Millie and I have a mission for you, should you choose to accept it. We're having a miniature crisis of sorts, and we need your help.
You see, we are home a lot. Most of the time, actually. Sky works most days, of course, and he take the car with him. His hours are topsy-turvy and not conducive at all for me to drop him off and pick him up. We technically have a second car, but it's been parked most of the last couple years because license plate stickers, insurance, and gas cost a lot of money- and that's if the old thing runs anymore.
All of that is to explain our predicament. I would rather be at home most of the time anyway, so it doesn't always bother me. But some days, it can drive me a bit crazy- and it' starting to get to Millie, too. Lately, I've been watching her lack of enthusiasm playing with the same toys and reading the same books over and over. She seems disinterested at best. Disinterest often turns to grouchiness or getting into trouble.
I've seen 500 activity ideas on Pinterest, and haven't been too impressed with them. But I've never had a 19 month old before, so I don't know much about this stuff. After we dance around the house, scribble on a drawing pad, and read a few stories, we both kind of look at each other as if to say, "Now what?" We aren't able to go to to church because of Sky's schedule, so she doesn't get to play with kids there. We don't live within walking distance to anything, so even going to the park isn't that simple. I know that things will get a little better as the weather warms up and we can at least run around in the backyard. Until then, though, two stir crazy girls need your ideas. I'm not going to lie- asking for idea of how to play with my own child doesn't make me feel like mother of the year, but Millie and I will both appreciate the responses. Until/if the second car is back in business, we're at a bit of a dead end.
Whether you've babysat, had kids of your own, or remember things you did with your siblings, I want to know your advice. Extreme messes are off limits (i.e., finger painting the walls), as are daredevil stunts, adopting another child Millie's age, and zoo animals.