Monthly Archives: March 2010

WFMW – Easter Edition

With all the hard boiled eggs around these days, thought it’d be a good time to share a time-saver my MIL passed on to me years ago. In the old days, when making egg salad for sandwiches (we call them Easter egg sandwiches around here to keep those salad haters from snubbing) I used to slice each egg one way, then another…tedious & messy. NOW, I simply whip out the potato masher & just smash them. Love it!!! SO-o-o-o much easier & less messy. They get cut up uniformly & it’s quick, too! Once you try it you’ll never go back. The trick is finding a study old-fashioned masher.


Passover 2010

While looking for a nice Passover header for this blog, I came across some fun pictures worth sharing.

One woman knitted up some pretty cool stuff. Check it out here. Scroll down on her site…that woman is ingenious! She even knitted a sprig of parsley!!

Another person put together a whole set of scenes using Peeps to show the different plagues. Hilarious! Check that out here. Click on any of the little pictures to enlarge them. My kids for one are going to get a kick out of those.

I love, love, LOVE this week! The Passover/Easter week is such a great opportunity to share the whole picture. The picture of the lamb’s sacrifice. God’s plan for salvation shown way back then & fulfilled on the cross. I love how God commanded His children to remember every year always. He knows how important it is for us humans to review. Remember! Remember that God takes care of His people. Remember that He is very much a personal God. He is “hands on”, not some far away being. Remember that God has a plan & no matter how bad it looks, He’s got it totally under control. Remember that complete obedience is extremely important. (Those who asked why put blood on the doorposts, or thought they didn’t have to, etc. were NOT passed over. Period.) So-o-o-o much to teach. Don’t pass up the opportunity.

This year, find a fun way to share the Passover story with your children & pass it on! Watch a video on it. (We get it out of the library.) Celebrate your own mini Seder meal. We even saw these little finger puppets at the store this year. Have fun & make some memories. Happy Passover. : ]


Moses Parting the Red Peeps


Note to Self: Must. Keep. Repeating!

It never ceases to amaze me how fast my children forget things I thought I’d run into the ground. Take for example songs. My Mom & aunt & I were talking the other day about Zacchaeus & of course, the Wee Little Man song came up. Low and behold, I realized how LONG it’s been since we’ve sung that song! In fact, my six year old would probably say he doesn’t know that one. My older ones would know it, but there’s a new group of littles that need to learn it. With all the great new songs there are out there these days, often the classics get lost in the shuffle. The churches barely have time to teach songs as it is, and I’m finding when they do, it’s rarely the oldies but goodies. (Generally, those that teach the oldies don’t teach the great NEW songs out there!) And when they do, they relegate these songs to the 2 & 3 year olds & then the kids never hear them again.

That’s MY job. The travel time in the van, running errands around town, at the breakfast table, …those are the times to teach these great old children’s songs of the faith. So that got me thinking about making a “must know” list of songs I don’t want our kids to grow up without having in their memory banks. This will be another one of those lists that’ll be added to over time, but here’s a start:

Jesus Loves the Little Children
Jesus Loves Me
This Little Light of Mine
O, How I Love Jesus
I Will Make You Fishers of Men
Read Your Bible, Pray Every Day
The B-I-B-L-E
If Your Happy and You Know It
Go, Go Joshua
I’m In the Lord’s Army
O, Be Careful Little Hands
If I Were a Butterfly
God Made Me
Ten Spies Song
Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock
Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man
Peter & John Went To Pray
Ho-Ho-Ho-Hosanna
I’ve Got the Joy Joy Joy Joy Down In My Heart
My God Is So BIG, So Strong and So Mighty
He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
There Were 12 Disciples
The Trinity Song (God the Father…)

Which ones did I leave out?

Rise & Shine & Give God the Glory, Glory
Father Abraham (as much as I HATE that song, the kids always love it)
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Give Me Oil In My Lamp (and all the fun verses following…hot sauce for taco, gas for my Ford, etc.)
Oh You Can’t get to Heaven (followed by the many ways you can’t: on Superman, in a Kleenex box, with a nickle in your jeans, etc.)


Honesty

Figured in keeping with the rest of the year, I should probably mention that we are talking about Honesty this month. The reason I’m not as excited about this one is I don’t have a problem with it. At all. My problem is I am TOO honest usually. And so far, my kids haven’t really struggled with it much. They’re pretty straight with me, too. Anyway, here’s the video that goes with Honesty for your viewing. It’s excellent as always.

And just for fun, thought we could take a trip down memory lane together & listen to Stryper’s Honestly just because it keeps going through my head right now with all this honesty talk…

Ahhh, the 80’s. Fun times! Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.


Pillow Cases & Hot Dog Buns

Just stumbled upon three little tidbits I thought would be useful to pass on, two of them using hot dog buns. Guess these belong in the WFMW type category?

1) Hot dog buns make much better sandwiches for little hands. Use them for pb & j sandwiches, or ham/cheese. Our almost two year old finds them much more user friendly than the traditional loaf-sliced sandwiches.

2) Having struggled with our children leaving clothes all over the floor in their rooms as well as bringing their dirty laundry down on a regular basis, we came upon a great solution. Each child now has a pillowcase – if you really wanted to get fancy, you could buy a color-coded one. We just use cases from the closet in three varying colors. These have been working great for several reasons: our rooms upstairs are too tiny for laundry baskets or hampers, the kids can bring them down on their own at an early age, and it fills up in about three days – not too big. So far, missions accomplished.

3) Again with the hot dog buns, we discovered a great tasting healthy doughnut! We get the lite wheat buns and spread a teaspoon of Nutella on each half. You can put some sprinkles on it to get festive if you want. They really do taste GOOD and they come in at about 2 1/2 points (WW) each! Much, much better for you than those horribly yummy long johns.