Olympics Birthday Party

Posted on July 31st, by Ally in Celebrations, FASHION. No Comments

I love the Olympics!  And it just so happens that our oldest son’s bday fell right around opening day of the Summer Olympics this year!  So it was a no brain-er as to what the theme for his birthday party was going to be!   I had a ball planning this fun little shindig!  Here is what we did:

 

Before the party, we made Olympic t-shirts for all of the kids that were coming to the party.  We used fabric paint and a pickle jar to make the olympic rings and iron on letters (for their names).  You can get these crafts at Hobby Lobby or at any craft store.  While we were making the shirts, I taught our boys about the symbolism of the Olympic rings and a tad bit of history on how the Olympics originally started.

For the party, what better way to pretend like we are all part of the Olympics than taking them to open gym time at the gymnastics place!  It was so joyful to watch their excitement of jumping in the foam pit and learning how to do a forward tuck on the rings!

After that, they all came back to our house where we had our own Olympic games.  We had a … Read More »


Baby’s First Words

Posted on July 25th, by Ally in Feeding Time. No Comments

Our baby-baby, said his first word…gosh I don’t really know when for sure, but I’d say a few months ago and he’s now 16 months old.  What was it, you ask???  Ummmm, it was…let’s see, which word was it…?

Yes, Mom…you can laugh with me now…just like you always told me about the 3rd child of the family… (which I am), things start to get a bit foggy.  Why does it have to be this way?  I’m trying SO hard to keep it all equal for each kid.  I’m not going to lie, it’s hard work! Life gets busier and busier with each new blessing added to the family.  I am working so hard to keep track of all his “firsts.”  Oh and that baby book…yup, just like my mom said…it’s pretty well, skinny.  Not quite as full as the other 2 boy’s baby books…yet.  (I still have high hopes for its future “fullness.”)

Hubby is in the same boat as me.  We both can’t remember for sure what baby-baby’s first word was.  I think it was probably “Daddy.”  I say this because baby-baby has been in a huuuuuge  ‘Daddy stage’  lately.  Side note:  I’m over in love with this stage.  J/K…it’s pretty … Read More »


Baby’s First Steps

Posted on July 21st, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

Where Did My Baby Go?

Today, our baby-baby took his first steps. It was complete and utter joy. It was also complete and utter sadness (for me). Why is that? Why do us females always have to go and get all sentimental about every little thing our babies do???

Walking is a big one though. We experience joy and pride that they conquered yet another milestone because it means they are progressing and growing exactly as they should be. However, it brings some sadness because it also confirms that they are becoming more and more independent each and every day.

Yes, independence is a beautiful thing. And a very healthy trait to express, but why do they have to display this characteristic so quickly? I’m sure it goes back to the caveman age…and how we needed to adapt on our own quickly in order to survive…but why is it that we are adults for such a long part of our lives and only babies for what, 12 months???

I feel like it was yesterday, I was carrying this sweet bubba in my belly and feeling his every move. Some nine months later, he was attached to my hip, quite happily I might add. And … Read More »


Basketball camp for kids

Posted on July 12th, by Ally in Feeding Time. No Comments

Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way

I love synchronicity.  I believe everything happens for a reason.  I believe that there are no “coincidences” in life. You will probably see this statement a lot throughout my blog posts.  Here is just 1 of the many examples of why I know this to be true.  Although I have shared some awesome stories about the encouraging outcomes we are receiving from doing these daily affirmations with my kids on my previous blog posts, this one has been my most favorite result so far!

It had been about 6 weeks into my experiment of doing daily affirmations with my 2 oldest boys (see blog about “The Affirmation Can”) when I started working on the back-end of my blog.  I had not even written a single post, nor launched my blog at the time.  Due to the fact that I am not exactly savvy with technical stuff, (although, I am slowly starting to impress myself),  my mom gave me the name of their tech guy who I could call from time to time with a technical question.  We’ll call him Joe.  When I first asked Joe (who is one of the most helpful guys you’ll ever … Read More »


5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving

Posted on July 8th, by Ally in The Giving Tree. No Comments

I believe it’s never too early to start teaching your kids about acts of kindness…here are some fun and easy ways to teach your kids about the gift of giving!

“Family Ties”: Start with your kiddos by just practicing the gift of giving of their time to family: Have them give their time to help each family member with something each day. Whether it be helping mom gather all the dirty clothes and sorting them into piles of darks and light colors to load into the washer. (My kids LOVE to do this little chore). Or helping dad, wash the car. It can also be as simple as helping their sibling learn a new board game or teaming up together to make their beds. Let them know how helpful they are being throughout their time of giving.

“Oh Say Can You…Give?” Write a thank you to our troops for serving and look up on a website of possible items they are in need of: such as toiletries, soap or blankets. Maybe you have a few of these unused items around your house and as a family you could … Read More »