back for more chances to win.

For the purpose of this review we were given a free copy of the Appelsin Town app. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.

Guest Post: Dragon Eggs Activity

I enjoy doing activities with mommy and daddy. We put on hand puppet shows, play hide and seek, and even dig for treasure in the backyard. Activities are fun, exciting, and sometimes I even learn something along the way.

Peachy is ready to do a new activity

What are we doing today?

Mommy does another kind of activity called arts and crafts. I’m a bit messy and don’t follow directions very well, so my involvement in arts and crafts is generally limited to sitting on the floor next to mommy while I wave around bits of fabric and put pieces of paper in my mouth. I may not be ready just yet but mommy thinks that soon I’ll be big enough to get involved in some arts and crafts of my own.

Choosing an arts and crafts activity for a little person like me isn’t easy. It has to be fun and within my scope of abilities so that I don’t get discouraged and frustrated. Above all it has to be safe for me to do. Mommy always says that safety is a priority.

While mommy has been contemplating what an appropriate first craft project would be, we got an email with a guest post idea which first perfectly with this topic. This activity is easy to do, fun, and safe with adult supervision. I think this would be a perfect craft for me to try and you might like it too.


Activity: Dragon Eggs

Encourage imagination and creativity with this magical craft that lets your child make and design his very own dragon egg. A far cry from your standard Easter eggs, these fantastical creations must be peeled to reveal their enchanting wonder.

Dragon Eggs

Pretty!

What You Need:

  • Eggs
  • 2 pots
  • Stove
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Tongs
  • Food colouring
  • Coffee cups
  • Vinegar
  • Plate
  • Paper towels
  • Spoons
  • Timer

What You Do:

– Have your child place 6 eggs in a pot of cold water.

– Put the pot on the stove and turn the burner on high.

– When the water comes to a full boil, have your young chef set the timer for 13 minutes.

– When the timer goes off, have your child create an ice water bath. All they needs to do is fill up the second pot with water and ice.

– Carefully use the tongs to transfer the eggs from the hot water to the cold water.

– While the eggs cool, mix the dye by having your child count out 20 drops of food colouring into each coffee cup.

– Your child should add one tablespoon of vinegar and ½ a cup of room temperature water to each cup.

– When the eggs are cool enough to handle, have your child tap each egg on a hard surface. Tap and turn, tap and turn until hey have gently cracked the entire shell. There should be little spider web cracks running everywhere.

– Let your child place each cracked egg in a cup of dye. If the water does not cover the top of the egg, gently add a little more water.

– Ask your child to line a rimmed plate with paper towels.

– When the eggs have been in the dye for 15 minutes, have your child check one to see if it is dark enough. It may take up to 30 minutes to get a darker colour.

– When the eggs are dark enough, your child can remove them from the dye and place them on the plate.

– The magical colour of these eggs fades after they have been peeled. Have your child call everyone to the table and help them peel the eggs, revealing the dragon pattern to their special guests.


This idea was submitted to us by Education.com. Their aim is to empower parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to help their children build essential skills and excel. With over 12 million members, Education.com provides educators of all kinds with high-quality learning resources, including worksheets, lesson plans, digital games, an online guided learning platform, and more.

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Grilled Cheese with Porchetta

Grilled cheese is easy to make and a staple for many toddlers. I enjoy a fresh grilled cheese sandwich to start my day, or as a nice lunchtime treat. Mommy likes to sneak in a bit of extra protein, and a big punch of flavour, by adding some deli meat to my grilled cheese. Toasted bread, gooey melted cheese, and savoury deli meat are easy to love.

Mommy invented this recipe even though she has no love for cheese. Daddy and I love the meaty addition to our grilled cheese sandwiches. Just a couple of slices go a long way and the extra flavour truly livens up this dish. We love it when mommy makes her special grilled cheese sandwiches for us on weekends. It’s my favourite daddy and daughter lunch.

