February 8, 2013
I’m a bit in two minds about Valentine’s Day. Some of me sits on the “It’s a created day that is all about retailers and spending money” and the other side of me feels it’s great to be reminded to tell the people we love….that we love them in a more intentional way.
This year I feel more of the second…. hence the post….. but have tried to make it a little more creative (rather than spendy) because self created things almost always* help communicate the love better.
Ideas For Creative Dates
Super Lovey- Dovey
For the Kids
Ideas to Bake
Countdowns to Valentine’s Day (or count on….)
Everything else.* Yes if you have asked for something specifically ….or have been promised something and you receive a sweet handmade gift, you won’t feel the love!
December 9, 2012
1: Saturday Reading: Luke 1: 1-4
Activity: Put up the Christmas tree. Fun, fun, fun….we excused Dad and the girls and I had a great time.
Extra Joy: Bought ‘Christmas Lights’ by Coldplay on itunes.
2: Sunday Reading: Luke 1: 5-16
Activity: Gave the girls their angels. Not the planned activity…but the activity really was a personal one, so I reshuffled so we could continue even with a lunch guest.
Extra Joy: Had lunch with one of the Sunday School teachers (Stef) and played some games and chatted.
3: Sunday (same day) Reading: Luke 1:17-25
Activity: Tell the girls what a joy and delight to us they are.
Extra Joy: We then encouraged the girls to tell each other the same thing. Risky…..yes…. but went amazingly well. Lots of laughs and smiles.
4. Monday: School Presentation day and family dinner out ….no advent tonight
5: Tuesday: Had a friend Brian from Church for dinner. 12 year old was rushing out soon after 14 year old arrived home ……so no advent today….. but had a lovely time.
6: Wednesday: Reading: Luke 1:26-28
Activity : Make ‘rememberalls’ of the girls great grandparents. That means an ornament for our tree to remind us of family members who have gone before us. We talked this through and will make them later once I get all the supplies.
(This was the missed activity from day 2. In past years we have all written a letter to the oldest member of the family. This year the oldest family member is my grandma at 94, but as she suffers from dementia we are going to make her a decoration for her tree instead.)
…. will show the photos as they come.
8: Thursday: …. no advent planned
9: Friday No activity planned. ….. but did buy ‘The first Noel’ by TobyMac (featuring Owl City). The girls have been singing it almost continually since.
10: Saturday: A funny all over the place day (again). No advent….. but saw some lovely friends.
More next week…..
How is your advent going?
December 1, 2012
Well…. it’s here. The first of December and the kids are super excited about the calendar this year.
Since last advent we have moved house…. so no fireplace to form the backdrop to our countdown. We even had to rearrange the lounge room last weekend to make space for the Christmas tree!
As I was preparing this past week, Tim said he had just this year realised, that I was going to do ‘this advent thing’ every year. He then said he was glad. We don’t have that many traditions that are just for our little family.
So….. bring on the manic month of December….. and we will keep reminding ourselves that Christmas is all about Jesus! We will be using the Luke readings we used a couple of years ago…. and some of the activities that really worked. I have included some new activities as well this year. The contents of the glass balls give a hint to what we might be doing. Can you guess any?
Are you adventing this year? I would love to hear your plans.
November 26, 2012
Today I want to tell you all about a fantastic online store.
It’s owned by my fabulous little sister Hayley and a friend… so I am a little bias in my recommendation…. but after I have shown you a small selection of an enormous range of products, I am sure you will agree with me.
Tuxedo Sam (and Friends) USB stick. 14 year old has one and loves it! Once the kids get to high school the USB becomes their best friend. These little guys wont be lost like the boring generic kind…. and are easily recognisable. Even Dad’s and nephew’s would enjoy these.
Djeco make fabulous product. They provide great structured art projects which are vital for building skills. Over the years we have enjoyed many of these craft boxes. They are beautiful indeed.
Covering crafts from colouring, collage, puppet making, folding and knitting these sets ….made for boys as well as girls are highly recommended.
