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What? What?

This happened today. 🙂 Just little humans being human.

“Close the door, go back in the pool!”
“Ok, but Mama, can you give us a snack?”
“Yes, I’ll cut up the watermelon in a minute”
“WHAT?”
“I’ll cut up the wat-er-mel-on in a minute, close the door!”
“WHAT?”
“Watermelon!! I’ll bring it out in a minute!”
“WHAT???”
“Go outside!”
“Hey, Guys, mom’s going to cut up the watermelon!”

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Having kids at a wedding? Be sure to keep them entertained

I was thinking about this the other day. This is a great idea for weddings!

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Having a lot of kids at your wedding? It’s a good idea to have a kid’s table at your wedding to keep the kids entertained. This allows for their parents and other guests to mingle and celebrate and allows the children to entertain themselves and each other. A kid’s table keeps them all together and is easy to watch over. Here are some fun ideas to keep the kids entertained:

  • Crayons and coloring books, or even a paper table cloth to draw on47d2d66653318d09a7499448c2924d6c
  • Scavenger Hunt – have disposable cameras and a list of things to find (the best dancer, best dressed, something blue, etc.)

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  • Fill a basket with all kinds of games and puzzles to keep kids entertainedtrentbaileyphotography
  • Other ideas:
    • Bubbles
    • Beads and string – jewelry making station
    • Twister
    • Fun foods (finger foods, candy etc.)
    • Legos

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Summer Goals: Tired Kids

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This week’s mission: wear out the kids.

EK has been attending camp at our church every day from 9:30-12:30, and it’s like they put her in a hamster wheel and make her run for three hours. She comes home so excited but so exhausted that she can barely make it to 1:30 before she’s begging for a nap.

While EK is at camp, I’ve taken two days to take J to the pool with some friends of ours, and let him swim for two hours in between drop off and pick up. He’s so worn out that healmostfalls asleep in the car on the way home. But it’s a great way to get a nice, long, early nap out of them, and still have plenty of playing and hanging time at the end of the day.

We’ve been so busy withsomethingevery day for a while now…

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Parents: Planning for the Day Ahead

Getting out the door in the morning is a hassle for everyone. There are some ways to make it a bit easier, though, and implementing a few of them in your household is definitely worth the effort! Start slow and build up to having everything prepared for the next day the night before – I promise, it will make mornings smoother and happier.

Lunches

Packing the kids’ lunches ahead of time saves SO MUCH TIME. SERIOUSLY. juice-25189_1280Plus, the kids usually end up with a better, healthier lunch, which is great. Basic sandwiches can be made in advance, like turkey and cheese; stick it in a Tupperware container and it will survive the night in the fridge. Add a container of water, fruit (cut up or a fruit cup in water, not syrup), pretzels or chips, and a granola bar for a bit of sweetness. Put it in the lunchbox and make sure there are plenty of ice packs in the freezer. In the morning, add the sandwich and ice pack to the lunchbox and send it on its way!

Clothes

Laying out clothes the night before is another huge time saver. No more arguing over which shirt to wear to school; everything is laid out and ready for them to put on. If your kids are old enough, let them choose (with some help) what to wear. Eventually, they will want to pick out their own clothes, which means you can spend time on other things. Make sure they have socks and shoes out, too!

Breakfast

Planning breakfast for the next morning is a great way to avoid confusion in the mornings. You may not be able to cook it ahead of time, but knowing that you’re going to make toast, eggs and applesauce will keep you from having to think about it when you get up. If you, like me, are prone to forgetting things overnight, write it down on a notepad in the kitchen.

Backpacks

The last thing to pack ahead oback-to-school-183533_1280f time is your child’s bag. Make sure that their school papers, homework, and extra clothes are all tucked away and sitting by the front door. Add your purse and keys to the line so everything is ready to go when it’s time to leave for school!

Do you have other tips for planning ahead? Feel free to share by commenting below!

Lets Talk About Birthdays and Adoption

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There are not many times in my life that I have ‘felt’ like I was adopted.
There are times that it gets pointed out to me, like at doctors offices when they ask for family medical history. Or on my birthday. Yes my birthday. People feel the need to ask me if I’m sad on my birthday, or rather they assume I am. It usually goes a little something like this “I’m sure this day is sad for you, you know, because your adopted, but Happy Birthday anyway!” Um…what?!

My birthday has never been sad. My parents, the lovely and wonderful people who adopted me, did a good job at loving me, raising me, and making sure to always celebrate my awesomeness on my birthday.

I don’t know what it is like for other adoptees out there, but I can reassure you that my birthday was never sad.
There is…

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