AND... before you know it snow days like these:
And, as usual February is when we are (or at least I am) feeling the cabin fever of homeschooling. It is time to break the routine and do something different.
Valentines Day is here and we really don't put much into this holiday. The last few years, I have been getting the kids little gifts like some one's favorite root beer. I wasn't feeling too much like giving the gifts this year. We have been having lots of "food" events lately -- so a trip out for an ice cream cone or something doesn't even sound good. At the last minute I was given inspiration for "sharing the love."
We started out the day before heading to the craft store:
We bought all materials to assemble some flower bouquets for the nursing home where we minister.
When we got home we started assembling around 40 bouquets. I say "we" but the children did the work. The girls really loved this project and the boys:
Today we headed to the nursing home and handed out the flowers to every room. It was such a great time -- it was a surprise to the residents to see us off our usual schedule, and they seemed to enjoy having a little flower to put in their room. We had a great visit.
I also decided that the children could share the love one to another. Before leaving for the nursing home I announced our fun day "game". The children were to draw names and we were piling in the car to head to Dollar Tree. Every child had a $2 limit to buy something for the brother or sister they drew out. They LOVED this trip. They had so much fun being creative and picking something out and helping the younger ones with their job. We only had one who got sad that she couldn't buy something for herself!
After lunch and ice cream the were able to bless each other.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if we have love one to another. John 13:35