Monday, September 1, 2014
Pumpkins are already out in the stores....EVERYWHERE already. I am kinda ready for it to be fall already. I am ready to start decorating and finding crafts for the kids to make. I can't wait to pick up a few smaller pumpkins so the kids can make these Melted Crayon Pumpkins that I found over at Life With Moore Babies.
Anyone else starting off September with fall crafts?
During the year the kids and I will go outside after sundown and play around outside. Sometimes its a simple evening by the fire pit, sometimes its a late night trip to a park for some rollerblading, and sometimes the kids are running around the yard with Nerf guns or water balloons filled with miscellaneous stuff. It's something fun for them, it's something different, and I try to do it totally unexpectedly. As I was thinking about things to do outside, I came across Nighttime Kickball over at Happy Home Fairy and I can not wait to do this! It sounds like an awesome night out with some simple fun!
Here are the basics of kickball:
You will need 4 objects to use as bases and a playground ball.
Object: Similar to baseball, players stand at the kickers mound and kick the ball. Players kick the ball and run around bases without being tagged.
Set Up: Set up bases similar to baseball. Divide kids/family into 2 teams. Toss a coin to determine who is kicking first. Determine who will be the pitcher and the rest of the team heads out to the field.
How to Play: The pitcher stands on the pitching mound and rolls the ball to the kicker. The kicker kicks the ball into the outfield and runs to first base, second, third, and home if they can make it....without being tagged. Field players must tag the runner while either carrying the ball or touching them, or throwing it at the runner. If the ball is caught the kicker is out. If a fielder throws a ball and it goes between home and either first or second then it is called a foul. The kicker gets to kick again. 4 fouls = 1 out.
Play up to a certain limit or whoever reaches a set number.
This is a great game for all ages.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Drops of Awesome.....those words in itself caught my attention. I am not sure where I saw it first, somewhere in the online world, but I was interested in finding out more of whatever it was. So on my quest I went and I found that it was originally a journal and the team behind it that wanted to get some Ambassadors of Awesome! SIGN ME UP!
I contacted them and got a response back, along with a copy of the journal...AWESOME!
Do you ever think something is thrown your way at just the right time? When you are questioning your logic? Your sanity? Or maybe when you are questioning your role in life? Your family? If you are a mom, maybe you are questioning your parenting skills? Or how you could do things better? Well I came across Drops of Awesome at probably a good time. I have this odd relationship with the man upstairs. I ask or pray for things and they happen and then just like that something on the other side of the spectrum comes along. It makes me wonder what is going on sometimes. Afraid to ask about what I want because I don't want the negative involved.
From the blog and the book:
"In the end, it’s really about allowing yourself to feel joy and allowing yourself to be proud of the small victories of life. This builds momentum and you want more drops in your bucket and when you don’t get as many, you pick yourself up and say, “What can I do next?”
From the book:
"...years later, as a grown woman with children of my own, I made a new friend much like Lola, only far more destructive.
This friend hated to see me succeed. When I laughed, she told me I didn't deserve to be so happy. When I cried, she told me I had earned every ounce of heartache I carried. When I served someone, she told me my offering was inadequate. When I screwed up and fell flat on my face, she told me she'd seen my failure coming for a thousand miles.
The worst part is that I kept this friend with me all the time, agreeing with her harping criticism, and even offering further evidence to support her claims.
This friend was me -- my own inner dialogue."
What things have you done lately that are awesome? What little things can you say are filling your bucket? Share them here and get others to share to. #dropsofawesome
About the Author: Kathryn Thompson is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom who lives outside Seattle with her computer-genius husband and three frequently delightful kids. Her blog DaringYoungMom.com has been featured everywhere from The Today Show to the Seattle Timesand she was a founding blogger at The Parenting Post, an award-winning blog run by Parenting Magazine.
Disclosure: I am an Ambassador of Awesome, I did receive a copy of the book to review however all opinions and thoughts are mine and honest.