We Have Aars http://wehaveaars.com You have your blog, we have Aars. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:30:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kids Christmas Star Painting http://wehaveaars.com/kids-christmas-star-painting/ http://wehaveaars.com/kids-christmas-star-painting/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:28:50 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5495 Isaiah has REALLY enjoyed learning all about the Christmas Star this year. Actually, he’s rather obsessed. He and I have a Christmas song we share together. It’s a special one–one that I rocked him to when he was just days … Continued

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Christmas Star Painting

Isaiah has REALLY enjoyed learning all about the Christmas Star this year. Actually, he’s rather obsessed.

He and I have a Christmas song we share together. It’s a special one–one that I rocked him to when he was just days old (since he was born on Christmas).

It’s called “Follow That Star” by Cindy Morgan. Have you heard it? Definitely worth a download if you haven’t.

It talks about following that special star throughout our lives–letting it lead and guide us. Such a wonderful message for Advent, and every season that follows.

Isaiah has come to know that song as his own–and even insists that I put it on repeat for him as he falls asleep each night.

And when he started drawing Christmas Stars in his free time, I knew it was time for a project. ;)

I saw an adorable tutorial for snowflake art a while back, and fully intended on making some with the boys. And then it hit me, why not put our own little spin on it and make our very own Christmas Star?

A dear friend had recently given the boys their very own nativity set. So we set out to make the perfect backdrop.

This project was so stinkin’ easy. And Isaiah was so proud that he made it ALL BY HIMSELF.

It might be our favorite project together to date…

 

To make, you will need:

  • canvas (Size is up to you, we chose 16×16.)
  • blue paint (Again, specific shade is up to you. We chose Martha Stewart craft pain in “Slate Gray.” )
  • masking tape (or painter’s tape)
  • Paintbrush

 

I arranged the tape into the shape of a star like so. (Just make the shape of a cross, then add an “x” over the middle.)  You’ll also notice I angled the edges of each piece of tape…this really helped give it the twinkling look.

Christmas Star Painting

Then it was time to paint. I chose to use craft paint and a brush because we were going for a specific look. But you can definitely use finger paint if your kids are younger.

Christmas Star Painting

And P.S.This was Isaiah’s first time painting on areal canvas. He was on cloud nine!

While the paint is still wet, peel the tape and set the painting aside to dry. (The hardest part was the waiting!)

As soon as the canvas was dry, we arranged our Nativity in front of it. Isaiah was SO very proud. And of course, so was I.

Christmas Star painting

His first real painting. And how special that we’ll get to display it every year at Christmas, and remember the fun we had making it.

My heart skip a beat just thinking about it.

I love you, sweet Isaiah. You’re my Christmas baby, and you always will be. Thank you for being such a light in our lives.

Christmas Star Painting

 

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A Different Kind of Christmas Countdown http://wehaveaars.com/different-kind-christmas-countdown/ http://wehaveaars.com/different-kind-christmas-countdown/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:24:30 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5469 December just arrived and already it’s halfway gone. We even bit the bullet and decorated early this year. Something we’ve never done before. But some years, you just need Christmas regardless of whether or not it’s here. And we’ve had … Continued

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Christmas Countdown

December just arrived and already it’s halfway gone.

We even bit the bullet and decorated early this year. Something we’ve never done before. But some years, you just need Christmas regardless of whether or not it’s here. And we’ve had one of those years.

I’ve never seen Isaiah so excited as he was on “decorating day.”

He’s my holiday kid, just like his Momma. He lives from holiday to holiday. So when the Super Bowl of them all comes along, he can hardly contain himself.

But then again, neither can I.

He was talking about a mile a minute–telling me what to put where, and how we should decorate every square inch of space. At one point, I just stopped to watch him.

The chatter. The excitement. The very essence of innocence.

It was precious, in the truest meaning of the word.

Christmas has never been so meaningful as when I’ve had my boys. And sometimes, glutton for punishment that I am, I stop to imagine what the holidays will be like without them–when they’re all grown up and gone.

The nature of time with our children is funny. It feels so long but really it’s so short.

Days feel like years, and years feel like days.

But if you do the simple math…

There’s one Christmas every year, and roughly eighteen years at home…

That’s eighteen Christmases. Or rather, eighteen chances.

