Five Friday Favorites: Fun rainy day activities for kids

I don’t know about you, but we have had a rash of rainy days recently. Rainy days in themselves are not bad, but entertaining small children during bad weather days can be difficult.

We have some tried and true favorite toys and activities that work like a dream when you can’t go outside and get your wiggles out.

1. Melissa and Doug Modern Multilevel farmhouse

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My girls got this dollhouse for Christmas- it’s all wooden, easy to put together, and it comes with 19 pieces of furniture. My kids love it and they play with it all the time, especially my little one. You will have to buy some people to go with it, as it doesn’t come with people. You can also buy more furniture for it if you choose to. It is rather large, so you may want to keep that in mind if you have a smaller space.

2.Colour Talk DIY Oil Painting, for kids 

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Just like Colour Talk Paint by Number kits for adults, these color by number kits for kids are amazing! And who doesn’t want to paint this super cute little panda?

3. KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker 

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The KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker is a lot of fun for your older child. My daughter is very artistic and loves to create things. She has three different bracelet making kits that she uses. She has even started to make and sell some of her bracelets. It’s easy to use, but it does contain a lot of small pieces (in case you have young children in your home).

4. “How to Draw” books for kids 

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My oldest daughter loves to draw and is constantly learning how to draw more things. She and her younger sister have enjoyed this drawing book. There are many choices, if you don’t want to learn to draw animals. The book is inexpensive at only $7.

 

5. Work a puzzle! 

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Kids love puzzles! At my house, we all love puzzles. We work them together in our family room. You can work a puzzle like this one that has a little something for everyone. There are large pieces for smaller hands and smaller pieces for adults. The entire family can work on this puzzle together.

What are your favorite rainy day/cold weather activities?

 

 

 

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Keepin’ up with Lumber in my Minivan

Well, life returned to normal this week when we all said goodbye to our beloved Christmas break and went back to work and school. The oldest of the Little Lumbers actually went back to school last week.

Because I never get to do fun mommy things like eat lunch at school with my kid, I did exactly that. This is one benefit to working on a different school system than the one your children attend- you can sometimes do some non-teacher parent things when you’re off and they’re not.

I also captured this super cute picture of the Littlest Lumber modeling her Daddy’s church shoes. Daisy the cat seems to be saying, “what are thooooose?”

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week but I went back to work. A certain little kitty decided to keep me company. She’s a pretty good nurse.

I’m working on transitioning my out building into a new crafting space for me. I needed somewhere to spread out my projects and not worry about having to clean them back up each day. Right now it still looks like a hot mess but I’m definitely not done.

Yikes.

Well, that’s what’s new with the Lumbers this week! Check back tomorrow for Scripture Sunday!

Word of the year (or words)

For the first time in a long time, I have struggled to choose a word of the year. A word of the year is just a word you choose to represent how you want to live or change in the year.

The first word I chose was “together.” I want to spend time together with my family and friends as much as possible but I especially want to spend time with my husband and my kids. The nights are long but the years are short and I want to make as many memories as possible.

The second word I chose was “renewal.” I want to experience a total renewal. A renewal of my faith and relationship with God. A renewal of my relationships with my family. And a renewed spirit and sense of calm within myself. I feel like I spend so much time being tired and stressed; why feel stressed when you can feel blessed and renewed?

What is your word (or words) of the year? Comment below and share.

Happy 2020: word of the year and New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, dear friends! I hope you are doing well and have had a wonderful week. We are doing well…and still trying to clean up from Christmas.

We were very blessed and had a great Christmas filled with family and sweet memories.

Now that the new year is upon us, I have been taking some time to reflect on what I need to do better this year. I don’t like to call them “new year’s resolutions,” as I feel that is somewhat cliched and, if I’m honest, I have a better chance of keeping them if I don’t call them that.

So… in no particular order, here is what I’d like to improve in the year 2020:

1. Money

I’m probably not the only person who plans to spend less and save more in the new year. I’d also like to be a little more intentional with my spending and purchase less.

