I am not a fan of days with no plans and struggle when we are stuck at home. Sometimes I wonder if this attributes to Addilyn's inability to be entertained for long when we're at home or her lack of ability to independently play for more than five minutes. I hope that this gets better the older she gets, and maybe I should work harder to not always rush from one thing to the next. But as long as the weather is nice and there's things to do, we're going to keep staying busy! Most days we get out of the house in the morning around 9, come home by 11:30 for lunch and nap at 12. Then usually we get out of the house again around 3.
Here are some of our favorite things to do:
Parks. By far the thing we do the most is go to parks. There are tons around us, but probably two that we frequent a lot. One of the parks by us has this bridge with a rocky path next to it and Addilyn easily spends 30 minutes picking up rocks, running to toss them over the bridge and back and forth. It is wonderful.
The library. The town next to us has the best library. They recently redid their children's section and it is so nice. There's a huge slide and pretend plane/flying structure, a lego table, craft station, pretend grocery store and this awesome huge Lite Bright thing. Addilyn loves it, it's closet to us and it's free!
Dunkin donuts. We've officially started making friends with the worker at Dunkin Donuts, as she recognizes us and even knows which donut Addi likes the best. I get a coffee, Addi gets a donut and we can easily kill 45 minutes sitting inside. She'll say hi to people as they walk in, jump around on the seat next to me, and make lots of strangers smile.
Beach. We braved the beach last week with my sister and three kids, and while it was tiring and so sandy, it was a lot of fun. Addi loved being in the water, and as long as the weather is nice I think we'll be going at least once a week.
Our deck. We spent tons of time outside and lots on our deck. We usually eat lunch out there, and spend time watering the flowers, playing in the water table, and Addilyn climbs all over our chairs and is so much happier outside!
Bakeries. There are two bakeries that we've been to quite often. One has the best cake pops and another these fun smiley face cookies. (And coffee for me!) The little bakery in our town has couches and a few kids games which on good days Addilyn can run around, and be content for close to an hour. We usually go to these on days when it's rainy or crappy weather.