Get Creative & Build it!!

This where I try to stop…and I give myself a pep talk-

*Is what I am doing high priority?

A lot of times it’s not as important as the time and attention my kids need from me. It’s one of the reasons I made my career choice one that I could make my own hours.

*Am I giving my kids enough of myself?

I don’t always stop when my kids want my attention, because that would be unrealistic. Another thing is, they do need to realize the works doesn’t revolve around them.

*Do I have enough time today to fit this in?

Personally, I always feel like I’m lacking in the amount of time I have, and ALL the things I need to get done. I can hardly remember what being bored feels like!

*When do we know when to drop what we are doing and tune into our kids?

I really do know when my kids haven’t had enough from me. Those are the times that I opt out of girls nights, so no to meetings, extra curricular activities and any obligations that are unimportant. I know when my kids need me, and I take a time out for them. Most of those things can wait!! NOW IT’S TIME TO BUILD!

OK! Off to Home Depot!

We are going to build a blow dart gun that he has found on YouTube. He has the full list of parts for everything we need! Talk about organization!? I didn’t know he had it in him. I have realized that when something is really important to him, he is ALL IN. Funny the stuff you learn about your kids when you stop & pay attention.

My husband had been working on some power outages at work this particular day, so just the kids and I headed for the Depot. 

Check. ✅

Check. ✅

Check. ✅

All supplies back at home, ready to Rock and Roll.

This is how you can make your OWN blow dart gun


1” PVC pipe 20 inches long 

Patterned duct tape

Hot glue


Post it Notes or other paper

Push for some Independence!!!

Make your darts-

*Mold a sticky not around the top of your birthday hat and tape.

*cut excess paper off so that there is a 1 inch Dart.

*Fill the dart halfway with hot glue.

*Once dry, the dart is ready to be blown out of your new Blow Gun!

*Mini Marshmallows work will Edith this glow gun too.


My Son is now 14, and most of the time now he just wants to know where the nails or other tools can be found, but likes me to watch or be around while he does it.

He goes to work outside building a shelter for our new Muscovy Duck. I hear hammering, and I look outside to see him hard at work. He digs through the wood scrap pile. A while later he shows up in the kitchen, “Mom, can I use this piece of plywood?” 

His plan has now turned into a “floating” house for the duck, to keep him safe on our pond. 🤣 (I’m admiring his imagination, thinking it would be great if that could actually happen 😆)

I hope that he looks back on these little projects and smiles. I’m definitely getting a lot of things wrong raising these kids, but I hope I’m doing something that matters…just a little bit right.👍🏻

Author: Haleyjean

I am a Wife to Chad, and Mom to Lane and Avery 13 & 9. We have Pigs & Chickens that we have raised for 4-H. Our Dog Hank is absolutely part of our family and we miss him when we are gone.

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