So one of the things I am doing with my kids is making a big list of awesome things to do this summer! Off of this crazy list, we will pick one thing to do each day. On Monday we planned the week out, and today we decided to  make a “home made” honest to goodness, paper mache piñata! We are also going to try a cardboard style piñata.

IMG_4286So this morning we got ready for the day. Melody and Orrin are helping a lot more in the house now. To accomplish these crazy fun activities I had to stop trying to be a super mom. I took a back seat, while I let my kids help with the house work more. So I have spent more time directing, supervising, and teaching new skills. It has been a breath of fresh air. They love feeling responsible, and the work gets done faster with more hands, and we actually have time to play together. This is a great side benefit I didn’t know would come about from all this summer planning, and I am so thrilled! Instead of “Mom can I make a craft, or go outside?”, I hear, “Mom is there work to be done?”. When that answer is no, then my kids know they have free time! All the things that my older children want to do are good things, but they were wanting to be entertained all day .What they really needed was to learn the value of work.

After the morning chores were through, we made paper mache paste. The kids all took turns adding ingredients, and stirring. Then we headed for the pool with friends. The pool sure is nice on a hot day. After coming home, and slowly cleaning up our swimming gear, we managed to make our first layer on our ballon. We will let that dry overnight, and continue with this project through out the week. Hopefully, by Friday, we will have a great personalized  piñata to share with family that will be visiting! I will have to be sneaky, and get some great things to put inside when my kids are not watching!

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About Trisha Perkins

Hi, my name is Trisha Perkins. I was born in St. George Ut, and raised in many different places. California, Texas, Panama, North Carolina, and Utah have all been home for me. My family moved back to St. George Ut after my father left the army. I was home schooled most of my school years, then enrolled for long distance schooling from an accredited high school. I taught gymnastics and swimming for 3 years. Then I realized I wanted to learn more about children, because I didn't know enough about them and I wanted to be prepared for motherhood. I taught montessori preschool for one year, then I went to a summer camp in New Mexico to teach horse back riding. Now I have to back up a little. A couple of my friends had gone to this same summer camp to teach the year before and one of their friends from camp tagged along with them back to St. George. Here enters the Pioneer. My life would never be the same. I tapped into a soul that I didn't know the voltage of. I met Barry Perkins. He proposed to me while scuba diving off of the Californa coast. We were married in the St. George temple on October 16th 2004. We have always wanted to give our children the best education. Leadership education! We wanted to travel and let them experience different cultures and countries and read great books and be a united family. So here we are starting off on a journey of a lifetime.

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