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It’s Pumpkin Time

Have you been to the pumpkin patch yet this year!  Some may be saying yes, or you may have had some keepers in your very own garden, or perhaps you were given some from somebody.  All of which leads to one very fun event!  Pumpkin carving!  We thought we would create a fun board on Pinterest that is full of pumpkin fun!

Come check them out by clicking on the green link below!

Halloween Pumpkin Fun

Here are some pumpkin patches too, in case you are still looking for a place to pick that BIG pumpkin!

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The BIG one at WillyTees Pumpkin Patch

WillyTee’s Pumkin Patch ~ 3415 Jackson Hwy. Chehalis, Washington 98532. Open from 10 am-6:30 pm Monday through Sunday.  (360)880-5411

 

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Get a free Caricature to remember your visit

At WillyTee’s the kids will have fun going through the fields to find the perfect pumpkin.  They will be able to explore a fun farm where they have face cuts out and even several spots set up for you to take some fun fall photos.  Plus Moms… there is a wonderful area that is full of holiday decor that you can’t help but want.  You also get to leave with a special souvenir to remember your visit with, a custom caricture made just for you… for FREE! The staff is awesome and the prices are family friendly.

 

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These adorable minions welcome you on arrival
The Pumpkin Patch~ 518 Goodric Centralia, Washington 98531. Open from 10 am-6:30 pm Monday through Sunday. (360)736-8603 or (360)269-1783

At the Pumpkin Patch, your kiddo will find a pumkin and also be able to explore the grounds.  There are many fun face cutouts, huge hay bale art, corn maze, straw pit, and a few animals that they can check out.  A hay ride is available, which gives you a tour of the fields.  At the front of the farm, you will find an area set up where you can purchase gourds, squash, and cranberries.  They also have some beautiful potted arrangements, that include sunflowers and winter cabbage, to spiff up  and brighten your fall arrangements on your porch.

DSC_0077506Parkerosa Farms Pumkin Patch ~ 292 Chilvers Rd. Chehalis, Washington 98532. Open from 2 pm-6:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-6pm Friday through Sunday. (360)269-2861

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One of the little critters from a few years back

Parkerosa offers a field of a variety of different pumpkins.  There is a petting zoo, corn trails, and refreshments available.  There is also a wagon ride that give you a tour of the Parkerosa farms, where you will see some themed buildings to spark the imaginations of your little ones.  There is also some holiday and rustic themed decor available in their gift store too!

 

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Area pumpkin patch open and ready for the Halloween season ~ Flannery Publications

Story Book Farms Pumpkin Patch5050 Jackson Hwy, Toledo, WA 98951. Open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.  (360)864-4388.  

Rows upon rows of pumpkins are available for you to choose. Story Book also offers a hay ride, bounce house, and games.

Please feel free to suggest more local pumpkin patches as well as pictures.  Also we’d love to see your carved pumpkins.  Send us some pictures!

We hope you have a fun time celebrating this spooky time as well as fall harvest with your kiddos!  Happy carving time Discover! Families!

 

 

School’s Back in Session!

What’s on Your Table?

The house is oddly quite, and even though there are a thousand things that I could be doing, I find myself thinking of a multitude of the things involving my kids! How about you?

Starting school conjures up so many different feelings in different people. I’m excited for my kids, a little sad for me, a little anxious about what the new schedule will be, and then looking forward to all the things that fall brings.

IMG_0300So what does fall bring? School of course, change in weather, many fun holidays, clubs, groups start up their meetings, and last but not least there are sports. So it becomes very apparent that schedules start to become a little bit more hectic.

That is where we are at… Busy! Every fall I find myself figuring out how to fit things in and at the same time make room for the things that are important. Family time is by far what I try to make sure is the priority. That time for us starts at the table. With all that is going on it is hard to make sure that we sit down together and have a meal together. However I still make it happen with the help of the handy dandy internet! Internet! Yup, that’s right!  Most people will think that the kitchen would be the place to start, and while yes that’s true… Sometimes we all need a little inspiration!

IMG_1177I of course have my tried and true recipes that have helped me throughout the years, but it’s nice to change them up and find some new ones that we can try out. So in this particular blog post we wanted to get the conversation rolling. That’s right we want to hear from you, so we can keep building ideas of time saving recipes and snacks. Please write to us at marketing@discovermuseum.org , and let us know what works best for you! What are some tips!

