Saturday, April 25, 2009

time with grandparents

Spending time with grandparents is a great way to strengthen family bonds through multiple generations. There are benefits to having the kids spend time with grandparents alone, without mom and dad tagging along. This is such a special time for kids and grandparents alike. This goes for kids of all ages. I know a boy whose grandmother lived next door to him as a teenager. He would go see her every afternoon. It was a safe place to find love and acceptance. A place to vent. A place to talk when it was hard to talk to mom and dad. Just the other day, my mom took my nearly thirteen year old to the park just to spend time talking and building the bonds. Sharing time with grandparents is an important part of family life.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

San Jacinto Day

Saturday, April 25, San Jacinto Battleground will celebrate Texas' Independence from Mexico. At the San Jacinto Monument, there will be an historical battle reenactment. From 10am-6pm you can experience what life was like for the Texians in those days. You can also watch the 18 minute battle, the Runaway Scrape, be reenacted along with narration. There is no admission into the festival. Fees will apply to ride the elevator up the monument. This is a great way to spend family time together learning about history.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

dying Easter eggs

My nephews are really excited about dying real Easter eggs this year. This is a great family project and is rather cheap too! You can find the egg dying kits at most stores. Kids love to paint the eggs and see the variety of colors. Then of course, hiding the eggs is lots of fun. Afterwards, eating the eggs is the perfect ending!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

family to family

Last night we got together with another family. Our children are not all the same ages; the girls are a year apart and the boys five. But we had a nice, relaxing evening enjoying our time together. We had a simple pancake supper. The kids horsed around, pushed each other in the pool, jumped on the trampoline, roasted marshmallows over a fire. We also enjoyed a quick board game. It was nice to have a simple evening, a pleasant end to a stressful week.