What To do on Spring Break – Day 2

This was Saturday, which was technically the first day of Spring Break, but I am counting it as Day 2. The kids had a blast playing up in the woods and outside on this fine Saturday before Easter Sunday.

What to do on Spring Break - Day 2 Easter Weekend

My oldest and youngest went outside first, it meant I couldn’t take a shower because it was a beautiful day and there was no time for Mama to shower. I just threw some clothes on and fixed my pigtail braids and ventured outside with them. They had fun being goofy, I called it a yoga lesson.

What to do on Spring Break Day 2 Easter Weekend

My middle child, Aj, ventured outside finally and he started to plan a game of soccer. We played a bit of soccer and monkey in the middle before the kids tired of it and Aj headed back inside. Aj isn’t an outdoor kid, he enjoys it in moments rather than for full days like my oldest and youngest. So I kept the door open and windows opened for the house so Aj could go back and forth.

What to do on Spring Break Day 2 Easter Weekend

My youngest is my little actor, shown above he is jamming out with his ukelele and later his sister and him actually put on a show singing the song Demons by Imagine Dragons. It was beautiful! On this rock, my daughter also found owl pellets and so we think there’s an owl living in our woods, I would have to agree, I hear this owl every night when I am sitting out on the deck after dark.

What to do on Spring Break Day 2 Easter Weekend

Since it was Easter weekend, I planned our normal egg hunt out. Filling plastic eggs with candy and change. Then the kids stayed inside so I could hide the eggs all over the yard. Aj hid a few too, because he never gets to hide them, he said. I allowed him to hide a few to feel special.

What to do on Spring Break Day 2 Easter Weekend

And then the kids grabbed their baskets and were ready for the hunt!

What to do on Spring Break Day 2 Easter Weekend

The kids searched high and they searched low. It took us a bit to find the last three eggs, and since I bought 30 plastic eggs they were good about dividing up the eggs so all three had 10 plastic eggs each. Then the trading started to happen, each kid started to trade money for jelly beans and jelly beans for malt balls. They had a blast, my youngest ended up with like no change and all candy just the way he likes it. Oh I think the youngest did keep a few quarters, you know, for the gumball machines!

There were no meltdowns. There were no issues and I received hugs from Aj quite frequently on this day, which is not something he normally does. Another beautiful day spent enjoying family.

 

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good Super Bowl party? After all, what could be more fun than all of your friends crowded into one room, enjoying snacks and getting excited about the big game? To really get the most enjoyment out a Super Bowl party, some of us like to get really creative to entertain the crowd. First on the list is usually the game day spread and next, the decorations. Here are few simple things you can do to plan ahead for the ultimate Super Bowl Spread and decorations.

What Are You Going to Eat?

Providing food at a game day party is not just nice, it’s essential. If you haven’t decided what you are going to make for the big day, we have a few ideas:

Queso Dip

Admit it. A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without the queso dip. Luckily for you, Kraft has a great recipe that we’ve hooked you up with. Your welcome.

The Ultimate Spread

If you want more than just queso dip and salsa, make a spread and get creative with things like nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Get crazy and go all out with mini-burgers and some sophisticated toppings. There aren’t many people who are going to turn down tasty mini-cheeseburgers with bacon and tomato!

If you stick with simple recipes and make a lot of bit-sized, build-your-own options, you won’t have to worry about anyone going hungry or picky children.

Desserts

Definitely don’t skimp on the desserts on game day. Whether you decide to go with store-bought options or make a few options at home, some top favourites are cookies, brownies and bite-sized cheesecakes.

You can always get creative and get a game day cake. Or, you could make cake pops during half time. If you aren’t that into the game, you could get the cake started and let it cool before half time. Once half time starts, your guests can come to the table, where you have a spread an array of different frostings and sprinkles so they can create their own. This is a great idea if you have children attending as well because it keeps them occupied.

Decorations

One of the most fun things about game day is how festive it can be. For some, it is practically a holiday. Join in on the fun by decorating your home. You can hang banners or decorate your table as a football field. You can also use astro turf to create a decorated doormat. The sky is the limit. Also, don’t forget to wear your favourite jersey.

No matter what you decide to do for game day, keep it fun and simple. This is a time for you to relax and enjoy each other’s company, while possibly enjoying some competitive rivalry. Remember to just take it easy. You’ve already got everything else covered.

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Sharing the Tradition of Cutting Down a Real Christmas Tree 2013 #happilyblended #family

Christmas has come and gone so quickly, even the 12 days of vacation from school that my children had just flew by too fast. I wanted to share our Christmas Tree story because, well it’s a bit late but a fun story to share.

Oh Christmas Tree

For years my children and I, up until last year, my ex husband was included too – we go and cut down our Christmas Tree. It’s a family tradition. Last Christmas (of 2012) was the first year my ex husband and I did things separately, as our youngest was starting to have issues realizing Mommy and Daddy are not together even though we do a lot together as a “family unit”. The traditions of our prior family had to stop being shared together as adults, but separately with our sons for each household. It was important for us to do that for our sons to move forward.

So this Christmas, 2013, was the first year we celebrated with my fiance and his children. The kids and I really want to make the fiance and his kids realize that they are a full part of our family here, the children of my fiance now have two homes – one with their Mom and one here with their Dad and me. It’s important to everyone here that the children feel at home while they visit every other weekend. Sharing our picking out and cutting down of the family Christmas Tree was important.

Little Human Christmas Tree

We all headed out in two vehicles to the place just near our house to get a tree. Basically this place cuts the tree down for you and the five kids and us walked around until we found a tree that we wanted.

Human Christmas Tree

You see picking out a tree was half the battle, getting it into the house and on that little human tree stand was another story. The boys and my step daughter had a fun time being all cute pretending to be the real Christmas Tree.  We did finally get that tree up on our tree stand and it was ready for the annual tradition of Brandy and Kiara to go at it while attempting to put garland and lights on the tree… now that was entertainment for the remainder of our family.

Christmas Tree 2013

It all started when Kiara felt the need to report that I totally suck with winding of the garland and/or lights. Each time I attempt to wrap anything like she does in the picture above, I end up with tangles and knots. She is great at this  …. I am not. I am simply a pawn waiting for Kiara’s next command, or idle threat of hoping the garland is around my neck as she pulls to wrap it around her arm. She’s a sweet child, I promise!

Happily Blended Tree Cutting

Then the arguing commences over who wants what where and why. This is ridiculous to me, but the five children placed various decorations on our first time Blended Family Christmas Tree with little mishaps. Us adults, had the job of cleaning the decorations because my over 10 year old candy canes melted and got all over the decor leaving us with no candy canes on tree this year.

Christmas Tree Tradition

Finally our first Christmas tree together as a family was complete and we enjoyed looking at it every night until about 2 days after Christmas when I had enough and took it all down! It’s important as we plan for a 2015 wedding that we remind our children that all 5 of them are our family, together always. They are all to be included, loved and made to feel a part of our lives whether with us or the other parent. We love our five combined children and would do anything for them! I was a merry, happy evening this particular evening and it’s a memory I will hang onto for years.

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