There are many variations of this classic dish and I have found my favourite with this simple recipe. I prefer my grilled cheese sandwiches made with french style white bread. Mommy and I have tested several types of cheese and various deli meats but this combination is my favourite. I think you’ll love what we’ve come up with but feel free to substitute your favourites to suit your taste.

Ingredients:

2 slices of bread

1 one inch cube of mozzarella cheese

1 one inch cube of mild cheddar cheese

2 slices of porchetta pork loin roast

Butter for frying

Ingredients for grilled cheese with pork porchetta

Looks yummy already!

Preparation:

Begin by shredding both types of cheese into one bowl. Mommy likes to use the handheld rotary grater for cheese, but you could use a box grater or whatever you happen to have. It’s not a huge amount of cheese and you want things to end up blending evenly, so grate the cheese medium-fine. The largest holes on a box grater probably won’t do well for this recipe.

We use the pure pork loin roasted porchetta. Remove the fat and rind on the outside of the porchetta. Put one slice on top of the other and roll into a tube shape. Cut the tube in half lengthwise, and then cut each half lengthwise once more. Collect the four long pieces of tube and slice in the opposite direction cutting the porchetta into thin strips. Add the porchetta to the shredded cheese, and toss until combined evenly.

Melt the butter on low heat in a medium-large sized pan. Arrange both slices of bread in the pan so that the outside of the sandwich faces down. Move the bread around the pan so that the bottom of each slice is evenly coated with butter. You could also soften the butter and spread it on the bread with a knife, but mommy finds this method is easier if you keep your butter in the fridge like we do.

Sprinkle the cheese and porchetta mixture in an even layer on one slice of bread. Place the other slice of bread on top to lock in the heat that will melt the cheese. Adjust the temperature to medium and cook until the bread begins to turn golden brown. Flip the grilled cheese sandwich over and toast the other side to a golden brown colour.

The grilled cheese sandwich is done when it is beautifully toasted on the outside and full of melted cheese on the inside. Place the grilled cheese sandwich on a bit of paper towel to absorb the excess butter and pat the top with a second piece of paper towel. The cheese will be very hot. Allow it to cool before serving.

Peachy's grilled cheese with pork loin porchetta

Ready for eating!

I like my grilled cheese with the crust removed and cut into bite size cubes. My preferred choice of beverage to go with my grilled cheese is a bit of juice. Apple and grape are my favourites. I find that juice is a refreshing choice for a somewhat greasy meal. Daddy likes his grilled cheese simply cut in half and served with a cup of coffee. To each their own I suppose.

KidloLand Review and Giveaway

Every day mommy tries to teach me new things. Most of the time my lessons consist of learning what different things are called. Mommy teaches me about my body parts, what to call the members of my family, words for the things on my plate, what my toys are called, and all sorts of words for various things around our home and neighbourhood. There are a lot of words to learn!

I’m understanding more each day but it’s hard and tedious work. There is a lot of repetition involved and there are many words that sound similar. It’s hard to remember what each of the words mean and it’s very easy to get confused. I hate feeling confused. It makes me want to give up on learning.

Some days I wish we could just skip our lessons. I don’t have much interest in talking and although it’s nice to know what others are saying, I’m just not sure it’s worth the trouble. I was perfectly happy before I realized all these sounds had any meaning to them. I miss those simpler times.

Now that mommy knows I’m big enough to comprehend the concept of words, she keeps pushing the learning. Sometimes she will push too hard and then I don’t want to learn anything and I pretending that I can’t hear mommy at all. That’s when I refuse to answer mommy’s questions, pay attention to what mommy is doing, or even look at mommy. When I’ve had enough the lesson is over.

Peachy would rather play than study.

Learning over! Lets play!

Rather than spend my time on frustrating learning, I prefer to play. I like to play with my toys, look at my books, go outside, and jump around on mommy and daddy. All these things are much more fun than boring learning. If I’m extra good, mommy even lets me play my apps on the tablet. I love that!

