Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Make Your Home a Haven Day 1 & 2

Well I just recently went onto Monica's blog and found out about her focusing on Making Her Home a Haven this week. When I read her posts I knew I wanted to join in on the fun. I always find that when I do these "challenges", yes I call them "challenges". Why? Because I think that sometimes we do need to challenge ourselves to let the daily grind leave us and focus more on the little things. Focus on our time with our Heavenly Father and our time with our children and husband. The time that we spend with them is so precious. I don't want to lose sight of them, which is why I think I need these "challenges". They challenge me to be more creative and thoughtful throughout my day. Today was a normal day of school, but without even knowing about this challenge I ended up creating a little more of a Haven in my home, which I will continue this week.

We started out our day with cartoons and cinnamon toast. I have challenged myself to a pantry challenge, in hopes that we will not have to pack so much food to bring to the new house. I think the less food storage that has to be transferred, the better. That being said we had a simple breakfast of canned peaches and toast. I will be getting more creative with recipes and hope to share a few as well :>

Anyways we thought Keagan had speech therapy today, but when we went tothe school we found out it was a staff development day and no speech would be happening. We decided since we were already out we would make a run to Fresh and Easy and DI (my favorite thrift store).

Once home our school day begun. We are focusing a bit on Dr. Suess this week, since March 2 is his birthday. We read a few books by Dr. Suess and made a few items from Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook. Here is what we made:

Bramble-berry Blueberry Scones
These were so delicious for our mid morning snack.
We also made a whooville desert for after lunch.
It is really simple, just whip topping, angel food cake, and berries.
So yummy!

For fun we did milk paint. I can't remember where I saw this recently, but I know it was on a blog. We took milk and food coloring and made some fun color effects with toothpicks.

In the afternoon we made a trip to a neighborhood park, which I was so thankful we went. I had such an amazing experience while we were there. Now when we got to the park bubba was a bit bummed, since he didn't see any boys his age to play with. He did however see a group of older boys playing flag football. Now Keagan has never really played football and in fact is a bit uncoordinated, but is getting better. He evens tends to be on the shy side, when around new kids. Well as I was pushing Miss Priss on the swings he came to tell me he was going to join the football game. At first, I am ashamed to say it, but I discouraged him from asking the older kids to play. I was worried they would be mean and not want him to play. The thought of him getting his feelings hurt broke my heart. He persevered though. He told me "No Mom I will go ask them. I want to play". And he did. He went right over there and they allowed him to join in.

This taught me something so huge today. I should never discourage my children from being forward in social situations. I am so proud of him that, although the children were bigger, he was not scarred, but excited at the possibility of playing this new fun game. He didn't catch the ball when tossed at him, but he ran with a huge smile on his face the whole time he played. The older children were so nice and gave him pats on the back for encouragement.

I am so sorry that I prejudged these young boys, who were playing. I am thankful that they were sweet and wonderful to my little boy. I am thankful that my little red head is becoming a confident young boy. That he isn't afraid to try new things or to step out of his comfort zone. What a lesson I was taught today and how humble I feel right now as I type this. Thank you Heavenly Father for allowing me to learn from my little ones. I think more often than not, they are the teachers and I am the one learning something new. Thank you for allowing me to have my testimony strengthened through them.

After our park fun was over we came home for dinner. bubba was still pretty jazzed about his football experience, so I was thankful I had checked this movie out from the library over the weekend.

A perfect football themed family film. He loved it and said watching it would help his game. Oh how I love that little boy!

We had Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. Bubbas request. 
I thought I would include the recipe as well.

What Will You Will Need:

1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag of Hershey kisses

1. Cream together shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla

2. stir in peanut butter

3. sift dry ingredients

4. Add into creamed mixture

5. Roll into one-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes or until light brown

Place one Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie. 

Now I feel renewed at the thought of my day tomorrow. I know tomorrow well hold so much for me and my littles. I am thankful that I get each day to spend with them. I am thankful for a husband that is able to go to school and be home with us often. I pray your day tomorrow will be a Happy one. Goodnight

Updates from Last Week

I feel like I didn't posts very much last week. I had a few plans on some posts, but because of life and all that good stuff I never got around to writing them. Well I decided to just hop online tonight and write an update on all our happenings from last week. Before I get into that I just wanted to share a little something. Tonight I was tired. I mean seriously so tired that the thought of lesson planning tonight and blogging seemed too much. I mean blogging is a hobby, but lesson planning I do have to do since I am kind of my kids teacher. Anyway, I now feel so inspired that I had to share. I went onto the homespun heart, which is one of my favorite blogs. I read how Monica is focusing on making her Home a Haven this week and it just came to me...that is what I should be focusing on. I need to continue taking it slow and just enjoying being home with my children. If any of you want to participate in the Make Your Home a Haven Challenge (I don't think that is the right word, but I'll go with it for right now) here is the link.

