Reflecting on 2017

As another year draws to a close,  I reflect on the experiences that have shaped 2017.  There have been both good and bad.  If I had to pick one word to describe this year it would have to be CHANGE.

I would have to say the event that has had the most impact on my day-to-day life is the decision to step away from a career I had spent the last 7+ years developing. This has been one of the best decisions  made, as it was consuming all my time and energy. After much prayer and pondering, the decision was made that it was time to make that change. I haven’t regretted it since.

We were blessed with another granddaughter this year!  Her joy can be contagious! As you see her smile from head to toe, you find you can’t help but smile too! I treasure the time I get to spend with both of my granddaughters. It was probably the biggest factor in deciding to leave my job. 

I also, had to say goodbye to one of my dearest friends to cancer this year. Her departure has definitely left a void that I feel daily. I choose to fill that void with cherished memories and the knowledge that I will see her again someday.

The time I get to spend with family and friends is something I am extremely thankful for. It is not something that is lost on me, as it was very limited over the last 7 years.

I realize a career change is not feasible for everyone, nor maybe desirable for all. The only thing I wish to convey is spend time making memories with those you love to the best of your ability and cherish every second!

5 Free Things To Do With Young Children!

 

With summer coming, it’s a great time to stock up on ideas of things to do with your kids over summer break. If you have have multiple little ones and need to be cost effective be encouraged, there is a wealth of free things to do right in your own area. I have put together a list of some of our favorites from when my kids were little.

Visit Your Local Library

There is a multitude of things to do at your local public library, from story times for the little ones and clubs for your teens.  They will also be starting their summer reading program soon to encourage kids to continue reading over summer break.

Many library also lend more than just books and videos.  My local library also offers toys that can be checked out, as well as certain musical instruments. It is worth a visit to see what yours offers

Visit Your Local Park Or Playgrounds

This was a favorite when my kids were little! Who doesn’t love to go to the local playground! Meet up with a few friends, pack a lunch and make a play date out of it.

Start Your Own Playgroup

Coordinate with a few other moms and start your own playgroup.  Meet weekly, biweekly, or once a month with a different mom hosting each time. This is a great, cost effective to get out of the house and have something to look forward to on a regular basis.

Take A Hike

Hit your local hiking trail or walking path and go out for a stroll. If you don’t have one, perhaps you can take a walk around the neighborhood. Don’t underestimate the enjoyment of just getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine.

Read A Book

Sit down with your kids and read a book. It’s a great way to establish a love of reading in your kids. As they learn to read, let them read to you and show off their new reading skills.

Find some craft books that only require supplies you would find at home and incorporate a craft into story time.

Finding fun things to do does not have to be complicated, nor expensive. All it usually takes is a little bit of time and to plan these activities that your kids will enjoy!

What are some fun things you have planned for the kids this summer?