Posts Tagged ‘winter activities’

Feb 20 2020

Penguins Winter Family Puzzle

Every year we typically do a puzzle during the winter. This year “Penguins” was the puzzle of choice!  I enjoy doing the puzzle, but if it stays out for a really long period of time it starts bothering me so usually we try to do it in a timely manner. The various members of the family can walk by and put in a puzzle piece here and there. Also, during family movie time the puzzle gets some more work done on it. Once we finish we will leave it out for a few days, take a photo of the puzzle then we donate it. Does your family have a winter activity you do together at home?

Mar 31 2015

Travel & Vacation: Bippity Boppity Boutique Fairy Dust (Orlando, FL)

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Brina getting her fairy dust!

At the Bippity Boppity Boutique downtown Disney you can stop by and get pixie fairy dust for free.  We were at the store looking around and walking by the boutique so stopped to have the girls gets some fairy dust.  They did a cute saying as the girls got the fairy dust sprinkled into their hair.  The fairy dust is basically glitter.  I don’t know if it was a special type of glitter or if the heat from running around in the hot sun all day, but that glitter stayed on for awhile.

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Karlie getting her fairy dust!

Mar 18 2015

Snow Days In South Carolina

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Karlie could spend an entire day outside in the cold she loves it so much!

A couple weeks ago we had several days of snow in South Carolina.  The girls loved it.  They had a blast playing outside in the snow.  It was great having a little extra time with them.  Not sure they went a full week of school the last part of February or the first part of March with the snow days here and there.  We’ll take the extra days together though and pack in as much fun as we can.  Snow does not last long in SC so when it comes you have fun for the brief time you have with it.  As you can see from the picture above the snow on the ground behind Karlie has already melted since that morning.

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Back deck covered in snow.

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She looks so sad now that the kids are back inside….  Skipper loves snow days because the kids come out and play more.  This is the face I saw looking at us in the window shortly after the kids had come inside for lunch.  Looks like she is giving them her sad puppy eyes in hopes that they will come back outside and play again soon.  Don’t worry they were back out within 30 minutes or so.

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Oh no she is not going to through that snowball at me…..  Yes, I got beamed with snow balls quite a few times.  Our storm door got it too a couple times as Karlie waiting for me to come out.  Guess those were her practice throws!

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Waiting patiently for me to finish getting ready so I can join her outside!

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Brina pretending to plant in the snow or at least knock off the remaining snow from the planter.

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Magnolia leaves loaded with snow!

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You can still see our bulls eye target!

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The evergreens branches were heavy with the snow!

Mar 12 2015

Hiking & Tracking Animals in the Snow

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Hiking through the woods

Most kids love to go sledding, building a snowman, make snow angels, and more crazy stuff in the snow.  One of the first things our kids want to do is take a hike in the woods.  They love going through the woods, checking out the stream, and looking for various animal tracks in the snow.  We saw a lot of animal tracks and most of them I knew what they were there was only one set that had me stumped….still haven’t quite figured it out even after looking up pictures.

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One of our favorite stops by the stream.  Always gurgling down hill even on the snowy days.

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Lots of deer tracks going through the woods after the snow and ice stopped.

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Karlie looking for animal tracks.

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Karlie loves being outside.

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Brina brought the sled and was sledding down hills on our hike.  She managed to go around most trees.

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Little tracks….

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This was the one that perplexed me, it was as big as my hand and had 5 claws (or toes).

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Lots of little bird tracks.

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Skipper goes swimming in the creek even when its icy cold and snowing!

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Little bird…

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Cat paw prints.

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Hanging out in the woods.

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Talking, walking, and having fun in the woods.

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Karlie loves getting out of school for snow days!

Dec 29 2014

Intentional Living: Weekly Goals

I have thoroughly enjoyed having the kids home on Christmas break this past week.  It is great to spend some extra time together playing, reading, cooking, celebrating, and relaxing.  I haven’t missed running around for school, extra activities, and doing loads of homework.  Our family had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas, spending time together, and creating memories.  Even with the kids home and in between fun activities I was able to get some extra items accomplished which was nice too.  I am looking forward toward another week with the kids home!  Several of the activities will be the same because my main goal is to spend more time with the family.

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read a variety of Christmas and Library Books my Kids Picked Out from Home and the local Library
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Holiday Events
  4. Play a Game with the Kids
  5. Spend Extra Time with the Kids
  6. Complete Our Christmas Shopping
  7. Finish Wrapping Gifts
  8. Celebrate our Family Christmas
  9. Make Cookies and Goodies with the Kids
  10. Do a craft with the kids

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day – a couple days I was having too much fun I didn’t pay attention to how much I was drinking
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)almost done with my yearly plan!!!
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day – it took more time
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the weekalthough I had to alter it at least once last week
  3. Clean House (Focus –  At least 15 minute daily “pick up” to keep the house clean as we prepped for the Holidays)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Get Gifts Wrapped, Mailed, or Ready to put under Christmas Tree)
  5. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Finish Leaves) – it rained almost everyday last week so it was too wet
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Skipper Dog Food Bought & Bin Refilled / Snowball’s Collar Battery Changed)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, and other debt) – working on it
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read a variety of Christmas and Library Books my Kids Picked Out from Home and the local Library, including Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming New Year Holiday Events
  4. Play a Game with the Kids
  5. Spend Extra Time with the Kids
  6. Celebrate our New Years
  7. Make Cookies and Goodies with the Kids
  8. Do a craft with the kids

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus –  At least 15 minute daily “pick up” to keep the house clean as we prepped for the Holidays)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Gifts Wrap & Boxes Put Away, Gifts Put Aways)
  5. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Finish Leaves)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – New Dog House for Skipper)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, and other debt)
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.