Every Christmas it inevitably happens. There are more toys, games, books, clothes, etc. in the house after everything is unwrapped. So where is all that new stuff suppose to go? Most people talk about spring cleaning, well here in our house, we also have before Christmas cleaning. It is amazing how much stuff we can accumulate over a few months. We live in a small house so extra space is hard to come by. The best thing we can do is to clear the clutter we already have, before more stuff comes in. The kids are all so excited about Christmas that keeping them busy is one way I can keep my sanity. This is one time them having so much bundled up energy can […]
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite decorations at Christmas time is a snowy village full of festive buildings, happy people, and lights everywhere. I love the look of a miniature village set up in our house and always like to stop and stare when I see others who have decorated with a village as well. All the little people in these villages seem to be filled with the Christmas spirit. No problems to worry about, and only shopping, time with family and fun to be had. However, life just isn’t like those Christmas villages. Problems happen without notice, even at Christmas time. Not every building gets decorated for Christmas and for sure not everyone you run into is cheery. So how […]
Believe it or not, but Advent is coming right around the corner. As a family, we have tried many different activities to get the kids and us into the season, over the years. Last year we fell in love with an idea I found on the Coffee Cups and Crayons Blog. The idea is to give out one random act of kindness each day leading up till Christmas. The idea is amazing, however the way it was laid out just did not seem to work well for our family. So this year I decided to take the idea and run with it so that it would work for our family. Hopefully this idea will strike a chord with you. I would LOVE to see every […]
Every year I try to head out shopping the day after Christmas to stock up on wrapping paper, decorations, and all that yummy food I can get half off. This year was no exception. The kids went with me this year since hubby had to work. I promised the kids that I would take them to the newly opened frozen yogurt shop afterwards, if they behaved. I figured that would be the trick to getting the shopping done and still enjoying this Christmas season. Apparently, I was wrong.
Every year on Christmas Eve, after church, dinner, presents, and story reading, the kids all gather around the computer while we track Santa. Yes, I did say track Santa. We are able to see where in the world he is, live. This is an amazing motivator for the kids to get moving to bed much quicker. Which helps us parents out a TON with all that bottled up energy they seem to gather late on Christmas Eve.
Today was the day, finally. We had to postpone our library donation day because we misjudged when the library closes and missed them by about 15 minutes, earlier this week. We were all ready to have a great experience and see the joy in the librarian’s face as we handed over some much loved, great condition books. However, this experience was not quite what we had expected.
Most traditions have to do with one of two categories, either food or fun. This tradition doesn’t fall into either one of them. Puzzled? Well, one of our traditions is to take the photo that we used for our Christmas cards and frame it in a really cute Christmas frame. The Christmas picture frames I usually get the week after Christmas, when all the seasonal stuff is on sale. Each year we pull out our cute pictures and decorate the house with them.
I was all prepared to write about the kids awesome experience donating books to our local library, but that just isn’t going to happen tonight. When we were ready to head over, I found out that the library was closed. We had just missed them by about 15 minutes. Bummer!
Sometimes the simple things are the things that give us the most joy. Today was a great example of this; a special day for Cody and I. We were able to head out, just the two of us, for some much-needed one on one time. Cody came up to me a week ago asking for some money, so he could buy our family Christmas presents. He really felt bad that he didn’t have anything to give everyone. We talked about how hard money is to earn, and that if he really wanted to buy presents for everyone, he would have to earn the money, just like Dad does. He was all for it, just hesitant about how much he was going to have to work. […]
Yesterday, I talked about how many things have broke, don’t fit or can’t be found all within this past week. Well today was no exception. I was awakened to our youngest yelling at me to get up. It was really early for him to be up, so I asked him politely to stop yelling at me and tell me nicely what he needed. “There’s a fire!” I jumped up to see what was going on and then I saw it. Ah, my little one was at it again. He was trying so hard to be just like his big brother.