7 Kid-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities in Toledo

What Kids Can Learn From Volunteering

  • A sense of responsibility. Kids and teens learn what it means to make and keep a commitment. They learn how to be on time for a job, do their best, and be proud of the results. But they also learn that, ultimately, we’re all responsible for the well-being of our communities.
  • That one person can make a difference. A wonderful, empowering message for kids is that they’re important enough to have an impact on someone or something else.
  • Tolerance. Working in community service can bring kids and teens in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education and income levels. They’ll learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.

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Toledo Fall Family Fun Guide 2019

Omg, y’all it’s legit (almost) Fall!!  Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), boots, flannels, sweaters, apple picking, pumpkin patches, pumpkin pies, apple pies, cinnamon & sugar doughnuts, apple fritters, fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, and so much more! Fall is when the Midwest shines, but don’t blink, it goes by fast, so tag friends and make plans now! Here is this year’s Toledo Fall Family Fun Guide….

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Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm

Gust Brother’s Pumpkin Farm is a working farm that provides a real farm experience to all visitors. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a wholesome and fun family atmosphere…visit the cows, pigs, goats, bunnies, roosters, etc. and don’t forget to pick put the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!

Location: 13639 Mulberry Rd, Ottawa Lake, MI 49267

Phone: (517) 486-2237

Dates: Open Sunday, September 8 to Thursday October 31, 2019

Hours: Open every day from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M

Cost: FREE (but do bring some spending cash for a Hay Ride, donuts, cider, and other Fall goodies and decorations)

Website: https://www.gustbrothers.com/

MacQueen’s Apple Orchard

Famous for their Apple Butter Stir Festival held every year on the first weekend of October, MacQueen’s Orchards grows 16 varieties of apples and 10 varieties of peaches, plus they sell a large variety of all your favorite, seasonal locally grown vegetables year round. In the fall, (Mid-Sept-3rd Week of Oct.), you can drive your own vehicle in the orchard to pick your own apples, if you choose.

Location: 7605 Garden Rd, Holland, OH 43528

Phone: (419) 865-2916

Dates: Apple Stir & Crafts Festival 2019 Saturday, Oct. 5th & Sunday Oct. 6th for more farm fun!

Hours: Aug-Oct: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Varies depending on your purchases (and parking for the Apple Butter Stir)

Website: http://www.macqueenorchards.com/index.htm

 

Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

Erie Orchards and Cider Mill is a working farm with approximately 70 acres in production. Approximately 15,000 bushels of apples are harvested annually. They minimize the use of chemicals and use no chemicals which are absorbed into the tree. There is something exciting going on every weekend be sure to check the website for a full list.

Location: 1235 Erie Rd, Erie, MI 48133

Phone: 734-848-4518.

Special Event Dates: Literally an event every weekend September-end of October, click on website for details

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9am – 7:00pm and Sunday: 11am – 6:00pm. Note: the u-pick closes a 1/2 hour before the store closes each evening

Cost: Varies depending on purpose for visit and event

Website: http://www.erieorchards.com/?pg=events

 

Fleitz Pumpkin Farm

Savor the fall season with your family at their farm! Located just two miles south of Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, OH. Opened from the 2nd Sat. of Sept. thru Oct 31!

Location: 7133 Seaman Rd, Oregon, OH 43616

Phone: (419) 836-7613

Dates: FALL Opening Day is Sept. 12th @ 10AM (Thursday special is Oreo Donut!)

Cost: Varies depending on purchase…FREE admission

Website: https://www.facebook.com/fleitzpumpkinfarm/?rf=593051204063529

 

Trabbic Pumpkin Farm

Experience the Fall Atmosphere in a Family and Faith Filled environment. From visiting the animals in the “Animal Kingdom”, to the rides, Cider and Doughnuts, if you love the Fall season, then the farm is the place to be. This year they are celebrating their 29th year with the pumpkin patch and it wouldn’t be possible without you. God has blessed them and the farm in so many ways over the past 29 years and they appreciate all of your business and support.

Location: 1560 E Sterns Rd, Erie, MI 48133

Phone: (734) 848-4049

Dates: September 14th – October 31st, 2019

Hours: 10am-7pm

Mon-Wed: 4-6:30pm (Corn Maze and Play area Only)

Thurs-Fri: 4-6:30pm (Corn Maze, Play area, Pumpkin Train, and Teddy Bear Spin Only)

Sat-Sunday: 11am-6:30pm (Hay Ride, Corn Maze, play area, Pumpkin Train, Teddy Bear Spin)

Cost: Admission is FREE (Bring money for Rides, Pumpkin, etc.)