A few weeks ago mommy downloaded a new app for me. It’s called KidloLand and it is amazing. I loved it from the first time mommy opened it for me. There are tonnes of games to choose from and each one has its selling points. Packed full of sounds, colours, and songs, KidloLand is now my favourite app to play.

When mommy opens the KidloLand app for me, we are presented with several categories to choose from. My favourite is the Fruits and Vegetables category, but I also really like the Nursery Rhymes, Stories, Colours and Shapes, and of course the Games categories. There are many others to choose from such as Activities, Numbers, Phonics, and even Christmas. KidloLand has a game for everyone.

The Fruits and Vegetables is the best! When mommy opens it three options pop up. The first is the fruits game, the second is the vegetables game, and the third is additional fruits and vegetables games. All three are good options but my favourite are the fruits.

KidloLand fruits game

We’re going to play the fruits game!

Once mommy presses on the fruits game, we’re taken to the screen of fruits and vegetables so that I can resume where I left off. One click on the fruit of choice and the fun begins. A song begins to play about the selected fruit while several of the fruits are shown engaging in all sorts of activities. The melody is pleasant and the videos are colourful with interactive components.

Mommy and I like to play the fruits game together for extra fun. The last time we played the first song we heard was about limes. I have never tried a lime but I have seen them at the grocery store. I recognized them when they popped up on the screen and I had no trouble pointing one out when mommy asked me to find a lime.

Next came a song about papaya. This is not a fruit I’m familiar with. I watched the papaya on the screen and listened to the song which explained that papaya are tropical fruit that grow on tall trees. As the song pointed out, they look a bit like pears on the outside, but the inside is quite different. Mommy said we will look for the papaya next time we go grocery shopping and if we find it we’ll bring some home for me to try.

The next song was about peaches. I have tried peaches before and as long as mommy peels one for me, I do enjoy them. As mommy and I sat there listening to the song, I suddenly heard my name being called repeatedly. Upon closer investigation I realized it was coming out of the tablet!

Kidloland peachy screenshot

I’m Peachy!

Peaches, peach, Peachy. Of course! It makes perfect sense. I’m mommy’s little peach because I’m fuzzy and sweet just like the fruit. The peach section of the fruits game is now my very favourite part of the entire app. It’s practically about me!

When I’m not listening to the song about peaches and interacting with the video, I’m probably playing with the vegetables game, the shapes game, or the colours game. Each of these are basically the same concept. I like that mommy and I can watch the videos, hear the songs, click on the screen to see the characters react, and talk about what we see.

There are many other kinds of games too. I personally enjoy the popper games and KidloLand has several to choose from. These games consist of various shapes that you have to catch to pop. I also really enjoy the egg surprise games and there are several versions of these as well. The game begins with an egg and after several taps the egg breaks open to reveal the surprise inside.

KidloLand has a lot of other games but many of them I’m not big enough for. There are colouring games, puzzles, tracing games, connect the dots, and many others. I don’t find these games that interesting but mommy says I’ll probably love them when I’m a bit bigger. KidloLand has games for kids of all ages.

Mommy found her own favourite game. She likes the decorating games. KidloLand has a few options for these games too. Mommy likes the cake decorator, beach theme, as well as the Christmas ones. It’s not as great as dancing fruit and vegetables but mommy does manage to come up with some pretty pictures.

KidloLand beach decorating

Mommy made this for you

I’m still exploring the games KidloLand has to offer. I spotted a whole section for musical games that I haven’t explored yet and I am determined to try that next. I know it’s a section that’s going to be musical because the icon for it is a lion playing the piano. Mommy has confirmed that it is a selection of musical games. She says that she doesn’t know how educational those games are but that we can still check them out.

That got me thinking. Educational? Isn’t that like learning? This isn’t a frustrating lesson. Doesn’t mommy know this isn’t about learning. KidloLand is for having fun!

