Celebrating Fun: February 2013

January flew by and to be honest I was so busy working on orders, crafting up birthday gifts and baby shower items that I didn’t even have time to breath, much less do any fun extra celebrating :(

I plan on doing much better in February though!  We have a tradition around here they my little ones hold me to!  (See the post on our Valentine Tradition)  Along with our daily treats here are some other was to celebrate fun in February

February Celebrating Fun

4 – Thank a Mailman Day – leave a nice note and even a treat for your mailman!  We all like to get something other than a bill ;)

7 – Send a Card to a Friend Day – who doesn’t like to receive a note!

8 – Chinese New Year!  It’s the year of the Snake so make a snake craft or read a book about Chinese New Year.   We will for sure be having Chinese food for dinner this evening.

14 – Valentine’s Day – heart shaped foods, cards for friends, and any other ways that show your family to love them!  If you need some ideas, check out my Will You Be My Valentine? Board on Pinterest!

Valentine's Day breakfast

17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day – do something nice for someone you don’t know!

24 – Torilla Chip Day – make some homemade pico de gallo and guacamole to munch on as well ;)

Celebrating Fun: January 2013

Happy New Year!!!  Where did 2012 go?!?!  I can’t believe another year has already come and gone.  This year will bring birthdays where my boys will turn 8, 6, 4, and 2; my business will officially turn one; and I’m sure LOTS more fun to celebrate!

 

January Holidays

1 – New Year’s Day (we don’t usually do much on New Year’s Day, but New Year’s Eve is lots of fun!)

8- Bubble Bath Day – fun for the kiddos and relaxing for mamas!

16 – Appreciate a Dragon Day – Think we might just have to watch “How to Train Your Dragon”

18 – Winnie the Pooh Day

19 – Popcorn Day

20 – Camcorder Day – make a movie of your kiddos!  They grow up WAY too fast!

21 – National Hugging Day

23 – National Pie Day – HMMMM, what kind shall I bake?

24 – National Compliment Day / National Peanut Butter Day

28 – Bubble Wrap Appreciation – there are oh so many things that the boys could do with bubble wrap!

29 – World Puzzle Day

31 – Man Day – Oh geez!  With 4 boys and a hubby every day around here is “man” day! haha

So there you have them! Lots of days to celebrate fun with your family and friends!

 

Celebrating Fun: December 2012

December Holidays

4th – Santa List Day – have the kiddos sit down and write out their Christmas lists for Santa.  Even better use this printable from Somewhat Simple I found on Pinterest!
Source: somewhatsimple.com on Pinterest

Then take their lists and make these cute ornaments to have a keepsake of their lists each year!

6th – St. Nicolas Day – Learn about the man that started the tradition of Santa by watching the Veggies Tales St. Nick movie or the Christmas What’s in the Bible? DVD

7th – Letter Writing Day – write some heartfelt notes to family that is far away this holiday season.

8th – Brownie Making Day – make some brownies and deliver them to friends and neighbors!

18th – Bake Cookies Day –  This is something we have done every year since my mom and dad moved to So Cal.  It might not always be the 18th but it is sometime in December.  I pack up the boys, lots of tupperware containers, and some ingredients and head to my mom’s house where we spend most of the day baking away.  The boys help roll out and decorate cookies and then when they are done we turn on some movies for them and really get to work.  By the end of the day we have LOTS of yummy cookies to make into trays or tins to give away.  

Cookie Decorating 1

 

Cookie Decorating 3

25th – Christmas Day – spent with family and a day of remembering the birth of Christ, the TRUE reason for the season!

 

Our Christmas Family Traditions

Family Gingerbread House Competition

My husband and boys are big fans of the Food Network and all their competition shows.  Each year we send the boys to play, get the table all set up with TONS of candy treats  and preassembled house structures (because there is NO way the boys would sit while they dry!).  Then we spend the evening decorating our house while munching on sweets and sipping hot chocolate and rocking out to Christmas songs on Pandora!

Family Gingerbread House Competition

2011 Gingerbread Houses

Looking at Christmas Lights

We do this a few times during the month.  Usually we drive around one night as a family.  Our local newspaper puts out a map for our city with all the best places to see lights and we get the boys in their jammies and drive through Starbucks before driving around. 

My husband’s side of the family also gets together and we all go to a street in Rancho Cucamonga, CA called Throughbred.  The ENTIRE neighborhood goes all out and has some fabulous lights.  We park and all walk together taking pictures and having fun.  It is something we look forward to each year.  

Looking at Christmas Lights

Birthday Cake for Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

On Christmas Eve it is tradition to make Jesus a birthday cake that we eat after we open presents on Christmas Eve.  The boys each help me make the cake.  I seriously have pictures of Christopher as a toddler sitting next to my mixer as we make a cake for Jesus (they are just backed up right now so they are NOT on my computer! boo)

Last year I found a pin on Pinterest that made this tradition even better.  It was detailing how to make a layer cake with different colored layers to represent different things to basically present the gospel in cake!  

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

The chocolate layer reminds us that we are sinful.

The red layer reminds us that Jesus shed his blood for our sins.

The white frosting reminds us that Jesus has given us a clean heart.

The green layer reminds us to grow in Christ.

The yellow decorations remind us of heaven.

The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the World.

 Christmas Eve Family Photo

Before opening presents on Christmas Eve we always get the boys in their jammies, make hot chocolate and take a family picture.  We don’t often get pictures of all of us so I love looking at these!  It shows me the blessings that God has put into my life and how each year our family has grown and changed!  I also take pictures of the boys all decked out before we head to Christmas Eve service.  

