Project Snapshot - Week 160

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)


I am a huge fan of Riverdance. Like, know-every-part-by-heart-and-have-since-I-first-saw-a-blurb-about-it-on-PBS waaay back just after it showed up at Eurovision's contest back in 1994.

No one knew what in the heck I was talking about for years, but because of PBS and listening to the score over (& over & over), I was able to obsess over my obscure love for the show in my typical syncopated fashion until the rest of the world discovered it and it became a huge phenomenon here in the US.

I've seen it live at least three times, but maybe more (I've lost count), so I was beyond excited when G took me to see the 20th Anniversary of the production that was on tour this year.

He expected to hate it, to spend a couple hours "making it through in order to do something nice for my wife," but he ended up really enjoying it - not to his crazy-wife's level, but I bet he'd be happy to go see it again for its 40th anniversary tour.

We even got to extend our date and go out for fondue afterwards. G had a gift certificate from a student and since Grammy and Papa were at our house playing with Gv, we ended up having a great just-the-two-of-us day.


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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5 After 5, Favorite Winter Activities

Have you already had enough of winter and all the extra work that goes along with it?

We don't really get winter around here, but there are still certain things I enjoy and associate with the season...



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to enjoy winter 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 of your favorite winter activities


Even though practically none of these can be done around these parts, there's always the chance of traveling someplace that actually has winter. These are my favorites:


Friday Frivolity - Baby Items You're Better Off Without

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 shared things NOT to say to a pregnant woman (unless you want to get it, right in the kisser!

This week, we're listing stuff you might get for your baby, but will probably never use:

Where Does LOVE Hide? by Mary Manz Simon, illustrated by Hannah Wood

A sweet little book full of values and virtues for your child!



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Reading a book can often help a child understand the message of I love you by connecting actions to the words.  

This title is an especially sweet way to do this:



Latticed Learning: Esther

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story 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 last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 240-246 in this Bible 



Read a Little More

I found lots of fun books to go along with this week's lesson:




Brave Queen Esther/David and the Giant Flip-Over Book



The Beginner's Bible Queen Esther Helps God's People







Sing Some Songs

This page had some fun ideas (especially the hand motions!)

But our favorites were these fun parodies for Purim:

Kermit the Frog Purim song:



"Vashti's Song" -A Purim parody of "All About That Bass"



The Maccabeats - Purim Song




Watch Some Videos

I found several great resources for this week's lesson:

We've really been enjoying all of these videos as we go through our weeks and volume number 7 matched up with this week's story perfectly.

This video was fun to view, too.

We also watched this and this to fill out the Esther story a bit further.


Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about Esther:

We first printed out these finger puppets:



and then made the crown in this pack (page 3) to wear while using the puppets to re-enact the Esther story:



Gv enjoyed standing these characters up on their own more than wearing them on her fingers

We used this print-out to dress Esther for her big feast:


This seemed simple, but Gv had loads of fun cutting out all the tiny pieces (I went back and trimmed everything up) and then gluing them all down on the card.

Then she got all dolled up in a fancy dress and crown before sitting down before our own "feast":


Feast prepared by Queen Gv herself - she even put fancy tablecloths on our step-stool tables before covering them with "food!"

We continued to print out the one-page stories from this great site to cut out pictures from and hang as our story sequencing cards for the week.

I'd come across this courage activity and thought Gv would find it pretty fun to do.  I think she had more fun squeezing all the water out of the bag at the end than anything else, but she was definitely surprised to see that no water escaped when I shoved the pencils into it!


Tip: although the water stays in despite the pencil-jabbing, do this over a sink!

And then we did this adorable craft


I tore off a strip of foil for Gv to cut however she wanted, then she went and got yarn and googly eyes to add to her Esther.

Gv wanted to make another Esther, so we decided to try these puppets


She chose a red craft stick, traced her hand, then cut out all but the thumb and colored in the queen's features, crown, and hair. We found some random sticky jewels and a stray sequin and her queen was complete!


I'd also come across this idea last year and had pinned it to try when we did Esther again.

It not only was fabulous fun to add these squishy little jewels to our paper plate crown, but Gv has continued to make jewels every day since, to add to whatever project she happens to be working on each day!


Making these glue jewels couldn't be easier - just squeeze out some wet glue onto wax paper in circle and diamond shapes, wait for it to dry (that's the hard part, because it takes a day to fully dry) and then color the dots with marker.

Peel the jewels off the wax paper and glue them down onto your crown (stick glue works fine). We used a paper plate for a crown - just fold it in half to make a slit and cut your triangle points out, then bend them up and stick it on your head.

This crown worked a little too well - after placing it on her head, "Queen Gv" decided we needed to go have a photo shoot in the backyard. She struck this pose all on her own. Oh, dear.


Finally, I printed out this little coded message and served as Gv's scribe as she figured out which letters came next.


Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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60 Days of Happiness, by Randy Alcorn

A biblically-based devotional book built around our God-given search for happiness.



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Who doesn't want a little more happiness in their life?

Noted theologian and bestselling author Randy Alcorn received so many encouraging responses to his larger book Happiness that he reworked much of the material to create this collection of short, self-contained meditations that can be used as a standard day-at-a-time devotional: