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11 Feb
2016
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Reasons I Love You

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This year I’ve implemented a new-to-us idea for our kids leading up to Valentine’s Day. You’ve probably seen the idea of love notes floating around social media. The idea is to write a note with a different thing you love about your child every day from Feb. 1-14.

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’d much rather be surprised by chocolate on a random Wednesday “just because” than on Feb. 14. My husband surprised me with coffee when he arrived home from work yesterday evening. I needed that coffee something fierce and appreciated the thoughtfulness, which wasn’t forced on him by commercialization.

The act of thinking about the little things I love about our kids and putting it on paper has given added meaning to the “holiday.” I love the tangibility of the written word. I say lots of things to my kids each day and am never sure what’s sinking in. I’ve enjoyed unraveling the unique things I love about those four people. I’ve enjoyed the act of putting pen to hand-cut hearts to share my feelings. I’ve written one each day for them to find after school. It’s been a simple act, but one I know they’ve appreciated.

Each day they come home from school and eagerly check for their love note and then share it with each other.  All four have kept each hand-written note and stashed it away. Maybe they’ll pull them out to read when we’re not getting along so well. We don’t like each other all the time. I have a teenager who I butt heads with quite often these days. Maybe those hearts will bridge the gap on a day we just can’t seem to find common ground. Even when we don’t like each other, we still love each other.

Maybe they won’t keep the notes to read over past Valentine’s Day. The notes served the purpose of reminding them they are loved, even if it was for only a moment. Sometimes a few simple words is all it takes to lift a person’s spirit. It’s seems I’ve found a new tradition.


 
Halloween Costume Craftiness
By     |    Oct 30, 2015
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Halloween Costume Craftiness

It’s a good thing I’m crafty. I’m not sure what my children would do for Halloween if their parents didn’t enjoy creating costumes. By enjoy, I mean I’m excited at the start of the costume fabricating process, but by week three, I’m ready to send kids off in whatever I have finished. Our kids are notorious for picking costumes you can’t simply go buy at Target. They have specific visions for Halloween, and I relent. This year was no different.... [Read More]

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By     |    Aug 27, 2015
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Not Celebrating the Start of School

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Percy Jackson Birthday Party
By     |    May 18, 2015
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Percy Jackson Birthday Party

My favorite birthday parties to plan are based on books. Our third son turned eight this weekend and celebrated with a Percy Jackson themed party. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is a family favorite. Our son is well-versed in mythology and has a passion for weapons. We knew there would need to be training worthy of demigods. Characters in Riordan’s books train at Camp Half-Blood, so our basement was transformed into camp for the day. At... [Read More]

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By     |    Dec 23, 2014
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Bringing Back Christmas Spirit

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DIY: T-shirt Quilt
By     |    Dec 18, 2014
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DIY: T-shirt Quilt

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By     |    Dec 11, 2014
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Counting Down 12 Days to Christmas

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DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids
By     |    Oct 26, 2014
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DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

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Halloween Tradition: Booing Our Friends
By     |    Oct 17, 2014
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Halloween Tradition: Booing Our Friends

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By     |    May 20, 2014
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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party

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Love Notes From My Children
By     |    May 12, 2014
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Love Notes From My Children

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift
By     |    May 7, 2014
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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift

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