Wednesday, November 14, 2012

inspiration : family night

Source: via Regina on Pinterest

Hi y'all! We've started something new on Thursday nights in our household... well, the concept isn't new at all, but it's something new to us. Family nights. 

{ he built this tall tower all by himself. he's definitely one smart dude. }

It started a few months ago, and no, we have not stuck to it every single Thursday evening. Sometimes, life happens, things come up, and we aren't able to spend our Thursday evening focused on our family. But we try. And sometimes there's not a lot of effort behind our try, but one of us usually remembers why we started this and so we follow through with it. 

We started this because we wanted a time when our evenings did not consist of Joey in the living room watching tv, me in my office crafting or on my computer, BB running around between us, McCrae playing on the floor, and the evening passes us by without a single moment of us together enjoying each other's company. And eventually, all those evenings add up, until one day the kids are in school, then too busy, then out of school, then out of the house, then busy with their own lives. That seems dramatic, but really, it's that fast. 

{ on one of our walks }

And there's no way to slow down how quickly time passes. But I can slow down our lives. I don't have to spend every evening in my office working on something. My Live Delightfully business, my blog, those aren't so important that I have to spend every evening working on them. Sometimes I've felt that way. Sometimes I've ignored my husband, put my children on the back burner, and submersed myself in building my "brand". All in the name of making my side hobby more of a full-time job, so I can stay home with the kids. But, by focusing on that, I'm not focusing on the time I have with them right now. 

{ you know you're a parent when every flat or semi-flat surface in your house becomes a road }

We also started this because I want to make memories with our kids. I look back over my childhood and I remember soooo many instances where Granny stopped what she was doing and played cards with me. Or in the evenings, with my twirly skirt on, I would dance around in front of Granny and Papa pretending I was an ice skater. Or the endless hours of playing with Granny's shoes, necklaces and dresses, before putting on a "fashion show" for her and Papa. Or talking to Granny while she peeled fruits and vegetables.  Granny always took time out of her day to spend doing something with me. And in doing so, she made memories with me. Memories that I still reflect on and evoke feelings of happiness and love. It wasn't like she put forth a ton of effort, or even spent lots of money on me. But it was the time she spent with me. And I want to make memories like that with our kids. I want our kids to one day look back on their childhood, and remember how mom and dad always stopped what they were doing to play a game, or read a book, or listen to them sing, or watch them dance, or played catch, or whatever it is that they want to do with or for us. I want to be a memory-making mom. 

So, we picked a night of the week, Thursday, and we do our best not to schedule anything for that night. We take turns (Joey and I) choosing what activity we do for family night. We don't take any phone calls during family time, and we just spend a little time, sometimes a couple of hours, sometimes 30 minutes, together, doing whatever activity, and enjoying our time as a family. 

{ not my best fort, but it did the job. BB crawled through this over and over and over. }

Some of the activities we've already done include: 

played with cars
played with building blocks
gone for a walk to the park then played at the park for a while
gone for a walk
watched a movie and ate popcorn
played outside, exploring and talking about things like grass, leaves, acorns, rocks, etc.
built a fort for BB to play in (he LOVED it)
read a book

Some of the activities on my list to do: 

make and play with moonsand
make and play with salt dough and/or play dough
bake something
bake and decorate cookies
make a craft together
make salt sough and do hand/feet impressions
play a game (when he's a bit older)
do a puppet show
write a story
make up a game
do a science experiment
go swimming

And really, there are many, many more ideas bouncing around in my head, but these are just a few of them. Also, there are literally millions of ideas around the internet that you can find to do. And don't be afraid to repeat them. We've gone for several walks, and played with cars and blocks a few times since that's what BB's interested in right now. 

{ A lovely sunset on one of our walks. }

Like I said, we're not always spot on with our family nights, and sometimes it take a lot of effort to stop what we're doing and spend time together. Not because we don't want to, but because we get so consumed with whatever we're doing, we lose focus on what we should be doing. And there are times when it's been a rough start, but it's what we're doing, making memories, that is really what matters. Like the quote at the top of this post says, "this business of training little humans for life is a mind-boggling process" is so very true. And since it's absolutely inevitable that we're going to slip-up sometimes a lot, I really want to make as many wonderful memories as possible so when our kids look back on their childhood, they see that their Mom and Dad were human, made lots of mistakes, but loved each other, loved them, and always took time out of their days to spend with them. 

Do you have a family night or sometime during the day or week that you focus solely on your family? If not, I strongly suggest you get one. If you don't have kids yet, have a family night with your spouse.

Do you have any suggestions for kid-friendly family activities? Feel free to share them! I'm sure I, or someone else reading the blog, would love to try out your ideas!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

inspiration : november moods {2012}

Okay, so I know that I'm pretty late on this... BUT... the first part of this month has been busy. Good-busy. Great-busy at times even. And while all that busyness is great at times, it's put quite the damper on my blogging time. But, better late than never I always say. 

