Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Traveling with Preschoolers - Part 4 - The FOOD

In my opinion, snacks are essential on any road trip. I know some parents don't allow food in their car and honestly, I don't know how they do it.  And I trade temper tantrums for vacuuming crumbs out of my car any day.  I consider these things before packing food,

Supply finger foods. The car is no place for forks and spoons. Leave the utensils and any food that requires them at home.

Pack a spill-proof cup. Always carry a spill-proof cup or a cup with a straw in the car with you. If you need to stop at the gas station for milk or juice, they will not provide you with an acceptable car drink container. Instead, poor the milk into your own spill-proof cup

Grab some paper bags for each person. Instead of handing each child individual foods like a banana, sandwich and cookie, fill up a bag. Put each meal into its own paper bag and give the child the bag on the car ride.
Place a large plastic bag in the middle of the car for a garbage. Eating food creates garbage. Apple cores, banana peels, empty chip bags and empty sandwich bags need a place to go instead of on your car floor. The large plastic garbage bag in the middle of the car will save you time when it is time to clean up the mess.
I found these tips here.
Here is a list of the snacks that we took on our trip. 
  1. Almonds
  2. Raisins
  3. Popcorn
  4. Dried blueberries
  5. Go Go squeeZ applesauce
  6. Corn chips
  7. Chex Cereal 
  8. Jerky
  9. Trail Mix
  10.  Licorice (the yummy stuff from Costco!) 
Our lunches will look something like this....hopefully. 
On the way there
Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs, dry cereal, milk, grapes.
 Lunch: NEW PBJ, making it with a tortilla! crackers & cheese, pears
Dinner: Pizza Roll Up, apple slices, celery & peanut butter, vanilla wafers.

On the way home
Breakfast: Egg/Biscuit sandwich, cereal, juice, grapes
Lunch: Cold roasted chicken (in pieces), carrots & peanut butter, apples, & cookies

Dinner: Ham, chips, watermelon, broccoli, cookies.

I'll make sure to update the post with pictures as to how the food turned out.

Go Here if you missed the Plan, The DIY Activities, or the Songs

Next week, if my mom and I complete it, I'll have a post about the totally awesome lap boards we're making the big kids!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Crayons.

This isn't new.

It's not original.

But it is NEW and ORIGINAL to my kids. They thoroughly enjoyed helping make NEW crayons out of their old crayons. Talk about recycling. It taught my kids not just to throw something away so quickly!

 They worked hard at taking the paper off (this was even when #1 was in the midst of starting his puking adventure for the day, and having a 104 temp). These are some awesome crayons!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Recipe Monday: Carmel Fruit Dip

This is a great recipe for a fruit dip. We make this a lot. The kids all love it. Best thing is, it only has 3 ingredients! It's best if you make this the evening before, but its not "required".

You'll need:
1pkg cream cheese
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla.

Stir in all ingredients with electric beaters. Serve with apples, grapes, or other fruit.

See. Simple. Easy. Try it. It's super yummy!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Traveling with Preschoolers - Part 3 - Songs, Rhymes & Finger Plays

Five little ducks went out one day. (hold up five fingers)
 Over the hills and far away, (move hands in wave-like fashion for over hills and then hold hand to forehead "to look")
Mommy duck called quack quack quack, (move hand like quacking)
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks went out one day (hold up four fingers)
Over the hills and far away, (move hands in wave-like fashion for over hills and then hold hand to forehead "to look")
Mommy duck called quack quack quack, (move hand like quacking)
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy duck called quack quack quack,
But only two little ducks came back.

Two ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy duck called quack quack quack,
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy duck called quack quack quack,
And no little ducks came wandering back.

No little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away,
Mommy duck called quack quack quack,
And five little ducks came wandering back.

Open, shut them, (open and close both hands in front of baby)
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap clap clap. (clap each time you say “clap”)
Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close both hands in front of baby)
Lay them in your lap lap lap. (pat your legs each time you say "lap")

Creepy crawly, creepy crawly,
Right up to your chin chin chin. (crawl fingers up baby's chest to her chin)
Open up your little mouth, (open your mouth)
But do not let them in in in. (quickly put your hands behind your back)
  The wheels on the bus go round and round, (roll hands around each other each time you say "round")
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,  all through the town.

