OK, so I fell out of habit yesterday a little bit and had to tackle a sink full of dishes and some heavier sweeping than normal (also we had a toddler who didn’t want to keep the latest sensory bin material in the sensory bin), but I got right back on that horse and rode today. Got it all done and feel great about it.
This month brings our 9th wedding anniversary! We are so blessed to be happily married after all this time with such a beautiful family. Truly every gift we have is from the Lord and one of the gifts I am most thankful for is the smile on my husband’s face. So, please excuse me as I gush a little bit on this blog this month. I promise not to make you too sick.
Today, I am bringing you a random date night idea. I honestly am not one of those women who can come up with interesting and frugal date nights. Our evenings out tend to be eating at one of a handful of mid-price eateries and then walking around one of a couple of stores (Barnes and Noble should be expecting us soon!). But I kind of stumbled on this date night idea last month while my husband was helping me take pictures for a post I did on this blog. Continue Reading
Our girls LOVE an impromptu dance party! We crank the music and get loose and silly! They especially love when Dada joins in on the fun. It seems the lit-up eyes of a twirling toddler is all the invitation he needs to shed his “I don’t dance” persona and become a Dancing Daddy!
These are some of the moments I treasure the most with our girls. Music has a way of cementing memory for me. I can remember the songs I was listening to at almost every stage of my life all the way back to before kindergarten. So, I want my girls to be able to listen back in time and hear the songs they were listening to when they were young.
Which got me thinking why not create a tradition for Father’s Day for our girls? Continue Reading
I have been brainstorming ideas for Father’s Day this year that are appropriate for G to give to her dad and are appropriate for my husband. My husband is apparently not the stereotypical “dad.” He is not remotely interested in hunting and fishing. He doesn’t golf. And though he is a computer nerd (self-admitted), he doesn’t like most of the typical fashionable tech gadgets (we are anti-Apple around here). He is also not the grill-master or gardening guy. So, it can get a bit difficult!
Another thing about my husband is I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen him in a tie. We are just a casual family around here, so it would look really out-of-place with his one-pocket t-shirt and cargo shorts! But I got to thinking about turning the typical Dad’s day gift on its head to make it something fun for G to do and something funny for D to receive.
I was blessed to grow up in a home where the concepts of forgiveness and restoration were modeled often. None of us were perfect, so we had ample opportunity to make sure we got it just right. It doesn’t take long in a home environment before someone does something wrong, hurtful, or inconsiderate. And it doesn’t take long for sin to rear its ugly head in the lives of little ones. (A devastating result of our fall).
So, my husband and I purposefully figured out a way to help model forgiveness and restoration to our little one, in terms she can understand. We don’t kid ourselves that she fully understands the ramifications of all her actions and words, and the meaning of true repentance, forgiveness, and restoration; but hopefully, the pattern she sees in our dealings with her will point to the pattern of God’s forgiveness and restoration and show her a measure of the grace and mercy God demonstrated to us.
I was going through some Valentine things I have in the garage (all 5 things) and I discovered a heart punch I had forgotten I owned. Thus I was inspired to make some Valentines with my little one (20 months old). It took only 3 items to make these really cute Valentines!
heart punch (ours makes hearts about 1 1/2″ tall)
scrapbook paper (found at the Dollar Spot in Target)
glue stick (we used washable)
We cut out four hearts along the bottom edge of a piece of scrapbook paper. I made sure the paper was lined up and then had G put her hand over the heart (on the top of the punch) and we pressed down together to cut it out. She was so excited the first time she saw the heart cut-out and the place where it had been.
We made a strip of four hearts by cutting a straight line down the piece of scrapbook paper, just above where the hearts had been cut out.
Then we took another piece of coordinating scrap paper and laid a thin layer of glue from the glue stick over the bottom (about the size of the heart strip) and laid the heart strip down on the whole piece of scrap paper.
Next we laid another thin layer of glue on top of the heart strip (just to make sure the surface was nice and sticky) and attached the hearts to the paper. This was actually inspired by G’s love of puzzles. She was trying to make the heart cut-outs fit back into the heart strip.
Then we added the message: “Our hearts are 4 you. Happy Valentine’s Day!”
The skills/concepts introduced/reinforced:
Fine motor skills: pressing and specific placement
Cause and effect: the paper was whole, then we put it in the punch and pressed down, then there was a hole in a heart shape and a heart cut-out.
Please feel free to use any of these ideas and share them with others. If you do the craft, please let me know. I would love to get feedback from others who tried them with their toddlers.