I am coming to realize that I need to do some more planning for this. I am excited with future ideas like bringing kids from the MOMS Club to do a costume parade at a local retirement home, with the kids delivering their artwork and baked goodies. I am planning on getting some friends together to do a Drop in and Decorate party and then bringing the cookies to the local shelter and also doing a drive with McAlister's to raise money for the animal shelter and collect blankets, towels, and pet food. But all this takes some leg work on my part. Not a big deal, not a lot of work, but I just have to think about it and then do it. And for some reason time is moving quickly. We are in the middle of week 4 and I don't have anything ready! Well, the kids and I have been working on painting rocks and making other (hopefully) durable artwork that we can leave around town. I think we will be doing that this week. It is actually fun and Kyle says things like "Wow Mom - you are doing great!" and "Remember it doesn't have to be perfect" so I am enjoying putting it all together. Especially when my
trouble making darling Liam is napping. Then I am not having to rescue paint and stickers and beans from being spread all over the house.
One idea I am going to have to push on my husband is doing a potluck block party with our neighbors. He swears he only likes 2 of our neighbors but we don't know the others! I think it will be a good way to reinforce community with the kids and get to know the neighbors better. People are usually on their best behavior at a neighborhood gathering and if something does go wrong, it will be probably have us laughing later. I figure I can talk him into it if I suggest getting new sand for the horseshoe pits and having his father bring the corn hole boards over. Yeah - corn hole and horseshoes. It will be one of those parties. But I definitely think it could be fun.
We are still planning on recognizing the firefighters and the library although I would like some creative ideas in addition to the baking. I love my new mini muffin pan so I am excited to use it again. But it is definitely getting old for the kids. Okay - maybe its getting a little old for me too - but only because I only have one mixer/mixer bowl, one oven and no dishwasher.
I would love to hear any other suggestions. I know you all are crafty and thoughtful so it would be great if you could share the wealth! Just post a comment below -- Thanks!