The other day I realized that I am in the middle of likely the absolute, sweetest summer that I will ever have with my girls. One sweet little nursling who is pretty much always attached to me by a carrier, and an almost three year old who is still more sweet than sour and thinks I am still cool and my jokes are hilarious.
We have been doing so many fun things and more and more of them end meltdown free which is incredible! I thought that I really wanted to have two summer babies, but hindsight is 20/20 on that vision because right about now I would be miserable if I had a very fresh baby and a wild toddler that needs to be out of the house for my sanity and hers. Here we all our now one summer, one winter and a sturdy 7 month old who is more that happy to tag along with me and big sister to whatever big sister wants to do that day. Carrier naps are sent from heaven by the way, as is nursing in the carrier, life is easy breezy.
I have really tried my best to give each girl one on one time. It is really easy to complete the task with the smaller one, I see her all alone in the middle of the night, sometimes several times. But, as for my oldest I have to be intentional, and that's just a momma lesson I had to learn. Even though all of the activities that we do are focused on her interest her sister still NEEDS to be tended too more daily at this point, she still needs me and my husband for everything, try explaining that to a two year old and let me know how it goes.
I find moments with her in playing games that her sister isn't big enough for yet, snuggling when baby naps, ice cream dates (nearly daily) we love to cheers our spoons. I totally blame all of the indulging I did in sweets during my pregnancy with her for her interest in constantly consuming desserts. OOPS! But, I love it at the same time because it is something that we can do together.
I teamed up with Turkey Hill to spread the word about their Good Mooed Sampling Tour. So, if you and your little ones have a sweet tooth like the Hyler girls you can get FREE ice cream! The awesome thing about Turkey Hill and particularly about their new ice cream line is Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream line-up is made with only the simplest of ingredients, like milk, cream, sugar, and natural flavors. (Turkey Hill’s All Natural Homemade Vanilla contains just FOUR ingredients!). Their All Natural ice cream is a line you can feel good about feeding to your minis!
What started as a modest dairy farm and milk delivery route has grown into one of the nation’s leading producers of ice cream and iced tea. Today, Turkey Hill products are available in 49 states and a dozen countries around the world! From humble beginnings they are touring the country with giant cows and loads of samples! We found their ice cream here is Wisconsin at Pick N' Save and our favorite flavor so far is the Dutch Chocolate, the creamiest chocolate I cream I have ever had, and as you can see my daughter likes to prop it up on the counter drop hints that its "ice cream time." To check if the tour is coming to a city near you just follow this link https://www.turkeyhill.com/events/good-mooed-tour
Wisconsinites, she's coming to Janesville!
Look for the COW to be sure you are in the right place to get your free and delicious ice cream! Come back and let me know if you go! Bonus: they have some sweet savings on their website if you can't make it out to see the cow.
I am sure all of our summers will be special in some way but this one just feel especially yummy, my first one with two girls, barely any rules and hitting all the fun we can find. I hope you get as many sticky kisses and gummy smiles as you can stand, and document them!
Shauna Hyler, mommy of two beautiful girls! Working, blogging, and adventuring with the hubby and my sweet girls.