Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What to do when kiddos are bored



According to The Wall Street Journal, "kids who complain of boredom aren't necessarily lazy or slacking off, but are actually in a tense, negative state."

And what you don't want to do is "mask the state of boredom with excessive stimulation," because "in the long term, it makes us more ripe for boredom." How true!

Would you know what to do when your children say they are bored?

According to the article, here are the "boredom busters":

- Take a breath. Resist the urge to get angry or punish the child for being 'lazy.'

- Don't jump right in: Make the child responsible for finding a solution.

- Limit screen time: including computer, video games, and TV.

- Avoid the toy box: Guide the child toward imaginative or active play instead.

- Fill a jar with paper slips with the child's ideas for things to do.

- Suggest chores that will make other options seem more appealing.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A merry merry Christmas to everyone!


Look how much progress we've made since our first duo photo session back in 2012!

Front...


And back!


We didn't have to take a whole bunch this time because the boys were quite happy to oblige. Yes, that's a huge milestone in my book. :-)

Shutterfly has always been trusty, fabulous, and budget-friendly for us; I always check the "Special Offers" page first for coupon codes. Even just a free shipping code helps a lot. :o)

(It cost me a little over $50 to order 55 of these double-sided photo cards *including envelopes* after a hefty discount and free shipping. Not bad, right?)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Alive and doing quite well!


It has literally been forever and a day since this blog was updated. Life just kept happening and two little guys that are not so little anymore have definitely been keeping my hands full.

By God's grace, we have been doing pretty well -- both Collin (turning 5 in just four months!) and Aaron (almost 2 1/2 already!) have been growing like champs and are enjoying each other's company more and more.

They're showering each other (and all of us) with a ton of love and, some intrusion, let's just say, but are generally absolutely happy and glad to have each other. (Never mind the ceaseless trespassings and invasion of each other's toys, things, and territories on a daily basis, which is a whole another post!)

Just hanging out at home and around the neighborhood all summer long:



By the way, Collin wants to be a superhero (and is turning out to be a quite funny guy overall):



Aaron, on the other hand, doesn't mind getting mistaken as a baby girl and still smiles lots and loves to make silly faces:



Aren't the boys quite a riot? Sung and I really can't wrap our heads around how different their personalities are. A total real wonder! (More on this soon! :o)

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By the way, Bloglovin has been quite nifty in keeping up-to-date with my most favorite blogs around the web. Is everyone all using Bloglovin?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Friendly boy


Aaron, who is now a little man, loves to say hi to strangers these days.

He could literally stand on the sidewalk waving hello to anyone and everyone. Almost everyone thinks they're saying hi to a little girl though, regardless of the color of his outfit. (Hahaha.)


Like, this is all he would do, standing out in the cold on the way to the parking lot of the Paramus Park Mall on Rt. 17.


I guess this means both of my boys are quite outgoing...?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finally! The real 3-D Valentine's Day cards!


Remember my very mediocre 3-D Valentine's cards from last year?

They really didn't do any justice to the uber inspiring tutorials by Gabrielle of DesignMom and Alissa of 24-7-365. :o(

However, I am happy to report that this year, we were able to take the "right pictures" so the outcome was pretty amazing!



(Message says "I thank God for you!" :0)

The organic lollipops (who knew?!) were a real hit as well. (They even have ones that come with a daily dose of Vitamin C!)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Merry Christmas!


It's that time of the year again!

Aaron is definitely getting better at taking "group" pictures with his bro...



They boys were able to sit still for more than 2 minutes, so kudos to them!!!



But of course, this is what they really wanted do (with matching hats and all, no less):


(The Band of Outsiders for NM+Target hats were a big hit, actually. Too bad they can't be found anywhere anymore!)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Preschooler Collin


Collin at 3 years and 5 months (a day after Aaron's birthday bash at home!)...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy first birthday, Aaron!


We cannot, cannot, cannot believe that it's been full 12 months since this other guy arrived in the world! @_@

Happy first birthday, Aaron!

We are so happy and glad that you're ours and we love you so so so much! We thank God for you every day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Somewhat" 3-D Valentine's Day cards...



One of my most favorite bloggers is of course, Gabrielle Blair of DesignMom, her fabulous blog is my go-to source for a lot of DIYs that I've had to do for Collin.

And one of the bestest ideas I came across on her blog was this insanely cute 3-D Valentine's Day card idea Gabrielle had kindly shared with her readers back when. She keeps a rotating lists of DIY instructions for various occasions throughout the year.

I couldn't make the cards look exactly like what the instructions had said, but Collin's Valentines were nevertheless quite impressed.


(According to Gabrielle, the original idea came from another generous mom blogger Alissa from 24-7-365 (what a cool name for a mommy blog!) :o)

Thank you, Gabrielle and Alissa!!!





Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas (card) pictures in November


The day I took over 60 pictures within minutes in order to get that one good enough photo to make it to our annual Christmas cards...


(The very bottom one is the winning photo. How fantastic is it that Collin had someone right next to him to take the pictures with!)

A very merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year to everyone! Thank you for your love!
 
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