Friday, November 28, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (or just about)

It's the day after Thanksgiving and that means we get to put up the Christmas tree! Wow, it's Christmas time already. It sure feels like this season comes and goes so quickly. But the excitment is still the same. For me, I like how excited I can still get and enjoy it with my kids.

Growing up, we had this tradition. We'd put Christmas music on, usually Henry Mancini, and put up the tree. We usually got a real tree, but as we got a little older we started using an artifical one. We'd just light a pine tree scented candle and be good. Besides trimming the tree, there were other decorations to be put up, handmade ones or store boughten. And of course the stockings. Next to Christmas presents, stockings are just as best! My mom would put little things for us girls. But the best part was the huge candy cane. Yum!

At the beginning of the season we'd do an Advent Calendar which came with a story, candles and the opening of 1 door per day. My sisters and I would take turns and check out what picture was behind the door. And whoever got to open the door for Christmas Eve was the lucky one.

But all that aside, we also celebrated the birth of Jesus. He's the real reason for all of this. So before there was any presents we would read from the Bible. Luke 2:1-20. We can get so caught up in all the glitter and glam that comes with the season, but always remember that it's Jesus' birth that needs to be first and foremost on our minds and in our hearts. There's a book my mom bought for my son a few years ago that helps tell the story of His birth, but in a way that they'll understand and enjoy. It's called Clopper the Christmas Donkey. I try to read that to my kids once a day and I get a pretty good reception from them. Enjoy the season!

Jesus Is the Reason FOR THE SEASON Pictures, Images and Photos

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Pictures, Images and Photos

From our house to yours, have a blessed Thanksgiving. God Bless!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turkey Day Craft

Well, I've done it! The turkey hat craft I told myself I could do, I did. Kinda frustrating at times, but so much fun! And I just love the end result.

I enlisted the help of my son for his while I made one for my daughter. And can I just say, it was time well spent. I liked that it was just him and me for an hour doing something we don't do often enough.

Here's a little rundown of our progress. I started by tracing everything out and then let him cut them.

A cutting we will do, a cutting we will do...

I cannot get glue on my fingers!

How's it looking mommy?

Just adding the last pieces of the hat

Drum roll please....

Ta daaaa!!

I made these off from the website in a previous post. Aren't they just adorable!! I'm certainly going back there for any other crafts I would want to do with my kids. Oh, I also made one for my nephew.

For the wings, I just traced my kid's hands instead. It's an easy craft to do and a fun keepsake to have.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You MUST check this out. My friend Anne, whose blog I enjoy reading, had mentioned this and it's worth watching. The guys pretty funny. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Check this out!

I was wracking my brain trying to find a Thanksgiving craft idea for my kids to do. I'm not HUGE on doing crafts. Not that I'm against doing them, it's so much fun, I just can't ever seem to find the right ones to make. Until I found this sight! It has all sorts of things just for your kids to do or healthy foods to eat. Even gift ideas for their teachers! This is my kind of website.

I was able to find this adorable Turkey Hat craft for my kiddos to make.


When I think about Fridays, relaxation comes to mind almost instantly. Two days to sleep in, no worries about homework or lunches to make and my family is all home together and under the same roof! Typically our Friday nights are spent grochery shopping or walking around the mall. Woo Hoo! Hubby and I do try to get a date night in once in a while, too.

This Friday feels a little different. Probably because next week is Thanksgiving so I've got that on my mind. But I tell you what, I'm getting really excited for what next Friday holds. We put up the Christmas tree! Happy Friday everyone!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

Here we go again! And might I say it's a little late this year. Not that I'm complaining. The headaches I get from having to deal with all the snow we get are something I can wait for. But on the other hand I'm a little excited for it to be here because it's a riot to play in! That and my kids love it too. Who doesn't love to race down the hill on your sled or make a snowman or have a snowball fight.

A few days ago I was talking with one of my sisters about when we used to play in the snow as kids. When we would have our regular snowfall during the day, when my dad would come home and snow blow the driveway my sisters and I would sit in the path of where the snow would come out of the snowblower. We would get buried, and it was great! Ahh to be a kid again.

I'm starting to prefer the snow from inside my home, but having my two kids still makes it enjoyable every now and then. Bring it on!

Friday, November 7, 2008

That's Life

When I wrote my last post I had no idea what kind of week lay ahead. My son had been home from school since the previous day with a stomach ache but had shown signs of getting better by the time we had to go trick-or-treating. But as a parent you want your child to be feeling 100% before doing something like taking them outside. It was a hard decision, but he benefited from it. Or so I thought.

He had good days and bad days, and ended up going back to school the following Wednesday. We're still unsure what he had, but I'm glad he's back to himself. But then, wouldn't you know it, I was given the chance to have my own car for a couple weeks. While talking with a wonderful Aunt of mine, we got to talking about coming over for a visit and she offered to let me borrow her car until she is able to drive again. It's been such a treat having an extra set of wheels to get around when I need to, or if it's just driving to the park with my daughter. Even though we have our van, which I'm thankful for, it's still nice to be able to get out without having to ask for help or bringing my husband to his job. I'm reveling in my new found freedom! God is good and I'm very blessed. Life throws all sorts of things at you and with God's help, you get through them and enjoy!