Vlogmas Season 5 with the Hightower Family! Amy Brandi Canyon and Dakota 2021

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Treat Maps on NextDoor App

For those of you who aren’t familiar with our channel, we live in the middle of Washington State in a town called Wenatchee:

Like most parents of small children, we find ourselves wondering each holiday about the different activities in our area:

Will there be in-person events this year?

Should we trick-or-treat door-to-door?

What are we dressing up? We are dressing up, right?

Dakota dressing up in brother’s outfit at the rental house

This year our kids chose store-bought costumes (as Mama’s sewing machine has been packed up for our next move): Unicorn Princess and Captain America!

We will be making a fun shield prop for Canyon, but just as I was congratulating myself for getting off the hook early this year with costume design, I began to replay last year’s trick or treating experience in my mind.

We love this one on the iPad! Download on your phone for navigating maps on-the-go (or download the map and send to your phone before you go!)

It had been miles of walking which was hard for little legs – though we had a wagon with us, it slowly filled with jackets and water bottles and props as the children were simultaneously sick of walking and refusing a ride.

In attempts to avoid long meaningless meanders, we are trying a new trick this year. Check your own local areas on Nextdoor App to see where your best local stops will be located, or add your own home to the map!

Thanks, Nextdoor App!

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch | Wenatchee, WA

Looking for toddler activities? We made these Fall printable activities a few years back and they’re still selling with great reviews!

With soccer season being over (that was fast!), we have our weekends and some week nights back. And then the very next day: Canyon was enrolled in a music class for ages 4-7. No getting off the hook easy for us parents!

Dakota is on the waitlist for gymnastics. We briefly considered putting her and her brother together in the infant-through-age-four music class as there were two spots left…but she was pretty insistent that she’d rather do a dance or tumbling class.

We made the right call: Canyon LOVES his rhythm class on Mondays with Miss Cassandra and the “big kids.” What activity Dakota chooses remains to be seen at this point.

We just celebrated Dakota’s 3rd birthday, and she’s been great at making her opinion around here well known. Everyone she meets will know her favorite color and what she had for dinner last night.

Also…can you believe it’s almost VLOGMAS again?! Now that stores are back into the post-COVID groove of things, the shelves are a little lack luster as far as the usual Target Dollar Spot videos and other popular annual YouTube content we’ve created in the past without a second thought.

When going to the grocery store or a department store or shopping mall isn’t as carefree as it used to be, we will try to get some photos of fun ideas as we go through the holidays.

Driving around to check out the decorated houses in our neighborhood is always a hit when it comes to any season:

Our local pumpkin patch was also a fun adventure. Annies Fun Farm in East Wenatchee had an apple slingshot, livestock, inflatable trampolines and a huge dragon attraction for kids to run through. There was also a corn maze, tractor rides, swimming pool full of corn kernels…and more.

We could hardly get the kids back to the car even though they were beyond nap time: we were having so much fun and we even got the pumpkin bowling lane all to ourselves for a little while, which we all attempted with varying degrees of success.

Our Amazon Gift Guide will make a return this year, and if you’re in the Wenatchee area we will even be putting together holiday gift bags featuring local products.

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Life Update Blog – Soccer and Home Construction Updates

Crisp air and long shadows – September and October are among our favorite months.

Hello, Soccer Season

This year our boy is playing soccer while we coach the group (six children plus a tag along: little sis got a pair of shin guards and a set of hot pink cleats, courtesy Gramma).

Last year, Momma B coached for the local YMCA team (co-ed, ages 3-4) and this year I recruited Momma A. To be honest, I practically begged for help after the first practice; she obliged by registering and completing the safety and coach training and officially getting a welcome letter from the registrar.

Thank you for coming on board, Coach A!

Our first game will be mid September, against the Sharks. Admittedly, our kids vied for a different name, but our local mechanic’s shop is generous for sponsoring us and we are grateful to be Team Collision.

I can appreciate that it takes everything in Coach A’s power to not get too jazzed up about winning and crushing the competition (she’s a huge sports enthusiast and college all star athlete, so the concept of playing for fun is…there, somewhere).

We Love Soccer Season!

For now, we are dialing down on the two main rules of soccer for tots, which include: HAVE FUN and HAVE FUN. Simple drills can cause tears in an over-tired or uncertain child, and we are working with kids in a time of post-COVID lockdowns, which means some of these youngsters haven’t had much opportunity to socialize as perhaps they would have in years past.

For now, we are able to play un-masked; all practices and gatherings are outdoors in open air, with proper social distancing measures. Coaches must wear masks during huddles or during times of close proximity, but otherwise our team has shown up ready to play – and eager to run. It’s awesome to see how proud they get, and how ready they are for dinner when practice is done.

We’ve had easier meal times lately – it appears the potty training days are behind us, too.

Will I jinx myself if I go through with publishing this post? Wish me luck!

Construction Updates:

We’ve been sitting on lumber prices and land for the better part of a year – now things are finally moving, and we’re picking up steam!

