5 After 5, Top Christmas Wish List Items for Kids

If you have little ones around your house, have they already started a Christmas wish list?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Top Christmas wish list items for kids


Just five things? Ha! I've got no less than five slips of paper sitting next to me already with scribbled notes of all the things Gv is super-excited about for this Christmas!

The top five items will vary wildly depending on your child's age and interests, but in case you have a 4-year-old who's a little offbeat like her mama, these ideas might help you out:

Friday Frivolity - Fast Food Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we relived some of Gomer Pyle's silliest moments.

This week brings us Fast Food Day, so we're filling our bellies full of greasy junk.

We-ell, I actually can't handle all that grease, so I'm digging up some of the best fast food commercials from the past:

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes by Julia Finley Mosca

Get to know Dr. Patricia Bath -- the scientist who never lost sight of her dreams -- in this inspiring, fact-filled book!


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This second book in the Amazing Scientists Series illuminates the story of Dr. Patricia Bath -- a woman who overcame obstacles and developed a game-changing treatment for blindness!


The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes

Latticed Learning - Structures

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!


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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca

Get to know Dr. Temple Grandin -- one of the world's quirkiest science heroes -- in this fun, fact-filled book!


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I'm always on the lookout for great nonfiction books for kids and this fun biography of Dr. Temple Grandin fits that bill perfectly!


The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Project Snapshot - Week 202

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)

Every dog dreams of a googly-eyed, sticker-encrusted, pipe-cleaner plumed, feather-and-pom-pom covered doghouse, right?


Ever since this little guy briefly joined our family, Gv has been asking for another dog -- "one that doesn't bite me, please!"

I've been a little hesitant after that experience, but have tried to keep an open mind.

A few weeks ago, Gv fashioned a doghouse out of a cardboard box. She asked Grammy and Papa to bring their dog over to try it out, then kept adding to the structure, "so it's all ready for my dog to come live in."

This past weekend was a Dogtoberfest event in a neighboring town. They had rescued over a hundred dogs from a hurricane-destroyed shelter down in Puerto Rico, so we figured there would be tons of options to choose from.

Of course, by the time we drove all the way there after skating on Saturday, there were only 3 dogs remaining and 15 minutes left for us to talk with the rescue folks.

So we came home with no dog.

Which is fine, because we just know that the right dog is out there for us, at the right time. And until then, Gv will continue to work on her doghouse.

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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NIrV May the Faith Be with You Holy Bible

Let the awesome power of God work through you to do things you never thought possible!


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In case you haven't heard, there's a new movie coming out soon that's a pretty big deal and I just know this Bible will appeal to all those little Jedi Knights who are counting down the days until it's released!

NIrV May the Faith Be with You Holy Bible

5 After 5, Favorite Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a little over a week away -- didn't it just turn November last week?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite cured meats and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving


I've shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions before, but here's what I'm most looking forward to this Turkey Day;


Friday Frivolity - Gomer Pyle Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we chuckled over funny epitaphs.

This week brings us USMC Day, so we're sharing Gomer Pyle memories -- I loved that goofy show!

Introduce Your Family to Shepherd on the Search This Year and Turn Up the Holiday Fun!

It's not too early to start thinking about the holidays and this is one Christmas-season tradition you won't want to miss!





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Today I'm also over at Pam Barnhill's site talking about The Blessings of Holiday Traditions for Preschoolers. If you're already starting to feel frazzled by the thought of all you have to do this holiday season and are wondering whether it's all worth it, be sure to click on over to find the answer to that question.

But over here, I'm sharing some great updates to one of our favorite traditions and if you haven't joined us on the journey before, you'll want to be sure to read everything I share before you leave today!

Do you remember the new Christmas ADVENTure I introduced you to last year?