I think a lot about my blog and am constantly “checking up” on how I am doing as a mom and wife.
I get a lot of questions about how I have time to do this here blog. I will be the first to admit that it does take a lot of time. I also want it to be known that most often my time on the blog is at night after my kids are in bed. Sabra and I sew once a week together, and my husband is gone two nights a week with his band and his calling for our church, which is normally when I work on my tutorial posts.
When I didn’t have this blog, I read a lot of books. When I didn’t have this blog, I was on the internet doing other things. When I didn’t have this blog, I watched a lot more TV at night.
I do realize that I have room for improvement, and that I need to be reminded at times that it is just a blog. I recognize that. I’m not perfect and I don’t claim to be. Sometimes I should choose something else other than blogging. Sometimes I need to be reminded to refocus on things that matter most.
I pray about it. I pray to be able to balance life. I pray that my kids and husband will feel my love and that I will spend time with them to show them I love them. I pray that my family will always be my number one passion in life.
After one such prayer, I thought of my lack of crafting with my kids as of late—kids crafts where I am involved doing the same thing with them. They LOVE crafts. They love painting, cutting, and coloring. They love to prepare food with me, decorate cookies, and make fun treats. I feel like that is one thing I’ve slacked on. I want to refocus on spending time with my kids.
So next week is Craft With Your Kids Week here. The best part of it is that things don’t have to look perfect :). Aren’t kids the best?
And we’re going to have a Linky Party so that we can help each other out with ideas. I’m planning on posting what we do throughout the week. If you want to play along, I’d love to see how you’ve spent time with your kids (or someone else’s kids if you aren’t a mom).
What qualifies as a craft? I think painting, coloring, making a fun holiday craft, cooking, baking, drawing, gluing, cutting—anything that is creating, really!
Here are some ideas from years past:
*Paint their faces! My kids LOVE to have me paint their faces. It isn’t totally awesome, but again, aren’t kids great? They always love it. Even when they say, “Well, it’s a little funny, but that’s ok, I still really like it!”
*With Halloween just around the corner, there are all sorts of things you can do for the holiday. Carve or paint pumpkins. You can even cut shapes out of paper and glue on the pumpkin for a face.
*Make and decorate sugar cookies.
*Make a cardboard car together.
I have a few things on my list already—having a plan means I can shop for whatever items I need and be prepared for next week.
There are many great websites that you can look on for ideas—I think my top two favorite ones are:
One Pretty Thing (search the kids crafts—you will find so many ideas!!!)
Anyone want to play along and Craft With Your Kids for a week? It doesn’t have to be every day-- just do what you can! No tangible prizes, but the rewards will be great, and you will have no regrets. Guaranteed:).
The top 10 Purse Entries will be posted Tuesday morning and voting will remain open until Friday at 12:00 pm (noon), 11:59 MST, October 15th. Winners announced Friday afternoon!