Every good and perfect gift is from above.
~James 1:17

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Art Class

I am teaching an art class for 2nd and 3rd graders at our home school co-op. I have not studied art, but I have found the most wonderful blog to help me come up with great ideas and lessons for this class!

Art Projects for Kids is the blog of REAL art teacher, Kathy Barbro. She shares lesson after lesson, with instructions and pictures. I wish I had more classes to teach during the year so I could try out more of her ideas! I will definitely have to do some of these at home with my own kids. If you need some inspiration for teaching art to elementary school age kids, check out Art Projects for Kids!

Yesterday, my class made these great Abstract Winter Trees from Kathy's blog. Aren't they beautiful?! :-)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Princess in the Kitchen

Saturdays are "Pancake Day" at our house. I get the kids up and we make pancakes together on Saturday mornings while Dave sleeps in. (On most other mornings, he gets the kids up and makes breakfast. I know, I am spoiled!) Anyway, this morning a princess made the pancakes and boy, did they taste great! :-) Here she is, whipping up our delicious breakfast.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Baby, it's cold outside!

These pictures were taken yesterday when the temperatures were not quite as frigid! We are looking for a HIGH of FIVE BELOW today! BRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! We are staying inside!!

This morning, Kate helped me make some cranberry bread, which has filled the house with a delicious fragrance. We have soup cooking in the crockpot and right before dinner, we'll have breadsticks in the oven. Good smells, warm food, cold day. That sums it up! :-)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

January 2009

Christmas flew by this year and then off we went to the conference we go to every year a day or two after Christmas. This year, around 1500 college students attended. On the day of outreach, they went into neighborhoods on behalf of local urban churches to deliver boxes of food and share the gospel. Grant and Kate got to go with a group of kids to Feed My Starving Children. They filled bags of food to be sent to Africa. The kids like living at a hotel for a few days, hanging out with other staff kids and playing in the pool.

When we got home we had some time to relax and the kids enjoyed playing with the new things they got for Christmas. Kate was excited to try out her new Easy Bake oven!

Dave and I celebrated our 16th anniversary on January 2nd with a low-key night out. We usually keep it pretty simple since we are kind of tired from being at the conference

This week we started school and are now trying to get back into a normal routine. It has been cold outside, which makes it especially nice to snuggle on the couch while we read together. Happy New Year!