Winter Fun

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.”  ~ Edith Sitwell

I am one of those people that looks forward to winter. I don’t like being snowed in much…at least not for a long period of time. I don’t like power outages. I don’t like icy roads. But I love to snuggle by fires. I love to wrap a blanket around myself and curl up with a book. I love hot cocoa in the evenings. I love long pajamas. And I love looking outside and seeing a blanket of beautiful white snow in the yard.

Winter is the one time of year when our schedule isn’t bogged down by soccer games and Scout activities. We don’t mind soccer and Scouts, but it’s nice to have time to do other things. As a family, winter is a good time to catch up on movies we have wanted to see. We take a few more indoor field trips on the weekends. We are able to have a few extra moments to just sit and talk around the table and appreciate time we have together.

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Helping Out in the Community

Being a valuable member in your community is something that every child should understand and work towards. We are trying to teach our boys that, and set a good example for them by doing what we can in our community…you know, walking the walk not just talking the talk, lol.

While some people donate money to different activities and causes, not everyone is financially able to do that. What we are trying to instill in our boys is that their time is just as valuable as their money. We are heavily involved in Scouts, and in our local homeschool group, so we have a lot of opportunity to take part in community service projects. We do clean up at state parks, we help build/repair things (like re-painting the helipad at the hospital) and every year we sing Christmas Carols and bring greeting cards to the residents at a local nursing home.

Even if you don’t belong to a group, like a Scout unit or homeschool group, there are ways that you can volunteer in your town. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters and centers are also all great places to contribute your time.

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