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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jesus, King Of The World

 I have been so busy that for me, it hasn't yet really felt like the Christmas season.  What I was lacking was Jesus.  I often tell the kids about Jesus, yet I hadn't REALLY driven it home about why we celebrate Jesus being born.  How on earth could I possibly articulate how precious Jesus is?  I have to think like a child.  "Jesus is the king of THE ENTIRE WORLD!  He has saved us all!!  He is stronger than Superman, Iron Man, all of the superheroes put together.  He has more love in his heart than the entire world!  He even defeated death."  (Looks of awe came from the kids.)  I was actually thanking God that nobody asked me what Jesus saved us from, because I'm not sure I want to give all of these sweethearts nightmares.  
We created a small baby Jesus.  I love to let kids draw faces on all by themselves.  Each one had such character.
We added a hand print camel to the scene.  I explained to them that people traveled through the desert on camels to see Jesus.  They all know that a star guided them.
This was the finished product. 
I printed this story out for each child and stapled it to the bottom of their scene.  You can print one out HERE at this link.
I love this!
NOW it feels like Christmas.
We took a minute to go see the nativity that has been set up.  I'm not sure if the kids noticed it before yesterday.  With the story fresh in their minds, they were excited to see a 3D version of it.
I saw something great on Facebook.  "Jesus is not the reason for the season, He is the reason for every day of our lives." 
Meanwhile, the cats found their stocking, loaded with three freshly sewn and catnip filled pillow.  They were each wrapped.  Smudge found it first.
He almost ripped the stocking apart, so I gave in and gave him his gift.  
Petra immediately followed.
Her mouth is always open in her play time photos.  
Zuko loves to push his pillow around with his face.  He will just push it across the room.  It's hilarious! 
Something awesome- Smudge seems to be feeling better after steady dosing of his organic herb drops.  
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Squirrel, Cupcakes and Christmas Trees

Look at Chippy in her beautiful winter coat!  I think she is smiling.  I love how her belly fills out in the winter.  She always looks so round compared to how we see her in the Fall.  If she would just come inside and let me snuggle her, that would be awesome.  We had a Chippy photo shoot.  
"More peanuts, please?"
Smudge has a cold and wasn't feeling like playing chase.  He was content to watch. 
What a good boy.  He never hurts Chippy, they just chase up and down the tree and always stop short of each other. 
We had a lot going on yesterday at Henle House!  One of the kids brought some cupcakes to share with friends.
My first thought when I see store bought cupcakes is how quickly the frosting will end up on faces, shirts, chairs, table, floor, everywhere.
This is my solution:  wipe the frosting off almost completely before serving.  
The kids still love the cupcakes.  There is far less mess, no upset tummies or amped up on sugar behavior.  
We decorated some Christmas trees for art.
I got over my dislike of Elmer's glue and let the kids each use their own bottle.  My struggle is the large blobs of glue.  It's messy, it takes hours to dry, and the kids tend to squeeze out half of the bottle to glue on something small.  I haven't let them use it freely in over a year.  They surprised me and did an amazing job!  No glue blobs, they all handled the bottles correctly.
They just worked at their own pace decorating the trees how they chose to.  
The results were festive!
Poor Smudge.  He was pretty clingy yesterday.  I'm sure he was injured in a fight a couple of nights ago because he was slow and some of his fur was coming out.  He's had a cold for a while and is now taking some organic herb drops in his food four times a day to see if it will help his cold.  I'm trying to avoid the vet.  We will see. 
♥♥♥Happy Thursday!♥♥♥

