As a parent one of my goals is to instill gospel lessons and values in my kids. Is this an easy feat? The answer is clearly no. No, it’s not easy to teach lessons on a regular basis and make them interesting for little kids. It can be down right exhausting and often leaves me feeling like a complete failure.
I just can’t do it all, all the time. We have ups and downs. Times the kids really enjoy learning about scripture stories and times where I’m not sure they heard a single word we, the parents, said. It can be rewarding but often just frustrating. Ugh.
Please tell me we aren’t the only family that struggles with bringing scripture stories to life and holding our kids interests.
Luckily I have recently found a book that share many resources to help us teach our family lessons from the Old Testament!
I did a thing.
An awesome and exciting thing.
I have finally made the jump into selling Usborne books!
Our shelves have been slowly filling up with them and we are constantly checking them out from the library. We absolutely adore these books. Both the kids and I have found ourselves diving into them and loving all of the wonderful things that we have learned. Every book we have read has been so well done and prompted much laughter, many questions and discussions.
As my kids are getting older and starting to read themselves I knew that our home library needed to expand so they could freely explore various topics without daily trips to the library. We will always go to the library but there is something about going to your own shelves and finding love.
I want our kids to be able to devour their favorite books until the bindings can no longer stay together. I want my son to carry his books down by the river without me worrying about library fees. I want books to be a part of their life. Their everyday life.
You know, the life that includes curling up with a blanket and chocolate chip cookies with your favorite book. Mountains of pillows and piles of books that almost seem to reach the ceiling. A semi disaster in a mom’s perspective but magical as a kid. This is the life I want for my kids.
I would give my kids the world if I could. I can’t so instead I will give them books that will transport them around the world and through time. Books that will stretch their imaginations and expand their knowledge. I can’t answer every question my little’s have however I can teach them how to find the answers they seek and where to look.
Usborne is already a part of our life and I can’t wait to bring it to the homes of many wonderful families. Follow along with us here for deals and discounts! I have extra special deals for those that host an online party in the next two week. Double Points!!! Yeah, more books for you, from me.
When I was in College I got a job at our local Value Village. It was the perfect job for a student. It was close to my house and I was able to get great clothes for an awesome deal. The position that I started at was a Costumologist!!
What is a Costumologist, you ask? Why, its the greatest thing ever. For two months I was able to dress up daily and help people assemble fabulous costumes. Many people like purchasing costumes ready to go which is fine but I love the challenge of creating costumes. I love hunting for the perfect pieces to create a one of a kind costume. Its a blast and saves quite a bit of cash.
Over the years I have come up with some pretty great costumes and I wish I would have taken pictures of all of my fun creations.
Since I have been married we have always dressed up together and now we involve our kids. It can be quite a challenge to come up with a family costume but it is completely worth it. I’m not sure how long my kids will cooperate with our Halloween fun. I hope it lasts forever but I know our time is ticking so we have to make the most of it every year.
Both my husband and I love Disney so our costumes generally are Disney movie themed. This year we choose the classic tale of “Peter Pan.” We dressed the kids as Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Smee. Obviously we had to go as Peter Pan and Wendy.
Don’t we look great!
This was so easy to out together. I will walk you through it. Continue reading
Fall brings change. Our environment changes but so does life. As a mom of toddlers often days just blur together. Sometime weeks or even a month seem to be gone in the blink of an eye. Everyday I am in charge. I decide what we do and if we go anywhere. No rules unless I make them, for the most part.
Once September hits, Mom’s everywhere suddenly have a routine they need to follow.
Yes, I’m talking about back to school.
I was in the mother’s lounge at church, like I have been many many times before. I was busy being a Mom with my second child just doing the usual routine. Feeding, changing, burping, trying to find a quite place, who knows really it’s all a blur.
Often there are Mom’s coming and going, I usually strike up some small chit chat. Talk about their baby, life as a mom, their cute shoes, whatever. I really just need to talk to an adult some days. One day there was an unfamiliar face in the rocking chair. A new member had moved into our ward boundaries. I asked her a simple question and before I knew it we were friends. Not the “I see you at church every week and say Hi” kinda friends. The friends where you just click. You don’t have to work hard at establishing a relationship, its easy. They can come over right after your kids dumped all the toys and you don’t feel the need to apologize for the mess. They get it.
Rocking Ordinary, is that friend.
Dishes. Swimming lessons. Blog post. Laundry. Change oil. Switch kids clothes sizes. Family pictures. Make dentist appointment. Reading lessons. Change workboxes. Plan birthday party. Date night. Pay bills. Did I mention dishes….. Well there is more.
How do you keep track of everything?
It’s a BOY!
Our third child finally arrived, only a week late. Continue reading
Here I am, 39 weeks pregnant. Not loving it but I am practically at the finish line. I’m mostly ready for baby number three to arrive. When I say mostly ready I mean the playpen is set up, hospital bag is some what packed and the car seat is ready to be put in the car. So far our experience with number three has been vastly different. I’m not sure if its because I have been down this road a couple of times or if life just has not allowed me time to prepare as much. I am more relaxed but Babe has yet to arrive…. this all could end up biting me in the behind. Hopefully not!
I have moments where I mentally freak out over three kids under three. For the majority of time I think I will be okay. I am much more confident in myself and my mamma skills than previously. I think I am. I can handle three. Can I? I’ve managed to keep two alive and mostly happy. One more won’t break me. Or will it? Ahh!