Posts Tagged ‘Resolutions’
More is Less
This weekend has been crazy with Little League closing ceremonies, Girl Scouts bridging ceremony, a summer kick off party at our school, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, a family volunteer stint with the Arthritis Walk, my volunteer obligation to the school rummage sale, church, a mother/daughter Jamberry home party and a dinner in Coronado with friends.
While not every weekend is this jam-packed, the entire school year has felt hectic to me. There were many things I wanted to do with my kids and never got the chance to thanks to our ever-busy weekends. Yesterday, I began to think that our summer family motto needs to be “less is more.” I want less of a schedule and more time to relax, connect, be creative and be together.
Everyone says, “enjoy them while they are young, time flies by so quickly.” My kids and I seem to spend more time apart than together each week thanks to school, work, sports, extra-curriculars, play dates, parties, etc. etc. This summer I want to make a conscious effort to slow things down and not feel so scheduled. Aren’t they supposed to be “lazy” summer days?
So while our friends are planning their week-long summer camps, I am planning to purchase a Aztec Aquaplex membership so we can spend our days at the pool when we’re not at the beach. While I am at work, I plan to have a sitter to the house so that the kids are still able to play with their own toys, with each other and with the neighborhood kids. And instead of sending them here and there to learn wonderful things without me, I plan to do wonderful things with them like taking a sewing class with my daughter at Sew Inspired, learning to make perfume at Tijon, fishing with my son at Santee Lakes and panning for gems at the Julian Mining Company. I want us to spend a day at Old Flieglers Farm and visit Keys Creek Lavender Farm before it closes for the season. I want to take an OC outing where we do things other than Disneyland including our first trips to the American Girl Doll Store, Discovery Science Center and Medieval Times.
By the start of the next school year, when we get back to full school days and weekends full of social and sports activities, I’d like to be able to look back on summer and feel like we truly had a break from crazy schedules. I want to make sure we slept in a lot, learned some new things and, most importantly, that we had less stress, less chaos, less obligation and more togetherness.
Less is going to be more.
My Mom’s Guide Resolution
The other day my 7-year-old daughter asked, “Mom, am I too old to go to Playtown now?” She started playing there when she was just a toddler. And, technically, yes, she’s too old for it now.
When I first started the mom’s guide I had an infant son and a 2 year-old-daughter, and we were always out exploring San Diego. We still explore, but they have outgrown many of our original favorites.
I realized a few months ago that I wasn’t keeping up with the wonderful businesses and events that are best suited for families with very young children. With so many new and even expecting moms following The Mom’s Guide, I made a business-related resolution to add contributors to the Mom’s Guide blog for the first time.
When I posted my “help wanted” notice to Facebook, looking for contributors who had children younger than my own, I had more than 50 local moms respond. Wow!
It took me a few weeks to review and reply to each applicant. But I finally narrowed it down to two lovely ladies, and I would like to introduce you to Marissa Mullen and Sarah Nguyen. They will be sharing their stories in the coming months…
Hi. My name is Sarah Nguyen. I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to San Diego in 2003. There were many cities and towns in between, but Carlsbad, California, is where I now call home. And I absolutely love it here.
I met my husband, Dangkhoa, in 2004 and we married in 2010. We brought home the greatest honeymoon souvenir of all time, our daughter Emma, who arrived in 2011. September of 2012, baby Noah joined us to create what we lovingly refer to as our Nguyen family four-pack. My husband and babies are the most amazing gifts of my life.
I like to write, take pictures, make people laugh, explore our city and try to soak in each day I am able to spend with my family. My husband is a fireman, which brings its own perks and challenges, but one of the greatest joys is having a non-traditional schedule that allows us a lot of time together.
I hope that what I share here will be helpful, fun, creative, inspiring, realistic and bring a smile to your face. Thanks for being here.
Marissa Mullen is a mama to two children and loves researching fun and unusual things to do in San Diego. A former ballerina from Canada, she enjoyed living in different places until settling down in America’s Finest City. Now she never wants to leave!