2. Live with less

Less is more, and we have a lot of things we don’t need or use. I’ve been on a personal quest this week to clean out and clear away all of the unneeded items in our home. Our house feels cleaner and brighter and it’s great. If you have something in your home you don’t need, donate or give it away so someone else can enjoy it. I’ve gone through and purged every room except our playroom, our closets and our dressers. That’s happening this weekend.

3. Spend time with my family more

Together is my favorite place to be, yet I feel like I didn’t spend enough time with my family this year. Those are moments and memories you can’t get back, so enjoy them while you can.

In fact, one of my words of the year is going to be “together.”

4. Continue my fitness journey

I made a commitment to get healthy by exercising more and eating well. I’m really glad I made those changes and I look forward to improving my health even more in 2020.

5. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to improve my walk with Christ.

I have seen time and time again that when you put God first, everything else falls into place. I want to be sure to put God first and stop struggling with things that I need to trust God to handle.

Tomorrow I will share my two words of the year. What are your “New Years improvements” for 2020?

2019: a year in review

2019, what a year. It was a busy year but overall, a great one. I took some time off blogging and it was the step back I needed. Now I’m back and feeling better than ever.

January: a new year

We blew into 2019 and hit the ground running. We had a pretty low key January and nothing particularly interesting happened…but it was still a great month.

February: NCSU gymnastics

We took our tiny gymnast to see the NCSU gymnastics team compete against the UNC gymnastics team in historical Reynolds Coliseum. It was a blast and we loved it.

March: Mr. Lumber’s birthday

See that handsome devil with the tape measure? That’s my handsome devil and he turned 39 this year. He’s gonna get me for posting that, too. Oh well.

March was a pretty quiet month and we didn’t do a lot. I did attempt to raise awareness of colon cancer by sharing my dad’s story.

April: my birthday and the Tarheel Ten Miler

In April I turned 34 and ran in the Tarheel Ten Miler for the first time ever. It wasn’t my best time but I finished and got this beautiful piece of hardware.

I was also at my heaviest weight back then.

May: last day of school

This little sweetie finished her second grade year and got started on a super busy summer break.

I celebrated Mother’s Day with my sweet mama and my girls.

June: better choices and a better me

With the help of my personal trainer, better diet choices and adding strength training to my endurance runs, I lost almost fifty pounds. I am amazed at how much better I look and feel.

This little lady also turned 8.

July: beach vacation

We took a family vacation to Wrightsville Beach for the first time in ages and had a blast.

August: back to school!

We went back to school and Emorie began third grade. Aubrey has a year and a half left until she starts school. I began my 12th year of teaching.

We posted this end of summer recap.

September: adjusting to being back in school

We began the very tedious process of redecorating our back porch. We are still not done.

We didn’t do much in September, as we were adjusting to being back in school.

October: Halloween, farm visits and day trippin’

This little flapper and little Anna made their way through our town and brought back a giant haul of sweets. They didn’t wanna share. Too bad.

We had some work done in our yard and we cleared out some overgrowth. We have plans to remove this flower bed altogether but I’m not sure what we will put in its place.

We built this fireplace and even though it was hard and a pain in the neck, I am pleased with the result.

We visited two local farms and had a blast.

November: Thanksgiving, family, and dance

This little hot mess turned four.

This little lady had her first dance competition and she brought home her first crown! We are heading to regionals in March and nationals in June.

Then, we ate four Thanksgiving dinners til I thought I’d pop.

December: the busiest and most rushed Christmas ever

On a sad note, we lost our sweet yellow lab mix in December. We miss this big guy so much but we are so glad for 13 years he got to be our dog. Until we see you again, big guy.

Thanksgiving was late this year and that made Christmas seem early. I also didn’t get off work until the 20th, which meant I rushed to get my decorating up and my shopping done. And it was rough!

I still managed to get these awesome pics of Santa in our living room.

And I think our kiddos had a great Christmas and they each got what they wanted 🙂

I hope your 2019 was a good year and I hope your 2020 will bring blessings and peace. See you next year! Tune in on January 3 for our word of the year.