Friday, December 30, 2011

Advent Adventures Crash and Burn

     With the best of intentions sometimes life just gets in the way, and this part of my life is called pneumonia.  Our advent adventures continued but a record of what my children and husband did and on what days has been lost by me but I know they did something and some days I participated and some days not and some days I shouldn't have like waiting in line for 2 hours outside in freezing coldness to see Santa..I paid for the next few days  for that decision.  We had a fabulous Christmas and were able to enjoy all of our family traditions except one and the children have not said anything about it so maybe is not so important.  I even was able to finish a project or two..it took me days longer but they were completed. 

    I am certainly looking forward to next year and sharing in some of our projects we have completed and a host of new projects and family fun that are on our to do list for 2012!!!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Advent Adventures Day Seven

With Dads continued help with our adventures to my surprise I had 3 of my little cuties come into my room and sing me a song.  Not just any song the first song I taught myself to play on the piano...Love at Home!  Love my Family!


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Advent Adventures Day Six

Today we are putting up Granny's nativity on top of the piano the kiddos are so excited!

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Advent Adventures Day Five

Me with walking pneumonia(or as I like to say barely walking) has left the adventures to be pulled off by the Hubby.  Today they read all sorts off Christmas Stories!


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Advent Adventures Day Four

Luckily for me we had day 3 complete because as that day progressed I started running a fever and day 4 would have been lost.  We had decided to do a service project for our Granny.   Granny broke her ankle 4 days before Thanksgiving and will be spending the Holidays in a Rehab/Nursing Home with her spirits down we came up with a plan to get her a small tree and decorate it.  With our craft supplies purchased and with Dad at the helm the kiddos, plus their cousin and his sisters made ornaments to decorate her tree.  Then came the big surprise to show up and decorate her tree.  I wish I could have been there but I heard it was a lot of fun and she loved it!!!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Advent Adventures Day Three

     I really can't get into exactly what we did today due to the fact some people read this that it involves.  I can say this we prepared for a few service projects that are to come over the next week and the children are so excited and it has been a fun process to see them thinking of others and coming up with their own plans to serve.


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Advent Adventures Day Two

Day 2 brought a family dinner party.  Not just our family of 6 but my sisters and thier families and my dad and stepmom and my grandparents- 25 in all and our home was full with women chatting, teenagers talking, preschoolers building, babies babbling and everything in between.  Amazing enough there was not one fight or arguement amongst the little guys and our home was full of family joy. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Adventures Day One


     Day one of our Advent Adventures we read a book.  IF you have not read this book before I highly recommend it..The Elf on the Shelf the premise of the book is a little elf comes to your home and sees how your children are behaving and every night he goes and tells Santa all the good and not so good stuff happening and then when he comes back that night he is hides in a different spot.  After reading the book we decided on a name for our little elf his name is Frarry( a combo of Fred and Harry) and then we went on a hunt to see if he appeared somewhere around the house and sure enough naming our elf worked believe it or not he was hiding in the flowers on the message board silly Frarry but he did have a good view of whether or not the foyer was free of children's coats, backpacks, boots, mittens and the like.  When the kids realized he was there and could see if they left a mess or not they cleaned it right up good job FRARRY(I love him already).


The second book we read was The Christmas Sweater.  I can not read this book without crying and so now I just have tissues on hand.  All the young boy wants for Christmas is a red shiny bike but what he needed was a Christmas Sweater after a night of dreaming he wakes up and it is Christmas morning as he runs down stairs to the tree he sees his New Red bike but he is looking for something more...I love this story and it teaches a gosepl truth so simply with such a sweet spirit the heart of your little ones can't help but be filled with the Spirt of our Heavenly Father. 









 


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Advent Calendar

     I love Christmas time but those who know me know I love any time that I can do fun things with my children.  I fully believe the quote from one of my favorite movies, "attitude reflects leadership" and because myself and David are so excited about doing whatever it is with our children they follow right along and that is how our Advent Adventures started we wanted to spend more focused time with our kiddos.  We decided instead of little goodies to eat we would put little pieces of paper in it for actvities to do as a family.  We don't pre load it with the slips of paper, we(my David and myself) write out a list of things we would like to do with the children for the Holiday season including things like Christmas parties, getting a Christmas tree, reading the CHRISTmas Story, making cookies, doing a service project, etc... and then decide the night before depending on our schedule what will go into the little boxes.  This is by far the most loved tradition in our home.  It addes this excitement and feeling of unity within our family one of those feelings you will treasure into the eternities.  It is at this time every year we get a true glimpse of our family here on earth as eternal and I am so grateful for the Spirit that fills our home like a large quilt on a chiily night.

