Friday, September 30, 2011

the flutter of wings

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i recently posted on Bear and my journey to grow our own butterflies and our subsequent attempt to let them go.  we were attached to one butterfly who was especially dear to us.  his name was ginky (named by Bear).  either when he was developing or when his wings were drying, they got folded and never unfurled.  needless to say, without the ability to fly, he would have never made it in the wild, so he stayed with us and 3 of his brothers in the house.  i knew that the day would come when their little wings wouldn't be fluttering anymore. 


i tried to prepare Bear by telling him that someday soon, the butteflies wouldn't be alive anymore.  ginky and one of his brothers were the first to die.    when we saw them, laying still, Bear wanted to examine them closely.  he looked at their wings as they lay in my hands.  he touched them and observed the lack of movement.  then came the questions.

why did they die?

why don't they move anymore?

why don't butterflies live very long?

why did the butterflies go to Heaven?



this is Bear's first real experience of the death of someone he cares about.  his great-grandma GiGi passed last summer, but his recollection of that time is limited. 

i'm not a therapist.  i'm a mommy who uses gut-parenting... y'know... do what feels right.  this is a breakdown of the conversation i had with Bear:

when someone dies, their heart (like a spirit or a soul) goes to Heaven
but their body stays here.                                                 
  
God makes everyone healthy and happy in Heaven.

the only person that could ever come back from Heaven is Jesus.

it's okay to be sad that he doesn't fly in our garden anymore.  we have
pictures and memories of our special times with him.

Bear is fairly resiliant.  he's asked about this again over the past few days.  he doesn't really grasp the whole concept yet as he's not at that developmental stage.  i wanted to make sure that i presented death factual and not something to fear.   

i get a little heavy in the heart when i think of ginky.  those minutes spent outside with him sitting on my hand, made me feel closer to God.  the delicate intricacy of their bodies and wings just amazes me.  they're symbolic to me of the change our earthly bodies will undergo when we die. it makes me a little sad. but i know...




 
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

painting baby wipes--exploring cause and effect

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we had a sPiLL while wATeRcoLoR painting.  i used a nearby bAbY wIPe to blot up the mess.  that's when we saw this:


watercolors + baby wipes = tie-dye art!

there are iMpReSSed deSiGNs on these wipes that are hard to see....
unless you pAiNT them. 
                                               then they aPPeaR like magic!


this amazed both Bear and i. we ended up painting quite a few wipes just to see them...

such a happy accident!

have you had any craft mishaps that have turned out
to be more fun than the original activity?
 
 
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

letting our butterflies go

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if you saw this post on growing our butterflies at our house.  it was so amazing to watch their transformation from caterpillars to crysalids to butterflies.  today it was finally warm enough to let them go.  the first one "crazy man" was off in a few seconds to one of our big trees.  three others sat on the rocks outside for 3 hours.  we ended up putting them back in the garden and taking them back inside so they didn't freeze or get eaten.
 
 

and then there's the story of ginky...our little bent-winged friend.  his wings didn't quite develop or unfold and dry properly. 
since he couldn't fly, he spent the outside time exploring me. 
this is a fun shot because you can see his probiscus unrolled as he is tasting my shirt.
see how crumpled his wings are?
 
another view of ginky's wings
needless to say we ended up taking 4 butterflies back into the house since they were unwilling (or in ginky's case, unable) to fly away.  we'll give them a good home.  but i'm not looking forward to having the conversation with Bear when they stop fluttering around the garden...
 
 
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

tip-toe thru tuesday

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is it that time again already?!  this past week flew by for me. just a reminder, i'm trying something new this month with the link party. i'm using the same one for the whole month. that way if you can't make a party, you can see what you missed!



here are the toP 2 pOSts from last week plus one of mY faVEs (in no particular order). if you're featured, grab a fEAtuRed button from my button page!!



Artichoke and Spinach Dip @ Scrap Project 365

Paint Chip Rubix Cube @ The Crafty Scientist

Darling Fall Pillow Covers @ Rambling Thoughts from an Incoherent Mind




 
Post anything you've created: crafts, projects, children's activities, faith-based posts, photography, etsy shops, giveaways



Please link to your post directly so we can find it easily


Link back to my page with a text link or a button from my buttons page. pop it on the post, your sidebar or link party page.


