We are a big-time board game family. We love playing games together, Corey and I regularly have date nights where we do nothing but playing board games, and we have quite the collection of games on our shelves. I’ve shared before about some of our favorite games to play (see here, here, and here), but one thing I haven’t talked about yet is how we’re working on introducing Jackson to board games.
Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that seems to sneak up on me. This time of year is so crazy for our family, and it seems like this holiday just suddenly shows up before I even know it’s coming.
It’s only a few days away and, thankfully, I’ve already figured out what I’m getting for my mom (phew!) but I’ve been doing a little bit of dreaming about things that I would like for Mother’s Day. Corey and I are working really hard to keep our excess spending to a minimum right now, so we probably won’t be doing anything fancy for one another on Mother’s and Father’s day, but I should get to treat myself a bit on the holiday that’s supposed to be all about me, right? So, with that in mind, here are seven things I’d love to buy myself for Mother’s Day that all cost under $35.
I’ve mentioned a few times before that Corey and I love board games. We have a pretty big collection and we play on the regular. But, I’m not talking about Monopoly and Life. I’m talking about unique, creative, and strategic board games that you never dreamed of when you were a kid.
We’re always trying to recruit more people into this awesome world of board gaming, and so many people have no idea that these amazing games exist, so I thought today I’d highlight 10 of our very favorite games to play on date night. It can be hard to find games that work well with just two people, but these are the best of the best!
You can see the other posts I’ve done about board games here and here if you want more inspiration!
Happy Good Friday! We have the day off today and fully intend to stay in our pajamas as long as possible, soak up the family time, and maybe watch Frozen once or a dozen times.
I wanted to pop in really quick to say a big, giant THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to fill out the reader survey. I poured over each and every response, and it was so helpful. I appreciate your insight, and please know I am taking every single suggestion to heart.
Dyeing Easter eggs was always one of my absolute favorite parts of the Easter season when I was growing up. I loved to watch the eggs slowly change colors and I loved to see how creative I could get with my decorating. Last year we skipped the traditional egg dyeing and had Jackson paint some craft eggs instead – it was a perfect sensory activity for him at that age, but we knew that this year he was ready for the real deal.
He had a blast – and so did Corey and I! This is one of those activities that could have been incredibly stressful, but thankfully we did a little bit of preparation beforehand and were able to make it through with no tears from anyone. That’s a rarity these days!
Welcome back to “Window Shopping,” the post where I all pretend like the perusing I do online of my favorite stores actually has a purpose. Today’s theme? “Easter Baskets”!
I always want to be one of those parents who goes wild for holidays like Easter. Wouldn’t it be fun to create some giant, elaborate basket filled with all sorts of goodies?
Of course, I’m much too practical for something like that – I feel so silly spending money on bunny toys and little Easter-themed books that I know will only be pulled out once a year (or, more realistically, will get lost in the depths of the backseat of my car). So, I keep Jackson’s Easter baskets very simple, affordable, and not too terribly exciting.
But…that doesn’t stop me from pretending like I could go crazy if I wanted to! Here’s what I’d put in my dream Easter basket for Jackson.
Corey helps direct the One Act Play in the district where we work, and they’re good. That means they usually make it pretty far in competition, which means lots of late nights, long drives, and weekend trips for competitions. I love how passionate he is about it, but it can be so draining on our relationship and on our family to have him gone that much! It doesn’t help that this is the season of meetings and paperwork and insanity for me in my job, so it all adds up to a lot of stress and challenges from now until about late April.
We learned the hard way last school year that it’s absolutely vital for us to be intentional about staying connected and close to one another in this crazy season. I’ve talked a few times before about our date nights and how much we value them, but there are a few other things that we like to do when things get particularly busy to stay sane and make sure we show our love for one another. So, here are 10 things we’re doing this year to minimize the negative effects of these busy, busy months:
Oh, toddlers. There is always something hilarious coming out of their mouths. Always.
The more verbal Jackson gets, the funnier he is, and I’m always saying that I should write down the funny things he says. Only problem? I never remember to do it. Now that he’s two, though, he’s getting more and more verbal every day, and I absolutely do not want to forget all of the sweet, hilarious, and occasionally terrible things that he blurts out on a regular basis. So I’m recording them here.
Maybe it’s the special education teacher in me, but there’s just something about a difficult, makes-you-think, keeps-you-on-your-toes behavior that thrills me. I love the challenge of figuring out how to handle it, and I love the rush of joy when I start to see some progress.
I deal with crazy behaviors on a daily basis at work, so it’s second nature to me to deal with a toddler tantrum or two when I get home in the evenings. Over my years of being a behavior specialist and teacher, I’ve learned a lot about how to handle these rough behaviors, so I’m spilling a few of my secrets for dealing with toddler behavior today!