      For the next 25 days I am going to share with you our Advent Adventures that come from a little door on small piece of paper but bring sooo much more!!!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

T-I-M-E

A couple years ago I found a screaming deal...on large antiqueish looking clock hands for $2.  I scooped them right up and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  I wanted to hang them up with a quote about time and families but I was unable to find a quote that fit.  Time had passed and I had all forgotten about my clock hands stashed away in my closet and then in October 2010 their was a talk given at General Conference(A time twice a year we are able to hear from our church leaders) called Of Things That Matter Most by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  In the talk he said, "In family relationships love is really spelled
T-I-M-E, time."  There I had it.  My quote the one I had forgotten about.  I am always amazed at the small ways that don't really matter our Heavenly Father shows he is aware of us and loves us.

Now with my quote in hand and a whole year later tada....

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I cut pallet boards for the frame and painted them cardinal red and once dry wiped dark walnut stain over them and then wiped it off right away and sanded the edges a bit.  The center is made out of lattice slates that I painted white and again rubbed stain on them and wiped off quickly.  I used my brad gun to nail the slates onto the frame and once all assembled I added the hands to the clock(pointing to 2 o'clock the time we were sealed in the temple).  I measured the remaining area and using my silhouette made a stencil to fit in the space and stenciled a small portion to the quote onto my lattice boards.

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out except for one little oopsey.  I wanted it to go on my mantle but I built the frame to fit the clock hands and so it doesn't fit on my mantle. It is over 3 ft tall so this is a large project to say the least.  Now I am trying to figure out exactly where my ever so loved project can go!!!

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Fall Party

In the midst of all the Halloween fun we happen to have both of our mothers birthdays one on the 30th and one on the 1st.  I planned a fun party for my mom and I wanted to share some of the plans with you. We also had a a trunk or treat at the church this evening and my oldest along with the other priests at church were in charge of it so it was one busy day but we had so much fun with our friends and family!!

 Some of these ideas were repeated for the classroom parties as well.  This is going to be a long one but so worth it at least for me.

This is my island full of snacking and drinking happiness.  I do not have a couple of close ups of some things onthe island.  1. The clemintines I actually drew jack olantern faces on each one with a food marker adn 2.  the buckets I picked up at the one spot at target and filled them with green, brown, and orange tootsie pops.

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I love to do apples this way for all holidays.  You cut the apple in slices so their is the star in the middle and then you cut the center out using the small Wilton cookie cutters.  Dip them in pineapple juice so they don't brown and tada non browning apple slices.  These are great for kids lunches too.

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I cut up carrots and celery sticks and the wrapped them together with raffia and

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for the dip cut off the top of a small pumpkin, scooped it out, added a small bowl and
our favorite veggie dip.

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This was soooo fun to do and I used it for my 2nd graders class too and it was a hit everywhere.

For the BOX:
Get a shirt box(I got mine from Kohls and it already had a black strip) add ribbon around it with double sided tape and then cut foam to fit snuggly in the box.  Take lollipop sticks and push them into the foam.

The cones were simple to make I cut a piece of cardstock in half and then made cones securing them into the cone shape with double sided tape.  A quick note you want to leave a small hole at the bottom so you can slide the cone over the lollipop stick easily.   Add yummy treats.  We added cheetos and chexmix for our fall fare.  You can if you want cover the foam with candy we used candy corn.

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Why had I not thought of this before who knows but my husband and our fabulous elders quorum president drilled holes into the lids of some pint size jars big enough for a straw to go through.  I cut black circles to cover the loids and filled them with ice and some yummy orange drink(orange hawaiim punch in this case)

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My NaBelle who is a huge helper whipped up these cute little acorn treats while I showered.  Mini Nutter Butters and Hershey Kisses glued together with frosting.  I know if I would have done them there would be no frosting showing and they would be perfect but they tasted the same and she had so much fun doing it and that is really what matters.

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I hope you enjoyed my little tour through our fall party!!!
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Mummy Bars

For my third graders party it was all mummies and the project I would like to share is making a mummy wrapped candy bar for them to take home.  It is so simple and easy to do.

Cut white crepe paper in half length wise and then on the back of the bar put a dab of glue using a glue stick.  Stick one of the ends and wrap until the whole thing is covered twice adn then add another dab of glue to secure the end. 

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Glue on googly eyes and there you have it a mummy.  I also with the help of my teen wrapped 60 juice boxes this way too and the kids loved them!!!
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Halloween Playdough

I happen to be a room parent for all three of my younger childrens classes(thus the blogging break down) and so for the kindergarten class I had them make these cute little containers of play dough.
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I made my favorite playdough recipe found here and made it orange and white and then added the play dough to some of my favorite containers (they come in a pack of 10 and the Dollar Tree).
After the containers were full we made them into either a pumpkin or a mummy depending onthe color so lets start with how to make the mummy.

