Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Count your blessings.

Thanksgiving, a time of giving thanks and being grateful for absolutely everything that we have and have been given. While this is Thanksgiving and people are more aware of what they have, we need to remember to always be grateful for those blessings and not just on this special day. Life itself is a blessing and we should remember this each and every morning that we wake up. Society has a habit of taking so many things for granted. So so many things that others all over the world don't have and can't have, so count your blessings, say grace, and love the ones you are with. Here are a few things that we are so very grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. 

Our Faith. 
Only because of the good Lord are we able to be where we are today. We give all the glory to HIM. 

Our Military.
Specifically my brother, Sgt Paul Dumont Jr., who was killed while fighting in Afghanistan on August 19, 2009. Not a moment easier here on earth without him but I am faithful and sure I will see him again. We, as a family, are so appreciate of everything our soldiers do for this amazing country. 

St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
Our son, Montana, battled childhood cancer at the age of 2 and we are forever grateful for the research done. He is now in remission and doing so well. He is our inspiration but without amazing, awesome, hard working doctors this may never have been possible. We will always give back.

So thankful for a family who loves to travel. The kids, the husband and I love this life of seeing as much as we can and experiencing all that God has created. It keeps us close, gives us amazing memories and the journey is well worth it. 

So very thankful for such great friends. They know you, love you and still keep hanging out with you. Love them just the same.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. 2013

Our son had cancer. He is cancer free and in remission now thank the Lord. It was a long hard battle for those three years. He fought many hard battles but he was and is our hero throughout it all. We give God the glory however. He is using Montana for a purpose and he is a living testimony of what the good Lord can do. We did end up losing alot of good friends and that is why we will ALWAYS give back. We do what we can to help raise awareness for all the children still fighting, for those that fought and for the kids that will fight. It's so hard as a parent to hear, "your child has cancer!" Those words can never be given to you lightly and once you hear them, you begin the fight of your life.

Today was the Give Thanks Walk for St. Jude. We love to be apart of something that helps others to see what research, fundraising and support can do. We raise money, we walk and we meet other families who have endured the battles we have. St. Jude patients become family. It's a hospital unlike any other and it has become a second home. If you see the St. Jude logo anywhere please think about giving/donating to an amazing hospital who work every single day on helping to find cures. Give thanks for healthy kids in your life and give to those who are not. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

"But it all turns out all right you see. And I go back to" - Dr. Seuss

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jesus is the reason kids craft.

So, we have our tree up. Yes we sure do. :) We decided last minute to put it up two days ago. With the Christmas music blaring, the kids dancing, and all of us decorating and bringing up past memories of the holidays we are now in full Christmas mode. This doesn't mean we aren't in the Thanksgiving mood however. It just means that we are more than ready for some yummy turkey, getting together with family and enjoying the holidays. We love to come home after stuffing our faces with all kinds of food, popping in a Christmas DVD and enjoying the day and the days that are about to come.

We also remember the true meaning of Christmas and that is Jesus Christ. It is His birthday and we celebrate that and are so very thankful for his birth. Because of this, we make lots of Christ centered crafts as well as the typical snowman and santa ones. Here is one we made a few days ago. Most of the time was spent on cutting out the smaller pieces, which is why I did that while they went to bed. Then the next morning we were able to assemble the project. The kids loved it! Super easy... just glueing and some small details to finish and wala... a neat little project! It's nice because you can make it for any age and they can get more detailed the older they are. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Elf on the Shelf : Dusty is coming!

This is our second year with Dusty. That's what our kids named our little guy. We are all so excited that we can barely wait. The Christmas decorations have been going up ever so slowly and this coming weekend we will complete it all. I mean, we have to get ready for the arrival of Dusty who comes to our house on Thanksgiving! :) Last year seemed to go by so fast with the activities that Dusty was doing to our house and to the kiddos that we moved it up a few days. I will admit that by the middle of the month, I did have a few days where I had to jump up that next morning and scramble to put him somewhere. I actually stuffed him in the couch at one point because someone was coming down the hallway.... ahh!! I hope to be more prepared this time so I went ahead and made a make-shift calendar. It will at least give me an idea if I don't have one and it helps to look ahead a bit. Truth be told, I think the Elf is more of a favorite than Santa. :) Hope your Elf on the Shelf is as crazy as ours. Enjoy. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Christmas Tree Craft.

Did you know that it's the holiday season? woo to the hoo!!! We love the holidays around here. Especially the smells, the baking, the crafting, the lights, the tree, the music, Christ... all of it. How can we not. HE is the reason for the season and that should make us all happy enough. Well, because it's that time of year, my kids know that it means we get to be super crafty and make all kinds of fun things. Last week we came up with these uber cute Christmas trees that are put onto clothes pins. If you do them just right, they can stand but if you add too many buttons or the tree is heavier on one side they will fall. :) However, they are clothes pins and you could always hang them from something. 

