Preschool Today

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Sisters, sisters,
There were never such devoted sisters.

All kinds of weather
We stick together
The same in the rain or sun
Two different faces
But in tight places
We think and act as one.

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Little Girls
By Edgar A. Guest

God made the little boys for fun, for rough and tumble times of play;
He made their little legs to run and race and scamper through the day.
He made them strong for climbing trees, he suited them for horns and drums,
And filled them full of revelries so they could be their father’s chums.
But then He saw that gentle ways must also travel from above.
And so, through all our troubled days He sent us little girls to love.

He knew that earth would never do, unless a bit of Heaven it had.
Men needed eyes divinely blue to toil by day and still be glad.
A world where only men and boys made merry would in time grow stale,
And so He shared His Heavenly joys that faith in Him should never fail.
He sent us down a thousand charms, He decked our ways with golden curls
And laughing eyes and dimpled arms. He let us have His little girls.

They are the tenderest of His flowers, the little angels of His flock,
And we may keep and call them ours, until God’s messenger shall knock.
They bring to us the gentleness and beauty that we sorely need;
They soothe us with each fond caress and strengthen us for every deed.
And happy should that mortal be whom God has trusted, through the years,
To guard a little girl and see that she is kept from pain and tears.

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We are also very grateful for our little boy – Garrett – and our big boys!

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And our little girl who is rapidly becoming a big girl – Fiona!

Garrett and Fiona, our Favor, Favor, always remind us that no matter how bad things look, we are surrounded by God’s Favor. They are our Power Twins! We also call them Faith and Patience – The Power Twins that inherit the promises.

Kelsey and Scooby Doo in the Kitchen

Kelsey has found a new passion. A very tasty hobby that we all get to benefit from. She has baked something new, and I mean new, every couple of days. She is developing her own recipes and tweaking other recipes. I’m wondering if she will be a baker or chef some day. I often pray that God will show us hidden gifts and talents that we have. He has been doing that with several of my children lately. How I love to see Him move in the lives of my children.

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Chocolate and peanut butter bars made with healthy ingredients.

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Kelsey made a special treat for Anna when she was having a bad day – her favorites – blondies. The rest of us were allowed to eat the left side, but Anna kept the right side with the dark chocolate chips to herself.

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Peanut butter and jelly squares. Kelsey’s own creation. They were delicious!

And now – A Surprise For Scooby Doo!

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All the supplies gathered for a surprise for Scooby Doo.

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Chef Scooby looks a little confused but ready to help with his surprise.

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What do you think Kelsey has up her sleeve this time?

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Could it be Scooby Snacks? I think she is getting a lot of inspiration from all of those cookie cutters Grandma bought for her.

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Yes! They are Scooby Snacks!

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Scooby Doo is happy!

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He looks anxious to try them.

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His first bite. He likes it!

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Roobie Roo!!!!

Miniature Golf and Plush Convocation

I took the six youngest kids to the park to get them out of the house (and to divert Abby’s attention from her many problems). Sometimes they just need a change of scenery to get them to stop being whiny and bratty. Sometimes they need to work off extra energy. So I loaded littles and mediums in the van and took them to the park. After playing on the swings and slides for a while, Emma had to go to the bathroom, so I took her into the community building. There she found golf clubs and colored golf balls. I decided to ask about the miniature golf and ended up registering the whole family. They have a pool there, too, so we may take the kids swimming there some time. Emma picked out a golf club her size and the color of ball she wanted. We went and got the rest of the kids and they picked out their golf gear. Then they played a rousing game of miniature golf. They had lots of fun!

Kelsey ordered a kit and put together these characters from a game she plays. It had very intricate, detailed instruction for putting them together and took her several hours to assemble them.

Kelsey has a menagerie of stuffed animals and plushes as she calls them. She brings them all out together sometimes and has a convocation of all of them from time to time. She sets them up in groups and puts them in various scenarios. The platypuses are the choir. Their beaks are pointing up in the air because they are singing. She and Morgan do voices for them and they act out all kinds of scenes. They are in their own world as they do this, and they laugh hilariously. Sometimes they get so loud that we have to go in and tell them to quiet down.

Do your kids do crazy things like this together?