Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turkey Handprint Painting

We painted tons of handprint turkeys to send to family members...too bad they didn't get sent out but we will give them to everyone this Christmas when we go visit :)

SO ready to paint!

Getting ready to wash the paint off Tater Tot's hand


The Turkey Paintings
A little bit of free painting :)

The kiddos absolutely LOVE painting and we had a great time! Looking forward to more crafty stuff for Christmas!

It's Christmas Time!

I know we are not even done with November yet, but I couldn't help but redecorate my blog and put on some beautiful Christmas tunes. This is the first time in a long time I have really looked forward to Christmastime. It has been easy for me to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and to allow the commercialism and stress of finances to suck the joy out of the season. As I listened to our choir practice CD for the first time a couple weeks ago and really took in the words from the songs our music minister was led to choose, my heart melted, tears stung my eyes, and I realized I been getting it all wrong. The knowledge of what Christmas is truly about resided in my heart, but the world had swept away any remnant of joy and peace that came along with that knowledge. It's not decorations, or presents, or even family that is most important at Christmastime. It's Christ. When we take Christ out of Christmas there is no reason to celebrate. When we allow all of the secondary things to take first place in our hearts, we miss out on so much. It is my prayer that each of you will allow Christ and the reason for His birth to reign in your heart this Christmas season - and throughout the year. May we celebrate the things that really matter and leave everything else at the foot of the throne of Him who loved us enough to step down from Heaven and into our lives. Amen.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook - 2

FOR TODAY: November 19, 2010

Outside my window...the sun is shining and the leaves are falling to the ground. I love fall!

I am thinking...that I should probably take a nap but if I do I probably wont be able to get back up!

I am thankful husband. He is so patient with me and loves me even though I can be a fireball sometimes :)

From the learning rooms...we are making Mayflowers out of milk cartons, reading lots of fun books, making turkey handprints with poems to send to family, and learning a lot about thankfulness and what the first Thanksgiving was like! See my "what's in the box" posts below for more stuff we are doing.

From the kitchen...just a few things we have had or will have this week: homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs, homemade vegetable beef soup, white chicken chili made from scratch, One Dish Chicken and Stuffing, Jambalaya and No Bake cookies again! 

I am wearing...a gray and black long-sleeved Jedidiah t-shirt and black sweat pants.

I am creating...or hoping to create giant snowflakes out of popsicles, inspired by Monica at Crafty Nest.

I am get to go visit family for Christmas! Yay!

I am reading...Adopted for Life by Russell Moore, and Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel

I am hoping...that my college basketball team keeps winning! Go Cards!

I am son talk about what an amazing creation he is making out of legos on the computer desk by me as I am typing :)

Around the house...I am anticipating decorating for Christmas and for the first time in a long time I am actually looking forward to it!

One of my favorite chocolate!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch with Drama Mama and Tater Tot and the youth tomorrow, Church and a bonus choir rehearsal on Sunday, and lots of Thanksgiving goodness the next week!

Here is picture or two I am sharing...

The secret dungeon in the structure

It's getting close to completion!

The Simple Woman's Daybook is hosted here so link up and join the fun!!!

What's in the Box - PreK

Now here is a look at Drama Mama's preschool boxes! Most of these activities are from our Letter of the Week Curriculm unless indicated otherwise. We also do our circle time, arts and crafts, and play time with Tater Tot.

Letter P poke page with a toothpick. We also use jumbo sized push pins for this.

Pumpkin cutting practice

Pumpkin tracing and coloring page

P letter hunt worksheet

Pumpkin magnet page

Letter P scavenger hunt. Drama Mama has to go fill the drawer
with items that begin with the letter P.

Letter P writing practice

Pattern block scarecrow and pumpkin sheets that I found.

Pumpkin size sort

Pumpkin graphing

There is lots more to come from our world of PreK and Kindergarten so stay tuned! Blessing to you all as you prepare for the holidays! Be Thankful!

Mama J

What's in the Box - Kindergarten

We have switched up some things since the beginning of the year because what we were doing was not "clicking" with Tater Tot, so here is a look at what we are up to these days. These are some things I put in his boxes and we also do our morning circle time together and usually some arts and crafts and playtime outside.

