Monthly Archives: September 2014

Encouragement for Moms
~Words for Wednesday~
Monday Girl


        Ever want to call in sick ?!?

” A cheerful heart is good medicine” 
   Hope this makes you giggle today !

 

 

          Sick .


“I cannot go to school today,
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.

My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?

My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–

My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.

My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.

My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.

My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?

What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

~Shel Silverstein
Saturday Girl

Cozy Reading Dogs

 

 

     Story Time !
~Friday Favorites~

My Friday Favorite this week is story time.
Some of the sweetest memories with my children have been made while all curled up reading books together.

Can you remember your favorite childhood books?

My children all have theirs and can even still remember some of them word for word… we may have read ‘Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?‘  one or five thousand times.  🙂

Another way our family has enjoyed great story times is by listening to someone else read the story.  We would pile up on the couch with blankets and pillows and snacks, or in a fort built on somebody’s bed and enjoy the story together.   This is especially fun on a cold or rainy winter’s day.

Listening to a book being read aloud builds so many wonderful skills, and if you have a reluctant reader in the mix, this might be a way to help them appreciate all the joys of a good book without the frustration!

There are so many great audio books available for free (and to buy) !
These books are a great resource to use for history, for english, for science & nature study, for snuggle times, ok…you get it…for anytime!

Need a break?  The kids need a break?   Go on a nature walk & then come back in, get cozy with a cup of cocoa, and listen to a classic Thornton Burgess story.   LOVE this one!  🙂
Just to give you an idea of what’s out there,
here’s some of my favorites~
The Velveteen Rabbit‘  (audio)
The Velveteen Rabbit‘  (text to read along if you’d like)
Just So Stories‘   (audio)
Just So Stories‘  (text)
Aunt Jo’s Scrapbag

Longer Stories-
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Little Men‘  (Both boys & girls would love this story I think!  One of my favorites!)

Here’s a few picture books read aloud on YouTube for the littles~
The Rainbow Fish
Goodnight Moon
Go Dog, Go!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Are You My Mother
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

HAPPY FRIDAY TO YOU !

~Words for Wednesday~

laugh everyday

“3 Things We Should All Do Everyday”

To me, there are three things we all should do every day.
We should do this every day of our lives.

Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day.

Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.

Number three is, you should have your emotions
moved to tears
,  
could be happiness or joy.

But think about it.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.
That’s a heck of a day.

You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

~ Jim Valvano

 

Fun fall activities for families
Fun Fall Family Activities!

Fall is my Friday Favorite today.  🙂
I LOVE FALL !
The cooler weather, breezy and brisk;
the beautiful colors,  reds and rusts;
cozy sweaters, hot spiced ciders, and roaring bonfires, oh my!
It just makes me want to get outside.
The change of seasons seems to bring some kind of refreshment to the soul.

This Friday’s favorites are all fall…
**Note:  I think you can enjoy these ideas most anywhere in the country even if it’s
85* like it is today here in Texas.   Alas, I lit my pumpkin candle & sipped my pumpkin spice coffee while writing this post.   It is raining (BIG change), and  it’s 85* today.  That is a change from 105* at least.   It’s fall, y’all !    🙂

*Go on a nature walk !
Perfect way for everyone to take a break and breathe in the fall !

*100 Things to Do Before, During, or After a Nature Walk  from  Jimmie’s Collage

*Crafty Ideas
* Nature Walk Ideas:  Simple Play from Nurture Store  (all freebie ideas, no worries)
* Leaf Rubbings (with a great tip on how-to for any littles in your family too!)
from Word Play House
*
Pinecone Spiders  from Fireflies and Mudpies
*
Fall Walk Windchimes  from Fun Family Crafts

* Fall Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Fall Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt (for all ages!) from Starts at Eight
Digital Camera Fall Scavenger Hunt (free printable)  from Hearts and Trees
Fall Family Scavenger Hunt from the National Wildlife Federation
– SERIOUSLY amazing Family Scavenger Hunt  from My Open Country

**Didn’t find a scavenger hunt that was just right?  Here is the ULTIMATE LIST of scavenger hunts for any occasion !  Or for no occasion other than kids of all ages seem to LOVE scavenger hunts.  🙂     From My Joy Filled Life

* Nature Notebooking Ideas

– Simple Nature Journaling from The Homeschool Scientist
 Inspiration Everywhere uses magazine cutouts of birds & other wildlife sightings…
love this idea!
Assorted Fall “Nature Walk” Coloring Pages
Nature Walk Coloring and Drawing Page

Understanding in Nature Einstein Quote


“Don’t ever give up. 
Don’t ever give in. 

Don’t ever stop trying. 
Don’t ever sell out. 
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off,
whisper a prayer,
and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.”
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

Perseverance.
per·se·ver·ance
(noun)  steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

The word for today.
I know.
It isn’t exactly the most inspiring word ever.
Makes me feel tired just thinking about that word.

But we DO get tired sometimes.

Tired of messes.
Tired of stresses.
Tired of “well doing” .
Or maybe just plain tired.    🙂

Take a few minutes.
Make yourself a steaming hot cup of tea, or take the time to steam some milk and make a beautiful latte.
Next, seek out a cookie.
Any cookie will do.  Really!  Eat a cookie.  Just do it.  You won’t be sorry!  It’s for medicinal reasons !
And then sit (do not stand at the counter, or the table, or fold a load of towels!!!).

Take a deep breath.
Breathe.  Deeply.   Repeat.

Now sip.
Sip while it’s actually still hot.  Don’t gulp in between math problems.  Enjoy the warmth all the way down to your tummy.


< Ignore the noise, the kids jumping on the couch, the dryer buzzer, and all the dog hair dust bunnies that you now notice floating across the living room since you’re actually sitting down-  close your eyes if you have to!!  It will all be there still in 30 minutes.  Unfortunate, but true.>


Remember to take the time (even in short bits) to be filled.
To breathe.
To remind yourself of what is good, what is true, what is lovely.
And fill your heart and mind with those things.

You will be surprised at the feeling of hope and new energy to keep going, I think.

Persevere.

“And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
~ Galatians 6:9