Website: https://www.trabbicpumpkinfarm.com/

The Pumpkin Peddler

The fall season just isn’t complete without a hayride to a pumpkin patch, and The Pumpkin Peddler offer a memorable ride through the tree farm for you and your family to enjoy. There are thousands to choose from and your children can pick their own pumpkins right in the field. Your family can enjoy other activities as well, such as a pumpkin maze, face painting, and guessing the weight of a painted pumpkin. A craft store is also on site where they offer Indian corn, gourds, mini and pie pumpkins straw bales, corn stalks and more for your fall and Halloween decorating needs. Enjoy a cookie and some apple cider and your family outing is complete!

Location: 20354 N Dixie Hwy, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Phone: (419) 409-0252

Dates: Month of October

Hours: Weekdays: Noon til Dark, Saturday: 10 til Dark, Sunday: 11 til Dark

Cost: Varies depending on purchase Admission is FREE

Website: http://bowlinggreenchristmastrees.com/pumpkin-farm.php

Country Lane Tree Farm Fall Festival Weekends

No other farm in NW Ohio or Michigan allows you to wander through their farm, alongside of peacocks, ducks and chickens, hold baby ducks, chicks and bunnies, and then feed all of their farm animals. Milking their REAL cow is always a big hit with the kids and adults! In addition to the farm tours, Fall season brings the Fall Festival that features 10 acre U-Pick pumpkin patch, a FREE Hayride, Family Farm Animal Tours, and NW Ohio’s ONLY Haunted Hayride! (see Panic in the Pines)

Location: 3525 N Bolander Rd, Genoa, OH 43430

Phone: (419) 461-1298

Dates: OCTOBER 5,6, 12,13, 19,20 and 26,27

Hours: SATURDAY and SUNDAY 11 am to 4 pm – NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED!!! Last Admission 3 PM. (All activities end at 4 PM!)

Cost: FALL FESTIVAL WEEKEND ADMISSION PRICES: Children under 2 are FREE, 3yrs – 12 yrs -$10/person, Adults – $5/person, Active Military – FREE

Website: https://www.countrylanetreefarm.com/

 

 

Little Boo At the Zoo

Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them.

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Dates: Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $8 for Members’ Children, $18 for Non-Members Children & $18 for Non-Members Adults

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/boo

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Pumpkin Path

Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick or treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins!

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Dates: Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $8 for Members’ Children, $18 for Non-Members Children & $18 for Non-Members Adults

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/pumpkinpath

 

 

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Sandpiper Fall Color Cruise

Travel down the Maumee and enjoy the fall festival of color. Make sure to bring your camera for some of the most beautiful views along the Maumee River. As the leaves change, the river becomes even more breathtaking. This 2-hour cruise will leave you counting down the days until the next Sandpiper season.

Location: The Sandpiper is docked at Water Street and Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. For GPS directions to the dock, use this address: 1 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio

Phone: (419) 537-1212

Dates: Saturdays & Sundays in October @ 1pm and 4pm

Cost: Adults are $19 Children are $11 (12 and under) reserve your spot online today!

Website: https://www.sandpiperboat.com/public-cruises/

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Sandpiper Halloween Boo Cruise

Halloween BOO! Cruise is a family-friendly experience for kids of all ages. This 30-minute cruise features Halloween treats and fun. Dress to impress!

Location: The Sandpiper is docked at Water Street and Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. For GPS directions to the dock, use this address: 1 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio

Phone: (419) 537-1212

Dates: 24th, 25th, 26th, & 27th of October with various times each day, click on link below for times

Cost: only $5 per riders! Buy Tickets online in advance, these will fill up FAST!

Website: https://www.sandpiperboat.com/calendar

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Wheeler Farms Corn Maze

CLOSED DUE TO CROP GROWTH HINDERING THIS SEASON

Location: The Corn Maze 11455 Obee Rd. Whitehouse, OH 43571

Phone: 419.872.1731

Dates: Closed for the 2019 Season

Hours: Friday: 5pm – 11pm, Saturday: Noon – 11pm, & Sunday: Noon – 8pm

Cost: Adults (12-64):$10, Youth (4-11): $8, 65 & Over: $9, Under 3: Free with Adult

Website: http://www.wheelerfarms.com/corn-maze/

 

 

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PANIC IN THE PINES

Panic in the Pines is located deep within a 150 year old farm. Climb onto the hayride that takes you out into the Forest of Pines where flesh eating zombies are lurking around each twist and turn…waiting for the right victim.

