I am about to start learning something new and I am so excited about it. I am learning how to sew! I've signed up for a sewing class and cannot wait to begin. I bought a few patterns for girls' dresses that I absolutely love. They have been sitting and gathering dust, so I decided now is the time. I will learn a few basics in the initial class and from there I can sign up for "project" classes. Hopefully, all will go well and I will be sharing some cute dresses with you soon.
Isn't it baffling how much learning goes on in the early years and how open children are to the whole process. I love watching my girls learn something new. Marianna is becoming such an amazing reader. She will sit and read a chapter book front to back in an hour or so. She loves to read! Caroline is learning to write and I adore watching her because she has such an amazing memory. She likes to pretend she doesn't know something and then she will say the answer and is so proud of herself. It's so funny. Sofia is just a sponge right now. This is not something that I should have said but the other day one of the girls was driving me crazy. I said, "knock it off already." Well, guess what little miss Sofia's favorite saying is right now. Yep, knock it off already. Bad move on my part.
I am SO looking forward to next week. I really like the fourth of July. It is such a fun spirited holiday. I love seeing people's patriotic decorations and the love shown for our country. I'm excited about getting together with good friends and watching fireworks. So much fun!!!
I was thinking how we always have family traditions for other holidays. I need to come up with something for us to start with the kids for the fourth of July. I saw some great recipes for different patriotic colored foods that I may try. Kraft foods is always a good resource for finding holiday treats. Here is a link to a fun sweet treat for the kids: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/sparklin-marshmallow-crispy-treats-53448.aspx
I also loved this one: blueberry and raspberry layered parfait. Yummy and healthy too!!! Here is the link: http://greatist.com/team/berry-parfait-recipe/#
As far as a tradition, I have been thinking hard about this one. I want it to be something meaningful to our family. This time of year is always painful for me because I lost my Dad on July 4th. He served in the Army during Vietnam so I thought I could fit that in somehow. What I came up with for now (I'm sure I will tweak it) is: we are going to send a goody bag and thank you card to the troops. I want the kids to be involved and I think this is a great way for them to learn what a sacrifice it is for our soldiers and their loved ones.
What traditions do ya'll have for the fourth of July?
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~ Chinese Proverb