Lastly, pLEasE check out 2 of the other links in the party. we all work soooo hard and we aLL LovE fEEdBaCK!


okay...what's new and exciting in your crafty world?

Monday, September 26, 2011

words of wisdom from a 3 year old

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i just want to share with you all part of a conversation with Bear that i had last night as he was going to sleep.  it warms my heart that he is learning about The Lord.

"mommy..."God and Jesus are, yike, all mixed togehsure."

"...and a little child shall lead them all."

 
 
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in {her} shoes...retied

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so today, i thought it would be fun to rEwiND and look at all the amazing women who have contributed to the in {her} shoes series.  through this project of mine, i've been blessed to hear the stories of many amazing and inspirational mommas. if you're a mom (or TTC), i would love to see what life is like in your shoes.  if you're  interested in participating in this guest blog series, leave me a comment below or email me. 
here are the women who've shared their lives with us so far...



Sheri from Along Came Brutus and Sheri Peterson's Photos



Amy from One Artsy Mama








yours truly...me...Andie

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A B C D E F G

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i've recently been working on making sure that Bear can identify all of his LeTTeRs and their sounds.  what better way to do this than to make wall art piece for each letter?  i originally got this idea from a fellow preschool teacher at the center i worked at before Bear was born.  she made them with cheerios for C, paper umbrellas for U, yarn for Y. 

i love this idea, but i wanted something i could LaMiNaTE
so that when we're done.
that way, i can put them in a book for Bear.

the theme for the art is somewhat directed as i give him options that start with each letter.  for example the letter C: cross, cat prints, car tiretracks, etc. 

here are the letters we've done so far:
A is for Apple

B is for Band-aid


notice the small motor skill incorporation


C is for Cross

D is for Dora


E is for Egg

we make our own egg stamper using a wood spool and foam egg stickers



E took an unexpected change of plans, but no biggs.
we noted that his fingerprints looked like eggs.


F is for Firetruck

the favorite item

G is for G____ (Bear's real name)



how do you practice letter/word recognition
with your kidlets?
 

 
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Friday, September 23, 2011

you've got mail...preschool style

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Bear loves our mAiL caRRieR!  he races to the couch everyday when he hears her truck coming up the street.  she knows us by name, has a photo of him and picture that he painted her in her locker.  she's usually the highlight of our day.  Bear always wants to pLaY mAiL and slips pieces of paper into the drawers of the dresser we use for an entertainment center.  after i saw this mailbox my friend Kerry made for her little girl on her blog my life His Mission, i put it on my to-do list. 

kerry made these adorable feLT eNveLOpeS with interchangeable velcro stamps and address pieces. i'm not that crafty, so instead we just used regular envelopes and i laminated them.  but first, i addressed them to whomever he wanted and let him "write on them."  his choices for mail recipients were the members of our family, clifford, bob the builder, franklin, and other favorite characters.  then we used square stickers for stamps. 


we used a box from our food program to make the mAiL bOx.  i put painter's tape around the holes that i cut out on the front and back to protect his wrists and hands when he reaches in.




Bear stuck the stickers on


mailbox flag made out of foam and hard felt


 it flips!  ((i love brads!)) 


Bear cOuLDn'T wAiT to play with this.... as i took this picture, he was jumping up and down next to me and running around like a little wild man.  i mean... seriously unable to contain his eXCiteMeNT. 




and what mail carrier can work without a mAiL bAg??

i had a few of these small cANvaS BaGs laying around, so i ironed one up to make a bag to carry the envelopes in.  to get the USPS symbol, i went to the website and saved the image to my computer.  then i opened it up as large as i wanted it.  then i put a piece of notebook paper onto the screen of my laptop and traced the mail symbol.  ((pretty high-tech, right?)  then i cut the pieces apart and laid them out like a puzzle on the bag so i could trace them with a pencil.
 




with the white portion finished

 
i think that sometime soon, i'm going to paint over the USA and repaint "US Mail".  that's what i intended to do and then realized what i had actually done after i did it.  (does that even make sense?) 
 
this provided hours and days worth of play.  and it didn't take me long to make either.  when our mail carrier came the next day, Bear lugged these out to show her!
 
what hand/homemade toys do your kiddos love?
(drop a link to a homemade toy post of yours in your comment if you'd like!)
 
 
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