Thanksgiving Family Fun

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Looking for something fun to do with your family this Thanksgiving? Check these ideas!

  • Watch a Thanksgiving parade together on tv.
  • Watch the first Christmas movie of the year.
  • Challenge your family to a game of Thanksgiving trivia! Click here for some trivia questions to get you started!
  • Listen to Christmas music as you start decorating the house for Christmas.
  • During the first Thanksgiving celebration, the Pilgrims and Indians challenged each other to various games and competitions. Follow this tradition by playing some board games with your family this Thanksgiving!
  • After Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table, and each share one of your favorite holiday memories!
  • Check out a book from the library, or look up some info online, and read about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians.

Which of these things will you do with your family this Thanksgiving?

From http://generationarise.com/thanksgiving-family-fun/.

Linking this post up with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully.

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

Aren’t going anywhere, but want to have some fun this Labor Day weekend? Check out this list of ideas!

Movie marathon – Don’t feel like doing much, yet want to spend time as a family? Rent a few of your favorite movies, and have a movie marathon!
Visit the beach – Do you have a beach in the area? Head there for some summertime fun – before the school year is in full swing!
Go for a hike – Go for a hike, and enjoy spending some time in the great outdoors!
Bonfire – Have some friends over for a bonfire, and enjoy roasting marshmallows!
Outdoor game night – Play some outdoor games, such as ladder ball, Botchee, and croquet.
Cook Out  Head outside, set up the grill, and turn your dinner into a picnic in your own backyard!
Have some friends over to watch the big game  – Is your favorite football team playing this weekend? Have some friends over to watch the game with you!

Do you have any plans this Labor Day weekend?

More Summer Photos

Summer is drawing to a close. The school year about to begin. Fall is right around the corner.

Wishing for just a little more summer? Here are some summertime photos to brighten your day!

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Saw a butterfly outside the other day, and was able to get close enough to take a pic.

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers abound in the summertime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful summer sunset that was a perfect photo opp.

 
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Summer’s a great time to visit the beach!

 

 

 

 

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At the beach, there are always seagulls to be found.

 

 

 

 

 

What have you enjoyed the most about this summer? What are you looking forward to this fall?

 

 

Summer Or Fall?

Summer Or Fall?

Summer is more than halfway over. Are you still enjoying summer? Or do you wish you could skip ahead to fall?

Let us know what you think by taking part in the poll below!

5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation

5 Things To Do During Your Summer Staycation

Have you been really busy this summer? Longing for a break? Wish you could just go on a vacation?

Why not have a “staycation?” Clear your schedule for the weekend, and just relax and have fun with your family! Here are 5 ideas of things to do for some family fun during your summer staycation –

1. Have a movie marathon. Rent a few of your favorite movies, and sit down and watch them together.

2. Outdoor game night. Spend the evening playing outdoor games, such as croquet and Botchee.

3. Family Outing. Go somewhere in the area that you all enjoy. Visit the zoo, play a game of mini-golf, go bowling, etc . . .

4. Go on a picnic. Pack yourselves a lunch, and enjoy it outdoors!

5. Board game tournament. Choose a couple of your favorite board games to play together.

Which of these activities will you do as a family during your summer staycation?

Summer To-Do List Cont.

Summer To-Do List Cont.Here are some more fun things to do this summer:

  • Go on a hike with family or friends.
  • Be sure to spend some time in the pool!
  • Cool off with an ice cream cone. Or better yet, invite some friends over, and make ice cream sundaes!
  • Visit the beach (if you have one near you).
  • Summer is a great time to purchase fruit in season. Make and enjoy a fresh, healthy fruit salad!
  • Have a mini “staycation” – clear your calendar for the weekend, and just spend time relaxing and having fun with family!
  • Take pictures of whatever you are doing throughout the summer – vacations, outings, or just pics of everyday life – and make them into a slideshow of summer memories!

Which of these activities do you plan on doing? What’s on your summer to-do list?

Linking this post up with Monday’s Musings at whatjoyismine.net

Summer To-Do List

Summer To-Do ListLooking for fun things to do this summer? Check out this summertime to-do list!

  • Invite some friends over, and have a bonfire.
  • Go on a walk, and talk to your Heavenly Father.
  • Enjoy a picnic.
  • Take some time to read a good book.
  • Is it a really hot day – so warm you that don’t want to go outside? Stay in, and watch your favorite movie!
  • Chat with a friend over a cool glass of lemonade or iced tea.
  • Relax, watch the sun set, and thank God for His beautiful creation!
  • Capture the season by taking summer photos..
  • Put together a summer playlist of some of your favorite songs to rock out to!

Takeaways From Frozen

Takeaways From FrozenSince its release, Disney’s animated movie Frozen has become extremely popular. Many have enjoyed watching it, time and again. Remakes of the song “Let It Go” have been popping up all over. Tons of people have had fun laughing over the antics of Olaf, a snowman from the movie who is quite the character!

While watching the movie, I noticed that its storyline demonstrates some truths from God’s Word. Here is what I took away from Frozen

  • Elsa’s struggle with controlling her powers reminded me of Paul’s struggle with sin, spoken of in Romans 7:15-24.
  • When Elsa ran away to the mountain after everyone found out about her powers, and began to let them loose, she thought that she was finally free. In reality, she was still trapped in isolation. There are those who think true freedom is being able to live however they want. Just like Elsa wasn’t truly free until she learned that love was the answer to obtaining mastery over her powers, we aren’t truly free until we have allowed ourselves to be set free by the love of our Savior. True freedom is found in Christ alone!
  • The way that Anna would stop at nothing to help her sister break free of the isolation and fear she’d been living under for so long, eventually sacrificing herself to that end, reminded me of how Christ pursues us, and went even to the point of laying down His life for us.
  • When Elsa accidentally froze Anna’s heart, the troll said that only an act of true love could thaw a frozen heart. The act of true love that saved Anna was her risking her own life to save Elsa from being killed by the man who was trying to take over their kingdom. This reminded me of John 15:13, which says that no man has greater love than the laying down of their life for their friends. True love is self-sacrificial. That is the kind of love Anna showed to her sister, and that is the kind of love Christ has shown to us.
  • The love Anna showed to Elsa completely changed her. In the same way, it is the love of Christ that brings about true change in our lives.

This is what I took away from the movie Frozen. Have you seen the movie? What do you like best about it?

5 Things To Take Pictures Of This Spring

5 Things To Take Pictures Of This SpringDo you enjoy taking pictures? Spring is an awesome time to capture pics you simply can’t get any other time throughout the year, as the barrenness of winter is being replaced by the new life of spring in God’s beautiful creation!

Here is a list of 5 things to take pictures of this spring:

  1. In the springtime, flowers abound. Find new and unusual ways to portray their colorful beauty!
  2. Rainy day? After the rain showers are over, head outside, and capture the glistening wet look of your surroundings. (After all, rain is simply a part of the season!) And be sure to keep your eyes open for rainbows to take pictures of as the sun’s rays begin to peek through the clouds!
  3. Be sure to take photos of the little things that are a part of the season that you may take for granted now, but miss during the long winter months – things such as the bright green grass and leaves, and brilliant blue skies.
  4. Dandelions sprouting up everywhere in your backyard? Instead of seeing them as pests, view them as a photography challenge. Take pictures with them as your subject, finding unique shots to take of them.
  5. Love to watch butterflies fluttering by in the late spring, and into the summer? Why don’t you take pictures of them earlier on as caterpillars, and record their development into butterflies? You may even want catch a caterpillar to raise, so that you can more easily capture images of each stage of the process!