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The (not always so) Sweet Life

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Took the kids to the Lego store last night for the monthly build. We haven’t gone to one in forever (who am I kidding? I’ve never been to one. My sweet husband, who took them last time, hasn’t been in months and probably only went last time because I suggested it). Surprise! The builds are not on Monday nights, they’re on Tuesday.

Tried again this evening (the mall, twice in one week. That was probably my first mistake). My kids were concerned about missing it tonight after missing it yesterday, but they also 1) didn’t get their school work done very quickly and 2) didn’t want to forego playing with friends this evening if they didn’t have to. So, after telling the kids multiple times this afternoon that the build starts at 5:00 and goes until they run out of supplies or the mall closes, we arrive about 7:45. Wrong. The Lego build, which is on the first Tuesday of the month, has very specific hours: 5:00-7:00. Kids cope with having missed it. Not too big a deal.

(Side note: Lego store rocks. Even though the kids were handling the disappointment both times REALLY well, the Lego employees seemed to realize what a loser mom my kids are stuck with. So, they gave us last month’s Lego build set when we arrived yesterday and discovered we were off by a day. Tonight, a totally different employee snuck back and secretly bagged up this month’s build set, tracked my kids down in the store separately and handed them each a bag on the down low. Bless them. They can’t make up for a life time of living with me, but they sure did try).

The kids brought their own money to the mall to buy Sweet CeCe’s frozen yogurt, since I wasn’t willing to spring for it when we were at the mall yesterday. We head there. We debate cup sizes – the “Sweet” size for a flat price or the “Sweeter” size for a price per ounce. My daughter chooses the flat rate and heads off. My son (who thinks ice cream and frozen yogurt are a food group unto themselves) chooses the per ounce cup. This is not surprising. I’m expecting him to gorge himself. It’s his money, so I leave it up to him. I help my daughter get her yogurt and she goes off to add toppings. My son tells me “not too much” as I start filling his. I am shocked. Apparently, he’s really watching his spending.

The problem is, he isn’t actually tall enough to SEE the yogurt being dispensed. So he’s jumping up and down trying to keep tabs on it. During one of his jumps, he reaches out and attempts to give himself a little boost using the tray of the yogurt machine. 10 seconds later, I am COVERED from hip to toe in some combination of Cheerful Chocolate and Vanilla Bean. The trays from the machine are on the ground. I am not cheerful. I have frozen yogurt in my sandals. I am standing in pond of frozen melted yogurt. My daughter has discovered that the toppings bar has exactly her favorite topping and is excitedly trying to tell me about it from across the way. I am dripping and trying to apologize to the sweet girl running the store. Bless her heart. I nearly beg her to let me help her clean it up. I mean, it is a disaster. And 1 hour before closing time. I’d have hated us. Instead, she is incredibly sweet. My son finishes putting the toppings on his yogurt. He is much more selective than usual. His frugal side is showing. He’s trying to keep the cost low since he knows he’s got to pay for it. Just a few things, and one single piece of cookie dough. We check out. His is actually cheaper than hers. We make a run for it before they kick us out of the mall.

We needed to go by the grocery store on our way home.I’d have skipped it, but we really did need just a couple of things. So, we make our way through Publix, me with one pants leg soaked through-and-through from top-to-bottom with chocolate yogurt and yogurt squishing in the bottom of my sandals, the kids carrying their Sweet CeCe’s so they can finish it up (and head straight to bed when we get home, it’s getting late). We’re nearly done shopping, and rounding the corner to head to a register when my son somehow manages to flip his yogurt cup, with remaining yogurt and toppings, upside down and into the middle of the aisle. Seriously, two chocolate puddles in one evening? My son looks sheepish, but torn. He doesn’t really want to write-off the yogurt and toppings. Head in hands, I send the kids together to the restroom, which is within sight, to clean themselves up and bring me back some paper towels. While they’re gone, I remember there are some wipes in my purse and manage to get it cleaned up. I go to meet the kids at the restroom, holding a chocolate puddle and a mess in my hands, where my daughter is emerging with a handful of paper towels. I explain that I got it cleaned up. She is relieved. He begins to slowly, quietly melt. He glues himself to my side and buries his face. He is quietly crying. Then, not so quietly. Then, full on sobbing. “You’re tired,” I say, “we need to get you home.”

“I’m not tired,” he says, “I’m sad.”  “I really wanted that piece of cookie dough.”

We check out, sandals still squishing, and head home.

 

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Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 18

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Welcome to Day 18 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 18 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-18-Opportunity.pdf (321 downloads) )
Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree Bible Stories

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 18 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 16

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Welcome to Day 16 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 16 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-16-Praise.pdf (386 downloads) )

Kids Jesse Tree

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 16 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 15

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Welcome to Day 15 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 15 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-15-Shepherd.pdf (367 downloads) ).

