- Without Spring there would be no butterflies -
April Fools Day
Since the kids were little I did a few little things to play tricks on them. The one most remembered is the frozen cereal in the morning. I made the cereal the night before with the spoon in it, put it in the freezer, then set it our for their laughs in the morning at breakfast. Check out a few other ideas on my April Fools page.
As I talked about on my March page, we love Spring. Spring showers mean the creeks rise. Read more details about our kayaking adventures on the MARCH page.
In years past we've been a part of Creek Week, organized by local Memphis whitewater boaters. Since that has dissolved, we have become members of the TSRA- Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. We meet in April at a camp to go on trips with others who share the same love of kayaking. It's a way to get to know other boaters, and kayak the same levels. It's always best to kayak in a group for safety.
Not all of our kids kayak like their dad. Some have grown into other ventures. They all still tag along on some family floats. The experience of it is something that will last their lifetime of memories.
For me, it's always camping season, but Spring brings memories. I camped a lot in the Spring while going on kayaking trips. We look forward to this time of year and plan a trip or two this month. They are usually planned around boating. I actually love hiking, so I find some good areas where we can enjoy some hiking. We have made some great memories on our Spring camping trips. A little rain doesn't deter us. It just makes it more of an adventure. Read more about how I organize camping trips on my CAMPING page.
We start our garden seeds in January, then we plant them April 15th or after. That is when I feel comfortable enough to plant without worrying about frost. Our first years garden was beautiful, full, abundant. We haven't had one like it since. A few years we haven't had one at all, due to busy summer schedules and traveling. Read more on my GARDENING page for tips.
I love nature and believe in enjoying all the natural wonders God has given us. Over the years I have done Earth Day arts and crafts activities. You can find some ideas on my Pinterest page.
We also enjoy an Earth Day festival at our local park, Shelby Farms. They celebrate all month long with a festival, campout, and 5K.
It's nearing the end of the school year and I see it coming. The burn out. I see it from everyone around me. Everyone is ready for school to end, they are loosing patience, and letting things go. One thing a marathon teaches us is that slow and steady wins the race.
Hebrews 12- 1 /and all...
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Do not grow weary and lose heart.
I've read these verses for years, but have still found myself weary this time of year. It's good to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. I give you permission. It's one of the most important things you can do for your family. They need a mom who is rested and strong.
Our last baby's birthday is this month.
Because we have a larger family, we try to do something extra special for each child on their birthday. Dinner and something fun. We started this in recent years from ideas from other parent of large families. What I didn't consider was our family's lifestyle. I do believe children should be made to feel special on their birthdays. They are all a blessing and need to feel that from us. But, they don't need extra special outings and getaways to feel it.
So, for the last few years with each child we have taken them out to eat at a restaurant of their choice, gone to Chuck E Cheese to play, gone to Jumping World and Get Air, gone to the movies. These are all great, but not consistent to our family's life. We've had fun and will enjoy the memories. We are now going back to our simply ways. We have a traditional candle in a muffin for breakfast, play at home with the birthday present, and dinner of their choice with the entire family. We noticed that although they loved going out for their birthdays to have fun, they missed their brothers and would rather they all would have enjoyed it together.
We love to have birthday parties at our house where it is personal, not at a place that cost a small fortune and very impersonal. We love for the whole family to gather. And when we invite friends, their families are all welcome as well. I design simple parties yet personal to their tastes at the moment. Like, Jack just had a Power Ranger party. In the past we've had a camping party, monster truck, kayaking, and dirt bike parties. They have been the most fun. There have been simple games set up and we let them run free. As long as it is a very laid back style party then we can all enjoy it better.
You can see a few of my parties and cake ideas on my Let's PARTY page
Harry Potter series
- great for rainy days-
Lord of the Rings series
The Hobbit series
Harry Potter series
-fun outdoor patios foods-
Crunchy Slaw- dish for Easter
Brussel Sprouts- dish for Easter