Thanks to Hillshire BrandsTM for sponsoring this post! Every Friday night at our house is Breakfast For Dinner Night. It started when my oldest was little, just as a way to make dinner a little easier and to kick off the weekend with something out of the ordinary. One week my husband wasn’t home, and my […]
When the kids were little, it was easy to eat dinner together. But as they’re getting older, they now have scout meetings, and piano lessons, and choir practice, and all sorts of other things creeping into what used to be our family time. I try to make sure we don’t miss more than one or […]
I have a confession that embarrasses me. I interrupt my kids. Like, all the time. They just tell such long stories, about people at school I don’t know…or things that happened at lunch I don’t understand…or stories they’ve made up which have no real ending ever. Sometimes it’s necessary to interrupt, like when the bell rings and they […]
I do love family road trips. The singing. The bizarre story-telling and joke-telling. Even the bickering. It all makes for great memories. When we travel as a family now, we pretty much only go by car. There are enough of us that we’d not only have to buy six plane tickets (!!?!), but rent a […]
Today’s idea for connecting with kids is courtesy of my friend Jodie. Jodie has four young children, like me, which means she finds the same delight in a solo trip to the grocery store and also has a purse full of toy cars/crayons/used tissues/things that have been pulled out of people’s noses. Though that last […]
Now that it’s getting colder out, I find us doing more bird watching. The birds get hungry, and if you’re one of the houses generously feeding them you become very popular with the birds. Here in Colorado, where most available water freezes, even putting out a birdbath with fresh water attracts lots of birds.
Ok, technically they’re riding bikes. But I was walking, so it counts.
I’m making a conscious effort to look my kids in the eye when they speak to me. This is harder than it sounds…they’re so short. It takes some doing to get down on their level and look them in the eye. It usually means I have to stop what I’m working on and actually […]
“Can I have a phone?” “Can I watch TV?” “Can we get a camel?” Honestly. Some days all I do is say “no” to stuff. It happens so often, it’s my default answer. Mostly for good reason. But sometimes, just because it’s easier.
Yesterday, we went hiking, and on a fall color drive through the mountains, and when we got home we all climbed into our jammies, ordered a pizza, and went to bed. And so today we did…nothing. I mean, obviously we did some things. But nothing planned. No outings. No creative stuff together. We did a little of this: