Lately my son has been really into cooking…hopefully this will last! My husband is such an amazing cook, I think that is a lot of his inspiration. The kids have been asking if they can make dinner, however due to other plans we decided on breakfast. They made their own pancakes. We mixed up the simple batter and then they added in special items like sour patch kids and sweet tarts (gag). They were nasty, but the kids had fun making them. They did make some that were delicious combos like peanut butter and banana, and strawberries with chocolate chips, YUM! I love to encourage their creativity, and they mess never lasts too long. Tonight is pizza night…maybe they’ll invent a new favorite!
1 week ago my daughter broke her collar bone. Sad! It actually heals fast, yet all physical activity is out for 4-6 weeks!!! Sigh. To keep my daughter still while at home we made her her very own special bag. I filled the bag with coloring books, puzzles, stickers, markers, books, and other fun things people have sent her to make her feel loved and special while she can’t run and be active. This would be great for kids that are sick or have a broken bone. Happy Healing!!!
Easter in our world today a lot of times means eggs, bunnies, and chicks. These things are fun and entertaining, but this year we are seeking to have our kids remember the true meaning of Easter. Here is a look at our week of Easter Celebration.
Sunday: Palm Sunday, Jesus is treated like a King as people wave palm branches and lay their coats down so he didn’t have to walk on the dirty road. They also shouted Hosanna (Save us). Today we will be making our own palm branches and talking about how Jesus is the true King!
Monday: Jesus cleans the temple. This is the day Jesus found people making the house of the Lord a place to make money. Jesus was upset that they weren’t respecting His Father’s house. He took out the things that didn’t belong, and cleaned house! Today we will paint Easter Eggs and get really messy…then show each other how we need Jesus to clean us up, just like he saw dirty things happening and clean house.
Tuesday: Mary pouring perfume of Jesus feet, what a great display of love and adoration Mary showed for Him. Today my kids and I will make reed diffusers to spread the wonderful smell around our house, see more at http://impressyourkids.org/mary-anoints-jesus-feet-easter-for-kids/ I saw this idea and loved it! (We ended up making Easter cookies instead due to family life, this worked better for us, we talked about the wonderful smell of the cookies baking)
Wednesday: Money Hunt: Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Today my kids and I will hunt for 30 coins hidden over our house. Once we find them we will count them and give them to our church!
Thursday: The Last Supper: We are actually going to our church tonight to celebrate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, with our fellow believers. We will also participate in communion together.
Friday:Good Friday: Today is the day we will talk about Jesus dying for us on the cross. He did it out of His deep, unconditional, love for us. He chose to die for us. Another idea I saw on impress your kids is to draw a red dot on their hands (representing the nails) and also writing their names above the dot to show he loves Ayla, Isaiah, Michelle, and Trevor. He died for us.
We will also make our own crown of thorns (saw this idea on Pinterest). Use a paper lunch sack and fold it down so it looks like a circle/nest. Glue all over the top, add sticks to it and you are done.
Saturday: We are going to make resurrection rolls (Easy). Take a large marshmallow (Jesus’ body) dip in melted butter (oil)and roll in cinnamon and sugar(spices). Roll a crescent roll (tomb) around it and bake. When they are done the marshmallow (Jesus) is gone! It is quite yummy too!
Sunday: He is Risen! We will be at church, celebrating our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am so thankful for His love and death for me a sinner, who is undeserving, but ever so thankful. We will also get to spend time with family.
Have a meaningful Easter!
Now that my kids are older, I thought this year I try some April Fools pranks on them…looking forward to seeing how they respond. Here are some ideas to make this day fun and exciting for them!
* While they are sleeping draw a mustache on them, make sure it is washable marker!!! I might be chicken and do it on their feet or arm since we have church that morning… we’ll see.
* Rearrange their drawers. Move them around and watch them be confused.
* Open a jar of canned fruit and put the fruit into another container and refrigerate. Rinse the can and fill it up with candy. Watch as your kids are delighted to open up the can filled with candy!!!! (BE CAREFUL of sharp edges on the cans.)
* I am not doing this one since sleep is far to important to me still but it would be fun to move the clocks ahead and have them awaken in the middle of the night…maybe when they are teenagers?
* I am trying to find a whoopee cushions to put on my sons chair..he would LOVE it!
* I will freeze pennies and right before church, slip them into their shoes!
* Another fun idea might be to turn the volume up really loud on your TV so they kids get surprised…not sure my son would enjoy that:)
* I was thinking for our family we might do a dinner that is a mystery. I did this in youth group awhile back and it was loads of fun. Decide the menu and separate each item you’d need for the dinner. Spaghetti: Needed: sauce, cheese, noodles, fork, cup, milk, brownie, green beans, butter, bread, knife, etc. Type each item up and make enough copies for each person. Cut each item apart and have each person draw 3 items at a time. After drawing the 3 items that is what you get for your first course. Maybe we’ll get dessert first with an empty cup and a knife…who knows!
What fun ideas do you have planned for your family?
My kids were off of school for a few extra days (yeah!!) so we came up with some new fun games. Here is a look at a game that requires no preparation, you just need a deck of cards and a hat (or bowl). I gave each my kids half the deck and had them stand back and see how many cards they could get it. Lots of fun! My daughter got frustrated since she couldn’t get many in so we let her move up. You could also make it learning by having the kids add up the number cards inside the hat and outside the hat (or even simpler just count the cards). Easy and fun! Happy Playing!
We are going to do some fun activities involving dance, since we love to be active during the cold nights! Our kids always ask what the theme is for our Family Fun Fridays and really look forward to them. Here is a look at our night.
* Dance contest: Who can create the coolest new move…you also have to name it:)
* Crazy dance-a-thon: Put on some tune and dance, dance, dance!
* Costumes: Get dressed up and present a special dance
* New Moves: I will teach the kids some of my old moves, could be pretty funny!
* Classics: We will do the YMCA, Twist, Macarena, etc.
* Grab Bag: My kids love things like this. Pull out of a paper bag a dance type and a music type (2 bags, 1 for type of dance, 1 for music type), then do the moves!
* Dance Tag: Instead of running, dance to get away!
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd so that is our theme for our Family Fun Friday!! We are celebrating by having green eggs and ham for breakfast! The kids are off of school as well so I have a few extra things we will do during the day. Here are some ideas of how to celebrate.
* Make our own books. I will set up a writing station for the kids with paper, pens, stapler, etc. to make their own books, be real authors like Dr. Seuss.
* We will read lots of his books
* We will use our recycling and craft supplies to make our own creature like are in so many of his books (egg cartons, googly eyes, feathers, etc.)
* We will play Horton Hears a Who game
* Freeze red and blue candy fish in blue jello for a fun snack!
* Like Fox in Socks: we will play a game to see who can put on the most pair of socks in 1 minute.
This is a really fun snack idea I saw this idea on pinterest and thought we’d do it since it has been snowy and cold here lately. You need: Tortillas, oven, butter, cinnamon and sugar, and scissors. Simply give the kids a tortilla and scissors an have them cut it like a snowflake. Brush it with butter and cinnamon and sugar and bake at 350 for 5 minutes or so! Super yummy!
My kids are way into games right now so tonight we are doing a Family Fun Friday involving playing games with a twist! I love our times together the kids chant Family Fun Friday when they go to school, knowing upon pick up the fun begins!! Here is a look at our Friday this week.
Jenga: When you pull out a block you get to choose someone in our family to do an activity (like dance their silliest) or answer a question.
Memory: We will play this with Hershey kisses. When you get a match, you get to each your kiss!
Twister: Add sight words to the circles and have the kids call them out when they put their hand or foot on them!
Candyland: Play it backwards!