We have been hit hard lately with summer sicknesses. First a virus and now Phayre is getting over a double ear infection. We are all finally on the mend and I have never been more crazy with the hand sanitizer. Hoping we can have a fun and healthy summer from here on out. Taking care of sick kiddos is exhausting and I feel like we've had a pretty bad case of cabin fever these past few weeks. Now that both girls are feeling better, we've been out and about and checking items off of our summer bucket list!
One of the things I wanted to do this summer was visit new parks and splash pads in and around Portland. Sloan is a total playground junkie, girlfriend could spend all day climbing and swinging. I packed the girls up this week and headed to a new park and it was just what the doctor ordered! The girls sat and played together and then we enjoyed a picnic lunch. The girls were all over each other, a total love fest... I wondered if I was there just to haul all the stuff around ;). Sloan ran around the playground and then I pushed the girls on the swings until we were thirty minutes past nap time. It was so fun!
So I may have been living under a rock, but we've never owned an outdoor blanket. We spend all summer at parks and splash pads and I have always just brought a regular blanket. We use it, wash it, use it, wash it... Which is great because I just LOVE more laundry #not. We just started using the JJ Cole outdoor mat and I'd like to know where it's been all my life?! It's waterproof and really easy to wipe off. It also folds up really small and has a handle so it's easy to transport. Ya'll know I love to match and coordinate, so I had to have the coordinating diaper bag. I've been using the JJ Cole Satchel bag and it's so spacious. It has lots of pockets and I love the stroller attachments that are included.
I so encourage you to find new parks with your kiddos and get out and about, it's nice to change up your scenery. And whatever you do, do not forget the outdoor blanket!! That thing is a major time saver! Summer will come and go before we know it, let's all make the most of it!
I partnered with JJ Cole on this post, all opinions expressed are 100% my own!