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Thanksgiving Table: Kids Table

One of my favorite parts of hosting the holidays is getting to do something fun for the kids. As a child I remember the kids table sometimes felt like we were being banished. We were way off in the corner, I was the oldest of all of the kids, and I felt that I was being punished being stuck at a small table with no one to talk to ( I was 10 years older than the youngest, and 5 years older than the other oldest). I was the de-facto babysitter of the kids table. Sent to the table to make sure the younger kids didn’t spill their juice, and the older kids didn’t play with their food. I wanted to be at the real table with my older brothers in all of their teenage glory. I wanted to hear the real conversations and drink from a crystal glass like everyone else over the age of 12. Instead I was isolated in toddler town.

Today I think back on those days and try to remember the boredom. Especially when I am preparing my own kids table. Even though my kids are all under the age of 7 I know that they will want to feel special. So when I set their table I buy them special plastic glasses that won’t break but LOOK like the fancy crystal goblets at the big table. The youngest kids even have lids and straws for theirs. I set the table with fun colors and items that will entertain.

This year I found these sweet little DIY pilgrim hat crayon holders. Since I give each kid a placemat to doodle on this was the perfect thing to add to my table. Thank you to Kristyn at LilLuna for the incredibly cute and simple tutorial. The hats are so cute I even decided to give each adult at the table one as well. I included a placemat of paper so that we can all doodle. I have even decided to have a little contest. We each have to draw what we are thankful for this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what everyone creates.

Here at The Boy’s Store we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. And may all of you have a year to be thankful for.

Sports, Sports, Sports!!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine just finished their soccer season. It was a very big season for us. One kid went up a division, and the other was very excited to learn more about the fundamentals and play a REAL game and not just running around chasing the ball. I was Team Mom for both teams, and if you are not familiar with sports that essentially means I am the Team Manager.

My fall season has been running back and forth between soccer fields, planning practices, arranging snack schedules, designing and purchasing a soccer banner for each team, and helping to run practice and games. We play through AYSO. American Youth Soccer Organization.  We really like them because they background check and train every individual that is in contact with your children. Including the team moms. Everyone also goes through a concussion training in order to recognize when a possible concussion has occurred and how to deal with it to protect the children. AYSO is also very interested in the kids HAVING FUN while also learning the fundamentals of a team sport. They also make sure that they kids are interacting, learning good sportsmanship, and learning to organize and follow directions. We have enjoyed playing there immensely.

Now that the season is over I am in the midst of planning end of season parties or banquets. This year we are planning to have fun together as a team and go bowling. I have arranged a party at our local bowling alley, rented shoes for every player, and we will be supplied with unlimited pizza and drinks. This week I am purchasing cupcakes, plates, and napkins, and preparing gifts for our coaches and goodie bags for the team.

As a coach gift this year I purchased black canvas tote bags and had them personalized for each coach. Each of the kids is getting a handmade soccer ornament with a photo of them playing during the year on the front, and a soccer ball on the back. I am also including some squishy light up soccer balls, soccer whistles, and soccer tattoos (and a few pieces of Halloween candy I am attempting to get rid of!) I am also creating special certificates for each player for improving and having a great season. Check them out here if you have a player you want to recognize. Thank you to The Family Shopping Bag for these great printables. They also have baseball, football, and basketball.

Now that soccer season is finally over and the parties are almost ready I will begin focusing on my holiday preparations. Is anyone else a little behind like me? I hope so, I hate to be the only procrastinator.

Fall Activities: Blow Paint Monsters

Are you looking for the next big fall art project? Look no further, we have found it for you. Monsters. Because who doesn’t love a good monster art project at Halloween? This project is fun, simple, and will blow you away!

Thank you to The Seasoned Mom for the incredible inspiration, and the easiest tutorial. Blair at The Seasoned Mom knows how to occupy some kids, and still get some pretty great art out of it.  Thank you to Blair for this fun masterpiece, I cannot wait to have my kiddos make me some terrifying monsters.

For the full tutorial head on over to The Seasoned Mom. These little monsters make great decorations for halloween. They also are a great way to show off your kids creativity. While the project stays the same, the monsters can look however you want them too. So no two monsters will be the same.

So get those art supplies ready.

Paint

Paper or canvas

straws

googley eyes

glue

and markers

Then head on over to The Seasoned Mom for a step-by-step. We promise you won’t be disappointed!