What I Did On My Christmas Break….

December 28, 2009 at 8:12 am (Uncategorized)

The month of December we got out of moving mode and into Christmas mode.  So this weekend I was ready to get things finished up!  The downstairs is done.  But, upstairs I had not hung any pictures!  This is torture for me!  I LOVE my pictures!  So over the weekend my husband helped me hang pictures on the staircase.

It started out innocently enough.  Just a couple of groupings.

This is the top left wall on the landing.  Tasteful, right?

This is the main wall of the landing.  This is what you can see from downstairs.

Then you turn to go up the second half of the staircase and I just went picture CrAzY!  LOL

So many pictures I couldn’t get them all in one shot!  LOL

This basically represents the last 20 years of my life in pictures!  It is my masterpiece! I call it…Middle Age Woman Ascending a Staircase!  LOL

I LOVE it!  It feels so good to have all my wonderful pictures around me again.  We all stood around looking at all the pictures laughing about the memories, the hairstyles, etc.  I know the kids will enjoy them as much as I do. 

I hope we don’t move again for a looooong, loooong time.  The one upstairs wall alone has 50 pictures on it!  LOL

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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White Christmas Eve!

December 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm (Uncategorized)

We were not expecting a white Christmas Eve, but we sure enjoyed it!

At first it was coming down but not sticking.

I LOVE this picture!  I am wondering if it’s too soon to have taken next  years Christmas card pic? LOL


Catching snowflakes!


Then it started to stick!

Just gorgeous!




There is just nothing prettier (and more odd) than a palm frond with snow on it! LOL


It was a beautiful and surprising Christmas Eve!
This will be the first white Christmas any of my kids have ever had! They are all pretty jazzed!

Thank you God for the ultimate Christmas surprise!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Jamin

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Merry Christmas From the Littles! – Wordless Wednesday

December 23, 2009 at 9:48 am (Uncategorized)

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Freebie Friday 12-18-09 The BEST Freebie Every!

December 18, 2009 at 9:13 am (Uncategorized)



JaminWelcome to Freebie Friday!

A week from today is Christmas! This time of year, as we turn our thoughts towards the birth of Christ, is the perfect time to share the BEST freebie of all with kids! The free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ!

Romans 6:23 tells us:

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

And in John 3:16 we learn:

For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

and Acts 16:31 tells us

. . . Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . .

It is all so simple, and it’s FREE! Click here to find freebies that will help you share with children how Jesus died for our sins and offers us eternal life as a free gift.

It’s the BEST freebie of all!

I will see you next year!

Happy homeschooling,


Jamin

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Why Jesus is Better Than Santa

December 18, 2009 at 7:11 am (Uncategorized)

I posted this 2 years ago on my blog.  I still love it , so I thought I would share it again.  I don’t dislike Santa…but Jesus is the real reason for the season!  Only 1 more week until Christmas!

Why Jesus is Better Than Santa Claus

By Rev. James Spellman of Ohio

*Santa lives at the North Pole… JESUS is everywhere.

*Santa rides in a sleigh… JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

*Santa comes but once a year… JESUS is an ever present help.

*Santa fills your stockings with goodies… JESUS supplies all your needs.

*You have to wait in line to see Santa… JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

*Santa lets you sit on his lap… JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

*Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what’s your name?"… JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our head.

*Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly… JESUS has a heart full of love.

*All Santa can offer is HO HO HO… JESUS offers health, help and hope.

*Santa says "You better not cry"… JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."

*Santa’s little helpers make toys… JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

*Santa may make you chuckle but…JESUS gives you a joy that is your strength.

*While Santa puts gifts under your tree… JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.

Its obvious there is really no comparison! Jesus is still the reason for the season. Yes, Jesus is better, he is even better than Santa Claus.

 

I found this poem over at the 1+1+1=1 blog.  It is part of a lovely FREE Christmas Symbols lapbook she has put together!  I just LOVE the poem!  It completely speaks to how I feel about Christmas in my heart!  

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin


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Happy Birthday to my 6 Year Old!

December 16, 2009 at 9:06 am (Uncategorized)

My little man turned 6 yesterday!  WOW!  Time flies.  Here are a few pictures from his party at Chuck E. Cheese!

Our family + 1.  :^)

The guests…

The cake!

The gifts…

The collapse on the way home!
:^)

It was a great day!  We started the day with gifts.  Then we took him out to brunch.  In the afternoon his best friend came over to play.  We had the party at dinner time.  We never even got to do his birthday treasure hunt because we ran out of time.  So he will be really surprised to get to do that today! 

I can’t believe he is 6!  Time goes waaaaayyyyy too fast! 

Happy, happy birthday little man!  I LOVE YOU!

Mommy

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Planning for Kirsten

December 11, 2009 at 8:34 am (Uncategorized)

Now that I have my posts written about Josefina I can start thinking about Kirsten!  We won’t start meeting again for American Girl until January.  But, I am determined to have everything planned out and prepped before we start this time!

So here is the plan!

