Our Favorite Family Tradition and a Video To Watch With Your Kids and a Giveaway

By May 7, 2012Featured Posts

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The 5 Year Old Trip Tradition

Today, I thought I’d tell you about a fun tradition we have in our family. When one of our children turns 5, they get to go on a trip, just them and Mommy or Daddy.

This weekend was my son’s 5 Year Old Trip and he and my husband went to Florida. My son decided after seeing the movie Dolphin Tale that he wanted to meet Winter, the dolphin. So that’s what they did. I have to say, I’m a wee bit jealous of that picture of my husband, son and Winter. I’ve NEVER pet a dolphin…so cool.

I love this tradition because, with 3 kids, one on one time isn’t always easy to come by. So being able to spend an entire weekend just absorbed in conversation with one child is incredibly precious.

Random travel tip for music fans: Whenever I go on a big trip, I often will pick one album to listen to while we travel. Sometimes it’s just something I do, sometimes I subject my whole family to the incessant repeat button. The fun thing is that it creates a whole new level of memories for that vacation.

A Fun Video To Watch With Your Kids

Speaking of music that you won’t mind putting on repeat (see what I did there?), I feel that it is my public service to let you know that you do not need to suffer through annoying children’s music.

I did that for one too many years of my children’s preschool years. If only someone had shown me the light, my ears wouldn’t be scarred and Barney songs wouldn’t torture my sensitive musical sensibilities.

Go gather your kids and watch this video with them (the music starts at 2:09) Yancy, is super cool (multi-colored hair, for the win!), loves Jesus and makes great music for kids.

Yancy and friends have created a new collection of songs that are sure to warm the hearts of preschool kids and their parents too. You’ll find lots of singalong fun including songs to celebrate some of the most special days of the year including Valentine’s, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthdays. Plus, a song about missions to encourage us to “Go into all the world”. Whether at home, church or in the family minivan these songs will help you and your kids to have a praise party!

(Email and RSS readers, click here to watch the video!)

Also? She made this video JUST FOR YOU, the Inspired To Action community of moms!

Listen and Enjoy

(Music starts at 2:09)

I watched this with my kids yesterday and we all walked around singing Brand New Day. Kids music that is fun, has a great message AND is enjoyable to listen to…?

It’s like the trifecta of motherhood.


Apparently, I posted the wrong video link earlier…then, of course, my internet went out. I just put the the right video (should be Brand New Day…enjoy!

Check out Yancy’s music at her fun website.

Yancy is also giving away a CD/DVD combo here today! To enter, just leave a comment telling us where you would take your child on a special trip if you could go anywhere in the country. Click here to comment!

Here are the other stops in Yancy’s Blog Tour.
Monday April 30
Impress Your Kids
Tuesday May 1
Mama Hall
Wednesday May 2
God Centered Mom
Thursday May 3
Homeschool Creations
Friday May 4
Saturday May 5
When You Rise
Sunday May 6
Monday May 7
Inspired To Action
Tuesday May 8
Home With the Boys
Wednesday May 9
Thursday May 10
Muthering Heights
Friday May 11
MOB Society
Saturday May 12
I Can Teach My Child

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  • My dream trip would be to Ghana to visit Precious, the first little girl we sponsored through Compassion. I know, not in this country like you asked, but if it could be anywhere, it would be there!

  • I would take my girls to the ocean. They have never been there! (We live in the Midwest!)

  • Kelly says:

    Definitely to Disney (or a Disney Cruise). With 5 kids and my husband and I both having spent the last 5 years in school fulltime to become chiropractors, living on student loans hasn’t made the trip possible like we had hoped to do a couple years ago. The kids have asked so many times when we are going to be able to go, since all their kids have, but it just hasn’t been something we’ve been able to do. πŸ™

  • Deedee says:

    I’d take my kids (either or both of them) to see the mountains. Denver, maybe. I didn’t see real mountains like that until I was an adult!

  • Shonda says:

    I would take my child up to the mountains and go camping! I haven’t been camping since before we had kids so this would be such a fun adventure!

  • Diana says:

    I’d take my daughter to a Priscilla Shirer conference where ever.

  • I LOVE this idea! We try to do one on one “dates” regularly, but a whole trip? That would be fantastic. Plus, with only two kids in the family, the other one would automatically get some special time at home. I’m with you though, I’d be jealous of the trip if I wasn’t included!

