5 After 5, Christmas Goodie Edition

We are definitely in full-swing Christmas mode around here, but I usually save my baking until we get a little closer to the big day.

I may not make it that far  this year, though, because I'm already craving the goodies listed here!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was everyday chores and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your favorite Christmas cookies or treats


I have fond memories of Christmas-cookie baking days with my mom and grandma when I was growing up. We'd whip up our standard sugar cookie/frosting recipe and then go to town cutting out stars, trees, Santas, snowmen and angels.

The most fun was when we'd take the freshly baked cookies out of the oven and discover that a few angels had suddenly lost their wings, the mittens had fallen off some of the Santas, or, gasp - some of the Frosties had lost their heads!

"Calling Dr. Kildare! Calling Dr. Kildare!" we would shout - and then immediately begin patching up the affected cookie with a dab of frosting glue.

So far I've stuck to simple stars and trees with Gv, but I might just have to hunt up a more delicate cookie cutter shape this year to add this little bit of drama to our baking fun...


Friday Frivolity - As Seen on TV Strangeness

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we shared some of the books our hearts are pining after.

This week, we're laughing at all those crazy As Seen on TV items.


Oriental Trading Company: One-Stop Santa Shopping!

Wondering where to go to find great gifts for everyone on your list?  Here's a site you might not have considered before - you won't believe what you can find there nowadays!




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Have you figured out what you're giving your kids for Christmas yet?

G and I were excited last month when we realized that we already had everything we needed for Gv's presents this year.

My mom had saved several of my favorite toys from when I was a kid, so we'd decided to package up my old doll clothes and toy dishes for her to unwrap - making our budget ho-ho-ho-happy at the same time!

But then there was the Santa problem.

No, we don't have a problem with carrying on the Santa tradition at our house, but every year until now, the big "Santa gift" has been easy for us to come up with.

Not this year.

This year, we just couldn't figure out what to have the jolly old man bring Gv. 

Then, I got a call from the North Pole:




Latticed Learning - Ruth

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 152-155 in this Bible and 131-137 in this one


Read a Little More

We think books are the best around here, so it's always fun to discover great new titles.  I wasn't familiar with any specific books for this week's lesson, but I did find several that look really great:


Ruth and Naomi
Ruth and Naomi


Ruth and Naomi

Thank You, Ruth & Naomi



Sing Some Songs

I didn't come up with many songs for this lesson, but I did come across this one and also this:



Watch Some Videos

We found several great videos that emphasized the story of Ruth:

This was a good start.  Then we watched this one:



We watched the entire DVD for this story (got it from the library), but here's a clip to give you the idea:



Here's another short one:



I'd found this longish-video and hadn't expected Gv to get into it, but she ended up really enjoying it:



Play and Create

We did a couple of things to learn more about the story of Ruth:


Gv took Linus-Aquinas outside on the leash (unnecessary, since our backyard is completely fenced) so that he could follow her like Ruth followed Naomi.




Of course, what actually happened was that he led her around...




I then gave Gv a baggie full of cracker pieces.  She walked around outside, eating some herself, but purposely dropping some for Linus-Aquinas (since Boaz told his workers to leave some grain for Ruth to collect).





For something new this year, we had fun saying this little rhyme that I slightly adapted from here:


Ruth and Naomi trusted God.
If you think so, give a nod.
Ruth and Naomi trusted God.
God took care of them - let's applaud.
Ruth and Naomi trusted God.


I printed out the "Ruth and Naomi" and "Ruth and Boaz" stories from here, then we chose a few pictures to stick on the wall and be our sequencing cards for the week.

It has been neat to see which pages Gv has chosen to represent these stories - they're pretty much the same ones I would pick!

Then I cut out little teardrops of wheat and scattered them for Gv to collect in a basket:

It's always amazing how a simple activity like this can be so fun for her!

I wrote the words "where you will go I will go (Ruth)" on each of those pieces of wheat (anyone else hear the theme from Gilmore Girls right now?)  We rolled up a sheet of newsprint paper and tore down a few strips from the top (I got the general idea from here), then stuck the wheat "kernels" to the exposed portion using double-sided tape:

This turned out so cute!
Gv really had fun parading around with her stalk of wheat!


I liked the idea I'd read about here, so we made our own little paper braid to remember how Ruth joined her life to Naomi's.

This was a bit tricky for Gv, but she managed with a little help from me.

Next, I printed out this sheet of grain, punched it full of holes, then let Gv sew it all up:

This is one of those activities that is just awesome for developing fine motor skills (helps with handwriting!)

I started off by showing Gv which holes to thread next, but then she said she wanted to sew her own design - why not?!

Finally, we finished everything up by grinding our own wheat:

It's easy to grind your own wheat! Find wheat berries in the bulk section of your store, then attach this to your KitchenAid stand mixer and let it do all the work!
And then we made sticky buns (Because Naomi and Ruth stuck together!)

I made two varieties of sticky buns from my one batch of brioche bread machine dough. The bottom one is a classic, gooey version and the top one was filled with strawberries and then slathered in cream cheese frosting.


Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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The Shepherd on the Search's Amazing Journey Around the World!

Looking for a way to keep the focus on Christ this Christmas, but still want all the fun build-up of something like the Elf on a Shelf phenomenon? 

Then get your hands on these fabulous resources - you'll have the best of both worlds!


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OhMyGoodness, I was super-excited when I wrote this post telling you all about the new Shepherd on the Search tradition I'd discovered, but now that we've been actually using him for days, I'm even more excited than ever!

If you haven't read the background post, pop on over here and get up to speed, then come back to find out how "Hezzie" has been bringing extra faith-filled fun to our house this year!   


Project Snapshot - Week 153

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)


We had our Annual Neighborhood Christmas Block Party this past weekend. It's one of those gatherings that don't seem to happen much anymore, even though I remember them happening all the time when I was growing up. Everyone gathers in the driveway of one house and brings a dish and the kids just run and play while everyone else stuffs their face with yummy food.

G and I had three platefuls each, but who's counting?

When the dessert round came, Gv decided she wanted to sit in a chair near her friends, so this shot is from waaaaay over where we sat watching her devour a bright-green-frosted cupcake!


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Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban, pictures by Lillian Hoban

Have you been looking for some great children's classics to add to your home library?

Then check out one of my favorites - previously out of print but now re-released in a special 50th Anniversary hardcover edition!

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When you're a kid, there are books that you enjoy reading once, books you enjoy reading over and over again, and then books like this: 


Charlie the Tramp
...that forever stick with you and become cherished favorites that you pass on to your children!

5 After 5, Everyday Chores Edition

Have you switched into full-on Christmas prep mode yet?

I haven't quite gotten there, but I'm close.  Too busy doing a little pre-holiday de-cluttering so we can get the decorations up.

What are five chores you do every day? Read on for my list...


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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to relax and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 chores you do every day


I've let a lot of things slip over the years around the house - I went from constantly cleaning to spending more time enjoying life amongst the dirt (I've decided there are plenty of things more important in life than a spotless home!)

But there are still certain things I have to do every day to maintain my sanity here at home:


Friday Frivolity - Wishlist Books

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we shared all sorts of Black Friday craziness.

This week, we're sharing the books on our wishlist.


Stocking Stuffers from A to Z

Christmas is coming - and if you're one of Santa's chief stocking-stuffers, then you're probably already starting to wonder what on earth to fill those socks up with this year.

I teamed up with Guilty Chocoholic Mama to bring you this handy list of ideas...





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‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas
and all through the house,
all the creatures were stirring
(including a mouse!)

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that the mom would stick something clever in there...

...which is where this alphabetical assortment of items comes in!