This past weekend Hodgepodgedad and I celebrated 17 years of marriage! It was a simple celebration spanning a few days. Because celebrating need not be elaborate and doesn’t have to break the bank. Picnic at the Park. Friday night we went through the Chick-fil-a and the Starbucks drive-thrus. We took our picnic of chicken cool wraps and iced coffees to a local park. The park
Don’t miss the links to parenting resources at the end… Oct 2010 I hear his little feet coming around the corner. It’s busy, in-the-thick-of-it Sunday morning. I’m putting the ingredients in the crock pot for our lunch. His Daddy has dressed him. He’s ready to go. So he runs, pounding little shoes and slams full force. He hugs both my legs. Tight. “I wuv you,
I’m pushing him in the swing. And with each push I say, “forward!” Then, quickly, as he comes back toward me I say, “back.” He’s learning, just like brother and sisters before him, how to pump his legs and swing on his own. Forward and back. Forward and back. Forward…and…back. And it comes to me almost as quickly as he swings back. This is a
Both my grandfathers planted their gardens on Good Friday. We’ve adopted this tradition as well. And while it’s a good practice to wait until Good Friday because all danger of frost has past, we’ve discovered another significance. We talk about Easter. We pour that fresh soil into a flower bed. And a little finger makes a little hole for a sunflower seed. It’s then that
A guilt-free, clean-slate stay-cation celebratory Easter week ahead! We’ll enjoy some Easter traditions and add in a few other activities from this list: All of our favorite Easter resources: resurrection rolls, box of repentances and more Make a cross with chalk pastels (this tutorial is for oil pastels but it also works wonderfully with chalk) Of course we made our own variation. Make some Oreo
This post, from December 2009 has new meaning. New meaning because yet another slow cooker has passed. It became a cracked pot. Slow cooked meals for two years in the fancy pot with the timer. This is a big deal because I depend on that slow cooker many times a week. Plus there’s the twice monthly slow cooker batch cooking. Time for a new one.
It’s virtually impossible not to notice the beauty of spring. Early flowers push up through the chilly earth and cheer us in February. By March, in our part of the country, trees are flowering too: white blossoms on ornamental pears, buds promising green leaves and the pretty pink of our red bud. But when you have practiced this study of nature, noticing spring is a
It seems to me that we are always talking about making memories with our children during the summer. Or over the Christmas holidays. But memory-making lasts year ’round. Spring can be the time to burst outside and enjoy. To build a new tradition. Here are some ideas for how to make memories this spring. Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory