This Week in Photos | Long Island Family Photographer

Hey, guess what? MORE SNOW. I know, you are so surprised. 

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We got about 8 inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday, and then it warmed up and rained which resulted in so much ice we couldn't leave the house on Tuesday. Pretty, but seriously treacherous.

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I've been trying to come up with some indoor activities for me and Lila - sometimes they pan out, sometimes they don't. The terrible twos have been rearing their ugly head lately. Lots of tantrums. I am really looking forward to being able to get outside again.

We made cookies on Tuesday, which was fine until I put the cookies in the oven - then oh man, crazy nutso tantrum - screaming, crying, trying to get the oven open. NOT FUN. 

Luckily the cookies tasted delicious and Lila cheered up a bit once she tasted the finished product. Cooking with a toddler always sounds like fun, and then I do it, and its actually not fun. Not yet, anyway. I'm sure we'll get there but for now, its more trouble than its worth.

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So after the cookie debacle, I tried building a fort for Lila out of chairs and sheets. The fun lasted about ten minutes and then she would not stop climbing up onto the chairs and trying to get on top of the roof of the fort. Which, you know, is not exactly structurally sound! So the fort came down and massive tantrum #2 ensued. Ugh.

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After a third tantrum later in the day over getting her diaper changed, I put us both in quiet time. Seriously, this winter needs to end. We are both so sick of being trapped in the house.

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I bought some books on toddler discipline this week. I'm re-reading "How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk" and I have some others waiting in the wings. I'm trying to figure out the best way to navigate these crazy tantrum times...Lila doesn't really understand time-outs yet, or really any kind of reasoning. Any toddler parents have any favorite books on this subject?

Also, while we are on the subject of toddlers...anybody have any indoor activities that have been particular hits with their toddler? Besides cooking :) So many of the toddler activity books I have encourage activities with paint - and at this point in time, paint and Lila inside the house sound like a disaster waiting to happen. I think paint will be an outdoor activity we'll do this summer. I'd love to hear what has been fun for you and your toddler.

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Sometimes snuggles with Daddy solve everything.

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My Project Life spread for last week.

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Taking a breather for a minute.

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A much-needed non-alcoholic beer after Lila is in bed. I can at least pretend I'm having a real drink :)

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A year later and she still loves her play kitchen.

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She's been getting back into her love of hats again recently.

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Work has been crazy in these days after the Super Bowl - so many injuries, so many illnesses. We have so many vacation swings and former cast members in the building right now covering absences. Its kind of unreal. On Saturday I went up to the Upper West Side between shows to a yarn store to get some knitting needles. I decided to walk back. It was a nice way to decompress on the break. I spent a lot of time on the Upper West Side when I first moved to New York (I did three summers at the NY Shakespeare Festival which is in Central Park at 81st Street) - lots of good memories in that 'hood!

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Oh hey, guess what? We are forecast to get 4-8 more inches of snow tomorrow. Noooooo! I hope to one day soon have some more interesting photos to share than SNOW.  

Keep warm everyone and enjoy your week!