Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring Break - Week 1

Well, Easter came and went too fast! We celebrated on Saturday night with a ham dinner with Chuck's parents and his sister and her 4 girls. After dinner, we all went to church. We were so excited they all came with us to church! The service was rockin' - more than usual! HDC really does a great job! The music and Pastor Tom make church so enjoyable!

This week I've been busy doing stuff around the house. I started painting our master bedroom on Sunday and still need to finish it up. The room is a disaster right now. I also started listing some more of K's old clothes and some SU! stamps on Ebay. Check out my auctions under StmpnShell. The stuff I don't list will probably go to this new children's resale shop in Apple Valley called "Children's Orchard". We stopped in last week and they have a bunch of good stuff. If you know anyone having a baby tell them to go there - tons of baby items that look brand new!

Well, it's time to get back to painting! Oprah's on too - I love her show!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easter Story Cookies

I got this today from a friend. I think this sounds like a neat idea. I'm sure K will love it!

Easter Week Special: Easter Story Cookies
David Langerfeld
Mar 16, 2008

This Daily Encourager "Special" is for parents, grandparents, teachers and those who work with children. It's a great way to teach them the truths about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Story Cookies

You need:

1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch salt
1 cup of sugar
Zipper baggie
Wooden spoon

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place the pecans in a zipper baggie and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears that were shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add the 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.


Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in deep despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28: 1-9.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Another Monday -

I don't know where the days/weeks go! They just fly by lately. We had a fun weekend though. Friday we took my MIL down to Disneyland & Ca Adventure for her b-day. We had fun and got to embarrass her by making her wear a "Happy Birthday" button. Did you know you can get one from any informatin booth for FREE! The Cast Members and Characters go out of their way to tell you "Happy B-day" when you have one on. We stayed late for the Electrical Parade, so it was a long day.
Sat. We had a b-day breakfast for MIL and then signed K up for another season of soccer. This is our 6th season I think - it's amazing to see how she has grown since we started. We have met so many good friends through it, but this season we're the only ones playing. :( It's time to get that soccer album done! I decided to do a 12x12 album and put all the seasons in it. I think I'm almost done with the Spring 2005 team. I need more cropping time!
Once again, we have a beautiful So Ca day! The computer says its 74 degrees out. What am I doing inside on the computer???

Back to the Stamp Studio I go - I'm almost done with all my supplies for this weekend's Stamp Classes. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do it asap! We'll be doing the Chalkboard Technique and using the Die Cut-out flowers and rub-ons.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Tooth Fairy Has Made a Visit!

K finally lost her first tooth! We noticed it was loose last week and told her to keep wiggling it! Daddy tried to get it out Friday night, but no luck! Sat. she had her first sleepover birthday party. I kept thinking "She's going to loose it there!" Sure enough, about 2 hours after we dropped her off we got a phone call. Turns out, while she was eating pizza it came out. It was never found! She is so excited it about! I had to hurry up and get her Tooth Fairy box done before we picked her up on Sunday. She was happy the Tooth Fairy still left her some coins even though she swallowed it.
Check out the pic of her new smile and her Tooth Fairy tin.

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