Archives for April 2011

Fun things that we do.

I have got some wildly creative kids. They make us laugh all of the time with their excitement and crazy ideas. One of the things that I love the most is when we sing together. I don’t just mean have a little sing a long with the guitar and other rhythm instruments (we do this too and we do enjoy it). I’m talking about our life as opera singers! We regularly have entire hour long chunks of time where we communicate entirely in song – this is some serious fun!!! My husband works from home so he is witness to this craziness and I think that most of the time he thoroughly enjoys it (the rest of the time he probably wishes that he has a nice quiet office to go to… I better add here that he does not participate in these singing fiascos).

Another thing that we love to do is to bake and cook together. Every time that I start something in the kitchen the girls pull up their little chairs on either side of me, and if we’re baking we all put our aprons on so that we can get a little dirty as we create masterpieces in the kitchen. There are times when I just want to be alone with my thoughts and my ingredients in my kitchen, but I wouldn’t trade the time we have together mixing, tasting, smelling, and laughing together for anything.

Reading is one of our favorite things to do. Each week we head to the library for storytime with a huge stack of books that we have read, and we leave with an equally huge pile. Storybooks are the favorite for my girls – they love to imagine and to read all about different adventures. Its fun listening to them when they come up with their own stories as they incorporate different plots and ideas that we have read together into their own tales.

Doing crafts is right up there on the top of the list of favorite things to do for my kids. It doesn’t really matter what it is… it could involve tape, scissors, glue, paper, yarn, pom poms, feathers, or paint. They will make a big mess, and they will have a ton of fun. I must admit that huge messes totally stress me out! A couple of times a week I have to let this go so that my girls can create some really cool art projects. Afterwards I can clean up the kids, clean up the area around them and take a deep breath. The smiles on their faces always let me know that it was worth it.

What’s the craziest or most fun thing that you do with your kids??? I’d love to hear about it! Hopefully some new ideas will inspire myself and others.

Gardening Fun

This beautiful spring weather has inspired me to get out in the garden for the past couple of days. I LOVE to garden. Granted, I am not a very good gardener and I have so much to learn, but I just love digging around in the garden, getting dirty, and working hard outside. So far, we have a large perennial flower garden in the backyard. Last fall we added some smaller beds along the edges of the garage and the deck, and we (me and the girls) are really excited to fill up those spots and plant some veggies this summer!
Both Zoey (almost 5) and Sophia (3 ½) are going to choose two vegetables that they are going to plant and be in charge of this summer. It will be their job to weed them, and to harvest them. I am so looking forward to involving them in this fun and tasty adventure! I am also going to plant two herb container gardens on the deck so that we can cook with fresh herbs all summer, and hopefully make our own dried herbs to last through the winter. Yum, yum, and more yum.
Karis has been enjoying crawling around on the grass. She likes to feel the grass, and to pick up all of the little interesting things that she finds – acorns, woodchips, leaves, sticks….. She is still in the stage where she is putting many things into her mouth, which makes my gardening not very productive, but Karis is discovering so many neat things as she explores and I love to watch her as she does this.