Memory Verse Monday

This week we are doing a unit study about lighthouses. It is always extra fun when I find a Bible verse that ties to our unit study so this week we are memorizing... Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalms 119:105๏ฟผ As usual, we use, A Reason For … Continue reading Memory Verse Monday

Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Fairfield, California

This post includes two trips to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California. On the first trip, I took the kiddos and my mom (01/08/19). On the second trip, E and I took the kiddos (01/05/20). The self-guided tour is free and runs every 15 minutes or so. It's definitely more fun to go during … Continue reading Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Fairfield, California

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

I decided to remake an ornament that I had created in 2016 when I participated in a Five in a Row ornament swap. I bought 3 x 3 wooden squares from Michael's and painted them white. I used acrylic paint and a brush but I would recommend spray paint if I was making more than … Continue reading Harold and the Purple Crayon – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

Gathering Great Goals for 2020

My friends, LR from Returning to Paradise and JF from Of Progress and Purpose have inspired me to think about, write down, and share my new goals for 2020. So far, I had come up with one New Year's resolution: to read one grown-up book per month.  Then I saw LR's Goals for 2020 and I remembered … Continue reading Gathering Great Goals for 2020

The Story of Ferdinand – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

I did not come up with this adorable idea. Our friends, the North family, from North Carolina made this for theย Five in a Row ornament swap in 2016. I made a very similar ornament for a friend of mine. First, collect 4 corks per ornament. My next-door neighbor just happened to bring over a giant … Continue reading The Story of Ferdinand – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

The Snowy Day – Before Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

I got a post-Christmas burst of creativity and started making replacement Five in a Row ornaments. This is the first of several instructional posts. Nothing like poorly timed creativity. Why didn't this hit me in November? Oh well, I'll enjoy these on the tree next year! This ornament was super easy. I found "indoor snowballs" … Continue reading The Snowy Day – Before Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area ๐Ÿฆ† – Gridley, California

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area hosts the Snow Goose Festival each year. Migrating waterfowl of various kinds like to use the area for a pit stop during their journey. The preserve has a driving tour and several walking paths in its 9,100 acres. We enjoyed a 2-mile loop hike with some friends (Returning to Paradise) today. … Continue reading Gray Lodge Wildlife Area ๐Ÿฆ† – Gridley, California

The Salamander Room ๐ŸฆŽ – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

As you may remember, when we lived in North Carolina a few years ago, we were part of a really great homeschool group, North Carolina Five in a Row (NC FIAR).  Every year the group leader, L.N. organizes a FIAR ornament swap.  She is so sweet to let me participate in the swap even though … Continue reading The Salamander Room ๐ŸฆŽ – Five in a Row Christmas Ornament

LEGO Nativity Scene

Earlier this week my 9-year-old son surprised me with this Lego nativity scene. Here are Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus in a manger. My 5-year-old son added his Lego dump truck bin to make a manger that baby Jesus wouldn't roll off. There is also a shepherd with a staff, 3 wise men with gifts, a … Continue reading LEGO Nativity Scene

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Book ๐Ÿ“š List

Happy December everyone! One of my favorite Christmastime childhood memories is pulling out the box of Christmas books that were stored with the rest of the Christmas decorations.  The books somehow seemed more magical because they were Christmas themed, and we only saw them once a year, and they smelled like the Christmas candles that … Continue reading ๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Book ๐Ÿ“š List