To teach them the true meaning of Christmas. To show them how give and how to love. To remind them it’s not about what we are, or what we receive–but what we can offer of ourselves.

To teach them that we give at Christmas because we were first given to, on that blessed night in the manger.

And man, I want to get that right.

The hardest part, is realizing how many are already gone.

I have fourteen Christmases left with Isaiah at home. Seventeen with Sammy.

Time has never felt so short. Or so important.

That’s when I decided I needed a different kind of Christmas countdown. I wanted a visual reminder–a visual cue to make each moment count, because they’re already numbered whether I like it or not.

Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown

Each year, this handmade countdown will find a special place in my home. We’ll countdown the days to Christmas, and also the years–to remind me that every day is a gift–one that I’ll never get back. Because next year, my boys will be a little older, a little different, and a little harder to reach. Never the same as they are right now.

But for today? They’re mine. On loan from God to love and protect. And teach…

And I plan to do that well. This Christmas, and every one after.

Christmas Countdown

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Learning To Walk http://wehaveaars.com/learning-to-walk/ http://wehaveaars.com/learning-to-walk/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:03:41 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5463 Samuel’s been learning to walk these days. I know, I know. He’s a bit late to the party at fifteen months. But Isaiah was a late walker and…can I be honest for a minute? I love it. There’s something about … Continued

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Learning to Walk

Samuel’s been learning to walk these days.

I know, I know. He’s a bit late to the party at fifteen months. But Isaiah was a late walker and…can I be honest for a minute?

I love it.

There’s something about walking that takes the baby out of your baby. More than any milestone, walking means the “toddler transition” has officially begun. And call me crazy, but I want my baby for as long as he’ll let me have him.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes…

Samuel LOVES to practice his walking.

His favorite pass time is waddling towards me from across the room–arms reaching out, grinning ear to ear, eyes wide with delight. And the second he gets to me, he falls gleefully into my arms.

In that moment my heart bursts with pride.

I mean, literally. It feels like my heart might burst right out of my chest. It hurts, even. But a good hurt.

Then he gently pushes me backward so he can do it all over again.

Learning to Walk

And the very best part is how he lingers in my arms–hugging my neck, and holding onto me with everything he has. It fills my heart with joy.

We play this game thousands of times a day. Walk, fall, hug, repeat.

And the thing that gets me every time, is his trust.

Think about it. It’s scary to take your first steps. It’s scary to lose your balance. It’s even scarier to fall. But he never doubts that I’ll be there. He never doubts I’ll catch him.

Sometimes I think we’re all “learning to walk” at times in our lives. Taking new jobs, starting relationships, having babies, facing new challenges…hard challenges. Starting over after divorce, battling addiction, or facing life after losing a loved one.

We are constantly stepping out on wobbly legs. And more often than not (tell me I’m not the only one?) we’re too scared to even begin. Too afraid to take a step. Because falling is scary for grown-ups, too.

But what if we could have the faith of a child? What if we could remember that someone’s there. Someone’s got us…

No matter what.

Think how much easier it would be. Think of the steps (no LEAPS) we could take, and the mountains we could climb.

I like to imagine God’s heart bursting with pride when we trust him, just like mine does with Samuel. I like to imagine his face beaming when we take our first steps, and courageously fall into his arms.

And oh, the joy he must feel we linger–hanging onto him with everything we have. Never to let go…

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Hiatus http://wehaveaars.com/hiatus/ http://wehaveaars.com/hiatus/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:47:26 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5408 Have you ever needed to take a break from what you “do”? What makes you YOU. Hit the pause button. Get away? But not away. Take a breather, but right where you are? That has been the essence of my … Continued

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Have you ever needed to take a break from what you “do”? What makes you YOU. Hit the pause button. Get away? But not away. Take a breather, but right where you are?

That has been the essence of my life these last few weeks…hence my lack of posts.

Sometimes I struggle with blogging.

I mean, I love it. It’s a part of me. It’s my self-care, what I do to survive.

I’m not myself without writing, or creating in some form or fashion.

But sometimes I feel like I am missing out on life, in my heart-felt efforts to write about it. Or capture it. Or memorize it.

Or cling to it.

They say when a photographer lives through a lens, they lose the memory. And I believe that to be true.

I just think the lens itself is interchangeable. Be it an actual camera, or be it life. Be it work or distractions. Finances, or long lost dreams.

