Paint & Pop!

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The kids call my dad POPS so this was the perfect activity to celebrate his day!!!!

We love you like crazy POPS!!!!

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A Treasury of Ordinary Days

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Every year I print a photo book of our days.

It’s such a treasure to have a visual journal of these simple moments that I now hold so dearly.

 The books above are printed from Artifact Uprising.

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A few pages from our most recent book–

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Brunch in Bed

Sticky Fingers

Messy Hair

Syrup, Smiles

Everywhere.

The snowman pancakes

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Hot Chocolate Taste Testing!

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CHEERS!!!!!

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10 Things to do on a SNOW DAY!

copyright-katherine-marie-011314d1.  Read snow books!!

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2.  Paint Snow!  (idea via Teach Preschool)

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3.  Read & Paint “The Snowy Day”  (idea via Joyfully Weary)

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4.  Experiment!  Mix and freeze fresh snow, paint and shaving cream.

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5.  Melt a snowman!  (idea via Pinterest )

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6.  Set up a dinosaur excavation site.

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7.  No matter how cold it is outside make at least one SNOW ANGEL!  Of course!

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8.  Serve hot cocoa & cookies in the snow!

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9.  Crack-a-Snack!

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Thirteen in 2013

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for my very very favorite of

2013

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Dear God in Heaven,

As we begin this glorious new year, full of hope and anticipation,

please remind us that whatever comes into our lives comes only with Your divine

permission and is designed to make us more like your precious son, Jesus.

Thank you that Your grace is sufficient to carry us

through every trail,

through every joy,

through every journey in 2014

Thank you for your never-ending, unfailing, beautiful love Lord.

Amen”

(prayer adapted from Barbara Johnson, Joy Breaks, Page 278)

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New Years Eve!!!

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List-O-Fun for the big night!  

A few favorites—Shoot for the New Year = Shoot Nerf discs at balloons,  Light Up 2014 = Dancin’ with glow sticks,  Strong Start to 2014 = Balloon barbell toss,  Pop into the New Year = Pop-its (left over from 4th of July) and popcorn bar,  Whip Cream Shots— with extra sprinkles of course!

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Midnight Kisses!  Thanks a million for the treats Jodi!!!!

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HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Cookies for “Samta”

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Okay, even thought I still have a million Christmasy pictures to share, I know it’s time to MOVE ON!  So this will be my last BATCH of holiday photos… promise!

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xoxoxox!