  • Cindy says:

    I’d take my oldest daughter to Space Camp (the option where the parent gets to stay with the child). She likes astronauts, reading about the space shuttle and I have to admit, I’d LOVE to do Space Camp, too!

  • Jeniffer says:

    I would take my girls to Puerto Rico. Both of my grandparents were born there and I would love for my girls to see and learn more about where there family grew up.

  • Vanessa says:

    I would love to take my sons to the Toronto Zoo πŸ™‚ Hopefully soon πŸ™‚

  • Heidi says:

    We would go to the ocean! It is my favorite place but my children have never been there.

  • Wendy Jones says:

    I would take my kids to see the Grand Canyon! I would want them to see God’s great creation!!

  • Julianne says:

    I would take my boys on a week-long family bike adventure across our home state of Wisconsin!

  • Katherine says:

    Would love to take my kids to visit our family in Alaska (We are in MA).

  • Darcey says:

    I would take my son who is going to be 6 next week on a Dinosaur dig. Would probably need to take the other kids also, but my son is the BIG, BIG dinosaur buff. Wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.

  • Amy says:

    I’d love to take my kids to Disneyland or World. I think almost every North American kid dreams about going to Disneyland. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    Loved the song! Rhanks

  • Heidi says:

    I would love to win this CD! My oldest in 6, so we would love to take them to Disney Land. However, when they are older we’d love to do a tour of the historical monuments in D.C.!

  • When you say trip, you really mean TRIP! Hello to meeting Winter! My kids would LOVE that.

    My parents took my brother and I on a 30th birthday trip. How’s that? πŸ˜‰


    ps–thanks for being a part of the tour!

    • Kat says:

      Well, to clarify, we have a bunch of left over airline miles and hotel miles so it’s not quite as fancy as it sounds. πŸ™‚

      Actually, since we are a one car family, it would have been more expensive for them to rent a car and drive somewhere nearby!

  • Dawn says:

    I would definitly go to Disneyworld

  • Sue H says:

    I would like to take my kids on a missions trip….not totally sure where. Thanks for sharing Yancy’s music. It’s great!!

  • lisa says:

    i would take all of my kids to disney world!

  • Krista says:

    my kids are happy to go to the beach and pool, and that makes me happy too.

  • Tammy says:

    I’d love to take them to Disney World!

  • Sara says:

    I’d love to just go camping with my oldest girl. Anywhere in the woods would be awesome!

  • Shannon says:

    I would take my boys on a tour of all the zoos around the country. They love watching animals and I love watching their reactions too!

  • Katie says:

    We’d go to Alabama to visit lots of family members who live there!

  • Nura N says:

    I would take him to a cabin in northern Minnesota to go fishing!

  • Jara says:

    I would really like to take my kids to Provo, Utah to meet their sweet great-grandma. In my dreams, there would be time and money to plan a couple weeks long road trip with sight-seeing stops along the way. Hmm…this cd could be very handy on our long drive! πŸ™‚

  • Julie says:

    I would love to take my kids to the cabin I went to with my dad as a kid. It’s nothing special, but holds special memories.

  • Natasha says:

    I would take my son to Melbourne, Australia to hang out with his cousin, they have a skype relationship but its always heartbreaking to have them ask us “can we go their house tomorrow?”

  • Krissa says:

    I asked my daughter and she said Disneyland…and then said “Wait, Austria.” She’s really into the Sound of Music right now! So I’ll go with Austria…although I know you said anywhere in the country. πŸ™‚

  • Ashley says:

    If I could take my kids on a vacation, I would take them to the Creation Museum in Ohio. It is all scientific backings for events that happened in the bible. You learn about how dinosaurs fit into creation and get to walk through a mini replica of the ark. They also have an interactive scavenger hunt for kids to do as you go through. I went before kids, but can’t wait to go back with them!

  • Rebecca says:

    I think where I’d pick would depend on which child I was spending time with. We have five, and I’d try to pick somewhere that would thrill them. My 9-yr-old daughter would love to go rock hounding. My 8-yr-old son would love to do anything related to science & technology & space… maybe NASA? My 6-yr-old daughter I would like to take to Maine to explore tide pools. My 4-yr-old daughter would love to see some shows on Broadway. And my 2-yr-old daughter would love to go back to Disney World. Of course, I’d like to take any or all of them back to Disney. And the Grand Canyon would top my list for all of them, too! I love to travel, and I love to spend time with my blessings. I’d be happy nearly anywhere for a special adventure!

