My aunt lives in Chattanooga, TN, and several weeks ago we visited her. We got there in time for lunch, and then we just hung out for a while in her house. Immediately, I could tell she was an experienced aunt. Balloons littered the floor, and at the edge of the hallway were a couple balls. They had a blast batting the balloons back and forth. It was so nice out, so we took some chairs and headed out for a while.
My aunt lives next to several Hispanic families, and they had company over on this particular day. You can't tell in any of the pictures, because my little kid likes to entertain himself. Several times, some of the younger kids tried talking to him, but he just told them he doesn't understand Spanish and then he would proceed to direct them in his made-up game. Eventually they left him alone to play. Toward the end, he did find a friend to play with.
My husband came home several days before ladies' meeting on Thursday, and he told me that someone asked him if I was going to the meeting. When he told them yes, they said they were glad and couldn't wait to see what I was going to make for the meal. <gulp> I have a reputation now, I guess. One of these months, I'm going to disappoint with my offering. But for some reason, I have to humbly say, I don't think that that month was this one. :-)
Campfire marshmallows set on top of cookies.
I melted chocolate chips and smeared the chocolate on top of the marshmallows.
This season of the Amazing Race just ended last week. My husband and I have watched this show for the past several years, and we always enjoy saying what we would do if we were on the show instead of the idiots we're watching. Of course, we would never actually BE on the show, because one year, the task in Germany was "drink a pint of ale and say the alphabet backwards after". One year, one teammate had to don a bikini and run a mile in the Russian snow. This past year, one of the tasks was for both teammates to perform a synchronized swimming event. We couldn't really do any of those, so we would be eliminated, but that doesn't stop us from talking like we're Phil's pick for next season.
My husband's birthday was Monday, and last Sunday (as we were watching the season finale), I had the most brilliant idea. I would create an Amazing Race for his birthday! I asked his boss to let him work in the office Monday morning and have the rest of the day off. I arranged to have his family birthday celebration Monday night instead of the usual Sunday closest to the birthday. Then I brainstormed different tasks to have him complete. (Not sure how that Uno game got in there...it was NOT part of the planned activities!)
"Pull it out while I'm sleeping."
My son's front top tooth has been loose for almost two weeks, and he can push it up 45 degrees out of his mouth. He knows it needs to come out but is too reluctant to face the pain of severing those last little nerves. So he brainstormed a better way than with string. If I pull out his tooth while he's sleeping, he won't feel a thing! There's just something about pulling a child's tooth out of his head while he peacefully slumbers that I can't quite get over, though.
So in the morning, we play around in bed a little. I tell him he can get out of bed, but he needs to leave his tooth here because it's so loose. He just laughs at me. He likes to push his tooth out with his tongue, and he does it without thinking. I quickly brush my hand across his face (I did NOT slap him!) and the side of my hand catches his tooth and carries it away!
After racking my brain trying to figure this one out...I did the other ornaments that came from the same verse so that they matched. By the time I got to this verse (with 5 descriptions) I didn't have 5 ornaments that matched. So I decided to do them all different. When we bought the ornaments at Michael's, we got two packages of small glass ones, one package of big glass ones, a cookie cutter in the shape of a candy cane, two ceramic ornaments, and 6 little wood ones. So, one of each.
We painted the inside of three ornaments by squeezing the paint in the hole at the top and spinning the ornament around to coat the inside. This gorgeous gold glitter is always the first paint color chosen, and my painter chose the other two colors based on what he thought would go well with gold glitter.
To make the word, I elmered the letters, and we carefully placed these bead-things. They have a proper name, but I can't remember it. Eyelets? or is that something else? Anyway, the word didn't come out as neatly as I had imagined in my head, but if you know to look for the word "holy", it helps.
For the month of December, instead of doing a short paragraph about what I got out of my reading, I am going to make a devotional booklet. At the end of the month, I will print out the 31 pages, one page for each chapter in Proverbs. Last month my husband and I were looking for a kids' devotional book to buy for our 6 year old. Everything we found was either well above his mental maturity, or open-ended questions at the end of a short story that was supposed to make the kid think. I am all for a story about forgiveness and questions that prompt "Who do you need to forgive today?", but I wanted something that he could write in, that didn't require too much on purpose soul-searching. I think as he learns the truths in the Bible, his heart will be pricked where it needs to be. When we couldn't find a book I liked, my husband told me I should write my own. <Gulp.> Um, write my own? Well, okay. I'll try. One month. (That's what my pastor said when he was asked to write a devotional book for church people. Five years later, they are printing off several hundred copies every month.)
The point is to read the entire chapter first, and then go back and answer the questions. Otherwise, the only verses you (read: my son) will read are the ones with the questions. This is written, I hope, on a very smart 6 year old level. We'll find out how I did in January when he does his booklet.
Here's a preview of Proverbs. You can buy the entire chapter devotional here.
Today's ornaments are the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. I have some tiny, plastic, 3-D flowers that we were going to use, but I didn't have very many, so I found a bucket with colored rice in it we were going to fill up the ornament with. Well, when I pulled the bucket out, there sitting on top was this cup FULL of dried flowers. More than enough to fill up two little ornaments.
The next two Jesus ornaments we did are taken from Numbers 24:17, where it says Jesus is the Star of Jacob and the Scepter of Israel.
I had a bunch of star shaped buttons, but there weren't really enough to make the ornament look full enough. In my stash, I had 4 packets of yellow seed beads, so we funneled them in to make the ornament a little bit fuller.
Today's project was inspired by Pinterest. Seems like it's been a while since I've done anything from there. Here are my supplies:
I cut strips of material (the Pinterest directions say to use lengths of ribbon, but I don't have that much ribbon and I have an abundance of fabric).
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.