I have an addiction.....and it is Tip Junkie. I just can't help it ~ she speaks my language and her posts inspire my creativity.....more so than I have time for! ; )
With the busyness of my life the past couple of years, I have let some of the fun, hands-on activities I've always done with my kids fall by the wayside.....and it turns out, they miss it ~ and miss it GREATLY. I am determined to add more fun back into our days and in the past have often used holidays ~ big ones and little ones ~ to incorporate fun (and sometimes silly) activities into our "school". With Valentine's Day around the corner, two of her recent posts have inspired me:
Valentine Advent Calendar ..... click on the link to see lots more super cute pics and ideas on this one.
It's already February 3 and I'm getting a late start, but my three favorite Valentines still want to do it. My ♥sweet♥ girl (who is now a very grown-up middle-schooler and I thought perhaps would think these cutesy things a little beneath her these days) happily cut out all the envelopes for us......although, it seems I'm missing one!
With our 4H meeting being cancelled due to a very rainy day, we'll get started on this as soon as they're done with their regular assignments (and I print out that missing one). We're going to look up scriptures and write them inside that apply to love (God's love for us, loving others, etc.) and include an activity to do on each one (make a special card for a friend, bake Valentine cookies....and share them with someone.....surprise a relative far away with a phone call, etc.). Since we're getting a late start, we'll have to double up a couple of days, but I don't think my kids will care. ; ) I have a roll of pink tulle that I'm going to use to hang the cards up with.
I'm also going to print out these Valentine's coupons for them (and me!) to give to those most special to us.....as well as each other. They have been driving me crazy with the sibling rivalry/arguing/complaining/tattling/picking-on-each-other/war lately and I have been looking for an idea on something to spark a little ♥ love ♥ and appreciation for one another. Funny thing about serving others.....not only does it make them feel special, but it has a tendency to change the selfish nature of our hearts. ♥
I'm feelin' the ♥ love ♥ already! ; )