Thursday, July 28, 2011

Black and White...

My Sister-in-law Maxisue and I did the decorating for our mutual Sister-in-law Nicole's Bridal Shower.  What fun we had!
It was vision of black and white with paper lanterns, take out boxes full of nibbly candies, tea lights, fortunes and fortune cookies.
We even wore black and white to be totally kitchy and match the party.
If you ever need to fine cool stuff for an Asian themed party, find a local Asian market...wonderful goodies are to be found on every aisle.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This Week...

 This week I have been...
Crocheting dish cloths
Sorting through a stack of mail as high as Mount Everest
Reviving an African Violet
Craving Strawberry Shortcake
Sorting through shoes
Sewing curtains
Loving on feverish children
Wishing the heat would die down just a smidge
Wondering about that lone green M&M up there
Kicking myself over a lost receipt
Hot-gluing magnets
Watching far too many re-runs of Fraiser 
Preparing to send my boy to preschool
Perusing a brick and mortar Blick Art Materials
Cutting out patterns
Washing dishes
Finishing off The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Reading a real letter from a friend
Watching Ruby Red take many, many, many independent steps
What are you up to this week???

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kick your kids out...

...outside that is.  And don't literally kick them, just opening the door will do.  But the point is to get them outside.  Kids these days are deficient in Vitamin D.  Milk isn't enough, they need to get it from sunshine too.  My Aunt who is a nurse, encouraged me to have my kids out in the sunshine everyday for 10 minutes sans sunscreen.  This short time would be enough for their bodies to produce the needed vitamin.  I then whisk them back inside and slather on the sunscreen if we plan to be out longer.
Kids also, just need to be outside exploring nature and using their imaginations.  I bought the book 15 Minutes Outside by Rebecca Cohen several months ago.  It just so happens to have been reviewed this week over at Simple Kids.  It has some wonderful ideas for play and exploration outdoors throughout the year.  It has been a great jumping off point for me in getting them out and about. 
But, it doesn't have to be complicated, especially this time of year when the weather is nice...for the most part.  Do things that you normally would do indoors, outdoors...
Have a Snack Alfresco.  Load up your kids plates with their snack and park them outside to dine.  I am convinced that dining outside makes food taste better and the usual eating battles become non-existent when eating under a maple tree.
Fold a Paper Airplane...and send them outside to fly it.  The plane not only has much more room to fly, but any passing breeze seems to take the plane higher and farther...thrilling for any child.
Go Fishing.  Our state fish and wildlife department is hosting family fishing days throughout the Summer.  They provide the rods, reels, tackle, bait, and instruction and the kids get to have a blast.  We went last night and even managed to catch a small Bluegill...can you see it down there?  I couldn't get Elijah and Evelyn to touch it, but they were thrilled with the accomplishment.  Will continue to work on it.

Find a Local Nature Center.  Most areas these days have natural areas to visit.  Many have native animals to see and trails to hike.  These are a wonderful resource that are often free.
Walk to a Park, Blow Bubbles, Paint...Something, Anything.  Just getting outside helps my kids be happy and healthy.  Don't worry so much about messes and getting dirty.  They won't learn about the world unless they explore it and that often means getting dirty.  I have had a hard time with this, but I work on it from day to day...remember there are always baths and always clothes to clean, so whats a few more at the end of the day?
Just get them out there!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

That sweet boy of mine...

This is my boy...4 going on 22.
He is cerebral, literal, and methodical.
We play checkers most days when the girls are napping.  I play to win, because I want him to learn how to play properly as well as how to win and lose with grace.  When he loses I don't let him mope and when he wins I don't let him gloat.
We play badmitton in the backyard.
We draw pictures with pastels.
We have deep conversations about Jesus, Salvation, Heaven and Hell. 
He's not afraid to ask the hard questions.
He loves Star Wars and can spend hours with his action figures.
We sing: "Coming 'Round the Mountain," " Singing in the Rain," "Old Man Tucker," "Found a Peanut."
He loves a good knock, knock joke.
He is ecstatic about going to pre-school in the Fall.
He is independent, but will still cuddle with me most days...thank goodness.
He makes me so proud.
I love my sweet boy.