Friday, August 14, 2009

30 days of Surprises

I had been noticing lately how easy it was for me to just get caught up in the day to day. Each day there was so much to get done, so much to think about, so much to stress about. It is so easy for me when I feel that way to simply want my children entertained and out of the way. I was deeply convicted about that train of thought recently and came up with a plan to help keep me focused on loving my girls. So here it is....

30 Days of Surprises!!! It has been very beneficial for me to make sure that I am focusing at least some amount of time and energy each day on thinking of something that will delight and excite my girls. It has been great in shaping my attitude too! I think that I will post our "surprises" in chunks so as not to write a book in one blow.

Day #1~ Water Balloons~ The girls had so much fun throwing them at each other (though never successfully catching them!). It was a hot day so it was very refreshing and cost almost nothing!

Day #2~ Pedicures~ The girl soaked their feet in water then I scrubbed them with a pumice ( kind of tricky with ticklish girls!). After that I rubbed them with lotion and painted them pink. Even Havilah got in on the painting which the big girls loved!

Day #3~ Blueberry Smoothies~ I wasn't feeling very well that day so I decided to keep it simple. I also didn't get any pictures which is sad because their purple faces looked hilarious. They were even cracking up at each other!
Day #4~ Chinese Lunch~ We were out shopping all day yesterday so our surprise was stopping by the Safeway deli for some Chinese food. Eating out is always a special treat and it only cost $5.00 for all of us. Havi loved it!

Please feel free to give me some future ideas. We're only on day 5 so we've got a ways to go. Feel free to jump in with your children however you would want to. I've found it to be such an encouragement to all of us!


Kelly said...

You are such a fun mom! Love the beaver shirt!

Aly sun said...

This is a great idea. I also get caught up in the normal tedium of everyday.

I'm trying to think of some of my favorite treats as a kid. Making jello jigglers was always fun...maybe sewing something together... finger paints... making play doh.... popsicles... fruit leather...

Have fun!

Raising Saints said...

Ooh .. I love baby/toddler feet!!!

Can't wait to see the rest of the month's surprises! :)

Melanie said...

This is awesome! What a great way to think of them and make memories. I can't think of anything off the top of my head, but I'll be thinking over the next few days and let you know of any ideas I have.

RachelD said...

Such a great idea!! I need to do the same with my kids.

Here are some more ideas--tea parties, indoor snowball fight (using rolled up socks), a trip to the library, obstacle course...hmm that's all I can think up at the moment.

Charlene said...

I hope the girls realize what a wonderful mother they have! You could make cookies and decorate them, make blackberry cobbler, let them make a "scrapbook page" using regular paper and a picture. I don't know you're more creative than I am. Good luck.

Melanie said...

All right: here's what I've thought of:

a picnic with INDIVIDUAL sack lunches!

Something unusual from the library - a read-aloud cd with book or puppets (Salem Library used to loan them out; don't know if it still does.)