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Leading Up To An Eggcellent Easter, And A Blog Hop!

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We’ve been busy in the Schott home preparing for Easter and doing some fun activities! This year our main focus has been on Holy Week and the spiritual reasons for the holiday. Sure, we’ve done some Springy things and there has been talk of dyeing eggs this weekend and the Easter Bunny possibly making an appearance and dropping off some Easter Baskets, but our main focus has been Jesus.

It’s not that we’re holier than thou or think it’s wrong for others to do differently. It’s just what we feel lead to make it clear to our children, specifically Tommy, that God sent his son Jesus to earth to die for our sins and rose again that we might enter Heaven with Him. Tommy just turned 5, and we feel it’s time that he learn to grasp this a bit more.

A little back story to lead up to where we are at this year. Last year I bought a set of Resurrection Eggs and a copy of Benjamin’s Box. I thought then that Tommy would be all over it. I had these visions of rays of light coming in through the shutters, the light bulb turning on in Tommy’s head, and him suddenly understanding the concept of everything involving the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

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GE DIGITAL CAMERAI quickly gave up on it, put it away until this year, and pulled it all out a few days ago. NOW we’re getting somewhere…

Tommy has not only caught on to the story and what all Christ has done for us, but has actually showed such empathy that I did not expect. We’ve had to stop the telling of the story a few times so he could pull himself together and stop crying. Which made me cry. Which meant we sat there holding each other crying, praying, and having a “moment” that I will cherish forever. I can’t imagine how much it will affect him when he’s older and understands more as I kept it all very basic. Thankfully, we have gotten to the point in the eggs that now we will start focusing on the Resurrection more and more the next few days which will make him VERY happy.

As for Molly and Johnny Ben, well… They liked the eggs and listened along, but they had their own agenda. And that was okay…

Resurrection Eggs Collage

I’ve listed below some other activities we are doing this week. The printables are all ones we did last year. YAY for laminating! I’ve only had to print a few sheets this year as I saved everything in a file folder and ziploc bag. (Sometimes it pays to be a pack rat…)

Interested in the Ressurection Eggs, Benjamin’s Box book, and other items we’ve used? Below are links to the items we are using on Amazon.

 

 

What are you doing this week? Any crafts? Recipes? Stories you’d like to share? Link up anything that is family friendly and Easter related up in the Eggstra Special Easter Blog Hop below!


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ByAngie

DIY Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas – And A Blog Hop!

1115043_30957385I have to be honest and give a statement before I even write out this post: My husband and I are homebodies. After being forced to have date nights at home a few times due to not having a sitter or lack of extra spending money, we realized that date nights at home were a lot more fun and relaxed than going somewhere. This is actually our preferred way to spend a date night together now… Though that’s not to say we don’t enjoy escaping the mad house from time to time to engage a little with society. 😉

At home date nights definitely take a lot more time/creativity to plan. Well, scratch that, not all of them. There’s always old faithful of dinner or a snack while watching a movie or playing a board game snuggled on the couch. But if you want to do something out of the ordinary, it can become a vortex… sucking up all of your time and boosting your excitement. So beware, you might have too much fun doing this and neglect everything else going on in your life. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it can be even more fun! Start out by making a list of things you don’t want to forget. Are there certain snacks or items you want to be sure to remember? Outfit you need to remember to clean? Shopping list that needs to be purchased?

1402529_43662915Once the kids are in bed, it’s time to turn a small area of your home into a “date night stage”. You’ll want to do this quickly so that you both aren’t too tired to even spend time together by the time you are done. If you plan to have dinner without the kids, prepare it before they go to bed so that you can start your date right on time. If you change clothes, do it quickly. Plan the day out ahead of time to make the most of your alone time together.

So, now for some quick ideas that didn’t take a lot of prep or creativity that my hubby and I have enjoyed:

  • Improvised Game Night – Okay, this is a fun one that doesn’t take a lot of work… And it’s literally what it says. Make up a game of your own. We’ve played “name that recording artist” by playing youtube videos of songs and having the other one guess who sang it. Another fun one was Scrabble where I declared that the only words we could use were words that pertained to our relationship. KEEP SCORE! A little competitive edge will add a flare of flirtiness… But don’t go overboard. 😉
  • 1210289_64138355Bring The Vacation To You – Turn a room in your home into a beach scene or mountain cabin escape. Play some music or scenic sounds to make you feel more like you are really there. Use an air spray or fragrance that will make the room even smell like you are there. Dress like you are there. Eat like you are there. Everything, like you are there. If you turn the lights off and use little light then you won’t need much scenery to make this happen. And while it sounds corny, our favorite date nights have probably been the ones where we did just this.
  • Write Out Your Love Story – Someday your kids are going to ask how you two met. Might as well have it ready for them. Besides, writing it all out reminds you of all those fun giddy feelings you had for each other in the beginning. What’s more romantic than reliving the romance? Add photos, memorabilia (Ticket stubs, etc.), and make it all look nice… This is your fairy tale, after all. Package it up that way as well. When we did ours, we did it as a “He said, She said” format. Neither of us could see the others story until we were both done. Gotta love mystery!
  • 1254866_93482153Scavenger Hunt – Send him on the search for his gift. Make some little notes or pick up some little things at the dollar store to hide along the way. Keep it light, fun, and be sure to be really flirty, aiming to build up excitement.
  • Dress Up With No Where To Go – Well, as much as you can in 20 minutes after the kids are in bed. Grab your fanciest glasses and drink out of them. Even if all you’re drinking is apple juice, you’ll both feel like it’s a special occasion. Turn on some music and dance together as though you were on a real dance floor. Eat a dessert that you both like but rarely have. Go. All. Out.
  • Movie Theme Night – Pick a movie. Any movie. Theme everything around it, kind of like the vacation night. For example, if you watch an 80’s movie, dress like they did and eat what they do in the movie, etc. And while we won’t all judge you if you choose Star Wars… We are going to laugh at you. Sorry. That’s just the way it is. 😉
  • 1254865_18980809Video Games – Okay, not really too creative… And really similar to the improvised game night. But playing a game where you are on the same team against something else can be REALLY fun. One of our favorites is Rock Band. Only thing is that “somebody” broke the drums when he got way too into it, and we haven’t replace them yet. For shame…
  • Make Something Together – Create something from start to finish together. My husband does woodwork & crafts and I sew/paper craft. We will sit down, draw up plans, and create a little decor for our home sometimes as a date night. This is SUPER fun! However, if you’re not into these things and you’re not sure of what you’re doing you’ll probably hate it…

There are so many more ideas, but these were just the ones that were on the top of my head. What things have you done for Valentine’s Day at home a regular at home date night? Any new ideas you haven’t done yet? I’d love to hear about them. I’m always looking for more ideas!

This post begins the 2013 Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! Feel free to hop around, link up, and join right in!

 



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