There’s a reason that it (usually) takes both a man and a woman to create a baby.
These reasons include:
1) Hopefully at least one person has done laundry.
2) Trading off sleeping in.
3) Who else can you exchange concerned glances with when your five year old starts rattling off names of kids in his kindergarten class, followed by “hot!” or “cold!” (Don’t worry- as it turns out, this was in reference to what kind of lunch J Man imagined his classmates to be getting the next day…phew!)
4) Typically, both mom and dad have different “go-to” activities that they do with their kids. Children=balanced.
Matty B is hands-down the “outdoor dad.” His default for an afternoon with the kids always involves a playground, a hike, or a rousing round of “tackle Daddy” on the trampoline.
I like playing outside too, but I’m a big pansy when it comes to weather. I don’t like it too cold, too hot, too wet, or too windy. Or too snowy. Or icy. I basically like it to be exactly 79 degrees with no precipitation.
Therefore, my mode of operation typically falls of the indoor vein, usually something artsy or having to do with cooking.
Saturday afternoon weather wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t 79 degrees.
Enter: Cinnamon Play doh!
Cinnamon, because Fall!
Play doh, because obviously.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this entertained Miss Rae for two hours straight. And while we had a bunch of cookie cutters, etc. her favorite part was poking her mound of play doh with chopsticks over and over again.
J was entertained long enough to create this “melt mommy’s (plural?) heart” moment, and then he headed outside with Matty B.
Divide and conquer.
Cinnamon Play doh
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 TBS cinnamon
2 TBS cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 TBS vegetable oil
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl and knead until thoroughly combined. We’ve kept ours in the fridge for 3-4 days and it’s been fine so far.