How to: 
1. Trace circles of two different sizes in however many shades you want. We went with four colors and two sizes. Our circles were about 2 inches and 1.5in. Then cut those shapes out. 

2. I made a triangle as a base for the kids to glue the circles to. It wasn't anything fancy. Just a simple triangle shape. Ours happened to be ivory. 

3. The kids then started picking out different circles that they wanted for their trees. The 5 year old was more picky and the 4 years was just putting them anywhere... their choice. :) We glued them how they wanted. 

4. We then used buttons of any colors and sizes. Also putting them where they wanted. 

5. When that was all done and dried, I glued a clothes pin to the back. I also decided to draw on my tree with black marker for extra pizzaz!! lol. All done and super cute!! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jesus- Christmas handprint craft.

The other day the kids wanted to do a craft while we were watching my little niece. I love the handprint crafts just because they are so easy, simple and adorable of course. There is none I love more than the one of baby Jesus. I mean, He is the reason for the season after all. Here is our take on the idea and turning it into an ornament or decoration to hang on the wall. Super cute!! Happy Holidays to all.

Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to you:
he is Christ the Lord.
~ Luke 2:11

How to:
1. Paint the childs hand with brown paint. We used kids acrylic or crayola paint. Get it nice and covered.
2. Place their hand as still and straight as you can on the paper. We ended up having to do two hands each for wiggly fingers. 
3. Let that dry for a bit. 
4. Go over the top of the hand with yellow paint or dark yellow pencil to make it look like hay. 
5. Cut out a circle - about 3/4 of an inch wide in cream, tan, or light brown for the head.
6. Cut out an oval shaped body in white.
7. Glue the body down and then the head on top of the body. When done with that place the eyes and mouth with marker. 
8. We then cut out around the hand, hole punched it, put a string and wrote "Jesus loves....." 
9. Enjoy! 

Here are a few past Christmas projects from the old website that is no longer up and running...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Photography the unschooling way.

The thing about unschooling is that we get to learn about anything and everything we want. If the kids have an interest on any topic at all, we can look it up, read about it and expand on it. That is probably the number one reason to unschool. The kids just really love it. 

So, part of our year is going to be spent exploring a bit with photography. Montana sees me taking tons of photos and it only makes sense that he would be a bit interested. In the past he has asked if he could use my camera (ahh) and try his hand at photography. Well today I went ahead and gave him my camera and said have fun. Here is a glimpse into the way he saw his own backyard. (photos done by him, editing done my me) As time goes on, we will work more on the paticulars with the camera itself. For now, he is learning on his own. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Leaf Animals.

The kids really love to do art... any kind of art! I also love to do art and having been an art major I would assume that makes sense. :)  It seems that the past few months have been so busy that I really haven't had the time to sit and do the art we like to do. Now that the holidays are fast approaching, the kids keep asking for any form of project and I promised them many. I need to keep my promise and jump on this quick... hence, halloween has come and gone.

Pinterest is my favorite. I pin all kinds of things and actually go back and create many of those ideas. It reminds me of when I used to cut up magazines and keep those ideas in binders. This is so much easier though. Our projects tend to be just that.. inspiration. We make up our own ideas, change things, add, take away and just run with it. I love to see what the kids come up with and love what they create. I saw this idea for a leaf project on pinterest but you could totally tell it was an adult or older child who created it. My kids are 4, 5 and 8... I don't think it's going to be so neat. Well to tell you the truth, I was super impressed with they came up with. Their minds think differently than mine and I was proud of what they created. I do have artists on my hands and that's an amazing thing. Creative minds do creative and awesome things in life! 

Our leaf animals.
How to: 
1. Pick leaves of different shapes, colors and sizes.
2. Place them under a big book or hard object and let dry flat. (we dried them overnight)
3. Glue the leaves to a piece of paper and then place a book on top until dried enough.
4. Once dried, use a marker or paint brush to create details. 
5. We used googly eyes for the eyes instead of drawing them on. 
6. Use pens or markers to create details not on the leaves. 
7. Let your imagination run wild. Enjoy. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Elf on the Shelf and Santa.

Halloween was awesome! We had the perfect weather, we received quality candy and the kids had a great time. Nothing better could be said. Montana was a Zombie Skeleton and the girls were christmas characters... go figure. :) Makenna and Myla loved their costumes and they received lots of good compliments. Imagine Santa and Snowflake (from Elf on the Shelf) coming up to your house and saying "Trick or Treat.. Happy Halloween!" People loved it... haha. We are a huge Christmas lovin family and I guess no better way to kick it off other than dressing up like the holidays for Halloween. HERE is where you can find the pattern for the collar for Elf on the Shelf. Enjoy! 
Good times were had by all. Hope you all had a lovely Happy Halloween.