For the week of Valentine’s Day, I decided to take it easy with Princess and just have fun doing a few preschool Valentine’s Day activities. We read lots of books and did some fun crafts and learning activities. She really enjoyed all the things that we did and it was a lot of fun for me also. A few times, the older kids even joined in!
For my Dollars & Sense Tip #2, I thought I would focus on Valentine’s Day, since the holiday is coming up soon. Everyone associates this day with lots of flowers, candy, etc. and those things can be very expensive. Jason and I have never spent a lot of money on Valentine’s Day gifts, but we always enjoy celebrating in our own way.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank:
We typically do our Gingerbread Houses in December as a fun Christmas activity. But this year somehow, we didn’t get around to them. We had bought the kit already, so the other week when we were having a rough day and no one felt much like doing bookwork for school, I pulled the kit out. My how that simple thing turned our whole day around!
Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone already. I wanted to share with you a little about our family’s Christmas. I’ll be honest, I had a really hard time getting into the “Christmas Spirit” this year. I think my brain and my body are still trying to get rested up from all the hard work and extreme intensity of our rental house remodel. (You can read more about that here: Our rental house bath remodel)
I think that whole project took more of a toll on me than I realized or imagined it would. All through the holidays, I sort of felt like I was just going through the motions and just doing enough to get by. I normally do a lot of baking and fun activities with the kids, but that didn’t really happen much this year. I’m hoping and praying that now that we are finished with that, I can get rested and get more focused on homeschool and just enjoying life with my family.
One thing I did not let myself slack on was doing our Advent candles. It was always a time for us to come together as a family to remember what Christmas is all about. I did manage to capture a nice photo of my kids on Christmas Eve as we lit the final candle, the Christ candle.
We’ve been participating in the Five in a Row Christmas Ornaments Exchange for over 5 years now and it’s always so exciting for the kids! We sign up on the Forums at Fiveinarow.com . There is usually someone who volunteers to coordinate the exchange and they will have a sign up form in late summer. We always do both Domestic and International lists, which makes it a lot of fun because your ornaments go all over the world and you receive ones as well! It’s so fun to look at the return address and see what state they are from!
We’ve kept all of our ornaments and we have a small Christmas Tree that we set up in our school room to put them all on. Here is our tree this year:
Popstar and Flash both participated in our local Homeschool Choir called Voices of Carolina. This was Popstar’s second year in the choir and she loves it. It has been a really good experience for both of them. They gave their final Christmas Concert this past Tuesday evening and it was amazing! Three of their cousins also sang in the choir with them, so that made it a little more fun for them.
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I had a lot of fun with the kids last week decorating the house for Christmas! The kids were so excited to get out all of their old ornaments and reminiscing was great! Here are a few pictures from when we set up our Tree.
Last week was collection week for Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse. We’ve been packing shoeboxes for this program for years. It’s something we all love to do. I think it’s important to teach the kids that there are other children around the world whose lives are so different from theirs and that by doing this little thing, we can make such an impact on a child’s life.
I also think it’s important for them to remember that Christmas is about giving and not just receiving. After all, the Bible says in Acts 20:35 “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
When we think of Thanksgiving, especially the first one we always remember the Indians (Native Americans) who ate with the Pilgrims. Day #17 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series is all about Native American Indians.
I decided to include Candy Corn as Day #16 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series. I know that Candy Corn is usually associated with Halloween, but it is such a fun fall treat that I thought it would be a good one to have with this series. There are so many fun crafts and snacks that go with candy corn, although there really aren’t any children’s books that focus just on candy corn.