My Brain is on Vacation but it’s Suppose to be in the Office

I love it when I sit down to write and all that comes to mind is “let’s crop some pictures and create a blog post” but honestly it works amazingly! So today my brain is still on vacation mode even though it needs to be in office mode, which means a picture story yet again to share with you!

We went to two different firework shows last week to celebrate Independence Day. The kids were all settled in ready to witness the fireworks on the 4th of July.

Did I say kids were settled? Well two of the three were but this hyper little almost four year old boy was not so calm and settled. This little boy, Mister K, decided it would be cool to yell at the top of his lungs that he sees my penis {for the record I do not have a penis}. I don’t know where he comes up with these things nor do I know why he has all of this energy lately but it’s there and this Mama is exhausted!

This show on Wednesday the 4th of July was pretty good and I missed the smiley face fireworks both times due to the hyper three year old needing a couple time outs during this show but the picture above is a cute circle firework I captured on my smartphone camera.

On Saturday night we went to see fireworks in another town, this is one show we never miss and I probably watched the most growing up too, but I was sadly disappointed with the show that night.  Normally the fireworks in the town we went to on Saturday are amazing but they were short and not as many set off as last few years but still was a fun time!

How many firework shows did you all see?

Celebrate the 4th of July With a Scavenger Hunt

The kids and I love coming up with creative ways to have fun that don’t cost a lot of money and the site Scavenger Hunt Riddles and Clues has really narrowed down fun with low cost kid friendly scavenger hunts! The one that I like the most and think is the most appropriate to share with you all today is their 4th of July Scavenger Hunt.

This 4th of July Scavenger Hunt is perfect for all ages, they say ages 4 would get most of the clues and ages 6+ would get all of the clues, so team up and have some family fun this upcoming holiday weekend with a scavenger hunt.  There are also other scavenger hunt options available such as a Pirate Scavenger Hunt or a Nature Hunt.

With our family constantly spending time outdoors we would get great use from a Nature Scavenger Hunt as well as the 4th of July one.  If you are having a huge get together for the 4th of July why not take time to get this 4th of July Scavenger Hunt all ready for the kids who are attending, it’s only $7.99 and PayPal is an accepted form of payment.

 

A bit of Mother’s Day History – Julia Ward Howe

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and this is a day for lavishing your Mom with flowers, presents and luxurious treatment.  In history those who were more spiritual were more apt to celebrate and worship goddesses rather than mothers.  Egyptians used to celebrate once a year by worshiping the Goddess Isis, she was commonly referred to as the mother of the pharaohs.

In the 1600′s England had a clerical decree that made it so that mother’s would be celebrated once a year, no longer would this annual celebration be the worship of goddess or other spiritual leaders whom we feel as mother to our own self.  Back in the day on this fine Mother’s Day workers were allowed to travel home to celebrate with their families. This began a great day for the working class servants and traders.

In 1870, the first real American Mother’s Day was announced by Julia Ward Howe. As part of her anguish watching sons killing sons of other mothers, Julia called upon all mothers to protest with her. With this request to have mothers bind together to protest the killing of other mother’s sons, Julia created Mother’s Day, an annual celebration of peace and motherhood.

And here is a little something from Julia Ward Howe:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts,
Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
Say firmly:

“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of
charity, mercy and patience.

“We women of one country
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says, “Disarm, Disarm!”
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!
Blood does not wipe out dishonor
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have of ten forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.

Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace.

Happy National Train Day

Honk honk readers! I was reminded by Chuggington that today is National Train Day! How can you celebrate train day with your trainee? Well for starters if it’s a rainy day you can settle in the house to watch Chuggington DVD’s or pre-order the May 15th release DVD called Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair or maybe play with the Chuggington Train Sets.

We have been able to watch Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair before being listed on shelves, again it will not be for sale to the general public until May 15th so get ready for some traintastic adventures & who doesn’t love ice cream? My trainee, Mister K, just loves this new DVD.

The great thing about National Train Day is that you can now share your pictures and own special journey celebrating trains and train travel. I have never been on a train other than an event that took place years back that allowed my family to ride forward then backwards in North Conway, but I plan to join in on National Train Day by seeing where we can go to take a ride by train or take pictures of local train stations that are no longer in use.

Be sure to check out what events are happening in a city near you on National Train Day! Don’t forget to check out Chuggington.com for fun games, news and more!

“I wrote this blog post as part of my connection with Chuggington as a Chuggington Conductor. All opinions are my own.”

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