Enter if you dare into the Haunted Woods….where a crazed Psych Doctor and his staff work to keep the current patients locked up and try to pick out a few new ones to stay!

The Haunted Trail will take you back to what you may believe to be happy memories of childhood play…. BUT games can be misleading and not what they seem.

Haunt ticket booth opens at 7PM!

Location: 3525 N Bolander Rd. Genoa, OH 43430

Phone: (419) 461-1298

Dates: October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th

Hours: 8-10pm…The first hayride of the night starts promptly at 8PM! All 3 haunts are outside so dress appropriately.

Cost: 3 Haunts- 1 price! $20 purchase tickets online, click link below

Website: http://www.panicinthepines.com/

 

 

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Wolcott Heritage Complex

Enjoy an afternoon of family time together. Listen to live music or enjoy a story at the log house. Youngsters can make a craft to take home and so much more. Cost: Free!

Location: 1035 River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537

Phone: (419) 893-9602

Hours: Saturday and Sundays from 12:00-4:30 (Tours Saturday at 12:30 and 2:30pm)

Cost: FREE

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/maumeevalleyhistoricalsociety/museum-complex

 

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Children’s Halloween Pizza Train

Magician Andrew Martin performs as Count Wakula. Includes pizza, salad, bread sticks, dessert and pop, coloring activities, costume contest with prizes, cider and doughnuts, and two hour train ride!

Location: 301 E Adrian St, Blissfield, MI 49228

Phone: (888) 467-2451

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019 Board @ 4:30PM leaves @ 5:00PM

Cost: $34.00 Adults, $22.00 Children (2-12)

Website: https://www.murdermysterydinnertrain.com/

 

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Sauder’s Village Family Fun Nights

There is something magical about being in the Village after hours! Register now to take part in their annual Fall Family Fun Night! Take a trolley ride, learn about pioneer life, decorate a pumpkin, warm up with some hot cocoa and enjoy a snack, take an evening train ride and other activities fun for everyone in the family. Space is limited, so register early!

Location: 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502

Phone: Register early, call 419.446.2541 or 800.590.9755

Dates: Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2019

Hours: 6:00 – 8:00 pm each evening

Cost: $13 for adults, $7 for children (4-16) and children 3 & under are free. Discounted rates available for members. Pre-registration is required!

Website: https://saudervillage.org/classes-events/details/2019/10/18/default-calendar/fall-family-fun-nights

 

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Garrison Ghost Walks at Fort Meigs

Come to Fort Meigs for a “spirited” stroll this fall at the Garrison Ghost Walk. Tour the fort with your 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place.  The whole family will enjoy hearing tales from the past, and while the ghosts may not be real, the fun certainly is!  Proceeds from this event go to the Old Northwest Military History Association, the volunteer association for Fort Meigs. (Advanced Tickets required, Online ONLY)

Location: Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551

Phone: (419) 874-4121

Dates: October 18-19 & 25-26, 2019

Times: 7 & 8:30PM (For ALL) 8:45 & 9PM (Adults ONLY)

Cost: $10 ages 13+, $5 ages 6-12, Not recommended for ages 5 and under

Website: http://www.fortmeigs.org/

 

Valentine Theatre Silver screen Classic, Young Frankenstein!

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American horror comedy film, directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character–a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the box office window one hour prior to the show. Tickets are only $5 and Tall Drafts, Full Bar, and Popcorn are available for purchase!

Location: 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Phone: 419.242.3490

Date: Friday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Website: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4891190/young-frankensteinsilver-screen-classic-film-toledo-valentine-theatre?country=US&language=en

 

 

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OctoBOOfest Downtown Perrysburg

Join Downtown Perrysburg Inc for another fun OctoBOOfest event, sponsored by Mercy Health. OctoBOOfest is their annual Fall festival filled with family fun events, including trick or treating, costume parades, and scavenger hunts. Click on website for more information on the fun activities to come!

Location: Downtown Perrysburg

Date: October 26th 11am-3pm

Cost: Admission is FREE

Website: : https://www.facebook.com/events/2412352012330908/

 

Hoen’s Greenhouse Autumn Harvest Festival

Bring the entire family for a weekend of warm autumn cheer at the Autumn Harvest Festival. Enjoy delicious eats and fall treats around a warm bonfire, a relaxing tractor hayride around the farm, or search the pumpkin patch for unique pumpkins and gourds. They’ll have a petting farm with some of your favorite barn animals, pony rides for the little ones, and plenty more outdoor activities and crafts for kids of all ages.

