Our Sunday 3-8-15

We had a wonderful family Sunday; I just had to share. It’s a shame that these types of days aren’t more frequent. We had made plans to go check out this indoor playground in Biddeford called The Yard. Our friends that have a 2 year old daughter recommended it and invited us but ended up cancelling that morning and we decided to still go just the three of us! It was a 45 minute drive for us and a little difficult to find but we made it. Here is a link to their page: http://www.theyardatthemill.com/

It was $10 for Eleanor to get in. I believe the age limit is 10 years old. Play shoes are required (no boots). It is in a large 7,200 sq ft open room and the first thing you notice is two large wooden swing-sets. The majority of the “yard” is covered with installed, soft turf. The whole vibe and decor is outdoor themed.

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Some of the many other things they had: a small stage and mirror, jump-ropes, collapsible tunnels and climbing caves, suspended rope for balancing, free-standing slide, a metal/plastic airplane see-saw type contraption, rocking horses, lawnmower push toys, a separate picnic table area if you bring snacks and drinks, 4+ baby/toddler swings, basketball hoop, bean bag toss, etc. I’m sure i’m missing some things but she was a little young for some of it.

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I would highly recommend this place, especially for a bit older kids that can really use the swing sets with climbing portions and larger slides. It was clean, rules were very clearly stated, spacious and fun! Eleanor was a little clingy considering she didn’t have any other kids she knew or really close to her age but we’d love to go back with a playmate. Of course now that spring is on its way we’d like to get her to play outdoors more but on a rainy or cooler day this place would be fantastic for a play-date!

Eleanor honed in on some soft little foam balls that were perfect size for her and did NOT want to let them go. After being there for an hour we decided it was time to go and planned our exit for the second following the moment we had to pry these balls from her strong little hands. She threw a pretty typical Eleanor fit and threw her head back in protest with the beginning of a tantrum. Luckily, there were so many distractions we were able to throw her coat on, grab her diaper bag and scoot without too much of a breakdown.

Sunday afternoon consisted of making some Crockpot freezer meals to have stashed away for future dinners. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile and always felt a bit overwhelmed with the whole process of finding the recipes, making the list, shopping, prepping the food, bagging it and finding room in the freezer. That is until I stumbled onto a site called New Leaf Wellness run by a Mom, blogger, writer, cook, wellness coach that had multiple meal prep sessions all worked out for you! I didn’t spend too much time on the site but found “8 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 35 Minutes) and when I saw how simple it looked to give it a try. Ryan went to the grocery store at 9:30 the night before (his favorite time to go grocery shopping so there is hardly anyone there) and when we got home Sunday started to assemble. The whole process probably took 45 (a rambunctious toddler is to blame for the extra 10 minutes than it claimed it should take) and BAM, 8 meals in our freezer! I will say that we have not tried any of them yet. But knowing I have those meals in the freezer ready to just plop in the crockpot feels sooo good. She also had a healthy crockpot meal prep session as well as a Whole Foods ingredient prep session. Here’s a link to her page: http://newleafwellness.biz/2014/12/10/8-crockpot-freezer-meals-35-minutes/.

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Hopefully they taste as good as they were easy to prepare! 🙂

We ended the day with a quick get together with my in-laws and aunt and uncle for burgers. Eleanor found a suitable party hat for the occasion.

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Here’s to more Sundays just like this, how truly blessed we are! It is so energizing to have a day to soak up as a family. We’re thinking maybe the Children’s Museum would be a good bet for our next family outing!

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