Now onto our week:

Well Miss Priss had a bad tooth that needed to be filled. She wasn't in pain or anything, but the dentist was worried it might get infected. The dentist tried to fill it like normal, but my very passionate daughter refused. She allowed them to drill the bad stuff out, but when it came to actually doing the filling, she turned into a crazy girl. She almost kicked the dentist in the head. I kid you not. I had to hold her down just so they could put a temporary in. Being that this is how my daughter acts at the dentist and the fact that she is a very passionate, fighting, red head, we decided to go to a specialist. They actually consider it dental surgery and put the children under anaesthesia, so then all the dental work can be done at once. This is the route we choose to go and that is where Miss Priss and I were last week on Tuesday. She was such a champ and loved all the nurses. They were so good with her and even gave Mrs. Bear her own hat and hospital bracelet.

Once her teeth were all fixed she spent the remainder of the morning like this. She was very tired. Finally by dinner time she came around enough to eat with us.

We also have some fun big news! We are in the process of buying our first home. We are beyond excited. We have started packing and hope to close by April 1. After that, our new abode will need a lot of fixing up, which my hubby is ready for the challenge. This has been a dream, 7 years in the making, so we are beyond excitement.

Also last week the kids and Jason had a fun time learning how to do crab walks, bears crawls, and jumping jacks. At one point daddy and Keagan had a running in place contest in the apartment. I of course had to snap a few photos

Overall with school, packing, cleaning, and all our normal day to day things we kept pretty busy. Hope you all had a wonderful week. I will be pack with more posts tomorrow

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

 Last week we read Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3). This book I broke up into chapters and read it over the course of a few days. I thought it would take us a week to get through it, but on day 3 they got really into the book and wanted to finish the rest. I was so excited that they got into the story. I have included a breakdown of what we did each day (I just combined day 3 & 4).

Day 1 --Chapter 1 & 2

We talked about what the underground railroad was and its purpose.
We did this coloring page of Harriet Tubman.

Day 2 -- Chapter 3 & 4

We talked about the North Star and practiced drawing stars, writing our capital and lower case S and wrote the word "Star".

Day 3 -- Chapter 5 & 6

We talked about the different "stations" on the underground rail road and I made them a letter that they could decode. They really enjoyed this one.

Day 4 --Chapter 7 & 8

We talked about Abraham Lincoln and what he did to end slavery. We also did this coloring page of Abraham Lincoln

 In case you're wondering about Keagan's signature, he said he was doing "curtsy" writing. He so wants to learn cursive

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Black History Month: Fredrick Douglas

 Well since February is black history month, we have celebrated it by learning about people from our past.

 I have tried to keep things simple for my littles. Our local library has a great amount of books for the kindergarten and first grade grade level. This was perfect, since Miss Priss and Bubba are still young. We have talked a little bit about slavery. I didn't know if this would be a hard thing for them to understand, but it has gone over pretty well. We are learning about one or two person each week and coloring a picture of each person. We then have been taping them to a wall in the apartment and reviewing each day about the different people we have learned about. The first African- American we learned about was Frederick Douglas.

 We read Frederick Douglass: Writer, Speaker, and Opponent of Slavery (Biographies)

I printed out a coloring page for Fredrick Douglas from HERE.

We also located Maryland on a map and talked about what the definition of a slave was.

I will be posting more on what we do this month for Black History Month, but until then here is a list of who I have planned on us learning about this month:

Abraham Lincoln
Harriet Tubman
Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mae Jemison

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Itty Bitty Chefs: Monkey Pudding

Doesn't Miss Priss just look adorable in her Chef outfit? She received it as a Christmas gift from her Grandma W. She seriously puts it on all the time. When she plays kitchen in her room, she tells me she needs her apron for when she is making a pickle, apple, tomato casserole. And because of this, I am thankful Grandma W understood and provided her with a fantastic apron for Christmas. Oh and in case your wondering Mommy and Daddy always are the first tasters of her famous casseroles. She just tells us to be careful, since it may be a little hot. She is always cracking us up.

