Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Goings On This Week

It's been a nice, laid back week for us.  We are on Christmas break from preschool so the kids have been using their time to play with new toys.  My trunk is full of their old toys that don't get played with very much.  I don't do clutter.  If it's not used - it's out!  I have used my time to take down our Christmas stuff and clean the house for the new year.  I've also been catching up on my preschool planning this week - I'm set until February! 

We switched it up yesterday as I was called upon by my good friend to support her in labor until her husband could make it.  He came in and I went out just 30 minutes before their beautiful little girl was born!  Welcome Rahab Elaine Ireland!  You can read a beautiful post about her here.
As promised, here is a picture of the gifts we made this year!  Lavender sugar scrub for the aunties, cupcake in a cup for the Grandpa's and Uncle's, and beeswax candles for the Grandma's! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

 May HIS hope, peace, joy and love fill you today and always as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Advent: Christmas Eve

Tonight we light the white candle for JESUS! 

John 1:29  John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

His birth was for His death.  His death was for our birth!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2nd Annual Christmas Craft Playgroup!

Today was the day for our Christmas craft playgoup!  I had it scheduled earlier in the month, but had to move it since I was at a birth =)  We had lots of our friends over and everyone had a great time.  I didn't remember to get the camera out until everyone left though, so here are pictures of the two cutest kids (in my humble opinion!) and our crafts:
Five days 'till Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Four Generations

Now if we could just get my Great Grandma in here (yes, she's still alive!), then it would be FIVE generations!

Lots of good family time this weekend with both my side and Zac's side.  A preview of what's to come next weekend for Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Advent Sunday: Week 4

This week is the candle of LOVE and the scripture is John 3:16-17.

Advent Song (to the tune of Twinkle, twinkle little star)
One small baby in the hay,
Brings us love on Christmas day.
Arms will stretch to grab a cross,
Saving us from all our loss.
One small baby in the hay,
Brings us love on Christmas day.

May you know His love this week and always!  Less than a week until Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Train!

Last Sunday we went on a Christmas train ride to celebrate our friend Jadon's second birthday!  The kids had a blast and got to see Santa again!  Enjoy the pictures =)


Friday, December 16, 2011

What's on the shelves and school for the last two weeks!

Over the last two weeks I had the privilege to attend a beautiful birth that extended over 2 days.  It just so happened that these two days were about 6 days apart!  This meant double the recovery time for me and thus my lack of blogging as of late.  Wouldn't have changed it for the world, I LOVE my birth work!

Except for my couple of recovery days, we have been busy in the school room with Christmas activities on the shelves and letter L worksheets in the boxes!
On this shelf: decorating the Christmas tree, small nativity set, Christmas books, winter pom pom transfer with tweezers, felt nativity set (they loving telling the Christmas story with this!), snowman counting cards and counting bead matching, foam Christmas tree decorating with stickers, ribbon measuring, Christmas symbol matching cards, Christmas playdough (cinnamon, peppermint, and vanilla scents!)
On this shelf: snowman & snowball counting game, Christmas symbols coloring mini book, jingle bell lacing (Keanan's favorite!), foam gingerbread men decorating with markers, foam snowflake decorating with glitter glue (they both loved this!), Christmas puzzles, Advent chocolates (thank you Santa from the Alaska Airlines party!)

A few action shots:

Our new winter sensory tub!

We have also been busy making Christmas presents, and will continue to work on that next week.  I'll share some pics after Christmas.  Hoping your preparations are full of joy and peace!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Advent Sunday: Week Three

The third candle is pink and represents JOY.  The scripture verse is Luke 2: 7-15.

Song (To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
One small baby in the hay,
Brings us joy on Christmas Day.
God sends us this baby boy,
Saving us for endless joy.
One small baby in the hay,
Brings us joy on Christmas Day.

May you know His joy this week, and always!


I have been (and still am) in the midst of some doula work the last few days so my blog presence (and time) have been nill.  I promise to catch up in the next few days! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Alaska Airlines Family Party!

