I like to do little things for my family. I have never been one for the big gesture. Not that I would turn it down:). But I like to let them know I was thinking of them while out shopping, while they where at school/work, brighten a crappy day, etc. I love to send them little notes in their lunches. Sometimes we will eat the cookie dough instead of cooking it. So much better that way. Tea parties. I know they love fun paint cards to use as book marks, so I stopped and grabbed a bunch for them as a surprise.
Once in a while I will buy a favorite treat and slip it in the lunch box. I like to go for walks at night with everyone. Leah loves gum, a few days ago she was not having the best day. I picked up a pack for her and brought it home. A few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to fold the toilet paper every time I was done with it. I was going to just keep doing it until someone said something. It took 3 days and Cora mentioned it first. The joke was on me tho, because Dave had seen it the first day and instead of saying something he started folding it also. I had no idea.
I love taking them to Shakespeare in the Park. Dave told us about this last year and the kids loved it. A last minute trip to The Fix is always a surprise and loved. Sometimes we will pop into a movie at the cheap theater. Or movie night at the library. It is fun to surprise them with a favorite meal, or something they have been mentioning they haven't had for a while. Fresh baked cookies or scones when they get home from school is always a hit. Walking around our local lake. I love my family and love to show them that I do. For me it really is the little things in life that make a big difference. What do you do for your kids? Do you like the big gesture or little things? Any other neat ideas I could use?