If you ever hear of the China Lights Exhibit in your area, I’d highly recommend going! We went several months ago, but I enjoy looking at our pictures from that night so much that I decided it was “blog worthy.” My entire family really enjoyed it!
We had tried going during the week, but arrived too late to really see much before our kids needed to go to bed. For our second attempt, we arrived extra early to buy tickets before the gates even opened. To pass the time, our kids played in the leaves, and we took a selfie with the entrance gate in the background.
While it wasn’t yet dark when we entered the exhibit, we did enjoy grabbing some Chinese food to fuel up. Around the dining area were animals representing the Chinese zodiac signs. I’m a monkey. Daddy O. is a horse. My daughter is definitely an ox – well described as determined and a bit stubborn. My son is a rabbit, which was not as easy to see, but he is fast!
After eating dinner, I managed to grab this great picture of the pagoda with the brilliant blue sky behind it. As you can see in later pictures, the sky turned to black as time passed.
The dragon was huge and beautiful. The white speck in the sky is the moon. It really was a lovely night for viewing the lights.
These pictures were just a sampling of the exhibit. There were animals of all kinds – zebras, giraffes, swans, penguins, bears, birds, fish, and more!
You can see some animated characters from “Finding Dori” in the background too. There were a collection of four glass-bottle dragons.
The China Lights truly were beautiful! We had such a fabulous time walking through them as a family. Have you seen them before? What lovely pictures are waiting in your queue for your blog?
I would normally stick with the theme #SilentSunday, but I have been so absent from my little blog that I feel obligated to write something!
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I setup a wide variety of paper, stamps, heart punches, and other craft items for the kids. They went CRAZY making pictures and cards. While I wasn’t thrilled with the mess (or using blank cards as “picture paper,” I stepped back a bit after a few days and just enjoyed their creations that were made with love.
I believe my five year old made most of these. They are pretty sweet.
After all of their card-making, the kids insisted that we make cards for them, and so Daddy O. and I did. It’s becoming a tradition each year, as I shared in this Fly on the Wall post from two years ago now. Daddy O. broke out the Spirograph and even made me a card. It was pretty sweet.
So cheers everyone! I hope you felt the love this past week as much as I did!
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 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 http://www.bakinginatornado.com/
Searching for Sanity http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
A Little Piece of Peace http://little-piece-of-peace.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy http://dinoheromommy.com/
Cluttered Genius http://www.clutteredgenius.com
Here’s who you’ll be hearing from in my house:
- Me, Mama O.
- Daddy O.
- Big Sister, age 7
- Little Brother, age 5
My kids definitely know the lyrics to “Jingle Bells. Batman Smells,” but they were getting creative for the “12 Days of Christmas.” Big Sister kept singing, “A party in a pear tree.”
After Christmas, I said to my family, “Well, we have to clean up after Santa where he had his cookies. He was a busy guy, so no time to clean-up.”
Little Brother chimed in, “Yeah, Santa doesn’t do dishes.”
I agreed, “No, not when he’s out delivering presents, but if I were Mrs. Claus, I’d have him help do dishes.”
I wrote about what Big Sister really wanted for Christmas in this last Fly on the Wall post. Well, Santa did find a way to bring her what she had on her list. Here she is on Christmas morning:
She takes it for walks around the house, feeds it, and cleans up after it. (It’s the puppy that eats its own poop – a little to close to real life, right?!)
We celebrated New Year’s with my sister and her family. Randomly, my eight year old nephew (the oldest kid there), said, “I wish I could walk on water like Jesus….because then I could get up water skiing all the time!”
I was being goofy while playing the game called Cootie with the hubs and my kids. Putting on all the various bug body parts reminded me of the Paul Anka tune, “Put your Head on my Shoulder.” So I was singing “put your leg on my cootie.” It took me and Daddy O. a few turns until I sang, “put your head on my cootie” to realize the double entendre. I stopped signing. LOL
For Big Sister’s birthday, we received a really fun family trivia game called “Beat the Parents.” Kids and parents are asked separate questions. For one question, I asked the kids, “What is Old Faithful?”
Little Brother replied, “Loving.”
Me, laughing, “No, good try. It’s a thing of nature.”
We had a “nature sounds” alarm clock that we received as a wedding present. It became Big Sister’s clock when she was a baby, and she has fallen asleep to nature sounds for years (usually a pond sound or waterfall). Well, after 11 years of service, the nature sounds alarm clock died, so I had to find replacements; this time for both kids who each wanted their own. I found this one from Amazon:
As you can see, it has a lot of buttons on it, so I had to read the directions for setup. My kids were excitedly pressing all the buttons, and Daddy O. was asking how to work it. I replied, “Well, it doesn’t say what to do when your kid presses buttons 29 times in a row!” Geez!
After school one day, Little Brother complained that a boy on the bus took of his hat. I asked what he did. Little Brother said, “Nothing.”
I continued to tell him, “Well, you have to learn to stand up for yourself.”
His comment, “There’s no standing on the bus.”
Kids can be so literal!
The Best for Last
I poured syrup on my daughter’s pancakes without her asking, so she asked, “Did you read my mind?” I replied, “I did.”
Without missing a beat, Big Sister said, “Moms can’t read minds, only Jedis can.”
My reply, “What if I’m a Mom Jedi?!”
And for one more picture, I will leave you with a a new sign that I bought at a local craft marketplace. I love the saying…
Now, shoo Fly and be sure to read what’s going on with the other fabulous bloggers in this challenge!
WordPress just told me that it’s been 20 days since my last post. GAHH! Where has the time gone?! Soon I’ll be telling you about it on my Fly on the Wall post next week.
I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions and goals. Each year is an opportunity to take stock of that last year and articulate ways to improve, to be a better parent, wife, employee, and person in general.
While I talked about Less Hurry, Less Worry last January (and yes, I still need to follow my own advice), I have another part of my resolutions for this year: with a little help from my friends.
I heard this Beatles song just earlier this week, as my son watched an episode of Beat Bugs on Netflix. If you haven’t checked it out, you should – it’s cute, and we could all use tolerable kid’s shows, right?!
Anyway, these adorable Beat Bugs sang With a Little Help from my Friends on this particular episode, and it struck me how fitting this song was for the day. I had enjoyed a much needed phone call with a best friend who lives several states away. It was so wonderful to connect with her and share what was going on in our lives. We have known each other since elementary school, so some things can just be left unsaid when we talk, as we have such a beautiful history together. We totally understand what we’re going through as the “default, do-it-all parents” of younger children.
It dawned on me that I need calls like this more often! I need help from my friends to stick to my goals and resolutions in 2017 and beyond! While I often like to be independent and just “deal with it” on my own, that strategy doesn’t make me feel better. It’s okay to reach out and bend a friend’s ear for awhile. Social media can’t be a substitute for a real, live phone call or face to face meeting.
With support from my friends in more phone calls & get togethers, I hope to work on these resolutions:
- Be less judgmental
- Complain less
- Be more patient, especially in the mornings (a carry over from Less Hurry, Less Worry)
- Floss more (I say this every year!)
- Eat less meat
I hope to have more updates on how I am doing on these to keep myself accountable both on my blog AND with my friends.
What are you working on for 2017? Are friends a key part of making your resolutions happen?