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05 December 2016

December Bucket List

One thing I enjoy taking part is in The Reset Girl's listers gotta list challenge. On December 1st, the prompt was "My Christmas Bucket List". I made it more my December Bucket List, because a few of the items have nothing to do with Christmas. Included on this list are:

Buy and decorate our Christmas tree
Put together the LEGO Christmas 2016 Reindeer Mini set with Charis
Put the paper chain kit together
Place the Santa gel clings on the window
Go to the National Aquarium
Go see Star Wars Rogue One
Finish knitting Christmas gifts

What's on your December bucket list?

04 December 2016

Charlie the Tramp

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I love children's literature. When I was first married, I put several children's books on my Christmas list. Why? I wanted to start collecting before my children came. Little did I know that I would have a baby less than a year after getting married. When I was asked if I wanted to review Charlie the Tramp, I was thrilled. Of course, I'd love to review it.

Then I found out that Charlie the Tramp has been around for 50 years. It's an American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition. Written by the authors of Bread and Jam for Frances.

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

My thoughts:

I thought this as a sweet story about a beaver who is seeking to be independent. His parents are willing to let him tramp along. Every morning he comes back for breakfast and does the jobs his parents give him, in exchange for eating his meals. When he discovered that the trickling sound he heard, as the sound of water, he could not sleep and set out to build a dam. While I was reading this book, my daughter asked, "What's a tramp?" As any "good" homeschool mom, I responded, "You'll look it up in the dictionary after the book is finished." My daughter now knows what the word tramp meant 50 years ago. My son has brought this book to me to read three times already, and knowing him, it will be many more times.

Have you read Charlie the Tramp? If so, what do you think of it?
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01 December 2016

Hello Kitty itty bittys

One of my favorite stores to shop at is Hallmark, especially for purchasing their cards. I enjoy sending and receiving personal mail.

Another item that they sell that my children and I enjoy are their itty bittys. When I came back from Pennsylvania on Sunday night, our neighbor delivered a package to me that had been left on our doorstep. In it was Hallmark's Hello Kitty and friends itty bitty.

Hallmark will make a $1 donation to Toys for Tots for each one purchased between now and Christmas Eve. 

Thanks for sending it Hallmark. After my daughter opens up her Christmas stocking, I will have one girl on Christmas morning.

12 November 2016

Yarn #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016

12. Thankful for yarn!! I went to Michaels today and bought this yarn on sale. Plus, I had a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase!!!! I plan to use this yarn to knit Christmas gifts.

What are you thankful for? 

11 November 2016

Silliness #ThankfulNovember2016

11. Thankful that I don't always have to be serious in my job as a SAHM. 

What are you thankful for this month?

10 November 2016

Settled #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016

10. Thankful to finally feel more settled in with homeschooling this year. It has been crazy; we were in PA for two weeks, then moved. I finally ordered our curriculum and will start it on Monday. I have been doing stuff with my daughter, but it's been what I've been piecing together with library books, worksheets found online, workbooks I bought with random things in them, etc. I hate workbooks, but my daughter loves them. 

What are you thankful for today?

09 November 2016

Peaceful Country #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016,

9. I'm thankful for the privilege of living in a peaceful country, where we can wake up in the morning following an election, and not be afraid of being in a war torn country. 

This is the map that Charis colored in of the electoral college election results. 

What are you thankful for today?