2016-01-21 13.23.55

Family Game Night on Arizona Midday

2016-01-21 13.23.55

Speech Jammer Karaoke

Speech Jammer Karaoke

This is the craziest thing! We had a lot of fun trying out the Speech Jammer app while singing some karaoke tunes with some family friends. The app takes your voice and delays it in your headphones, so you can’t hear what you are saying or singing for a second or so. It was hilarious to watch but so frustrating when it was my turn. I thought I would do fine on this, but it was amazingly difficult! I didn’t realize how much I rely on hearing myself to be able to talk and sing. You’ll probably think we’re all a bunch of nuts after watching this but seriously, you have to go try it – and let us know how it goes!

Pie Face and a DIY Pie Face

Pie Face and a DIY Pie Face

Watch us play pie face and then go get your own game and play with your family! We had such a good time playing with each other. It really is a game for all ages. If you don’t want to go out and buy the game, we also made our own version (not included in the video though) with dice and a small plate filled with whipped cream. To start, as a group choose a number 1-6. Each person takes turns rolling the dice, and when someone rolls the chosen number the person to the right of them gets to smash the pie in their face. We liked this version as much or more because it the suspense was in the opportunity to smash a pie in someone’s face!
Let us know if you played the real game or the DIY game and what you think of it!

Christmas time Secret Pals with Young Kids

Christmas time Secret Pals with Young Kids

Around Christmas we are always looking for ideas to help our kids get into the Spirit of Christmas. Sometimes it feels like we get caught up in the “What am I getting for Christmas” thing. This year was our first year that most of our kids were old enough to really be able to do something like this, they are ages 4-9. So we wrote each persons name on paper and put them in a bowl. Then each person took a turn drawing a name and made sure to keep it a secret who they drew. The kids loved the excitement of it!!! Then for 2 weeks we spent our time trying to secretly serve that person. Each time after you served your secret pal you got to sneak a hershey kiss onto their pillow – that was one of the best parts. It was so fun and I saw my kids doing some of the nicest things for each other. We were all looking for that opportunity to secretly serve each other and not get caught – it was tricky! On Christmas Eve the secret pals were revealed. All the kids had such a good time they asked “when are we doing this again!?!” We’ll see if its in the cards for Valentine’s Day this year.

Virtual RC Flying with FPV goggles

Virtual RC Flying with FPV goggles

This was such a cool experience. Micahstubz has a friend that flies these little remote control airplanes and he invited Micah and Jackson to come hang out with him. They have goggles that were linked to a camera on the plane. They put the goggles on Jackson and he was so impressed – it was cool for him to see the view from up high. Now Jackson wants Micah to get one… We’ll see if or when that happens :) but it would be pretty awesome!

If you’d like to see more of these flights visit: http://youtube.com/user/qromer
or the website: http://blueskyrc.com

Favorite Song, Shut Up and Dance

Favorite Song, Shut Up and Dance

As a parent, one of my favorite things is to hear my kids singing random songs at the top of their lungs. It helps me know what they hear on the radio and what type of music they like. I love how they change the lyrics to whatever they want, it cracks me up! This is our latest: “Shut up and Dance.” Our girls changed the words because we’ve been asking them not to say “shut up” to each other – we hear this all around the house all day!

Star Shower Laser Lights

Star Shower Laser Lights Review

You’ve probably seen these all over your town.  There are a few different brands but they’re hard to find.  The most popular and most available are the Star Shower Laser Lights.  Here are my thoughts and an amazon link in case you want what my nephews refer as “Lazy Lights” for people who are too lazy to put up real Christmas lights.

  1. Easy to setup.
  2. Looks pretty cool.
  3. The kids have fun playing in the lights.
  4. Doesn’t work very well if your house is well lit or you have a street light in front of your house.
  5. Needs longer power cord.

 

To Elf Or Not To Elf

To Elf Or Not To Elf

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?

Backyard Makeover Begins

Backyard Makeover Begins

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”

Minecraft Marshmallows

Minecraft Marshmallows

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!

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