Christmas Eve Family Picture

Christmas Brunch

Christmas Brunch

I have a lovely set of Christmas china that I have collected (thanks in great part to my mom) since we got married.  I LOVE using these all December long, but especially on Christmas Day.  That is the day I get to host brunch for my mom and dad.  I always make Caramel Sticky Buns (thanks to Betty Crocker’s cookbook) the night before and then set them out to rise before the boys wake up.  Then into the oven they go and we sit together and enjoy a nice breakfast before heading to celebrate Christmas with my husband’s side of the family.

There are so many more little things we do this time of year to focus on the real meaning of the season but I will have to save those for another post.

For more ideas of things to Celebrate Fun in December, check out my CHRISTMAS CHEER board on Pinterest!

Celebrating Fun: November 2012

Can you believe it is already November?!?!  It definitely took me by surprise (which is part of why this post is a few days late!).  Between my entire family, including myself, being sick for the past month, Halloween last week and getting ready for the craft fair I participated in on Friday – I just didn’t get this post written!

Honestly, there aren’t too many “holiday” we celebrate in November other than Thanksgiving.  There are a few special dates and one that has become special to us this year in our extended family!

November Holidays

3rd – National Book Lovers Day – grab a book and READ!

3rd – Housewife’s Day!!!

3rd – Sandwich Day

11th – Vetran’s Day – thank any and all the service men and women that you know!!!

15th – Clean your Refrigerator Day – (I know I need to do this!!!)

16th – Have a Party with your Bear day – do something fun with the kiddos and have them bring their stuffed bears along!

17th – Homemade Bread Day – whip up some fresh bread!  Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread, or even just some yummy rolls to go with dinner.

Cooking with mom

17th – National Adoption Day!!!  This is exciting for our family this year since my sister  in law and brother in law are getting ready to adopt 3 precious children!  They are having a shower on this day and I can’t wait to bless them as they prepare to become parents!!!

19th – Have a Bad Day Day – I really don’t think I want to celebrate this one ;)

20th – Beautiful Day – YES it is since the 20th is my birthday!!!! haha

22nd – Thanksgiving Day – take some time to give thanks for all the Lord has blessed you with (we do this all month long!!!)

23rd – Black Friday – Do you Black Friday shop?  I did last year with my sister in law and it was SO much fun!!!

26th – Shopping Reminder Day – only ONE MONTH until Christmas!!!  Get that shopping done!

In the past we have done a few other things in November to get us ready for Thanksgiving. Once year I made handprint turkey cards for all the grandparents and aunts and uncles.

You can make a Thankful Tree and each day a leave to it with something you are thankful for.  How beautiful would that be by Thanksgiving, branches COVERED in leaves of thanks!

November (around my birthday) is also the time of year we decorate for Christmas!

Tree Decorating 2010

Zach decorating the tree in 2010

Here is the calendar I have gone to for years to tell me what holidays are in each month!

Celebrating Fun: Kool-Aid Play-Doh

My boys LOVE to play Play-Doh and while I am not a huge fan of the clean up (tiny bits of dough ground into their jeans, all over the floor, and mushed into the chairs), I do LOVE the HOURS of quiet playtime it brings.  They will sit and play for the entire day if I let them!

Play-Doh Fun

So can you imagine how thrilled I was to discover that September has a National Play-Doh Day!  YAY!  Talk about a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Play-Doh Cutie

Can you tell this cutie just loves to play with Play-Doh (and he does a good job keeping it out of his mouth too!).

PlayDoh

Now we have LOTS of Play-Doh, in fact an entire storage bin of it, but it is always fun to make your own Play-Doh.  Thanks to Pinterest I discovered Kool-Aid Play-Doh!  Not only are the bright colors TONS of fun, but the smell is amazing!!!

Here is the recipe I have used in the past for Kool-Aid Play-Doh.  I actually think I added a bit more flour since the dough was not very firm.  In the end I used about 2 cups of flour to get my dough to the correct consistency.

Master Play-Doh Creator

I will be making some of this up tomorrow!  Might even invite the cousins or some friends over added fun! How about you?

Celebrating Fun: September 2012

Our family LOVES to celebrate fun holidays like National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Cousin Day, and World Card Making Day.  One of my friends and fan of my Facebook Page suggested that I post a list of holidays each month that I will be celebrating, that way you can celebrate along with us!  What a fabulous idea!!!

So here is a short list of the fun and unique holidays that my family will be celebrating in September.  This month is a fabulous month to start these posts since there are so many fun holidays to celebrate!  We are really looking forward to all the fun we will have this month!

September Holidays

5th –  Cheese Pizza Day (guess what we had for lunch!)

9th – Grandparents Day – I have some great gift ideas on my Pinterest board, like THIS and THIS!

12th – Chocolate Milkshake Day

16th – Play-Doh Day  - try making some Kool-Aid Play-Doh with the kiddos!  The bright colors are so fun and the smell is AMAZING!

Play-Doh Fun

18th – Cheeseburger Day (can you say In-N-Out for dinner AKA Mama doesn’t have to cook night!)

19th – Talk like a Pirate Day – my boys will LOVE this day. Costumes are a must!

Littlest Pirate

21st – Mini Golf Day – (off to Mulligans we will go!)

23rd – Checkers Day – Perfect game for after church

26th – Johnny Appleseed Day – read a book about Johnny Appleseed and have a yummy snack!

 

Here is the calendar I have gone to for years to tell me what holidays are in each month!

 

Check back in October for more Celebrating Fun ideas!!!