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Makes My Monday: Air Hockey

At the birthday party yesterday, Burke discovered the joy of an air hockey table. (Not even knowing that both of his parents loved playing while at college…different colleges!)

On the way home, Burke asked if we could buy an air hockey table. My immediate thought was, “ya right, buddy.” …But then I remembered the table-top game I had, so I told him we already had one…IF I could find it.

We trekked down to the basement and there it was! Burke, Maggie, and Logan played too many games to count yesterday.

This morning, the first words out of Burke’s mouth when he woke up: “Who wants to play air hockey with me??” LOL!

Burke’s love of a game both his parents enjoyed way-back-when Makes My Monday.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Makes My Monday: Whack-a-Mole

LOVE this carnival game. (Like the pogo.com version as well…)

Burke’s been having some…frustration…issues. I was in search of a punching bag when I ran across this game. I figure it’ll be a good stand-in until I can find an affordable punching bag 🙂

Whack-a-Mole Makes My Monday!

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Makes My Monday: Family Play Time

I took today off because it’s Mike’s last Monday with the kids. (His new job starts next week!!) We took the kids back to Chuck E. Cheese and had a great time.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Makes My Monday: Jammies Outside

Mike and the kids are playing a rousing game of Freeze Ball (a cross between freeze tag and dodge ball)…in their jammies! (Well, Mike’s not in his…)

A few weeks ago, Mike pointed and said “Hey look! Elvis!” to distract them. They have no idea who Elvis is, and until yesterday, tried the same tactic …except it came out, “Hey look! Goldfish!” tee hee

Freeze Ball, Jammies, and Elvis – all rolled into one – Makes My Monday.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Makes My Monday: Vacation Bible School Bliss

Burke and Maggie started Vacation Bible School this week. This is their second year doing it, but Burke was still a bit apprehensive about things and wasn’t sure he wanted to go. (Logan volunteered to take his place LOL! –ooh, side note about Logan below–)

I reminded him about how much fun he’d had last year and showed him a picture that was taken (still on our fridge LOL!), and he finally got into it. *phew*

Remember how I’d just switched churches last year? And I had gotten the stink eye from some of the members of our former church? I also didn’t know very many people, so I didn’t really feel as though I belonged (which is stupid, I have just as much of a right to be there as anyone else…it’s open to the entire community.) Anyway…this year is SO.MUCH.DIFFERENT! The same person who was unfriendly last year was welcoming (even remembered my name!) and helpful this year. And I’ve gotten to know so many more people in the community that I was saying “Hi!” to people left and right and people were waving at me…I’m absolutely giddy that we’re home.

And to top it all off, Burke and Maggie had a blast and both of them can’t wait to go again tomorrow.

My entire Monday is Made.

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Side note about Logan: Logan attended Sunday School for the first time yesterday! When the children’s time arrived and the kids go to the front of the church, Maggie bolted (typical), Burke revolted (also typical), and Logan tried going up (not as typical). I told him that I wasn’t comfortable with him going up right now…did he want to go play in the nursery? Na. Did he want to go to Sunday School? YEAH!!! So I told him we’d ask. Since it’s the summer, the class is 3 year olds through Kindergarten, so he’d be in Maggie’s class (Burke still isn’t going down…)

So I took all 3 kids down and told the teacher that Logan was going to be 3 in September, but that he was asking to go to Sunday School…so would it be all right if he came..? She said “SURE!” Logan plopped right down in the circle (while Burke clung to my legs) and proudly proclaimed his name when it came around to his turn. When I left to go back to the service, Logan was just fine. (Burke came back up with me.) Burke claims that he’ll try to stay down there next time…he was surprised (and I think a little envious) when Logan came out with the project they’d done LOL!

Makes My Monday: Conversations with Maggie

Maggie brought her stuffed lamb over to me this morning and said, “Mom, look! I have my little lamb!”

Of course, I started singing, “Maggie has a little lamb…”

She interrupted me and said, “No. It’s Mary’s. I’m just taking care of it for her.”

We then had a wonderful conversation about how Mary lives with us, but she’s over at the neighbors right now.

It ended up turning into a story about how Mary has a magic key to get into our house and only Maggie’s magic ears can hear her come in.

Conversations with Maggie – and her very imaginative stories – Make My Monday.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Makes My Monday: Family Time

While it’s always nice to have company, we’ve had various house guests for the past two weeks…which doesn’t leave a lot of family time.

Today, after I finished up with work, we took the kids out to eat.

Family time Makes My Monday.

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Makes My Monday: Calm Times with Company

While Josh and Burke were playing video games, and Jaine was reading a book (that I recommended and she loves!!), I was able to read some too! 🙂

Calm times while 5 kids are in the house TOTALLY Makes My Monday.

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Makes My Monday: Community Service

Mike signed up to help with some community service through our church. They were supposed to have one day of going out into the community and helping some of the older folks of our congregation with outside cleanup. Unfortunately, the weather that day was terrible. Fortunately, there is a woman who needs help on our street. Double fortunately, that means that Mike can pass along the good-deed-doing-gene to the kids because they can go along with him and see what helping others is all about!

Weeding

Weeding

And more weeding

Getting my kids involved in community service Makes My Monday.

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Makes My Monday: Gone!

Yesterday, the Langone Bros. came over to remove a whole bunch of crap the previous owners had left behind. (This is actually the second time they’ve come out.)

They removed the rusty old fence that was starting to look like barbed wire – right at kid eye-level!! – and the falling-down old shed.

Look at how much space it clears up!

Here’s a picture of the shed waaay in the background…

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