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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Yes, I am still knitting Jack's hat. But, in my defense, I took last week off to focus on our Thanksgiving holiday and mini-vacation. It was really quite wonderful! We had a great time with family, and I was able to see a few old friends over the weekend as well. I know that I don't have a whole lot left to finish up this hat, so I hope to be done with it this week and get Emma's started. I have a couple other knitted things I was planning for Christmas, but I don't know if I will get those done...they may be January gifts instead. I didn't realize how quickly the end of November was going to go, and now, here we are halfway through the first week of December. It all goes so fast!
I was looking for a new book to start with the kids, so I decided to pull out the first Nancy Drew book that we have. They were my mom's, and I read them when I was younger. Obviously still a bit older for my kiddos, but they love a good mystery, and I think Nancy Drew definitely delivers in that aspect!
The other book I am looking through right now is one I have shared before, Feeding the Whole Family. During the Christmas season it seems like we eat a whole lot of unhealthy food, and I always seem to get sick right on Christmas (I seem to have the best luck!). So I am trying to keep everyone well nourished this year, and hopefully we can skip anymore sickness - especially since the kids had awful colds for most of November.
I am looking forward to everyone's projects!
Linking up with Ginny, Nicole, and Tami
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Last year I wanted to find something really exciting and fun for the kids to do during Advent. Growing up we always had the calendar, and my brother and I took turns opening the little door and getting the chocolate. It was something we enjoyed a lot. But, I wanted to take it up a notch. I decided to have the kids decorate some brown paper bags and use them as "Advent bags" instead of an Advent calendar.
When I decided to do this last year, we had about 3 days for the kids to each decorate 24 bags. It wasn't the best timing, but they decorated some of them, and then scribbled on the rest. So this year, I decided that I would make this a November activity. Instead of taking a few days to decorate all the bags, they had the entire month of November to decorate their bags. It worked quite well for a craft that they could work on whenever they were up for it. Jack mainly wanted to put his name on his and stickers, but he still had a good time doing it!
In every Advent bag goes a Bible verse (or a few Bible verses), a treat, and a little toy. These are not extravagant toys, they are mainly little party favors you might get at a birthday party. Little trinkets that the kids enjoy having and that they end up playing with for the whole day. It is fun to get a new little toy. Sometimes it is a matchbox car, sometimes it is playdoh. The first day they received their ornament for the Christmas tree.
This is such a fun tradition for us though. The kids love to come down in the morning and find their bag on the table to open. Plus, it is wonderful to be able to have that quiet time with the kids in the morning reading and talking about their Bible verse and the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Do you have any special Advent season traditions?
Linking up at One Project at a Time
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
We absolutely love dancing in our house. It is something we do daily – although not entirely well! I think that exercise is so important for children (and for adults as well!), and having a very long and cold winter does not make getting outside for exercise easy! Luckily we have a large enough house to give us the space to move around. It is hard to continuously figure out activities for the kids to burn off energy though.
Sometimes we need something other than just the radio to get us going. Enter Just Dance Kids 2014! My kids have entered the video game phase of childhood. However, due to their ages (5 ½ and 3), they tend to have trouble with most of the games. Just Dance Kids is absolutely perfect for them. My five year old absolutely loves dancing, and to have a game that shows her moves, and plays songs that she loves, is incredible!
When a mama needs some downtime in the afternoon, but the kids need to get out some of their energy, this is a perfect diversion for them. This is something that will encourage them to be active, burn off some energy, and have a blast doing it. Plus, it is highly entertaining as a parent to watch your kids bust out to some Yo Gabba Gabba.
Luckily there are songs that the parents and kids can get in on together, and this Ubisoft game is sure to become a fun activity for all of us in the future! Perhaps we will replace movie night with dancing night instead.
Where to buy?
You can pick up Just Dance Kids 2014 at Amazon or Gamestop. I highly recommend this game for under the Christmas tree this year! I think that any kid would love it, and parents will a well – especially after all the delicious holiday treats we are all sure to have!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
What happens when your computer decides to take a little vacation (aka my laptop screen is totally broken)? Well, you realize posting by tablet is not the easiest thing to do. Then you decide to take a blog break and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday of course! Hopefully I will be back soon. Enjoy your family time all!