Location: 1710 Perrysburg Holland Rd, Holland, OH 43528

Phone: (419) 865-6566

Dates: To be Announced

Cost: Varies depending on activities/purchases admission is FREE

Website: https://www.facebook.com/hoensgardencenter/

 

Roche de Bouef Festival in Waterville

The Roche de Boeuf Festival has something for the entire family to enjoy. Children will love the kids zone and parents can shop for beautiful art and one of a kind items. Take a journey back in time with Pioneer Village, see amazing cars in the car show, and enjoy wonderful music and entertainment throughout the day. The Roche de Boeuf Parade is the cornerstone of the Roche de Boeuf Festival. Local bands and organizations make their way through downtown Waterville as a kickoff to the Festival. Parade begins on Farnsworth Rd. The parade starting point will be on Farnsworth at Michigan Street. The parade will then proceed east onto Farnsworth to River Road and then to Waterworks Park.

Location: FREE Shuttle Service, pick-up locations Conrad Park next to the Waterville Library (800 Michigan Ave) and Waterville Landings (J&R Contracting) 1300 Michigan Ave.

Date: September 28, 2019

Hours: Parade Starts at 10 AM and Festival 9 AM – 5 PM

Cost: FREE admission

Website: https://watervillechamber.com/roche-de-boeuf-parade-and-festival/

 

43rd Applebutter Fest Grand Rapids Ohio  

What is Applebutter Fest? It’s historical reenactments, pioneer demonstrations, crafts, live music, food, and family fun along the beautiful Maumee River!

Location: Click on website for specifics….where to park and what streets will be closed

Phone: N/A

Date: October 13th, 2019

Hours: 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Cost: There are no participation fees other than a $15 per vehicle parking fee that provides the operating funds for the Fest. Parking in the official lots is sincerely appreciated!

Website: http://www.applebutterfest.org/

 

Downtown Sylvania Fall Festival and Parade!

A longstanding Sylvania tradition, the Sylvania Fall Festival returns this year with several dozen food, craft, informational and other vendor booths will line Main Street, Tree City’s historical throughway. Everybody’s perennial favorite, the fall festival parade, will energize the town from Monroe to Main Street. Catch a stage performance at the corner of Main and Maplewood, explore Sylvania Historical Village and celebrate community when you join us for the 34rd Annual Sylvania Fall Festival!

Location: Downtown Sylvania

Phone: 419.882.2135

Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019 10AM-4PM

Cost: FREE admission

Website: https://www.sylvaniachamber.org/sylvania-fall-festival/

 

The Shops at Fallen Timbers Truck or Treat

 Bring the kids out in Costume for a family afternoon of Truck or Treat, Dance party, and Costume Contest! This FREE event is one for the whole family! Let the kids explore some of their favorite “big trucks” and get some early trick- or- treating done! Enjoy spooky Sounds, Character interactions, & Treats!

 This event will be located at the Main entrance of the mall, in front of Men’s Warehouse/Dillard’s

Location: The Shops at Fallen Timbers – Maumee, OH 3100 MAIN STREET, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Phone: (419) 740-7080

Date: Saturday, October 19th

Hours: 11 AM – 2 PM

Cost: FREE

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379951865498296/

 

THINGS THAT GO! at Levis Commons

Get up close and personal with all your favorite things that GO at this year’s THINGS THAT GO SHOW at Levis Commons. Live Music From Mike Szafarowicz Music 10am -2pm, Free Train Rides On The JR Express, See ProMedica Air land at the event at Noon. Visit with the pilot and see the inside of the helicopter from Noon-2pm (weather, wind and emergency dependent), and much MORE, for full list of trucks click on link below…

Location: The Town Center at Levis Commons 3201 Levis Commons Blvd Perrysburg, OH 43551

Phone: (419) 931-8888

Date: October 5th

Hours: 10am-2pm

Website: https://www.shopleviscommons.com/event/Things-That-GO-Show/2145530884/

 

 

Want to add to the list? Email momonthegoinholytoledo@gmail.com

 

 

New After-School Activity & Educational Business in Town! *GIVEAWAY*

Students K-12 only spends 18.5% of their waking hours at school a year. Shocker, right!? The remainder of that time is filled with a revolving door of extra-curricular activities, sports, dance, scouts….they not only fill up our evenings but our weekend too! And why do we do it? We do it because we want our children to be good team players, to be well-rounded, & prepared for life.  Speaking of being prepared for life, here are some fun statistics…..

