The Friday Five

Amelia on the swings | March 2015 | SimpleKids.netSpring! Actual, real warm weather! Hooray!

1. My grandmother passed away on February 28. She was 95 years old and we miss her very much. When I mentioned on social media that she had passed away, several of you shared some books that helped your children through the grieving process. I really appreciated this and I’m working on making a list of all of those books as well as a few recommendations of my own. If you have any recommendations that should be included in this list, leave me a note in the comments. Thanks!

2. It’s been “essentials only” around here the past week. And that’s okay. I’ve been remembering the 80/20 rule and giving myself grace.

3. In the midst of all of this, my son Max earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. Martial arts is something new to our family, as Max has only been taking classes for a few months, but I think it is safe to say that my son has found the thing that clicks with him. He loves it! Isn’t is a great feeling when you see your child in their element?

4. Speaking of being in their element, Max totally flipped for his most recent Tinker Crate on hydraulics. Note that I am an affiliate for Tinker Crate, so if you make a purchase through that link, SimpleKids earns a small amount (thanks!)

Here’s a quick video of the hydraulic assembly he and Lucy made this past week:

5. Last week we took the kids to Comic Con (because the family that geeks out together, stays together) and while we were there we met The Art of Charles Thurston who creates family friendly art for geeks!

Charles Thurston - family friendly art for the geek at heartCharles is a father of two who was looking for a way to share the stories he loves with his kids, but in a non-scary, family friendly way. He’s got some books he’s illustrated and written that are so cute and the artwork? Love. You can check out his work at his etsy shop.

art of Charles Thurston

And that’s the Friday Five for this week. Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Kara’s Journal, Tuesday evening

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As we start the week … I’ve been fighting that “Monday on a Tuesday” feeling all day long. This feels like the true beginning of the week, this first day back to normal after the President’s day weekend. I love having Christopher home when he gets these extra days off, but it does throw the rhythm of the days off for me. Totally worth it for extra Daddy time for the kids, though.

I am thankful … for friends who are patient and understanding about life with kids. We were supposed to host a Valentine’s breakfast at our house over the weekend, but one of our kids fell ill. Our sweet friends Ashley and Jenny stopped by and brought breakfast to us instead! I love that we have folks in our lives who understand that things happen and they roll with it and turn them into positives and blessings. [Read more…]

Kara’s Journal

Kara's Journal Feb. 5, 2015 | SimpleKids.netLong time no write, right? We pulled off the great bedroom switch of 2015 over the weekend (Christopher and I giving our master suite to the three girls, giving them more space, and then taking the little purple room for ourselves) and somehow in all of the chaos I managed to lose my laptop for a few days. Accidental blogging break, anyone?

(And who loses a laptop, anyway? Good grief.)

But I still wanted to get a journal written down for the week, so here are my mid-week thoughts.

I am thankful … for the ability to change and rearrange things in our home to make it meet our family’s growing needs. I am very aware that not everyone has this luxury, and it helps in all of the chaos and piles of belongings, to be able to view it as a luxury to have this space and these options.

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Kara’s Journal and No Spend Month update

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As we start the week …  I’m finding myself struggling a little bit with the January Blahs. I’ve decided to take some positive action, including forcing some flower bulbs, doing a bit of cleaning and organizing, and making sure I get plenty of mama time to recharge and daydream. There are some great ideas for being the blahs in this post from Confessions of a Homeschooler, too.

Just for fun … I took this quiz after Reading Rainbow linked to it on Twitter: Which Children’s Book Character are You? I was The Giving Tree. Which one are you?

I am thankful … for the opportunity to apologize. I was very cranky this morning (see January Blahs above) and my temper got the best of me. It was humbling, but good soul food, to apologize to my family. If it is a good thing to teach our children about humility and how to sincerely apologize when we mess up (and I think it is) then I’m thankful that my mistake can be used as an example.

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Kara’s Journal and No Spend month, week 2

snowmanluminaryNote: in the past I’ve been linking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. You should still go there for some great daybook writing prompts. This week, though I decided to put my own spin on it. Also: there may be affiliate links in this post. Thanks for your support!

As we start the week … This time of year can be hard on me mentally, with the darkness and the cold, and my tendency is to hibernate. However, I think it’s important to strike a balance between time at home and also fighting off cabin fever by making sure we do get out and about a couple of times, too, even just for a walk around the block to stretch our legs and observe the winter world around us (temperatures permitting).

I am thankful … for electricity. Some pretty severe ice storms came through last night and I know many don’t have power currently. When the wind howls and the weather brings a hazardous coating of ice to everything, heat and light are blessings.

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