  • Dara says:

    Gosh – I don’t know! I think each or my 4 would appreciate somewhere different. I LOVE Disney, but I would also love to experience the beauty of creation with them – the Rockes, or the Grand Canyon, or Niagara Falls?? The oldest is just 5, so those likes are still developing. . .

  • Lori says:

    I really like that vacation idea, and it’s gotten me thinking. My oldest was an only child for 6 years, then got two new siblings within 16 months. It’s been a crazy two years for him. My husband and I have been wanting to take him to Legoland in Chicago, and now I’m thinking we could either take a day trip with just him and leaving the babies with friends, or do an overnight with him when my parents come visit this summer, so they can stay with the littles.

  • My husband and I are missionaries in Zambia and we hope that one day we’ll take our daughter to Cape Cod so she can hear about my childhood vacations with my grandparents there. That and we want to talk to her about “the other side of the ocean!”

  • Shelley says:

    My youngest still hasn’t seen the ocean yet, so I would love to take my kiddos to the beach!

  • Lydia says:

    I would take both my wee ones to Florida. My son, age 6, is fascinated by spaceships and I’d like to take him to the museum. My daughter, age 3, loves all things aquatic.

  • Jody says:

    We would go to New York City. My brother and his family live there and the kids have been wanting to get on a big plane and visit their cousins and aunt and uncle for so long. It would be soooo much fun!

  • Erica Martinez says:

    Legos has become the big thing for our 5 year old, so weve love to take him to Lego Land.


  • we do 10 yr.old trips…im taking my boy to allume, he will hanfg with his aunt & uncle then have mommy time after the conference! looking forward to his first flight!!

  • Jamie baker says:

    I would have to say Disney! It would be a treat for my husband & I too because we’ve never been!! πŸ™‚

  • libby says:

    I would take my girl to sunny CA, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and see family members and cousins that now live throughout the state! What fun music, so thankful you introduced us to Yancy!

  • Caterina Mangano says:

    I would take them to Italy. I have a lot of family there that we keep in touch with. I would love them to meet them all.

  • Kortney says:

    We would head to the beach!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Kortney!
      You’re the winner of the Yancy cd/dvd combo. Email a mailing address to me and we’ll send it out to you!


  • Jenae says:

    We have talked for awhile of taking a family trip to Yosemite. We love National Parks!

  • Melissa says:

    I’d take my son to San Diego, where I grew up, to spend some time on the beaches and to visit his little cousin.

  • Elizabeth says:

    My five year old (so we are thinking about doing this idea for the summer they are 5.5!) has been obsessed with Moses her whole life. As a toddler she would find the picture in the Bible and play baby Moses in a laundry basket, now she plays it with her dolls and listens to the Prince of Egypt as she is going to sleep. So if time and money weren’t an issue I would take her to see the pyramids in Egypt

  • Ursula says:

    What great music! My daughter is only 18 months old right now so I can’t think of a special trip she would appreciate at her age…but when she gets older, I would love to take her to a fun amusement park like Disney World, because she loves to spin and turn and be swung upside down! πŸ™‚

  • Chery says:

    I would like to take my daugther to Florida.

  • Vanessa says:

    I think it would be great to go to the Creation Museum.

  • Jenni Allen says:

    I would take my boys to Sea World and Lego Land. They have been asking to go.

  • Becky says:

    As long as my husband, kids and I were all together I really would not care where we went. We have yet to take a family vacation but I am hopeful that someday we will and it will be a beautiful memory for my kids to have. Right now they’re young, 2 & 5yrs old, so they’d probably get a huge kick out of staying at a working farm. =)

  • Christy S says:

    I would take my little guy to Kansas City to meet my best friend. He’s only a baby so not sure where he’d want to go yet.

  • Hawaii. My kids have only seen the ocean on the Oregon Coast. Never somewhere warm where they could play in the water. I’d love to take them to Hawaii.

  • What a fun fun song!! Anything Disney for sure! We never got them the princess stuff when they were little, but they were just drawn to it whenever they saw it. It was one of my grandpa’s favorite places to go and it was so awesome to have gone with him there once in his lifetime.

  • Amy Martin says:

    I’m pretty sure I’d take our oldest to Disney World!!!