  • Employment in occupations related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. Source
  • The odds of your child becoming a professional athlete…let’s say, basketball player, is 1 in 11,711 for men & 1 in 13,005 for women (just to put this into perspective, the odds of getting struck by lighting is 1 in 3,000). Source
  • And with regard to your little girl or boy becoming a professional dancer, the Magic 8 Ball says-Outlook Not So Good! Source

 

In no way are those stats meant to deter you, or your child, from their dreams, I say reach for the sky! But it is meant to shed some light on the topic of investment. Where are your children investing all their time and your money? Perhaps it’s time to diversify and add some STEM to those plies & slam-dunks.

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Snapology:

Snapology is the premier partner for STEM programs, offering year-round hands-on, interactive activities for children ages 1-14 (and awesome Special Needs classes) using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology.

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They create STEM learning experiences through classes (video game design, robotics, and animation), competition team opportunities, workshops, camps, birthday parties, school field trips, scouting events and more!

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Details:

Remember that stat from the beginning, the one that read; employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022? Well, Snapology is one of those employment opportunities, or rather, ownership opportunity. Snapology is a franchise and the nearest one to us is in Findlay, we NEED one in Toledo! So not only is this post a push for more STEM but also a plea for mom-trepreneurs! They offer franchise opportunities that are affordable, flexible and can provide quick profitability. No more having to hash tag your images “like a boss”, you’ll be the boss!! Who wants to be their own boss? For more info checkout their website.

GIVEAWAY:

LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator (recommended for kids 6+)

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How to Enter:

  1. Share this post with a friend, possibly a mom-trepreneurs! I would LOVE to have a Snapology in Toledo!!!
  2. Simply comment below by sharing your thoughts…thoughts on Snapology. What you have to say is important; I look forward to reading your comments.

Winner will be randomly selected Friday September 1st @11:59pm

Disclaimer This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal

 

 

True Love is…a smoldering dishwasher, puking child, & exhaustion!?!

Based upon the title you might be thinking what kind of twisted freak is this woman? Lol! And trust me; I would have thought the same thing just days ago, Sunday to be exact. On Sunday life was perfect but of course I didn’t realize that because I was frantically getting ready for the week, meal planning, doing laundry, helping kiddos with their Valentine’s, etc. I am a sucker for all holidays and Valentine’s Day is the Olympics of holidays for me. I find so much joy in smothering all my sweethearts with love, heart shaped everything, gifts, surprises, and of course a fabulous meal. I had everything planned out perfectly, this year I was going to surprise the kids after school with balloons in the car, take them to a movie, and come home to a dinner table adorn with heart shaped waffles, eggs, strawberries, X & O shaped bacon (yep, I am that mom…coming to terms with it is the first step), chocolates, etc.

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It was going to blow them away; it would be my best surprise yet (even better than taking them to Boyd’s for the Retro candies for school), we are talking Pinterest Perfection!  But life had other plans, turns out the surprise was on me!

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Sunday: Nothing like traumatizing the kids during bedtime!

Sunday night the kiddos headed up to bed after dinner and I prepped leftovers in the kitchen for lunch the next day. I was standing by the sink and suddenly, out of know where, the dishwasher made a spark followed by a sizzle, and then started smoking. The darn thing wasn’t even running!?! I called in my husband for reinforcements and rushed downstairs to turn off the breaker. (Something about water and electricity just didn’t sit well with me). Apparently like most things in our household the circuit breaker is a bit wonky when it comes to the labels. What seemed like a minute to me must have felt like an eternity to my husband because he frantically yelled down, “just turn it off!”.  So naturally, I panicked. I just started flipping switches two at a time, including the one to the upstairs and basement. The high pitched screams that pierced my eardrum were clear indications that I flipped the wrong switch and now not only were the children freaking out in the dark upstairs, but, I too was in the dark downstairs.  Meanwhile the dishwasher continued melting & smoking while my husband stood by helplessly. I eventually managed to manipulate the switches in the dark, turned off the electricity to the kitchen, and turned back on the electrically to the basement and upstairs. As I made my way back up to the kitchen I could hear the dog’s paws rushing down the stairs from above, he had left his post upstairs with the kids to check things out. After knocking a few things over with his cone of shame that he obtained thanks to double ear infections he came barreling around the corner to a dark kitchen with one path of light streaming from a flashlight on the floor that illuminated the cloud of smoke coming from the dishwasher. Once he saw that smoke he started barking ferociously which resulted in the kids practically sliding down the stairs in fright. And there the entire family stood at 9:30pm assembled in the dark kitchen in shock and amazement. It felt like a dramatic scene from a play. The flashlight gave the dishwasher the perfect spotlight and the smoke added a nice dramatic effect.  The smell of plastic burning began to fill the room. Thankfully my husband was able to pull the dishwasher out from under the counter and unplug it, but when doing so the dog saw this great beast of a smoking appliance as a threat and tried to attack, retreating in fear each time but none the less barking his cone of shame head off. Crisis mostly averted.

