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The Night Time Reading List

The magic of reading aloud One of our favorite times of day for our whole family is the evening before bed.  We all get cozy on the couch or in someone’s room or around the kitchen table.  I pull out the book that we’ve been reading for weeks (sometimes months) and I begin conveying the […]

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How To Inspire A Love Of Reading In Your Children

It’s not too late. From the time my first baby was only days old I began to read to him.  From that time until now he has LOVED to read. Since then I’ve had 3 more girls.  My second birth was actually TWO girls.  Life was much more busy.  We tried to read to them […]

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The Surprises Were Some of My Favorite Parts

When you go on a road trip you make plans. For us, since it was our first trek back to Utah as a family in six years, we had a very long list of people to see and things to do and places to go that we did not want to miss. Our calendar was […]

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Too much or too little?

A Violin Through the Eyes of a Ten Year Old Part of having children is the challenge of keeping everyone engaged in doing something. Finding just the right blend of involvement, interest, finances, follow-through and overwhelm can be quite the balancing act to say the least.  “How much is too much?” “What about too little?” […]

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Say what you LOVE

newlywed vs. married over 5 years After you’ve been living with a person for more that a couple of years it’s easy to begin seeing the little ways they do things around the house. It would be nice if the easy part was recognizing all of the awesomely good stuff they’re doing.  Often we do […]

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One way to make dinner time great.

making the everyday meaningful. “Please pass the salad.”  “How many rolls do we get?  They are my favorite.” We sat down to the table about 60 seconds ago and questions are going, the chaos of getting food on our plates is in full swing. Most nights at the dinner table don’t go by without the […]

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Making Time More Magical

magic time galore. A few years ago my kids started yelling out, “magic time!” when we would be driving in the car to school or ballet lessons or football practice.  At first I just thought that they were being silly, having a little fun traveling to all of the places we would go after school.  […]

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Take a Staycation: 10 tips to make it worth it

when your summer plans fall apart… All is not lost. A couple of days ago we realized that our dreamed of trip to a beach house was no longer going to happen.  A year or so ago I made this Staycation kit  and now I’m super excited pull it out again dust it off and […]

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The Magic of Books.

silent films. It’s amazing the way books can open up our minds and take us to worlds that were previously uncharted.  They can be a springboard for our own dreams, a chance to escape from our own world, or get ideas for creating the kind of world we want to live in.  Books are one […]

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A Kite Flying Adventure.

Go fly a kite. Kite flying is usually done on a beautiful, slightly windy afternoon when the sun is high in the sky.  A couple of days after we had worked on our kites,  I decided to do the unexpected. I surprised the kids with a kite flying adventure. On Saturday morning I got up […]

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