Board Games for Kids

Board Games & Card Games for Kids - From One Mama to Another

 

I’ve probably hinted before that it has been a long winter in these parts. The warm sun is shining, but there are huge mounds of snow yet to melt. And we are currently in the middle of Spring Break for the kiddo. I’m sure we’re not the only ones needing some fresh inspiration for activities, so I’m sharing some of our favourite board & card games to play together.

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At Home: Winter Days Indoors

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

There’s one word that people start to dread at this time of year. Winter. Folks here tend to start wincing and grimacing when it comes up in conversation toward the end of February. I enjoy the snow, some cold, and know the importance of having these season, but it can be hard not to grow weary of all the layers needed just to leave the house, the freezing wind, the cars that don’t want to start or need digging out. And we get grumpy about it now, because honestly, we’ve still got a ways to go.

I’m a homebody by nature anyway, but we definitely spend more time at home during these cold weeks. As a mama, it can be nice to have a *few* activities up your sleeve to do with the kiddos, that doesn’t involve snowsuits. Today I’m sharing some of the things that Sammy & I have been up to this winter, to pass the time cozy & warm.

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Turning 37

Happy Birthday, Turning 37

 

37 doesn’t feel much different. Although my 20-something self would never have pictured my life as it now. I haven’t had too many clear & exact pictures of my future. It’s not like I pictured having one particular job, or driving a particular car or having traveled to particular countries…

But I would not have pictured being a mom to only one child. Or having so many empty seats around the table at Christmas. We’ve said a lot of sad goodbyes over recent years.

Life keeps moving though; it waxes and wanes. Swells and shrinks. So many seasons yet to come. Or so I hope to be blessed with. More years ahead.

So turning another year older, is really not so bad at all.

I joked with Marcus that we won’t get to use these candles again until one of us turns 73 {if we’re lucky}. In his usual positive manner, he pointed out that Sam can use the “7” in another year, and our adopted children, that we pray for each day, can use them when they turn “3” and “7”. Life can look different to everyone. I’m just thankful to have a partner in this craziness.

{PS – we missed celebrating our 10th Anniversary together in November due to all the chaos. We had a trip planned to Victoria, but it got cancelled/postponed until the New Year. So here’s a shout out to my amazing hubby and more than a decade shared together!}

Mama, Blogger, Etsy Shop Owner, Farm Wife ~ Bubblegum Sass

Advent: A Flood of Troubles Calmed

Advent Essentials: Keeping the holidays simple and creating focus

 

Truth be told, I started working on this post before Advent started. Before our life took a sudden turn. I thought I knew what our Advent season would look like. I had a devotional in hand, the notion of daily quiet time, Advent candles at the ready, simplified Christmas goals & acts of kindness planned… we would quietly and joyfully anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day. An “ideal” Advent. But life is far from ideal, a lesson we have learned over & over.

All we can do is trust. Be present. And trust.

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Advent with Children

Advent With Children ~ A mom's perspective on Christmas

 

As a household, we get excited for Christmas, we grab hold of events and traditions, we bake, we sing, we watch our favourite movies.

This year I’ve been trying extra hard to keep things simple and our schedule more open than past years.

I also want to try a few “retro” activities like simply driving around in pajamas to look at lights. Maybe build a classic gingerbread house. Some sledding. That kind of stuff.

I’m trying to avoid the bustle a bit.

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Another Sad Goodbye

We pray for peace wherever she finds herself. Never gone from our hearts.

Judy Riedner

March 28, 1951 – December 4, 2017

Another goodbye ~ Judy

 

It is still with much shock and sadness that we share the unexpected passing of Marcus’ mom, Judy. She was only 66. As the days keep passing, her presence will be missed. We we not always the best of friends, but I loved her greatly. And I will be forever thankful to her, for raising the wonderful man that is now my husband.