Saturday, June 25, 2016

Museum Visits with Kids ... one of my favorite tips (ever)

Every summer, for 18 years, we packed up our family and traveled to Europe with Royal Servants.

The first summer that I tented around Europe with Dave and his team (35 students and 10 leaders), Christy had  just turned 5 and Jenny was 15 months. Oh my ... it was insane. (and sometimes really really cool)

While I had lots of ministry experience, I had

     *never lived in a tent

     *never been to Europe. 

I had lived in 5 countries, but nothing prepared me for this experience. 

Before we left, I bought a book called Europe with Children. I studied each of the 8 countries we would be visiting. None of it really helped ... I was a little too traumatized by tenting across Europe with two babies to remember much. 

But out of that book ... came one of my favorite ideas that I used for many many years and still love.

Of course, we visited many beautiful and amazing museums, which my kids enjoyed because of this cool idea...

Here is what you do:

          *buy your tickets and while everyone is in the long line to get into the museum, head directly with your kids to the museum store.

          *go straight to the postcard section, and have your kids pick out 2 - 10 postcards that they like. (depending on their age) Buy the postcards.

            *now, and only now, head to the museum. And take your kids on a super fun hunt to find the art pieces that are on their post cards.

            *this also allows you to skip all of the expensive touristy things in the gift shop.You have already gone and can skip it at the end of the tour.

When you get back home, your kids had a good time and also have wonderful, beautiful art for their bulletin boards, journals or a gift for grandma.

from Musee d'orsay, our favorite Paris museum


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer Salads are the BEST

Eight years ago, I began blogging. I have build so many amazing relationships. One of my favorite bloggers is Chris of The Cafe Sucre Farine.

Several springs ago, Chris was in Chicago and we met for coffee downtown. We shared so many things in common ~

     *a love of Jesus
     *a love of our sweet husbands

     *we both had a daughter living in England

     *blogging, food, etc. 

Chris is a serious blogger, along with her husband, Scott, who photographs everything for their cool food blog. 

I enjoy so many of her recipes, but my all time favorites are her salads. 

I added the avocado and shredded the zucchini.

I recently made her Mexican Chopped Salad. Oh my goodness. Her recipe includes a nifty way to quickly cook the corn on the cob, too.

Our family also loves Chris' Fresh Corn Salad. Did I mention mango ... bacon ... avocado?

Ever since I read Shauna Niequist spiritual memoir, Bread and Wine about the joy found in a life around the table, I make all my dressings homemade. Just so much better. I love both Shauna's and Chris' dressing recipes.

Check these two salads out ... you will love them. They are easy (just some serious chopping) and so very delicious. And, tell Chris I said hello.

Happy summer salads.
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