The Many Moods of Joshua

Raising Josh has been an adventure to say the least. He is an amazing boy, but even amazing boys have their moments.

Josh is going through the “terrible” two stage of life now. Needless to say, he is definitely keeping me on my toes. I waited 10 years to go through this stage of life with him, so you won’t hear me complain. However, it is challenging, fun, exhausting, happy, and many more emotions.  Today I got to catch  images of a fake temper tantrum. This particular fit was because I asked him to scoot a little closer so it would be easier to pick him up. Yes, he does understand what I am saying.  This moment occurs several times a day. Sometimes I want to laugh and sometimes I want to cry. Enjoy the many personalities of Josh. These were taken in a two-minute time frame.

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(I will translate)

Mommy I am getting angry because you want me to come closer to you so you can pick me up. You need to come to me.

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Look Mom! I’m going to bite myself.

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I am so clever. I have a better idea.

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Mom I am so sad. Please come and get me. I need you.

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Is she watching?

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I will smack myself in the face. You don’t want me to do that, do you?

(That is a wonderful behavior he picked up from a former classmate)

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Please pick me up Mommy.

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I am getting frustrated. I am going to bite myself.

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I am biting.

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Please Mom.

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I am over it. Moving on.



25 Family Activities for Christmas

Here are a few examples of my 25 list. To view more be sure to click on 25 Family Activities for Christmas at the top of the page. I am adding more everyday!

1. Snowman Family

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I am going to try really hard to have 25 different family themed activities before Christmas.  I believe that we need to focus on what is truly important during the holidays. Okay, I feel that way all year, but I think so many people lose sight of what is special in our lives. We become consumed with buying things, wanting things, and stressing when we cannot afford those thing. Take a breath and recharge. I know my son Josh is grown he will remember the days we spent playing together as a family before he will remember that toy he had to have.

I hope you have as much fun over the next 25 day as my family will.

Our 1st activity was painting our snowman family.


1 can of Spray snow  (We used the entire can for 3 snow people)

Washable Finger paint.

You can use your imagination for the rest. We painted the snow people first. We let them dry and added the fingerpaint touches.

This is a great way to decorate for the neighbors to see and have the kids feel like they had a hand in the design.

2. Make Your Own Snow

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This was a fun sensory activity.

All you need:

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1 shaving cream

1 bowl to mix the ingredients


This is messy, but so worth it.

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You can mold this, smoosh it, and make it snow.  It cost me two dollars to make this and gave us hours of fun.

3. Decorate a Planter

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This was another fun and easy activity.

I already had the planter and soil. If you don’t have those two items you will need them. I bought all the decorations at the Dollar Store. I purchased the poinsettia at Wal-Mart for $3.88

I simply wrapped a ribbon around the pot and attached a star. I planted the poinsettia and added Christmas balls for color. I bought these squiggly twigs and placed them in the soil. Voila! This doesn’t have to be a messy project. However, my beautiful son wanted to play in the dirt.