1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Let's Go See The Tree

 "Let's go see what the giant tree looks like all dressed for summer!"  We wandered down the street again.
 I love that this group of kids does such a great job walking in line. 
 "Here it is!"
 "Yay!  Run!"
 We walked around to the back side of the tree.  The kids noticed that there weren't any leaves changing yet.
 We did notice some seeds.  We call these "helicopters". 
 Thank you God for such a beautiful tree!  I'm glad the kids enjoy popping down to visit the tree.  It was their idea.
 "Bye, tree!"
 The tree sits on church grounds, and tucked away behind the church is a great little park. 
 "Hooray, I see the park!"
 I was glad that it was shady.  It was very hot yesterday.  Remember when we came to this park on purpose early in the summer because it was sunny instead of in the shade?  My how times change. 
 Gasp-- what a wonderful surprise to find these beautiful leaves changing!!
 This photo makes me laugh.  He was checking out the tree leaves.
 A genuine laugh!  Awesome!
 I tried to teach these little guys to swing on their stomachs so they could play without my having to push them.  Self sufficiency is a good thing.
 I have to monitor the tire swing to prevent upset stomachs.  I will never forget the summer when a girl vomited in the tree next to the play ground because of heat and too much spinning on the tire swing.  You can't really tell how hot it was just by looking at this photo, but were it not for the shade, they would have all been covered in sweat.
 I brought this beauty home with me.
 "Take a picture, Mom!"  Aiden was enjoying the swing. 
 The girls enjoyed the teeter totter.
I enjoyed the view.  A hawk was soaring around.  Do hawks and eagles usually soar around each other's territory?  We have two eagles who live in the trees in the left of the photo.  They hatched two babies this year.  I see them all soaring around quite often.
We took the back way home, our house is just up ahead.  I will never get tired of taking photos of the kids walking in a line.  Sorry!
We stopped to take a close look at the apple tree.  This one is much shorter than ours, so the kids got to see the apples up close.
"Bye, park.  Bye, apple tree!"  Saying goodbye can really help with transition.  There are no negotiations about when it's time to do something at Henle House.  We usually tell whatever the activity is "goodbye" so the kids can have some finality.  It makes my life just a little bit easier.
After a hosing down in the afternoon, they enjoyed frozen Go-Gurts.  It was a fabulous day!
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paper Garden

The hot air balloons are always floating over our house because we are next to Blackmans Lake.  It is still exciting, nearly EVERY time.  We can hear the heat as it shoots up into the balloon.  I took this sometime last week, but this morning there were two balloons above us.  
I have been cleaning out magazines.  I have a short attention span when it comes to magazine subscriptions.  It's usually Country Gardens, HGTV and or Taste Of Home magazines that I subscribe to.  The Country Gardens magazines are great for creating garden collages.
Since not all of the kids here can use scissors safely, I spent some morning time cutting out pretty photos of gardens.  I also looked for people enjoying the gardens, garden chairs, watering cans and supplies, veggies and animals that might visit the garden.  
The kids enjoy when they get to pick and choose what they like.
The older kids used scissors to search for and cut out their own pictures.
We talked about who likes to visit a garden. "Worms!"  "Bugs!"  "Butterflies!"  I reminded them that moles also like the garden, cats enjoy it, birds, squirrels, even deer.  They were surprised.
We talked about how not everyone has a garden, and not everyone enjoys having a garden.  We all have our own hobbies.  I love to look at the garden.  Not just my own, either.  Here is Snohomish when I go on my walk, there are so many beautiful gardens to enjoy along the way.
I encouraged the kids to fill up the paper as much as possible.
I was happy that they even chose to use the photos of people enjoying or working in the gardens.  Working in them is just as much fun for me as watching them grow.
It was a simple project, and much more useful than just tossing the magazines in the recycle bin.
We had a string of beautiful gardens!
Something glorious arrived-- my first Scholastic order in two years.  My favorite thing about Scholastic is when they offer paperback books for $1.00.  I usually order enough of those to give one to each preschooler.  Plus, when I order, it earns me some points that I can use towards a future order.  Children's books are so wonderful!  I think that reading stories with the kids in group time is my favorite part of my work day.  I probably order more books for the Autumn season than any other.  The prices just can't be beat, and I love that they just arrive at my door.  Hooray for Scholastic!!
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥

Monday, August 25, 2014

Free Time

Last week we continued to enjoy the sunshine.  Two girls enjoyed some shadow play on the back of the house.
"Look!!" 
I looked, over and over again. :)
We had a sit down at the bistro table.  When I sit there, a girl or two usually joins me.  It's like an invitation to have a conversation.  I suppose the boys aren't interested much in sitting at the cute table for some girl talk.
There were giggles about sharing the chair.
One loves the attention from an older friend.
Afternoon free time is the best!  I found myself with some free time over the weekend when I was preparing to can some peaches.  I opened the box only to find that I had waited a day too long to take care of them-- they were already on their last leg when they arrived at the house Thursday.  Out the moldy peaches went and into the rope chair I went instead.  It was a good thing, too.  I drank a smoothie that upset my stomach and ended up sleeping in the rope chair for a bit.
Only nine days until our kids go back to school!  Our morning routine will not be as relaxed as this photo shows.  I'm looking forward to the hustle and bustle of morning lunch packing, rushing kids to the breakfast table as they arrive-- making sure everyone has their shoes on and remembering how to walk in a line to the bus stop.  Hurry up, next week!! 
Please pray today for one of our little guys who is home with a fever. :(   That is never fun.
♥♥♥Happy Monday!♥♥♥

Friday, August 22, 2014

Paper Toss Game/ Saying Thank You

We gathered in the living room to create a paper toss game.
Each child needed one cup and some paper.  
The kids wrinkled up some paper to create a wad that could be tossed back and forth using the cup.  Taping the paper balls would have been helpful, but I didn't have enough tape laying around.
When the kids figured out what to do, they were anxious to go outside and play with their toss game.
They abandoned ship!
They didn't really play with the game for very long, but it was nice to create something that encouraged them to be active.
To store the games, I loaded the cups and papers into a quart sized ziplock bag.  (2 cups so the kids could play with someone at home.)
Meanwhile, my son was busy writing a thank you note for some money he received in the mail for his birthday.  It is VERY important to take the time to teach kids about thank you notes!  I feel like that gesture is slowly dieing in a world of electronics.  It is very special to get snail mail, and several of my friends and I still write notes and mail them.  I don't want my kids to forget to say thank you and express gratitude towards others.  It is also important for them to learn how to address an envelope and mail it.
This one went to his great grandma.  One thing that drives me crazy is when we send a gift or cash in the mail and never hear from the recipient.  (Did you get it?  Do you care?)  It's a pet peeve of mine.  I cannot express enough the importance of teaching our kids to say thank you.  It's meaningful.
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥  
**It's my handsome hubby's birthday today!!  We are now in the same decade.  Phew!**