On Saturday we had the treat of going with the Ireland family the the Alaska Airlines Christmas Party!  We drove up to SeaTac and then got to ride a school bus (the kids were thrilled) to a giant airplane hanger that was filled with decorations, food, face painting, balloons, and bouncy houses.  After we ate lunch the HUGE hanger doors started to open and a 737 (that's an airplane for those of you who don't know) that was decorated with a red nose and antlers pulled up!  It was VERY loud, but so cool!  Once the plane stopped and they rolled the stairs over to it, the doors opened and there was Santa!!!  We told the kids that he had to ride on the airplane from the North Pole to come see us because the reindeer only fly on Christmas Eve =)  Santa and his elves made their way up to a stage where a line had already formed to see him.  We figured we would let the line die down a bit and went over to the bouncy houses and slides with the kids.  They had a blast (and so did the dads)!  After a bit Chris and I decided to go hold our spot in the Santa line.  ONE AND A HALF HOURS LATER, we made it to the front and all the kids got to see Santa, with no tears!  It was a long day (right through nap time), but so much fun!  Thank you Ireland's!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent Sunday: Week Two

Today, in addition to the HOPE candle, we lit the candle representing PEACE after reading Isaiah 9:6-7.

Advent Song (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
One small baby in the hay,
Brings us peace on Christmas day.
Sin brought fighting, pain and fears,
Christ will wipe away our tears.
One small baby in the hay,
Brings us peace on Christmas day.

May you know His peace this week, and always!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cranberry Thanksgiving

For the last two weeks we have been "studying" from the book Cranberry Thanksgiving.  This sweet story takes place on a cranberry farm in New England and is full of great lessons about stealing, forgiveness, judgment, and giving thanks.  We also took some time to learn about cranberry bogs, chemical reactions (in baking), geography (locating New England on our big world map), and exploring the seasons.

To wrap up this unit, today we made cranberry bread from Grandmother's recipe in the book!  Keanan loved chopping up the cranberries in my Pampered Chef chopper =)  The bread turned out great, it is super good!!  We also made cooked eggnog (which I may have cooked a little too long) because Keanan has discoverd that he LOVES it.  A wonderful way to end our Thanksgiving fun in school.  On to Christmas activities next week!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Advent Sunday: Week One

Both Zac and I never celebrated Advent growing up, he in an agnostic home and me in a Baptist one.  So when we joined the Covenant church in college we were really drawn to this new tradition.  The celebration of Advent (awaiting the coming of Jesus) really helps me keep the focus of Christmas where it should be, on Christ.  This is something we are working really hard at teaching our kids.  At dinner time starting with today, the first Sunday of Advent, we read the scripture that goes with the appropriate candle, light the candle, and then sing a little song to help the kids (and us) remember the meaning.

The above picture is our advent wreath, lit for the first time this year.  The first candle is the candle of HOPE.  Scripture: Romans 15: 12-13

Song (the the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
One small baby in the hay
Brings us hope on Christmas day.
God had promised his own son
Bringing hope for everyone.
One small baby in the hay
Brings us hope on Christmas day.

Friday, November 25, 2011

ATTENTION: Anyone teaching young children!

What is the name of this shape?
If you said "diamond" you are wrong, the correct mathematical term is RHOMBUS! 

This is no harder to teach preschoolers than the terms hexagon or square, but time and time again they are told (until geometry class in middle/high school) that this is a diamond.  Please stop mis-educating our children!

Let review.  This is a diamond:
This is a rhombus:

Thank you, have a nice day!

~ Your Friendly Former High School Math Teacher (Jen)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's on our shelves - Thanksgiving!

This week and next week we are enjoying some fun Thanksgiving activities!  We are also doing Five In a Row's Cranberry Thanksgiving, but more about that next week.

On this shelf: (starting on the top) corn paint printing, BOB books, feather painting, corn kernel pulling with tweezers (Keanan's favoroite!), pretend corn beading, cheery pie making with playdough, ABC movement cards

On this shelf: (starting at the top) letter writing in cornmeal, turkey number cards with numeral beads, roll a turkey game, Thanksgiving matching cards, build a turkey with playdough, gratitude leaves (not pictured), tracing activity

And the action shots!

Here is the result of our gratitude leaves!  They are hanging in the dinning room ready for Thursday!


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