Jake and I playing with his fire house, he put the hats on us too to play along in!
Jake and I have a dance through out the day. Our dance changes depending on season, I feel like we have been dancing through winter for quite a while. At any point throughout the day you may find me , doing laundry , changing sheets, making a meal, cleaning a meal, cleaning, kissing boo boos, fixing Legos, just normal daily household duties as well as moments of reading a book, eating while watching the latest house hunters episode ( lunch break?) but the most fun and rewarding parts of my day are playing with Jake.
Im a stay at home mom and I love it! I really feel this is exactly what I am supposed to do and Jake and I were always meant to be together. He is truly the light and love of my life! I love watching him grow and as I would love to slow it down a little I also love with everyday comes fun new things. Jake has the most incredible imagination. We will go to the movies and he will come home and want to recreate what he has seen and will add in new ideas too. After telling me his new idea he always says: that’s a great idea! Jake is also very confident! He’s really been into Legos, I think lego city is now my family room but it creates a great place for play! I will be the police chief and Jake ke is the policemen that are dispatched to catch the bad guy. We usually have an escaped convict too- Jakes idea. I always want to have the characters just talk, pretend to eat but Jake always loves the chase and drama. We usually negotiate for story ideas but I usually let him run with his imagination and I play along. We also play trains, car races and take a trips to radiator springs or prop wash junction. Jake reminds me so much of myself growing up when he plays. He’s very controlling! He will tell me what my people should say which I used to do to my friends.
For the holidays Jake wanted a disney princess castle, I was so excited! I bought mini Sophia the first dolls to play with. Jake has a solider castle too so when I take out the Sophia castle he takes out his solider castle. He protects my castle but then usually a dragon will land on the princess castle or lightning McQueen shows up at the castle door and Sophia is off to watch the race.
Jake is growing up so fast so I want as much playtime as I can get! my goal during play is to put down the phone, get on the floor and play! I see the biggest smile on his face when I’m into the play and attention is on Jake. At the playground we pretend we are Jake and the pirates, or princess pirates. If he’s with a friend I follow along in the background and watch my little guy use his play skills with others, make sure he’s safe and happy and sometimes enjoy a few moments on the bench enjoying the outdoors. Our winter days have been filled with playing in the snow, lots of pretend play, arts and crafts, cooking and baking, mommy/baby yoga, dance parties, cuddle time and learning time. We are looking forward to changing our dance steps in spring, moving outside more and starting up our spring adventures together. Through Jake and through our play I see such a different world, it’s so amazing looking through their eyes. I encourage all of you mommies to try out your floor and play!
I have learned that there are moments that will pass by and we don’t get a second chance. Don’t let these precious moments pass you by, I feel these are the best times of my life! Try that extra dance party before bed, be spontaneous and ask your little one to play the smiles and happiness are the best gifts ever! I definitely feel I get so much more!