Two Days Worth of Fun – We Have Some Awesome Celebrations Today!

Sep 16th

I had a wonderful time with family yesterday.  The break was much needed and the time with the kids and my soon-to-be grandson was so much fun!  We even had a wonderfully unexpected coffee date with my daughter – and having my kids together is always a pretty entertaining event.  Much laughter, too much food, and memories made to take out and cherish later.

This is a combination of yesterdays and today’s celebrations.  We may be a day late, but they are still fun.

Make a Hat Day – What a wonderful and fun celebration!  Yesterday was the day to design, make and wear a fun hat!  Yes, we’re late, but it’s always fun to make a hat so go for it anyway!    This is a popular one with pre-school, kindergarten and grade school teachers AND students.  Early in the new school year, teachers look for fun and interesting projects to break up the classroom routine, and let the kids use their creativity in making a hat that suits their mood.  Once you make your hat, take a picture of yourself in it!  It’ll be fun! 

Felt Hat Day –  Well, this one fall on a good day – since it’s Make a Hat Day too, but this isn’t about making your own hats as much as it is wearing Felt Hats.  On this day men traditionally wear a felt hat.  Back in the early to mid 1900s, hats were very popular and worn by both men and women.  It was stylish.  At that time, felt was a common material for men’s hats.  With cooler fall weather coming the men went to the closet and dusted off their felt hats and began to wear them once more.  Celebrating this one is easy – just wear a felt hat.  Doesn’t matter what the style is, as long as it is made of felt! 

Collect Rocks Day – Ah, collecting rocks.  I think all kids at point or another collect rocks.  Sometimes it is because they are pretty, or a certain shape.  I remember when I was growing up my Grandma K LOVED sparkly rocks.  You know the ones I’m talking about probably – at first they look like an ordinary grey rock, but as you look closer, or the sun shines a certain way, they sparkle like there are flecks of gold or silver through them.  She put any and all sparkly rocks we brought to her in her garden along her paths.  She often even labeled the rocks so she knew who brought it and in which part of the country they picked it up.  She also loved the flat round rocks you find at the ocean.  She used those to line her garden paths instead of paving stones.  I still find myself finding sparkly or flat stones and thinking of my Grandma.  If you find a rock that is special for whatever reason, go ahead and give in to the rock collecting moment.  A nice thing to do for kids is to get books on rock collecting that have pictures in them.  It can turn into quite a fun and educational hobby! 

Step Family Day – Being a step parent is difficult.  For anyone marrying into a family where there children, it’s a challenge!  My hubby came into my life after my daughter was grown and on her own, and when my son was nearly 16 years old.  He was faced with attitudes, mistrust, acting out and a really difficult adapting period.  But adapt the kids did, and now they love him very much – and he them!  My son is finding out on his own now some of the challenges as he is marrying a lovely woman with a four year old little boy (MY GRANDSON!).  Today was set up to recognize and show appreciation for how important and valuable step-parents are as a part of an extended family.  Trust me – it isn’t easy coming into an established family with different discipline techniques, different communication skills and different habits.  It is worth the effort for both sides to adapt.  I know for us it wasn’t a simple road, but it could have been far more difficult, and the rewards are endless.  Step-parents – today is for you.

Mayflower Day – On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women and children set sail from Plymouth England.  Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom and continue to use their native language, culture and customs.  These first immigrants paved the way for millions to follow, also in search of freedom and the dreams and promise of a New World.  The sacrifices those people made, and the dream they followed was what the basis of our country was founded on – our forefathers took those dreams and created our Constitution.  I realize that is a very simplistic way to look at it, and skips over a lot of important steps, but truth is, without one we wouldn’t have the other.  Today it is being systematically dismantled by those who hate the very freedoms for the masses that we have learned to depend on and, sadly enough, take for granted.  Standing up for those freedoms and not letting the efforts of the pilgrims be wasted, should be one of our highest priorities. 
Here are a few interesting key facts about the Mayflower:       * The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England on September 16, 1620.  * The Pilgrims were headed to the settlement in Virginia. They had an agreement to settle there. 
* The voyage took 66 days. They landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621. 
* 102 passengers were on board. This included three pregnant women. One of these women gave birth just before landing. 
* On November 21, 1620, the passengers signed the Mayflower Compact, which set forth the rules of governance of the fledgling colony.

 

National Play-Doh Day – Memories!  Oh my goodness, what memories.  Mainly, how HORRIBLE this stuff tastes.  For anyone who has ever played with play-doh, you know what I mean.  Kids tend to lick their fingers, so they play with the play-doh, then lick their fingers and there was always a distinctive flavor.  I didn’t like it, though I knew kids who actually ate the stuff with enthusiasm.  And don’t get it in your hair, or the carpet.  Other that that, what a wonderful childhood play toy.  Play-doh was invented in the mid 1950s, and has entertained millions of children and allowed them to express their creativity at home and in the classroom.  The invention was a simple one.  A school teacher wanted a safe modeling clay for her pre-school students.  She asked her brother-in-law – Joseph McVicker – who worked at a chemical company, to come up with something.  His results were so simple!  Flour, water and food coloring!  This is another easy one to celebrate – simply take out some play-doh and play!   Simply pull out the Play-Doh and ……Play! There are other brands of play clay on the market. Having raised three children, this author has never seen a better brand than Play-Doh.  Happy National Play-Doh Day!      

Working Parents Day – In this day and age, most parents work.  Today gives recognition to parents who work hard to provide for their families.  Every day dads and moms head off to earn a living so they can afford the extras that kids want and need.  And every year this just gets more and more expensive – every little thing the schools do costs extra, they need more and more school supplies, and there are always things like school trips, proms, sports, music, dance classes and much more.  Today is a great day for kids to show their parents a little appreciation.  Maybe they could do an extra chore around the house, offer to help make dinner, and if they are old enough, actually make the meal!  And for those stay at home moms or dads?  You may work harder than ANY of the other parents, so you deserve to get in on this celebration as well. 

Food Celebration of the Day

 
National Guacamole Day – Traditional guacamole contains onion, chili peppers, cilantro, tomato and avocado, but why stop there? There are so many wonderful variations of this delicious condiment that you can go a little crazy and try it all sorts of ways.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

 

National Linguine Day – Translated as “little tongues,” these flat noodles pair well with seafood, but we’re also happy to lap them up with chicken, meatballs or even in dessert!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful Monday and a fantastic week.  Keep a smile on your face and always find something to celebrate.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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