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52 FEATS – NUMBER 42 (Stopping to Smell the Roses)

24 Oct

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.


Lesson learned this week: there are roses everywhere.


Last week’s Feat of purging things went great.  I’m not done yet, but so far, I’ve filled 5 garbage bags with purses, clothes, and shoes (all mine!), and tossed out a 2 1/2-foot tall stack of parenting magazines dating as far back as 2006.  Yeah, I think it was time to let those go!

This week I’m pretty jazzed about that, but my overwhelming feeling is that of being … well, overwhelmed.  I have so much on my plate right now!  October always starts such a mad rush of activities for us, and there are moments when I feel like I can hardly breathe.  And to be honest, it doesn’t really let up until after the new year.  It’s all fun stuff, don’t get me wrong – birthdays, Halloween, festivals, school parties, etc., but I’m exhausted trying to keep up with it all.  I’m worried about losing the joy, which would be heartbreaking.

My husband made a comment a few days ago about how he doesn’t have time to enjoy anything.  I immediately started to agree with him, even trying to placate him, by saying, “Yeah, I think that’s how most people feel, that there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done.”  But I was totally missing his point – which he was kind enough to point out!  He meant that we are so fortunate to have a nice home with many luxuries, and yet we rarely take advantage of any down time to enjoy the things we have.  We get (and stay) so busy that we can’t see the forest for the trees.  Life is hectic and nonstop, and probably always will be.

Sometimes I feel like I spend more time adding books to my reading list than actually reading, more time carefully arranging my patio furniture than actually sitting in it, and more time cleaning my house than just living there.  I hate that.

Life is NOT just about work, whether it’s work for pay or work for your family!  Everyone needs a peaceful break now and then, and I’m going to give myself one every single day this week.  Maybe I’ll stand in my backyard and look at the sky for a few minutes, or pet my dogs in silence, or snuggle on the couch and read a book.  I want to slow down and enjoy things, and that’s what I intend to to!


Roundtable Discussion – Boredom Busters

23 Jun

A couple weeks ago, Lori wrote a great blog about Boredom Busters (click here to read it).  I loved it – I always enjoy peeking inside another mom’s head to see what cool ideas they use to keep their kids entertained.

I wanted to expand on Lori’s list a little bit, and encourage everyone to throw in their two cents.  Summer is the time when all of us need a hand in filling the long days!

What are some creative, free OR inexpensive things you do with your kids?  Here’s my list.  I think I’m going to print it out and let my kids pick one every day until we’ve done them all!

  • Summer reading club at the library
  • Read It Again kits at from the library
  • Learn a new skill (for my 5-year-old, we’re going to work on tying shoes and cartwheels)
  • Spraygrounds
  • Arlington Museum of Art (it’s free, they only ask for donations)
  • Bowling (we signed up for kidsbowlfree.com – you just pay for shoes)
  • Roller skating (the Arlington Skatium on Cooper has a “cheap skate” night for $1.99)
  • Levitt Pavilion concerts
  • Summer movie series at Studio Movie Grill or Cinemark (cheap tickets)
  • YMCA (my kids love going there while I exercise, and we often swim there together)
  • Keep a summer journal
  • Make giant bubble wands
  • Angry Birds sidewalk chalk & water balloon game (found here)
  • Make lemonade
  • Start up correspondence with a pen pal
  • Go on a scavenger hunt (even in your own house!)
  • Have a picnic (even in your own house!)
  • Go outside, sit on the shade, and blow bubbles
  • Bake cookies
  • Make puzzle planks (found here)
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in slices of watermelon
  • Have a family jam (everyone play a different instrument!)
  • Go fly a kite
  • Play follow the leader, freeze/melt, head, shoulder, knees, & toes, or I Spy
  • Fill up a box with objects around the house that all start with the same letter
  • Explore outside with a magnifying glass
  • Make a living room fort
  • Cut out pictures from old magazines and make a collage
  • Paint a picture outside
  • Play dress-up
  • Play with playdough
  • Do a puppet show
  • Trace your bodies on giant pieces of paper and draw in some clothes
  • Have a water balloon fight

Lazy List of Boredom Busters

8 Jun

With summer right around the corner, I’ve got my calendar out and the planning has begun!  I got this brilliant idea from my close friend, Jean Marie Lopez, for putting together a list of fun/interesting things to do.  Why have a list?  Because it’s an easy way to find something to do in a pinch, like when it’s raining outside or the kids are whining the ever annoying, “I’m bored.”  (I’m not at all saying that I am committed to doing every single thing on this list.  I just like knowing I have a quick place to go to find something fun- instead of straight to the TV or computer, which could otherwise easily become my default).

I included my kids in making my list.  Here it what we’ve got so far:

(Items with an * next to them are FREE, items with a ** I plan to blog more about- so stay tuned!)

  1. Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park
  2. Participate in the library summer reading program*
  3. Indoor or outdoor obstacle course *
  4. Make playdough **
  5. Play in the sprinklers *
  6. Get an Arlington Parks & Recreation Passport and visit a park we’ve never been to *
  7. Go on a nature hike *
  8. Watch a movie at the Omni theater
  9. Make friendship bracelets
  10. Paint a canvas
  11. Make an A frame tent
  12. Find a Geocache **
  13. Hide a Geocache **
  14. Go letterboxing
  15. Do a science experiment
  16. Teach the kids to play four square **
  17. Visit Don Misenheimer splash park*
  18. 10 Terrific Weeks (Usborne Book program)
  19. Made homemade popcicles **
  20. Visit the Dallas Zoo
  21. Go to the Lakeshore Learning store
  22. Attend a concert at Levitt Pavillion *
  23. Have a backyard scavenger hunt *
  24. Have a messy day*
  25. Take the kids to Krispy Crème
  26. Recycle crayons **
  27. Go to the $1 movie
  28. Take care of the Webkinz
  29. Board game
  30. Complete a 1000 piece puzzle
  31. Learn a new song on the piano *
  32. Write a letter to a pen pal*
  33. Let the kids be mom for an afternoon*
  34. Visit the bookstore
  35. Ride the carousel at the mall
  36. Explore Internet Linked books online (Usborne books) *
  37. Visit PetSmart *
  38. Teach the kids to play kick ball *
  39. Visit Howard Moore Play Pool
  40. Bake a cake from scratch
  41. Draw a card and play one of the 50 games (Usborne books)

I’d love to know what you’re putting on your own list!  Feel free to share ideas!

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