by Sharon | Jul 3, 2016
The sun is shining and the birds are singing.
It is a beautiful summer day!
I’ve been working on some scrapbook projects and going through pictures. I do love all the Disney characters I grew up with . . . and some new ones. I have been going through clip art and coloring book images just for fun and to add to my scrapbook pages to give them some fun . . . and we all know Disney equals fun!
Well, we have Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, Goofy and Pluto just kicking back. I think they may be waiting for the fireworks to start . . . but that won’t be until tomorrow night . . . or is it the BBQ feast they’re waiting on?
I know at my house we’re BBQ-ing up a storm. We just can’t get enough of that char-broiled flavor in our meat and vegetables.
And, yes, as the BBQ is cooling down, we bring out the fixings for s’mores.
There are those who would prefer to have a nice refreshing root beer float to top off the end of a beautiful day. I love root beer floats . . . done the old-fashioned way . . . just a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream in a mug of root beer. It is refreshing and oh so filling!
I usually start out small with a little ice cream and root beer . . . then add more ice cream and root beer . . . if I have room for a bit more. And you can always share your root beer with someone else . . . one can is more than enough for two root beer floats. At least at my house. You may do something quite grand with yours.
A beautiful summer day spent with friends and family is wonderful. Lots of conversation and plenty of activities to keep the kids happy and entertained. Maybe we’ll have a scavenger hunt before nightfall . . . I like doing it like an Easter Egg hunt. I hide things around the yard and take pictures of them. Then I cut up the pictures and mix them all up . . . the kids need to put the pictures together in order to find the hidden objects.
It is fun and a bit challenging. With everyone working together, the objects are found and the kids decide which one they want to keep. I usually have board games, card games and puzzles that I hide. Then we can close out the evening playing those games.
I love having family game nights. Kids can play together. Adults can play together. We can all play the games together. That is usually the best, but sometimes it’s good for kids to learn how to cooperate and settle their own disputes.
If this sounds like fun, here are some games you may enjoy playing with your family and friends during this summer season:
I could go on and on . . . but this will get you started. Just click one of the links and your adventure is on to finding the right board and card games to play with your family and friends.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a safe 4th of July!
by Sharon | Apr 11, 2016
We all seem to have a favorite holiday or holiday season.
The most popular are Halloween and Christmas in that order.
I do have a website of haunted stuff with ghost stories. I love them, as many do. I also have one of Christmas. Then, there’s this one that allows me to celebrate the holidays as they come. And, you may have noticed how I really do get into Halloween . . . it is my favorite season.
I’m not into the real creepy stuff with the violent make-up and gross food. It’s interesting how make-up can be applied to scare the living daylights out of you . . . I admire it, but it’s not something I would do.
If Halloween is for children, I’d go for the more mild fun stuff . . . but to each his/her own.
Yes, there is definitely humor in being scared . . . and children running around at night in costumes gathering sweet treats is all about the fun . . . yet, the idea of being out at night . . . the lit pumpkins with scary faces . . . the decorations of tomb stones . . . and witches, ghosts, skeletons and other scary stuff heightens the imagination.
Also going to the doors of stranger’s houses is a scary activity.
For me, it is about the children and their enthusiasm of getting all dressed up and going door to door collecting candy. And, if they scare each other along the way, it’s all in fun.
I love that parents are with their children. Some dress up in costume, too. Or, they’re with older siblings. Times have, unfortunately, changed and we need to make sure children have a safe Halloween experience.
Many people opt to have parties in their homes rather than allowing the kids to go out . . . this works out well. It is fun to gather friends together and have fun and games and maybe watch a Halloween DVD . . . and, of course, have some delicious food . . . it may look a little odd, but the taste is wonderful.
I haven’t noticed as many Christmas Carolers.
I’d love to hear them sing . . . going door to door.
One neighborhood church would have young and old alike singing carols throughout the neighborhood. You could join them, if you wanted to. It would turn into a rather large group.
Then, we’d have an impromptu pot luck dinner. We’d all contribute and share the news of the families. It was a nice way of getting caught up on marriages and births, graduations and jobs . . . we seemed to keep up with the sorrow of death . . . but it was a time of letting neighbors know we do care . . .
I enjoyed listening to the stories of different families . . . some could trace their ancestry way back . . . This was good for everyone to hear and there were history lessons involved, too. You had to understand the times, to understand the hardships and the joys . . . how how certain traditions developed and are practiced today.
Each and every one of us has a history . . . a story to tell . . . maybe about our ancestry . . . and our own story . . . from humble beginnings . . . and the opportunities we were given . . . and the decisions we’ve made . . . all shaping the life we now live.
Whatever, holiday or holiday season you enjoy . . . it’s wonderful to be with family and friends . . . and to share what you can about life and aspirations.
We all have a life and aspirations . . . it’s interesting to see how things work out.
Until next time,
by Sharon | Feb 4, 2016
With Valentine’s Day Coming Towards Us, Are You Ready?
Family.Disney.com is always on board when it comes to making unique Valentine’s your children can hand out to their friends and classmates.
Adding a lollipop would be a great bonus in Valentine card giving.
Just click the image and you’ll be taken to the page where you can print them out.
I’m sure there is something else you may like for Valentine’s Day. It’s nice to dress cupcakes up at home or for a school party. I know many bakeries are way ahead of you, but it’s worth a try if you make these for your family. I don’t know anyone who can resist Disney characters.
These would be good to pack into your child’s lunch box. Or have for a snack when they get home from school. The most important Valentine’s Day card they’ll receive is something from Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa . . .
It may not be much for this post, but I’m sure you’ve already selected the pack of cards your kids want to hand out to their friends and classmates.
I know just about every where I go I’m running into packages of Valentine’s Day cards. There is a greater variety of cards than when I was a kid. I’m not complaining . . . times were simple then. Now, with all the movies and candies and free printables available on-line, you are bombarded with all kinds of Valentine’s Day cards and accessories.
It can be difficult to settle on just one idea.
Enjoy these free printables.