Monday, July 27, 2015

When My Kids Get Married

Gary and I photograph a lot of weddings.  I've become so emotional throughout the wedding day because I just imagine my own kids saying their "I Do's".  Nya putting on her wedding dress.  Kai dancing with me.  Gary and I walking Nya down the aisle.  Koen's childhood slideshow–I've got some good photos for that one.  Gary and I giving a speech (I couldn't get any words out at my own wedding so it's doubtful I will be able to at theirs–I cry so easily.)  Maybe they won't get married, but if it is their heart's desire, I hope it happens.

I pray that they choose their spouse wisely.  It's probably one of the biggest decisions they'll ever make.  I hope that they are wonderful partners by working hard to make it the best relationship that it can be; respecting, listening, and being thoughtful.

I hope that whoever marries into this family desires a relationship with us, you know, the "old people"–I promise I'm fun!

There's not a lot I can do about it other than model a great marriage, talk about respect and relationships, and pray about it.  Any other ideas? 

Do you think about this too?  


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for:

1.  Visiting Gold Creek Campground at Golden Ears Provincial Park.  I love visiting people who are camping :)  We get the perks of camping and then go home to sleep in our own beds!  The campsites are so big and there were endless things for the kids to climb on.

3. Swimming in Alouette Lake.  Nya LOVES swimming and we love her floaties (from Costco for $19.99)

5.  Beautiful sunsets. 

6.  A great family day at Science World.  We went while Kai was at camp and the kids really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit.  They've been able to go a few times this year because of the family free day and winning passes :)  I should really look into an annual pass because they really do enjoy their time there.

7. Nya Bear winning her first contest through the summer reading program at the library.  The book is called "Because" so now that is their funny answer for everything.

8.  Freckles.

9.  A safe and stable home.  I am thankful that I grew up in one and that my kids are experiencing one.

10.  My sunshine.  So sweet.

I hope you are having a great week.  Please let me know what you are thankful for today!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Toy That Never Gets Old

You know how there are some phases that kids go through that don't last a long time?  Where you get frustrated for purchasing something that they "have to have" and they play with it for just a month?  There is one thing that my boys have played with for YEARS.  Cars.  They love them and Nya does now, too.

The boys received their first Hot Wheels set for Christmas of 2010.  Kai loved his Trick Track and I have to admit it was pretty cool!   Recently, the kids had the opportunity to play with the Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway.  They worked together to set it up and made a tournament out of it.  They tallied up which cars sent the most flags flying; this kept them busy for a whole morning.  

I like that the tracks are removable so that it takes up less space.  Nya likes that the "popcorn" goes flying.

I appreciate that Hot Wheels can be used by every kid in our family; aged 3-9.


Don't forget that there are a lot of ideas online on how to incorporate Hot Wheels cars into learning through the Hot Wheels FUNdamentals Learning Program.    Last time we did a math lesson and this time Koen practiced his printing and creative storytelling. 

If anyone wants to come over and play with some Hot Wheels cars, we have a bin full!  Gary's mom even kept all of his from when he was younger so that the kids can play with them when they go to her house.  Guess I'll be keeping mine for my grandkids, too.  


PS Here are the kids back in 2012 playing with their Hot Wheels over the Christmas holidays.  Nya was so small!