Monday, December 31, 2012


This month has flown by! Actually 2012 has gone by fast. We made the decision to say no to many things and were blessed with a meaningful low key month. My favorite activity this month was the daily activities.

It caused us all to slow and down and be intentional about doing something together. 

 Before I knew it the big day was here!

A bow and arrow was a big hit!

Megan also received a Nintendo.  She is so happy to be just like her cousins.  She has a dog game and enjoys caring for her puppies.  The verdict is still out if this was a good gift or not. :)  I see time limits and a reward system for use coming very soon! 

The day after Christmas we were under a blizzard warning.  It was nice to have a day to just be home together.   We ended up with 12 inches. 

Since then we have had more snow and it has made for a wonderful play land. 

There have been many slow days this past week.  Playing new games, reading, movies and sleepovers. 

As always our families were more then generous.  I received some really nice things. 

As I type this I am watching the snow fall.  This time of year makes me want to spend time warm and cozy at home.  As the new year approaches I am ready to clean, organize, create and fluff my nest! 
May your day filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Snow Day!

The Friday before Christmas ended up being a snow day for Megan.  Not really because of the snow, but due to the wind.  It was a half day and a Happy Birthday Jesus! party and a gift exchange had been planned.  Megan was really disappointed.  I decided that I would make our time at home special. 
 We started the day out with snowman pancakes and I served them on snowman plates that Grammi had given us.  
We weren't able to go outside due to the wind so I went out and brought the snow in.  This is always a hit!

Some time was spent reading snow themed books and watching Frosty.
The family I babysit for brought gifts Friday morning.  One the things Megan received was a package of foam snowflakes.  Perfect!  We painted on glue and glittered them.
The afternoon ended with a little bit of gluing and painting.
It was a fun day.  Today we are enjoying a true snow day as we are under a blizzard warning.  We plan to stay cozy and warm at home.  We have leftovers to enjoy and Christmas toys to play with. 
May your day filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas!

May you sing the praises of Jesus not only at Christmas, but every day.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Christmas Countdown Activities: Week One

We finished our first week of countdown activities and it was a huge success!

Saturday, December 1st a countdown chain was made. 

It is hard to see in the picture, but part of Luke 2 was printed and glued to the star.

Sunday,  December 2nd a trip was made to Hallmark to purchase our annual ornament.

Monday, December 3rd a pom pom wreath was made.

Tuesday, December 4th we made thank you cards.

Wednesday, December 5th a simple nativity craft.

Thursday, December 6th a letter was written to Santa and it was to be mailed the next day.

Friday, December 7th a visit with Santa.

This has been so much fun!  Megan is excited so see the daily activity and it has caused me to be intentional about stopping to do something out of the ordinary each evening. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment! 

Monday, December 03, 2012

Pinned It, Made It: JOY Blocks

I have Christmas on my mind. Like many of you I need to spend as little as possible. While browsing Pinterest I can across these.

Adorable!  I need teacher gifts and something personal for Megan's great aunt.  I thought these would be something Megan and I could do together.  We used pickets left from where we cut the curve on our fence.   Once I sanded them well Megan was ready to paint.

For the polka dots we used the eraser on a new pencil.

I printed letters using Word and then cut them out to create a stensil.  It didn't work as well as I would have liked.  I will have to come up with a plan B for lettering if we do this again.  Megan used a Sharpie to write "to the world." 

Considering Megan is six I think these turned out great.  I am happy.  I have a personal gift to give and we made it using what we had on hand.  Win, win!

Please stop by and visit Tammy for inspiring ideas!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment! 

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Around Here

Things have been crazy around here. Between me still not feeling 100% and the boys I watch having a bout of the stomach flu... whew... let's just say I am happy to be starting a new week!

Thanksgiving was nice. This year we ended up having two dinner that weekend.  The first one was at my mother-in-law's. 

Then for the first time we had a holiday meal with Chuck's step-mom's family.  I was in charge of activities for the kids. 

This crew doesn't get together often and it was nice to see the cousins together. 

Of course there has been a little decorating. 

I am slow this year and still don't have everything together.  I hope to have that taken care of this week. 

As always I have been busy with the boys.  They were gone a couple of afternoons last week due to illness and I almost didn't know what to do without them.  Almost!

Megan took her first trip to the circus this weekend. 

She had so much fun!  She is still bring up different things and laughing about it. 

In a nutshell that is what has been going on around here.  May your day be filled with joy and contentment! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Just a Quick Stop

After another trip to the doctor on Saturday I am starting to feel normal again. I ended up with bronchitis and a third round of antibiotics plus a couple of other things have me on the mend. Just in time for turkey day! I have been working my way through my list and am all ready for tomorrow.

I ended up with some alone time as one of the little guys I watch had a stomach bug and I sent him home.  Makes it much easier to fly through the list when I am working solo.

I know that I made too much food, but I like to sample a little of this and a little of that. 

I have so many things to be thankful for that I don't even know where to begin. 

I try to live with the glass in half full kind of attitude.  My heart is overflowing is thankfulness for all things big and small. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

May your day be filled with joy and contentment! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Countdown Activities

Okay I am going to admit something... my intentions are great, but sometimes my follow through is lacking. This is something that I am working. Some of the time it is because I haven't planned ahead enough and before I know it is time and I am not ready.

I have been planning and planning some more for Christmas.  One of the things I wanted to do was an activity a day.   Once I had my ideas I printed them off.

I then printed off some cute numbers.  You can find them here.

I used toilet paper rolls to put my activity slips in.

I flattened the roll, slid the slip in and tried it off with twine.  I then attached the date number. 

I am pleased with how they turned out.  Simple, which is exactly what I was going for.  Oh, and inexpensive too!

To keep from falling into my old trap of not being prepared I have everything ready.  All of the activities are together and in a plastic bag labeled with the date and activity. 

When I initially started planning I used one of my handy dandy calendar pages.  That way I was able to plan simple things for school nights. 

In case you are curious this is the list:

December   1 - Make countdown chain
December   2 - Go to Hallmark to buy an ornament
December   3 - Make a wreath out of pom poms
December   4 - Make thank you cards while listening to Christmas music
December   5 - Make a nativity craft
December   6 - Write a letter to Santa
December   7 - Go see Santa
December   8 - Eat popcorn and watch Charlie Brown's Christmas
December   9 - Decorate a gingerbread house
December 10 - Reindeer craft & watch Rudolph
December 11 - Write thank you notes
December 12 - Read Christmas books
December 13 - Perform in a Christmas Program (for school)
December 14 - Rent the Grinch Who Stole Christmas
December 15 - Bake cookies at Grammi's w/ cousins
December 16 - Wrap presents
December 17 - Paint ornaments
December 18 - Buy a new Christmas movie
December 19 - Make pizza in the shape of a Christmas tree
December 20 - Do melting snowman & watch Frosty
December 21 - Make popcorn & drive around to look at lights
December 22 - Go shopping w/ Daddy for Mama
December 23 - Go downtown to see the tree
December 24 - Bake cookies for Santa

Besides this we will also be doing an Advent reading each evening.  I made Ann's last year and we really enjoyed it.  We will be using it again this year. 

Now I am not trying to rush the Christmas season!  I am just trying to make it so I can have a stress free holiday and really reflect on the meaning of the season. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!