 The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish . . . (raise hands and move back and forth)
The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep . . . (pretend to press horn)
The money on the bus goes, Clink, clink, clink . . . (pretend to drop change)
The Driver on the bus says "Move on back" . . . (use thumb to indicate moving back)
The baby on the bus says "Wah, wah, wah" . . . (rub eyes with hands)
The mommy on the bus says "Shush, shush, shush" . . . (place finger to mouth and say "shhh")
Row, Row, Row Your BoatRow, row, row the boat (rock back and forth and move arms in rowing motion)
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily
Life is but a dream
Row, row, row the boat (rock back and forth and move arms in rowing motion)
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
Don't forget to scream (gently scream!)

Five little monkeys (hold up five fingers and move them as if jumping)
Jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head (bop one finger and then rub its head)
Mommy called the doctor
and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" (shake index finger as if disciplining)

Four little monkeys . . .
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. (creep fingers up on each other)
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. (wiggle fingers as if water coming down)
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain, (raise hands in big circle as if mimicking the sun)
and the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again. (crawl fingers again)
If you're happy and you know it clap you hands. (clap twice)
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands. (clap twice)
If you're happy and you know it then your face will surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.(clap twice)

Continue with: If you're happy and you know it stomp your feet, tap your head, rub your belly, jump up and down, etc.

I'm bringing home my baby bumblebee (cup hands)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
I'm bringing home my baby bumble bee
Ouch! It stung me!
I'm squashing up my baby bumblebee (squash it with hands)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
I'm squashing up my baby bumblebee
EEEW! Yuck!
I'm washing off my baby bumblebee (wash off with hands)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
I'm washing off my baby bumblebee
Look! All gone!

I'm also bringing all our PRESCHOOL SONGS, which you can find the link to that original post here.

I have these tapes from when I was little  and my mom lead Sunday School music. Pastor is a genius and figured out a way to take these tapes (from the ONE tape player that we still own, which doesn't have a CD player with it) and make them into MP3s to put on my phone so we can listen to them in the van, through my phone. I'm soo happy he figured it out!

Wee Sing Silly Songs
Hide 'Em in Your Heart
Bible Singalongs
Psalty's Singalongathon
My Bible Stories

Pastor is also helping me put some other Christian Music onto my Windows Phone so I can plug it into the van and listen to my music through the van, because MOST of Montana is country music or NO radio stations, and that's just not acceptable to me!

If you're just tuning in, here you can find part 1 and part 2. Stay tuned to next week for part 4. The food. I found some NEW recipes we're going to try...for EASY food on the road!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thank You Appreciation Party {Free Printables}

I am SO blessed to have some amazing Children's Ministry partners teaching the love of Jesus at our church. Every year the Director of Connecting Ministries plans a special breakfast for all the partners (we don't call them volunteers, they are our partners in Christ!) at the end of the school year. I'm teaming up with her this year and helping plan the shin dig!

We went with the theme Exclamation of Thanks. The inspiration was found here. We ordered the books for each ministry partners. I then made some book marks, personailzed with each person's name on them and put them in the specific book (we wrote special notes to each partner in the books, all 36 of them!).

I made some printables for you. It includes 11 x17 posters, as well as a bulletin board and some book marks.  You can find the FREE printable HERE.

I also created a bulletin board at church. It's a nice way to say THANK YOU to all our partners throughout the year.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recipe Monday: Cheesy Chicken Lasagna

I've pinned SO MANY recipes on pinterest that I thought it was time to try a new one. We tried the Cheesy Chicken Lasagna.

It took a while  to prepare. This was not an easy recipe to just throw together. So make sure you have a good 2 hours before you want to eat to make sure you have enough time to prepare it and bake it. I enjoyed it, Pastor, did not. For those of you who know Pastor, he is an extremely picky eater. He doesn't like ranch, and there is a packet of ranch in this, so I knew it was going to be a shot in the dark. It was very rich. Its going to take a while to eat it all up, so we'll probably freeze half and eat half.

Either way, not a flop of a recipe, but probably not one I'm going to add to our monthly menus.

What new recipe did you try this week?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Song

Friday. Five Minutes. I love this.

Today's prompt is Song. 

 #2 absolutely LOVES music. I think she gets that from BOTH sides of our families. Pastor and his dad and brother had a traveling family band. He even grew up with a recording studio in his house. How cool is that!? I know that Pastor longs to have one at our house, but right now there just simply enough space.

Anyone, song. We listen to KLOVE and Air1 a lot. It's always on in the van, if #1 doesn't ask for music, #2 does. We listen to Christian music (and kid music too) on Pandora when we are upstairs (we can stream it live from our TV, pretty cool feature, if you ask me). We listen to KLOVE when we are in the school/play room downstairs. Songs and music are always flowing and playing in our house.

