Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: December 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Have a Happy New Year!!

 Sydney New Years Fireworks Pictures, Images and Photos

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know we sure enjoyed ours. We are still on break from school until Monday, which I could not be more excited about. I definitely needed the break. I have decided to take a break from blogging as well the rest of the week. I am working on a few projects and activities with my littles and hope to be back with some fun new posts on Monday. Hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you in the new Year!!

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ward Christmas Party 2010

Last Saturday was our ward Christmas party. It turned out to be a fun night to visit with friends from church. Here are the pictures from our festive night

Miss Priss and some of her friends from church
Santa of course made an appearance
and this is what I love about our ward. We were trying to clean up so we could all go home. My friend Katrina was vacuuming the gym floor. Now she could have gone so much faster with out the children wanting to "help", but she let them each take turns riding on the vacuum. I love it. Thank you Katrina for making my littles feel loved, while they giggled and cheered during their ride

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas ABC's: S is for Santa

Originally we were suppose to do S for Snow, but I decided to save our snow ideas for January when we will do a weather unit. We then did S for Santa instead. I found neat math worksheet online. It is a shape Christmas wreath. We used this after reviewing our shapes. The kids decorated their Santa wreaths with shapes.

 We then played Holiday memory match. Printed this off of the Preschool-kindergarten Daily Lesson Plans. We are huge fans of memory games.

 I then took the memory cards and we used them to practice syllables.

 Anyway that is what we did for the letter S. Hope you are all having fun enjoying this holiday season with your littles

and just because Bubba loves to take pictures lately, I figured I would include two of his snapshots of Miss Priss and I

Have a Blessed Day!

Christmas ABC's: Q is for Quiet

For the letter Q we had some quiet time reading. I really liked taking that quiet time and just sitting with my littles and talking about the Savior. Our reading time at night is always such a favorite time of mine and theirs. Here is what we read:

and then just because we love these books:

Here is a link to Angels blog who is also doing the Chirstmas ABC's. She has some really cute ideas. Check out her blog and show her some bloggin love :>

Have a Blessed Day!

Gingerbread Men Word Families

Here is what we are doing this month to work on word families. I got all these templates from The Mailbox magazine Kindergarten 2010. My local library has a stack of the current years issues of these books. These are great books for home schooling. They range from grades Pre-K to 5th. Such a great resource.  I love them!

With the first part we did some felt board stuff with them. I printed out a set of 5 gingerbread houses and I colored them each a different color. I then had one gingerbread man. I would hide him behind one of the houses and we would sing this chant.

Gingerbread man, Quiet as a mouse, are you in the (pick a color) house.

The kids thought this was a blast. Especially Miss Priss.

Then we moved onto word families. I wrote a word family on each house (-ot,-at,--an, -ig). I gave each of the kids a few gingerbread men. Each man had a word written on it (hot, cat, can, etc)
The kids then took turns placing their gingerbread men in the right home.

We then talked about rhyming and grouped our words into rhyming partners. We talked about how each word in the same house all rhyme (cat, rat, mat, etc). This learning tool I made is awesome and it really didn't cost anything. It is also great that you can use it for many teaching opportunities.
Well that's all for now. I am hoping to catch up on my Christmas ABC's today and maybe do a little baking and delivering. Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas Vacation. I know I am!

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas ABC's: V is for Visits

For for the letter V we did visits. My mom took us to McDonald's to have a Happy Meal and visit with Santa. They got to sit on Santa's lap for a picture and to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. They then got a Happy Meal and played in the play area.

After that we got ice cream cones and drove around to look at Christmas lights.

Then my children couldn't stop arguing and then suddenly they had an attitude change, when I told them I wanted to have a movie night to watch Christmas With the Kranks. They knew I wouldn't let them stay up if they were being rude to one another.

I then caught these snapshots as they told each other sorry. They even tried to give a kiss but couldn't reach in their seats. This picture will be valuable when they are older teenagers and I want to embarrass them. Anyway our day turned out quite nice and I am loving having time to just be with them and have fun.
Have a Blessed Day!

Christmas ABC's: O is for Ornaments

For the Letter O we made some fun ornaments. I found these felt ornament craft packets at Target for $2.  They were perfect because they used little glue and everything already had a sticky back. It made putting these together for my littles very simple. Here's a picture of how our Santa Ornaments came out:

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Service Baby Shower

I serve on the Relief Society board, in my ward, and last week I had a great opportunity to get know a new sister in the ward. Her name is April and she is by far the sweetest woman ever. I had the opportunity to throw her a baby shower. It was such a neat experience getting to know this wonderful woman. April and her husband are seriously the sweetest people ever. They have a new little boy on the way (making his depute this upcoming week). We did the baby shower as a service project. The mother to be didn't have much in the baby item department, so the ladies in the ward came together to laugh and share. This was a different type of baby shower. In our ward we decided to do a "service" baby shower. We asked people to donate any baby boy items they had, that would be of use to this new little guy. It was amazing to see the woman come together. Even those who couldn't be at the actually shower, dropped by to leave baby items. April ended up  with a lot of fun things for her little. She is now set up with a crib, baby bath, bassinet, diapers, clothes, burb clothes, baby toys etc. Pretty much everything she needs. I am so thankful to the wonderful sisters in my ward who are so willing to serve, especially at a time of year when things are hectic and busy.

For those who were able to make it to the shower, we had a lot of fun talking and laughing. We played a few baby shower games and had some baby blue decorations set up. Most of the decorations were donated by a lady in our ward. Thank you so much Sister Compose! These decorations made the party.

Here is what I did with the decorations that were donated.

I filled the little gift boxes with butter mints (oh they are so yummy!)
I took small glass juice jars and put flower pens in them, to make a bouquet. I circled the little glass with crinkle raffia (is that what the blue stuff is called?) These centrepieces for the table turned out so cute. Topped with a ducky to up the cuteness factor and viola beautiful inexpensive centrepieces for our tables.

In the front of the room I added a onesie clothes line. This was one of my gifts to April. I purchased the onsies, but I already had the yarn and the clothes pins. I basically used what I had around my house. I brought out my willow tree statues, I used a vase with sticks in it for a mommy advice tree, and the tablecloth was already on the table in the relief society room.

The beautiful mommy to be
some of the greatest ladies I know.

Thank you again to all those who came and donated items or made things. I know that April and her hubby are thankful for all the kindness that has been shown to them, since joining our ward. I am thankful for the wonderful woman in my ward. The Vegas Manor ward is by far my favoritest ward I have been in. I have never felt so at home before, with woman I just meet this summer. I can honestly say I love them all and would do anything for them. The Relief Society in this ward in just awesome and I am thankful to be apart of it. Hope you all are enjoying this week and the final days until Christmas.

Have a Blessed Day!
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