Whatever “it” may be, it gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? Between us and life…

And whenever it does I take a hiatus from that very roadblock, challenging myself to “be present”.

To live life fully–not on the page, but in the flesh. To experience my loved ones–not on camera, but through sight. And sound. And memory-making.

To disregard the distractions–things that pull us away from the importance.

To detach from social media–and to understand, with a little distance, the illusion that it is.

Life is messy. But beautiful. Not perfect, but incomplete. And if we focus too much on what it is not, then we just might miss what it actually IS.

And I don’t want to miss it. Not now.

Not while pitter-patter feet still live in this house.

So excuse the silence. It’s not permanent, just a hiatus.

A much needed time for me to reset, and focus on living. And enjoying. And experiencing faces like these.

 Hiatus

Can’t recommend it enough, really.

 

 

 

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Candy Corn Popcorn Bags http://wehaveaars.com/candy-corn-popcorn-bags/ http://wehaveaars.com/candy-corn-popcorn-bags/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:10:00 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5376 Have you traded your microwave popcorn packs for brown bag popcorn yet? If not, you should! Martha Stewart turned me on to brown bag popcorn a few years ago. And ever since, it’s the only way we make it. Just … Continued

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Candy Corn Popcorn Bags

Have you traded your microwave popcorn packs for brown bag popcorn yet? If not, you should!

Martha Stewart turned me on to brown bag popcorn a few years ago. And ever since, it’s the only way we make it.

Just fill one brown paper bag with 1/4 cup of kernels,  crumple (pretty sure that’s the official term) the top to seal the bag and put in the microwave for one minute. You’ll have the best-tasting, fluffiest popcorn you’ve ever tasted.

Candy Corn Popcorn Bags

So simple, and SO much better for you.

I decided to add a fun twist to our brown bag tradition, just in time for Halloween…

Candy Corn Popcorn Bags!

Candy Corn Popcorn Bags

So easy to make they almost don’t need a tutorial…

You’ll need:

  • Tempera paint in yellow, orange, and white.
  • A medium sized paint brush
  • Brown paper bags (as many as you want to make)
  • Popcorn kernels
  • String
  • Gift tags (if desired)

Lay your paper bags side-by-side and paint one color stripe at a time (yellow on bottom, orange in the middle, and white on top). I kept each stripe the width of my paint brush, to make it easier.

Candy Corn Popcorn Bags

Let dry, and fill each bag with 1/4 kernels, then tie off with the string. And you’re done.

Aren’t they the cutest?

Candy Corn Popcorn Bags

Perfect for healthy Halloween treats, party favors, or even gifts for teachers and friends.

Candy Corn Popcorn Bags

Happy popping!

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Time-IN http://wehaveaars.com/time-in/ http://wehaveaars.com/time-in/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 03:38:23 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5306 Mommy needed a time-in tonight. No, not a time-out. A time-IN. Let me back up… We’re no stranger to time-outs around here. I can still remember the first time we implemented them. Sigh. Remember that moment? When your sweet, innocent … Continued

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Mommy needed a time-in tonight. No, not a time-out. A time-IN.

Let me back up…

We’re no stranger to time-outs around here.

I can still remember the first time we implemented them.

Sigh.

Remember that moment? When your sweet, innocent baby turned into a full-blown melt down toddler?

I remember thinking…What? You mean we have to discipline him? No one told me that part.

We chose the “time-out” method, which has been very effective for us. However…

The older Isaiah gets, the more his emotions evolve. And it’s super important to me that he learns how to handle those emotions to the best of his ability. Something, I’ll confess, that I’ve never really been good at. But I’m working on it.

So one day on a total whim, when Isaiah was having a particularly emotional moment, I implemented our very first “time-in.” I explained to him that it was the opposite of a time-out. That he wasn’t in trouble, but rather, it was personal time–time for him to let his emotions out…on his own time, in his own space.

He was a little reluctant at first, but once I talked him through it he decided to give it try.

And we’ve been doing time-in’s ever since.

Time In

It’s been so fruitful for him. For us, really.

But one thing I quickly realized…

Mom has to the lead the way.

You can teach a child to do, until you don’t. Am I right?

In other words…children learn according to what we do, not what we say.

And you know what that means? Lots of time-in’s for me. I mean…LOTS.