I've realized it so much so, because #2 will burst out, out of no where, songs from the radio! Kids DO listen to the music you listen to. Any parent who argues otherwise, they are wrong. I used to, in my former life, before kids, listen to the pop and rock station...the ones that talk about who they slept with, what drugs they did, all that junk. Well I never really listened to the words, just liked the beat....but now that my little 2 year old repeats the songs, pretty well I might add, I have had a switch in "songs" that we listen to.

Plus those pop songs really didn't fill my cup. I want to listen to something that is going to feed my soul!

This currently is one song that is really speaking to me. Take some time and really listen to the words.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Traveling with Preschoolers - Part 2 - DIY Games

I want to start out by saying that most of these activities came from Testy Yet Trying. To find all the ways I made these, go to her site. She has excellent directions. The mazes came from this site.

I have our GAMES Bin ready to go for our big trip coming up in June!

Here's my plan of "attack" for the drive.
  • Leave around 4-5am (depending on when my mom wants to get up) and hopefully the kids will SLEEP the first two hours of the trip. {However last year #1 stayed awake until LUNCH, so we'll see how this goes}
  • Give the kids at busy bag - let them play for 15 - 20 minutes 
  • Have the kids switch bags (if able)
  • Small Snack
  • Sing 4-5 songs
  • Watch 30 minutes of a movie
  • Repeat the whole process about 14-15 times!

Here's what I've packed in it.

 Here's what the busy bag game box looks like.

I'll be keeping this box up front with me and throughout the trip. My mom or I will hand back the busy bag rather than letting the kids go wild with the box of fun! 
 This is a paper towel roll with stickers on it, for letter (and number) recognition. I also made some smaller toilet paper rolls with the letters from their names on it!
This is a neat little button activity. I cut 2x2 pieces of felt and cut a slit in them, the kids will then button on the felt. This was geared more for #2, but I knew that if #1 didn't have one, he'd have something to say about it.
Melissa and Doug lacing cards. Always a good road trip tool!
So I recently read a review on this TWISTABLE crayons. On Amazon one lady said that her 3 year old who breaks crayons ALL. THE. TIME. was unable to break these. We'll see how they withstand the trip. I hope they live up to their review. I'll let you know when we get to our destination!
Bolts, washers, and nuts. For some fun tactile work.
I won this DVD on a blog a while back. I have been saving it for the kids, and this will be one of the NEW movies in their box. We will also be bringing Cars, Frog Prince, MANY Veggie Tale movies, Monster's Inc, Toy Story, and a few others.
Left over Valentine Stickers....because who doesn't love stickers.

 I also made 3 felt boards. One is a silly face board. It has three faces, this one is the Alien Face (don't mind my fast cutting and not being picky about the way everything looks).
 This is the rainbow board.
 The house board.
 The paint chip coloring bag.
Here's one of the I Spy Sticker books.

 The kids have to find the sticker that correlates with that page, basically sticker matching.
#2 LOVES stickers! I know this one will be well liked.
 Silly Putty Bag, debating on NOT bringing this one...because silly putty can be dangerously messy.
 Foam letter stickers with a foam pad. Each have letters for their name.
 Button sorting and stringing.

 We made Star Crayons (new post about them soon) to go with this "secret message" bag! Each kid has 4 cardboard pieces with special messages on them...I used Hot Glue to make the messages, then tapes a piece of white paper over the hot glue. The kids will do a crayon rubbing on it to see the message!
 Bead sorting
Key Matching. The kids LOVED that they will get their own "keys". I asked at Lowes if they had any extra keys they didn't want, and got these all for FREE. 
Look and Find books!
 I like to surprise my kids with something NEW and special every LONG trip (over 5 hours) and so this time I found some ($6 a piece, which isn't bad I thought) reusable sticker books. #1 is a HUGE Thomas fan, #2, well she's a fan of whatever #1 is, but I'm slowly introducing her to princesses and pink and all sorts of girly. The smaller books I bought thinking they'd be fun, they were only $1.35, but I thought they'd be a bit bigger. I was a little disappointed in them.

I also have some "sewing" projects I haven't completed, because I've been cleaning up PUKE the last 3 days, so pictures on those are on hold, since they are sitting at my sewing machine. I have a Popsicle color sort game, some marble mazes, and felt rings finished.

Lastly, I'm contemplating doing THIS as well. I know #1 would be able to do this, but #2 I'm not so sure...and she is a MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO child. Would you do it?

Come back next week for songs and rhymes that we'll sing to keep ourselves busy! If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

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