Halloween Preschool Theme: October 25 – 31

Halloween Week is here at last!!!


Sam and I are feeling so much better, and we are ready for a fun, full week of Halloween fun! We kicked things off last night with pumpkin pancakes, turkey sausage, and apples and pumpkin butter for dessert! Yum! Also,  a lot of this week will be repeated since most of last week was spent in front of the TV and reading books – but not all of it!

Math: We’ll probably do some of this again, since he LOVED it so much. Match the pumpkins (for this and the gost maze I had to copy the picture and paste on Word, then print), Ghost maze (this looks really hard, but we’ll give it a shot!), Witch Maze.

Reading: Short “u” on Starfall, Make Five Little Pumpkins Book, P is for pumpkin

Science: Halloween Senses, Make “Alien” Goop – add green food coloring for the alien part!

Music: I ordered this CD from half.com for .97 cents! Sam loves it!

Art:  Computer Paint Activities (Sam LOVES these!), Egg Carton Spider, Spiderweb craft, Ghost Windsock Craft

Cooking: Pumpkin Pancakes!

Books: We checked out a ton of Halloween books from the library. Do you know about your library’s holiday section?

Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:5 – Do not be afraid for I am with you. We didn’t do this even ONCE last week, so we will be sticking with it for this week. Afterall, Halloween spookiness IS kinda scary!

Field Trip: Trick-or-Treating and leaf hunt.

Happy Halloween! Be safe and have a great week! P.S. So sorry this is late.


Nobody’s Perfect

I wish I was a better mom.

I wish I watched less TV. I wish I ordered less pizza. I wish I read the Bible more. I wish I was more patient with my son, more gentle with my husband, had more time for my dog. I wish I called my best friend more often and never sent birthday cards out late.

I wish I journaled more than two days in a row. I wish I could stick with my diet. I wish I could find JOY in my at-work job and more joy in pre-schooling Sam. I wish I went outside more, sewed more, cleaned more deeply, cooked more often. I wish I was always on time with bills and always had enough to pay them. I wish I would never fall asleep while Sam watched cartoons in the morning and woke up to find that he’s been watching them for three hours (oh yeah, it happens!).

I wish I always flossed.

I wish I could be more forgiving of my family, of my friends. Especially my husband. I wish I could forget it all.

I wish my hair would stop falling out and that at 29 my teenage zits would go away.I wish my boobs were perky again. I wish I hadn’t made that pledge to never again dye my hair or paint my nails. I wish I didn’t have to shave everyday. I wish I didn’t have to shave EVERYTHING everyday…

I wish I had a pretty winter coat with all of its buttons. I wish I could find shoes that fit. I wish I had a savings account and a college fund for Sam and a 401K. I wish my parents had taught me about money and I wish that Rick and I weren’t so bad with it.

I wish I hadn’t given my two favorite people the flu.

I wish the snow hadn’t knocked down a power line. I wish I had cleaned better for the landlord to come over tomorrow. I wish we had moved into an apartment.

I wish our new baby was here instead of not here at all – not even a little bit yet. I wish I wasn’t fat so I could not worry about another pregnancy.

I wish I could give all my worries away. Instead of holding on to them because I think that gives me control. I wish we were already there. Already perfect. Already Home. Already Whole.

Today was a good day. A really pretty good day. And those are still all the regrets I had. So anyway, you’re not alone. We’re all the same.  I wish every mom could know that we are all the same.

Must. Stop. Popping.

Go here to see what I mean. Ah ha! Now you’re hooked, too!!!

Because I DO sometimes fear the terror of the night…

Psalm 91

 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
       will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [a]

 2 I will say [b] of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
       my God, in whom I trust.”

 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
       and from the deadly pestilence.

 4 He will cover you with his feathers,
       and under his wings you will find refuge;
       his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 5 You will not fear the terror of night,
       nor the arrow that flies by day,

 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
       nor the plague that destroys at midday.

 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
       ten thousand at your right hand,
       but it will not come near you.

 8 You will only observe with your eyes
       and see the punishment of the wicked.

 9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
       even the LORD, who is my refuge-

 10 then no harm will befall you,
       no disaster will come near your tent.

 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
       to guard you in all your ways;

 12 they will lift you up in their hands,
       so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

 13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
       you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
       I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
       I will be with him in trouble,
       I will deliver him and honor him.

 16 With long life will I satisfy him
       and show him my salvation.”

Birthday Gifts for Mom

Update: I ended up buying a whole bunch of beads and making six different (and matching) bracelets for Mom. She said the kids at school today really liked them! More importantly, she felt pretty in them!

My mom’s birthday is coming up and I can’t think of ANYTHING to get her besides a scarf, but it’s Spring… maybe a light one? Looking online I found some ideas… but do you have any? She’s pretty hip, has very long , beautiful, white hair, she’s a teacher, and loves nature. Plus she’s fun. And kind of a hippie.

Here’s what I found:

Very pretty scarf, Family Tree Frame, Cool Vase, Cookbook Holder

Does This Look Attractive To YOU???

I am 28 years old, so if my opinion changes here I’m sorry. I expect to feel the same on this subject when I’m 87, but who knows? Maybe I’ll hit 45 and demand plastic surgery, Botox, expensive age creams tested on animals, etc. But NOT NOW! Right now my wrinkles are starting to get makeup stuck in them by the end of the day. And I have this long, thick strand of white hair that (honestly!) I am loving! My ta-tas that used to be lovely and attractive now most certainly need a bra – even when no one else is home. Other stuff is starting to happen, too. Who knew that at 28 (ok, well, almost 29) I’d already be noticing these changes? Certainly not me!

But in everything I am I know that I am more beautiful than this picture. WAIT! I am NOT saying this woman isn’t lovely. In fact, I do believe that without the touch up and the facial distortions brought on by computer imaging she would be very beautiful. But how’d you like to be her? Knowing that this is your picture? I don’t think I’d even do it for money.  

I HATE THESE ADS! I HATE THESE COMMERCIALS! I GET SO FURIOUS WITH THE HOLLYWOOD STARS THAT I LOVE AND RESPECT AND SEE UP THERE IN L’OREAL COMMERCIALS!!! (L’oreal tests on animals, by the way.) Women are beauiful. And yeah, men naturally age more gracefully. And yeah that sucks. Big time. All my husband has to do is grow a beard and he all of a sudden looks distinguished. I can spend 30 minutes a day REMOVING my excess hair and all it does is make me look less hairy! 🙂

Oh, but women, you are beautiful. I look at my mother – now 56 – and her hair is longer than mine, completely gray. She wears long, flowy skirts, way too much jewelry, and always smells like Chanel No. 5. And when she smiles her soft, smooth skin glows and all I can think of is how warm and beautiful she was when she would kiss me good-bye to go have a night out with my dad. And honest to God she is more beautiful now than ever. But that’s just my opinion. It WOULD be nice to be electricly beautiful and sexy for my entire life. But I won’t be – haven’t been for SOME TIME NOW. I don’t care. As long as I can be as beautiful to people as my mom is now, I’ll be good. And it won’t cost a thing!

My Favorite Frugal Mama Websites

The Centsible Sawyer 

Money Saving Mom 

Mommies with Cents 

Mommy Snacks 

Violet’s College Fund

It seems like a few of these owners are away, so this is a great time to find a new blog, read up on how they work, what they are like, and pick a few favorites. What do you like best? Please link them here and let us all know.

Have a great weekend!