Let’s be honest. It’s almost impossible to keep cool 24/7 around your children. Show me the woman who can, and I’ll build her a statue. Bronzed.

I pretty much give myself a time-in once a day. And not silently, either. I publicly announce it…  “Mommy needs a time in!”

It may sound crazy. But I love it for so many reasons…

  1. It makes me a better Mom. Even just a few minutes alone allows me to regroup, calm down, and keep the cool I almost blew. Then I can react appropriately.
  2. It teaches Isaiah to recognize not only Mommy’s limits, but HIS OWN.  Which is so stinkin’ important in my book.
  3. It teaches our family to respect each other’s emotions and how they unfold.

I want my children to know that our emotions are vital to who we are–that they are not to be squashed or hidden, BUT there’s also a time and a place. I want my children to know that it’s okay to be sad, or angry, or upset. And I want my children to feel confident in their ability to navigate those feelings, in a safe and comforting environment.

The other day Isaiah gave himself a time-in. I almost cried.

It’s those little moments of victory, you know?

They are small, but mighty.

 And they deserve their own glass of wine. ;)

 

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Tips For the Great State Fair of Texas http://wehaveaars.com/tips-state-fair-texas/ http://wehaveaars.com/tips-state-fair-texas/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:15:24 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5329 I kind of can’t believe I’m just now writing this post. I mean, my love affair with the great State Fair of Texas goes waaaaaay back. And just to catch you up to speed…we got engaged there AND were married … Continued

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Tips for the State Fair of Texas

I kind of can’t believe I’m just now writing this post.

I mean, my love affair with the great State Fair of Texas goes waaaaaay back. And just to catch you up to speed…we got engaged there AND were married there (in the Hall of State…not the Midway). It was classy, I promise.

Michael and I get Season Passes every year. We go, on average, about 5-6 times. So let’s just say we know our way around.

And since people are always asking for our fairground advice (when to go, where to park, etc.)…I figured, why not put it all in one handy-dandy post.

So hot of the press and just in time for opening day…here’s our top tips for the State Fair of Texas.

Tips for the State Fair of Texas

1. Never pay full price for entry: If you don’t know this by now, shame on you. There is a plethora of ways (that’s right, I said “plethora”) to get in to the Fair at discounted rates. This article lists them all succinctly. Rides are half-off on Tuesdays and don’t forget Season Passes. If you plan to go to the Fair three times or more, the passes pay for themselves. Plus they come with other perks, like an extra Fair ticket (for a friend) and free movie passes. If you ask me (you did, right?) then Season Passes are the way to go, especially if you have little kids. Because anything beats trying to cram an entire family’s agenda into ONE DAY at the Fair. Get the pass. And go whenever you please. You can thank me later.

2. Never pay full price for parking, either: Our family ALWAYS finds free parking on the streets. And if we don’t, we drive back to the nearest DART station and ride the train. That simple, plus the kids love it. Save the $20 parking fee for games (okay, and beer.)

3. Go in groups: One of the most popular draws at the State Fair is the food–especially the inventive fried foods. But trust me. As much as you’ll want to try them all, you might just hate yourself (and your wallet) if you do. The best way to go about it? Go in a group. Then each person can buy one of the new menu items (which usually serves about 2-3) and everyone can have a taste. Then once you’ve found your favorite, you can go back for more.

4. The water booth: This one may seem small. But I promise it will save you big bucks in the long run, especially if you are bringing your family. Try to bring water with you, if you can. But if you happen to forget, do not…I repeat…DO NOT buy water anywhere except for inside the food court. Oak Farms runs a stand right inside the entrance, where you can get water, milk, juice for the kiddos and all for about 3 coupons (at least half the price of any other booth). Money. Well. Saved.

5. Go on a Sunday night: Sunday nights are by far the calmest at the Fair. If you can swing it, wait until after bedtime (7:30-8:00). There’s usually a mass exodus right about then. Families are leaving, going home to  get ready for the school week ahead. And the Fair will be (almost) all yours.

