Friday Fitness Indoors for Kids

With dreary, cold days and a long winter, having indoor fitness options is ESSENTIAL!!  Though I always leave the room when my kids choose this type of fitness, I thought I would share to see if anyone else had this particular video.

It’s called Rock N’ Learn: Alphabet Exercise.

Rock N Learn Alphabet Exercise

Doesn’t this look like fun?!

It’s an educational video that surprisingly my kids actually enjoy and actively do.  Though you can’t readily detect it from my picture, the main Rock ‘N Learn leader in the purple suite is QUITE creepy looking in the video. His suit is the same color of Grimace – the big, purple triangular shaped Mc Donald’s character, and his slightly bulging eyes and voice set to 80’s style beats are just kind of weird. But I digress (and I’m just a bit older than the recommended ages)… the point of this video is for my kids to get some exercise, and if they learn a bit at the same time, it’s a bonus!

Here they are rockin’ and learnin’ to the letter V.

Alphabet Exercising

“Make a V” – my kids show how it’s done!

They even ask to get out my yoga mat for their exercise. My attempts to do yoga with them are MUCH shorter lived than this whole video, but still fun. At any rate, it’s about 45 minutes of exercise and quite time for me, so I don’t have too many complaints about Rock ‘N Learn.

Let me know if there are other educational fitness videos that you would recommend!  How do you keep your kids active when the weather isn’t cooperating?

Happy Spring – looking forward to those May flowers!

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Craft

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I got these bunnies out to decorate for Easter and wanted to share this easy and fun craft! Happy Easter!

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I felt inspired by Crafts by Amanda – Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabit on Pinterest yesterday, so with an eager 3 year old helper, we made our own version yesterday.  Instead of paint we used colored construction paper and double sided tape and glue.

After cutting the cardboard rolls (and covering an old container in purple to make a big bunny), I adhered the paper, glued on the pom pom noses and tails, and used some marker for the eyes, whiskers, mouth and ears.  I had some scraps of felt and fabric that I cut into shapes for the cute bow and clothes. Pretty cute, huh?!

I’m all about quick and easy crafts – especially with little kiddos with short attention spans!  I also like using whatever we have around the house to create little projects. As we wait for more spring-like weather, crafting has been a good boredom buster in…

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A New Tradition in our House

Who knew a five year old could be so profound?

This morning she said, “I love you all day, everyday.”

How sweet is that?  I returned the kind words, directing them to each member of my dear family.

It’s such a simple addition to the standard “I love you.”  The new tradition in our house will be saying, “I love you all day, everyday,” instead of just “I love you.”

It reminds me of one of those articles that go viral on Facebook or Pinterest – the one that tells you that your words as a parent become the words that your child hears. And what child wouldn’t want to recall, “I love you all day, everyday” in their little brain?!  Here’s the initial article that I found on Pinterest – 64 Positive Things to Say to Kids from the blog Creative with Kids.

This same sentiment is so beautifully expressed in the book called The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. A clever racoon mama shares a way for her love to travel with her child throughout the day.

Be it a memory of a hug or a kiss, or the words, “I love you all day, every day,” I am definitely want my children to feel that they’re loved and supported by their mom and dad no matter what.

What little comments have your kids made that have inspired a new tradition in your house?

Happy Friday & have a great weekend. Go Badgers!


Fly on the Wall: All Sorts of Things in My Brain

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:                          Baking In A Tornado                          Spatulas on Parade                          Follow me home                          Menopausal Mother                        Stacy Sews and Schools                                   Battered Hope                                  Just A Little Nutty                                        The Momisodes                            Someone Else’s Genius                        The Sadder But Wiser Girl                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                Disneyland in Kentucky                            Juicebox Confession                      Searching for Sanity

My Little Reporters

my little reporters

My son is currently sharing some important opinions.

The kids managed to find Daddy O’s play station gaming headset, and were playing with it at their little table. They moved the microphone down and took turns wearing the headset. It seemed like they were reporting or instructing someone…I just sat back, and this is what I heard!

Big sister: We should not drink bath water. It’s not healthy.

Little brother: But I do. I drink bath water. I drink shower water too.

Big sister: You shouldn’t eat scissors.

Little brother: No, that’s yucky.

Big sister: And scissors are only for cutting, but not cutting hair.

Little brother: We do not even eat turtles because they swim in the water.

Perhaps they were remembering a visit to a tv station exhibit at a children’s museum, where big sister was doing this.

Getting ready for some serious reporting.

Getting ready for some serious reporting.

Now at the scene (that little brother selected in the control room). It really was a cool exhibit!

Reporting “live” at the scene (that little brother selected in the control room). It really was a cool exhibit!

Big Sister is NOT Little

Big sister: Mom, I have a big brain like you. I have all sorts of things in my brain this morning.

Me: Oh really! (to myself – this could go in a lot of different directions)

On a beautiful sunny day, we were going for a walk with the wagon.  Big sister was walking next to me and little brother was riding.  We started going up a hill, and big sister grabbed the handle next to my hand to help me pull.

Me: Oh, that’s so nice sweetie. Thanks for helping.

Big sister: I know. You learn to be kind when you get older.

Me: Yes, you sure do!

Big sister: My brother still needs to learn this. :-)

I was getting her ready for shower time, so I said, “Okay little girl, your shower is ready.” To which she replied, “I’m not little, I’m medium.”

The Definition of Chillaxing

We were driving in the car, killing time while Daddy O. did our taxes.  I love the random conversations we have in the car, and this one was no exception.  Here’s how it started:

Big sister: Mom, do you know that me and my brother like chillaxing?

Me: No, I didn’t know that. What’s chillaxing>

Big sister: It’s like resting at night…or like when you sleep in the car.

Me (thinking to myself) – I wish they would chillax in the car more often!

Me & Daddy O. Enjoying Winter

Daddy O. and I have taken up snowshoeing as a winter hobby.  We might as well enjoy the snow since we certainly get a lot of it in Wisconsin!  On a beautifully sunny, 20 degree-ish day, we went snowshoeing on some awesome trails. Here’s what you would have heard:

Daddy O.: I need some color in my outdoor gear. I look like a snowshoeing ninja!

My view following the "ninja."

My view following the “ninja.”

Me: The snow is sparkling! I love how you can’t hear anything (as in noise from the highway / city-life) – it’s so quiet and peaceful out here.

Look Mom - no coat! It feels so nice to be outside while still being warm.

Look Mom – no coat! It feels so nice to be outside while still being warm.

After snowshoeing, we worked up an appetite for a good meal.  We went to a traditional Wisconsin supper club, where a man told us that we “looked like one of those couples from reality tv!”  I suggested HGTV!  I write more about that comment in this post.

That wraps up what’s new in our house! Be sure to visit the other amazing blogs to get a taste of what a fly would hear in their homes!