BRRRR! Science!

Looking for a way to have a little fun in the brutal cold? Try this experiment. Your kids will love it! The video is a little quiet but I can’t wait to try it. Thanks Science Center of Iowa!

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Cool Idea – DADvent

A friend of mine shared an article with me this week that I thought was amazing.  It led me to poking around on the site and through the other articles and I learned alot.  So thanks to Mike Carver for sending the article and thanks to for the awesome content.  Have an amazing DADvent!  What traditions will you create or build upon this year?

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Sick and Thankful

So as of Sunday, all 4 of my children are sick.  That is right, all 4, ages 5 and under are sick.  My oldest has croup cough, my daughter has an ear infection and strep, and the twins both have double ear infections and croup.  But even in the midst of all this craziness I want to reiterate how important it is to be thankful.  I am thankful for my wife who somehow holds us all together through the craziness. I am thankful for a wonderful community of friends and family to help. I am thankful that we have been blessed with these amazing tiny humans who continue to grow and amaze.  Most of all I am thankful that God loves us and is providing for us even when we are sick.  What are you thankful for? When things get crazy, do you slow down and remember to be thankful?  Thankfulness is a discipline as well as an attitude. Lets choose it and pass it down.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Five More Things

1. Build a pillow fort. Here is a collection inspiring fort creations.

2. Teach them some of your car fixing and upkeep skills. They’ll realize how handy they are later in life.

3. Music time — even if you’re not musically inclined, look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow a new skill with your child.

4. Take a hike in the woods. Bundle up, if you have to. Outdoor time is good all year around. Here’s a list of Iowa Parks to explore.

5. Find somewhere to volunteer together. There a great opportunities on

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Five Things

Five Things — Try these with your kids.

Photo credit: Tim Pierce

Visit your local library —show them how much fun reading is.

Visit a pumpkin patch.

Take your children to the playground and push them on the swings.

Plan to take a trip to the Science Center of Iowa for learning and discovery.

Make dinner with your children. Need inspiration? Try these dishes.

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