Posts Tagged With: Holidays

Christmas Surprise

I always struggle with Christmas. Although I am far from religious, I still believe Christmas should be about family and trying to make the day special for others. My children have grown to never expect too much and we try to stress the importance of doing your best to make others happy. This Christmas I was met with a very unexpected and truly heartwarming surprise.

In the hustle and bustle to rush to the store for the last-minute items needed for our family brunch, I failed to notice an envelope in a ziplock bag placed on my windshield. As I drove away I saw it going flying off behind the van, but still had no idea what it was. Something compelled me to go back for it, even running across the road to find it. As I picked it up I noticed both Seth’s and my name on the envelope. I started thinking who could possibly have left us a card on the van as a ran back to where I had parked. Who wouldn’t come to the door and hand deliver something yet be so careful as to place it in a plastic bag to not get ruined. I opened it, read the card, and immediately called Seth. “Your Neighbors” as it was signed must have a wonderful heart I told him. I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say, these neighbors know the true meaning of christmas. They have taken the time to read our blog and found it in their hearts to share with us. I am truly touched by their generosity and overwhelmingly thankful. While they have chosen to remain nameless (only signing from our “neighbors”) we felt like our family needed to say thank you. Please know we deeply appreciate your card, your gift, your kindness. We also appreciate the conversation that was sparked with our children, not all the good you do in the world will you see the benefit of first hand. It’s about doing good, from your heart, no matter what.

Thank you. Please know we genuinely appreciate you.

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Halloween Fun!

Despite the fact that it may seem against everything I believe in, I love Halloween! I love the freedom to dress up, be creative, and to just have fun. The candy and ridiculous amounts of sweets and the scary stuff (I’m scared of everything) may be my least favorite parts, but as a family we throughly enjoy our Halloween traditions.

Even the bathroom is dangerous around here!

Even the bathroom is dangerous around here!

Today was Decorate and Super Craft Day! We made some tissue paper bats, painted some pumpkins, and visited the dollar store to get some cheap decorations.

Working together.

Working together.

 

Shirtless painting is really the only way to go!

Shirtless painting is really the only way to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes super craft days can be overwhelming, tons of children all wanting to do things in their order and ridiculous messes to clean up. I find it easier to run my crafting time like a preschool. I set the schedule (sometimes allowing their input) and plan easier activities for them (today it was foam airplanes from the dollar store for them to play with outside) so I am able to set up for the next activity.

Outside fun to keep them busy while I set up painting time.

Outside fun to keep them busy while I set up painting time.

Another favorite part of Halloween is making food fun! Simple pesto pasta is always better when you call it Slime Pasta!

Slime!

Slime!

Pesto-

Handful of Basil

3 handfuls of Spinach (to make the awesome green)

1 1/2 cups Cashews (soak them in water for 10 minutes or so)

Garlic cloves (I use 4, I love garlic)

Cup or so of Nutritional Yeast

A couple tablespoons of Olive Oil

Salt-Pepper

Throw everything in the Vita-Mix (or blender) with just a little of the Cashew water and blend away! Remember to add some vegetables. While there is a ton of spinach in the pesto, pasta is a “filler food” for us and should always be supplemented with extra veggies.

Slime Monster!

Slime Monster!

There is a lot of green slime around here today!

There is a lot of green slime around here today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember– Messes can wait until later! Have fun making special memories with your little people now!

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