As a parent we have so many expectations that are immediately crushed by reality. Winter break has brought that epiphany to light in recent days. Before children, I remember watching those Rice Cripsy Treat commercials with the happy mom and her kids working over a hot stove while melting marshmallows and stirring in Rice Crispies. Everyone is wearing cute holiday sweaters, the house is beautifully decorated without a mess in site.
Everyone is smiling.
Everyone is happy.
Everyone is getting along.
This is not reality, at least not my reality. Reality is messy. Reality throws in curve balls and changes your plans in an instant. Throw kids into the mix and everything becomes unpredictable.
Case in point: I spent a whole week planning different activities for my boys to do during winter break. I planned a play date at a local bounce house, baking + decorating sugar cookies, lunches out to visit their dad at work, taking my oldest to buy presents for his little brother + one special person of his choosing, some Christmas crafts, and of course some hot chocolate and movie time! Let’s not forget the opportunity to sleep in from not having to get to school before 8am!
It is 3 days into C’s break and I have been woken at 1am two nights in a row to comfort a scared/sick little boy, we have visited the ER at 7am, been to 3 different pharmacies looking for a specific medication (that no one seems to have), Little J has decided to enter the terrible-twos stage, and I’ve completely dropped the ball on the Elf On The Shelf.
This is not what I had planned. I mean honestly, the best part of my day was buying a coffee that I still haven't even finished and it is 2pm.
It is times like these that all I can do is sit back and laugh because let's be honest it could be a whole lot worse.
Moral of the story: our lives are not commercials. They are not perfect; our lives are meant to be messy, but they are beautifully messy. Afterall, if everything went as planned we would never have any good stories to tell.
So when life throws you a curve, improvise. Find happiness in the unexpected and embrace the chaos.
For many, driving through town to find houses adorned with twinkling lights is a holiday tradition. In order to make your drive a bit easier this year, I have pulled together an entire list of all the light displays in Wichita Falls that will have your family filled with Christmas cheer!
Midwestern State University's Burns Fantasy of Lights is held on campus at MSU! The Fantasy of Lights is filled with individual displays that feature characters from children’s stories, fairy tales, and many holiday themed displays. This light display is put on for the benefit of North Texas with the intention to connect to the community. There are no fees to see this wonderful display, but they are always taking donations to help keep the fantasy of lights alive!
Electric Critters is the River Bend Nature Center's annual lighted Christmas display. Take a walk through the nature center and experience 60,000 lights on more than 150 displays! Don't forget to stop by and see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Butterfly Queen as they make their appearances! There is a small fee to enter to see these lights ($5 at the door, $4 presale in their gift shop!), the fee is to benefit the nature center as it is their largest funraiser of the year! Be sure to help support them and take the family out to see Electric Critters
That is not all though, there are even light show displays that many families in our local area have gone above and beyond to help spread the cheer! Be sure to pull over to the side of the road, dim your lights, turn on your hazards, and enjoy!
Shoop's Christmas Light Show at 540 Elliot Rd in Wichita Falls starts at 6pm every night and ends at 10pm! This display is set to 10 different songs just tune your radio into 93.9 FM and enjoy!
Mosher Family Christmas Light Show can be seen at 4607 Wyoming Ave. in Wichita Falls. With over 100k light and a display set to over 20 songs, you are sure to have a great time viewing this light display! Simply tune your radio into 97.5 FM and enjoy the show!
Ritchie Light Show is located at 13570 FM 1954 in Wichita Falls. This display is on a 15 minute loop running from dusk until midnight! Tune your radio into 87.9 FM and enjoy!
Steven's Christmas Light Palooza is located at 30 Billie Joyce St in Wichita Falls. This display runs on an 18 minute loop from 6pm till 11pm. Be sure to tune your radio into 92.1 FM and enjoy all the twinkling lights!
Cannedy Christmas Light Show can be viewed at 2353 Rathgeber Rd in Wichita Falls. Be sure to tune your radio into channel 89.1 and enjoy the light show from 6pm to 10pm.
WFTXlites Light Show is located at 4334 Featherston Ave in Wichita Falls, this is said to be the longest running light show display in Wichita Falls. It is inspired by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and is set to run until Christmas from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Just tune your radios into 98.1 FM and enjoy!
Know of any other light shows or really amazing displays in our area? Share in the comments below!
Are you looking for just the right gift for the kids in your life? Maybe you want one gift all your kids can enjoy? Do you want something that will get them moving and playing outside for hours? Well, I have the perfect gift in mind: The Stomp Rocket!
This 100% kid-powered toy is great for entertainment for the whole family. They have a wide variety of Stomp Rockets to choose from, we were able to get our hands on one of the Stomp Rocket Ultra LEDs! I surprised my oldest one day after he got home from school and went live on Facebook so we could see his reaction to it. Spoiler alert: he loved it!
Later that night we went outside to play with it and everyone got in on the fun. Everyone really liked to watch my husband jump on the jump pad to see how high we could make it go! This product had our entire family playing, laughing, and oooh + aweing together. We even brought it to my parent's house for Thanksgiving since it is so easy to assemble and disassemble!
So if you are still looking for THAT gift, I have you covered! Go check out www.StompRocket.com and get your kids moving this holiday season!
December is here and I am excited to share a fun and exciting craft to do with your kids!
When my oldest son was 1, a family member suggested we make this craft and it has turned into a yearly tradition. Instead of going out and buying a fun holiday shirt for our boys, we make our own!
Beige Acrylic (or you can use Fabric Paint)
Brown Acrylic (or you can use Fabric Paint)
Red Puff Paint
Solid White Shirt (we use long sleeves for our holiday handprint shirts)
Jewel It (or other adhesive for attaching the eyes)
Place clean white shirt on table and slide cardboard inside to separate the front layer of the shirt from the back layer.
Paint brown acrylic paint on the foot of your child using the foam brush - this may cause them to giggle a squirm (you have been warned). Carefully press their foot in the middle of the shirt leaving room for the hands up top. Immediately clean off their foot.
Paint beige acrylic paint on their left hand and press carefully on the left side of their foot print. Promptly clean off hand. Repeat with right hand on the right ride of the foot print.
Now take the red puff paint and make a red nose and write their name on the shirt if you wish to do so.
Apply Jewel It adhesive to the back of the googly eyes and place eyes appropriately.
Leave to dry flat. (If you hang it, the puff paint and googly eyes may move.)
And you are done!
Tips: Have another adult there to help ensure the paint gets wiped away promptly to keep from getting paint on your furniture or on your floors. We use baby wipes to get most of it off and then will wash their hands and foot with soap and water afterward.
You can also do a different holiday design for each kid and make it really fun; I think we will have Jace either do a Christmas tree with his foot or a Santa head with his hand.
Be sure to hold on to these keepsakes, they will make a beautiful and meaningful quilt one day to display during the holidays when your kids are all grown up and out of the house.
Share your creations in the comment section below!
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