Thinking About Summer: Visiting Museums

A few weeks ago, when we were still seemingly in the midst of Winter, I suddenly had the urge to plan out our summer.  So that’s what I did.  Yep–at the beginning of March, I planned out the months of June, July, and August.  Complete with camp adventures.

We knew a while ago that we were doing camp.  Princess Anna is going to Mom & Me Camp for the first time (and she is already packed!), and Rapunzel is going to “Big Girl Camp” for the first time!  We are all so excited.  But of course these camps are short term, and I have a lot of summer to fill.

I’ll be talking in the next few posts about how I scheduled our summer and will be ending with our summer calendar.  But one of the first things I decided to do was to visit museums.  Our family hasn’t been in a financial position…ever…really to visit any museums at a cost.  And just about all of the museums in our area come with a cost.  This year, we aren’t incredibly well off per se, but we are at least finally able to pay our bills, and I knew that our kids could benefit immensely from visiting museums.

Because museums are quite costly, and because there are few I wanted to visit, Prince Charming and I decided to use any extra money I make on the side to put toward a family membership with a children’s museum that has affiliations across the country.  We went with the Family Plus membership, which allows us admission for 6 people (so we can ALL go!), up to three adult cardholders (so a grandparent can take them too!), guest discounts, free access to members-only events, express entry on busy days, and discounts at the museum store, on birthday party packages, on guest memberships, and guest admissions PLUS 50% off general admission to 200+ member museums.  Even if we only visit each museum once and don’t use any other benefit, we are still saving over $26.

Now Princess Anna has this problem called I-have-to-touch-anything-and-everything-especially-if-Mom-doesn’t-want-me-to.  (Reason #2 why we never really went to museums before.)  That’s why our membership includes admission to museums like Port Discovery, Hands on House, and Please Touch Museum.  Now I can breathe a sigh of relief.  I can’t say for sure if we will do this every year, but at least for this year I am pleased to provide my kids with some active learning at a discount.  And what’s better than having your kids learn while having fun?

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Taking Care of Friendship

Today, as I attempted to catch up on the backlog of emails in my inbox, I perused through some of my favorite blogs.  As I was doing so, I happened across a few articles about friendship, the importance of developing friendships, and the like.  It got me thinking.  I don’t like to jump on the bandwagon, but when something speaks to me, I feel I need to write it.  (And by the way, you can check out what I read at incourage at The Art of Simple.)

On the radio the other day, I heard one person ask another what the difference was between her friendships 10 years ago and her friendships today.  Well, 10 years ago I was in my senior year of high school.  I can still remember all of my friends from back then, but I think I knew deep down who was real and who wasn’t.  Sure I had my “friends”, but then there are always FRIENDS–you know, real friends.  The ones who wanted me around even though I didn’t want to smoke, drink, and have sex.  The ones that would come to all the sporting events with me or just walk around the mall.

As is no surprise, I haven’t seen most of my “friends” since I graduated high school.  There’s the one I fell away from, the one I’m always talking to, and the one I wish I talked to more.

Then you go to college, make a bunch more superficial friends and a couple of keepers.  I have two of the keepers.

But then you graduate from college and you enter real life: get a job, get married, have kids…and somewhere among the diapers, the milk, the laundry, the soccer games, and the instrumental concerts, you lose touch.  Your friends are two hours away in a new place and you want to be there with her during this transition but you can’t get away long enough to even see her place.  Or she’s three hours away, and you get to see her once–maybe twice a year when you take vacation with your family.  Or she’s just about an hour away but she works full time on the night shift, and the only time you get together is with the kids–which they love (the kids and your friends!), but all you want is some real grown up time sometimes.  Even the friends you make through your kids’ friends (moms unite!) are out of reach most days–they have busy schedules too.

I miss my friends.

Take some time to read Jennie Allen and Tsh.

And then take the time to pursue meaningful friendships.  Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances, whether you feel like the frazzled mom with no friends or the laid back mom with a million, call up a friend or send her an email–whatever it takes to refresh those precious friendships.  Male or female, single or married, ten kids or no kids.  We need those friendships in our lives.  We were made for friendships.  So pursue them.  Cultivate them.  And then tell us how you did it.

And while you’re at it, pin this prayer from Elisa Pulliam.  Or print it.  Or just visit it over and over again and pray it every time you see it.  You’ll be glad you did.  And so will they.

The Prayer of a Friend

Scrapbooking (and Smashing!) Heaven

Yesterday, I was on the hunt for lots of miscellaneous scrapbooking and smash booking STUFF.  At this point, I really don’t remember exactly what I was looking for, but I’m sure I got way off track in the process anyway.  I have a major problem with scrapbooking supplies.  And digital scrapbooking supplies.  I have yet to really get into digital scrapbooking, but I am seriously considering it.  The only down side is that I can’t paste any other additional ticket stubs or keepsakes in it.  (If you have a solution for this, please let me know!)

Anyway, I’ve found a bunch of great scrapbooking freebie sites along the way, and I am highly addicted.  I sure hope you like them as much as I do!

Miss Tiina – I found this one a while ago.  She has a ton of free printables: fonts, project life cards, etc.  Love love love!

Pixel Scrapper – This is most definitely one of my favorites not just because of the amazing designs, but because you get free credits every day–for stuff you can download for commercial AND personal use!  I’m always looking for things to use for my blogs, and now I’ve found something awesome.  If you need something along these lines, I highly recommend checking out this site.

The Lilypad – I love the wonderful designs on this site as well.  Can’t say much more about it–it really just speaks for itself.

Check them out and let me know what you think!  Who is your go-to for free or cheap digital downloads?

