Tuesday Tips and Tricks #3 Sock Duty

I have a two and half year old little boy. He loves to be into anything I am doing. I mean anything. If I am in the kitchen cooking dinner, he wants to be in there with me tinkering with something in the kitchen. If I’m in the bathroom, he’s sitting on my stool digging through the drawers of my vanity.

He has a really fun play room filled with toys and yet he’d rather be with me wherever I’m at. Look at this thing! Wouldn’t you rather be playing in here than cleaning house? He just doesn’t know what he’s missing out on.


Don’t get me wrong. I’m feeling the love, but sometimes I need to get things done that won’t turn around and get destroyed a minute later by my adventurous toddler.

{Cue the laundry pile I’m working on folding}

mountain of laundry

I know you’ve all been there. As quickly as you’re getting the clothes folded, your toddler is unfolding them just as fast. It can get pretty challenging to get a load of clothes knocked out. Like. Ever.

Last time I did a load, my son was wanting to help. So I put him on sock duty.

Sock duty?” you say. “What exactly is sock duty?”

I am so glad you asked. This is what I do. I match a pair of socks in the living room and I send my son off to put them away.  He runs off to his appointed task and I have about 1 minute 42 seconds before he returns shouting, “I did it mommy! I put the socks away!”

I congratulate him and send him off with another pair. “Put these in mommy’s drawer,” I will say. And again, he bounds off with socks in hand to accomplish his task.

At this rate I am able to accomplish my folding a little faster than with my toddler underfoot.  And! None of the clothes were dismantled in the process!

Now. I know what your thinking. My child doesn’t know where my socks go. My child wouldn’t put them in the right drawer. Neither does my little boy most of the time. But from where I’m standing, I would rather reorganize the socks than re-fold the same load of laundry 10.2 billion times {slightly exaggerated}.

putting socks away

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you. I’d love to hear how you get things done with little ones underfoot.

Life is Beautiful!


Intentional Summer Fun {Week 5}

Feels like July snuck in and is about to sneak out on me. Hard to believe that there’s not that much summer left. But I am glad that I can look back on a huge portion of our summer and see fun activities. Even a day in our p.j.’s doing laundry and having Super Why? marathons seems okay when I line them up beside days of activity. So here goes. Let’s see how this week measures up with intentionality and fun.


Monday: We had fun at Library Story Time. Afterwards we went to the park that is connected to the library by a parking lot.  We had fun on the swing and met a very nice dog. Dom was shy at first but would point from a distance. Just before we left, he finally was brave enough to touch him.

On our 8 minute drive home, Dominic fell asleep. So nap time followed by lunch. Not really sure what else we did on this day because this was the day that Dominic had a major meltdown. Cue adorably pathetic picture.

Oh my.

He was a mess from about 3:30 til I put him into bed before 6. And yes that’s early but he didn’t wake up til 6:30 the next day so I’d say he needed it.


Tuesday: We went to the mall where I ‘rocked it’. Three laps and my slowest lap was only 24 seconds slower than my fastest lap the week prior. Afterwards we went onto the playland. We didn’t stay long. I’m guessing as friendly as Dom can be he still gets shy just like every other child and today that’s what happened.

It’s about a mile per lap. Kept up this pace pushing Dom in the stroller!

Wednesday: This is my day to plan for school. So after dropping Dominic off at summer care, I got busy. I crossed everything off my list but it was a harder day. My motivation was a little low…guess that happens from time to time. I picked Dominic up and on our way home, Dom fell asleep. While he slept, I took a nap myself before heading out the door for an ear appointment with a new ENT. I really like her and feel like she is really going to be able to help me. {more on that in a later post}

Thursday: Dominic’s 18 month appointment! He officially weighs: 24.4lbs, his head is 47 cm and a whopping height of 31 inches (that’s a bit short). So other than his height Dom is representing the 25%tile. Health wise and developmentally the doctor says he looks great. No shots this visit which was NICE!

And, in good form, Dom fell asleep on the car ride home. And slept for 2 hours!!! Guess the doctor visit wore him out.

Daddy came home for lunch which was a great treat. And then later that evening we had lifegroup and stayed out late which Dom loved. His usual bedtime is 7 and we didn’t even make it home til close to 10.

Friday: In honor of Dom’s 18 month birthday we have been doing laundry and mopping seriously dirty floors. We’ve also enjoyed a few episodes of Super Why? and read books and cuddled and Dom took an awesome nap. Marshall is working from home this afternoon which is a rare treat as well.

I was able to catch this precious father son moment.

And here’s a pic of my sweet 18 month old toddler.

My sweet little toddler

So not exactly the busiest or exciting of weeks but a good one all the same.

How’s your summer going?