6. Do your research: Y’all. Check the Fair schedules before you go. PLEASE. It can make or break your Fair experience. Days to avoid: *DISD Fair Day (there are two…elementary and junior high/high school) any days/nights with large concerts or football games. If you like the crowded scene, then ignore everything I just said. But I think you’re crazy–just had to throw that in there. (www.bigtex.com for schedules)

7. Save your coupons: If you wind up having leftover coupons, don’t throw them away. Coupons are good the following year, so put those suckers in a safe place. (Then you just have to remember you have them.) And while I’m on the topic of coupons, don’t stop to buy them at the booths right by the entrance. You’ll wait in line for twice the time. There are coupon booths around every corner, I promise.

And one last bonus piece of advice, because really…I care about you. It looks easy. It looks harmless. But whatever you do, stay away from the CRAZY MOUSE coaster. That is, unless you like the feeling of being hurled towards a twisting and terrifying death. Then by all means. Go. Go on the Crazy Mouse coaster.

But don’t say I didn’t warn you…

* DISD Fair days for 2014 are October 10th & 17th.

Have any other tips? Leave them in the comments. Let’s share the wealth!

Tips for the State Fair of Texas

 

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Seasons http://wehaveaars.com/seasons/ http://wehaveaars.com/seasons/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:39:22 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5308 Fall is almost here. It’s so close, I can actually taste it. It’s always been my favorite season, for so many reasons. But mostly because it’s quite possibly the only REAL season we have around here. Living in Texas, all … Continued

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Living from Season to Season

Fall is almost here. It’s so close, I can actually taste it.

It’s always been my favorite season, for so many reasons. But mostly because it’s quite possibly the only REAL season we have around here.

Living in Texas, all the seasons seem muddled together, with no real separation. Often it feels like Summer just when Spring has begun. And even more often, it feels like Summer lasts the entire year. Our Winters have no snow, just mild temperatures. And scarf weather? Only if we’re lucky.

But Fall.

Oh, how I love Fall in Texas.

No, our leaves don’t turn electric shades or orange and yellow. But the weather alone is enough to make you want to stay forever.

To me, Fall is the only distinctive season we have–reminding us that they really do exist. Beginning, middle, and end.

I have a theory, that to be happy in life, you must understand and respect seasons. And I’m not talking about Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall.

I left my job two years ago to be a Stay At Home Mom. Making the decision to leave my career–what I had worked so hard to build and achieve for ten years, was an almost impossible decision to make.

Until I stopped looking at my life as one, big, long trajectory. Until I took the pressure off, and realized that I should be living from season to season, instead of beginning to end.

Let me tell you, it was life changing.

All of a sudden, I was leaving a season…not my career. And I was entering another, that would be just as beautiful and unique.

And someday, this season I’m in will pass (something I have extreme mixed emotions about) and I will move on to another.

The problem is, the deeper you get into your season, the easier it is to forget you are there.

My season has had some rough days, as of late. Being a Stay At Home Mom to two littles is extremely challenging, mentally and physically. Add your husband starting his own business to the mix, plus my bout with chronic migraines and well, we’re weary.

I wrote a post a while back, about surviving Stay At Home Mommy-hood…to which a sweet friend commented:

You are in a really tough season right now. One of the toughest. Hang in there, it will pass.

Those words set me free in a way she’ll never know.

How could I have forgotten, in such a short amount of time???

Of course. SEASONS.

I had forgotten that I was in a beautiful, complicated, flawed and messy season.

And most importantly, that it’s finite.

It’s funny. Seasons are so easy to recognize in the calendar year, yet almost impossible to see in our everyday lives.

Your newborn baby? Crying every hour on the hour. Eating every two hours. And waking up the exact moment that you finally fall asleep…every single time?

It’s a season.

That slump in your marriage? Because the kids have you so exhausted you can’t see straight? And you wonder if you’ll ever have time for yourself again, much less each other?

It’s a season.

That stepping stone job? The one that you can’t wait to leave but you can’t live without? Still wondering what you’re going to be when you grow up someday?

It’s a season.

And your days at home with little ones? Being tugged on and pulled on and stared at as you go to the bathroom? Those days that turn into a never ending meltdown, where you wonder if you really will lose your sanity, instead of just thinking about it?

It’s a season.

We’re human. And I think we all get caught up in the NOW. But what if we could remember that there’s more to the picture? That, with every new beginning, also comes a middle and an end.

Because the beauty of seasons is what they bring with them–change, growth, and new life. Everything God wants for us.

And in the end, they pass. Leaving us better than we were.

My season right now is my babies. It’s a season full of love and heartbreak. It’s changing me. It’s making me who I am.