Property has been graded, septic set, concrete poured, walls framed – they were even up there on a Saturday preparing for the week ahead; we should see the main trusses for the upstairs go up, next. Then we’ll really have something to look at and share with you besides a hole in the ground and a one dimensional blueprint.

Pinterest board, commence!

I will be documenting our construction highlights on our Hightower Digital Media Pinterest account.

This way, we are more effectively able to get some business for our local friends here in the Wenatchee Valley and surrounding areas. We have worked with some amazingly talented designers that we’d like to recommend. If you’re in the area, or you just like modern house construction updates, give us a follow.

If you’d like to follow us there, that will be where we post construction-related idea pins (those engaging clips on Pinterest that are similar to Instagram reels or YouTube shorts).

Until next time – stay positive and good things will come.

B

Is it Fall,Yet (again?)

If you’ve been following us for a year or so, you may recognize the cheeky title.

Every August or so, my wife and I start itching for Fall. It’s our favorite!

Here is your friendly reminder to pause for Summerween…

Our Teachers Pay Teachers store is full of downloads: free printables and preschool / tot school activities for FALL 2021!

Pp -umpkins! -izza! -epperoni!

You can also navigate to our FALL tab at MommaAMommaB.com

Happy Autumn, ahead! 👋 🎃 ☕️

These were hits last year for my (then) one and three year olds. I hope your little student(s) will enjoy them – We are also happy to whip up custom templates (generally free when time permits, or a small donation request via PayPal here on this site).

Word Wall Requests? These templates can be EDITED however you’d like!!! ^ Or, use the set we’ve created

Outdoor Explore with Kids | WA State

Snowqualmie State Park

It’s been nicer than ever to reconnect with nature during this time of uncertainty. I will be posting more over at HightowerDigitalMedia.com on specific businesses and industries of all varieties for the 21+ crowd, but when it comes to kids stuff, I figured I’d share with my toddler mom crew over here at MommaAMommaB as well!

My name is Brandi, and I welcome you to join us for all things related to “life of a toddler mom”. This is the first post specific to Washington State as well as my first hiking/review type of post. I hope someone out there finds it helpful, or can offer me suggestions for improvements so we can make more out of our day trips and camping adventures.

Snowqualamie State Park

It’s January, and many parks are either closed due to COVID concerns or covered in a blanket of frost or snow. We are lucky enough to be within fifteen minutes of the bottom of a ski hill, so we finally decided to make the trip. We’d been waiting to purchase sleds until we got enough snow in the valley, but it never seemed to stick around for long with the warmer Chinook winds passing through.

Chinook winds develop when warm, moist air blows from the Pacific Ocean in the northwest region of North America toward the Rocky Mountain range, according to Rocky Mountain National Park. The air mass cools as it climbs the mountains, bringing rain or snow to the peaks.

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We decided it was enough waiting, and grabbed a few plastic sleds and made the short drive to Snowqualmie State Park: 10/10 worth it!

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The parking lot was large and cars were few. If you make it before noon, you’ll have a better chance of picking your own hill (there are a few small ones to choose from, great for the 5 and under crowd, though older kids can certainly enjoy).

Sledding Safety:

  1. Choose a safe place to sled and proper equipment.
  2. Only allow children to sled feet first while sitting up.
  3. Insist children wear helmets while sledding.
  4. According to children ages 5 and under should only sled with an adult (KidsHealth.org).

Our three year old was accompanied by Mom, and while our two year old did sled feet first while laying down, it was a smooth incline with Mama holding an attached rope to control speed. No helmets were involved as you can see from the photos. I guess rules have changed since I’ve been on the sledding hill! It’s really more of a bump than a hill, but there are options on the North end of the parking lot for more of a challenge or more experienced sledders, so I’d personally have the kids put on a dome protector because why not helmets are cheap, surgeries are not.

Sledding Etiquette and Considerations:

Stay out of the sledding path on established hills. Not only do you want to avoid any possible collisions, you don’t want to be breaking down the path or causing irregularities.

Don’t litter. A broken sled left behind “for someone else to get a few rounds out of” is still littering. It’s a good idea to always keep a spare trash bag in your car to discard of soda bottles or other items of refuse in the event trash cans are not on site.

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Obey park rules. Seems simple, but if there are park rules posted, take the time to read them. It could even save you a parking ticket, or future restrictions for those wanting to enjoy these spaces.

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Canyon’s Crates | PreK | Tot School | Home School Learning Kits

We made a few extra winter activity kits – available for purchase starting NEXT WEEK! 🥳

These kits reduce the need for a printer – everything you need is included…and reusable!

Customize your crate – every crate comes with enough materials to personalize your experience- or- I am happy to include the child’s name on a project for you if you add it to the notes and details section before final checkout.

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Crates start at $29.99 plus tax – $8.95 shipping

Priority Shipping available to WA, OR, ID.

Penguins or Polar Bears? Jury is still out!
Enough fun for two!
Look a little closer… 🔍
Do you get snow at your home?