Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Food for thought

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Community Marketplace - September 17th from 3-6pm

I've gone to this the last couple of years with my kids, and it is a lot of fun!  Don't miss it!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Riding Bikes With My Boys

As life keeps me busy, there seems to be less and less time to post things on this blog!  I'm feeling like I'm a bit of a blogger-failure these days.  :(  That said, I'd rather be with my kiddos outside in the summer than inside on the computer, so maybe that's not a bad thing!  "Playing" with my kids doesn't come naturally for me, so I'm trying to be more purposeful about playing/interacting with them instead of busying myself with other things.   I'm getting a little better, but I have a long way to go!

My boys and I have had a great summer, full of fun, but relaxing activities.  I've tried to plan at least one thing a day, and my boys have apparently learned this, as Caleb asked me yesterday, "So what's the plan for the day?"  I guess he is my son.  :)

This summer I bought a bike for the first time in over a decade, and as I promised my husband (to justify the purchase), I really have been riding it!  My oldest is 7, and can ride on his own, but my 5 year old isn't quite on his own yet so we purchased a "tag along" for behind my bike.  I'd looked at this attachment last summer, but decided against it.  This summer I bit the bullet, and I can't recommend it enough!  I wish I'd done it sooner!  Micah, my 5 year old, LOVES it, and it isn't difficult for me to maneuver.  In case you're interested, I got it at Dunham's, but it's also available online.  See Amazon link to the one I got (but check Dunham's first b/c I got mine on clearance!)  My husband put it together, and said it wasn't difficult to do.  It's also easy to remove.  People see us on the street and everyone comments on it and asks me where I got it, so I don't think resale will be difficult.

I also purchased a helmet this summer - my boys have been on me the past couple of summers to get one, and I kept making excuses, but my ridiculous vanity isn't worth the example I'm setting for my kids.  I read a few weeks ago on a GREEN LIVING website that if we all went one day a week without driving we would make a significant impact on the environment.  I'm always looking for ways to make changes that can affect our environment and our health in a positive way, so I figure I should try it.  My boys and I rode to the Farmer's Market yesterday, and the grocery store the day before.  It gives us exercise, saves gas & pollution to the air, passes some of the time on some long summer days, and creates an experience I'm hoping they remember with me.

See us below rocking our helmets.   :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Father's Day Root Beer Tasting - 6/14

Lots of fun summer events happening this weekend.  One we're going to hit up is in Wabash, Indiana.  If you've never been to Charlie Creek Inn, it is a very cool old restored hotel - worth checking out!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Library's Summer Reading Program for Kids (6/2 - 7/27)

The children's Summer Reading Program at the Marion Public Library starts next week! Get in and get your kids signed up! My kids love this program - like their Dad, anything that is a competition gets them motivated, and it is a fun way to keep them in learning-mode over the summer. :)

Monday June 2 through Saturday, July 26 2014 
Early Literacy Program: Infants - Pre-Kindergarten 
Children's Program: Kindergarten - Eighth Grade 

 Program Guidelines 
1. Children in the Early Literacy Program will read for 1 hour each week and the participants in the Children's Program will read for two hours per week. Cross off a symbol on your reading log for every 15 minutes you read. This is meant to be completed weekly, but you can work ahead.

2. You may read books, magazines, and listen to audio books or read-alongs, preferably from the Marion Public Library.

3. Each week bring in your reading log to receive a prize. A designated prize will be given each week.

4. To finish the program, you must complete all reading. The children who complete this program can enter into the Grand Prize drawings, and will be invited to a Completion Party.

5. Additional prizes from the treasure box can be earned by: All entries for Grand Prize drawings will be given out the week of July 21. Winners of the Grand Prize drawings will be notified and prizes given away at the Completion Party.
  • Completing Incentive Game (on the back of the reading log)
  • Read bonus time (ask for sheet)
6.  All entries for Grand Prize drawings will be given out the week of July 21.

7.  Winners of the Grand Prize drawings will be notified and prizes given away at the Completion Party.