How to Spend Your Time Wisely

Some days my house is spotless, but I’ve barely had a spare minute to do anything else. Other days are packed with fun, but our home looks like a bomb went off. Our family goes through seasons of busyness and periods of calm, and our days rarely feel perfectly balanced. Going through life as a family will always bring extra responsibilities and expectations into the mix. My mindset during this time: embrace the chaos, but don’t invite it in.

Spend your time wisely by making decisions that reflect your priorities.

Life moves in seasons

From the time babies are born, they constantly move from one phase to the next. Just as you feel that you’ve figured out one new behavior, they continue on to the next. A few days after we brought our first baby home, one of our good friends left us a hilariously encouraging message saying, “So right about now, your biggest question is: where the heck is the manual for this thing?” It was 100% true. Even at 6 and 9, my kids still go through periods that have us wondering how best to parent them. I have no doubt that some of the trickiest phases are still ahead of us in the teenage years. read more

10 Days of Advent: Days Nine & Ten

Merry Christmas! You can check out all the previous Advent activities here. The holiday season has been a lot of fun for our family. We have some great activities planned with friends and family for the days leading up to Christmas.

Go Caroling

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” You may not be a fan of Buddy the Elf, but you can’t beat singing carols to bring out the Christmas spirit. One of our wonderful neighbors planned a progressive dinner to celebrate the season in the neighborhood. We went to the homes of five different families and caroled a little in between. One of the neighbor dads is in a band and helped lead all our little merry-makers in song. The kids absolutely loved it and the neighbors enjoyed hearing our joyful little singers. read more

10 Days of Advent: Day Eight

It’s day eight of my ten days of Advent series and Christmas is practically here! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, you can check them out here. As the countdown winds down, family is starting to arrive and there’s less to check off of your to-do list (hopefully.) Take the opportunity to spend extra time with visitors and have some fun with a family game night.

More and more, pop culture is making games out to be something that require a screen. While those can certainly be fun, to me, it doesn’t compare to an old-school game played with a group. Scattegories, Catch Phrase and plain old Charades are a blast with a good group. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to keep guests entertained. There are plenty of options that can be played when multiple age groups are involved. Hedbanz is one of our personal favorites to play when our youngest is included. read more

10 Days of Advent: Day Seven

The kids have been out of school for all of four days so let’s take a survey. How many of you have kids who have already said “I’m bored” at least once?? In spite of all the excitement of Christmas coming, the reality is that there are a lot more hours in the day to fill when school’s out. My kids are in a stage of life where they’re having a hard time getting along. I can only play referee for so long before I’m a frazzled mess so craft time is a great way to keep everyone busy and happy. read more

10 Days of Advent: Day Six

It’s day six of our 10 Days of Advent series! I caught a nasty cold and have been less than productive the past two days. Today’s post will be short and sweet. One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the fun things we get to do as a family. We try to mix in plenty of festivity without feeling like we’re just busy all the time.

Relax with your family with a favorite Christmas movie

Sometimes it’s really nice to slow down and relax as a family. Instead of being out with all the crowds, take a night to appreciate being at home. Warm up some hot chocolate, curl up on the couch, and watch one your favorite family Christmas movies. If you need some suggestions, check out this post for some of our faves. Don’t worry about all the stuff you’ve yet to do. Snuggle with your little ones and enjoy some downtime. read more