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|Posted on November 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM||comments ()|
|Posted on March 28, 2016 at 3:29 PM||comments ()|
Don't know what to do with those uneaten hard boiled #Eastereggs still in your fridge? Instead of throwing them away, have another #Easteregg hunt, just for fun! Then throw them away. We typically do our traditional #Easteregg hunt with plastic eggs. No one really ever eats the hard boiled eggs, so we always do an "after" #Easteregg hunt with the colored ones. I feel at least we do get another use from all the time spent decorating the eggs, instead of just throwing the pretty eggs away. My daughter loves it and I don't feel as wasteful.
Will this be the last #Easteregg hunt of the year for us? Doubtful, we do them all the time. My daughter loves to hide them by herself and then have a pretend egg hunt. I hide them for her too. It is a great way for her to entertain herself, which being a only kid sometimes gets tough for her to do. She fills them up with different items from around the house, coins, fuzzy wuzzies, any trinkets she can find and hides them. It is a great way to have fun through out the year and to stimulate pretend play. So, will this be our last #EasterEgg hunt of the year? Absolutely not!! Have fun hiding those eggs whether real or pretend and may your children have fun finding them. All my best, Dyan
What we learn: Other uses for our once a year toys or games therefore instilling reuse, creativity, sizing objects...what will fit in what size egg, practice opening and closing the eggs learning patience...sometimes the plastic eggs are not so easy to close.
What we share: Inexpensive fun game time, a shared activity and plain #oldfashioned fun!
|Posted on November 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM||comments ()|
|Posted on December 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM||comments ()|
My family and I have finally recovered from a 10 day long, knock out, icky virus! As, I am slowly getting back in the swing of things...please enjoy this repost, one of my favorites, in case you missed it. The best things in life are free...if you actually take the time to enjoy them, #timewithyourkids that is... and I hope you do! All of my best, Dyan
What a crazy day...last minute 1099 stuff, phone calls to set-up service man for our move back into our home (after our daughter's illness), health insurance needed to be renewed and waiting for a phone call from the car dealer on when my car would be ready for pick-up. Finally, I could break away for a minute and promised my daughter sometime outside. "The park or just playing in the grassy area of the park?", I ask. "Playing in the grassy area," she shouts as we get ready to go outside. We grabbed a ball, frisbee and put on our gym shoes and headed to the park.
On our way to the park she states she wants to play TAG YOUR IT, one of her favorite games. We get to the park, throw the frisbee around for a bit, (she is still learning to catch it), so we basically just throw it and race to see who gets it first. The same with the ball and then TAG YOUR IT. As we run around the park, she screams happy screams, laughs and runs like crazy back to what she calls base - to have a break, her safe haven where no one can be tagged or be the tagger. It is always fun to pretend like your exhausted and can't go on and then sneak a tag in and run the other direction. As we run around like crazy playing tag, I realize, my daughters coordination has improved and that she is faster than ever. I am still pretty quick even for a 47 year old mom. I told my husband tonight at dinner that she is getting quicker or I am getting older, maybe it is both. I am happy to say though, that I enjoyed every minute of tagging and getting tagged and got a great workout in the meantime.
The best part of my day was TAG YOUR IT and hearing my daughters laughter and excitement. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE...running around the park hearing her say those words "TAG YOUR IT" was priceless.
What we learned: Plain old fashioned running around is not only great exercise, but the most fun you can have for free with your child, that moms and kids can have quality time without phones or other electronic gadgets, getting out of the house even for just 35 minutes is a great way to refresh your minds, spirits and souls.
What she learned: Mom can still run fast and play, spending quality time with her is very important and that young is all a frame of mind.
