Angry Birds :: Fun on a Lazy Day

Ray and I spent this last weekend in Dallas. We actually spent a night and full day more than originally planned, due to a snow storm in Salt Lake City just as we should have been flying through. Dallas is loads of fun and we definitely made the best of our free night away. (We have lots to share, so stay tuned.)

Needless to stay today was a lazy day. We did manage to get the older three kiddos off to school, but Josh was feeling a bit under the weather, so he stayed home and lounged with the rest of us.

Do you want to know what we did all afternoon? We played Angry Birds!


Playing Angry Birds on our Samsung Smart TV, using Gesture Control, is just as easy as playing on an iPad or iPod, but much more fun! There is this certain satisfaction you get when using your hand motions to pull the little birdies back and then release them onto the pigs. I dare you to try it!

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This Busy Mom :: Finding Time to Exercise

As you may know, I am on a quest for health and fitness. A huge push has been my recent diagnosis with Fibromyalgia, but the fact that I weigh a whole lot more than I ever have (excluding while pregnant, but including immediately post-partum) plays a big part, too.

I’ve mentioned before how I have been trying to carve out the time to exercise, but it has proven to be a bit more difficult than I had hoped. School with Ben and Noah, playing with Timmy, alone time with Ray, work, chores around the house, and our new puppy all seem to take priority over getting in shape.

Well, as part of the Families in Motion campaign, I have committed to spend more quality time moving with all of my kids, and I think I may have found a way to do it all… I found my very own personal trainer, thanks to an app on my Samsung Smart TV – Fitness VOD. With this app we have immediate access to dozens of fitness videos, and they are all tons of fun. If I can keep it up, I am hoping that I will move my flabby abs, booty, and thighs in to a firmer, stronger, leaner body.

Ethan, Ben, and I have had the most laughable times moving along with the videos in the Fitness VOD studio, especially when we have the Virtual Mirror turned on! I always knew my boys were goofy, but it cracks me up every time they turn silly while doing something serious…

Now, I am not at all in shape, so even just 10 minutes at a time is tiring. But, you know what? I plan to focus on my abs, thighs, and booty, for now. So, 10 minutes is a perfect amount of time to squeeze in several times a day, I don’t have to get dressed and load up the kids to head to the gym, and we all are in motion!

I’d say that’s a win-win!

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Learning at Home :: Beyond the Books

My older kids are off at school all day, as most of you know, leaving me with my three youngest for seven wonderful hours each day. I definitely miss Ethan, Zach, Julia, and Josh all day, but I am really enjoying the time I have with only my younger kiddos at home.

Each morning I work with Ben and Noah, plugging away in all things kindergarten and 1st grade, until lunch time. Timmy sits with us for a while, but grows antsy pretty easily. As is to be expected, his two-year old little body just wants to run and jump and play.

Actually, Ben and Noah’s little bodies can’t sit still for long either. They can only handle “book work” in short spurts. Which is why we incorporate quite a few different ways of learning.

  • We get up and move. With the warm weather deciding to stick around, we like to “move it, move it” around here in the house. We dance and sing to The Music Machine and Bullfrogs and Butterflies. We also play The Skip Count Kids and have made up fun little dances to each song. These songs teach Bible stories and multiplication facts (respectively) and make learning about the world around us lots of fun.
  • We watch LeapFrog episodes often. When my twins were little, we would play The Letter Factory every single day. They loved that video! (Yes, this was way back when we played the good old-fashioned VHS tapes!) Now, there are five different episodes from which to choose – all available on Netflix – The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park, Numbers Ahoy, Numberland, and Phonics Farm.
  • There is always something to be learned from George, the curious little monkey. In fact, Timmy is obsessed with Curious George episodes, which can be quite educational at times. Cultural diversity, creativity, love of adventure, and how things work are only some of the lessons learned through George’s escapades.
  • We love to play games and search for information using apps on our Samsung Smart TV. With access to loads of ebooks, and the ability to browse the internet, I’ve made our Smart TV a virtual white board. But more than that, we keep learning fun with all of the educational games available. I am very pleased that I can include my kiddos screen time as school time.

How do you incorporate modern technology and social platforms into the education of your kids, whether you teach at home or not?

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