Friday, December 19, 2014

Girls are Trouble

When I went in for the twins' kindergarten conference some weeks ago, I was surprised to learn that Reid's best friend was a little girl named Laila.  He had never mentioned her.  He had mentioned plenty of other friends, but never her.  Apparently the times Reid had gotten in to trouble at school, it involved this little girl.  The behavior cards are a complicated system of colors and numbers that would need a whole separate blog post to explain, but just know that the few times Reid was on yellow were Laila-related.  Somehow, when he was around her, he forgot to listen and follow directions.

I wasn't able to go on the twins' field trip this fall due to work, but I sent Paul with instructions to scope out Laila and tell me all about her.  He failed in his mission, and came back with no gossip for me. 

So we are still mystified about Laila.  All I know about her from Reid is that she has hair.  And eyes.  But we don't know what color.  Oh, and she likes Hello Kitty.  Now he hasn't told me - but I'm betting she likes Frozen too.

And every time Reid comes home with yellow on his behavior sheet and I ask him what happened?  Well, somehow, Laila is always involved too.

Girls.  They sure are trouble. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Carol

One of the special memories I have from childhood Christmases is that one year we went to see A Christmas Carol at Ford Theatre in Washington D.C.  This is the theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  At the time I didn't have a lot of appreciation for history, but even I was impressed to walk inside and look around.  They show A Christmas Carol there every year, and while we aren't in a position to go see it at Ford Theatre this year, I was able to take the boys to a mini spin off of the play that was done by Mill Mountain Children's Theatre at the downtown Roanoke library.

It was an unusual production.  They made it into an old school radio rendition of the play, complete with audience interaction.  The boys got to sing/read along at times.  This kept their interest. 
 And while they didn't get to see Scrooge or the ghosts, they got to see how the sounds of radio shows were made - the clanking of chains and the thunder of a storm.  I think they really enjoyed the performance.
Here are the boys against a mural of downtown Roanoke that is on the upper level of the library.  Smiles all around!

Readers, do you have any special Christmas memories of something fun you did with your family one year?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beam Me Up

The sunrise recently was rather unusual.  Paul noticed it first, and directed my attention out towards our pasture.

It seemed, for that day at least, that there must have been something mighty special just over the ridge.
Readers, have you noticed the sunrise lately?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five Years

Do you know what yesterday was?  It was my five year blogiversary!  Unbelievable.  I love that I have so many memories and photos from the past five years preserved here.  One day perhaps the boys will read it and laugh over their antics.  And I've enjoyed so much the friendship of other bloggers.  Those two things are what keep me posting day after day. 

I'm going to celebrate with a giveaway of one of my homemade soaps.  It's a santa soap, scented lightly with peppermint.  To enter, you must be a follower by GFC, and you must leave a comment.  That's it!  I will ship anywhere.  Drawing to be done on 12/15/14.  Winner must respond in 48 hours to be eligible.

Readers, why do you like blogging?  What keeps you going over time? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Holiday Decorating Craft with #Idelight #Holidaydelight

Our Elf on the Shelf is named Tulley, and he has been with us for five years now. He isn't sneaky and naughty like some of the elves. He comes around Thanksgiving and most nights moves from place to place, but he doesn't tend to play any pranks. One year he did give our beta fish a Christmas statue.
This year the boys and I decided to create a home for Tulley to come to. My husband has been drinking tons of the International Delight creamer, especially with all the fun new seasonal creamer flavors, so I thought I would try to repurpose one of their coffee creamer containers.

First I washed it out and let it dry. Once it was clean, I peeled off the label and then cut an opening just the right size for an elf. I used a knife to make the initial cut in the bottle, and then switched to scissors so that I would have more control on the curves. I used a spray paint white primer to prime the bottle. Priming is an important step, because otherwise when you add color it would run or be uneven.

I allowed the primer to dry, and then used a brick red craft paint to coat the whole bottle. It took two coats to get a nice even effect. Then I used an off-white and a small brush to paint the bricks by hand.
Once this is done, you can personalize your bottle. You could make a sign with your elf's name on it, or paint a little Christmas tree. We decided to put a wreath about the opening on ours.
We set out our new home and it only took a few days for it to bring Tulley back to our house. We were thrilled to see him again! And he seems to be happy to have his own place.

For more fun holiday crafts and recipes, check out the International Delight community. If you join, you will also have access to awesome giveaways and coupons.

Readers, have you done any crafts for the holidays yet?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Turkeys and Indians

For Thanksgiving, the twins had a special performance at school.  I got to go eat lunch with them and watch them sing.
 The pictures aren't the greatest, because I was in the far back and had to zoom a lot, plus the room was a bit dark.  But you can see they were both really into it.

They were both so excited to have me there.  And we snuck Pierce out of his class so he could watch too.  Pierce was delighted to play hookey.  And to snag a treat off the dessert table.
Look at those happy faces! 
Somehow, I had thought I'd get to eat lunch with my boys more often this year, but with working two jobs it hasn't worked out that way.
So this day was extra special to me.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Norman Rockwell Gone Wrong

The other day I was at the library, and they had a bunch of old magazines for sell for 10 cents each.  I got a nice stack going for myself and a couple of other family members.  I found a kid's magazine I'd never heard of before called Jack and Jill.  I added that to the pile for Pierce, after flipping through quickly and seeing some fun mazes and puzzles.

That evening I was working with the twins on their dolch words for kindergarten, and I told Pierce he should read that magazine to keep him busy.  Pierce is the typical oldest child - very responsible and independent.  He did what I asked for a bit and all the sudden shut the magazine and announced, "Mom, I'm not reading that magazine anymore!  There's a boy showing his private parts!"

I felt alarm and guilt and shock.  How could I have brought home such a magazine?  What were they showing kids these days in magazines?  I asked Pierce to show me the picture.  And this advertisement is what he turned to:

I had to chuckle.  I could see why Pierce may have gotten that impression.  He has never received a vaccine in the bottom.  He has always gotten his shots in the fatty part of the thigh.  So I explained what the picture really was.  I don't think Pierce found it very amusing.  I guess I won't bring him anymore magazines for a while! 

Readers, do you have a favorite Norman Rockwell painting?