So, here it is, my November moods: 

What inspires me : 

november 2012 mood board

I'm not over white pumpkins. Or blazers. I hope you're not either. 

What I'm listening to : 

And because I'm halfway finished with my Christmas shopping and putting up my Christmas decor today, then I have to listen to my Josh Groban Christmas cd. It's tradition!

What I'm reading : 

"Breaking Dawn" - Stephenie Meyer

With the final movie coming out this weekend, I had to re-read the last book. 

Still reading, "One Thousand Gifts" - Ann Voskamp, for my Wednesday night Ladies' Class. 

Up next is "Sarah's Key" and "Crazy Love". 

YAY for reading!!

What I'm watching : 

I've watched this video like 5 times now. It's so amazing!! 

What about you? What are you listening to? Reading? Watching? Getting inspired by?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hi, I'm Regina.... a catch up post {photo heavy}

Hi y'all! I'm Regina. Remember me? Haha... okay, I know it hasn't been THAT long since I've posted, but still, it's been like 2 weeks... which is much too long in my opinion. So here's a recap of what I've been up to lately. :) 

First, there was the Texas Tech football game. I know I've already posted a picture, but I'm posting it again. 

This was my very first big college football game. And what a game it was. 60,000 people, we were in the student section, (free tickets, thank you VH), it was loud and amazing!! The Texas Tech Red Raiders handed a HUGE upset to the West Virginia Mountaineers. There were lots of touchdowns, we saw a drunk guy nearby get escorted out, there was a streaker!!!, that's right, some guy ran on to the field without a shirt on and proceeded to undress completely before being tackled by the Texas Rangers, all in all, it was an exceptional first big college football game experience. 

And we had our first Outpour, which is something new we're doing at Hillside. It's a night of prayer and singing and just an outpouring of worship and praise to God. Pretty awesome! And I made caramel apple nachos for a treat! :) 

BB and I have gone on a few walks recently. Until the time change. Now I don't know what we're going to do. But it was nice to be out and see the beautiful leaves changing colors. 

I love the yellow leaves. So pretty!

And pretty skies. 

And the weeds along the road with their plum-colored tips. 

A random flower popped up in our front yard. So, of course I had to get a picture. 

The first red leaves on the oak trees in our front yard. Now they're all red and just gorgeous! I need to take pictures of them all red. 

I had an absolutely terrible day where I cried most of the day and was SOOO glad to finally have that day in my rearview mirror:

Thankfully, that day is over, and I've moved on. 

Then we had our Halloween Party. Some of you know that Halloween is a fun time for me and might remember reading past posts about my parties, and this year was no exception! We had a fun party and being the terrific blogger I am, did not get a single picture of the whole family in costume. But I did get one of Joey and BB. Bet y'all didn't know I was married to Ironman and had Captain America for a son. ;) 

CB brought a pumpkin brownie to the party. She left a big chunk of it behind, and I was afraid we wouldn't eat it, I'm not a big fan of icing, but boy was I wrong. I ate every bit she left. It was the best brownie I've ever had. And the icing was pretty perfect too! YUMMY YUMMY!!

My summer mini-nanny brought q-tips!

They're mini-marshmallows on lollipop sticks with caramel at the ends. Funny. And delicious until you're told what they're supposed to be. Then you're just disgusted. And really impressed! Haha!

Mini Nanny's momma brought a dirt cake graveyard. MMMMmmmm... I love me some dirt cake! 

With Halloween being on a Wednesday, and us having church services on Wednesday night, as we were leaving for church, I turned my porch light on and left a big bowl of candy on the porch. After church services, we raced home, put the rest of our candy in our then-empty bowl, and handed out candy to the few remaining trick-or-treaters. I LOVE passing out candy on Halloween. It's so fun! I was planning on dressing up in Granny's old witch costume, but with church and all, I didn't get to. Next year though... next year... :) 

I painted my nails an awesome shade of chevron. Is there any other shade of chevron besides awesome? I think not. 

Sorry for the messy cuticles. I was so excited about my chevron manicure that I couldn't wait to take a picture. ;) 

I discovered that the backs of cereal boxes have gotten way cooler than when I was a kid. Seriously. You can cut these designs and iron them on to a t-shirt. And I was lucky if I got a maze. 

I went to Higher Ground for my first time as a staffer! Pretty exciting stuff! It was absolutely amazing and I'm already looking forward to March when the next Climb will happen!

I finished off my last bottle of Gain. I then proceeded to make my own laundry detergent. Nothing big, just mixing various store-bought items. It's not like I went all Dexter's Laboratory on you. (And I mean Dexter the scientist, not Dexter the serial killer.) But more details on the laundry detergent later. 

And that is some of the highlights of the past few couple weeks. 

So, that's what I've been up to, what about you? You know my readers are my friends, so I want to know what you've been up to as well! :)