Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks Year Round

We have a lot to be thankful for in our house. 

I want the boys to realized how blessed we are so we’ve started a new tradition around our house.  I had the Sun Kissed Boys write on index cards what they were grateful for. 

Some wrote, some drew.

SKB #1 helped SKB #3 with what he thought he should be thankful for.  He also served as a translator.

Then they put them in the “We’re thankful for…” jar.

SKB #1 decorated the jar with crafts he had done in school.

SKB #3 enjoyed this activity so much, he lingered on even after the bigger brothers were gone.

The thought is to every so often sit and write (or draw) what we’re thankful for.  Then share it with everyone at the dinner table.  This not only helps us step back and appreciate things that we might otherwise seem to take for granted, but also creates great memories.

I’ll be gone for the rest of the week.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!














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Jamie said...

Love this idea! I think making the time to really express gratitude adds so much to our own happiness. We spend less time thinking on what we lack, and so much more time remembering all that we have.

Jackie said...

What a great idea. the one time I was invited to some christians house for thanksgiving , I think we did something like that too .

Nora Johnson said...

Terrific idea! And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you & yr family!

XOXO Lola:)

Judie said...

This was just the sweetest post! Thanks for sharing!!

Mary said...

Adorable! Great idea, Happy Thanksgiving :-)

Shiju Sugunan said...

I enjoyed reading the post. Such beautiful photos and fantastic construction. Lovely!

Teresa said...

What a wonderful idea. I think it is great that you are teaching your sun-kissed boys what it means to be grateful at such a young age. Happy Thanksgiving!

Vicki said...

Great things to be thankful for this year....
Have a great week.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is a fab tradition- i love it! i also love the new design of the blog- it looks fabulous! your signature is very cute!

Jo said...

What a wonderful thanksgiving tradition! Have a wonderful week!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Be sure and keep those cards. Years from now it will be fun to look back and see what they wrote. That's a great idea!

Teachinfourth said...

I think my favorite shot is of SKB #1 & 3 working together. Once-again, you've created (and captured) some wonderful memories.

myorii said...

That is an awesome idea! What a great way to get your kids started on being thankful for the things in their life :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Brooke G. said...

This is darling!! Your boys are so darn cute :D And I love your new look around here too! Wow.

Sarah Halstead said...

How cute! Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan said...

what a wonderful idea!! Many Blessings to you and yours :)

Happy Thanksgiving,
Susan

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

That's a lovely idea..

Your little guys are so cute..

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Oh, I hope you save those! How priceless.

Jingle said...

That's creative.
well done.

awards/treats 4 u

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a wonderful idea! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Jenny said...

Yanet, what a lovely idea. I admire the way you are raising your family.

One year, I made up cards with names of everyone attending Thanksgiving dinner pre-written on them. I mailed a set to everyone and asked them to fill out things they were thankful for about each person attending.

Then I had this little library card holder decorated up. I slid the individual cards in the holder and gave them to everyone as they left.

It was fun!

Your idea reminded me of this.

Thanks for a wonderful memory.

And thanks for linking!

A+

Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor said...

I love ideas to teach our kiddos how to be thankful - they seem to so easily forget that great character quality! Thanks for commenting on my pumpkin pie crockpot recipe. I DO adore using my crockpot! Lifesaver!

Kendra {House of Ficek} said...

Yanet, thanks for stopping by, hope your pot pie turned out well!

That front door is not actually my own front door, mine is black :) but I agree it is beautiful!

FrouFrouBritches said...

What a fabulous idea! I HATE I didn't read this last week and make my kids do this. I would've kept them until they were old and dug them back out. I still may get them to do this, even though it's a few days late.

Your boys are adorable!!!!