As a part of our Wednesday night children's activities, we had a very generous donation made to our ministry to purchase 45 Bibles so that each student would have one to use during our lesson. It also helps that we're all using the same one, which makes it slightly easier for me to tell the kids where they need to be for our lesson that night. Despite the help that I try and give them on where to go, I've noticed that most of our kids don't know the books of the Bible. Heck, I myself am guilty of knowing generalized areas, but some books take me a while to find! For Lent this year I challenged our students (and myself!) to learn all 66 books before Easter. We're using this great rap I found on Youtube from North Point Kids.
After showing them the rap last week, I sat out to find the lyrics so they could read it as the song was playing. If they are online somewhere, I couldn't find them so I typed them up for the kids today and wanted to share them online in case anyone else needs them. (Or if you want to challenge yourself to learn the books too!)
Back in December I hosted a simple "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" party for a few of Griffin's friends. It sounds much fancier than it was, as it was just a glorified playdate so the moms could get together and have coffee!
I created an invitation using PicMonkey and texted it to everyone.
Simple snacks for the kids [cookies, powdered sugar donuts, donut holes, and little smokies to balance out the sugar high!] A coffee station for the moms and snowman treats as goodie bags. [which I forgot to hand out and Griff is still playing with!]
The "snowman" was based off of this pin I'd seen a while back. I think in theory, it's made by older kids who could cut out all of their own eyes, mouth and nose pieces. Our oldest kid attending was four and while she might have been able to do it, I don't trust the other boys! [with nicknames like Hurricane Henry, G-Force, Tor-Knox-O and Wreck 'Em Rhett, do you blame me?? :) ] I used my silhouette the night before to cut out all of the pieces and then made the yarn pom poms for the ear muffs. I stayed up stupidly late making them and was kicking myself for doing it, but the first thing G said when he saw the was "Beautiful!" so it was totally worth it!
While this project does require some adult supervision, it was mostly just because we used hot glue guns for the ear muffs. Glue sticks worked for all of the paper parts and then there was no worry of little hands getting hurt.
Here are the kiddos with their finished snowmen! [this was the best we could get with this crowd!]
I know we're into February now, but with the Texas weather, you never know when our next snow day will be! Make the most of being cooped up inside and make a party out of it!
[here's the fine print: you'll spend all week getting your house ready for the party and then have six little ones and two babies show up and you really will think that a tornado hit. every toy possible will be pulled out, water will probably overflow from the sink, several kids will end up crying at some point and something will get spilt. but, the kids will totally love it, the moms will enjoy the conversation and everyone will leave brainstorming the next party idea! so skip the cleaning, leave the toys out and get ready to have some fun!]
[ cody was away for the weekend so we did whatever it took to survive. which included painting, lots of movies, mcdonalds, and lots of diet dr. pepper for mom. thankful to have dad back and that paint washes off! ]
twice this week griff has woken up from his nap but wasn't quite ready to actually be awake, so we spent almost a good hour together rocking. cuddling like that hasn't happened in well over a year and it was good for my heart.
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i enjoyed three days away last week in the metroplex for a children's ministers retreat. while i had a good time at the retreat, i can't act like i wasn't just as excited to spend some quality time at north park mall. of course, the one time i have my christmas money burning a whole in my pocket, there was nothing cute to be found. don't you hate it when that happens?
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back in november we started having some water pressure issues. showering, filling the tub, washing dishes, and doing laundry were all become hard to actually accomplish. we do have an older home, so we were afraid it might be a leak or something major along those lines, but our water bill wasn't higher and everything looked fine under the house.
last weekend cody was rinsing something off outside and noticed a spigot in the ground next to the faucet. he messed with it a little bit, came in, tested the pressure and discovered something major. turns out that spigot actually controls the water to the house. he thought it controlled the faucet and turned it down low BACK IN NOVEMBER before our first major freeze.
we've had a good laugh about it but are also thankful it wasn't something wrong with our house!
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Our MOPS speaker today was a lady who owns a nursery. [ gardening, not children. ] she talked a lot about native plants to our area and what will grow best here that are very drought tolerant. i asked how often to water and as it turns out, it seems to be that i might be killing my plants because i'm drowning them! turns out that they need to dry out between waterings... not stay soaking wet. (going three weeks between waterings probably didn't help either!) she gave us a list of butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants so i'm hoping to (maybe, finally, dreaming of ) have a green thumb this year!
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cody is currently gone to passion with our high school students. why is it that everything in your house seems so much scarier when you're alone? i have triple checked to be sure all doors are locked [with chains in place] and am now considering leaving the lamps on all night in the living room in case i wake up and need to check for intruders. please tell me i'm not the only one who turns into a baby for one night alone?????
A few weeks ago I read a post on the Hands Free Mama blog that I really loved. If you haven't read it, you should. The jist is to take a three second pause before reacting to your kids in stressful situations to keep yourself from doing something you're going to regret. It really is such a challenging post and a great thought to live by.
Did you know though, that when you are watching your child [in slow motion, of course] purposefully take a pool noodle and whack his friend in the face, it's really hard to remember to take a three second pause before responding to him. Especially when it happens in front of a room full of mothers and all you can think is: why did you have to do it here??????
Later that night as I was thinking back on what happened I realized I better get a game plan for next time he hits. Because I do imagine there will be a next time and spanking as a punishment for hitting is just a little contradictory. [ how did you handle this seasoned moms? ] The other thing that struck me last night is how hard it must be to be two. I imagine that Griffin probably experiences the same emotions I do during a certain time of the month. Only, I only have to deal with it a few days a month and he's experiencing it every twenty-four hours. Can you imagine what that must feel like? Thankfully, his brain forgives and forgets much quicker than mine. I need a three second pause to remember that it's hard to be two and this big emotion we're dealing with will soon give way to another big emotion.
Last night's regret was still playing in my head today as Griffin was throwing toys after I told him not too. The wooden train hitting my head required a firm talking to [ does it sound like we've hit the terrible two's? ] and I sent him off to his room to be by himself because he was not being nice. Would you believe that being sent to his room brought out just as many tears as the spanking? Big emotions.
It must be so hard to be two. And some days, it's so hard to be a momma. I give in to the big emotions and forget to pause and end up with some regrets. Thankfully though, he forgives and forgets and soon enough I'm reminded that this stage has some big emotions, but the throwing and hitting and crying for no apparent reason pale in comparison to the best big emotion.
A hug, a kiss and "I lub you." It's so great to be a momma.