Making Summer Meaningful with Simple Family Activities

Making Summer Meaningful with Simple Family Activities

Around here, we start counting down the days until the glorious season of summer months in advance.  As we take down the Valentine's Day decorations, we start dreaming about ice cream cones, flip flops, walking by the lake, and being able to go outside without 4 layers of clothes on (we're a snowy city!). Yet, even though we pine for summer and anticipate it's coming for weeks on end, it always seem to float away like a dandelion in the wind.  We've tried various methods to hang onto the … [Read more...]

How to Keep Christ in Christmas with Truth in the Tinsel

How to Keep Christ in Christmas with Truth in the Tinsel

It's that time of year again -- when the rushing begins and the lists never end and somewhere in all that hurry and scurry, we try to help our children remember (and sometimes ourselves!) what Christmas is truly all about.   There's a bunch of terrific daily devotional books out there, but with kids -- sometimes a hands-on experience is really what it takes.   That's why I LOVE Truth in the Tinsel -- it's a perfect way to stay centered on Christ without adding a bunch of extra stuff to your … [Read more...]

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

After our trip to Put-in-Bay last year, the kids begged to return again this year.  So, this last weekend, we climbed inside the car and away we went.  We weren't quite as diligent with our starting time (partly because we stopped at the Original Breakfast Place before hitting the road), but we pulling onto the highway about 9:30 and on our way to our favorite Island Getaway. The boat ride aboard Miller's Ferry was a blast as usual and we were happy to discover that you can actually park for … [Read more...]

Summer Theme Nights 2017

Summer Theme Nights 2017

Summer is here and with it comes some amazing theme nights!  Check them out below!     … [Read more...]

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

Free Summer Activity Ideas for Summer Fun!

The lazy hazy days of summer are upon us. If you’re a parent, the novelty of summer break is probably just starting to wear down a bit. My kids have slept in for the past few days, and the schedule definitely needs to be readjusted. While I’ve secured passes to a local theme park/water park, I’m also always on the hunt for inexpensive—or free!—ideas to keep those boys entertained…and away from their devices. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the screen recommendation for … [Read more...]

Ladybug Potato Stamps (Art in the Park #2)

Ladybug Potato Stamps (Art in the Park #2)

We've completed our second week of art in the park and the weather has been wonderful! It's so great to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends as well.  This last week, we made ladybugs with potatoes, which seemed to be a hit with the crowd.  Want to make some of your own? What You Need: Small potato, cut in half Red paint Black paint Q-tips Black Marker Crayons (optional) Construction paper (we used this white) Paper plate (or something to put paint … [Read more...]