Make Meals Ahead

Some things are easy to make ahead and use. Many moms put together freezer meals that they can pop right in the oven and or use while they are putting together more meals. Then there is always the crockpot, where you put it together in the morning and it’s ready for the whole family when you get home that evening. We also can forget the meals that come together with no cooking at all. Below we created a list that we’ve tried, if you search for them online you can probably find all kinds of variations.

freezer mealFreezer Meals

So if you plan on making freezer meals, there are a lot of resources out there for prepping for making lots of freezer meals in one day, as well as things that freeze well, and tips on what tips work best when making all your future din-din’s.  I’ve done this a lot during baseball season.  I typically found a weekend, and my mom and I would get together and make over twenty dinners in one day for each of us.  It was amazing, and made life very easy on practice and game nights.  It saved our family a pretty penny, since we were able to avoid take out, and then gave us all a chance to unwind with each other when we got back home! So here are some things I made, and know this, these are just suggestions to search on the internet.  Once you start your search, chances are you will find some recipes that are more fitting to your family!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Lasagna, Soups, Meatballs, Broccoli Chicken Alfredo, No Boil Manicotti, Stews, Hamburger Patties, Pulled Pork meat for sandwiches, Chimichangas, toquitos, and many MANY MORE.

crock potSlow Cooker Meals

I think almost everyone has a crock pot somewhere in there home, and if you don’t you may think in investing in one of the best cooking tools for busy parents! This handy kitchen item has helped me on many occasions in delivering a wholesome meal on a day that there would have been no time to make a decent meal. Here are a few kinds of meals that you can make inside a slow cooker.

BBQ Spareribs, Black Bean Taco Soup, Chicken Brocoli Alfredo, Chicken Cacciatore, Stew, Chili, Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken, Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn and Black Beans, Pork Tenderloin, Roast, and again search for many more that may be more fitting for you and your family.

no cook mealNon Cooking Meals

These meals may sound like a fantasy, but they do exist! They take little prep and perhaps the use of microwave.  Check out some of the following!

Crunchy Quesadilla Stack, Poor Mans Tacos, Taco Pizza, Dinner wraps, Sandwiches, Salad or tacos with precooked chicken or roast beef, and also many more!

Finding Inspiration

If you have a smart phone there are oodles of apps where you can create recipe boxes. I’ve had luck with Allrecipes and BigOven.  However, if you go into one of your app stores you will see that there are more than a dozen to choose from. I also love Pinterest! It is a very inspirational place to get ideas for dinners! We decided to create a board of Time Saving Dinners. Come check out our board!

http://www.pinterest.com/discovercm/time-saving-dinners/ 

On the Go Snacks

Snacks can easily be purchased, but what if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on all the individually packed to go snacks? What are your options?

Fruit, Nuts, Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Celery. (Fill in the blank ___________)

Please share what some of your recipes are. Plus don’t forget to share about snacks too. Also, if you have other time saving techniques, please let us know them!  Looking forward to hearing from you Discover! Friends!

Imagination Yoga for Kids!

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Kids doing their best impersonation of a fierce T-Rex

Thanks to Melissa Fox, Discover! Children’s Museum has been offered a fun opportunity!  Imagination Yoga!  You might be asking yourself what is Imagination Yoga, or you may be thinking that you will go right past this blog post.  I must say that if you choose the latter you will be missing out on a very fun adventure!

Imagination Yoga is for kids! So you may ask what is the difference between regular yoga and kids yoga? Imagination Yoga creatively integrates yoga poses by using your imaginations.  Each class is based on a themed adventure, where the instructor slowly describes where they are going.  The adventures could take kids through space or on exhibitions to see the largest dinosaurs via time machines.  Whatever the adventure, you can bet that even the youngest minds remain attentive and willing to participate in the fun!

DSC_4387 copyWhat are the Benefits

  • Along with building muscles, Imagination Yoga improves body awareness,  increases flexibility, develops correct posture, encourages good circulation, and cardiovascular health.
  • Imagination Yoga is a social outlet for kids: Yoga helps both socially and emotionally by increasing self esteem.
  • These classes will also help teach children about drawing their attention towards something and remaining focused on that item.  During which they learn what it feels like in their body and mind to be calm and focused.
  • Imagination Yoga is also a playful place where kids can relax in this increasingly stress-filled world.
  • Children will learn how to express themselves through imagination as well as improve language development through kinesthetic learning. (Kinesthetic learning is where a student learns by carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to someone or watching a demonstration)   We at Discover! love this aspect of Imagination Yoga! Learn through play!

