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My Life Summed Up By Costumes

My Life Summed Up By Costumes

Let’s talk about Halloween costumes for a hot minute. Growing up, my mom always made our costumes. Anything we wanted to be, she would make. So, naturally, when I had children, I intended to make all of their costumes. I don’t consider it a burden because I like crafting ~ sewing, hot glue, cardboard, fabric, paint. Whatever. No biggie. Fast forward to 2020 when there’s a worldwide pandemic and it’s a huge pain to go to a craft store, wear…

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Free and Fun is the Best Combo!

Free and Fun is the Best Combo!

Eli and Ava were sooooo good during the move and being flexible with eating schedules and not getting as much 1:1 attention from Sam and me as usual, so I decided to treat them this week with a Halloween surprise. I told them if they got all their school work done in the morning (which meant doing a LOT to catch up on what we didn’t do during the move!) I had a surprise for them. Worked like a charm!…

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Fairy Time

Fairy Time

Eli and Ava have fairies that visit them at night and leave goodies, notes, tricks around the house, etc. This all started with 2 wooden fairy doors I bought on a whim at JoAnn’s a couple years ago and Ava found in my craft room during a quarantine clean out in the spring. She and Eli painted the doors, set them on their desks, and waited to see if the doors would turn magic to let the fairies in our…

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The Book Loft

The Book Loft

Have you ever visited a place and immediately thought you would be happy to call it home??? I walked into my happy place over the weekend when we ventured into German Village and checked out The Book Loft. This store is actually a pre-Civil War era home, with 32 rooms of floor to ceiling books! If you’re claustrophobic and think books are just okay, you would do best to stay outside. BUT, if you’re claustrophobic and LOVE books, you’ll quickly…

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Get Outside and Move!

Get Outside and Move!

We had such a fun time hiking at Hocking Hills, that we decided to continue our outdoorsy weekend exploring Scioto Audubon Metro Park in downtown Columbus. It was once an industrial site that how now been transformed into 120 acres of wildlife preserves, walking trails, a dog park, kids playground, obstacle course, and huge rock climbing wall. I had no idea what to expect, but we weren’t disappointed! The kids playground is small and mainly has climbing features with one…

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Winter Hiking in the Hocking Hills

Winter Hiking in the Hocking Hills

I’ve recently discovered my new favorite thing – hiking in the winter! No sweating, no mosquitos, no spider webs to accidentally walk through, and did I mention the no sweating part?!? We had a stretch of “warm” weather where the temps reached mid 40’s, so we decided to get the kids outside and enjoy mother nature. With all the flu and viruses going around, I didn’t want to take them somewhere indoors, but we were definitely going a little stir…

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Answering God’s Call

Answering God’s Call

It’s been awhile since my last post, but I have a good reason for that ~ I’ve been in Guatemala with my dad! Anyone who knows me, knows that a part of my heart is always in Guatemala. Since adopting my younger sister in 1999 from Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala City (now known as San Miguel del Lago when they moved outside the city), I’ve always felt a strong desire to travel there and be a missionary at…

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Explosive Ninja

Explosive Ninja

From the time Eli could walk, he was climbing everything!! When chairs and tables were too mundane, he started climbing the outside of our stair railing. Now he has moved onto climbing door jams. He mastered the monkey bars at every park this summer, and happily told me he mastered the entire climbing-obstacle-circuit-course on his school playground. He is active and I love that, especially because he equally likes to play video games and veg-out in front of the tv….

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Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo

If you read my posts from the last couple weeks, you might have sensed my disappointment with Christmas light displays this year ~ Franklin Park Conservatory too expensive, and Wonderlights too seizure-inducing. But, let me tell you about a display that is truly worthy of the admission price and you should definitely check out – Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo. I need to preface this post by saying your experience will completely depend on the day you visit the zoo…

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WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

This past weekend was the first time in a very loooooong stretch of weekends that we had absolutely nothing planned. Zero. The 2 boxes of our calendar were blank. September and October always seem to go by in a blur with birthday parties and Halloween events, so to have a free weekend was really unusual for us. After puttering around the house all morning doing chores and baking cookies, I decided we needed to get out and do something fun….

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