Monday, January 24, 2011

"I wanna see Heaven"

The other day, my dad was showing Jack some pictures of Papaw, my grandfather, who passed away about two years ago. He told Jack, "Papaw is in Heaven." Riley, sitting close by, knew that they were looking at pictures and overheard the comment and, thinking that those were pictures of Papaw IN Heaven, exclaimed "I wanna see Heaven" while straining to catch a glimpse of the picture.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shutterfly Cards are the!

So, I think Shutterfly has some amazing designs for their photo cards. There are so many to choose from; it's hard to decide. I always love to send out photo cards for our Christmas cards because I love receiving them and seeing how everyone has grown/aged in the past year, especially kids and those friends that live far away so you rarely get to see them.

One type of photo card that Shutterfly offers that I think is such a cool idea and a great alternative to the "family letter" that you receive with some cards, is the different timeline and/or list cards. With short, but sweet descriptions of the year's major events, these are much preferred over having to print out and fold and send an extra piece of paper with an extra long description. This top ten one is definitely my favorite!

They also have photo calendars that you can make, which are always great gifts for those people who already seem to have everything they want and are IMPOSSIBLE to buy for. I know lots of these, so I've given lots of photo calendars as gifts, haha. Another GREAT gift for those people: these photo books. I love giving these because you can make them so personal, and they are gift that will truly be cherished for years to come.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Advent Calendar Meaningful (+ cheap) Gift Ideas

I ran across this list today and thought it was brilliant. These are "gifts" to put in an advent calendar and then a mini lesson to boot.

Day 1- a quarter
- A quarter! This equals 25 cents. But 25 also stands for the number of days until Christmas, when God gave us His best present. Jesus told about one woman's gift and the way she gave it. Read Mark 12:41-44

Day 2- a piece of grape gum
- Grape gum!. Grapes make jelly and juice, raisins and wine. But Jesus didn't need grapes to preform His first miracle. Read John 2:1-10.

Day 3- a smiley face sticker
-Here's a smile! A smile usually expresses happiness. Jesus gave us many instructions to keep us happy. Read Mattahew 5:1-12.

Day 4- a few fish crackers
- Fish! Well, if you were surprised to find these fish, wait until you read the story today! Others were surprised to find fish, too. Read Luke 5:4-7.

Day 5- one birthday candle
- A birthday candle? As you know , we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus' birthday. However, Jesus talked about something else related to this candle Light. Read Mattahew 5:14-16.

Day 6- a small jingle bell
- You could make noise with this. But it would have bothered a certain man---until he met Jesus. Read Mark 7:31-37.

Day 7- two candy fish
- These would not go very far if you were really hungry! But Jesus could make much out of little. Surely He knew how to multiply! Read Mattahew 14: 13-21.

Day 8- two cotton balls
- These cotton balls would be helpful in a thunder storm, wouldn't they? We could use them for ear plugs to muffle the loud noise that thunder makes. But we know Someone who doesn't need cotton. Jesus can control the weather. Read Mattahew 8:23-27.

Day 9- a piece of road map
- People needing to use other parts of this map are in trouble! Don't you get lost today! Read John 14:1-6.

Day 10- a small piece of soap
- It's soap. Do you like to wash? Your hands and face? Behind your ears? Washing turn out to be a happy time for a man who met Jesus. Read John 9: 1-7.

Day 11- a few candy hearts
- Hearts. Wordlessly, they speak of love, don't they? Jesus spoke some commands about love. Read Mattahew 22: 37-40.

Day 12- a pin on button with a cross printed on it
- we use crosses as a symbol, representing Jesus. Do you know why? Read Philippians 2: 1-11.

Day 13- a small packet of salt
- Ordinary salt. Yes, Jesus related salt to us and our behavior. He also gave us some advice. Read Mattahew 5:13 and Colossians 4:6 (Notice that He doesn't recommend pepper!).

Day 14 - a small bag of sand
- Don't try to eat this ! It's sand. It reminds us that Jesus knows something about architecture, about buildings----and building lives. See His inscructions; Mattahew 7:24-29.

Day 15- a small artifical flower
- Flowers are pretty, aren't they? Jesus used flowers to teach us a reassuring lesson. read Mattahew 6: 28-34.

Day 16- a little box of raisins
- Raisins! Many children are given raisins instead of candy for a snack. That's because they are a health-promoting and delicious fruit. Jesus told us how we can produce good fruit. Read John 15: 1-5.

Day 17- a few flower seeds
- Jesus told a story about seeds that a man planted. Then He explained it, revealing its deep meaning. Read Mattahew 13:3-8 and Mattahew 13: 18-23.

Day 18- a sheet of musice taken from a pamphlet type Christmas carol book
- Christmas is just a week away! And here is an appropriate song. Sing it loudly! Read Psalm 100.

Day 19- a little stone
- A hard stone! Can you change this stone into a piece of bread? Do you think Jesus could? Jesus was asked to do just that. Do you know how He handled it? Read Mattahew 4:1-4.

