Loot Crate Unboxing – May 2015

When the Loot Crate arrives at our house, the kids get so excited. They come running into my office and beg me to open it so we can see what’s inside. It’s almost like Christmas morning for them. I like it, too, because I get some pretty cool geeky toys and a t-shirt.

In case you don’t know what it is, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box of geek and gamer gear that revolves around a theme for each box. This month’s theme was “Unite.” The box included some great stuff. The value of each box is $40, but the price is much cheaper. You can unsubscribe at any time, so it’s worth giving it a try.

Check out our unboxing video of the May 2015 Loot Crate below (or on Youtube):

If you’d like to subscribe to Loot Crate, click here (affiliate link) and use the code SAVE3 to get $3 off your subscription.

Next month’s theme is “Cyber,” and it looks like it might be really cool. So check it out this month and see what goodies come in the mail for your clan.

Get Your Kids to Read with Kindle Unlimited

If you’re like me, you want your kids to read. A lot. My oldest son has recently begun enjoying reading. He will stay up way past his bedtime and read in his bed. I hate it and I love it at the same time.

It’s hard to argue with him when he just wants to read, especially since he’s homeschooled and doesn’t have to wake up super early in the mornings.

His favorite books had been the Big Nate series, so we went to the library and checked out pretty much every single Big Nate book available. We even bought some used copies online. He and his little brother devoured those books. It was like a feeding frenzy. We couldn’t get them to go to bed at night.

Sunscreen on the Beach

Today I am hurting. It’s bad. I have a sunburn, and my shoulders resemble those of a lobster (and not the muscular ones of Larry the Lobster on Spongebob). It hurts!

We went to the beach on Saturday. Melbourne beach on the East coast of Florida is beautiful. We had a lot of fun. We basically went because my wife bought my daughter some beach toys and she wanted to use them.

Choose to Run Through the Rain

We took our kids out to dinner and a show last night at Universal Studios Citywalk. It was a blast. We went to see the Blue Man Group, which was 2/3 of our kids’ first time at a real theater show. The oldest one had seen something before on a field trip in Kindergarten. Blue Man Group is fun and pretty clean for the entire family. If you get a chance, it’s worth it to go see them.

After the show was over, we were leaving the theater when I noticed the familiar sound of raindrops hitting the Florida ground outside. For a split second, I thought, “No!!!!!!” Our car was a loooooong way away from where we were, and there was no way to stay covered and dry during the walk back. The crowd was standing under the cover, and we knew that everyone was calculating what we were…should we wait it out or make a run for it in the rain?

My Kids are Thankful

We live in a society that likes to blast through Thanksgiving to make it to Christmas. I love Christmastime just as much as everyone else. This year, though, I decided to help my kids try to think about Thanksgiving a little bit by making a video with them.

Here’s the video we made.

They didn’t go as deep as I’d like them to go about what they’re thankful for, but I know they understand that they are blessed and should be grateful. I’m looking forward to more making videos like these in the future.

What do you do to teach your kids to be thankful? Let me know in the comments.