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CIJ: Reindeers for kids to make

July 23, 2009

*Materials needed*

1 ) 2 ~8×10 Sheets of Craft Foam  ~ Brown ( or any color)

2)  Package of Google eyes

3 ) Small red pompoms

4) Elmers Glue

5) Scissors

*Instructions*

* Children have an adult help you*

Take  2 pieces of the craft foam

1 for the hands and 1  for the foot

trace  hands onto craft foam and cut out ( set aside)

trace foot onto a separate piece of craft foam cut out (set aside )

Take the hands and the foot cut out and glue hands  together onto the  foot cut out  then glue the eyes into the center of the foot , add the pompom to the bottom of the foot. Lay flat to dry

When your all finished  it  will look like this.0812 020 not only do you have a unique reindeer , but a great way to see how much your child has grown over the years..

CIJ: Visit the NorthPole

July 20, 2009

NorthPole.com
Is a place where you can play reindeer games, become a character in your very own story, send an email to Santa Claus and yes he will actually email you back.. And of course we can not leave out Mrs Claus here at the North Pole she has a list of her yummy cookie recipes perhaps you can make some and leave them out for Santa on Christmas Eve. But the Best Part is on Christmas Eve you can follow Santa Claus as he delivers presents around the world thanks to NORAD There are just so many things to do and see at the North Pole.. and what a better way to get into the spirit of the season.. Enjoy and have fun

CIJ: Twas the night before Christmas

July 17, 2009

Every Christmas Eve My Dad and I would read this and I have continued reading it to my own kids..
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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Tell that baby to come already!

July 13, 2009

Belly of a woman in her 34th week of pregnancy. 

I often come across pregnant women who are past their due date and just can’t wait any longer for their little ones to be born.  Being in your third trimester can be really uncomfortable and you just want to hold your baby in your arms already!  I’ve compiled a list on how to induce labor, naturally.  Hopefully it can help you, or someone you know that is pregnant. 

How to Induce Labor Naturally!

CIJ: Christmas Goodies

July 7, 2009

One of my favorite childhood  memories of Christmas Goodies is the  Special Package of Homemade Candies sent to My family by My Grandmother Ewers   each year she would send a box of her home made delectable goodies.  And her timing would always be just a week just before Christmas. In the box would contain Divinity, Fudge and Jellied Candies, and Peanut brittle. Oh and you could smell the sweet aroma before even opening the box. That was a true treasure to indulge in and she  would even send cookies for me to set out just for Santa Claus . Very fond memories of her goodies, Yummy. Another Favorite of Mine Was an Idaho Spud Candy bar which can only be found In or around Idaho it’s taste is indescribable and no it does not contain any ingredients’ of  a potato for those of you that may be wondering, Sure you could buy the Idaho Spud Candy bar any time of the year  but My dad would  always hide a few inside the Christmas Tree for me to find on Christmas Morning. idahospud_home and since I no longer have access to these by means of my local grocery store ,I have ordered them from Owyhee Candy Company just for my children can experience the wonderful yummy mouth watering   confection.

What are some of your favorite  Holiday goodies? I would love to hear about them..

Children and their fascination with a scanner

June 29, 2009

My Kids were fascinated  with my scanner, apparently it took little to amuse them

*disclaimer* they were under supervision

This is the result..hands1 hand2

paw1   hand3  in order of appearance  1 ( 5yr old) 2 (9yr old) 3 (furbaby) 4(11 yr old)

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Toe Torture

June 23, 2009

These little plastic playthings that our children call toys are no toys to those that step on them  when you’re half asleep  walking  down the hallway to the bathroom, These little toe tortures  find their way to the most sensitive spot on your feet causing you to hop around like a cat on a hot tin roof and to curse that would make a  sailor blush.. They little plastic play things sure do give a whole new meaning to   action figures  so  if you have these little plastic play things in your house you have been forewarned .. Be cautious where you step  they have a habit of just lying around and no one knows how they get there, Your child will deny that they ever left them on the floor and some how they just jumped out of the toy box..ouch

Ode to a House

June 17, 2009

I was searching  Google Maps looking for my child home where I spent  many of my growing up in  , Typed in the address I could not find it , so what I ended up doing was locating the local mom and pop store that was on the corner about 2 blocks away, and followed the road,  Mind you I have not been to this area in over 11 years.. My sweet Child hood home has had a complete makeover and the address has changed.. I had so many good memories on that street and in that home, I learned how to tie my shoes, Shot  arrows at bales of  hay  with  my Compound Bow for deer hunting practice  with my dad  (R. I.P.) … Planted many flowers with my mother and played in the yard with my dog Moose  who probably weighed  a pound soaking wet… Had my first crush on the Newspaper boy..   It was kind of sad  in away that is hard to describe. I continued down the street  a bout a block or two just to check out the rest of the neighborhood.. I all I can say is what a difference  a decade makes.. So to that  house that gave me so many memories I thank you and I will cherish them forever..

Working out with baby

May 30, 2009

Toddler with exercise ball

My guess is, if you have a baby, you aren’t working out as much as you’d like.  There are fun ways you can get some exercise in and tote baby along for the ride.  These are some suggestions you might like:

How to Workout with Baby

In Loving Memory on This Memorial Day

May 24, 2009

Memorial Day  is a Day when we pause to give thanks to the people  who fought for things we have, . Our freedom. Is the true meaning of  Memorial Day lost with  The Generation of  today, to them it might seem like a day to  have a BBQ and a 3 day weekend and go to the graves of loved ones and decorate , Although I could be entirely wrong, Memorial Day  is the Day to Honor  our Nations  Veterans both past and present, For many of us however it is a time of sorrow, remembrance  missing the family and friends we have lost over the years and the heartache  many still have, Our Veterans both past and present are the true American Idol. They gave  us their lives so many of us could enjoy our next   tomorrow. This started way before any of us were a part of this earth and to this day we still honor those that have  held their head up high and gave all they could. So today just take a moment to yourself  and  remember what you have and be thankful for it..

To all of those that have fought  for my  nations freedom  Thank you…