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Neighborhood Thankful Tree

Last year we did a fun thankful activity that lasted for all of November (and into December!)  Instead of doing it just as a family, we invited our family, friends, and neighbors to all join in.  All month long we worked together on our neighborhood thankful tree.   Here is how we did it.ThankfulTreeWe have a big entry way wall with nothing on it, so my husband helped me draw up a big tree out of butcher paper…. and my idea was that everyone who comes over would put a leaf on the tree. It has been so fun!
Here are my kids the first night we put it up, they were so excited!
 Holly and I went and used a die cut machine at a local store, and it was only $2 to cut as many as you wanted. We made a lot!
Here’s our tree now– we have loved having it up so much, we plan to leave it up until Christmas and hope it gets more and more leaves on it.  What a fun way to remember all the things we are thankful for and for including those around you to do the same!  We loved this project and can’t wait to do it again!
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Family Reunion Cup Holder

Our summers usually have several family reunions.  This weekend we are headed to another one!  One of the trickiest parts of having a large group together is cups.  There is always tons of cups all over!  Ashlee has come up with the perfect solution to help us out this year!  It’s the perfect Family Reunion Cup Holder!

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These are very useful at large gatherings, and they are simple to make!  Just follow the steps below to make a cup holder that holds 20 cups (5 on each side).

#1 Buy your materials
You’ll need one 4″ x 4″ post about 25″ long, twenty 4″ long nails, and one base board (about 12″ x 12″ x 1″)

#2 Sand the boards

#3 Paint the boards

#4 Mark the nail locations at 5″ apart (depending on your cup size)

#5 Drill holes on the marks to prevent the board from splitting.  Remember to drill at an angle!

#6 Insert nails

#7 Attach post to base

#8 Drill a hole in the top for a marker holder, if desired.

#9 Wipe off the nails so they are clean and enjoy!

Use the marker to write names on the side of the cup and put initials on the bottom.  That way each person can quickly find their own cup.

Oh, and remind everyone to rinse their cups out before they hang them on the holder (especially if they were just drinking any beverage other than water.)

We hope you enjoy all of your family reunions and parties this summer!

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Family Game Night

As my kids are getting older, our family game nights are getting so much more fun!!
We don’t play Candy Land, Shutes & Ladders, or Uno very much anymore.
My 3 older kids (11, 9, and 6) LOVE this game called Wackee Six.
It’s a game of numbers and speed and they get faster everytime!



 This is another very fun game.
Each player has different shaped pieces and the object is to see
who can fit all of their pieces on the board.
 This card game is a fast paced game.
Even if you have a lot of people playing, it doesn’t take forever. 
 This game called Hand & Foot is a game that my husband and I with our friends.
You can go HERE to find the rules and learn how to play.
If you’ve seen most of the disney movies, you’ll love this trivia game!
My kids really enjoy this one.  It’s fun to play as a family, or they can play on their own. 
If you haven’t had a game night in a while, pick up a new game
and try it out tonight!
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