Anyways the reason for my post is to introduce a new series, segment, unit..I don't know what to call it, you fill in the blank. I just know it is something new we are adding into our school/weekly routine.

Miss Priss really wanted to take an Itty Bitty Chef class at our local rec. center, but she was not four when it started, therefore she missed the registration. Because of her sadness at not being able to do a cooking class, I decided we would do one ourselves at home. Yesterday was our first day of doing it and it was a big hit. She can't wait to make something else. She  asked me if we would be cooking tomorrow. I told her I wasn't sure, and she decided to leave her kiddie cookbook out on the kitchen counter, just in case I wanted to look at it while she was sleeping. Subtle I know right. Anyway here are the pictures from our cooking adventure today. We kept it simple, since it was our first official day. I let her do all the work and she couldn't have been more happy about that. We made Monkey pudding. I found it here.
Here is what you need:

Vanilla Waffers
frozen strawberries
1 pkg of instant vanilla pudding
2 cups of milk (called for on package)
1 banana

** Makes 4 Servings **

We used 4 glasses. Miss Priss put about 4 cookies at the bottom of each glass.
We then mixed up our pudding and poured it into each glass
I then let her cut up the banana with a butter knife. A simple, but very grown-up task for her. Can you tell she is concentrating hard on the process?

We added that to the pudding and topped each cup with 1 frozen strawberry.
Chill in the fridge. The strawberry will thaw a little. Once the pudding is set, you have a yummy afternoon snack for yourself and your littles.
I didn't even have to clean off the counter. I told her that part of being a chef was cleaning up the counters when your done cooking. She was happy to oblige. I am hoping to do some new fun recipes with her. Next week we are making chocolate banana pops. She even made up a grocery list of what she would need to make them. I am going to have her help me with the grocery shopping as well. I think it will be fun for her to make a grocery list of needed supplies, purchase them, and then create at home. Hopefully she will have a love for cooking as I do.

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine Wrap-Up 2011

Here is our V-Day wrap up:

We started off with some Heart Shaped French Toast for breakfast.
After school we meet some friends at a park to have a V-Day picnic.

Look at all that yummy food!

This little guy is so dang adorable!

Overall our Valentine's Day was so fun. We got to pig out on sweets and yummy food and spend time together with family and friends. Hope your week is going well. Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day & V-Day Coutndown 11, 12, 13!

 Happy Valentine's Day to all of you and your littles. Are you doing anything fun today? I have a few things planned to do with my littles today. I am like a little kid and look forward to each holiday with such excitement. I have had so much fun doing our countdown to Valentine's Day. I love the fact that when you have children, you get to relive the wonders of your own childhood with your littles again. I always looked forward to Valentine's Day as a child. My dad was always my Valentine. I remember he would always come home from work with some little treat for me. It always made me feel so special. I think this is how we should make all our children feel. I don't think it needs to be something extravagant and very little, if no money, has to be spent. It is just the fact that we are making each day with our littles special. After all, they are this little only once and I know I don't want to miss a moment of it.

Now that I am done with my little heartfelt moment I wanted to share some pictures of our last days of our countdown. We finished everything up last night for Family Home Evening. We did a craft or two, played  a game, and shared a treat together. Overall it was a fun night where we unplugged ourselves from cartoons and other things and just spent time together. I am so thankful for Miss Priss and bubba and all the time I get to be with them. Here are the pictures from our fun night.

 Valentine Heart Butterflies

 We were going to make salt dough magnets, but I remembered we had all of this play dough and I decided to use that instead. They will dry out the same as the salt dough and then we will have "fabulous" (miss Priss's words, not mine) magnets.

 We shared a yummy treat
 We played find the kiss game. This went over so well. 
Place one kiss under a cup, move the cups around and guess which cup it is under. We played this for like 20 minutes. They loved it :>
 Then they had to give it a try and see if Mom could guess.

This morning they had little goodies waiting for them. These were just a few little things I found in the dollar section at Target, minus the book. The book was a gift from GG Grandma. I woke up to little giggles and cheers. That is how I knew they were up and had found their treats. I am now off to make some heart shaped French toast. Hope you have a wonderful love day with your littles today

Have a Blessed Day!
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