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

Friday, May 31, 2013

Busy Bodies

This is what our morning weather chart looks like lately!  Rain, clouds, more rain..  We have been singing the "Rain rain go away" song an awful lot lately.  Mainly because we are concerned for the health of our baby pumpkin plants right now.  Yesterday we hopped outside to place some cups over our little plants because they have been attacked by slugs.  They desperately need the ground to warm up.  Come on, sunshine. 
The beautiful poppies do not fare well in the rain.  I rescued these so they wouldn't turn into mush.
We are still playing with the letter X.  We created X pretzels.
Again, brushing up on our fine motor skills and concepts at the work table.  They are all doing great.
We had a good old fashion emergency dance party to get all of our excess wiggles out. It is helpful!  We have been busy bodies now that my energy is back.  Go go go!
I tried this approach instead of hollering at my teenage daughter to "go clean your room".   (Click on the photo to get a better look.)  It did not work, but my hubby got a laugh out of it.  I'll have to leave another note today and see what happens! 
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥

Thursday, May 30, 2013


As we near the end of our preschool program for the summer, we are brushing up on some concepts that we have learned over the past 9 months.  We worked on choosing 'different' items yesterday!
I think the easiest way to get the kids to understand it is to get some items out and line them up.  They chose the different object. 
I was thinking at first that it would be hard to locate items that we have pairs of for our activity.  Not so, you can use canned foods, apples, oranges, silverware, cotton balls, crayons, colored blocks, on and on!  It's easier for kids to learn when they can see the items.
I have been on the hunt for some cool jars for no reason at all.  I found this beautiful blue tinted jar with a lid at a local thrift shop.  It is perfect for all of those soap bars that I impulsively collect.  If you need to wash your hands, there is no shortage of soap in our bathroom! 
I found this one at a thrift store for .50!  It holds the naval oranges on the kitchen counter.  Perfect!
I'd love to hear about your thrift shop finds!
♥♥♥Happy Thursday!♥♥♥

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light

We were supposed to be working on using scissors yesterday, but the few who can actually do it already know how, and the rest are not ready!  Insert traffic light art.
Here is the song we learned in group time.  It's fun for kids to notice things around them, and hopefully next time they are riding around in their vehicle they might notice a traffic light and remember. 
We began with a paper plate cut in half and a black strip of paper per child.
Glue them together as shown above.
Add the lights and paint the paper plates black. 
We shared paint, it really doesn't take much paint.  
We glued the song words onto the front so the kids can take these home and mom and dad can help them remember the words.  I like this project! Cute!
I'm grateful that I was able to get something done yesterday, thank you for your prayers!  
Hopefully I am on the mend.
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In Recovery

I have been SO ill for over a week now.  This never happens to me, so you can imagine my surprise. I have not been able to muster up the strength to even begin preschool activities and have been doing everything I can to just get through the day with all of these kids.  Boy was I happy to have a three day weekend, and all I did was lay down and try to recover.  Whatever virus this is has taken all of my strength.  It's
 hard to sleep when I am coughing up my lungs, but somehow the brut strength of whatever is attacking me just knocks me out from sheer exhaustion.
Today I feel the same, but that doesn't stop this house from filling up with kids who need me. 
Please pray that my energy will return and that we will get to our work!  
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥

Friday, May 24, 2013

Before My Eyes

Before my eyes, our babies are growing up.  It really hit me when my aunt Michele commented on a facebook photo of me with my babies.
She said," ...it reminds me of that same time of my life, when you can put your arms around them all like a big bundle of giggles and love and then shake em up."   Boy was she right!  I can't stop thinking lately about the limited time I have to squeeze them all at once.   
I have this fierce need to get as much of them as I can.  They are all growing, changing.  Not as snuggly or needing me as often as they used to.  I'm ok with that, they are great kids!  They are learning quickly who they are.  I cannot stop this process, but I have to revel in it while I can. :)  That comment from my aunt Michele reminded me how precious this time is!
Ethan (right) is such a bright boy!  He is always thinking about things.  How things work.   He's a problem solver.  We had a very intense conversation the other day about who was faster, The Flash or Superman.  After extensive internet searching and discussing, we decided together that The Flash is probably faster on foot, but Superman is clearly faster in flight.  I cherish the simple conversations like this.  
Ethan enjoys knowing that Smudge chooses his bed for the day while he is at school.  Even if he leaves his fur all over the bed and we have to do laundry.   For Mother's Day, he brought me home a book of poems that he and his class had been working on since last Fall.  Here is one of his poems!

Love is the color of a rainbow shooting throught the sky.

Love smells like a fresh loaf of chocolate chip banana bread from the oven.