Mummy Playdough

You Need:
white crepe paper
googly eyes
glue stick
permanent marker optional

To Make
Cut the crepe paper in half lenth wise. 
Use the glue stick and put glue all the way around the sided of the container.
Wrap container with crepe paper.
Glue on googly eyes and if wanted add mouth to make it a ghost.

Pumpkin Playdough

You need:
Orange paper cut into circles(I used the largest fiskar circle punch and they fit perfectly into the top)
googly eyes
green  and black crayons or markers

To Make;
Glue oramge circle to lid of container.
glue on googly eyes
Draw jack o lantern face

These were fun for the kids to make and they were able to play with the playdough too at the party which is great to keep kiddos busy while their classmates were finishing up!!!



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Pumpkin Lunch

For my childrens Halloween lunch we went with pumpkins.  Cheese cut out as pumpkins, apple slices with pumpkins cut out, I even found prestzels and fruit snacks with pumpkin shapes and who can forget a pb&j cut inthe shape of a pumpkin.  They Loved It! 

And for their drink they had the following:

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I bought Sunny-Ds and removed the label and then drew on a jack-o-lantern face with a permanent marker adn then glued ribbon around the top for a little finish.  It was a fun additon to their pumpkin lunches.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Mantle

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Right to Left the how to of the mantle.  I had the candlesticks already.  Their home with pillars on them is the mantle typically.  I took the candles off and added 3 pumpkins I found at the dollar tree.  I will later share the how to on the plates but they cost me only $3.00..Love Them.  I cut the ring part off of orange spider rings and used glue dots to adhere the spiders onto the mirror. I found these cut little trees at the one spot at Target and then in about 2 minutes on line I had ordered the following:
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The sisters over at Eighteen25 had this great subway art and below the mantle I made this cute burlap and  orange(this fabric was a shirt I found at a garage sale for 50 cents and cut it up) garland bunting using the tutorial over at Brown Paper Packages.  The one difference is I cut my fabric shorter.

I love fall and I LOVE how my mantle turned out..yahoo I have a mantle now!!!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

2 in 1 Halloween Game

Need to Make Cans: recycled cans(I have the can opener that doesn't leave sharp edges-I highly recommend getting one) Different patterns of orange scrapbook paper Halloween stickers, Glue

 How to Make Cans: Cut paper to fit can Glue paper to can using glue stick Add Stickers

Game One: Stack cans as shown above and throw bean bags at them to knock them down or you can roll a pumpkin at them.

 Game Two: Cluster cans together and try to throw black and orange pom poms in them or black and white beans.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Jack O Lantern" Dinner

My teen and I set out to surprise the little ones with this oh so cute dinner.... You take orange peppers and cut the stem out like you do with a pumpkin and then deseed. Carve jack o lantern faces into the peppers and fill with your favorite pasta filling. We made spaghetti sauce and then stirred in angel hair pasta for the filling in these little guys. YUM YUM!!!



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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Witches Fingers

Cut a cheese stick in half Dice green peppers Add peppers to ends of cheese sticks with a dab of cream cheese So easy to make unless you are making over 75 of them!!!!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Pumpkin Game and Craft

To Make: First cut a 12x12 piece of scrap book paper in four making 6x6 pieces of paper and add a pumpkin die cut to the center with a glue dot(see picture below). Then you program a six sided die with the words or pictures of nose, right eye, left eye, mouth, sticker, and sticker.

 Needed to Play: game card you made from above die you made black markers or crayons Halloween stickers

The Rules: You pass the die around and roll and you add the item rolled with a black marker or add stickers if you roll the word sticker. First one done converting their pumpkin into a jack o lantern wins.

 The added bonus is at the end of the game they have made a craft project as well!!!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fun Apple Slices

To make these you cut an apple in slices from the top down and then cut out the core with mini cookie cutters. Then to keep them from browning I have them take a swim in a bowl of pineapple juice. I make these all year with different shaped mini cookie cutters.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Veggie Monsters

This was so fun to do with my teenager.

To make the veggie monsters you need to: 1. Deseed a green pepper and put a small mouth slit near the bottom 2. You peel a carrot and then make a long peel for the tongue 3. Slice a cucumber with the peel on 4. Cut some large broccoli florets 5. Cut 2 toothpicks in half

 To assemble it you need to: 1. From the inside of the pepper poke the toothpicks through where the eyes should be and them add a cucumber slice to both and a grape tomato to both. 2. Add Broccoli to the top for the hair 3. Add peppers to a platter surround with vegetables. 4. Insert carrot tongue into slit and place over vegetables. The kids really got a kick out of these 2 guys!!!!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Forget Me Not


We have an annual meeting for the women at our church called the General Relief Society Meeting.  We are able to hear talks specifically for us and this talk by President Uchtdorf about the Forget Me Not flower was ecspecially powerful.

