The end

We have a tradition of walking down to the water at almost dusk, playing on the beach, cooking hot dogs over a fire, and then walking the mile and a half back through the woods with flashlights.  This tradition was born out of our inability to get ourselves together and get out the door in a timely fashion.  Even after we are all loaded in the van, people start running back to the house for this or that.  We sigh and groan and roll our eyes at ourselves.  Sometimes we get really frustrated, and start passing the blame around.  “You’re always the last one out the door!”  (This is said to me.)  I reply, “Yeah, but as soon as I got in the van, you realized you had forgotten something!”

I guess this particular tradition has come to an end though, as we were visited on the beach by a ranger on this night who informed us that the park closes at sunset (in the past we were told 10 p.m. and the signs say the same).  He drove his truck back up to the entrance and returned with a fifteen passenger van to drive us back to the parking area.  Because it was dark, I don’t think he really realized what he was getting himself into.  Loading all of our stuff and our family into that van and then unloading it again a few minutes later was a little ridiculous.  He was friendly though, and didn’t seem to mind too much.  I asked him to send my apologies home to his wife, since we kept him at work late.

(My favorite, close to us, park.  Caledon State Park.)

p.s.  Job’s new trick is the fake pout face as seen in the series of three photos of him crawling then sitting there being silly.  Silas had a fake pout face too, which eventually turned into a real pout face which he now sports on a regular basis.  I’ve suggested to the older kids that maybe we don’t actually want to teach Job to pout.  My words most likely fell on deaf ears.  Oh, and the shoes–several asked to see my new magenta shoes.  I asked for gray shoes.  The importance of fit over fashion was gently explained to me.  Last week, A friend commented with what I suspect was a touch of sarcasm, “They’re so you, Ginny!”

Children’s Wallet Cards {giveaway}

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This weekend’s giveaway is from Marie-Claire, the creator of Children’s Wallet Cards!  I am a huge fan of these cards (I have written about them before), and always have a set in my purse.  Marie-Claire recently launched a brand new website and has a bright and beautiful new blog now too! Be sure and watch the new video on the homepage where you can meet Marie-Claire and her family and hear all about Children’s Wallet Cards!

6-Sponsors3Inspired by her twin boys, Owen and Silas, and their love for playing with the cards in her wallet, Marie-Claire set out to create non-toxic, Montessori-inspired credit card-style cards for them to play with.  She is a one-woman operation who researched, designed, developed, raised funding on Kickstarter, and manufactured what are now widely known as “Children’s Wallet Cards.


She currently offers four decks of cards and a kid-centric wallet set for purchase online through her website and on The cards are wonderfully illustrated, durable (drool and chew-proof), recyclable, non-toxic, BPA-free, phthalate free, and made in USA. They are geared for children 3 to 6 years old.  On her website, you can now find an expanded Resources area with activity suggestions grouped by age.





Marie-Claire would like to give an “Ultimate Bundle” (pictured above) to one Small Things reader.

In addition, she is offering a very generous 25% off all orders through September 20 with the discount code SMALLTHINGS25.

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post. For a second chance, “Like” Children’s Wallet Cards on Facebook, and then leave me a second comment letting me know you have done so.

Comments are closed and the winner is Jenni, who commented, “Wow–these are gorgeous!  We’d love a set.”

Thanks, Marie-Claire!


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