Children's Bible Stories

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 15 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 14

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Welcome to Day 14 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 14 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-14-Perception.pdf (337 downloads) ).

Children's Bible Study

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 14 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 13

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Welcome to Day 13 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

For those of you who have been listening to the podcast, I just want to thank you so much for letting my family come into your home everyday! Presenting this Bible study for kids every day has been a tremendous blessing to my children and they are thrilled at the thought that there are other children out there participating with them!

If you haven’t been listening (or doing a Jesse Tree study of your own), this halfway point is an EXCELLENT place to jump in. Today we’re talking about the basis of “The Jesse Tree” and just how BIG God’s plan is!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 13 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-13-Plan.pdf (371 downloads) ).

Bible Study for Kids

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 13 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 12

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Welcome to Day 12 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 12 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-12-Light.pdf (376 downloads) ).

Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree Advent Ornament

Note: Our kiddos are going to be reading from the Common English Bible (CEB). We love this version because, while it’s a translation and not a paraphrase, it uses language that is approachable and more easily understood by our children. My husband and I like the translation for ourselves as well, and we enjoy all being able to open our Bibles (hard copies and iPad versions) and read from the same translation.

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 12 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 11

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Welcome to Day 11 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 11 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-11-Care.pdf (377 downloads) ).

Children's Bible Devotional

Note: Our kiddos are going to be reading from the Common English Bible (CEB). We love this version because, while it’s a translation and not a paraphrase, it uses language that is approachable and more easily understood by our children. My husband and I like the translation for ourselves as well, and we enjoy all being able to open our Bibles (hard copies and iPad versions) and read from the same translation.

Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 11 Podcast:

 

Great Gift Ideas (and Reviews) #4

Gift Ideas and Reviews

We have had a LOT of building toys around our house over the years! Here are some of our very favorites, which would make great gift ideas!

Building Toy Gift Idea #1:

Tomy Contructables Building Toys Gift IdeaWe gave this set of Tomy Contructables to our little boy when he was 2 1/2. At that age, we did most of the constructing, but he loved to “help” and he was fully enamored with the idea of constructing something that actually moved. This set is durable, comes with easy instructions for building multiple types of vehicles, and the parts are large enough to be handled by a toddler/young preschooler. This has continued to be a toy that he pulls out, although I think that at 5 1/2 he has really aged beyond it. Still, it’s a toy that has help up beautifully for all this time and consistently been entertaining. The box is large enough to stuff all the pieces back into and stores nicely on our shelves. My only complaint about the toy was  that the motor was designed to make a clicking sound (why on earth?), but we weren’t the first to be annoyed by it and one of the other reviewers on Amazon had figured out a very simple fix. My husband followed their lead and we’ve enjoyed the toy very much ever since! There’s apparently even a dinosaur set out there now and the pieces are interchangeable!

Building Toy Gift Idea #2:

Here’s another fun building set that has stood the test of time: Wedgits. We’ve had this set since the time our children were 4 and 2 and they still enjoy pulling it out and playing with it.  The pieces are large and easily handled by a young child. They can be put together very simply or constructed into more complicated patterns. Like most building block sets, the more pieces you have, the more you can build with it. You can follow the book or get creative. This toy has held up beautifully! My only complaint about it is that it you’ll need to come up with some storage for it. The box it comes in is not designed to house it for the long-haul.

Building Toy Gift Idea #3:

Castle Building Blocks Gift IdeaMy sister and her family gave this Castle Building Block set to my son about a year ago. We’ve had LOTS of building block sets around here (also Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, etc) and this has definitely been the most popular and played with set! Both of my children love to get this set out and either build a castle together or work on their own individual creations. It also worked out really nicely with that our Classical Conversations homeschool group studied the Medieval Period this year!

These block are really simple and basic, but they just look so nice that they make a the most simple structure look cool!

This is a set that you’ll need to plan on some storage for (Can you tell that makes a difference to me when it comes to toys? I must have some sort of issue that probably requires therapy to deal with. My house is not perfectly neat and organized, by the way. Far from it.).

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 4

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Kids Daily Devotional Jesse Tree Day 4 Advent

Welcome back! Or, if you’re joining us for the first time . . . Welcome!

Don’t worry if you’re joining the Kids’ Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series in progress . . . just jump on in and start wherever you’d like! If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.  

The latest podcast is at the bottom of this post.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 4 by clicking the image to the right (or here).

 

 

 

 

Note: Our kiddos are going to be reading from the Common English Bible (CEB). We love this version because, while it’s a translation and not a paraphrase, it uses language that is approachable and more easily understood by our children. My husband and I like the translation for ourselves as well, and we enjoy all being able to open our Bibles (hard copies and iPad versions) and read from the same translation.

Today’s Kids’ Bible Devotional
Jesse Tree, Day 4 Podcast:

 

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