Made by the same company (and often included in the kits) are these felt painting textas and oil pastels. Be warned however….once you buy a child these beautiful textas they will never want normal ones. They make truly beautiful marks and last and last. Well worth the investment.
The oil pastels are also lovely to create art with. you will want to sit alongside your child and draw with them. I think they are better for older children ….. maybe 8+ as they can be a little messy (like oil pastels are)
The Ni Hao Noodle bowl is a fun way to introduce chopsticks to your children. The set comes with a noodle bowl, a patterned plate and a cute set of ‘kid friendly’ chopsticks. The little rubber man holds the chopsticks together making the pinching action that much easier! ….almost like holding a pencil and squeezing. A great gift for 6+ noodle lovers.
We have enjoyed our chalk placement outside and inside. The girls use it to make signs on the cubby house and I sometimes use it to write a list of jobs for them to do…. It’s so much more fun to rub a job off with your hand after doing it!
What is not to love about this sweet Alice in Wonderland necklace (also available as a brooch)? Wood cut and light. Beautiful. You can also get other Alice in Wonderland characters.
The ride on bug.… yes, sadly we are past this, but have many fond memories of the girls zooming around on these. Stylistically so much more beautiful than the plastic ride on…and great for imaginary play.
Past this one too but loved it when the girls were very little. I loved the lightness of the elastic and wood….didn’t hurt when it inevitably hit them in the face! Skish Classic.
I think my all time favourite gift from Scallyoop is Klop. A fantastic park game. It plays like a cross between bowls and boules with a twist or two.
Our family regularly take Klop to the park just with us or with friends and play across generations. The game is well weighted so adult or child can win….. but it’s not all luck. Brilliant!
Now….. my picks for this Christmas and beyond.
This one is for me! Yes there are gifts for adults too!
Love this idea! …..and Balsam wood Plane Card just $7.95
Another Djeco kit! Un-tricky origami Only $12.50
How about this exquisite wooden puzzle? Lovely.
I have loved these for a while. Such a great idea for the ‘construction kids’. Make-a-do kits.
There you have it!
Some of the best gifts you will find…. and you don’t need to go to the shops! Yay.
The site has soooo many more things to love….. and if you get in quick (before Dec 9) adding the code scallyoop10 will give you $10 off if you spend over $30 and put you into the draw for a $150 scallyoop shopping spree.
Why are you still here?
November 16, 2012
A new friend of our family has been designing games for a while now.
Here is a great opportunity for you to help get the next game up and going….and get some awesome Christmas gifts along the way.
My endorsement: We have played Archeology and Dungeon Raiders and are fabulous family games which take up very little space! The video for this one looks excellent. Ally
Click on the Sushi and go straight through to how you can help. Thanks…… and stay tuned. I think a giveaway of Dungeon Raiders would go down nicely very soon.
October 17, 2012
…. and while you are planning your Christmas Advent Events and Treats for your family, please consider Operation Christmas Child.
The deadline for drop offs is 25th of October, in Australia. Yes! Next week.
Your local drop off can be found here.
This is a way our family has given in the past, and the girls derive so much joy from it. It stimulates conversations about children in other countries less fortunate (materially) and spiritually.
I think this is a great way to set the tone early in the Christmas schedule for our family.
Will you join us this year?
October 14, 2012
As requested by Meredith, How pinteresting are Advent Calendars?
What a great time to start thinking about and through the sorts of activities you want to do to keep your Christmas all about Jesus.
The collection has not just visually great ideas but suggested activities and readings.
Last years advent can be found here in reverse…..I need to fix that!
Who know’s what we will do this year?
If you know of any others, or I haven’t included something you would recommend or have tried, please let me know……
….also please let me know if you would like me to collate a special grouping of things you are interested in. It is an interactive series.
I hope you enjoy this one, and I look forward to hearing your plans and comments.
October 2, 2012
Today my oldest turned 14.
What a fantastic gift from God this one is!
He has shown us much grace.
She’s strong, beautiful, artistic, a servant and thoughtful.
It’s a joy to watch her growing into a Godly woman each day.
Happy Birthday and keep going just the way you are.