Our day care (one of the best home day cares in the Arcadia district if you ask me!) started a new thing with the kids every week where they practice writing letters to their mom and dad (or whoever they want really) and then we write a letter back. Of course the first person Jace wrote a letter to was Rob. Go figure. Funny thing is, when Rob opened his letter, there were only a couple scribbles on the dotted lines, lol! Seems Jace is still too young to write out anything but it’s the thought that counts, right?! I think he liked writing alongside his friends and picked his Daddy to write to. Since Jace can’t read yet (obviously), our day care encouraged us to still write a letter back so she can read it out loud to him. Rob took this to heart, all the way, and wrote our little Jace his first letter back. And because this is my blog and I write about whatever I want, I decided to post a picture of Rob’s letter back so I could remember it. Rob even included a photo and a couple pieces of candy. I think this is such a great idea for parents who miss their kiddos while they’re at work. I can totally attest to the fact that leaving your kids with someone else during the day is hard. But writing little notes to each other, almost like you were in grade school together, helps them know how much you love them and are thinking about them. I hope Jace realizes how proud we are of him in every way, and that we are always thinking of him. Well, just thought to share this idea with you in case you want to try it out!
I just have to say, our realtor is pretty much the bomb. His name is Ryan Nager — of now the Ryan Nager Group. Not only did he make our first home purchase incredibly seemless from day one, including connecting us with all the right lenders, inspectors and title companies who all went above and beyond for us, but he also doesn’t forget about his clients. He’s always checking in with us (as does everyone from his team and behind the mortgage process), he came to our housewarming, he’s great on social media, and he hosts all kinds of great outings for his clients so we can all keep in touch and mingle. Like hosted movie nights at theaters, or seasonal get togethers. He recently just invited us to Kiwanis park for fun and games, burgers and dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, yard games and a PUMPKIN PATCH! He had the best ramada in the park, with the best view. He really treats his clients and goes all out. But, truly. Above all, he helped us find and get into our house that we seriously love. I will be recommending him to everyone I know .. and being a marketer, I 100% approve of these little client events. They’re great for referrals, too, since he invites us and anyone we want to bring along;) Brilliant.
And look at these cookies in the shapes of houses and keys!! Just too cute. I took quite of few for the documenting – and eating! We also went for the superhero family for the face painting – Jace superman, Rob batman and me wonderwoman, just like the movie, ha. We threw the pumpkin frisbee, played tic-tac-toe corn hole, fed the ducks and played some games for candy! Such a fun afternoon. Thank you, Ryan, and team!
Even though it’s October in these parts, it’s still pretty hot out. We’re trying to keep our cool, if you know what I mean. We’ve already had a very busy Fall. With October comes Fall break, where Jace gets to take a break from daycare and hang out with family, and me! All I can say is our days and weekends have been jam packed with activities, park dates and road trips! I feel almost hung over.
A few weeks ago Pley.com reached out to me about their new toy rental service. Not just any toy, but toys that promote problem solving and new learning skills, which I was really drawn to. Jace is sort of into “pretend” lately, but all the more toys to help him discover and strategize, the better! They asked me to try a toy and see how the process went for us. So here’s how it goes. You pick a toy, they mail it to you (all clean and santized), you “pley” for as long as you want and then return it when you’re done! No more toys to add to your stack of toys building up in the closet, no clutter .. you simply recycle! You can do it as many times as you want in a month’s span for the one price, or you can keep the toy for a month and change it out the next month. Plus, for every new sign-up, Pley donates a toy to a child in need. Pretty rad if you ask me.
Man has it been hot this summer. I can’t stress enough how unbearable it’s been. On the weekend I sip my coffee in my blow up pool on my back patio. Just to be outside because I can’t handle being inside all day. But fighting through it is definitely doable. How does one stay cool around here you ask?! Here are some ideas for any fellow Arizonans who want to get the kids out of the house (or even yourself!) but stay cool.