DSC_4375What to Expect

The class begins with Melissa giving an easy lesson on breathing.  Teaching kids to be aware of their breathing can help them to learn to relax, which in turn reduces the effects of stress.  Then she has them focus on an item, she does this by placing it in the center of the circle and calling the kids attention to it.  The purpose of this particular exercise is to teach kids to concentrate with their eyes.  Then the next step is the adventure, but you’ll have to bring your kiddos to class to hear about that part!

melissaMeet Melissa!

Hello Discover! Adventurer’s, my name is Melissa Fox. I am a happily married wife of twenty-three years, and mother to three amazing children ages 19, 16 and 9. I was a stay at home Mom for 15 years, and I also volunteered at school and community events during that time.

In 2009 I became a certified yoga instructor through YogaFit. I have been teaching for 5 years with over 1200 classes taught. I also became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2009 through NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Imagination Yoga is a magical yoga program I just had to become involved in. So when the opportunity presented itself this summer, I jumped at the opportunity to become certified in it.

Prior to all of my training I have been active throughout my life.  At fourteen I started weightlifting and felt that it was in my blood.  Remaining active seemed like a natural process for me. So I decided that if I needed to work, I wanted to love my work. Have you heard the motto, “Do what you love, Love what you do.” So that is what I did!

That’s when Yoga found me and I haven’t looked back. Always progressing, sometimes stuck, but always finding a way home to my mat. It has been an unexpected journey for me, but one of love and passion. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this wonderful practice, to bring awareness to one’s self, and I hope to inspire people everyday through practicing Yoga.

Imagination YogaLet the Classes Begin!

Classes Start September 22, 2014 at Thorbecks in Chehalis (91 Chehalis Ave. SW. Chehalis WA 98532.  If you have any questions, feel free to call (360) 748-3744

These classes are free, however donations made will go to Discover! Children’s Museum new permanent museum!

Monday and Wednesday * Ages 3-11 are welcome either time

10:30 ~ Ages 3-6 Years Old

4:15 ~ Ages 4-11 Years Old

Have fun Discover! Explorers

When Sad Doesn’t Become Temporary

There is a lot going on in the world today.  Even though America is fast paced, when you compare it to what the rest of the world is going through, we seem to have a calmer more sheltered lifestyle.

War in Ukraine, Israel, and Iraq.  Ebola in Africa as well as our very own health crisis on the south boarder.  All of which are huge and terrifying.  More news this week that has spread like wild fire , and yet was not as huge as the circumstances listed above but still a big loss to many.  The loss was a man that both young and old have either seen or heard at least once in their lifetime.  This person who at dark and dreary times, like the world is experiencing today, could still in the mist of things make people laugh and feel at ease. Many of you probably know who I’m talking about.  AladinRobin Williams, who was either the voice or actor of dozens and dozens of movies, and kept us just as easily entertained on tv shows, stand up, and his many interviews.  Even though many of us never met the man, we felt we knew the man, and even then we didn’t really know what he was experiencing.

‘Researchers from Oxford University and Bershire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust say that manic thinking helps join together ridiculous ideas that spark humor.”  With their findings, they took a look back into time by comparing historical figures that displayed the characteristics of a person suffering from manic depression (bipolar condition).  Painters and play writers were some of those that during their time were considered mad.  Comparing to present day, a person that can exude a manic personality, also has the ability to be incredibly creative, and create original humor.

rwSo a person is funny and you think, “Wow I really like that guy/gal, we should always have them over!”  Then you move on with your life not knowing that that trait, the humor, completely deflected you from truly getting to know the real person.   I’m sure you are reading this and wondering how it relates at all to our kids.  Please be patient, because I will explain.

Eight percent of children will experience depression, 3.4% of this eight percent are in primary school.   Studies have also indicated that 70% of children experiencing it will experience it again within five years.  One in Eight teenagers will experience a low.  Adults diagnosed also appear to have a  similar percentage.  The National Institute of Mental Health showed that  in 2012 6.9% of adults experienced depression.  You may think well that is not a lot, however that represented 16 million adults!  That is an incredible amount of families who have been effected by this disease.

upset boy leaning against a wallWhat can we do?  First we must understand it.  Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.  It affects how you feel, think, behave, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.  Persons who suffer from depression may have trouble doing normal day to day activities, and even feel that life is not worth living.

Depression is NOT a weakness, it is also NOT an attitude you can just snap out of.  It is NOT a disease that goes away.  It is also a disease that should NOT be taken lightly.

Children can suffer from depression and be even more confused than adult as to why they are feeling so sad.  Rather than just summing up a child’s personality to grumpy or melancholy, perhaps we should start to teach them how to cope with the feelings that they are experiencing.  So their future dealing with it will be brighter.

