Have you ever thought of WHY certain families want to be together?....Want to spend time together and often would rather be with each other than with friends?
I'm currently reading a book titled "Power Parenting" and it devotes an entire chapter to the importance of having fun as a family. This is something, until recently, we haven't consciously done. Sure we go on family trips and do the bigger things that are fun and bonding for our family...but this suggests it should be a common, everyday occurrence or general feeling within our families. That's a pretty tall order, isn't it? I mean, with the daily stresses of work, school, activities, keeping an orderly house, crankiness, sibling conflict, etc...It can be quite the challenge to make "fun" a priority. But as I've been reading this book, we've decided to give it our committed best shot.
This past weekend after the stock show sale, we headed out for a little hike in San Marcos....on a clear, bright, 80 degree Texas winter day. (insert major eye roll) Blake and I had agreed beforehand that we were going to make it as fun (and as pleasant) as we could...meaning overlooking things the kids said/did that we'd normally get onto them for. And we were SURE there'd be some complaining. But thankfully, all went well and the only major issue was full bladders needing a place to go. ;)
My hope (and plan) is that we can make time to incorporate these "little" things more often to create a fun vibe for our kids. We want our kids to want to be around us...and want them to know how to have fun doing wholesome activities. As I've learned from "Power Parenting", having fun together creates a sense of security, fosters humor, relieves tension, and can have a healing effect when those outside forces wear us down....Which really is something we all innately know, am I right? Most of us don't need a book to tell us about our basic human need for fun, belonging, and family...We know it because we've felt it ourselves. Fun brings happiness, and happiness is one of our main goals in life!
"Men are, that they might have joy."
(2 Nephi 2:25)
Our county stock show has come and gone and whew...it was busy! This year, my two oldest girls entered projects in home skills and rabbits. No pigs this year. Rabbits were a learning experience being our first year, but were fairly easy as we kept them in our garage (shhhh, don't tell anyone) and we only had them a month prior. And thankfully, the girls didn't get attached to them like they did with the pigs last year. The key is to not name them...fyi. ;)
With the homeskills projects, they both submitted a baked good each and several photography projects. Tyler Bree took home grand champion junior photography, which we were super excited for her...2 years in a row! Riley's photos did really well too. Here are some of theirs below...
(and here's a recap of last year's show)
I think we'll definitely try out rabbits again next year, as well as more submissions with home skills. It's a great learning experience for the kids and they truly worked hard this year on each of their projects! We are proud of them both!
Yes, I'm still catching up from Christmas. I took at LOOOONG break from blogging in December and I'm slowing easing my way back into it. 2015 was such a remarkable year, I'll have to devote an entire blog post to what all happened over the last 12 months, but today, I'm sharing some of my favorite photos from Christmas Day.
We decided, in an effort to take the focus OFF the gifts on Christmas morning, we would let the kids see what Santa brought them and then save the rest for later. Instead, we acted out the nativity, watched a special devotional on Christ, and read the Christmas story in the Bible on Christmas morning. Then we ate a nice, yummy Christmas breakfast and went on a bike ride as a family. This was the first year we've done something like this as a family, and I definitely want to continue the tradition in years to come. It's all too easy for the kids to get wrapped up in the presents (pun unintended), that without conscious and intentional effort, the true meaning can become a 2nd focus rather than the entire reason for the holiday. It was such a special day for us and I hope we can keep the spirit of Christmas with us throughout the entire year!
Living in Austin most of my life, I've been to the Zilker Trail of Light less than a handful of times. In the last decade, it's become more of a hassle to attend that what we, as a family of 6, are willing to handle on a regular night. BUT, I was honored to be given ZIP and parking passes by the awesome people at SkinnyPop, which made attending the iconic trail of lights a total game changer and totally convenient!
We ended up having a blast, with the ferris wheel being the highlight! It was such a great way start off our holiday break with the kids and get in the Christmas spirit!
It's holiday-wear time! Yesterday we had family photos, tonight is Blake's work party, and tomorrow is a friend Christmas party...so holiday outfits are front and center and definitely on my mind right now! This outfit was yesterday's family picture outfit, but I love the look for parties too. Tulle skirts can be worn all sorts of ways, but my favorite way to wear it is dressed up for a festive affair. Something about a frilly skirt exudes femininity and style. I feel every woman can rock a tulle skirt and so they should! ;) Black and cream are the safest and most versatile options, but some of the pastels are super fun too!
(Check out some options below...)