Family Time

Welcome to our Family Time page. Here you'll find all kinds of articles about the family. There's parenting tips, activities for spending time with family, and ideas to share special moments with your loved ones. Check out a few of our most popular posts here, or scroll down for the most recent projects.

Care Bear Birthday

by Marie on August 26, 2008

For birthday’s, I love to pick party themes and play games and eat cake all centered around a theme. My little girl just turned 3 and for her birthday she chose to have a Care Bear Party. We celebrated with hearts, rainbows, and bears – Cheer Bear is her favorite. And I have to say […]

First Day of School Fairy

by Marie on August 25, 2008

I can’t remember where I saw this great idea, (if it’s yours, let me know) but a special fairy came to the home and left goodies in the good little child’s backpack on the first day of school. Well, I caught up with that same fairy and she made it to our house this year […]

Organizing Puzzles

by Marie on August 14, 2008

Keeping your children’s puzzles organized can be a frustrating task. When half the puzzle pieces are missing, no one wants to play with them. Who here has a drawer filled with the missing pieces just waiting to find their homes? Here’s a couple things I do to keep my puzzles organized. Buy 1 or 2 […]

Backpack Date

by Marie on August 12, 2008

This idea for a Backpack Date came from my friend Heather. Each child that goes into Kindergarten gets to go with Grandma to the store and pick out a backpack, then they go to lunch. I thought this was such a fun tradition, I decided to do it myself. Since my son is starting Kindergarten […]

Kids Crafty Play Date

by Marie on August 5, 2008

It’s time for another local Kids Crafty Play Date. With the new school year on it’s way, I thought it would be fun to get out to the park one more time before summers over. We’ll be keeping it in Make and Takes fashion again, by making crafts with the kids and letting them play […]

Job jars are just what I needed to help my kids have some sort of routine this summer. I got this great idea from a friend’s blog. Megan has 4 cute girlies and they’re getting chores done with these great Job Jars. With 6 sticks for both my kids, I wrote a specific job on […]

Baby Pics and Diaper Bags

by Marie on June 27, 2008

***Update: Thanks for all the advice. I picked up a Skip Hop bag from Target. It fits the budget and my style, I like a basic black! Hello again! I’m having fun with my new baby. She doesn’t do much but eat, sleep, and poop – a lot. She loves to stare off into space. […]

The Baby is Here

by Jordan on June 20, 2008

This is just a quick post to let you all know that Marie had the baby! Our little baby girl was born Wednesday evening and both mom and baby are doing great. Marie was amazing before, during, and after the birth. I’d also like to give a big shout out to Steph, Marie’s sister, who […]

Happy Mom’s Day

by Marie on May 10, 2008

Happy to be Mom to 2, almost 3 kids. Happy to have my Mom close by and so helpful. Happy to have a great Mother in law. Happy to have my sister’s and their greatness. Happy to have 2 living Grandmothers to share memories with, and grateful for the ones who have passed on and […]

I love to celebrate Teacher Appreciation, going on this week May 5th-9th. It helps remind me of the great things our teachers do. It’s always nice to receive a little extra love from your students. Because some days, being a teacher is the hardest job around. My suggestion for your gift to a teacher is […]

Shopping with the Kids

by Marie on April 28, 2008

Grocery shopping is a tiring task. Even more tiring is dragging your kids along with you. We start the shopping battle with who is sitting where in the cart. Dangerous as it might be, we seem to be hanging off every side. The cart fills up with food and supplies, leaving no room for the […]

I am super excited to announce I will be a Guest Mom this week over at Design Mom. This Design Mom has the goods on all things fashionable and stylish for mommy. Along with great products, there are always fabulous giveaways to enter to win. This week of April 21-25th will be filled with some […]

Pollen and Pregnancy

by Marie on April 8, 2008

My Hay fever is here and can I tell you that pregnancy and allergies don’t mix! Anyone who has been pregnant knows the loss of bladder control is very apparent, especially when one sneezes. Well, try to imagine sneezing close to 200 times a day while being pregnant. My tummy muscles are working over time […]

Toddler Mascara Mishap

by Marie on March 28, 2008

I was positive my little girl was playing in her room, when I realized it had been quiet for too long. I called out her name, and no response. I think she knew she was in trouble and didn’t respond. I guess I shouldn’t have put any blush on her that morning and left my […]

Pregnancy Websites

by Marie on February 22, 2008

Being “with child” as I am (5 months) I will often visit a few of my favorite pregnancy websites and see what this thing inside me looks like, what it’s doing, and why I am now experiencing the dreaded heart burn. I go through at least half a bottle each day!! Luckily, I remember that […]

I have two very exciting pieces of news. First, we gave in at the ultrasound and found out what this lovely next baby will be. I just couldn’t stand it and I am glad we found out. It’s a Girl! We are super excited and our other 2 kids are both very excited as well. […]

We are getting an ultrasound on our baby this next week. The question that we have been faced with is “Should we find out the gender of the baby or wait until it is born?” We currently have one boy and one girl. So this would be a good time not to know the gender. […]

The Energizer Bunny

by Marie on January 22, 2008

My son was experiencing a lot of energy the other day and we asked him why he had so much. He said it was because he was full of batteries! Well, that is how I feel. HOORAY! I am out of the morning sickness woods. I have been able to cook dinner and then actually […]

My Little Bear’s Big Day

by Marie on January 12, 2008

Happy Birthday to my sweet little Bear, who turned 5 years old. This year he asked to eat at Red Lobster. He loves that it has live lobsters. He didn’t even cringe when he picked his lobster out and knew it was going to be cooked. Five years have gone fast. Here is a quick […]

I am sorry, but most pregnant people I know can say that “morning sickness” is not only in the morning. Who ever came up with that term should be tortured. My pregnancy hormones just won’t settle in for the winter. With each child, it has gotten longer and longer. Gratefully, I only puked a few […]

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