Love sounds like music from a violin.

Love tastes like the sweetest candy in the world.

Love looks like a Valentine's Day card in the shape of a heart.

Love feels like the softest fluff.

By Ethan Henle
(Proud mom alert- Proud mom alert!)

♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥
Enjoy the three day weekend if you have it!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


We created jellyfish art for fun yesterday.  To begin, paint a hand except for the thumb.  Print as many as you would like onto the paper.  We chose black paper because the white paint shows up really well on it.
Turn the handprints upside down.  These are your jellyfish, minus tentacles!
"Please hold up one finger!"  We used one finger to drag some longer tentacles down the paper.
They were really starting to look jellyfishy.
Next step: add some blue dots to resemble bubbles and to give the effect that the jellyfish are actually under water.
Add eyes and a smile, I think they turned out great! 
It was a torrential rain kind of morning, so we were stuck inside and I had a craving for SHORTENING of all things. (I don't know what is going on.)  I whipped up some pie dough cookies.  Just mix up your usual pie dough recipe and roll it out.  Cover it with a cinnamon and sugar mixture, cut it into squares using a pizza cutter.  I baked mine at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. 
Craving killed.   I have found that if I deny myself a craving, it will not go away and then I go way overboard later.  What about you?
♥♥♥Happy Wednesday!♥♥♥

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Aaah, the letter X.  The letter that I can't really get them to understand because of the lack of easy words we can come up with that start with X.  We usually resort to the X-ray. 
This time we had a plan!
We traced the hand and forearm of each child onto black paper using a white crayon.  We counted out 9 Q-tips per child.  These would be our bones!
I helped with the glue placement and the kids laid the Q-Tips into place.  Some of them tried to paint the glue with the Q-Tips because we have done that in the past, but eventually we got all of our bones into place.
X is for X-ray!
Speaking of X-ray, our daughter Stephanie hurt her knee Sunday evening on the trampoline.  We spent last night at the walk-in clinic to make sure she didn't crack anything.  No x-ray needed, she just sprained it. (Ouch!)
♥♥♥Happy Tuesday!♥♥♥

Monday, May 20, 2013

Snack Outside

Every afternoon, if it isn't raining, we have our snack outside.  I am convinced that fresh air is important, and we try to be outside as much as possible.  Lately we have our snack on the steps because the grass has been damp all day.  In the summer time, we lay a blanket out under the shade of the apple tree and have afternoon snack there.
They heard me snap a photo and turned around to catch me in the act.
One two year old gives wisdom to another two year old.  They speak the same language.
I moved some flowers around and added some stepping stones underneath the arbor.  I borrowed some Spanish Moss from the front garden and transplanted it around the rocks. 
It was a beautiful night last night!  I feel very blessed to be able to step out into the backyard and watch the sun set over the lake.  It sure highlighted the Wisteria last night and I couldn't resist a photo shoot. 
The whispy vines are growing like crazy!
♥♥♥Happy Monday!♥♥♥

Friday, May 17, 2013


We create this project every year.  It's a good way to recognize the seasons!  by creating the tree of the season, they learn about the different growth stages.  It was time to create our Spring tree blossoms!
We began by coloring some grass onto our papers.  Then we glued on our tree.  They all noticed that it was missing something.
"Show me ONE finger, pelase!"  They all did.  "This is the finger that you will use to dot dot dot some pink tree blossoms onto your tree." 
This was a very quick project, yet it turns out beautiful!  I love trees, they are so beautiful.  God's art. 
♥♥♥Happy Friday!♥♥♥

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wait A Second...

Yesterday at the bus stop a car pulled up to the stop sign.  A smiling grandmother looked out the window and said to me, "What a marvelous family you have!"  It donned on me that when we opened up this daycare it was only going to be temporary.  The goal was to do it until our kids are all in full time school.  That was last September.  Wait a second, none of these kids are mine!  I'm still doing it?  Funny.  This is proof that I love my job!  Sometimes I DO feel like these kids are a part of our family.  It's a blessing.  ♥
Plugging along in our daily routine, Smudge was not the center of attention and knew right where to find me!  This is where I am every morning.  greeting parents, dishing out breakfast, downing coffee and reading the paper. 
We did a great color review worksheet.  Those who could work on their own whipped right through it.  The rest of us worked on it together.  These kids are so smart!
I am learning lately that there is value in just getting out a couple of outside toys instead of the entire toy shed.  These kids played with a frisbee for about half an hour.  It was nice to see them engaging with eachother.  Sometimes the over abundance of toys squashes out creative play!
♥♥♥Happy Thursday!♥♥♥