A NEW YEAR

*sigh*

Well, I gave blogging a shot last year. I went all the way through March. Then life hit. Hard. I will tell the story of my past year in a later post. I promise.

This post, however, is a happier post.

Welcome, 2014! The kids decorated last night, Peanut had a friend stay over, and Bubba even stayed up until 11:45!

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to new years. I don’t usually set resolutions, and I’m really not good at remembering what they are. By January 7, I forget that I even set them, usually.

But it is a good starting point to get back into this website! (Thanks to whomever it was who started following me, which reminded me how far behind I was on this, which prompted me to reset my password and get on here!)

Some verses to ponder as you all embark on one more year:

Phillipans 3:13-14

No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not as I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and recieve the prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us up to heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Make the best of this new beginning!

With Love,

Stacy

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What we’ve been up to

Life has definitely whizzed by. And a lot has gone on.

Party Time

Today we are getting back in to the routine of school. Tomorrow we are going to a Valentine’s/ 100 Days of School Party with our homeschool group. We are all excited about it.

Yesterday we made valentines:

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I gave Peanut full creative license on hers. She decided to add her own artistic touches with glitter glue and ball point pen.

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Bubba and I worked together on his. He loved the stickers.

Today, we counted out 100 goldfish and 100 chocolate chips for the group trail mix, and 100 crayons for show and tell. Peanut was shocked that we had 100 crayons, and was amazed at how small of a pile it really was.

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This afternoon we will be making cupcakes and cookies to bring to the party. (I’ll post pictures when they’re done!)

Random Projects

I have been working hard the past week crocheting a blanket for a friend who is about to have a baby. ┬áIt took me four attempts to get the width right, and I feel like it’s still shrinking. It could be the yarn I chose, but I think it’s the variation in my tension with each row. I should be done by now!

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Bubba thinks it’s his blanket, even though I told him it was for his friend’s new baby sister. He keeps taking it and wrapping it around himself, which pulls out some stitches. Ah, but he’s so cute putting the blanket over his little toes.

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I am so excited, however, that my dining room has FINALLY gotten the second (and last) coat, and I can hang my pictures back on my walls! I am so relieved that it’s done, and I can check that off my list!

Organizing Children’s Artwork

You know how your child comes home from Sunday School, preschool or another organized activity, and they show you their coloring page with a couple scribbles of two or three colors on it? You get down to their level, put on your proudest face, and with as much excitement you can muster you say something along the lines of, “Oh Wow! Did you make this? This is amazing! Good job! Tell me about it!” And either the child goes in to an elaborate story about how the bear on the boat is eating a grilled cheese and playing with his friend on the cloud, while pointing emphatically to what seems like random scribbles and almost discernible shapes, or, they smile, say “uh huh!” and run off to play with anything else that grabs their attention.

You’re with me, right? Okay. So, if you’re familiar with this scenario, then you’ll probably be in agreement that this happens A LOT. And these papers tend to pile up. And pile up. And get knocked off counters, and get spilled on the floor. And get left in the car. And get trampled in the car and you’re left with Noah, his ark, and a big muddy footprint.

I’m the kind of mom that gets that twinge of guilt every time I throw something my child has created away. I mean, he worked hard on this. She has a story to tell with this. This is the first paper that showed he could draw circles. She wrote in big letters across the top “I LOVE YOU MOM AND DAD”. I like to look back at their artwork. So, for the past six years, I’ve had a tote that I’d throw all Peanut’s papers in. I went through it once. It was a big mess. I didn’t know when anything was made. I didn’t know what anything was. It’s just a box of papers.

And, this morning, as I was picking up yet another pile of drawings that fell on to the floor in the dining room, it occurred to me. I need a notebook that is ORGANIZED. I read somewhere on the internet about the idea of putting children’s artwork in plastic sleeves for a notebook. But it didn’t work for me. I got a plastic sleeve, put it on the counter, and told Peanut, “This is where your artwork goes.” I collected one drawing, and then lost the sleeve.

So I came up with this:

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It’s so simple, I feel kind of silly sharing.

I decided to MAKE THE NOTEBOOK AHEAD OF TIME. Gasp! What a concept. I opened up Microsoft Word and made the title page. I was going to put her favorite color, but it’s “The Rainbow”. Go ahead, ask her. It is. So, I put a rainbow on the front.

I created a title page for every month in the year. And (yay!) the clip art in Word had titles for the months! Less work for me! I decided to include 4 sheet protector sleeves behind each one, because I have a VERY creative child who loves to draw. This leaves room for potentially nine drawings a month if they’re back to back, and one behind the title page.

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Then I put them all in to a 2″ binder I had laying around the house.

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Hopefully she will be excited to fill up her notebook, and actually put them away. If not, at least I’ll have a designated place to put all her drawings! I love this idea, because I can take post-it notes or 3×5 cards and write the dates and any background stories on them and stick it in the sleeve with the drawing.

Here’s an example with a drawing Ella made last month:
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I’m going to make one for Bubba, too. Now that he’s two, he’s wanting to draw more pictures and tell me a story with them.