Day 20- a piece of crumpled aluminum foil
- Try to smooth out this piece of foil and use it as a mirror. It's hard to see your reflection plainly, isn't it? Many circumstances are hard to understand, but someday everything will be clear. Read 1 Corinthians 13:12.

Day 21- one mustard seed placed between two pieces of clear contact paper
- The mustard seed is the smallest there is! When it sprouts, it grows into one of the largest plants! See what Jesus said. Read Mattahew 17:20.

Day 22- a tiny plastic dove
- We've learned the cross represents Christ, but do you know what the dove stands for? Read Mattahew 3:13-17.

Day 23- a swatch of wool cloth
- The thread that compose this fabric came from the wool of a sheep. Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd. Do you know who his sheep are? read John 10:7-18.

Day 24- one blue marble
- A marble! Do you know what is sometimes called the "Big Blue Marble"? The world. God made the world for us. What does God continue doing to the world? And who is the world? Read John 3:16.

Day 25- a small photograph of a baby
- Isn't this baby cute? When he was born, he made a whole family happy. Jesus was born a baby, too. He came to make the whole world happy. read Luke 2:1-20. Enjoy your celebration today. Continue to learn about Jesus---and love Him forever!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fabulous Giveaway @ Pure + Lovely

One of my friends at Pure + Lovely is having a huge giveaway here. It's for $100 gift card to their store!!! Do you know how amazing that is? Check out all of the loveliness over there. So many beautiful and original designs that I know anyone would love. Check it out!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Swanky Danky 'do

So, I'm sitting here at a artist's and crafter's market, selling my Falootin stuff, and this lady walks up to look at my table. She looks at the flower beanies (a.k.a. swanky 'dos) and says "I know you young ladies like this look, but I can't stand to see a little girl and her sweet head covered up by this giant thing." Ummmm, thanks? So, I say, "well it's just the style right now." Her: "well I know it's just a fad, but I don't like it." Me: "the big flowers and bows are really popular." But you obviously won't be purchasing one today.

I mean, how could you not LOVE this:

I know it's a BIT over the top, but when better to be over the top than when you're a kid. And it's adorable. And adds an artistic flare in my opinion.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chore Chart

My aunt gave me this chore chart recently. Giving the kids chores is something I've been tossing around in my head for a while. Of course, you want to wait until they're old enough so that they understand what's going on. I never had chores when I was a kid, and I never had an allowance. Not having chores is the one thing that my mom always goes back to and says she wishes she would have done differently. "You don't make your bed now because I didn't make you do it when you were little." "Having chores builds self-confidence.", etc., etc. And I have to say that I do agree with her. I really feel like having chores, some things that a child can do on their own, really helps build confidence in oneself. And, obviously, unless your child lives in a pigsty one day (or marries a slave), they're going to eventually have to learn how to do certain things around the house. So, why not teach them the proper way now? Sorry, these are just rambling thoughts, really I should delete everything all the way back to the sentence about confidence. Why are you still reading?? Thanks.

This is our first week. It's a bit of a work in progress, as I see what chores are right for the kids, and which ones might be too hard. So far, so good, though. They love to set aside a time during the day and "do chores." They practically fight over taking the trash out since they have to take turns with that one. They like to make each others beds. They love watering the plants. As you can see, the getting along part hasn't really happened yet. And by that I mean not having a fight all day. I might need to rework that one. I'm thinking that as they grow, the chores will grow and change with them. They love talking about what they'll get if they get so many stickers.

I've seen lots of cute ideas for chore charts. They have the basic ones like mine that you can buy ready made where you just write in the chores. I'm sure you've seen the even more advanced ones at Target, with all these different chore ideas on magnets and such. A cute idea one of my aunts did was making the chart out of poster board. Then she put velcro in each square, and the other side of the velcro on a bunch of pennies. Each time a chore was done, a penny got put in that spot. I think at the end of the week or something, however many pennies were on the board, that's how many pennies her son got. Lots of cute ideas!

Sorry, no pics. I haven't been posting lately because I've been waiting for pictures to add to my posts. I still haven't gotten any pictures put on my computer yet, but I was tired of waiting (and of seeing that picture of the worm from "The Labyrinth". Will add pics soon.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Getting the Garden Ready

I just saw this movie this weekend, and it was great. And this was one of the first pictures that google came up with when I typed in worm.

Today, the kids and I got out and attempted to dig up the garden, weeding the dirt and such. This turned into a balance beam contest and then quickly became a worm hunting party. One of the most fun things about kids is how they just run with their imaginations and do whatever they feel like next. Ok, sometimes it's fun, but other times it can be annoying. But let's focus on those fun times, shall we?

I think gardening and just generally playing in the dirt is a great earthy learning experience for kids. And it's fun for them because it's dirt. So, as it gets warmer, hopefully we will get to do this more.

Having a garden and letting kids participate is a great idea. They get to see a tiny seed, planted by them, turn into food that they can eat. I grew pumpkins last year, and it was amazing to me to watch dozens of pumpkins grow from just 5 tiny seeds.