Archive for November, 2008

Monday Mission, Thanksgiving party for 1st graders

Posted in monday mission - organizing/projects, my life with tags , on November 17, 2008 by hollybirdy

Working on Thanksgiving party ideas for my oldest’s first grade class.

These Pilgrim hats caught my eye…from Family Fun.

Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats






Sugar-Cone Cornucopia Place Card Table Decorations

Sugar-Cone Cornucopia from Family Fun also.  If you filled it with grapes, blueberries and dried cherries it wouldn’t be death by sugar either.  Or at least death wouldn’t come as quickly…still a lot of sugar but sugar candy IN a sugar cone.  Heavens!  The good news is that the kids are heading home right after the party…oh wait…that is only good news for their sweet teacher.  :0)

Not for me, nor Miss Amy (who deserves better I assure you!).

Maybe we will fill the sugar cones with ummmm…celery!


Fun Friday, checking out movies before you go

Posted in fun friday - kids games and toys with tags , on November 14, 2008 by hollybirdy

Before I take the kids to a movie….I check out the reviews on one (or several) Christian review sites.

Here are a few links:  Plugged in, Christianity Today

After looking into Madagascar 2….I have decided that my youngest can’t see it.  I was pretty unhappy about the sexual content that the reviewers noted (which I had noticed in the previews but was hopeful that there wouldn’t be a lot of that humor in it…apparently there is).  This is a bummer since we enjoyed Madagascar 1 so much.  Here is a link to that info. 

I like Christianity Today reviews because they actually give discussion questions that help you to talk about any questionable/confusing content after you have viewed it with your child.  I have used their discussion starters before and thought it helpful.

This blog turned a year old

Posted in my life with tags , , on November 10, 2008 by hollybirdy


I certainly have been quiet.  Only because I have been busy!  Soccer season and basketball season overlapped a week and that got me behind. :0)

To mark this blog being a year old, I just wanted to post a few of my recent favorite things:

1.  These cute fish that we have added to our fish tank (not my picture…we only have 4 of these!).

After the heat of summer has passed….I was able to support some good old fashioned algae eaters and get my tank back up and running.  My fish tank is in the my sun room and while most freshwater fish are not picky about a tank that get a little  chilly, they certainly are picky about a tank that gets too hot.  We were doing pretty good right up until we lost a big shade tree and then the fish just got too hot.  My hardy tetras survived…but the algae eaters bit the dust. 

Anyway…these are glofish.  I took my boys to Petco and let them choose fish, not paying attention to the price as most of the fish they have enjoyed in the past were 1 to 2 dollars each.  Well, those glofish cost 7 bucks each for the record!  I am wishing them a long and healthy lifespan!

2.  We have a foster dog for a time.  Friends of ours are away from home with cancer treatments and we have taken on Chewy (short for Chewbacca) for up until they can return.  He is very cute, lively and sweet.  And my 12 year old border collie is putting up with him…and I think enjoying his company at least a little!  He is a Soft coated Wheaten Terrier.

IMG_2927.jpg picture by hollybirdy

3.  We had family here a couple weeks ago and I loved this new kid friendly recipe that they made for dinner when I had soccer practices to run out to. 

It combines two kid favorites and as a bonus the spaghetti noodles are easily cut up by the kids…a plus when compared to spaghetti!  Here is the recipe off…as does the picture.

4.  Gearing up for Thanksgiving week!  My fist grader has the week off.  :0)