Clover necklaces, lightening bugs and twirly whirlys - get creative with nature - share memories of your childhood with your kids
|Posted on August 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM||comments ()|
I did this summer vacation. We kind of had a down day on our summer vacation. We were going to go to the pool, but wouldn't you know it, it started raining out. What are we going to do now??? Well, the one thing I noticed when we arrived at our hotel, was the clover flowers in the yard, it brought back so many memories of my childhood. My sisters and I would sit for hours making clover necklaces and bracelets. I thought to myself, I want to share this memory with my daughter if we have the chance. She woke up and saw the rain and was a bit disappointed. Swimming was out of the mix, so we went outside on the front wrap around porch of the fabulous bed and breakfast we stayed at and started picking the clovers. It was only drizzling so it was fun to pick the flowers from the grassy area in front of the B & B. We picked quite a few and she asked, "What are we going to do with these now?". I showed her how we make the necklace, weaving each stem with in one another. We each made our own and then she had the idea of making ankle bracelets too. Now, we never made these as kids, at least I don't think we did. I don't remember ankle bracelets being big back then. It was great because she added something new to the mix. Later that day, my mother-in-law asked what we did that morning, I shared this with her and she shared that she used to make them too! My daughter thought that was so neat and somehow she appreciated making the necklaces that much more. Of course, I sent the pictures to my sisters who texted back quickly that they remembered this fun and creative thing we used to as kids that would entertain us for hours. Time certainly has changed since the 70s, kids expect much more and many times they want an electronic device to entertain them. I challenge myself everyday to not let my daughter get caught up in too much TV, computers, video games, iphone games and the like. I would rather sit and make these clover necklaces with my daughter on a gloomy raining day, then sit inside and let her get lost in the world of electronics. I challenge you to do the same.
This trip brought back special memories of the simplicity of my childhood. We caught lighting bugs, made clover necklaces and spun twirly whirlys that fell from the trees. These are all things that we can not do in Arizona. I am grateful for the opportunity to share these wonderfully simple things with my daughter and she thought they were pretty darn neat too!
I think it is so important to share memories of your childhood with your kid. These simple ideas bring you closer and let's your kids know you were once a kid too. Make the time to take the time with your kids, you all will be better off and have fun doing it! Now go out and get creative with nature! All of my best, Dyan
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|Posted on June 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM||comments ()|
We had a nice Fathers Day and we hope you did too! Even though we didn't see my husband all that much as he wanted to work on his "to do" list for around the house, my daughter and I kept ourselves busy making crafts. And boy did we make crafts! We started with a Fathers Day card that she picked out herself. And we made our first craft of the day. A crown. We brought him breakfast in bed and crowned him with his crown. We gave him his card which had a greatest dad button on it and told him he was king for the day! She also made him a fishing pole out of one of her toys that are like big pipe cleaners (see link on my link page-lots of fun). Next up. More crafts. She wanted to make him a construction paper flag, so we did. Simple, easy. Then we made the last craft of the day a pencil and pen holder. We had a great time crafting together. I think we crafted from 9-4. It was a ton of fun. Every time her dad walked into the kitchen she would tell him not to look at what we were doing. She finally wrote signs and put them up around the kitchen "No dads allowed" Which is kind of funny since it was Fathers day. We presented my husband with these gifts throughout the day and the other fathers day card she picked out herself. He got a kick out of the fact that almost every other hour he was getting a special gift made for him by her. The best part of all, we didn't spend one dollar to do them. I had all the items around the house from other crafts we had previously done together. At the end of the day, when the crafting was done, we made him his favorite dinner, healthy style. He enjoyed the day because he got to do what he wanted to do and received meaningful gifts from his daughter. We enjoyed the day spending time together making crafts and using our creativity, spending quality time together. Since Fathers Day has come and gone, maybe take the opportunity on dads next birthday to make some crafts together and present them to him throughout the day. If his birthday just passed too...do it just because...I am sure he will love it! All of my best, Dyan
What we learned: many things, using supplies around the house to create gifts, using our scissors to strengthen writing hands and coordination, the use of construction paper and making a flag, drawing different shapes, stars which are challenging for a 5 year old, practicing to write and learn new words "no dads allowed", creativity with the big twisties, painting, colors, design on our pencil holder, thinking outside of the box and using items from around the house to make gifts-we even opened up the can of garbanzo beans because recycling had just gone out to make our pencil holder and a side dish for dinner.
What we shared: fun, creativity, new ideas, crafting time, quality time and many memories for all of us on a special holiday for dad.
|Posted on April 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments ()|
Be Spontaneous. How many times do we do the same thing everyday. We get in a rut, a routine or are so wrapped up in our every day list of things to do, that we never take the time to be spontaneous. We don't make the time to take the time with ourselves, our spouses or our children. One thing that I have learned is that no matter what I get done or don't get done in a day, is still there the next day and it is OK for me to get done the next day or day after that. We put so much pressure on ourselves in this day in age to keep going and going,...going to work, running errands, taking the kids to the numerous activities that they are involved in, that we barely ever take the time to stop and smell the roses of life. When I do, stop and be spontaneous (and sometimes I have to force myself to do it), I always feel refreshed and enriched and able to continue on with my daily tasks of that day. My wish for you today is to be spontaneous....grab a sister, a friend and your kids and stop and smell the roses of life. All of my best, Dyan
What I learned: My list of things to do always gets done...eventually, taking the time to make a difference in your life and kids is always worth it, how much stopping and smelling the roses positively affects my daughter and refreshes her spirit too.
What we shared: fresh air, good conversations, outdoor play, exercise and good old fashioned fun.
|Posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM||comments ()|
I have been working so hard the last week at my other job...that my favorite job of blogging had to go to the way side...by the time Sunday hit, I was ready for a break and also to spend some good quality time with my daughter. She had a birthday party at the local bouncy house. Only her third time there since she was 3. Each previous year she was there, she asked me to go in the bouncy with her. Me, being a sometimes overprotective mom, went in to make sure she was ok, but also because I am a kid at heart! This year I thought, she's five, she probably will not want me to go with her. Wrong! She wanted me to...which was good because I wanted to go too!! A few of the fathers joined in and even the birthday childs grandmother (she was so happy that I went on the bouncy because it gave her a reason to go, which she was dying to do)! I did convince my daughter to spend most of the time with her friends jumping and playing, but I could not pass up the opportunity to jump, slide, climb and bounce with her. I got a couple of bouncy slide burns, I was out of breath a bit quicker than last time and the next day I realized I pulled my lower back...still healing today, but again well worth the pain! I was the only mom to go in the bouncy with her, not sure why...I think many moms, feel silly, too old, too dressed up, maybe they don't want to mess up there hair or would even be embarrassed...again, I am not sure why. But one thing that I do know is that it was the most fun and the best quality time my daughter and I spent together in the previous 3 days. We jumped, bounced, threw basketballs, laughed and it was a ton of fun! It is a memory that her and I will share forever. I know that as she gets older she probably will not want me to go with her, because she will be too embarrassed or something else, but for now, today, it worked and it will work for you. Now go out and start bouncy, jumping, climbing or acting just plain old silly and take the time to make the time. All the best, Dyan
|Posted on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM||comments ()|
What we used to create our craft:
scissors-always help your child and use safety rules
stickers-regular and foam
craft stick,gogglie eyes for person
|Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM||comments ()|
Are you the kind of mom that over commits? To everything? That's me for sure! I always think I can do so much more in a day that is actually humanly possible. Some days, I do achieve my over achieving goals, other days, I don't even get close. As we wind down our week at a condo that we rented, as we finish our home that has been extensively remodeled to accommodate all of my daughters allergies, I realized all of the things that I told her we were going to do before we checked out of this seasonal rental. Many of them were outdoor activities, but we have had some seasonally cold temps and lots of rain. That's ok I tell myself, we will fit them in. Well that is exactly what I am trying to do. One of the things I told her I would do was take her to play tennis at the tennis courts in the park behind our condo. I thought, easy enough, so we packed up our tennis balls and her racquet and walked to the courts. We got there and I realized it was an actual "tennis center" that was maintained by the city. I told her as we walked up that I thought we would have to pay to play and I didn't bring my wallet because I was unaware of the size of the complex. Boy, was she disappointed. She muttered something about me not bringing my wallet. I apologized, because I really didn't know. I said let's go in anyway and see what is what. We walked to the front desk and I made small talk with the women at the front counter about the center and that I didn't realize that this was even here. She asked if I was a resident of the city, (and I am), so I told her that I was. We talked about lessons and the like. I then told her I didn't realize I would have to pay and if it would be ok to go out for a bit and hit a few balls around. She said yes and directed us to the racquetball court area where we wouldn't have to do so much running after balls. I didn't even have a racquet with me, (this was more about doing an activity that my daughter is interested in). Well...we had a ball (no pun intended)! She hit the ball quite well and even let me teach her a thing or two. She picked it up rather well. After we were done, she was tired. She had so much fun and even decided she would like to take lessons one day. It was a smashing success! What I learned: try not to over commit yourself to your kids, if you do...follow through and do what you say your going to do, make the time to take the time, try new things with your kids, be proactive in their learning about new sports and open new doors for them, teach them how to get around discouraging situations (like not having the money to get in) and sometimes, there is a way to make things work. What we shared: quality time, learning a new sport, patience in trying - even if you don't get it right the first time and trust because I followed through and did what I said I would do.
Tennis Anyone? Dyan