I love to sit back and listen to "retro" tunes. My mom used to play her records and I would listen in on them. The old 70's songs bring back some soothing feelings in my mind, body and soul. Last night, the two lil'ones were jammin' with me to some Carley Simon and Jim Croce. How I love that song, It brings me right back to my childhood and the love my mother had for music and for me.
I was enjoying sharing and passing on some my old favorites with my lil' cuties!
Some music just never goes out of style. It is heartfelt , emotional and soul filled and fun!
It's soccer season, so that means practices and games for four of our kids. Practices for out two high school aged boys is every day so that means driving to and from the fields everyday. This time of year, the scenery is so beautiful, we are blessed to have the fall foilage that gives us a spectacular color display!
The park where the kids play is filled with so many beautiful trees. It gives me such an feeling of comfort and warmth.
Each day as I drive I pray and ponder my life and my duties to God and my family. Life can be so simple and so full at the same time!
Of course, my little travel companion enjoys our trips as well. He has opened my eyes even more on how to make little things into special treasures!
I was blessed to get this "new" desk the other day in a pile of free stuff. I needed a wider desk top, my previous one was just too narrow and made it difficult to work at. I am so thankful for the extra suface area.
I can have several books on my desk at once now as well as my laptop and desktop organizer.
I am also enjoying this desk top organizer I picked up at a local thrift store a couple of weeks ago. It is great for quick access to the items I use the most throughout the day.
On the right side of my desk, I have a roller cart in which I have placed some small buckets and baskets to hold pencils, highlighters,markers, etc.
On the right side of my desk are my answer keys and the worksheets that I use to record the daily work that is done.
The extra space allows me to leave out some small decorative but functional little extras, a pretty sandollar notepad and some sparkly and striped blue pencils! Across from my new desk, is my old desk. It will function as a computer desk. My husband has gotten a hardrive for our desktop computer, this will be mainly for the kids to use for school. I still have to find a place for the books in the bins underneath but that will have to wait for now.
I got some great items at Hobby Lobby the other day for making our summer memory book and a memory tray for our walls. i wanted it to be a nautical theme since we went to Mystic and Misquamicut both beautiful New England shore towns. All of the scrapbook items I got were on sale 50 % off!!
I can't wait to get started and put it all together. I think memory books and keepsakes are wonderful ways to draw the family together and talk. my kids love to see pictures of themselves and family events or vacations.
These will become great treasures to be savored for years to come.
I like the natural simple toys for kids rather than the store bought plastic ones. It can be a hard cycle to break when kiddos are used to that type of mindset. Actually, I think they appreciate the homemade ones and it gives them an opportunity to see how things are made and created. We started out with some fat dowels I had removed from a pre-fab wooden CD holder we got in a free pile. I cut them to the sizes I wanted and drilled some holes in the bottoms and tops.
My brother cut some left over pieces of wooden into various shapes for us and we pre-drilled starter holes through them to make it easier for our screws to be lines up with the dowels.
My youngest daughter and I added some stones, some green wool, seashells etc. to give it some whimsy and charm.
We added some green and blue fabric for grass and water.
We added some very simple wooden people using smaller dowels, felt and wool for the heads. A dowel through a hole loaded with some twine made a very rustic pulley system for a basket hoist.
Toys do not have to be plastic or expensive for kids to have an afternoon full of fun pretend play. All it takes is some recycled materials, and a bit of research into how to make some of the more holistic type of toys and a bit of inginuity. Let the kiddos be a part of the creative process and they will be even more interested in playing with something homemade!