Sickies

it is, undoubtedly, still cold season–at least at our house.  I can’t even seem to muster the energy to write (what I feel is) something that sounds remotely decent.  For four weeks, we have had sick germs floating around our house.  It started when “the boy next door” got sick…and made his entire family sick.

Before we knew it, Rapunzel was sick.  Exactly a week later, so was Princess Anna.  The next week, I was down and out.  No sooner had I pseudo-recuperated from the stomach bug than I came down with a sore throat.  By mid-week last week, Rapunzel and I both had strep throat, and she also had pinkeye.  But that’s not all–at that same time, Prince Charming came down with the stomach bug!

Thinking the worst was over, we breathed a sigh of relief…until this morning, when Wendy came down with the stomach bug…and then Princess Anna was cranky, then hot, then in pain.

I don’t mean to complain, as I have recently been feeling very blessed in other areas.  And we are very blessed that this is the worst of our problems.  However, I picked up some Lysol at Rite Aid this evening.  Cinderella sprayed every surface she could think of, I scrubbed the sinks, and on the task “menu” for tomorrow is disinfecting every surface I can find.

My struggle here is that my sister has gotten me thinking about more organic products, and now I worry about what I’m using.  Next on my list: finding some great pinterest ideas for disinfecting our house.  Keep an eye out: maybe I’ll find something good!

What’s your go-to disinfectant?

Sore Throats Soothers

I had every intention of writing last week, but alas, my plans were foiled once again.  I hope all of you out there in the world had a better week than I did!

My week started out with an infection, mid-way through I caught the stomach bug, and on Friday I picked up a sore throat…which I found out today is strep throat.  Which I also found out today Rapunzel has…along with pinkeye.  We are just a mess over here.  I think I will be disinfecting my house soon.

Well in the meantime I was searching some good remedies for sore throats.  The most popular remedies for sore throat pain:

  • Vinegar (you’ll most often find apple cider vinegar)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Lozenges or Lollipops

You’ll even find one remedy that calls for 2 tsp. of vinegar, 2 tsp. of lemon juice, 2 tsp. of honey, and a dash of cinnamon in a cup of hot water.  Let me just say–you have to do this only if you are desperate!  It worked after about an hour or so and lasted another hour or so, but this combination pushed me very close to the edge of throwing up.  I’d almost rather drink them all separately.

Lozenges and lollipops work, because they cause your mouth to create more saliva, coating the throat.  I found gum helps me as well.

If you’re congested too:

Humidifiers are often recommended to release some congestion.  Strangely enough, I’ve heard that rubbing Vicks on your feet alleviates congestion, though most often we will rub it on our chest.

If you’re dealing with a sore throat right now, I hope some of these tips will help ease your pain!  Feel to comment some of your tried and true remedies!

Cabin Fever – A Bucket List

Well, it’s started…

The big snow has begun, and we’re waiting for anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow.  School is cancelled already for tomorrow, and we are anticipating yet another snow day–trapped inside, away from the bitter cold.  I’ve lost track of the number of snow days we’ve had already–enough to take away almost all of the school’s remaining days off and bordering adding time to the school day or going until the end of June.  I anxiously await the picking at each other and the inevitable…”I’M BORED!”

So in anticipation of yet another snow day, I put together a Snow Day Bucket List.  Let’s try to make the most of being stuck inside with each other…again.

What about where you are?  Are you snowed in?  What’s on your bucket list?

Snow Day Bucket list | Making the Most

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Intentional

Well, folks, I’m back for the new year!  I can’t promise I’ll remember to post regularly, but I’ll try to post when I can.  I wanted so badly to post many of the projects and recipes we made last year but never got around to it.  Life happened.  I’m sure many of you other moms out there can identify.

I’m sure many of you are reading now about making new years goals and resolutions.  I’m not one to try to jump on the bandwagon, but I’ve been making resolutions since before I was a teenager, and though I fail many years at accomplishing many of them, I’m going to continue to try again anyway; though this year, I’m looking at my resolutions more as goals.  And I’m continuously working to establish the steps needed to accomplish them.

Here are my goals for this year:

For My Family:
 Spend 2 hours per month with each child
– Make devotions with Prince Charming a habit
– Make devotions with Rapunzel and Tinkerbell a habit

For My Health:
– Lose 52 pounds (I have a lot more to lose, but I figured if I shoot low then I’ll be more likely to achieve it…and if I lose more I’ll be thrilled!)

For My Career:
– Direct Sales: 12 parties per month, 5 guests per party, 1 recruit per year
– Church: Complete SEO on the website

For Myself:
– Read 2 Books
– Make devotions a daily habit

I have yet to make goals for my home, though I suppose this year, I’d like to finish scraping the paint off of our stairway railing and the porch.

I loved this free printable I used to record these goals!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to find the link from which it came.  If you know who created it, please let me know so I can give them credit!

2014 Goals and Resolutions Printable

Along with these goals, I’ve adopted the concept of a word for the year, like many of the bloggers I follow.  If you don’t know what that is, check out this website: http://oneword365.com/

I know I’m behind the times on this word, but this word feels right to me this year: INTENTIONAL

I want whatever I do this year to be intentional, thought out, purposeful.  I don’t want to do life haphazardly anymore.  I want to intentionally spend time with my kids, intentionally develop a better relationship with Christ, intentionally build a better marriage, and intentionally become a healthier woman.  Please help me with this goal; if I seem to be falling off the wagon, feel free to remind me about what I’m saying now.  I’ll need all the help I get!

What are your goals for this year?  Have you picked a word?