Friday, October 28, 2011

five friday food favs

i'm always on a quest to find healthy snacks
for the boys while they are at school
as well as for me while i'm at preschool
cinnamon roast almonds
100 calorie pack
boys haven't had them yet
but they were perfect for me when i forgot lunch
had these handy in the car

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michelle brought these to us one day for lunch bunch
glad she did!

blueberry brown sugar
newton fruit thins

b likes them, j not so much

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anne brought this to me for snack one day

yo crunch fruit parfait

this was a hit with both boys
as long as i don't put it as their morning snack too often

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TOTALLY not related to healthy eating
the teachers went to lunch yesterday after our halloween party
to plaza ateca
the guacamole was amazing!!
they make it fresh at your table
i want to go back just for that

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pioneer woman's

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

it's the little things

that are actually BIG things

such JOY

coming across a stack of pics of my boys
     in their younger years
     so sweet
     i placed them around the kitchen in hopes they would see them
     and *remember* how sweet they can be on each other

one of my little preschoolers
     only speaks spanish
     until this week 
     i hear
     "ms. skammer, look!"
     i got so EXCTED!!

some really really great evenings with the boys
the best we've had in a while ~ no big deal kind of nights
but with
     great conversations 
     easy evenings
     good dinner
     project progress
     lots of cuddles
we're in a good place right now
     and i am THANKFUL

"As long as thanks is possible,
then JOY is always possible."
ann voskamp

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

trash to treasure

i've seen a couple variations on 
preschool appropriate
activity dice
movement dice
and decided i needed a set for my classroom


 tissue boxes

 and grocery bag

now mine don't look nearly as nice as the ones in the store
but they don't cost nearly as much either!

free fun!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

move fall loving

not sure what has taken me so long to post these pics

we went a couple of weeks ago
the boys were great sports

neither of them really wanted to go
but they did
and they made the best of it

it's one of my favorite things to do

 see how much fun they had

 this made me laugh b/c i remember them doing
these when they were much younger

and sitting on a non-moving tractor
can still be fun

The grass withers,
the flower fades,
but the word of our God
stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Friday, October 21, 2011

five friday favs

i've had this book for years
really love how it helps me pray
ever have those days 
when you just don't know how or what to pray
this is a good starter on those days

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loved this blog for quite a while
this week i just couldn't shake some of the things 
i had gleaned a while back
the way she takes note of blessings in the trials

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Jesus to Simon
"I have prayed for you, Simon, 
that your faith may not fail.
And when you have turned back,
strengthen your brothers."

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this is fabulous for my 
over washed hands
and smells good too
not waxy either!
i LOVE how a little goes a long way

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all things candy corn this year really get me excited
not just the candy
but the colors, the decorations, craft ideas

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

trash to treasure

lots & lots of big fat crayons
 perfect for making little treats with
 unwrap them all

 place them in desired mold
 bake on 200 for less than 10 minutes 
 but keep watching
 happy fall treats

any idea what i'm doing with this 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

five friday favs

. . . on a SUNDAY!  
haha  I was reminded that I hadn't posted!  

love this oldie but goodie
and forgot how much i missed jars of clay

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these make packing lunches so easy
i can even do a couple days lunches and toss them in the fridge
the boys empty their lunch box and clean these out
i refill for the next day
then pop in back in the lunch box the next morning
we have 4 so i typically make lunches sunday & tuesday nights
for the following 2 days

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thanks to friends
for getting me hooked on bath & body works

LOVE the Leaves 3 wick candle
my house smells cozy
thanks kim!

and the owl plug in
my classroom smells good 
thanks sommer!

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this movie isn't just a reminder for dads to step up
this mama needs to step up as well
very convicting to not just
"be good enough"
but be the best in leading our children
and in representing our God well

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it's no secret how much i've loved reading
angela thomas' stuff
i've just started
so far so good

Friday, October 7, 2011

five friday favs

i was told i would love this song
and boy did i

for so many reasons!

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julie at joys hope

now you can see why her blog is on my favorites list

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mama time

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the fur fighter
we found it at target
it slides under the stove, washer & dryer, fridge, etc.
and i thought i had seen a ton of roxy's hair
with the "furminator"

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the extra cuddles i've gotten from my boys this week
what a gift!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011


* i got to spend the day with my friend kim
* i got to be blessed by the teachings & ministry of susan rodenberg ~ wow! i just love her tender heart for women, God's word, her family
* as well as the fellowship with jenny & her friends
* begged & pleaded for kim to go through the chikfila just for some ice cream cones.  she even did a u turn to get into the parking log
* i came home to my almost FREE canvas print of jacob ~ i danced with it . . . . really!  he's so handsome
* changed the sheets on my bed (i know but this is a rare thing but it's a house job that became my responsibility about a year & a half ago.  since then, i've asked my dad to help with this when they come visit) but not today!
* had to close all the windows b/c our house has gotten too cold
* ended the day laughing like crazy while watching shrek 2.  it's so fun when jacob gets to giggling too b/c he catches the humor
* had the house to myself while the boys were doing their things . . . really quiet, calm, peaceful for a short bit
* thought so so much about a sweet darlin and her man as they made lifelong promises to each other . . . really though, is she old enough to be married. i can't count the times that crossed my mind this week!