Day 30: Do something you loved as a child

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Think back to when you were a kid. What did you like to do?

I read an article once that suggested a way to relax was to do something you loved as a child. For example, if you loved to ride your bike, the author suggested that you dust it off and take it out for a spin to relieve some stress. If you loved art, grab some colored pencils or paint and a blank canvas and get to work creating your own masterpiece.

For me, I loved to color and dance (my mother enrolled me in dance class at a young age; I vividly remember my first recital at age four).

I was inside a lot. My parents were always working:  my mother ran an adult foster care home out of our house and I almost never remember her sitting down. My papa worked in a factory an hour away, and then he helped her in the evening.

After a while I got really good at finding things to do to keep me busy. Coloring was a great solution. Maybe that’s why I love to paint today, although now my canvas is a beat up old piece of furniture!

So now that I’ve rambled a bit and given you some time to think, let’s go back to my original question.

What did you like to do as a kid?

Play at the park? roller skate? go on a swing? Maybe you could do that again sometime. If you don’t have children, could you spend some time with a niece or a nephew?

Sometimes being with a kid can make you feel like you were a kid again. And that can be a great way to escape, relax and have some fun.

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We’ll wrap up this month-long series tomorrow. If you missed a post, you can find them all here.

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Published in: on October 30, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It simply means, “the fifth of May” and it’s one of the very few things I remember from my high school Spanish class. Other than, “Donde esta el bano?” or “Where is the bathroom!?” (Sorry, Mrs. Philo.)

Do you celebrate today?

Or should I ask, “Do you celebrate every day?”

Personally, I find that life is stressful enough already, so I like to have an excuse to celebrate both the big and little things in life.

It’s your birthday? Let’s celebrate! Got a raise? Let’s celebrate! It’s Tuesday? Let’s celebrate!

To me, it makes life a whole lot lighter and a lot more fun.

Plus, I’ve also found that that kind of family bonding goes a long way when the times get really tough.

All that to say…if you are celebrating today, here are some links to a few Mexican recipes I’ve posted previously:

Easy Cheesy Chili Chicken

Southwestern Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Vegetable Salsa

Tasty Guacamole

I’m going to make My boys will gladly don the ridiculously huge sombreros I bought at the dollar store for our humble dinner of quesadillas and chips. (It’s the only Mexican meal I can whip up without making a trip to the store).

my very silly boys, age 5

Even so, maybe we can find a festive music station on Pandora and celebrate the fact that it is Cinco de Mayo.

Or Thursday. Ole!

Published in: on May 5, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Who doesn’t love Theodor Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss?

If he were alive today, he would be celebrating his 107th birthday.

When our sons were in first grade last year, they had to dress up as their favorite book character during spirit week.

Can you guess what they chose?

Here is a big hint:

Jack is Thing 1 (he’s older by 10 whole minutes) and Josiah is Thing 2

The blue in their hair is from a can of hairspray and (thank you, Jesus) it washed out with one shampoo!

To quote a line from “The Cat in the Hat, do you want to have lots of “good fun that is funny”?

Here are some quick and easy ideas you can implement on short notice. Blue hairspray not required.

  • serve green eggs and ham for dinner – just add a couple of drops of green food coloring before you cook scrambled eggs

  • read one (or more) of your favorite Dr. Seuss books aloud
  • watch “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That” marathon on PBS today
  • check out the resource page for parents on PBS for lots of fun and educational stuff
  • visit http://www.seussville.com/ for games, activities and printable coloring sheets
  • make some Whos out of pipe cleaner courtesy of Family Fun magazine (I thought these were a bit hard to make, but our kids still loved them)

For the adult Seuss fans, here are some quick facts about the man who turned children’s literature upside down:

  • His first children’s book was “And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” It was rejected 27 times before being published.
  • Dr. Seuss never had children but developed a close relationship with his nephew, who was the inspiration for “Green Eggs and Ham.”
  • Dr. Seuss’ penchant for rhyming was inherited from his mother, who used chants to memorize pie recipes as a child in her father’s bakery.

These facts were taken from this article on yahoo. A fun and quick read.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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