Every summer I come up with our families own reading program for over the summer. The kids love it so much we actually continue it through the school year as well.
This year is B.E.A.R.= Be Excellent At Reading. I made a punch card bookmark using Microsoft Word for each kiddo for them to check off or punch when they read the determined amount of minutes(this year is 30 minutes for all...30 minutes of quiet time during the day in the summer moms, it is just the break you need in the middle of the day, don't get me wrong I love my children dearly but a bit quiet time is a must for me).
When they have punched 5 spaces they earn their bear treat(gummi bears)!!!
I love this simple easy reading program that keeps them reading all summer and most importantly so do the kids!!!
My boys have a high level of self preservation. This might be due to several sets of stitches and broken bones in their younger years and as a mom of boys this makes me a bit relieved. On the other hand anything that might cause harm is a bit scary and they are tentative about. There have been times like going down a water slide we have had to give a little push but for the most part we let them do things at their own pace. Such is the case of riding a bike without training wheels. I however did give it a little push when I signed them up for a triathlon!!!
With the triathlon looming our youngest insisted the training wheels come off and he was going to learn to ride his bike. There were lots of fearful tears and cries of I'm afraid and to be honest I was getting frustrated and needed a break.
After our ten minute cool down we were back in the garage getting the helmet and bike. I walked ahead of him and realized he was not following so I turned around and I saw my sweet boy on his knees praying, it is one of those moments that will be engraven on my memory and heart forever. It was such a sweet and humble reminder to me when we are afraid, struggling, sad, confused, heart broken, frustrated there is someone that understands 100%. We have a Heavely Father that knows us and loves us in our finest hour and our weakest moments, he is always there!
I'm reminded of the scripture in the New Testament, Matthew 18:3 "become as little children". It is in these moments I am grateful I am a mom to learn to become humble as a child, to learn to pray with such faith in the simplest things of my everyday life, to know He is there, He will bring peace to my heart, He can direct my path, and He can help me ride my bike(which he became a pro within 10 minutes of his prayer and I can say after I was completely calm and I knew exactly how to teach him).
I am trying to find salads that my pickier eaters will eat. This is not one of them!!! For those of us however love all kinds of raw veggies this was a keeper. I might tweek it further to see if I can change opinions.
One of my cute kiddos loves to dance and in a rare moment of down time we snuggled up and I turned on some YouTube videos of dance routines. After the second one he sat up turned to me and gave me the sweetest most gentle kiss on my cheek and then snuggled back in.
I became immediately teary eyed. As I have pondered this sweet moment in time I came to this realization I have already known but it was a gentle reminder. Time with our children doesn't need to be planned out, or an expensive endevour, or even a lot of time. It can be 10 minutes of YouTube videos on a topic your child loves.
I'm currently recovering from surgery and asked if my youngest could bring me breakfast. At first I was met with, "I'm not your servant", and a huge smile.
A bit later he comes bounding up the stairs in his pajamas and running shoes and my breakfast. "Here is 3 pieces of pizza and an apple, so you don't get an upset stomach." I giggle and then he says, "I'm trying to be a responsible son!"
I asked him why he was wearing his running shoes with his pajamas? "So I can run around the house 20 times this morning?"
When we were looking for a new home a couple years ago the one thing I did not want was wasted space. In my mind a formal dining room was just that a waste. Especially with homes built in the last 20 years having large eat in spaces are common but always there was the dining room to go with it. My husband loved our home from the minute we walked in, I on the other hand was overwhelmed with lots and lots if wasted space. I took the weekend to go over every square inch of space in what could be our new home and make sure how we really live would work in this new space without feeling like I we were being overindulgent and wasting. It came down to the dining room and then it occurred to me I am always having the children pack up their homework to set the table for dinner...(light bulbs are everywhere above my head with exclamation points dancing all around)...A HOMEWORK ROOM!!!!
I have been working in here for about 9 months(as soon as I started a huge project came my way that I couldn't pass up and so my completely torn apart homework room just sat) until now.
Here is the first of many little projects for our homework room. I have had these baskets for 12 years they have held everything from diapers and wipes to FHE folders to books to toys to craft supplies and they need a little tlc as you can see:
I found this great burlap for $3.00 for a yard:
I cut it to wrap around the basket and using some spray adhesive and a hot glue gun we have this:
I love it when you can take something you have and for $1.50 give it new life!!!
What are you going to give new life to around your home?
Every family has one, the one who would rather talk than eat, the one you wait for, the one that needs one more trip to the restroom. Well we have one and as I'm nearing the end of eating my breakfast one morning and noticing the meticulous nature of a breakfast still being prepared I hear,
"Mom look at this it's finished." (And in the best announcer voice with 2 hands presenting his creation) he continues, "Mt Pancakious, with a syrup waterfall, and 2 sausage canoes!"
I was volunteering at a local thrift shop with my daughter recently and decided it was time for a thrifting, diy, decor lesson. We talked about making an Easter decoration for the front door and the hunt began to find some items to meet our $5.00 budget.
We found these:
We painted the frame with 3 coats of Americana acrylic paint on the frame(banana cream) and bunny(citron green). Once they were dry I poked the scarf through the hole in the cutting board and tied it to the frame, easy peasy!!!
If you have a girl like me you know what I'm talking about the mounds of entangled hair accessories, trying to find 2 of the same barrette, etc... Well my daughter and I both had it and so we grabbed all the hair items, a towel, a garbage, a ziplock bag, label maker, her caboodle, and a package of small containers from the dollar tree(I keep a stash of these) and headed to the living room floor.
We laid out the towel and then dumped them all out and started making piles...barrettes, bobby pins, fancy bobby pins, elastics, etc... Then we sorted further keepers, donate(these went in the ziplock bag to go to our locale women's shelter thrift store)and garbage.
We figured out how we were going to store everything in the caboodle then started labeling the tops of the containers and the caboodle tray. About 30 minutes later we have what you see in photo above and doing hair in the morning has become so much easier.