Saturday, January 26, 2013

Felt Valentine's envelope

So I did not come up with this idea on my own! (surprise, surprise!) My MOPS group actually shared it with me! I thought it was too cute (and easy) to pass up so I decided to try it.

First I took a sheet of felt and made a slit down the middle.....
Then I folded it in half, leaving the slit along the top and sewed around the edges. Then I trimmed a little bit more to make it more of a pocket.

I forgot to take a pic of this step... but I cut out a triangle and sewed that along the top to make it an envelope! Then I let the boys decide what decorations they wanted to add; and hot-glued those on.

The strawberry says "I love you BERRY much!"

Each day we'll write each other "love notes" and put them in their envelopes! I made the strawberry yesterday... I love cheesy valentines!

It's so important to encourage your kids and let them know how much you love them!!

1 John 4:7-8  Dear friends, let us love one another, for loves comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Oh yea... and this is JDub's idea of a sweet note for the baby........ what a punk!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Junior Kindergarten vs Kindergarten

Ugh.... Ya know when we got preggo with our first born, Bubba, we were expecting him on September 21st!!! And I was thinking sweet! We won't have to worry about that cut-off date when it comes to school! The cut-off is Sept 15th.... he'll be the oldest in his grade... FABULOUS!

Yea... but then he came a month early! Hello late August birthday. Almost 5 years later we have to figure out if we'll put him in Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten... and honestly its kind of a hard decision! I know whatever we choose he'll be fine. He is such a smart kid. He's known his ABC's since he was 2.... he was potty-trained at 2... He can recognize all his letters, capital and lowercase.... He can write his own name (first letter Capital and the others lowercase... apparently that is a really big deal... so parents of toddlers... when your children start writing their names make sure you do the first letter capital and the rest lowercase.. your future teachers will thank you!)

But.... he's also pretty shy. It takes him a while to warm up to people and open up. His preschool teacher says he is just now opening up at school and its great! (Its January people... he's been in school since August and he's just now coming out of his shell!!).

Kindergarten is alot different now than when I was in school. It's much more academic-oriented... not relationship/playtime focused now. So I'm kinda thinking why make him grow up any sooner than he has to right? I don't really think he could go a whole day in school... it seems preschool (12:45-3:15)  has been long enough this year.... and I'm thinking Junior Kindergarten (12:25-3:25) will be long enough for now. This kid takes so long to eat... and they only have 20 minutes in school?! That is crazy! Ok its not really crazy... I mean I know I eat in under 20 minutes all the time. But yea it we'll have to work on that in the next year or so. It would be great if it was sooner than later though (would make my life easier for sure....).

After talking with a few other moms... and grandmas... I think we've decided to keep him back a year. I was always the youngest in my grade... not that it was terrible or anything, but this way Bubba will be the oldest! I think it would be cooler.  They all say holding their kids back "was the best thing they've ever done". So I'm thinking its a wise decision.

Bubba is so little anyway. Ceej has almost caught up to him in height and weight and he's 20 months younger! So we'll just keep him home for another year and send him to Kindergarten the next!!!


We've been potty-training with Ceej! He's doing great! I'm not gonna lie that first day was awful.... accident after accident... I'm pretty sure we went through 10 pairs of underwear. He's only wet the bed once since we've started..... and he does pretty good at home. We've had some issues with him waiting too long and peeing a little in his underwear before he gets to the bathroom... so we're working on that. But man its nice to not have to change diapers!!!

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I stay with my children day in and day out. It's a 24/7 job. They are my life... along with my husband and kitty-cat! We have a simple life, and owe it all to God! I'm just trying to stay sane and keep my typing skills up to par.... hope you enjoy my rants :)