Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Writing it out

I needed to make sure that I had a schedule for Gracie written out for our day care provider.

I was a bit nervous and I told her as much: we really don't have a schedule.  I just sort of... wing it.

But now that I'm writing it down, I do notice a pattern.  I am not as chaotic as I think.  Although the following is certainly NOT the rule (today she woke at 5...), and as I've been mentioning sometimes  she takes 2 naps and more often now she cuts one of them out, it is a regular enough of a pattern that I can write it out.  Go figure!


Grace Schedule, June 2012

Days with no play dates:
5:30-6:30: Wake.  6 oz bottle of formula upon waking.
6:30-7:30: Play time.  Probably another 4-5 oz of formula.
7:30: Breakfast.  Oatmeal mixed with pureed prunes and applesauce.
8:00-9:30: More play time or going out for a walk.
9:30-11: Nap time.  5 oz bottle before nap time.
11:00-1:00: Running errands.  Go to the store, maybe the library.  When on errands, she usually has a couple of graham crackers and a pouch of food.
1:00-2:00: Play time.
2:00-3:30: Nap time.  5 oz bottle before nap time.
3:30-5:30: More play time!  Maybe some outdoor time, going to go play in a different room.  Another 5 oz bottle during this time.
5:30: Daddy arrives home and he plays with her while I finish up dinner.
6:00: We all sit down to dinner together.
7:00-8:00: Sometimes bath time, bedtime by 8 p.m.  5-6 oz bottle to go to bed.


Days with no play dates:
5:30-6:30: Wake.  6 oz bottle of formula upon waking.
6:30-7:30: Play time.  Probably another 4-5 oz of formula.
7:30: Breakfast.  Oatmeal mixed with pureed prunes and applesauce.
8:00-9:00: Play time before we leave for a play date.  For example, if we go to the zoo, we are in the car by 8:30 a.m. To get to the zoo when it opens.  She usually sleeps in the car.
9:00-1:00: Out and about on our play dates.  She'll have at least 1 bottle (5 oz) and a pouch of food or some finger food while out.
1:00-2:00: If the play date didn't let her get out of the stroller much, she usually needs some exercise before she conks out again.
2:00-3:30: Nap time.  5 oz bottle before nap time.
3:30-5:30: More play time!  Maybe some outdoor time, going to go play in a different room.  Another 5 oz bottle during this time.
5:30: Daddy arrives home and he plays with her while I finish up dinner.
6:00: We all sit down to dinner together.
7:00-8:00: Sometimes bath time, bedtime by 8 p.m.  5-6 oz bottle to go to bed.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Squeezing in New Adventures

I've decided that Grace's and my goal, along with Daddy, will be to visit as many Colorado state parks we can this summer.  We received an annual park pass as a gift from Gram Gram over the holidays and we will use it!

Yesterday we did the paved part of Castlewood Canyon with a fellow mom and her tots.  There is also a more rugged trail that we have yet to do; I'll need Dave along with some water and a carrier for G because we don't have an off-roading stroller.  Wearing G will be more fun anyway.

There are 42 state parks in Colorado.  We won't be able to hit them all as some are clear across the state, but here are the ones that I think are doable this summer:


  1. Castlewood Canyon (CHECK!)
  2. Chatfield
  3. St. Vrain
  4. Eldorado Canyon
  5. Golden Gate Canyon
  6. Cherry Creek
  7. Roxborough
  8. Barr Lake
  9. Spinney Mountain
  10. Eleven Mile
  11. Mueller
  12. Cheyenne Mountain
Those are in the immediate area with a low amount of drive time.  Grace is good in the car, but not THAT good anymore.  

We've actually been to Cherry Creek and Golden Gate Canyon before, but a revisit to these awesome parks can't hurt, right?  

Right!   

Here's to a summer of adventure!