Saturday, October 29, 2016

Indoor Winter Activities!!!

Fall is here down south, and winter is just around the corner! Right now, it is cool outside and amazing for enjoying outdoor activities. But, in the morning you can feel that cold that is soon to come, and it has been making me think about what would be semi-entertaining for the girlies to do indoors. Just thought I'd let you know some of my ideas!!!
1. Big foam puzzles. Kids love them SO much more than regular ones and they last forever! The only problem is, there aren't really that many out there. This is the one we have, and I am hoping to get them another one for Christmas with different characters. They always love doing the foam puzzle. And when it's finished, they make me tell them the whole Frozen story :) Ha!
2. Baking. Ummmmmm, this is MY THANG. I love to bake things, because it's relaxing for me. And then comes the pain of eating them......But really, I think baking is relaxing and I always want to do wit with my girls but then I do and I remember how it's the best way to practice patience. It always ends up happening again and again, though!
3. Ant farms. Do you remember these from when you were little? Me and my brother got one once and we seriously would sit there for like an hour just watching the ants work and dig their tunnels. It's entertaining! I have been looking into the website which is pretty dang cool and offers some pretty cool farms! I'm HOPING my girls will think this is as cool as I did. (P.S. did you know that all the worker ants are females?)
4. Reading. OF COURSE. It can't be left out. We love love love to frequent our library and check out tons of totally awesome books and then rack up fines for them!!! :D Seriously. But it's always worth it. The girls love for me to sit and read with them and they also just like to open them up and look at the pictures on their own (can't wait until they can read on their own).
5. Painting and coloring. This never gets old. And, I will add that in my house I am anti play-doh. I decided that just a few months ago. It actually always creates way to big of a mess because it falls and dries up everywhere! So painting and coloring it is.
6. Ten Minutes Time. I have just started implementing this for about a month now and it is by far the girls favorite thing in the world. For ten (or fifteen depending on how I'm feeling), I let each girl choose whatever she wants to do, and we do that thing for ten minutes. It can either be complete 1-1 time or if she wants she can invite her sister to play with us too, and they always choose to invite each other (awwww, they're the best.) Usually they want to play hide and seek or tag or mermaids or this grumpy bear game they play. You guys, they want our attention. And sometimes, they just want us to do what they want us to with them.

Well, I'm pretty much done with my list. I'm going to try to think of some more things! Let me know if you guys have any awesome ideas ;)

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed

For the times in the car that letting your kids read a book would be great, but they can't read yet. Or the times at home when they want you to read to them, but you're cooking dinner. For the times when you don't want them to watch t.v. but you need them to be distracted just for a bit. Play them a book!

The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why You Never Feel Relaxed

I was sitting there so so frustrated. Why do I never have the time to do the things I want to do? Like relax a little, write on my blog, etc...(the list is way too long). All I want to do is have a break! But I do normally watch something (at least attempt  to) to help me feel like I got a little break. But, I never actually feel any better after I do it. Sometimes when I don't want to cook, we go somewhere, feel extremely dissatisfied with the food, and it feels like it wasn't actually a break. I actually get quite a bit of breaks ever day, so why aren't they feeling like breaks?And, why am I still feeling unproductive?

Then it hit me, the first thing in my list was to relax a little.

When I think back to my childhood and what it was like during the day and evening at my house with my parents, I remember a lot of cleaning, a lot of yard work, a lot of assigned jobs, a lot of dishes being done, a lot of bills and taxes being paid, a lot of cooking. What I don't remember is a lot of relaxing.

I was talking to my friend the other day, and she said that she has been more tired than she has been in years. This was completely blowing her mind, because for the past few years she has been going to bed between midnight and one in the morning, and just recently they have been going to bed at eleven. Her husband works full time and is also currently getting his masters degree. So, he comes home from work, eats, helps put the kids to bed, and then does homework until about eleven. So, the only time they have together is the time they are willing to stay up late. She said during that time she felt more energetic than she does now, going to bed at eleven when he finishes homework. Interesting, yes. Surprising? Not really. Have you ever noticed that the later you sleep, the more grumpy you are, or the more tired you are throughout the rest of the day? AND IT JUST MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE YOU ACTUALLY GOT SLEEP! Well, what I have come to realize is that when I go to bed way too late, my body runs of some sort of adrenaline the next day. Like, it is in survival mode. Then, when I go to bed earlier to get more rest ( like at eleven) I actually just end up more tired because I am not hitting my adrenaline survival mode, but I also am just plain not getting enough sleep. So, that means I need to go to bed even earlier! I'm talking like 9:30 or 10:00.

But. Wait.

That is around the time I finish getting the kitchen cleaned up and the house even slightly organized. So, where is my time to relax? Watch a show? Eat a snack?

Back to my parents. I don't ever recall them "watching a show" or a movie for that matter, during the week. Even then, I recall only a few times even seeing them watch something on the weekend.

My epiphany you ask? My epiphany is this: Our generation is so so set on finding time to relax, that we never feel like we can relax. Watching a show every night never feels satisfying. Playing games daily doesn't seem like a break. Going to the movie weekly never feels satisfying. Going out to eat has become "blah" and nothing special.Going to the pool during the week is sometimes stressful. What I am confused about is how subtly and quietly we all somehow got the idea that we are supposed to have a break from life EVERY. SINGLE.DAY.OF.OUR.LIVES!Why oh why, when I am exhausted from my kids, do I want to just lay there for hours and eat crap and watch shows?Why don't I just remember, "Oh yeah, this is the work week."

It's like my kids who ask to go to the Maverik everyday to buy a drink or want candy every single day or want to play with cousins every single day or want to eat cereal every single day(haha!). My Man and I tell them, if it happens everyday it isn't special. It will stop feeling special.

My friends, if you are feeling unsatisfied in your everyday life because you feel overworked, yet you are doing something "relaxing" everyday, my challenge is to stop doing that thing. Think of the week as what it is, a work week, and then do your best to work the heck out of that week. Not only will you find more time to do the things you actually want to do, but I think you might feel like when you watch a show on the weekend or you go to a concert or a movie or out to eat, you actually ARE getting a break or relaxing, because it's not so normal anymore.

My family reunion's motto last year was "Work answereth all." And it does. Work, go to bed early (earlier than eleven) and wake up early, and do what you're supposed to do. Work. And then on the weekend, do what you're supposed to do:work again. And then take a little break, and my guess is that you will have one heck of a productive week and that little break will feel oh so good, just like it did for my parents.

This is what I am going to be trying---so if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go to bed now, at least it's not eleven yet....and if this didn't make sense to you, just pretend you didn't read it.....