The Son is always shining, regardless of the weather

Thanksgiving Crafts/Games: “I Got Your Back!”

Recently, I ordered some fun Thanksgiving crafts from Oriental Trading Company. I love Thanksgiving, and we try to do a few crafts each November. I save one from each year and we decorate the house for Thanksgiving with the kids artwork (past and present). So, I bought some foam “Pilgrim people” that we put together […]

Fun Games To Play With Clothespins

Last fall, when I was watching my five nieces (twelve kids altogether) during our “cousin camp”, we played some fun games. Clothespin Hairstyles… Find or buy some clothespins (like 60-we had some plain wooden ones, and some colorful plastic ones). Seriously, they are so inexpensive! Then divide into two teams (or more if you need […]

Duct Tape Heads Game

You probably know that I value duct tape, and I think that anyone who uses it, is basically using their head. However… This game involves duct tape, some willing heads, and snow hats (or nylon stockings). You basically divide into teams (ours were Team Grace and Team Faith) with about 4-6 people per team. Get […]

Puzzling Storage Problem…Solved

If you have looked at my daughter Faith’s blog, it’s probably not a puzzle to you that she really loves solving puzzles! However, lately I have been trying to solve the puzzle of exactly where to store all her (our) beloved, yet  boxy, puzzles! The answer came in a box…well, a big blue Rubbermaid one […]

Cool Science Site

Our sweet friends at Co-op introduced us to this cool website. We have been doing “cool labs” (labs which cause the students to say, “Cool!”) at Co-op, and we have seen and tried some of these experiments. Two of my favorites are the hot-air balloon, and the awesome gliders. Tonight, we tried acorn cap whistling…and […]

Our List of Games That We Love to Play:

One of my favorite memories of growing up in my home was playing games together. We just returned from a lovely Thanksgiving with my parents and brother, and we still enjoy playing games together! I have found most of my games at thrift stores, book swaps, etc. One year for Christmas, our family decided to […]

“Yes Day”

Years ago (probably close to like six), I had a problem. The problem was that I didn’t particularly like having to tell my kids “NO” so often. Yes, they need to hear it when necessary, but sometimes their disappointment in not getting to play with Play-Doh, or read an epic book together, or ride bikes […]

Save It For A Rainy Day!

A few days ago, Bradley had a problem. It was a seven-year-old type of a problem, but it can probably be considered an age-old problem. He had some birthday money that he hadn’t spent yet, and he asked me what he should do with it. Well, I was just recovering from 102 fever, and I […]

Boys Are Different…

Boys are different… I remember talking with a friend who had boys, when I had my first son, and telling her, “So far so good. I don’t seem to see too many differences between them.” Then at about nine or ten months, I called her and said, “I am starting to see their differences. He […]

Blown Away at Relay 2009

Highlights from this year’s Relay For Life… I was blown away by the money we raised…$70,000. Is that awesome or what? Even in a tough economic year, we surpassed our goal of $50,000. Also, this year we became a “Five-Star Relay”! Our chair and co-chair did an excellent job. Everyone on the committee did everything […]