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The Perpetual Motion Machine

I am a bundle of energy with vigour to spare. Utilized correctly my energy could power a city block. Instead I use my energy to thoroughly exhaust mommy and leave chaos in my wake. I emit havoc and mayhem, leaving a residue of pandemonium wherever I go.

Right after breakfast I burn off a bit of energy by racing circles around mommy while she tries to tidy up a little. I try to be useful by helping mommy put my dishes in the dishwasher but mommy always insists that she do it herself. I can be insistent too and I prove it by attempting to climb into the dishwasher in pursuit of the whisk. Mommy pulls me out and closes the dishwasher.

While mommy wipes the table I crawl underneath in search of wayward Cheerios. I thought I was full but somehow there is always room for floor food. I manage to eat a few Cheerios before mommy becomes aware of the crunching sounds coming from underneath the table. A quick sweep with the broom puts an end to my fun.

I attempt to do a thorough investigation of the broom’s findings as mommy gives the kitchen floor a quick sweep. Every time I try to grab at the growing pile of treasure mommy moves it out of my reach with the broom. It’s a fun game! Mommy doesn’t agree. The game is over when mommy puts the broom away.

I spot something out of the corner of my eye. It’s one of our cats coming around the corner. I take off in pursuit screaming as I go and the cat makes a run for it. “Get back here and let me love you!” I yell in my own way. The cat doesn’t listen and I lose track of him behind the couch.

I hear commotion on the other side of the couch and I run over to investigate. It’s mommy setting up my foam floor! I rush over to lend a helping hand and together we get the job done in no time. Mommy stretches out on the floor and I watch with curiosity. This is no time for a nap. There are adventures to be had!

Peachy waiting for mommy to get up

If you don’t get up I’m coming down there.

I pounce on mommy and attempt to use her tummy as a trampoline. She makes a funny noise and wraps me into a bear hug. As I wiggle out of her arms she rolls over and I climb onto her back to ride the mommy horse. I love this game! Mommy doesn’t agree about this one either.

As I bounce around on mommy’s spine I take her yelps and grunts as a sign that she’s secretly having fun and I bounce higher. I throw myself head first off mommy’s back while she tries to catch me and ease me down gently. Mommy’s frantic attempts to save me are hilarious and I get a serious case of the giggles.

Mommy sits up and tickles my tummy, then she covers my face in kisses. I try to swat mommy away but the giggles make it hard to concentrate. I swat, shriek, kick, and giggle until mommy sits back up. I jump to my feet and grab mommy’s ponytail. I yank it this way and that way while watching mommy’s head move around in response. Another great game that mommy doesn’t seem to have any love for.

Mommy tries to distract me with a stuffed animal. I try to ignore it but mommy sings a silly song and makes the toy dance to the beat. I can’t help but join in with a little dance of my own. The song comes to an end and I stomp my feet as fast as I can. Then I race off towards the kitchen.

With no particular destination in mind, I run circles around the kitchen island. On my fourth lap I spot something under the refrigerator. I come to a stop and do a bit of a belly flop onto the floor. I impersonate a pancake and flatten myself as much as I can while I peer into the darkness under the fridge. There’s something under there!

Carefully I reach under the refrigerator and pull out something that resembles a wrinkly grape. I love grapes! Mommy arrives in the kitchen just as I’m about to plop the grape into my mouth. With a shriek mommy lunges for my hand sending the grape flying across the room. We both take off in pursuit of the grape but mommy gets there before I do.

Mommy opens the fridge, pulls out my lunch, and packs it in my diaper bag. I know that means we’re going to the park. There’s lots of space to run around there and plenty of things for me to explore. I love it when mommy takes me to the park. I get to run and play until I’m tired and then I have my lunch while I watch the big kids play.

I jump up in excitement and race to the front door. I look back to make sure mommy is on her way and she is! I’m giddy with anticipation and very impatient but I suppress my need to squirm while mommy puts my shoes on. After what feels like at least an eternity, mommy has her shoes on and we’re on our way. I love the park and that’s something mommy and I can agree on.