Well, I am officially 17 weeks pregnant today and I feel like I’m finally in the second trimester.  You know, the one where they say you are supposed to “glow”.  I’m not so sure about the glowing except when I am outside too long in our still a little too hot Arizona weather, but I am feeling great and especially loving being able to do more fun things with my family again!  I am so excited for this new little one, but please someone tell me HOW to be a perfect mom (Ok, lets be honest, those two words should be banned from each other because we all know that’s quite impossible, but you catch my agony) to two kids and give each of them ALL the attention they need!  This is only one of my little worries.  I just love being able to spend so much time with my son, and am so sad to think about having to split it.  Now, just in case I don’t contradict myself enough, we LOVE kids and we would LOVE lots of them.  I am so grateful I have siblings and am excited for my kids to have lots of siblings.  I just sit here and sometimes ponder how I can do it all.  Am I alone?

Well, luckily I do realistically know that I don’t have to do it all, and that as long as I do my best, that’s just about all I can do.  Right?  So, with that said, I thought I would start to do a little prep for when this little one comes.  It’s a little early but with the holidays coming up I thought I’d go for it.  My cute friend Garin posted this great idea up on Facebook and I knew I HAD to use it.  She just had her second child and in order to help her first child not feel so jipped of his time with mom, she decided to create a “Jar of Fun” or Activity Jar.  She put each activity on a popsicle stick and made sure she had any extra supplies that were needed on hand before the baby came.  Every day during nap time for baby, she would have her son pick out a stick and they would do their activity together and have some special time.  I LOVE IT!!!

I especially love how this doesn’t leave you trying to reach in the piles of your busy mind to try and come up with something to do, it’s already on the stick for you!  So, we decided to make our own activity jar and have already made use of it just to come up with fun things to do!  Here is our jar:

And here are some of our popsicle sticks:

Our stick activities include:

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Paint a Rock
  • Tracing Pages
  • Color
  • Dance Party
  • Go for a Walk
  • Look for Bugs
  • Read a Book
  • Build a Fort
  • Dig for Treasure in Rice and Beans
  • Puzzles
  • Marching Band
  • Shaving Cream in the Tub
  • Paint a Picture
  • Play Dough
  • Hopscotch
  • Stacking Solo Cups
  • Bake Cookies
  • Play Cars
  • Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Write a Letter
  • Make a Treat Necklace
  • Hide and Seek

You could also use this fun idea to make a jar full of activities your kids can do by themselves if they are older.  Who doesn’t need an “I’m Bored Jar”?  This way when your kids comes to you and say, “Mommy, I am so bored.”  (You never hear that, right?!)  You can just send them over to pick something out of the jar and they instantly have 50 things to choose from.  Genius right?  I know!  Thanks Garin!

If you have any more activitiy ideas for a “Fun Jar”, please add to our list!  I know we’d all love it!

:) Brittany