Saturday, April 1, 2017

Flowers for Mama

My youngest loves to bring me dandelions.  I'm often greeted at the back door by this sweet face and a handful of flowers.  I dedicate this post to my little guy....

Author Unknown

Guessing your favorite flower
Shouldn't be all that hard.
I'll bet they're green and yellow
And grow all over the yard.

I only pick the special ones
Because they're just for you.
They're my way of saying thanks
For everything you do!

And even if these flowers
Only seem to last a day,
The love that they are given with
Will always be there to stay.

For when it comes to picking
The mommy that's the best,
In my precious little eyes
"You" stand out from all the rest!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Year With Frog And Toad

Yesterday I took my 3 youngest boys and daughter to a local highschool's Frog and Toad all Year musical. E and J have the Frog and Toad books as part of their reading this school year and really enjoy the books.  The characters are quite comical, E especially is always cracking up over them! When I saw the local highschool was putting this on, I knew I had to take the kids!  How often do you see anyone put on a Frog and Toad anything???  The teens did an excellent job with this.  We all loved it!

Here is the adorable!

Waiting for the play to start.

The Program

The birds singing, frog and toad waking up.

Toad talking about his broken clock.

Frog sending a letter to Toad via "Snail Mail".

Toad embarrassed of his bathing suit and being laughed at by the other animals.

Frog raking Toad's leaves.

Tea Time!

A new clock for toad.

There were a lot more scenes from Frog and Toad in this play, 
but I did not take pictures of all.

The snail was the boy's favorite in the show.  He was pretty funny!  They wanted a picture with him in the end.  
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lady and the Tramp Valentine's Dinner

I don't usually do much of anything for the kids for valentine's day so this year I thought I would do something extra special!  I had an idea to do a Lady and the Tramp dinner complete with checked table cloth, candles and spaghetti dinner!  With just a little effort the whole dinner came together and turned out so nice. The boys really enjoyed eating out in the living room at their own special table and the rest of us enjoyed watching them.  This is such a fun age and I am trying to do my best to savor every moment!

"And they call it bella notte"

Yep, goofy as always!

Enjoying the show.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Chinese New Year- Part 2

On January 16th the little boys, my daughter and I went to our friend house for dumpling making in celebration of the chinese new year!  I brought chicken fried rice, fortune cookies, my friend provided a nice spread of fruit, chinese cookies, tea, and of course the beef dumplings which were all made from scratch and absolutely amazing!  The children were especially excited to visit and N brought his dragon costume so they could all be a chinese dragon together.

Dumpling making time!  

Completed dumpling, ready to fry!


The kiddos- So excited!

The kids being a chinese dragon 🐲

Here they come!

My loved the kids dragon dance so much she asked the boys to come to an International Potluck held at a local church on the 20th.  This is a group that meets every quarter and has a potluck to celebrate the different cultures within the group.  Everyone is encouraged to do some type of performance.  This time the focus was mostly on chinese new year, but there was a variety of foods and performances that went on.

The boys did their dragon dance, but it ended up not being much of a dance as a couple more kiddos joined them.  No one could see so they just went in a straight line and then the blankets kept falling off.  Oh well, they tried!  Here is the video:

My friend's daughter wanted to be a dragon too so brought her costume to wear with N. So cute! She sang a chinese new year's song earlier and wore her pretty, red chinese dress for that.

Silly little dragons!

There was also an Indian lady who could dance amazing and she also asked for people to come up to try out a dance.  E went up with my husband this time. They were a hoot to watch! You can see from the video N could not make up his mind if he wanted to join in or not. 😊

And that was the end of our chinese new year celebrations!  
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Chinese New Year- Part 1

This past fall when I taught at our homeshool COOP, I had a little girl in my class who's mom is from Beijing, China.  Over the past few months we have gotten to become friends with them. They invited us over to make dumplings for chinese new year. Since the boys and I didn't know much about chinese new years we decided to learn about it in school before we go to their house.  After doing a little Pinterest search I found all sorts of fun printables and videos on the holiday.

Here they are coloring chinese dragons.  I played some relaxing chinese music on my Kindle for them as they colored.  They thought it was pretty cool!

I have to say, I am quite impressed with my youngest's ability to color for only being 4!  He colors better than his older brothers most of the time.  I have a feeling this boy has artist talent waiting to come out!

Have to have the silly one!

Another project we did was make chinese lanterns.  This year is the year of the rooster, so these lanterns highlight the rooster.

E's paper, ready to be made into a lantern!

He is pretending to be lost in the dark using his lantern.  Haha!

After watching some Youtube videos of chinese dragon shows the boys decided to make their own chinese dragon!  N ran to the garage and pulled out his dragon costume and E and J grabbed some blankets and their chinese dragon was born!

They went all over the living room like this and danced.

After awhile they discovered their blankets were not matching their dragon and pulled out some green ones.  I think they have inherited their mama's O.C.D. 😉

Here are some videos I made of their dragon dance.  It is pretty darn cute!

As a surprise and a little chinese new year's gift for the boys I ordered them a complete collection of chinese zodiac Ty Beanie Babies off ebay.  These are all retired so I was super lucky to find a complete set and in new condition!  All week I told them they had a surprise coming and made them keep their room clean in order to receive it.  I might as well get something out of it too, right?

Ready to open their surprise!  I was holding the box down with my foot.

Whoa! Cool!

So excited!

Here they are up close:

Rat, Ox, Tiger

Rabbit, Dragon, Snake

Horse, Goat, Monkey

Rooster, Dog, Pig

Here are some of the fun videos we watched on Youtube for our chinese new years lesson. The boys now want to learn chinese!  They did pretty good at learning a few of the words and even learned how to write chinese numbers 1-10 (E and J not Nathaniel).

We had lots of fun learning about chinese new year.  I can imagine this is something we will do from now on!  Stay tuned for part 2 of our chinese new year celebration.
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