Wednesday, April 25, 2007

April Showers

It has been a rainy few days here and I was so excited when I found this great vintage umbrella in the thrift this morning! It has one little tear on the seam I need to reglue, but I am going to be styling when it rains this afternoon. (You can probably see the cute details better if you click to enlarge the photo.)
I also picked up this bowl and some buttons for our button collection. There are some HUGE buttons in there that Jack is going to love finding this afternoon after school.

Speaking of Jack, I am getting nervous about how we are going to get him to go to bed when we go to Chicago. We are still really struggling with bedtime over here, and being in a hotel room with him not having a room of his own like he does here at home is scaring the living daylights out of me. Must work out a plan...


  1. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Love the umbrella and nothing better than buttons!

    Are you taking a pack n play or something like that for him to sleep in, or will he be in a big bed? Either way, how about letting him pick out some special fabric and him a special trip blankie and pillow and maybe even buy a special stuffed friend to go with it. If he will sleep in a playpen, you could even make some special curtains to hang on the outside of the playpen. Maybe that would make him feel like it is his own space and give him things to look at. Again, let him pick some fabric out and maybe you could sew some felt creatures on it, just something to give it some character.

    And the most important advice I can offer you is, stay calm, kids pick up on stress and if you are stressed, he will be too.

    Good luck and I'm sure all will be fine.

  2. Love the bowl & buttons!

    It is so hard to travel with kids and share a hotel room! I know just what you're talking about. Maren goes to bed around 7:30 or 8 but obviously we don't, so that always makes it tricky. We usually request a portable crib from the hotel and sometimes if we're lucky we're in a big enough room that we can sort of put the crib away from the big bed and TV and try hard to block it off with blankets and such to make it dark so she can go to sleep. Even then it's still hard and it usually takes a while for her to go to sleep. I like Tiff's ideas, especially the curtains! Those sound really helpful. Good luck!

  3. I read in the travel section of a magazine to bring a small tent for your kids to sleep in when you are in a hotel. We are going to try it when we go to Disneyland in the fall. I even managed to find one big enough to go over my daughetrs packnplay (hers is the extra small size) and my son already occasionally sleeps in his at home, so I know he'll like it at the hotel. We'll also probably be tired eough to go to sleep around the same time, lol!

  4. Anonymous7:05 PM

    sleep - the worst part of any vacation.

    i really like the tent idea. we bought a thomas the tank engine readybed at costco - like an inflatable bed, but smaller, with sides that are a bit bigger so they don't roll off. maybe it could work?

  5. Anonymous5:56 AM

    What a cute little umbrella. I always liked umbrellas like that one rather than the boring push a button kind.

  6. Adorable umbrella!
    When my oldest daughter was a baby and toddler we didn't travel at all(except2 or 3 times),with my youngst we have traveled tons!I find one of the best ways to get them to sleep before you would like lights out,is to absolutely tucker them out with activitys and retire to your room for a room service din and out they go! Now coming home and getting them back on schedule,for me that has always been the rub!

  7. Oh, that's always been a tough issue for us as bed time has always been hard. We have tended not to travel much with our kid.

    One time we managed to get a hotel that had one bed in a separate room, and it wasn't much more expensive. That was an excellent arrangement. But normally we just tuck him up and let him watch something he likes on the TV until he sleeps and then we watch what we want.

    I am very green over that cute umbrella!

  8. Cute umbrella! I just found a vintage umbrella, too. I love it, it's made really well.

    Good luck in Chicago, just keep your mind on all the wonderful things you'll do there.

  9. i love old umbrellas but very rarely find them. yours is too darn cute! =) debbie

  10. Okay...that umbrella is just the sweetest thing! You need some wellies with daisies on them to go with!

    We've traveled with our small children quite a few times. Usually the first night is the hardest, and if you wear them out during the day with lots of activities then they just crash at night anyway.

    I'm sure you'll be fine!


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