It is normal for children, especially teens to experience mood swings.  However when the depressive state lasts weeks or longer, and then effects the way they function, it is likely that they are experiencing depression.

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  • Frequent sadness, tearfulness, and/or crying
  • Hopelessness
  • Decreased interest in activities or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities.
  • Persistent boredom; low energy. The child seems to have an inability to have joy.
  • Social isolation, poor communication. Example: A child is given the opportunity to play with friends, and seems to prefer to be alone.
  • Low self-esteem and guilt. The child feels they’re not good or not worth very much.  When the child is asked, ‘Are you important to somebody?’ Depressed kids often say no.
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
  • Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Difficulty with relationships
  • Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches.
  • Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school.
  • Poor concentration
  • A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
  • Talk of or efforts to run away from home
  • Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self-destructive behavior

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As a parent, you can recognize when something is bothering your little one, and they aren’t quite able to shake the feeling off.  If you suspect that your child is suffering from depression and your efforts haven’t changed their behavior, your next step is to call in some help.  Rather than being quick to medicate, you must first know what the kind of depression is that they are suffering from.  Yes there are different kinds!  To find out the diagnosis,  you must visit your pediatrician who will either refer you to or you may choose to immediately visit a psychiatrist or psychologist.

What NOT to do

  • Don’t just think that it is a phase they will grow out of.
  • Don’t tell them to depressed child 3‘grow up’, ‘man up’, or ‘stop being a baby.’
  • Don’t call them names or try to make them feel bad or guilty for what they are feeling.
  • Don’t compare them to others or point out their faults.
  • Beware of extreme parenting  advice, that would compare them to bad kids, and sum up their actions to being lazy, disobedient, or losers.
  • Also be aware that there are those that think depression is a made up clinical definition of a person that is trying to defy all the happy people in the world.  Unfortunately, I came across this while researching the topic.

What to do (provided by healthy children.org)

  • Start a conversation. “You’re feeling sad, you’re feeling depressed, what can we do about the problem? What would you find helpful?”  This helps you to start the conversation and lets your child know that you are there to listen.
  • Seek supportive counseling:  Treatment takes time and the patient is often the last person to see that it’s working.
  • Reduce stress:  Look at what all your child is involved in.  Is there something that can be taken out of their day or that they really want to not be involved in anymore.  It could be that those activities are adding to the problem.  Example: Extra curricular activities, or social media.
  • Educate your family about what depression is.
  • Using positive metaphors “Little steps uphill, big steps down hill.” “Long journeys start with a single step,” or “The glass is half full, not half empty,” “Take it one step at a time.”
  • Help them relax.  This can be relaxation techniques or visualization.  Where the child practices breathing and imagining that they are in a calm pleasant place.   You may already know what your child finds relaxing.  It may be exercise or a sport that they love that helps them unwind, or a hobby like writing, reading, or crafting.
  • Develop problem solving skills: Help them identify small steps that can be made to overcome a situation.
  • Suggest that your child write down down a list of difficulties and prioritize them, and concentrate on the small ones first.depressed child 4
  • Rehearse behavior and social skills:  If they are experience a low mood triggered from a certain situation or person.  Discuss, develop, and practice the ways he/she can avoid or react to the situation or person.
  • Encourage your child to practice doing things and thinking in a way that improves their mood.
  • Emergency list: Create a list of telephone numbers that he/she can call upon when hitting a low or having a moment where they are in distress.
  • Remove weapons and potentially lethal products from your home.
  • Watch for risk factors for suicide, such as increased agitation, stressors, loss of rational thinking, and an expressed wished to die.
  • Locate numbers for suicide or depression hotlines, on-call telephone numbers for your physician, or contact information for the area mental health crisis response team.

Chehalis

Crisis Line Human Response Network: 360-748-6601 or 1-800-244-7414

Lewis County Crisis Line, Cascade Mental Health Care 360-748-6696

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Koko the gorilla hugging Robin Williams, after spending the day with him. Another example of this man’s ability to cross boundaries into someone’s heart. http://www.koko.org/koko-tribute-robin-williams

As you can see there is a lot that you can do.  It looks like a lot more work than what NOT to do.  However that is what parenting is all about… A LOT of work!  Please be mindful of this disease, listen and help when you see the need.  Even if it isn’t your own child.  Lets help to avoid the loss of any of our future greats!  With heavy heart hug your little ones and be patient. We give our deepest condolences to all that have lost loved ones to this terrible disease.

Resources: Healthychildren.org, Kidshealth.org, University of Oxford, and National Institute of Mental Health.