Tag Archives: Holidays

Monday Praises-Buzz Lightyear’s Take on Thanksgiving

25 Nov

Do you ever have so much to say that you can’t say it?  I am feeling that way this morning.  I have so many things to praise God for that I can’t get my thoughts together to put them into words.  I have been in a state of thanksgiving this month, and now here we are with Thanksgiving just a few days away.

Charlie and Maddie are definitely tired of hearing about Thanksgiving and all that we have to praise God for.  I told them this morning at breakfast that this was Thanksgiving week and we would be spending extra time thanking God for all he had blessed us with.  I told Charlie to try to think of some things he wanted to thank God for.  He was dressed up as Buzz Lightyear at the time, and he told me, “I can’t do that.  I am Buzz and all he does is fight aliens.”

I thank God this week for sending his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for me.  I thank Him for allowing me to be born in a country that allows me the freedom to worship Him.  I thank Him for blessing me and my family with food, shelter, and everything we need and also what we want.

I am also thankful that Buzz is around to keep the house free of aliens!

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Easy Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers

18 Nov

It has been awhile (well, a week) since Charlie and I sat down and made something together, so I started looking around last night for some cool Thanksgiving projects we could do.  I want him to start learning about Thanksgiving, and he is really soaking up the information right now, so I decided today was the day!

I found tons of great ideas, printables, and videos online.  I kind of combined everything and came up with this:

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Charlie and I really had fun making them.  The best part was getting outside to find the prettiest leaves.

Here’s how we made them:

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

 

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

 

We had to look up some information about wattles.  Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

We had to look up some information about wattles. Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

 

3.  We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside.  We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

3. We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside. We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

 

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

 

And done!  Cute, huh?

And done! Cute, huh?

 

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project.  She worked on this great color-by-number turkey.  I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project. She worked on this great color-by-number turkey. I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

 

I love our turkeys, but here are some more great ideas that I found:

I love this turkey. The feathers are made out of old greeting cards. I can’t get back to the original source, so if it’s yours please let me know so I can give you credit:

I love this turkey.  The feathers are made out of old greeting cards.  I can't get back to the original source, so if it's yours please let me know so I can give you credit!

 

I couldn’t link back to the original source for these turkeys, either, but they are obviously made by Jill Dubien:

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I hope this gives you some inspiration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Father’s Day Visit to the Farmer’s Market

15 Jun

Charlie, Maddie, and I met Casey and Emma, Julie, and Daddy at the Greensboro Farmer’s Market today to look around a little and have lunch for an early Father’s Day celebration.  I have never been before but have driven by it a million times and always wanted to stop.  Now that the kids are a little older and easier to take places, I will definitely be stopping by when I go past.  It was full of great fruits and veggies, soaps, wood work, and different local stuff.

We had lunch at the Moose Cafe and it was very good.  Now that we have young kids in tow most of the time, our Father’s Day lunches aren’t quite as relaxing as they once were!  Daddy reminded me and Casey today that we need to enjoy the kids at the ages they are now, because when they turn 12 it will be a nightmare!  Obviously, Casey, Julie, and I weren’t the easiest teenagers to deal with…

Got to be NC!

Got to be NC!

I just loved this pic of Casey!

I just loved this pic of Casey!

The paparazzi are always after the Madster!

The paparazzi are always after the Madster!

Daddy, Maddie, and Charlie at the Moose Cafe.

Daddy, Maddie, and Charlie at the Moose Cafe.

Not sure what kind of conversation they are having here, but it must be good!

Not sure what kind of conversation they are having here, but it must be good!

Julie, Casey, and Emma-what a good looking group!

Julie, Casey, and Emma-what a good looking group!

Yummy peaches

Yummy peaches

It was also wingfest at the Farmer's Market today-Daddy is very serious about his wings!

It was also wingfest at the Farmer’s Market today-Daddy is very serious about his wings!

We had such a fun time, but we always do when all of us can get together.  I have been blessed with a wonderful, loving, giving dad who taught me about hard work and sacrifice. Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!