"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Counting with Clothespins

I let my little ones practice counting with clothespins today. I used number cards I swiped from another activity and Dollar Store clothespins that I bought forever ago. (I like them because they have fat, rubbery tips so they are a little easier for my littles to handle!) My 2 year old and 4 year old both enjoyed this activity quite a bit. Their excitement didn't last forever, but it kept their attention long enough for me to work with my big kids on a separate activity.

After posting this pic to Instagram so my mama friends could see and possibly use the idea with their littles, I decided that I wanted to make my own printable with pictures on each card for my 2 year old. That way, he can match up a clothespin to each star! Once he gets better at counting, I can swap him back to the number cards without the pictures. 

I'm going to print these out and laminate them so they won't get ruined by my destructive little boys. I was hoping to share the file on here, but I can't seem to find a way to do it. (Help?!) So...if you'd like for me to send the file to you, just comment here or send me a Facebook message!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Gift of a Great Daddy

Elijah sat up in bed this morning, gasped, and said, "Daddy!"
Then he climbed over to Buddy and gave him a huge hug.

After working 2 jobs all week and barely seeing each other, I don't know which one of them was loving that hug more. I wear many hats these days, especially when Buddy is working a lot of extra hours, but every time I see him give the kids a big bear hug, it confirms what I already knew:  

There is no way to replace a great Daddy. 

Buddy, thank you for all that you do for our family. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for teaching our kids how to be hard workers and good providers. Thank you for being the kind of man that takes pride in taking care of his wife and children. I might be the one spending more hours with them every week, but you are teaching them so much by your example.

So when we kiss you goodbye, I hope you leave us knowing how much you are loved and admired, and I hope you are able to take that love and admiration and use it to keep you going when your body is tired and your days seem unending.

Buddy, this Thanksgiving (and every other day of the year), 
we are all so very thankful for YOU.

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