Helpful Holiday Hack to end the chorus of -How many days are left?”

White Board Kids Count Down

Holiday Helpful Hack

White Board Kids Count Down
How much longer do I have to wait?

We had a few mishaps in the past with our advent calendars, you know the usual problems, bought it and can’t find it, ants ate it, Elf on the Shelf ate it or  I just plain forgot it, etc. All of these problems meant that it was time to Hack a solution!  Time is a tough concept for kids, and visual representation is a big help for them, it also keeps you from losing your mind answering the constant question of how many days are left until the big day.

Draw a picture of the upcoming event that your child is looking forward to, count how many days are left until said event and write the numbers in. You can use the dates or just do a countdown depending on the age of your munchkin.  The kiddo can color in each day, and just like the question “how many days left till……..” has ended.

We have used this trick for summer vacation countdowns, Grandparent visits, end of school, birthday’s etc.  When she was little I used to draw it for her, but now that she is bigger she draws it herself, and Boom!  This little trick turns into a learning experience as she helps me look at the calendar and figure out how many days she needs to place on the board.


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Diary of a Rogue House CatDiary of a Rogue House Cat

Have you ever had a pet that just seemed to cause havoc at every turn? Has your cat ever knocked over glasses, hidden your keys or generally created chaos for no apparent reason? Have you ever wondered what on earth your pet could be thinking? Baby Girl the Rogue House Cat explains all her crazy and funny actions in her new diary. Her journey to become a good house cat will help explain why cats do some of the things they do. I hope you enjoy her antics as much as I do.

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5 Tips about Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National MonumentI recently had the great pleasure of visiting  Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  I had gone Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit some friends.  I was so excited just to see my friends, but I had no idea of what they had in store for me!  I can’t find the right adjective to describe this place: Amazing, Awe Inspiring, Grand, Stunning, Astounding………….Freaking Cool?

I have never seen anything like this place!  The mountain actually looks like someone carved castle turrets into the top of the mountain.  The turrets are called Hoodoos and are carved by rain and wind. The Hoodoos range in size from a few feet to 90 feet tall.  Long story short, a volcano erupted within the last million years, creating a layer of hard rock on top of soft rock and the two erode at different rates.  The result is spectacular.  Some of the hoodoos have round caprocks balanced impossibly on top of them.Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks

Here is the skinny on what to do.

  1. Use the bathroom at the parking lot before you go up the trail.  Nope, there is no place else to go except maybe a small tree.
  2. Bring Supplies!  I am from Florida and I am used to heat, but this dry heat will sneak up on you.  Snacks certainly wouldn’t go amiss either, because there is nothing around to buy.  Sunscreen is a must, and a hat and sunglasses are very helpful!
  3. Take your time.  This is most important if you are not used to the elevation.  The elevation of the City of Albuquerque is between 4,900 feet to over 6,700 feet above sea level.  (Just for comparison Denver ranges from ranges from 5,130 to 5,690 feet.)  Surprised?  I was too!
  4. Grab a Junior Explorer Activity Guide from the Ranger at the entrance or at the TrKasha-Katuwe Tent Rocksail Map Post.  The Guide has some great info for the whole family and briefly talks about the ancient people who lived in the area.  It also gives some information on how the rocks are formed by nature.  There are  some activities to do on the walk up to the summit, giving you a good reason to stop and rest for a moment, drink some water and just enjoy the spectacular views nsture has provided.
  5. Can you carry your kids?  If you are steady on your feet put the little ones in a back pack.  If the kids are really strong on their feet but still little, a kids type leash may not be a bad idea.  My friend brought her 2 year old (he is used to walking trails) and he walked most of the way. (Until we got close to nap time.)  There were places that I felt more comfortable scrambling over rocks using two hands, so i wouldn’t have wanted to carry the kiddo.  (Coming from sea level made it a bit of a challenge for me, but coming down the trail was much easier than going up.)
  6. Bring More Water.  Yes, I know I already told you that, I just thought it worth repeating.  The sun is very strong at higher elevations and you don’t always realize you are sweating in such a dry climate.  This makes it easy to become dehydrated.

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