Marissa’s love of finding new things to do and collecting travel brochures led to a job as concierge at a local hotel. These days she enjoys blogging, playing with her kids and sharing her favorite aspects of San Diego. Visit her blog at www.mamasparkles.blogspot.com.
Resolutions, part I
I love to make resolutions. They give me direction each year, and I’m pretty good at sticking to them.
I’m sharing a few here this week because, if you’re like me, making sweet memories with family and friends is a great goal no matter what the year. Here’s how I’ll go about it in 2013.
More time in the snow
There’s 3-inches of snow on the ground at Mt. Laguna today, so it’s highly likely we’ll take the quick 30-minute drive out there for a bit of fun in the snow. SoCal kids do love snow play!
It’s even more likely that we’ll head out to Mammoth in the next month or so. We skipped our annual Mammoth trip last year because of poor snow conditions, but with 6 feet on the ground right now, we’re a go in 2013.
Most families we know prefer the shorter drive to Big Bear, but there really is no comparing the two mountains. Mammoth is well worth the 7 hour drive to us (or the reasonable flight).
We love to rent condos with hot tubs that are near the slopes. We’ve also rented houses through VRBO, which are great for backyard sledding, snowman building and checking out the snow plows as they come down the street.
If you don’t rent a place with backyard sledding, be sure to visit one of the many public snow hills you will find around town, or head out to Woolly’s Tube Park. Even kids who don’t want to tube will have fun in Woolly’s snow play area. Getting there is as easy as catching a shuttle from the village, but street parking and lots are also available.
Every Saturday in Mammoth’s village there’s a family hour complete with music, face painting and a little parade. Most of the restaurants are family-friendly and there are a number of cute shops. We always make a stop into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
In 2013 I resolve to do one thing in Mammoth that we’ve never done before, and that’s dog sledding.
A 50-minute tour through the Eastern Sierras for our family will cost about $300, but I expect it to be one of our more memorable experiences. And, as always, top on my list of things to do is create wonderful memories with my husband and kids.
Happy New Year!
Resolutions, part II
Even though I’m a girly girl, I LOVE camping. Greg and I got a tent as a wedding gift in anticipation of romantic trips to Catalina. We’ve never used it though, mainly because I got pregnant two weeks later and have not been brave enough to camp with kids.
But this year is THE year, and we’ll ease into the idea of camping with Family Camp at the YMCA’s Camp Marston. I grew up going to YMCA summer camps, and I want my kids to love them as much as I did. Together as a family we will go canoeing & fishing, enjoy campfires, crafts and nature hikes, pan for gold, practice our archery & BB gun skills and have horseshoe and volleyball competitions. The only reason we haven’t done this sooner is that each session of family camp sells out. I’m sending in my form this week!
Years before I had kids, I spent the night at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for their “Roar & Snoar” safari. It was great, but I imagine it’s much better with kids.
Roar & Snore costs a small fortune…like $600 for our family…but the package includes camp activities, an after-hours look at the animals, guided walks, a campfire program, dinner, snacks, breakfast and, of course, a night “camping” in one of their family tents. If we manage to swing it financially, I’ll be picking a date in March or April so we are able to visit the annual Butterfly Jungle early in the morning before it opens to the public. That will help me feel like we got our money’s worth. (ha ha)
If everyone is still excited about camping after practicing with YMCA family camp and Roar & Snore, I hope we can make it to Catalina.
The ferry ride alone is a great experience for kids. Two Harbors is the more laid, rustic side of the island with very little luxury and where you’ll get the true camping experience. Bring your own tent or rent a tent cabin. There are also cottages and a bed and breakfast. Catalina is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to take my kids hiking there.
We’ll need a bigger tent than the one we got 8 years ago as a wedding gift, but even with the new tent our trip to Catalina will be a bargain compared to family camp and Roar & Snore!