The Momma Diaries

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Crafts For Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may be one of those holidays that often gets forgotten about, in the sense that it's not  hugely celebrated like Christmas.  However, it really should be recognized -- it is such an important holiday for our country. This man was such a powerful influence, and he enabled equal rights for ALL Americans, regardless of their background. That is some pretty important stuff!

I thought it would be a great idea to compile some fun Martin Luther King, Jr. Day crafts for kids! It is never too early to learn about equality!  I searched Pinterest, and came up with a few favorites. 

Martin Luther King Jr Day Crafts

Freedom Bell // Teaching Diversity // Diversity Train // Dream Clouds // Diverse Globe // Paper Doll Craft // Peace Sign Craft // The Crayon Box That Talked // Hearts Filled with Luv

How do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Are you planning on implementing any crafts with your children? 
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Our 2014 Trip on the Polar Express

Early in December, our family took a trip on the Polar Express.  I realize I'm super duper late with this recap, but I still wanted to share. Two years ago, we started a yearly tradition to take a ride on the Polar Express! Last year Avery was just a newborn, so Lincoln went with just my parents. This year, however, we made it a huge family affair, and it was a blast!  My parents joined us, as well as my brother, his girlfriend, and her two children. The kids were all decked out in their Christmas jammies, and we got on the train!

We were all handed our golden ticket, and we quickly found our seats.  We had the perfect seats. We were right in the middle of the train, where all the action was!!

On our journey, we were told the story of The Polar Express.  Before we knew it, the chefs were ready to serve us yummy cookies!!

And what goes perfect with cookies? -- well, hot chocolate, of course! Music was played and we were told to "never never let it cool!"

After we finished our yummy treat, guess who came to visit?! Yup, that's right...SANTA!!  Santa had a special gift for all the children on the train...their very own magical bell! Lincoln was so very excited!!  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a photo of the kids with Santa. Avery wasn't the biggest fan, so I was holding him while Lincoln visited with him.  But I did manage a quick photo with Lincoln!

After Santa made his way throughout the train, it was time to dance and sing to some Christmas carols! This was probably the kids favorite part. The kids were dancing up and down the aisle.  They were having SO much fun!!

We were going to try a new Polar Express each year, but the kids really had a blast on this one, that they're already saying we need to do a repeat next year!! I think it's safe to say that they really enjoyed themselves!

Now we have to start planning next years trip on the Polar Express -- these tickets sell out fast!  In fact, the one we went on ALREADY has tickets for sale! How crazy is that?!

Do you take your family on a yearly trip on the Polar Express? If you have little ones, I'd definitely suggest you check them out in your area...chances are they have a bunch to choose from!!
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Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 in Review

Happy New Year, everyone! As we welcome 2015, I want to reflect on 2014 and what an amazing year it was for our family. Let's take a look back on 2014.


I shared our baby Avery's newborn photos.

I also chose a word for 2014, and set some goals, rather than resolutions for myself.  Lincoln continued to make us laugh, and I updated on the transition from one to two children.


We started off the month with a scary trip with Avery to the ER.  Lincoln continued to win my heart over again and again, and we finally had our first big outing as a family of four!

Avery turned 3 months old, and I shared everything he was up to.


We started off the month with Lincoln saying more sweet things! We flew Jared's brother home, and celebrated Avery's Christening.

I shared a few of my favorite baby items, and Avery turned 4 months old.


Again starting the month off with Lincoln continuing to make us laugh. I also shared my ongoing struggles with anxiety & panic disorder.  We had a beautiful Easter, celebrating with family.

We also took a road trip to Tennessee!


I recapped our vacation to Tennessee, and told you what amazing little travelers I have. Lincoln and I wore yellow for Wishbone Day, and to raise awareness for Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Soccer season started, and I published Lincoln's funniest "Tot Talk" yet! 

We wrapped up the month with our annual vacation to our beach house!


Avery was now SIX months old, and still the sweetest baby ever.  I also shared our favorite summer baby essentials.

I attended the  Disney Social Media Moms on-the-road conference, and closed out the month with an update on my biggest.


Avery turned 7 months old, and we celebrated a very rainy Fourth of July.

We had a great family day at a nearby amusement park, Lincoln learned that life is not always perfect, and went to Sweet Suite 2014!


I turned 33 year old, Avery turned 8 months old, and I recapped my second day at Blogger Bash. I shared why I blog, with some adorable photos of my boys.


We made a fun back-to-school supply cake for Lincoln's classroom, and he entered his final year of preschool!


October always seems to be a busy month in our lives! Avery turned 10 months old, and I recapped our family vacation to Disney World!

I had some extra special one-on-one time with my littlest, and soaked up each and every second.

Lincoln had his school photos taken, and they came out amazing!


I started to plan for two big birthday, and we had ourselves a little double birthday bash photo shoot!

I (finally) recapped our Halloween with the cutest Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc there ever was!

I started my exciting Jamberry business, and have been really happy with my success!  My sweet baby Avery turned one, and Lincoln turned five!   Lincoln and I went on a very special Mommy/Lincoln date, and we both had a blast.  We had a little photo shoot for Avery's first birthday. What a busy month!!


I told you a simple way to have a date night in with your significant other, and how important it is to make time for romance in your relationship.  Although this post was written just one month ago, it is my most popular post EVER!! I coordinated outfits for our family photos with our favorite photographer, and our Elf on the Shelf made his grand debut! We capped off the year celebrating a wonderful Christmas with our family.

WOW 2014!!! You sure were good to us!! What a wonderful year filled with many memories and much love and happiness.  2015, you sure have some work cut out for you...but I hope you're up for the challenge!! 

Here's to a brand new year!  Wishing you all the very best in 2015!!

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