  • Lori-Anne says:

    I think my oldest would like to see race cars (with Daddy) and the youngest would like the zoo (with Mommy). But they are pretty happy with simple things and the special time spent together.

  • Andrea Kennedy says:

    Yosemite: staying in a comfy cabin and taking long bike rides together

  • Laura G. says:

    I’d take my son to see the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.

  • Lisa says:

    It would be fun to take my children to Alaska…they are not picky and anywhere we go we have fun and it is an adventure.

  • Meridith says:

    My oldest loves Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has been asking to go to Walnut Grove, Minnesota to see where Laura lived. That would be an awesome road trip!

  • Michelle says:

    I would take my girls to the ocean. They both love water, the outdoors, sand, and fish. Even tonight my 3 year old was telling me she’s part fish, holding her breath under water to prove it.

  • Pamela says:

    I love to take my girls to the southern states, to experience a totally different climate from NB Canada and beautiful beaches!

  • Vince says:

    I’d take them to Washington DC

  • Debbie says:

    I’d take them to Silver Springs πŸ™‚

  • Lisa K says:

    My children all want to go to Florida – the beach to hunt for shark’s teeth and Disney World. My husband and I were blessed with a couple’s only trip through work and have wanted to take our children with us ever since.

  • Erin Mills says:

    My family and I are living in China right now, so if I could take my little girl on a trip it would be to the good ol USA to see her grandparents!

  • Janet says:

    I would take my kids to the beach for a week and enjoy the waves, sun and sand.

  • sandy says:

    Austin, TX, where we lived for ten years! We live out of the country now, but a big piece of our heart is still there.

  • Jen Shultz says:

    If I could take my kids anywhere, I would love to pick one place for each child and do a special trip just like listed above and fully intend to try and make that happen on our next milestone birthday (because we passed 5 and mostly passed 10 already and I never thought of that- we do date night but a whole weekend as an only child vs 1 of 4 would be blissful for them I think). My oldest son (my step-son), I would take to our lease during deer season (specifically the rut so he could actually get a deer) to hunt because he has always wanted to go and his dad always wanted to take him but we have never had that opportunity because of custodial agreements on holidays and timing. It would be a memory for both no doubt. My oldest daughter, I would take to Colorado to see the mountains and to ski. Seeing the beauty of the Rockies reminds us of what beauty God surrounded us with and being up on top of that mountain looking around and down, the stillness and the quiet- quenches the soul. My middle child wants to see the ocean. I would love to show her that because it makes you feel so small and shows you just how big God is. My son, I would take him to see a Rams football game or a Broncos. He is a huge Sam Bradford fan and I am a huge Tebow fan based on talent second and their love of God and the way they share that whenever they get the chance is something one doesn’t find everywhere in professional sports and as my son grows, I expect he will excel at sports and while young- giving him this impression will I hope impact him to grow into a more Godly man but to also share it with younger fellas who might be looking up to him as he looks up to these men. Sounds like I have my work and my savings cut out for me! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the wonderful idea. (Maybe a good 16th birthday gift for each kid since we haven’t passed that and they will be at the age where they start to draw more into who they are becoming and less into who they were as our children.)

  • Bethany says:

    Hi Kat,
    I signed up for the webinar last week (at least I thought the sign-in went through, but I never got an e-mail with the link and reminder…was I supposed to. I don’t want to miss it tonight. Please let me know. thanks!

  • Morgan Teague says:

    I’d love to take my kids to Disney when they get a bit older. Love your idea about a special trip on a special birthday #. Great post!

  • Nicole says:

    I would take my children to Disney World because that is all my 7 year old has talked about for 2 years! Love the idea of taking a special trip and hope we are able to implement this in the future.

  • If I could go anywhere in the country I would take my son to see his relatives that aren’t local!

  • It’s not in the country, but we’re adopting a little boy from Ethiopia, so my girls dream of going there to meet him. I wish it was feasible to take them when we go to pick him up, but since it’s not, I am hoping and praying we’ll go back all together as a family once they are older.

  • Wendi says:

    I would love to take my kids to the CA coast and enjoy the ocean and beach. We love water and miss being surrounded by all the water from when we lived in MI. The desert of AZ is definitely missing the water.

  • julie says:

    i’d love to take them to the grand canyon… or closer to home, the henry ford museum.