Fostering Imagination: Sidewalk Chalk

My daughter has a very active imagination. It’s one of my favorite things about her. We pretend to be different animals. We play house. We pretend to be princesses. We even pretend to be witches that turn each other into frogs… But I knew she had a unique point of view when she wanted to pretend to be a Bergen instead of a troll because the Bergen Chef gets to carry that “super cool purse.” (read: fanny pack.)

With that imagination comes the desire to create, but here’s the thing: her little three-year-old hands can’t quite articulate the masterpieces she envisions. That is where I come in!

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DIY MistleTOES Ornament

Well… I’m crying.

You can cry too. Here’s the recipe for my handmade “MistleTOES Ornaments”

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A Rooster for Goose

I know it’s not here yet, but it soon will be and those of us lucky enough to have our mothers around should put some thought and effort behind our Mother’s Day presents. This is what I did last year:

Growing up I rarely would heed my parents’ advice. They would say “don’t throw rocks” and I would continue on my merry way and then accidentally cold clock a neighbor. (Sorry, Jess.) I grew older and Mom would tell me, “that boy is not the type you should be hanging around with” and I would end up heartbroken. Later they told me not to speed and, well, one or two six speeding tickets later, I understood they were right.

Now that I finally realize they are usually always right, I decided to listen. Every holiday, birthday, etc… they insist I do not spend any money on them. Usually, per my earlier anecdote, I disregard their request and buy them something special. Last year, however, I decided I would do as good old Mother Goose asked and not spend any money.

I fancy myself a bit of an artist from time to time, so I decided I would paint my mom something. I gathered up my tools and got to work.


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A Very Beary Christmas

christmas treemantle

So, I’ve obviously been a little busy, but I’ve had these photos marked to post for some time now and I’m just getting around to it. This is how we did our first Christmas living together. First, we decorated. Big time. There was not one room in the house that didn’t have a touch of the holiday spirit. We went all out.

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