Happy Monday! I’m still on hiatus but had to bop in for a quick list. We’re off tomorrow morning for a quick trip with friends who are moving away soon, and then off the next day for another trip to Nebraska. In between, there are dental visits and other to-do items, but we’re focusing on the fun bits!
Here’s a few ways to make some fun memories this week…
1. Gather up some nut halves and make some darling little creatures like these from Sunshine Daydream.
2. Get some bags of water balloons and have a massive water balloon bash. We especially like to throw them super high above our own heads and then run close enough to get wet when they crash down.
3. Bring your child flowers.
4. Put some decorative treasures in the yard or garden and move them every few days so the kids can have fun discovering them anew. We have colorful mushrooms that we move all over the yard, tucking them in out of the way spots as a sort of a garden treasure hunt. The kids love to take turns helping me hide them, too!
(Photo by Victoria Bayer)
5. Try making some Aussie camping food — damper on a stick!
6. Buy or make several sets of wind chimes and put them up in the house and garden. Ask them to help you make up a meaning for what it means when they clink– maybe the wind just blew them a kiss, a fairy entered the room, or someone’s wish came true.
7. Make some lavender sugar. Put a dozen or so lavender heads in a jar of fine sugar and leave for about two weeks. Use in tea, cookies or any other recipe where you want the delicate flavor. You can also use lemon verbena leaves and other delicious herbs for other flavors.
8. Cut an old sheet into large wings, have the kids color it with markers, and pin or stitch it to an old shirt. Have the kids run around as butterflies.
9. Paint masterpieces on your toenails. Boys too!
10. Introduce the kids to something you loved as a child….. cross-stitch, “Black Beauty,” Malomars, roller skating…. start a new tradition and enjoy it all over again!
And with that, my dears, I’m off again for a bit.
Kiss your children, count your blessings, and don’t forget to take care of you!