And for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.

But it’s just a season.

Spring still awaits. And with it, brand new leaves…

Thank you, Fall, for the lovely reminder of seasons, that life is ever-changing–and so are we.

Now hurry up and get here, alright?

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A Pirate’s Life For Me: Pirate Play Kit http://wehaveaars.com/pirates-life/ http://wehaveaars.com/pirates-life/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:13:47 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5284 Avast Ye! It be ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ this Friday. Honestly. You didn’t think I’d let ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ pass without any mention, did you? It’s like you don’t even know me… I feel like this holiday … Continued

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Pirate Play Kit

Avast Ye! It be ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ this Friday.

Honestly. You didn’t think I’d let ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ pass without any mention, did you? It’s like you don’t even know me…

I feel like this holiday was MADE for us. Being the AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRS family and all.

This year we’re celebrating with a Pirate Play Kit–a play box filled with imagination and activities. You can use our list or create your own. We actually had several of these items on hand already. You just might, as well. And if not, we’re posting a few days early so you can hit that dollar store!

You’re welcome. ;)

Pirate Play Kit

A few ideas for your kit:

  • A small or medium container
  • A foam pirate sword
  • eye patch
  • bandana or pirate hat (or make your own)
  • BOOTY! (we re-purposed our gold rocks from this post)
  • Ocean animals (we went with sharks for obvious reasons)
  • Paper Towel Tube (telescope)
  • A large block or piece of wood (to use as a plank)
  • A Treasure Map (make your own or use this one)
  • Any pirate figurine (I chose a Ninja. Close enough, right?)
  • An empty plastic bottle

I’ll be leaving the kit out for the boys to find first thing Friday morning. I can’t WAIT to see their faces.

My game plan is to let them free-play as long as they will, and then we’ll use the rest of our time for some fun activities.

Activity ideas:

  • Go on a treasure hunt: I made a map of our backyard, where the gold booty will be waiting. ;)
  • Walk the Plank: Fill your container up with water and add the ocean animals. Then use the block to make a plank and let their imagination run wild!
  • Make a Pirate Telescope: Let them decorate the paper towel tube however they please, then take it outside and test it out!
  • Make a message in a bottle: Write (or draw) a letter and take it to a friend or a neighbor.

Pirate Play Kit

ARRRRRRR. It be enough t’keep them scallywags busy day and night.

How was that? Pretty good? I’m fluent in Pirate, you know. Little known fact.

Enjoy! And happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Weekend Update (and a Facebook Page) http://wehaveaars.com/weekend-update-facebook-page/ http://wehaveaars.com/weekend-update-facebook-page/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:56:18 +0000 http://wehaveaars.com/?p=5279 Well, I’m just back from a whirlwind weekend in NYC. Would you believe me if I told you it was the FIRST TIME I’d been without my husband AND my boys in 5 years? Let’s just say it was a … Continued

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Weekend Update

Well, I’m just back from a whirlwind weekend in NYC. Would you believe me if I told you it was the FIRST TIME I’d been without my husband AND my boys in 5 years? Let’s just say it was a much overdue break.

My bestie and I took the city by storm. Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But we did eat fabulous food, peruse gorgeous shops, and catch an amazing (albeit SAD) musical.

And we miiiiight have slept ’til noon each day. Can’t say for sure. (FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS, PEOPLE!)

I’m still unpacking and getting settled, but I took a little break last night to make a Facebook Page for my little blog.

I know. Totally late to the party. But to be honest, a little gremlin called “FEAR” had been holding me back on this one.

Don’t ask me why, but I was terrified.

What if no one wants to hear what I have to say?

What if no one likes it?

What if others think I’m being “showy” or just wanting attention?

What if. What if. What if.

But the thing I realized is this: If you believe in what you are doing, and most importantly, in what you have to say…then it’s not arrogant to share your message. It’s your responsibility.

A little much for a Monday morning post, maybe. But regardless, that one little thought lit a fire within me.

God gave me my creativity, God gave me my voice…not to hide but to share. So that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Would you hop on over to my page and give it a LIKE? It sure would make this girl’s day. And you’d help push that little gremlin far back into his cage.

Where he belongs.

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start. How about you join me, and do one thing that scares you?

Something tells me you’ll be glad you did. ;)

 

 

 

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