Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Jam-For Real

So, I have been prepping for a mini-marathon.  If you were able to see me you would know that I AM NOT the mini-marathon type. 

ANYWAY…

I have a playlist.  On the playlist is this song….

Oh this video….It is wonderful in a way that only 80’s videos can be.   Her dress…fierce.  Can someone please explain the dancing duck?  Seriously, leave comments, and explain. 

But I digress…

When this comes on I kind of dance/walk….like Diana Ross in the Wiz. 

I walk on a busy street, so if you happen to see me bee bopping along mouthing the words, “Beep, beep, yeah”  you will know that I am in my own little world with Billy Ocean. 

My theory is that if I put this song on replay during the marathon one of two things will happen:

1) I will dance across the finish line in record time OR
2) I will go crazy and only utter the words “beep, beep” until I die, like Beeker

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I am hoping for number 1 folks. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tot School-Apples

This week in tot school our unit focused on apples.  Here are just a few of the activities we did this week.  You can see more of our week by visiting Madonna over A Mommy Talks


Language Arts:

We used this Apple Letter Match to match-up upper and lower case letters.  E is getting better at recognizing lower case letters and matching them to their “mommies”. :)
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We used this downloadable template for building letters from Tired Need Sleep.  We cut our shapes out of foam so we could re-use them.  We are going to use them frequently because E needs some practice on these!  We only got through 2 letters, but she liked it ok! 100_1341 100_1342


Math Activities:

We used this apple tree measuring activity to measure trees with apples. 
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We also used this roll and color game.  We rolled the dice and colored in the number of apples to match the number rolled.  100_1326 100_1327


Science and Social Study Concepts:

We used several different apples and had a taste testing session.  I labeled them, but E liked them all. 
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In case you’re wondering, E refused to let me cut the red delicious apple into slices!  Her favorite though seemed to be the  Winesap apple because it was really sour!  She likes sour apparently! 100_1336

Well that was our week.  Next week we’ll be learning about leaves!  Be sure and come back to check it out.  Also, remember that all our lessons come from my sister site, 2 Teaching Mommies where Madonna and I post lessons and printables for FREE!  Most importantly check out what others did this week at 1+1+1=1.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

$20 for 4 Movie Tickets!!!!!

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So there is a great deal today through Tippr that will let you score 4 movie tickets for $20!   Even better, if you go through this link you will get a $5 credit towards your purchase, which means you will get 4 tickets for $15! 

Fine Print: Limit per person: 10 (+10 as a gift). Expires on December 26, 2010. Tickets may be split between 4 customers, and do not need to be used in the same visit. Tickets must be claimed at WeeklyCinema.com by 12/26/2010 and redeemed at Fandango and Movietickets.com theaters within 90 days of being claimed. Customers are NOT required to sign up for any monthly subscription.

Fandango and Movietickets.com theatres cover 98% of the theatres nationwide, so you will be able to find a theatre near you! 

Here is what you do!

  • Go through this link and sign up for Tippr
  • Click on “Today’s Deals”
  • Click on Seattle Deals (Tickets are good nationwide, so you don’t have to live in Seattle to get the deal :)
  • Click on the pink “buy now” button
  • When the deal closes tomorrow you will get a voucher to redeem for your tickets
  • Go see some movies!!! 

Happy viewing!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FREE TUMBLEWEED!!

So, there is a really great coupon on-line for a free entree at Tumbleweed!  Go to www.twmealticket.com and fill out the form to print a coupon for a free entree with the purchase of another entree! 

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Here is a deal scenario:

Go in any day Mon-Thurs
Order 2 Waters with Lemon
Snack on free Chips and Salsa (YUM!)
Order any of the $9.99 entrees and get a second one FREE
With tip it will probably be around $15!

Come on now. $15 for a sit down meal for TWO???   You must be kidding.  I smell burritos in my future, how about you? 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tot School-The Forest

E is 32 months
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This week in tot school we learned all about the forest!  These are just some of the things we did, and you can see more pictures of our activities from Madonna, at A Mommy Talks

Language Arts:
We worked on the letter P this week.  We made this P for Pine Tree craft that is inspired by the letter creations from No Time for Flashcards.  You can use the letter P template from here, but I just used construction paper and drew the P on.  :)

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In addition to working on some beginning letter sounds we read quite a few books this week.  Here are some of the books we read.

Math Concepts:
We had a lot of fun with math this week.  We started the week by sorting pine cones by their sizes.  E loves sorting, so this was a good way to start the week. 
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On day 2 we counted pine trees in our pine tree count activity.  We used the matching number cards to place the right number beside the right number of trees. 

