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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's day party 2017

We had our Valentine's Day party last week at our church. We had to have it early, since Tuesdays are very busy for most of us, that is our homeschool co-op day. Also, there was an event at the church on the weekend, so we couldn't have it Friday. We gathered for our lunch potluck, games and traded Valentines. There were a few middle school boys there, but they didn't trade Valentines. It was lots of fun! The moms enjoyed time to chat too.
 Kids playing our alphabet bingo game...

 Playing our gross motor game, where the kids had to do whatever their construction paper heart said,  including jump like a frog, hop on one foot, fly like a butterfly, sing the ABCs, etc, It was fun to see them do it, and the big kids help the little kids.

 We played it another way, where it was like musical chairs, but there were no chairs, only hearts. Here is my daughter crawling like a worm, and hoping to not get stepped on!
 After lunch, they traded their Valentines. I loved seeing and hearing them read their cards to each other.
 These three are great buddies, into Avengers, Superheroes and all the cool stuff!
 Here is one of Bethany's Valentines, which is actually a lunch box note, but she cracked up at them! So PUNny! I love her sense of humor. She wrote all of her own cards this year, and deliberated a little bit on who got which one. She is growing up!

What do your kids do for Valentine's Day? 

Deuteronomy 6:5
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Psalm 100:5
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Monday, February 6, 2017

100th day of school-2017

We had our 100th day of school last week. Some of these traditions I have been doing for 11 or 12 years now, and it is hard to be motivated to making a day special. But I know my little ones love it, just like my big kids did. We liked having a different type of school day. We did lots of counting, stamped 100 things, and our traditional 100 piece puzzle. We read our 100th day books too.

But we did do some new things. Several years ago, Mallory made a car out of the black 100 number (cut from construction paper). We did it again this year, and Mallory used the 1-0-0 to make a face, and Bethany made an alien. I think she named him too. Another thing we did was putting the girls' faces on the $100 bill. They both wrote how they would spend $100. Bethany said she would get a talking Star Wars clone, and Mallory said she would get a really big lego set and more tsum-tsums. These are little stuffed characters that they really like lately. It was a fun day, and I'm glad we did it! 

Mallory working on the puzzle...
Bethany's alien...
Mallory's guy... and her goofball posing!
Bethany's face on the $100 bill. It was not double-sided though! I couldn't find Mallory's to take a photo of it, but we did make her one!

Luke 15:4-7

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ways to fight the January blahs...

Been wanting to post this for several days... hope it is still useful now, since January is almost over!

Last week, I had a case of the January blahs. The doldrums. The feeling of something has to change. The weather was bad every day-- icy and snowy. My husband had taken our mini-van to work each day since his VW bug is not too good in the snow. I felt a little trapped. I guess I could have taken my daughter's car out, but the roads were still bad.

I asked my friends on Facebook for ideas to beat the January blahs. Here are some of their ideas, and a few of my own added in...

-Start a new puzzle, preferably with cheery colors!
-Buy a new nail polish color and paint your nails.
-Start a new craft, sewing project or cross stitch project (or finish an old one.)
-Read, read and read some more!
-Go out to coffee with a friend.
-Use a full spectrum light for more sunlight-type light, in case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which comes with the changing of the seasons, and less sunlight. I have a light like this, and it does help sometimes.
-Exercise--ideas were walking (walking the dog, but we don't have one!), yoga, skiing and cross-country skiing.
-Buy flowers on clearance at the grocery store. Let the sunshine in!
-Clean and declutter! Do spring cleaning early!
-Nerf wars with the kids!
-Wear bright colors and get outside!
-Wear silly socks (which I usually do.)
-Look through art books, like Van Gogh or Vermeer.
-Look at cookbooks and try new recipes.
-Play lots of games since you are indoors so much. We do this a lot!
-Wear an essential oil that is uplifting. (lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit-- any citrus oil or a blend!)
-Start planning your garden. Try something new like loofah sponges or peanuts!
-Go to the pool.
-Watch funny movies!
-Be thankful for that snow that is good for our state!
-Remember that January gives us a great appreciation for other months!
-Listen to upbeat music-- lately my favorite has been FFH!
-Update my blog more!

I hope these help someone, as they helped me with my blahs. If you are really depressed, or having suicidal thoughts, please see a Doctor soon. That is more serious than just a case of blahs, especially if it last more than a few days!

Psalm 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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