I wanted to share with you something that I suffer from as I am sure many of you do…Mommy Guilt. It comes in many forms at many different times of the day. Every day.
Two years ago I introduced Chloe to April Fools Day and pranking. Not mean pranking. Funny pranking. One year we made brownies (Brown Es). And another year we sent the grandparents Doughnut Seeds (Cheerios), which they thought was cute of course. But this year…oh this year I am no longer on Chloe’s prankster team. Nope. I have been forced to the other side and I am now being pranked on. Really, I couldn’t be more proud of my blossoming jokester.
Every year this day gets more magical as the kids understand more about Christmas. This year, we spent Christmas in our new house. It was fun to figure out where the tree would go. It was fun to decide how to do the lights outside. But what was super amazing was the comprehension these kids have about just how special Christmas is. They have it down. They’re not all about the presents. They really get it. They understand that the gifts are just a fun part, but that the real reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus being born. And it’s so precious to see and hear them talk about it….that is, until it came time to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Then all bets are off. Santa is coming. Nothing else exists and sleep becomes impossible. Continue reading
I am thankful for so many things. So many in fact, that I thought I’d make a list. There are just so many things that I want to note, although I’ll never capture them all. Continue reading
This was our first year recognizing Earth Day. I checked out some crafts that we could make. But it all seemed pretty silly to me. Because why waste paper and time working on a project when we can be our there cleaning up our environment and learning through experience? Experiential learning is the best way for kids to learn anyway! And, rather than learn about Earth Day for just a day, we took an entire week and learned about our environment and the importance of keeping it clean. We decided to clean up areas where we frequent, beginning in our own neighborhood! We walked around our block, talked about litter, and cleaned up trash that had blown out of garbage cans and recycling bins. The girls really enjoyed this, which might come as a surprise. They each got a bag and happily walked around searching for trash. Continue reading
Teaching the kids about Easter and Holy Week has always proved to be a challenge for me. But this year we had a lot of fun learning about Easter and all the important moments leading up to it. While the Easter bunny can be a fun idea, I feel that Easter is too important to cloud it with the bunny. Maybe that’s a little prudish, but the special moments that we remember during this week are so great in number that the secular aspects add a little more than seems necessary. Aaand, since I bring the fun just about anywhere I go, we of course had a good time on our journey through Holy Week. I’ve also gotten a lot of ideas for how to do it in the years to come. But one thing I discovered that we had fun doing today was making our daily bread into the crown of thorns. Continue reading
Easter is such a special time and I love having something relevant to add to our front door. My favorite door hanging is this Easter cross made out of sticks! That’s right. Sticks. Which means that the body of this project is entirely free of charge, since most of us have tons of access to sticks. And, if you have some other basic crafting supplies around, you might just end up making this one for free! Which is exactly how it happened for me. I made it several years ago, but it desperately needed an upgrade this year. Continue reading
Yesterday was April 1st–a day my little ladies love to celebrate. Last year we started playing pranks. My tricksters are learning the art of playing jokes on others without inflicting harm or pain, but still finding someone special to give a little zing. This year was just as fun as last year’s Brown E’s. Check out what these charming children did as their April Fools joke. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day began with a bang for us and didn’t fizzle out until bed time. It began with our Valentine exchange, which was very cute. I gave the kids a little gift–silverware. Sounds super boring, right? Well when you have two kids who fight over a spoon at each meal (yes, you heard me right. A spoon. A kind of fancy cocktail spoon that has has wire wrapped around the handle and sparkly stones wrapped into the wire. It’s name? The Diamond Spoon) So I found a set of super cute rainbow handled silverware. In a set of 4! Perfect. They loved them. Continue reading