Hooked on Learning Maze and Puzzle Book

Hooked on Phonics review of letter sounds and review of beginning words

Thanksgiving themed memory game found at kidssoup

Hooked on Phonics CD Rom for some computer games to review what he has learned

Letter sounds matching game for review

Some pattern block worksheets that are a little more difficult

Spelling with letter tiles and Thanksgiving sight words

A Reason for Handwriting K - we just switched to this curriculum and love it!
These sheets are more of a review for Tater Tot but I am making him do it so that he can really
 get correct letter formation down pat. He's doing GREAT!

Math with dinosaur counters. I found a counting bear book on sale at a  Mardel
Christian supply and am just using dinos that a friend loaned us instead of bears.

Some reading to go with our learning about Thanksgiving. We all will
read these books together. We enjoy our reading time a lot!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful on a Thursday

I am thankful...

16. that we are HEALTHY again! Yay!

17. for laughter. It's therapeutic and musical and sweet!

18. that fall is finally here! 

19. for the people in my life that have mentored me, 
encouraged me, and loved me.

20. the gift of freedom and those who have fought for it, those who are 
fighting for it, and the ones who will be fighting in the
future. We live in a blessed country and it's 
easy to take it for granted. May God
have mercy on us!


Monday, November 15, 2010

An Award

Well, we are all FREE of the tummy bug! It's a good life :)  I just got an award from a beautiful friend at Butterfly Chic. Thank you Sarah - you rock!

Terms of recieving: 
*Thank the person who gave you the award ... Thanks again Sarah! Hugs to ya!

*Tell 7 facts about me...

*Give the award to 7 bloggers that I adore
*Leave a comment and tell the bloggers about the award...

The Facts of My Life:

1. I am hopelessly devoted to Cherry Cokes from Sonic
2. My newest food addiction are potstickers in the frozen food section - 
they are surprisingly ahhhmazing!
3. I told God I never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom or a pastor's wife...
Look where I am now :)
4. Whenever someone scratches material like sheets or something it
makes my teeth hurt. Weird I know!
5. I HATE to be tickled!
6. I love to sing.
7. I'd love to open a coffee shop one day.

Now to share the love by giving the award to a few friends:

Faith on Fire

Enjoy it friends and show some love to others!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankful on a Thursday

Well, last week I missed Thankful on a Thursday because we tagged along on a trip with Big Daddy T and today I almost missed it because we have all been bitten by the stomach bug. Uck. Wiggle Worm was sick several times on Monday but was bringing up blue stuff and so I freaked out thinking she must have ingested some sort of household product. After much worrying and texting the Dr. (yes, texting the Dr. I know, right? It's a small town thing and something I wouldn't have dreamed of doing when we lived in a bigger city!) who said it was probably a virus, Tater Tot informed me that Wiggle Worm ate Playdough. It was homemade playdough and so I knew nothing was in it that would have hurt her and so I figured it was the bug. Next day she was fine. All day. Wednesday afternoon around noon or so I felt weird and finally called my husband around 12:30 to come home. I was sick. Very sick. I will spare you the details, but it was bad. By 6 that evening both Tater Tot and Drama Mama were very sick. We sent Wiggle Worm to a friend's house to keep her from catching it again if that was possible. The hubby was a great nurse and took such good care of us and then this morning around 7:00 he was sick. It's been a rough couple days but we have been blessed with some sweet people who have taken care of us. So since I am behind in my thankful posts, here we go:


I am thankful for...

6. The sweet friend who went to the store for extra Gatorade, Lysol, and Hand Sanitizer last night and then again this morning for soup and crackers.

7. The sweet friend who brought us a big container of homemade chicken noodle soup (which was fabulous) and some essential oils to help ease the aches and pains and ickiness of sickness.

8. Another sweet friend who dropped off more chicken noodle and some vegetable soup (which were both wonderful - I tried a bit of both since I was feeling better!) and cornbread.

9. The many prayers that have been sent up on our behalf. We so needed them!

10. My husband who took such good care of us and was so loving and patient even through all the nastiness. I'm so sorry he caught it!

11. Our doctor and friend who puts up with our phone calls and text messages and still smiles at us and talks to us on Sundays at church - haha!

12. The fact that this is just the flu and one of us isn't sick with something else that is worse. It's just a passing thing and so many are sick with deadly illnesses - we are blessed!