Crafts:

1. Patchwork Pillow
2. Bunny Pincushion
3. Quilted Potholder
4. Yarn Doll
5. chromatrope toy and Geography Notebook Pages
6. Midsummers Wreath

Ongoing craft:

Braided Rugs

Snack:

1. Swedish Meatballs
2. Swedish Crackers with Lingonberry Jam
3. Swedish Rice Porridge (Skansk Grot)
4. Rye Bread and homemade butter. (Have girls make the butter in a jar.)
5. Potato Soup
6. Pepparkakor Cookies

Whew, so there is the plan!  Now for the shopping and cutting and prepping.  Then I am ready to go!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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American Girl Club Josefina Weeks 4, 5 and 6

December 10, 2009 at 6:55 am (Uncategorized)

The hard part about trying to post about the last 3 weeks of Josefina 6 weeks after we finished the study is I CAN’T REMEMBER what we did!  LOL  I have been SO busy with unpacking, homeschooling, Thanksgiving and Christmas I just keep putting off posting about the end of Josefina.  So I finally went back and flipped through the pictures I took and this is what it looks like we did the last 3 weeks of club!  I am not going to try to put it all in order.  It’s all just too blurry!

There was one activity we did that I know the girls really liked.  I think it’s in book 4 where they take the blankets they have woven to the market and sell them.  I wanted the girls to get an idea what it was like to have to trade on the barter system.  So I brought a bunch off odd things to represent other things and had them trade.  We broke the girls up into 4 groups.  One group had paper cups that represented sheep.  One group had paper napkins that represented blankets.  One group had a mix of things.  Mirrors, jewelry, crafts.  (Whatever I had in my craft cupboard!)  and the last group had money.  The girls had to go around and trade with each other and try to get a good "deal".  They had to decide how many blankets a sheep was worth and how many craft items were worth a blanket. Etc.  The object was to end up with something from each group.  After the finished we talked about their experience.  Was it easier for the group that had money?  (I had gotten some BIG coins at the dollar store designed to be hung on a schoolroom wall.)  How did they decide the value of the different items?  It was interesting to see their thoughts and hear their ideas.

The crafts we did for the last 3 weeks of Josefina were:

coiled pots, whisk brooms and memory books  We also made geography notebooks and weavings.

Coiled Pot
These are made with air dry clay.  Super simple.  Just make coils and roll them into a pot!  These were lots of fun.  I also provided glass beads for the girls to decorate their pots with.

Whisk Broom
For this craft I cut up the larger brooms I got at the dollar store to make the smaller ones!  LOL  Our finished brooms were the type of brooms (right side) that Josefina would have used not only to sweep the floor but to comb her hair too!  The girls had fun combing each others hair when they finished these.

Memory Book
In one of the books when Josefina’s aunt comes to visit she tells them about the memory book she keeps to help her remember their mama who died a year earlier.  To make our book we used brown craft paper for the cover.  The girls colored a picture on it and then we crumpled them up to make them look old.  We folded over white paper for the inside and held it all together with yarn.

Here are the girls coloring their memory books.

The Geography Notebooks are something we did the same night we made the brooms.
Since the brooms took about 2 minutes to make we had extra time.  So I printed out a map to mark where Josefina lived and then some worksheets about New Mexico.  We will add pages for each of the girls as we study them.



Weaving was an ongoing project we worked on a little every night.  Not only did the girls work on their cardboard weavings, but I also had a small lap loom for them to try out.

My daughter giving the lap loom a try.

The lap loom was a hit!

The girls had a lot of fun with the cardboard weavings too.

My daughters finished project now hangs proudly in our new schoolroom!

So that is what I remember about Josefina!  LOL  I have learned my lesson for sure, I have to blog as I go!  If only there was more time in the day!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Games for Happy Birthday Jesus Party

December 10, 2009 at 6:46 am (Uncategorized)

Here are the games we will be playing at our Happy Birthday Jesus party on Friday!

Bingo…
I made custom cards here: http://print-bingo.com

Top Game
This one I printed out here:  http://www.daniellesplace.com/HTML/freeChristmasLesson.html

To play you pass the top around the circle, each person taking a turn spinning it.  When it is your turn to spin you get to pick up the word that the top stops on.  The object to to get all 4 words…CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL.  I printed out the Bible verse to remind them that Immanuel means "God with us."  The first person to get all 4 words yells out GOD WITH US! 

We have 40 kids signed up for the party.  So we will have them in 4 groups of 10.  They will travel through 4 stations.  At two stations they will make ornaments and at two they will play a game. 

We are looking forward to it!  This is a fun  way to remember that "Jesus is the reason for the season!"

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Ornaments

December 9, 2009 at 8:47 am (Uncategorized)

Friday we are having a Happy Birthday Jesus party with our homeschool group.  The kids will be making 2 Christmas ornaments at the party.  Here are the samples that my kiddos and I made yesterday.

Angel Ornament
The directions to make the angel above are here:
http://www.christiancrafters.com/craft_angel_clip.html
(I used a little piece of silver pipe cleaner  for the halo on my version.)

Candy Cane Ornament
Here is what is written on the Candy Cane one. 

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The Candy Cane

“J” is for Jesus the one and only son of God whose birth we celebrate at Christmas.  He came as an act of love to save us from our sins. 

The white base color of the candy cane reminds us that he was pure and completely without sin.

The red stripes remind us of the blood He shed to save us from our sins. 

The candy is bent into a cane to remind us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  Turn it over and it becomes a "J" for Jesus! 

A simple piece of candy, yet it is so much more.  A reminder of our Lord and Saviour!

These are both super simple and super inexpensive to make.  The angels cost about $6.00 to make 40 and the candy cane ones cost about $10.00 to make 40.  Not bad, huh?

:^)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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