The Costume Box

 Posted by on March 27, 2012  2 Responses »
Mar 272012
 

This is one of the boys’ favorite things to do.  It is such a special treat for them and they have so much fun when we get out the costume box.  It is a great way to get them to play together and gives them an opportunity to be creative and use their imaginations.

My boys call it a costume box because dressing up is for girls :)

The costume box allows them to be anything they want…super heroes, cartoon characters, knights, dad or mom, and so much more!  There are many different possibilities and they always come up with new things to create!

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Jun 162011
 

Last summer, I had every intention to do fun things with my kids but inevitably failed. We did a couple “fun things”. This summer I have the same desire to have fun with my kids and enjoy this wonderful season.

Our schedule is not as much busy as it is sporadic. We are living with our family so there is not as much set “schedule” as we used to have (which is fun for now). So instead of setting myself up for failure by writing on the calendar ‘scheduled fun activities’ (Ha! I so desire to be type-A!), I came up with the idea for a “fun bucket”.
I googled “summer fun for preschoolers” and found sooo much! I flipped through the blogs and websites and wrote down ones that fit best for our family. One of my favorites is Disney Family.go!

When we have time or a free afternoon, I grab an idea and DO IT! I think older kids could get in to this one too! They could research the ideas themselves and maybe place the ideas in a large sand pail! Teens or “tweens” could make a ‘Summer Bucket List’ of all the fun things they want to do that summer. You could maybe have a reward or party for teens and tweens completing their list/emptying their bucket! Continue reading »

Jun 012011
 

I’ll come right out and say it. I just do not understand homeschoolers who do “year round school.” (Although I certainly respect their right to do it!) I NEED A BREAK!!! While mothers with children in school may be saying, “Oh no, three days until summer…the kids will be home all day!” I say, “Oh yes! Three days until summer… no more pencils, no more books, no more”… well, you get the idea.
My brain is frazzled from planning, teaching, keeping schedules together, driving this child to this activity and dropping another one off at another activity…

“Oops, what time did I need to pick you up?”; “Did I pay that bill?”; “It’s three o’clock and I haven’t given you your spelling test yet!”

We will be taking off more than 2 months and enjoying it! But we won’t just be stopping school for a while and replacing it with other activities. Yes, some of my daughters’ lessons will continue through the summer, one will attend camp, and two will continue to work as much as possible, doing housecleaning and babysitting. You won’t, however, find me taking on extra responsibilities or spending large amounts of time finding things to do outside the home. I have enough to do already!

Summer is a time to slow down, relax, and enjoy my family. I am home with my children all day, year-round …but I am also standing over them, telling this one which math problems to do and another one that if she doesn’t finish all her schoolwork and chores she will NOT be attending ballet class tonight, and checking and grading their papers and tests. Just for these couple of months, I will be spending more time “playing” with them. We will get out and enjoy the season!
So, what are my “Top Ten Favorite Things to do in the Summer?” I’m glad you asked: (And please remember, I have all girls! If you have boys, yours will be different. Please comment with your own Top Tens… I’d love to see them!) Continue reading »

Fun, Frugal, Easy Gift Ideas Plus Tips

 Posted by on November 30, 2010  4 Responses »
Nov 302010
 
Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. Matthew 5:48 The Message
Last year I ran a Fun Friday Christmas series on Hodgepodge. Since then I’ve been updating my Fun, Easy Gift ideas post as I’ve come across those ideas. I thought I’d share them with you today.
There are many ways to keep costs down and have fun in the process. Consider this Part Two of One a Day: Slow the Season Down

dish bucket organizers – give gifts in these practical tubs or do as we did. We gave the boys a stack last Christmas for their room Continue reading »