Saucy Costumes & Friendly Patches

Like Mother, like Daughter…

Great ideas often come at the last minute.  Friday my oldest informed me she was going to a Birthday Halloween party on Saturday.  She asked if she could invite a friend over to make their costumes after she finished taking the ACT.  They decided to make these Taco Bell sauce packets out of T-Shirts.  Needless to say, it took the remaining time between the ACT and her party to make them.  They had some snafus along the way, but they persevered and turned out super cute.

Family night yesterday was filled with our yearly Halloween tradition… a visit to a local pumpkin patch.  We barely made it there before the sun went down to take these photos.

Something made this visit a little more special than usual {besides it being the last Halloween with my oldest living at home.}  The pumpkin patch was a fundraiser to help a family adopt a child from Korea.  The family was there eating dinner together.  I was happy to help them in their endeavor while buying pumpkins for our kiddos.

The following photo is proof I was there since I’m not in any of the above photos. 😉


Family Traditions Bring Joy,

Family Theme Song

I’m not quite sure how this tradition began, but I am so glad it did.

Whenever someone in our family does something good, something that requires praise, something I want them to do again, we sing part of a song to them.

“You’re simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.”

At first, the kids thought we were a little weird.  It was funny.  However now, the middle child will begin to ‘shout’ along instead of singing.  The oldest rolls her eyes and the youngest will sing along.  It is adorable to hear my youngest {7} sing it.  My children had never heard this Tina Turner {1989} song before.  I think they thought we {my husband & I} made it up for a long time until I played the song for them one day.

Now, if my husband or I begin the song, “You’re simply the best…”   My youngest will chime in singing, “better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I ever met.”  I love it!  I’m pretty sure we haven’t done it in front of anyone else {public}.  It’s a family thing.  However, it has brought joy and unity to our family.

I have discovered how important it is to recognize your children and your husband doing something you have asked them to do or value. Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing them washing the dishes or putting their clean clothes away.  Other times it can be seeing them live a principle we value in our family.  As parents & spouses, if we don’t let them know we appreciate them and are grateful for the good things they do, then how will they know?  Besides, it encourages them to do it again and again.  Isn’t that what our ultimate goal is…for them to repeat the good behavior?

Okay,  I know I don’t own the rights to our family having The Best as our theme song.  I don’t need to give you permission to use it if you would like.

However, I want to challenge you to find

your own family theme song you can use in this way.

I know there are MANY songs that would be appropriate to use.  Maybe there is already one that comes to mind as you read this.

Come back and SHARE your song and experiences with me, please.

I would LOVE to hear how your family reacted to you the first time you did it.

Honestly, the younger the children are, the better the reception.  You don’t have to be a good singer either {my husband will be the first one to tell you he can’t hold a tune, I didn’t marry him for his singing abilities 😉 }.  What your family will remember, years to come, is the consistency of you sharing your praise with them.

If you decide to blog about your experience, please link back to this post.  Thank you 😉

Sing On,