13. My Uncle Ford and Aunt Bonnie and their love for me growing up. They have been so good to me. I received a call from my cousin letting me know that Uncle Ford has stage four cancer and hospice is at their house. Please pray.

14. Books. I LOVE to read! It's an insatiable hunger and since I have been sick I've gotten a few moments to feed the hunger in between bouts of nausea and vomiting and...oh I said I was going to spare you. Anyway... There's a silver lining to everything y'all! I'm just sayin' :) 

15. Blogging. I have met some really neat people via the blog world and have gotten to share prayer requests, funny and not-so-funny stories, and encouragement. It's been fun so far! If you ever need prayer or anything please let me know. I keep a journal and will write you down so I will remember to pray :)

Well, that's all for now folks! Remember, there is always something to give thanks for! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook - 1

I have joined in the fun at The Simple Woman's Daybook. This is a place where we get to gain a glimpse into the lives of others who are focusing on the simplicity and beauty in everyday moments. You should check it out and come along!

FOR TODAY,  Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Outside my window...the sun is coming up, squirrels are running about, and two cardinals are playing in the holly bush. The cardinals remind me of where I grew up and makes me smile.

I am thinking...about how amazing it is that I've been able to read my Bible, respond to some e-mails, and play on my blog and still no children are awake! Thank you Jesus!

I am thankful for...a clean house...for now!

From the learning rooms...handprint turkeys with poems attached, making no-bakes as part of "cooking", Letter of the Week , Hooked on Phonics, sight word practice, lots of fun books to read, cookie sheet math, maze and puzzle book, pattern blocks, Blend Ladders  and playing outside!

From the dish chicken and stuffing and broccoli with shredded parmesan and butter..and making no-bakes with my kiddies - yum!

I am wearing...a Seabird t-shirt and pajama pants.

I am creating...a place of comfort and peace for my family.

I am the park with my kids today to feed the ducks if they are there.

I am reading...The Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers and Adopted for Life by Russell Moore

I am be able to get the kids everything we would like to get them for Christmas.

I am remembering...that Christmas is not about the gifts we give but about the ultimate Gift that God gave us in His Son Jesus Christ. And that my kids will survive if they don't get everything they'd like or that we'd like to give them. We are blessed beyond measure already!

I am hearing...the sound of the dryer whirring and the fan in the hallway buzzing.

Around the house...Ive been focusing on one area at a time. So far we have a clean, organized garage and laundry room. Today...who knows? Maybe the junk drawer(s)....

One of my favorite things...pot stickers in the frozen section at Wal-Mart...I'm slightly addicted...

A few plans for the rest of the tonight - hanging with teenagers then off to choir practice, tomorrow - my hubby's off day! We have  a banquet for a local pregnancy center where my husband is on the board, Friday - playdate with our homeschool group, Saturday family time and possibly lunch with a friend, Sunday church :)

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Tater Tot was one 3.5 here...seems so long ago...and just like yesterday at the same time....

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge ~ Day 30

Well, it has been a great 30 days! I can't believe the challenge is over! It's been great getting to know other bloggers and learning more about myself. Hopefully we will all take the things we learned and put them into use. 

A Picture

I stumbled upon this picture and wished I could be there. How beautiful!

Pinnacle Mountain State Park Trip

This past week we got the privilege of accompanying Big Daddy T on a trip to Little Rock, and one of the fun things we did was visit Pinnacle Mountain State Park. We were not able to explore the trails we really wanted to as mommy and daddy since we had the crew with us but it was still tons of fun and beautiful! The pics were taken on my hubby's phone and turned out really well. Here's a look at what we did:

A pretty view 

Drama Mama - So cute!
The view from the balcony at the visitor's center.

Looking through the telescope.

Cheese! What a great smile!
Another smile while riding this bouncy-teeter-totter-ish thingy :)
There were some awesome cypress trees with neat formations and cool hiding places!

It's a silly tree boy!

Some of the trees had funny "growths" on them. Drama Mama thought this one looked like a Rhino!

Big Daddy T in the hollowed out part of a tree :)

Ha ha! Another funny tree...and a funny man inside hee hee!

There's that tree boy again!

And a tree girl!

Wiggle Worm 

Daddy with Wiggle Worm

Wiggle Worm wanted to walk with Mama.

All in all it was a wonderful day! We hope to be able to go back sometime. I highly recommend 
a visit if you ever are in the Little Rock area!