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10 Ways to Experience the Christmas Season with Young Children

Last year’s Christmas season was wonderful. Rhys was 2.5 years old and he was getting a baby sister for Christmas. But, more than that, he was finally grasping the concept of Christmas. He understood about Christmas trees (and was so excited about it). He loved wrapping presents and eating candy canes. He knew who Santa was and would wave to him every time we went to the mall.

Even now, when we ask Rhys what Santa says, he says “Ho Ho Ho” and explains in his own little speech-delayed way how Santa goes through the chimney and leaves presents. He also tells us that Santa left him a play kitchen last year.

We love celebrating Christmas. It is actually my absolutely favorite holiday. It’s so festive, so bright, so full of fun, family, and friends. In the weeks before having Evelyn (two days before Christmas morning), we were so busy. We had so many Christmas parties to attend to.

But, while the commercial and festive part of Christmas is really fun, it isn’t the true reason we celebrate Christmas. As a Christian and as a Mormon, I celebrate Christmas because I celebrate the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I absolutely love the Christmas spirit: religious Christmas songs (like Mary, Did You Know), the Nativity story, Advent devotionals, visiting Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, and Christmas church services are the absolute best part of the season.

But, I don’t think you have to separate the two. I want to raise my children to know and understand both parts of Christmas and celebrate them in tandem. And now that I have a 3.5 year old and an almost-one-year-old, it is the perfect time to start really getting into the holiday season. So, I have compiled a list of ways you can really bond with your children and teach them about the Christmas season and spirit. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

To My Husband On (his 3rd) Father’s Day

To my husband on his 3rd Father's Day

Dear Justin,

Thank you so much for being the father of my children. I couldn’t have asked for a better man.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

#LoveBlog2017 Day 17 | Wishes

Wishes and Dreams are synonymous. Dream big. Wish big.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” We all know the lyrics to the Cinderella song. To me, dreams and wishes are the same thing. I’m not talking about dreams we have when we are sleep. I’m talking about day dreams, dreams of what our lives will be like in the future. Dreams and wishes are nice things to think about. And, I agree with Britt of My Little Sunshines that dreams don’t have to be big or radical. These are some dreams and wishes I have:

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Wishes and Dreams are synonymous. Dream big. Wish big. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Easter 2016

We had such an amazing Easter this year. Justin’s parents and sisters flew into town, so we decided to go down to Nephi to spend it with his brother’s family and everyone else.

We went down on Friday evening and Rhys immediately wanted to play with his cousins. He was a little leery of his Uncle Jason and Aunt Rachel, though. We enjoyed a good dinner together, and put Rhys to bed. Justin and I wen to bed pretty quickly after–we were exhausted. Sadly, Rhys is teething and didn’t sleep well at all. It also snowed that night! Grr!

The city of Nephi has a running tradition of Easter egg hunts at their local park every year. Nephi is a small town in Utah and almost the entire city (who Jason seems to know everyone) turns up. But, because it snowed, the Easter egg hunt took place in the local junior high’s gym.

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Rhys mostly got smarties in his eggs, and he loved them! The rest of the day was spent eating cheese quesadillas, playing with toys, and taking naps. Then, Aunt Jenny, Aunt Jana, and Justin’s parents arrived. Even though Rhys spent a long week wit them at Christmas, he didn’t want to be anywhere near them for the longest time.

After dinner, the little kids decorated eggs. It was the first time Rhys decorated eggs, and he had so much fun!

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After the eggs were done, we sent all the kids to bed, then got Easter baskets ready. Everyone was tired from traveling and the day’s activities, and we’d all have an early morning on Sunday, so we went to bed pretty early again, after talking a bit.

Sunday morning, the kids all had to search for their baskets and the eggs and treats hidden throughout the living room and TV room. Rhys had fun finding the eggs, but he was more excited about his musical PAW Patrol book the Easter bunny left for him.

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We hurried and had a breakfast of creamed eggs on toast and bacon, then rushed to get everyone dressed for church…at 9 AM!

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Church was stressful. Rhys had a hard time behaving in Sacrament Meeting, and screamed all throughout Nursery, even though Justin was there with him. But, Jason gave an amazing Sunday School lesson on pride and emnity. After church, the kids changed clothes, and then searched for Grams’ and Poppa’s money eggs in the backyard. After that, we had a bit more candy, then all the kids played outside in the nice weather (all the snow had melted by Saturday afternoon and it was in the mid-60’s on Sunday–crazy Utah weather!).

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Dinner consisted of ham, asparagus (which I got Rhys to eat drenched in Ranch!), rolls, baked potatoes, and frog-eye salad. The entire family then watched Prince of Egypt. Afterward, we had desert of Razzleberry pie and icecream. Then, we packed up, Rhys gave everyone a goodbye kiss and hug, and we headed home to Farmington. My grandma and great-Aunt were there since they had Easter dinner with my family, so we got to visit with them before putting Rhys to bed. Then, after they left, my sister Madison and her boyfriend, Dallin, came and we all played a dominoes game called Mexican train.

It was a wonderful Easter.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

# Love Blog | The Little Things

I have written so many posts about being content and focusing on the little things. More than anyone else, I’ve written those posts for myself. Especially after having been diagnosed with PPD and Depression/Anxiety, But, even though it’s a weakness for me, I do find that when I reflect back and realize the value of and my love of the small things in life, I feel so much better. It is equivalent to keeping a continuous gratitude list.

Especially this past week, when I’ve focused on the small things life has gotten a little better and happier through the rivers of tears and clouds of melancholy.

Put some more love in your life by finding contentment and loving the little things that happen around you and to you. Your view on life will become so much brighter and full.

* Rhys always makes me smile. He is so funny, and he knows it. He will do something silly, look at me and laugh, and wait for me to respond with laughs.

* Rhys has been super cuddly recently, and it’s been really nice, because they have been so therapeutic.

* We are trying to teach Rhys not to (playfully) hit the dogs, so we’ve been sending him to “timeout” (a specific chair in the house). When we tell him to go to time out, he’ll immediately go and sit down in that chair. Sometimes he’ll fuss and yell, but he won’t move off the chair. What a good, smart boy.

* The weather has been so nice, recently.

* Rhys and I went running earlier in the week, when it was super windy, but Rhys was just happy to be outside.

* Rhys has been loving playing in the backyard, and I love watching him.

* Justin left little notes that said, “I love you” for me last week when I was feeling down.

* Justin and I have been playing a lot of Mario 3-D World on the Wii-U together.

* When my new ward’s Relief Society presidency came to visit me, they talked about starting up a Mother’s Group…that was an answer to a prayer–I’m in desperate need of a mother’s group.

* Seeing the blue sky with no clouds!

* Finishing Hope Unfolding by Beck Thompson. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I sent it to a friend who I know needs it as well.

* Getting really into the first 30 pages of a Tudor historical fiction novel.

Here are the other posts I’ve written about contentment and the little things:
Loving the little things that Rhys did his first year 
Using the little thing to help overcome a monotonous life
Taking time away from the world to be content
Contentment 2015
Contentment 2013
Focusing on the small and making the most in life
2016 Mission Statement

What little things do you love?

Let me introduce you to my cohost for #Love Blog Challenge!

 

Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.

 

And of course, Me: Mormon stay at home mom married to her best friend, Justin, for 3.5 years. Mother to 19 month old Rhys. “Retired” history and English teacher, runner, lover of video games, fantasy, books, and cooking. Consumer of Italian food, chocolate, steak, and strawberries.

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.