Monday, November 28, 2011

Here’s a twist on an old craft.  Remember those old paper chains we used to make?  You know, the ones where we would cut the paper into strips then tape, glue, and/or staple them into circles linking each together?  Well, what if we put a Christmas activity, joke, or link inside of them and removed one link each day leading up to Christmas?

We’ve been doing this at our house for a couple years now.  Beginning December first the kids would check what fun awaited them while counting down the days until Christmas.  I did number these and place them in order so that we could arrange for more elaborate or late-night activities on non-school nights.  Also, I wanted to coordinate things like Christmas Concerts and other local community activities like our annual Santa Claus Parade.  Most of the activities are things we would do anyway but they seem more special when it comes from the chain.
Some of the activities were links to online games or printouts, a Christmas joke, a movie suggestion, sliding at our favorite hill, cold weather games, something to try that day (example: smile at someone today and notice what happens), or even a fun fact about Christmas or that day in history.  I’ve heard of some people putting a small lesson plan or religious discussion for that particular day on their strip.  You can also make it a math lesson for counting, determining days left, how many links have been removed, etc.
You can make it whatever you like and the kids love making the chain as well as taking it apart one day at a time.  How do you and your family countdown to Christmas?

Take Care, D

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Something happened the other night at dinner that made me so grateful we were at home instead of out somewhere for dinner.  R excused himself from the table to go to the washroom.  Usually, this is a non-event.  This time, after a few moments, we heard giggling and cheering coming from the washroom.  Things like, “Oh yeah!” And, “Woohoo!” Even a, “That was awesome!”  This was the beginning of my gratitude of being home and the rest of us are looking at each other at the table and shaking our heads. 

R emerges from the washroom and re-joins us at the table.  I hold my breath because I know something is going to be said.  “Hey Mommy! Guess what!” he manages through his giggles.  I release my breath and respond, “What?”  He laughs a true belly laugh and when he laughs like this, no matter what has happened or why he’s laughing, I just can’t help but join him.  This encourages him and he laughs harder still unable to tell me.  Finally it subsides enough that he blurts out, “When I was on the potty, I farted so hard that I fired out a poop!” And everyone at the table erupts in laughter.

I know I should be disgusted by this and admonish him for saying this at the table, but I can’t, I’m laughing too hard.  R and I feed off each other when we laugh and we laughed for a good five minutes straight.  After the laughter ceased I did tell him that it’s ok to celebrate these things and discuss these things when it’s just us at the table at home but NEVER when we’re in public or other people are over.  Then I commended him on his forceful flatulence and started up another round of giggles.

Take Care, D


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Monday, November 14, 2011

This series is one of my favorites of all time.  As I read these books all I could think about was how fantastic a movie it would make.  When I heard that the rights had been sold to a production company I was ecstatic.  Then the casting came and now a promotional preview. 

Behold, fellow book lovers, THE HUNGER GAMES!



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Thursday, November 10, 2011


November 11th, 1918 at 11 am marks the end of the first world war, hence the commencement of Remembrance Day in most commonwealth countries.  We commemorate our fallen soldiers since the first world war on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month each year.
Pre-children, I attended Remembrance Day ceremonies where I am reminded of what a wonderful country I live in and how grateful I am to the men and women who gave their lives to make this country the incredible place it is and afford me the freedoms that I have.  Now that I have children who have difficulty staying still and quiet for long periods of time, we always watch the ceremonies on television and without fail, I observe the two minutes of silence.
Though Remembrance Day is to commemorate fallen soldiers, I must give past and current soldiers their due.  Although they may not have paid the ultimate price, they have paid a price and many continue to pay for that trauma long after they leave the fighting behind.  Although my thanks is not enough, it is all I have. 
Thank you and God Bless.
Take Care, D

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