Like a lot of churches, my church has Vacation Bible School in the summer. A lot of VBS programs focus on kids, as the tradition was born out of wanting to provide an activity option for kids out of school during the summer. One of the things I love about my church is that we focus on strengthening families.
Our little fellas run around in circles laughing at each other for no reason at all. It is very evident that they are kids. There are a few things that I do want to instill in them early, by teaching them now and reminding them often. One of those lessons, one of the biggest ones, is for them to know unquestionably that they are loved.
My husband and I recently celebrated our eighth anniversary. The day of, we woke up late enjoyed a leisurely breakfast date, walked around the mall and otherwise enjoyed being sans kids for a few hours. That weekend we took the laid-back, kid-free fun on the road with a quick getaway to Galveston island. See where we stayed, what we ate, and why we will be back soon.
With me being so busy lately, last weekend was the best time I could think of to go to the pumpkin patch. I'd spent a few days shopping around for outfits for the whole family in hopes that we'd get a great family photo with us all together in front of a backdrop of pumpkins. Of course, that did not happen. The reason it didn't, though, turned out to be a great mental snapshot. ⬆️CLICK PIC TO READ MORE⬆️
One of the cool things about having kids is witnessing the magic of a personality being developed and defined. Before they are even able to speak well, the can (and do) make clear what they prefer. It's cool to watch. Helping my boys be expressive in their clothing is one way I like to encourage them to be themselves. ⬆️CLICK PIC TO READ MORE⬆️
One of the things I always wanted to do with my future kids, when I imagined them in my head before I was a mother, was bake goodies for holidays, special occasions, or just a rainy weekend indoors. I pictured us measuring our ingredients while reinforcing lessons about fractions and addition - so that some education was snuck into the fun like the secret ingredient in a family recipe. Well, that semi-quiet and calm day of baking with my boys may come when they're a bit older. For now, our everyday real life is loud, and rather messy. That's fine. I'm learning to love our beautiful mess. ⬆️CLICK PIC TO READ MORE⬆️