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To finish out the week with math, we made this roll and graph.  In this activity we used a printable die with animal pictures on it and rolled it.  We used a marker to mark each time we rolled a particular animal.  I really thought that this might be over E’s head, but she did a great job with this, and liked using the marker to color all of our boxes. 
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Social Study Concepts:
We used this plant animal sorting activity to talk about the different plants and animals you can find in the forest.  We used this EVERY day, because E wanted to sort.  :)
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Extra:
We made this Raccoon in the Forest after reading  Little Raccoon’s Nighttime Adventures, which is one of E’s current favorites. 

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That was our week!  Don’t forget to go and print out all our printables (not all are seen here) for free from 2 Teaching Mommies.  As always be sure and check out what others are doing at 1+1+1=1!

Amber1

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

For Every Need

Our memory verse this week is from Psalms:50:10.  You have heard the verse before, I am sure of it.  In it the Lord states, “For every beast in the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”

Most frequently this verse comes up when we, as Christians, are faced with a need and are unsure that it will be met.  Since my husband is in the ministry we are often told by congregants not to worry about our needs, because “the Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills.”  I confess that often this advice is unsolicited, and as a result I have often shrugged it off with “oh, yeah, I know.”   For some reason when you serve the Lord in full time ministry it is assumed that you have a lot of unmet needs, but I digress.   

The truth of the matter is that our God is good.  It is important to remember that all things are under his ownership, and He will take care of His own.  Money is of no object to our Lord, and He provides for our needs out of an abundance of resources.   That is not to say that every material desire of our hearts will be met, it is simply to say that God will provide. 

It is also important to know that God not only will provide for our material needs, but also for the needs of our hearts.  In the area of finances God has tested many a believer with times of need.  In those times we learn to decipher the difference between the wants of our flesh and the needs of our spirit.   Depending upon the Lord is not only a test in faith, it is often a test in patience as we wait for the good and wonderful things that God desires for us. 

If you find yourself today struggling, like many are right now, take heart that our God has not forgotten you or your need.  He is working everything out in His time, and He will not forget or forsake you.  He does indeed own the cattle on a thousand hills. 

Amber1

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tot School-Community Helpers

TotSchool2E is 32 months 

This week was a weird week for us in tot school.  We have been on vacation at the beach, so our week was condensed so we could finish it BEFORE we left on vacation.  I knew I was probably not doing Tot School when I could work on my tan. :) 

This is just part of what we did this week with our Community Helpers unit.  Madonna, over at A Mommy Talks, also taught this unit this week and has more pics of our activities.  You can download the lesson plans for FREE from 2 Teaching Mommies

Language Arts Concepts:

On the first day of our unit we worked on some beginning writing skills.  In this activity E traced the lines between the Mailman and his mailbox.  E is getting pretty good at these activities.  She was able to do the slanted lines by herself without any help from mommy! 

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On day three of our unit we talked about the grocery store.  We used the letter G for grocery and made this G collage with pictures from our weekly ad.  Now, please remember that we were getting ready for vacation when you look at this pathetic letter G.  It was not our finest letter creation, but E got the concept, which was the important thing. :)

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Math Concepts:

Since our Day 1 theme focuses on the Mailman, our math activity let us count letters into a mailbox.  I skipped the printer and made this mail box out of construction paper.  I cut the mail opening out, placed over a wicker basket, and let E count letters.  We used our number cards to tell us how many letters to “deliver” and used this activity to play mailman. 

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E is not keen on math stuff at all.  She dislikes patterns, size sorting, and counting.   When we added the element of pretend to this day E couldn’t count enough!  I think I may have stumbled upon something here!

Social Study Concepts:

We did a lot of role playing this week.  I think it helped E understand more about what these people she sees day in and day out really do.  The favorite in our house for role play was Grocery Store.  We used E’s play food, her apron, and some old grocery saks to play.  

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Family Movie Night:

There aren’t many movies that you can watch about mail, garbage, or the grocery.  We decided that since Wall-E was a trash collecting robot, we could watch that for movie night.  For our snack we made Trash Bag Movie Mix.  This was a real easy snack mix to make on vacation, and it went over really well with E’s uncle JJ.  You can read more about family movie night here.

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Mom’s Pic of the Week

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That was our week!  Remember, our lessons and printables are all FREE over at 2 Teaching Mommies.  Most importantly, check out what others are doing in tot school at 1+1+1=1

Amber1

Confessions of a Love Grown Cold

A couple of weeks ago we got a paper in mail.  Its a small newspaper periodical we get because Jeff is in the ministry, and I rarely read it.  This particular paper though caught my eye because it was all about New Orleans 5 years after Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina is a sore spot with me.  I am a big believer in personal responsibility, and in the 5 years since New Orleans was decimated I feel like all I have heard about is how horrible things are in Louisiana.  I know they are bad, but part of me just rolls my eyes now.  I sit and I think “Gees, quit waiting around for someone to come and do SOMETHING yourself.”  Its the personal responsibility thing again. 