Forget Not to be patient with your self.
Forget Not that some sacrifices are better than others
Forget Not to be happy NOW
Forget Not the why of the gospel
Forget Not that Heavenly Father knows and loves you

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pumpkins 101


Read various pumpkin books.

Pp practice-
Make P's out of pumpkin seeds on pumpkins.
Laminate a pumpkin shape with Pp on it and have them trace with them with a dry erase marker.

Scoop out a pumpkin put insides in water table for further exploration.

Make pumpkin book.

Make pumpkin life cycle craft-green yarn(vine), large paper plate painted orange, small paper plate painted green, yellow tissue paper crumpled up(flower), seed from pumpkin glued to cardstock tape last four items on to vine.

Sequencing pumpkin life cyle cards.

Pumpkin pie treat: mix pumpkin and cinnamon, crush grahams add pumpkin mixture top with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Playdough make snake P's. Make orange playdough can add cinnamon for a more pumpkin pie effect.

Classify pumpkins and gourds.




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Fall Sensory Bin Fun

I absolutely love my water/sensory table and so do my children. If you don't have one you can use a shallow rubbermaid container or a dishpan works well too.

This without question is my children's favorite activity for the water/sensory table. I bought a bunch of silk leaves, I throw in some brown pom poms(nuts), add these cute little squirrels(I found them at Oriental Trading), a *tree made out of a recycled coffee can, some tongs, and programmed leaves with numbers on them.

We use it in lots of different ways:

1. COUNTING AND ADDING

They pick a card and then hunt like squirrels to find that number of nuts in the leaves picking them up with the tongs and take them back to the tree. As they have gotten older they pick two cards and add them together and find that many nuts.

2. GROUPING

They group the squirrels by the different items they hold or the leaves by shape or color.

3. IMAGINATIVE

They just love to play with the squirrels in the leaves.

4. SMALL MOTOR SKILLS

By using the tongs in #1 this is a great small motor skill activity.




*I made the tree by taking brown construction paper and made it to look like a tree. Then cut the paper to size and glue it to the can(the great thing about the can is I saved the plastic lid and so I can store all the other items in the can until I need it again).

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Apples 101

A new version of bobbing for apples-cut apple shapes out of craft foam, with a permanent marker write upper case A on half and lower case on the other half. I float them in a tub of water that is half full and have the kids grab them out with tongs seperating them into upper and lowercase groups by sticking them to the side of the tub and saying the sound A's make.

Throw play apples into a bushel basket singing the a song. (the A says ahhhhh the A says ahhhhh every letter makes a sound the A says ahhhhhhh.

Go to an orchard and pick apples if you can.

Cut apple in half both ways and dip into red paint and make apple prints.

Apple tree sequencing cards.

Read books about apples.

Get red and green pom poms and have them seperate them into groups and then count them into baskets. For fine motor skill you can also have them pick up the pom poms with a clothes pin or kiddie chopsticks.

Program tree patterns with different letters on them and using the pom poms above play apple tree bingo.

Spray foam balls with red spray paint and then with a skewer poke 2-3 holes through the ball. At the top of the ball poke a green pipe cleaner in and make it into the shape of a stem and leaf and glue into place. For each ball take a green pipe cleaner and bend both ends over a half inch, this is your worm. You now have apples and wormmsa nd you have the children weave the worms through the apple holes. They love it!!!


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Did you know???

Most of you don't know this but before I started this blog I had a preschool blog and I had all my projects on my family blog.  I decided that I wanted my family blog to be completely seperate from everything else so born was Sweet Serendipity.  Also another factoid I home preschooled all my kiddos.  I actually started my preschool blog as more of my own personal teaching plan for the year and so I took little to no pictures.  It was for me to refer back to year after year.  I have decided I would share some of my plans and ideas here and remember the pictures are very limited but it is always fun to share thoughts and ideas.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

I Love Cozi.com

If you have not heard of Cozi.com it is a fabulous FREE online calendar.  This one of my favorite things ever.  Here is a list of some of the reasons why:

1.  Every person in the family has a different colored dot assigned to them so at a glance you can see who has something to do that day
2.  You can also have it programmed to send reminders to those of us that are absent minded at times or if something came up at the last minute you can send it right to their phone or email address
3.  There is a to do list , grocery list, and journaling area all are printable and can be sent to your mobile device as well
4.  If you have a reoccuring appt you just need to put it in once, think of volunteering in your childs class every week
5.  Everyone in my family can access it which keeps us all on the same page.

Check it out..it has made our lives so much more organized..even though I did forget to do something yesterday and why was that I forgot to put it in my calendar that is why!


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*all the opinions are my own