Each summer there are a few activities that my girls and I make sure we do at least once before the summer comes to an end. You wouldn’t think it would be that hard to squeeze these activities in, but one of my kids goes to school all year long. I also work all year long, and homeschool my other daughter during the month of July.
The first activity we have on our agenda is to play miniature golf. Ideally, I’d love to go at least once per month during the summer. Financially, we can’t really go much more often than that if we want to complete the rest of our activities.
It's not just finding the perfect item, but it's saving money on something you really want that makes bargain hunting so much fun. It's like an ongoing treasure hunt that allows you to provide things for your family that wouldn't fit into your budget when they're being sold at full retail price.
Have you ever longed for one of those long afternoons to turn into a lazy day that lasted from sun up to sun down? A perfect day that provides you with your own private solitude and tranquility is within your grasp. You only need a few things to create a lazy day that you’ll cherish for long after the day has ended.
The talented and very notable Danny Devito speaks for the trees in the new movie that was adapted by the popular Dr. Ssuss’ book “The Lorax.”
At least once a day, I have a stand-off with my son who is four. It's all about him trying to exert his independence over me in any situation he can.
Yesterday, I wanted to take him to get something to eat at our town's drive-in. No, it's not the healthiest fare, but it was late and I didn't have time to prepare a meal.
Anyway, he wanted to eat some of the snack food we bought at the grocery store earlier. I told him, "Not right now, we're going to eat. You can have one of your snacks when we get back." He didn't like that answer and he started stomping his feet, wringing his hands and giving me that look that says that he's about to have a full-blown meltdown.
I told him that he could either act appropriately and accept the fact that he could have a snack after his supper or he could forget about having the option of a snack at all. I heard, "M-o-o-o-o-m, I just want a snack." I repeated his options to him and waited. He thought about it and then relented with a heavy sigh and an "Okay."
When we arrived at the restaurant, we picked up our pre-purchased tickets and received the color of the knight we were to root for. We got to the restaurant early so that we would have time to look around at the outdoor exhibits. I forgot that there were a lot torture devices from the Medieval Times, and they kind of scared the kids a little bit.
Not only will doing something a little wacky brighten your day, but your kids will love it and you'll be making lifelong memories. It's those little eccentric things that your children will look back on with a smile and share when they're sitting around with their families. And who knows? They might just pass it on as a bizarre family tradition.
In an effort to explain the laziness that has become a way of life for so many including myself I have spent some time contemplating the downfall of life from past to present. In the past people worked hard either away from the home or in the home, often both together. In the past leisure time was far and in between.
It seems that this guilt has carried into adulthood for many of us. For one thing, many of us apologize for things that we don’t need to apologize for. From bumping into the furniture to actions someone else did to someone we care about, we tend to say, “I’m sorry” about four times as much as we need to. (That’s obviously a guesstimate; it could be higher.)
Both of my sisters have amazing mother-in-laws who love them to pieces. One isn’t even married yet and her boyfriend’s mother dotes on her constantly, from Christmastime to trips, outings to Scentsy parties. They hang out like they are pals. My sister who is married is just about BFFs with her MIL. They do everything together, from weekly TV watching dates to shopping and eating out together. Both of these two do this without their menfolk present, while I couldn’t imagine being in the same room with my MIL without my husband present.