Now, if you are continuing to read this entry I would imagine it is for one of two reasons: 1) You are amazed at my audacity and are outraged or, 2) You can’t believe it, but you kind of agree with me. 

If  you’re in group 1, hang tight, I will redeem myself.  If you’re in group 2 prepare for conviction. 

In the article I read, with a bitter heart I might add, were testimonies of lives changed because of missionaries and churches in the region.  Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city, broke lives, and took others, but it also opened the doors to many hearts.  Individuals who were once convinced they had no need for Christ have been open to the saving power of the Gospel like never before.  This broken, depraved city has become fertile ground for the life changing truth of Christ and His love. 

God knew that I needed to work this out because just the day before I had read in Matthew 24 about signs of the end of the age.  Jesus points out that “because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (v 12)

I am so tempted when I look around and see misfortune on others to scrutinize their lives, and though I would never have admitted out loud (until now I guess) I have always thought that maybe, just maybe, they were simply reaping what they had sown.  My love was cold.

I repented that day of my love grown cold, and I prayed that God would give me the eyes to see His people the way He does, and that He would break my heart for what breaks His.   Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love God, and the second was to love one another.   We must, as brothers and sisters in Christ, be on guard so that our love does not grow cold.  The beauty of grace is that it isn’t fair, and if we all were to reap what we sow the doors of Hell could not hold us.  God has loved us to the point of death, and the glory of the Gospel is that we do not get what we deserve.

Amber1

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

As Unto the Lord

The memory verse we are working on this week hits pretty close to home for me.  The verse comes from Colossians 3:23, and it says,"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for Lord, not for men.”  Lets just say that I don’t always do this, so I hope E doesn’t necessarily follow my lead.

I am a people pleaser by nature.  All too often when I work I don’t work for the glory of the Lord, I work for the glory of Amber.  I’m just being honest.  I love to be in the spotlight, and I love to be the center of attention, so I gravitate towards positions that put me there.  Truthfully though, I think its harder for God to use me there.  I lean upon my own understanding in positions where I am comfortable, rather than on his guiding hand. 

Motherhood, I have found, is not a spotlight position.  We are always behind the scenes as mommies, rooting on our little ones from the sidelines.  I have struggled with this aspect of being a mom.  Suddenly, I am not the center of attention.  This is where I am though, and I should do all things as unto the Lord.  Surprisingly I have found true joy in playing second fiddle to E.  I do the absolute best I can as a mommy, and since it doesn’t come easily for me to be in the background, I have come to rely on Christ every step of the way.  Do you feel the same, or am I just rambling?  Hopefully you do, and this little devotional can serve as a reminder that no matter who is watching you are really doing everything you do for the glory of God.  May He be with you and strengthen you today. 

Amber1

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tot School-The Farm

TotSchool2  E is 32 months

This week in tot school we learned all about the farm.  Here is just some of what we did this week.  You can see more of this unit at A Mommy Talks where my friend Madonna has posted about it also.  All of our lesson plans for this unit can be found at my sister site, 2 Teaching Mommies

Language Arts Concepts:
This week we worked on two letters in tot school.  Each week we try to focus on letter sounds, beginning writing, and letter recognition.  We normally use three different activities to accomplish this!   This week our beginning writing activity focused on letter formation.  We made the letter “F” for farm out of play-dough. 
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For our letter sound we focused on “R for Rooster”.  I’ve been inspired by the letter creations you can find at No Time for Flashcards, and I made up this R  craft.  E loved gluing everything on (she is a glue stick fiend) but she kept calling it a chicken.  She even said at one point “R is for chicken”.  I resorted to constant reinforcement, and by the end of the week, R for Rooster was sticking.  :) 
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Math Concepts:
Like Language Arts, we have some goals with math.  We want to try counting, number recognition, and shapes or patterns each week.  This week for shapes we made this shape tractor.  She colored the shapes and I cut them out.  We glued them on together. 

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Social Studies and Science Concepts
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For Science we worked animal recognition.  To accomplish this we made these adorable rainbow shape animals from Making Learning Fun.  After they were colored and cut out, we glued them together.  This was part of the fun!  Then we played Farmer in the Dell with the rainbow animals.  E played the part of Farmer and took all the animals. 
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We then put them back because “they ran away”.  I will tell you, E loved this game.  We’ve played almost every day for a week now.  Mostly she just wants the animals to run away because that’s the part she likes to sing.  Here is a quick video of them running away.  Pardon my singing :)

Extras:
This week we also took a field trip to the fair to see some farm animals.  Here are a couple of pics.  You can read the full post about it here.  
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Next week we will be working on a Forest Unit.  Stop back by to see what we’re up to!

So that was our week.  Be sure and check out 2 Teaching Mommies, where you can download all our lessons and printables for FREE!  Most importantly see what other are doing in tot school by visiting 1+1+1=1

Amber1