 

Monday: She’s upstairs puking!

Monday night after dinner I cleared the table and carefully stacked the dirty dishes on top of the other dirty dishes…I am getting quit good at balancing them; it’s almost an art, lol! And then I sat down with my 5th grader and we put the finishing touches on their Valentines for school the next day. valentines201All three kiddos were super excited for their Valentine’s Day party the next day, since they kind of got robbed of their party at Christmas time due to a snow day their anticipation was super amplified. They checked the forecast for the next day and let out a huge sigh of relief when they saw that fog, snow, and ice were nowhere on the radar. Each sat out their clothes…pinks, reds, and even a tutu with gold glitter hearts was the preferred apparel for our little fashionista.

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Everything was going so smoothly and then it happened. My husband came downstairs to let me know, “She’s puking upstairs”. My heart sank. I knew what that meant; someone wasn’t wearing her gold glitter heart tutu tomorrow, wasn’t passing out Valentines, and wasn’t going to be attending her Valentine’s Day party.

Tuesday: Calgon take me away!

So here I sit, Tuesday morning and I am absolutely exhausted after getting up 8+ times with my poor baby girl. My kitchen counters are filled with mountains of dirty dishes, laundry needs to be done, rooms need to be cleaned (and sanitized), that darn dog just managed to annihilate his cone of shame, and my Valentine’s Day plans that I was so looking forward to are a bust. And yet I am over the moon, and no, that’s not just the ridiculous combination of exhaustion and caffeine talking.

This year I finally get it! I finally realize the true treasures of Valentine’s Day, granted I had to go on one twisted, crazy, exhausting scavenger hunt to find them but find them I did! And it turns out they have been here all along but I have been so distracted by my own expectations that I couldn’t see them. The dishwasher dying it’s slow smoky death revealed a part of my husband I had taken for granted, he is not only our family’s provider but our protector, he is willing to risk his life for our family…there is no amount of roses that can equal that!  I learned that in my regimented ways I have missed out on precious moments…sitting with my 5th grader and putting together Valentines while talking about life brought me more joy than a million boxes of chocolate.  But the biggest take away from this crazy week (thus far-God may have more lessons in store!), and it was something that dawned on me when I rushed to my daughter’s side for the 5th time at 4:30am, I learned that I am enough! My children don’t need fancy balloons, food shaped like hearts; the best gift I can give them is my unconditional love, day, or night, no matter the circumstances, no amount of store bought anything or fancy food can replace a mother’s love.  Thus I am over the moon, bursting with blessings & love sans the typical Valentine’s Day garb.

I know it sounds so cliché but this Valentine’s Day the gifts I am most thankful for is my husband, children, my family’s health, and all the amazing people in my life…dishes be damned! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day, loves! Cheers to finding the REAL treasures in your life!

 

 

Chick-fil-A (Need I say more?)

I toyed with the idea of posting this yesterday, or even at all.  I figured enough has been said, I won’t bother. But then I started reading comments on facebook that called those who purchased Chick-fil-A yesterday haters. That is when I knew I needed to say something.  I am not a hater. I love. I forgive. If I have something you need I am more than happy to share, donate, and give. I believe all people; including Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose. That being stated, they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us. 

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This is a serious topic and one that is very near and dear to my heart, Marriage.  My grandparents on my father’s side were married for 47 years, my grandparents on my mother’s for 44 years, my own parents have been married for 35 years, my in-laws for 43 year, and my husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding Anniversary next April.  Those marriages, all combined welcomed over 17 children. The sanctity of Marriage and family is engrained in me and my children. I pray every night that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will experience and know marriage as love between a man and women that gives way to family.

I do not want my grandchildren to think that one-half of humanity, either mothers or fathers, are dispensable.

What is your stance? (Don’t worry, I am not a hater. You can speak/type freely. I am grown-up enough to handle opposing views. I do believe that what you have to say is important so please share. But it would be appreciated if you did it in a cordial manner, thank you)