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How They Play

Lately I have been enjoying watching a particular group of kids create bridges between chairs for the trains to ride on.  Sometimes they use train tracks, sometimes they use the kindling I put on the tool bench for them to build with.
They have been putting the chairs just far enough apart for it to be dangerous for any passing trains.
They play this for quite a while.  They congratulate themselves and each other on every disastrous crash.  
It doesn't matter how I envision them playing with something that I put in the playroom, they will always create their own way of playing with it.  I'm so glad they have each other to play the same ideas and have fun with it.
We are currently working on the letter Hh.  
The problem I did not foresee about tracing the H's was that the kids were confused about the line in between each H.   Drawing a few H's in a different color for them to reference was helpful.
We celebrated a birthday after school yesterday.  The younger kids were anticipating it ALL DAY!   Finally, when he returned from school the kids decorated cupcakes and enjoyed a rowdy singing of "Happy Birthday".
It's a tradition now to have a crazy dance party to The Beatles 'Birthday'.  We all wait for it, it is really loud, and the birthday child feels the buzz in the air about his or her own special celebration. 
Now playing at Henle House-  The Flower Waltz from The Nutcracker.  I'm still not finished saying that I wish I were a ballerina.  I told one girl this morning that I wish I were a ballerina but I am too old to dance like that now.  She said, with lot's of spunk, "(Sigh), You already HAVE a job."   She probably rolled her eyes, and it was perfect. 
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥ 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Perks Of Working At Home

There are so many perks that come with working at home.  One of them is that I can spend time with a small visitor!  Our nephew came for a visit yesterday, and all of the kids are always enamoured with him.   Look at his cheeky smile!!  He was having a small bit of cookie after downing a banana and an orange.  
Another perk-- homemade goodies!   I understand why schools do not allow home made goodies, but I am happy to allow that at Henle House.  One of the kids brought some cookies to share with his friends.  Yum!! 
Another perk is that I can get my own baking done while my kids are in school, and that leaves time for me to deal with dinner, lunch packing for the next day and homework help in the evenings.  I couldn't possibly be the only person who feels like baking is necessary, right?  Kudos to all of you hard working moms and dads who work out of the home and still find time to get baking done.  You are all super heroes! 
Another perk-- endless time with animals.  Chippy the squirrel came for a visit.  The kids really enjoy seeing her!  The cats are always around.  We have not seen the deer at all this year.  I wonder where they have moved to?
My favorite perk-- control of the music!  It might seem ridiculous, but to me it is therapeutic.  There are times when I just need to blast a song.  It might be to reset my mind after a particularly challenging morning, it might be just to get the kids hyped up for some exercise.  We call that a dance party!  We enjoyed one yesterday with the scarves.  It's great to swing them through the air and get out the wiggles!  Don't have any scarves?  Use toilet paper.  It flies effortlessly.
I love working from home. 
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥

Monday, December 15, 2014

Candy Cane Pattern

To create a pattern, we made some simple candy canes on Friday.  A simple red, white, red, white pattern is simple enough for them to understand and repeat.
The kids tore some red paper into small pieces to add to the candy cane.  It was kind of difficult for them to understand to skip a square in order to make the pattern. 
With a bit of help, they started to see what I meant.  We also looked at a real candy cane, but I'm not sure if they truly understood the point.  Well, alright then-- we are just making a candy cane.   Sometimes I just have to retreat as far as getting the point across.  They were all happy to create a candy cane!
They added some glitter glue to the red to make it sparkle.
Pattern or not, it was a simple project that looks festive on the art wall!
We had a family birthday party for Aiden last night, he enjoyed his chocolate with chocolate and extra chocolate cake!  The sides of it were crusted with mini chocolate chips and I had to store it in the fridge to keep it from melting.  I don't really like cake very much, but it was pretty good.
♥♥♥Happy Monday!♥♥♥

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Aiden

Aaaw, there he is.. NINE years ago, all snugged up in his blanket.  I can still smell his perfect scent.  He is my sweet heart pie, my "Snuggie", the only one of my babes who prefered a morning snuggle on my lap every morning.  I would just plop right down onto the floor to receive Aiden with his glorious smell and we would have our morning snuggle.   He is nine years old today!
I love his little pouty lip.  Look at those tiny feet all cozied up in nice thick socks.  Smooch!
There he is in his plagiocephaly helmet, painted by grandpa.   I can't believe how fast time is flying by. 
Yesterday we got out the pattern blocks and completed some pictures with them.  The kids actually put forth solid effort to create the pictures the correct way!   It was a nice long table time.  
The kids all received a book to practice their counting skills up to ten.  
I hope that they actually do this!  
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