Thursday, February 26, 2015

Everyday Joys {Week 8}

Week 8 of our Everyday Joys included snow, food, and did I mention snow.  Here is a recap of our week:

Finally Albert Einstein is complete!  {I wish I could say the same about the presentation but we will tackle that over the weekend.}  Small 3rd grade victories.  {February 19}

Little slugger.  {February 20}

Afternoon ice skating with these three.  {February 21}

Channeling my Southern roots this morning.  {February 22}

Fresh out of the bath, Leyton still loves to be wrapped up in a towel.  This is just before he does nightly runs down the hall naked.  But for a brief 5 seconds, he is completely edible.  {February 23}

See that snowball...well, I have a feeling that it is coming straight towards me.  {February 24}

Warm muffins on a cold morning.  Happy Wednesday! {February 25}

Crafting with a toddler {Mosaic Paper Creations and a Sensory Surprise}

This week for our craft day we did two different activities.  The first one involved glue sticks and paper.  What is more fun than glueing?! I cut out several little pieces of paper and tried to show Leyton how to glue the pieces of paper to the big paper to make a picture.  But soon I learned that Leyton just loves to glue.

He did finally get the hang of placing the small pieces of paper on the glue to make a picture but in the meantime I got a kick out of just watching him try to get it off his hands!


Next, I had some brown rice leftover from Holden's school project that I thought we would make a sensory container with it.  I put some little trucks in there as well.  Leyton loved it!

I do mean he loved it!  He sat in the floor playing, spooning rice in the dump trucks, driving his little trucks and just feeling the rice.


Now when he was digging some rice fell on the floor, he quickly got up and grabbed his vacuum cleaner to clean up.


Oh, I have taught this boy well.  Once everything was cleaned he went back to playing.

I knew it was only a matter of time before he realized, wait, I can pour the rice on the floor for more fun.  And that is just what he did!


But look at that face...JOY!  So even though I may be finding rice for the next couple of days, it well worth the smiles on this little guys face!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Everyday Joys {Week 7}

Week 7 recap...

The boys Valentine's, "We were built to be friends!"  Complete with Lego candy, thanks to Amazon. {February 12}

Kids are asleep, Nashville on DVR and an early Valentine's Day celebration.  Not a bad Friday night.  {February 13}

Heart shaped pancakes and love notes....Happy Valentine's Day! {February 14}

Someone is taking over my bed.  {February 15}

"For his anger last only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!  Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning" Psalm 30:5  Happy Monday. {February 16}

Laissez les bons temps rouler!  Happy Fat Tuesday! {February 17}

2 bags of fishes, toy cars, fruit snacks and lots of coloring, but we survived to see Holden's 3rd grade class lead Ash Wednesday Service.  Part of his reading was from Ecclesiastics 3:20, "All are from the dust, and to dust all return."  A powerful message as we enter this season of Lent. {February 18}

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fat Tuesday Celebration

It's Mardi Gras time!  And that can only mean one thing...time for a celebration.  In past years, I had our celebration in the morning with the breakfast table decorated as a surprise.  However, with school beginning at 7:30, I opted for an after school surprise.  When Holden and Rylan came home from school, I had Mardi Gras music playing and the table decorated with beads, coins, masks and King Cake.

As the boys indulged in king cake I tried to explain the meaning of the Mardi Gras colors like I do every year.  Nothing like a brief history lesson as you are trying to eat.  The colors come from the history of the day as preceding Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. These three seasons of Epiphany (Green), Lent (Purple) and Easter (Yellow/Gold).

 I think this year the boys are actually understanding the meaning of Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent.  

Fat Tuesday is all about indulgence and these three really did.

There is just something about beads and masks that make these three go wild.  Who needs Bourbon Street when we have Leyton putting on a show.

Rylan jumped in on the fun as well.

We danced around to the Mardi Gras Mambo and as they say in New Orleans, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" translated, "Let the good times roll."