The past couple of weeks have been rough around here. Last week Nathan brought home a virus from daycare and graciously shared it with the rest of the household. He is nothing if not generous.
This meant days of us staying at home trying to recover. And let me tell you, recovering with a two year old suffering from cabin-fever and a newborn who needs constant attention sucks!
There was very little sleep; a lot of screaming (not all from me) and maybe some crying (again, not all from me).
I was desperate and needed a way to keep my two year old busy.
I am not much for indoor activities and I don't do well with arts and crafts (that is why I pay an arm and a leg for daycare, remember?).
In a fit of hysteria, I took out some red construction paper that I had left over and began cutting hearts. I have to admit that I haven't cut paper hearts since I was in middle school. Considering how much time has passed, I thought they looked pretty good.
When I used up the red construction paper, I took to the white printer paper and continued the heart madness.
I then set Nathan up at his table, gave him crayons and markers and let him go to town. He recognizes the shape so he was so excited to see hearts, although he says it more like "haaarrrss".
He colored away for at least 20 minutes. A lifetime in toddler time.
After he was done, I took out the tape and placed it on the back of the hearts.
He then had another good 15 minutes of arranging and rearranging them on the doors.
He quickly lost interest, but now these gorgeous hearts decorate our house for Valentine's Day. What's more is that I got more than a half an hour of "mom" time.
It was a win-win!
Half of us are still suffering from the virus, but luckily Nathan went back to daycare where they occupy his time much better than with paper hearts!
How do you decorate for Valentine's Day? Or better yet, how do you occupy your toddler when confined indoors?