I say this all the time... but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's all about love and food, two of the best things in the world. And there used to be a time when I spent a big chunk of the long weekend addressing our Christmas cards and getting them ready to mail. I fell off that tradition over the past few years, but Zazzle is helping me get my mojo back. Have you heard of Zazzle? In general, they allow you to created personalized gifts from photos. Specifically, they have really lovely options for holiday cards. They have given me $150 to spend at their store and actually get some cards out this year. My mother will be utterly thrilled.
The weather has been crazy all over lately, right? Here in Denver we have had flash floods and tornadoes. Not just out on the plains - but in town! Luckily my son, at nearly 13, has an easy time understanding what to do. How to we help the little ones, though? PBS KIDS to the rescue! Both Arthur and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will be airing new episodes on September 8th dealing with just this issue. (New episodes of preschool math series PEG + CAT will also premiere that week.)
Do your kids play Minecraft? Of course they do. Every kid on the planet does, right? As a parent, I am super impressed with the game because of the creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration it inspires. Not to say I actually understand how it all works…
I have to make a confession. It's taken me a long time to get to like wine. It's always sounded and smelled good to me, but I rarely chose it. Even still, I definitely tend to like my wine sparkly and cold. That's why on holidays my best friends (who are also our family away from family) usually have bubbly on hand. We also have had semi-annual sangria parties around mid-June, where lots of red and white wine is mixed with juice and spritzer. Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means a picnic and fireworks with the aforementioned best friends. Sometimes we will go to an Outlaws lacrosse game because they play in Mile High Stadium, thus placing us directly UNDER the fireworks... But lately we have had more low-key gatherings. So we can enjoy each other and avoid the crowds. This year, we are planning to do a little of both over at Dick's Park with the Colorado Rapids at their free 4th Fest. Tailgating and carnival stuff, plus fireworks later in the evening. This way we can do a picnic too - since we much prefer to bring our own drinks and food than buy corndogs. I'm especially excited this year because I have Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs for the festivities.