Posted on November 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving we got out the Christmas decorations like usual but this time the kids were really eager to find our magic elf, Jimmy Jingle. A few years ago (2012) my sister-in-law gave us this magic elf that came with a poem. It wasn’t the typical “Elf On The Shelf” doll. He was a little more unique and special. The poem explained how he worked. During the day he would standing in different places and watch our family and each night he would report back to Santa whether the kids were naughty or nice. If they were nice he did something fun or left a treat and if they weren’t he might play a prank or do nothing.
His activities ranged from as simple as hiding in the Christmas tree or building a fort out of books and in some cases he might turn the milk green or cook breakfast. Every morning the kids were excited to find him and see what he did during the night. One night in 2013 he decided to make a video of what he does after the family goes to sleep and this is what he left for the kids to watch.
The poem also explained that if children touch him he loses his magic so they have to leave him where ever they find him. Only mom and dad can touch him if he needs to be moved somewhere safe or to keep a better eye on the family . Then on Christmas Eve he heads back to the north pole to return the following December.
Fast forward now to 2015. Last year he somehow broke his leg but played on with the injury. Then this Summer we moved. Today is Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations have been searched and Jimmy is nowhere to be found. We can’t remember if we got rid of him last year or if we forgot where we packed him. I don’t think we keep him with the rest of the decorations because he “obviously lives in the north pole” and comes when he’s ready to come. So the question is where the heck is he? And, if we can’t find him, should a replacement show up?
Magic elves are a lot of work. It is hard to think of new and creative things to do with them and if you forget one night the kids get really disappointed. I also don’t believe in getting treats often because it tends to spoil the kids and they’re pretty spoiled already. On the plus side though, I think it is fun to do these things for the kids and I love to see their reactions when does something interesting or funny. They get a kick out of it and the 7, 5 and 4 year old are the right age to have that innocence and hope for all things magical. Some people don’t believe in deceiving children with things like Santa and fairies but to be honest those things are great covers to serve your children and fill their eyes with wonder and excitement.
What do you think? Are you pro Elf on the Shelf? Should Jimmy get a replacement?
Posted on November 10, 2015
We’ve been planning on fixing up the backyard at the new house since the day we moved in. Our last house had such a great backyard and was one of the main reasons we bought it. The new house has a large yard but it is mostly dirt.
A blank canvas is nice but I feel like there are too many options to choose from and I have a hard time deciding. What we did decide was that we needed more cement for riding bikes and for a half-court basketball court. Also, cement is pretty low maintenance. So, that’s what we did. We put in cement and a few trees. The rest is still a little “up in the air”
Posted on August 31, 2015
Here is an easy food activity for the kids. All you need is marshmallows, candy melts and black decorating gel. This was a collaboration with our friend James at FunFoods. You can make creepers, TNT and skeletons fairly easily. There is more you could make but it might be a little more challenging. Give it a try and send us photos!
Updated on August 31, 2015
We recently moved and at our previous house we had the perfect play pool for our young family. Our new house, although there is plenty of space in the backyard, is lacking one of those pleasant water features that is so desirable in the AZ summer heat. To break the kids in to living without a pool we decided to get an inflatable water slide this summer. It has been hours and hours of fun already! As we opened it, I admit I was a little disappointed in the height of the slide, but as we’ve played with it, the kids have been thrilled – they love it! Originally I thought it may only last one summer, but this slide seems to be holding up well. Hooray for a way to cool off this summer and enjoy playing together!
Updated on June 17, 2015
Have a water balloon fight
Watermelon seed spitting contest
Sleep under the stars
Visit a theme park
Attend a baseball game
Go on a road trip
Make a stick bomb
Baking Soda & Vinegar Rocket
Water Balloon Launcher
PVC Bow & Arrow
Pool Noodle Swords
Put together a Puzzle
Fly a kite
Start a book club
Do random acts of kindness
Have a pillow fight
or Silly string battle
Updated on March 27, 2015
Meet The Currens! A family of five traveling the country in an Airstream Travel Trailer full-time. They’ve been on their family adventure for about 1.5 years now with no end currently in site. They’re not alone in their desire to live minimally and enjoy life outdoors. They are part of a strong and growing community of “Airstreamers” who live in these tiny mobile homes.
Sarah met this couple while they were all on a semester study-abroud program in New Zealand. At the time they were newly weds and it is obvious they are all about adventure. They were passing through our town so had them over for dinner and to chat about their interesting lifestyle.
Here is a small piece of what we learned.
I’ve talked to many people would love to travel the country like this but very few actually make it happen until they are retired. It is easier than ever to make this work while you’re young. Sam maintains a programming job working about 30 hrs/week to support this lifestyle. What is stopping you from taking on an adventure you want to take?
To learn more about the Currens and follow their travel adventures check out their website CurrentlyWandering.com