Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 In-a-Snapshot

Here's a quick snapshot of our Thanksgiving. Yes, we traveled again for the Turkey Holiday. We had a great time! We went to Disneyland the day before Thanksgiving (MUCH better than the day after!), saw lots of family, played, strolled around on Corona del Mar beach and had some yummy food out at Wahoos. Fun, fun!

How many 3.67-year-olds can you fit into a queen bed? Ha! ;) We're always surprised at how well the girls do rooming together and that they get ANY sleep whatsoever!The kids waiting for the shuttle to the opening gates of Disneyland! Yay!You always have to take the picture at the front of Disneyland ;)Oooo! Cinderella's Castle!The girls got to hear a story told by Snow White herself! Cool!Awe! My 4 pretty princesses with Princess Cinderella :)Jared, ready to drive at Autopia! He loves this ride! He drove while I rode :)Jared on the Mark Twain steamboat. He thought the boat was so cool!Disneyland fireworksThe kids having some craft time on Thanksgiving DayMe with my cousin, Audrey (and Nee Nee beside me :) )Some beach time!Jared, walking down the long steep walkway to the beach"mama! look at my seashells, mama!!!!"Ah, the Rents ;)Okay, when you walk by a lifeguard post with the number 4 on it, you HAVE TO take a picture of it! Especially when you have quadruplets! Seriously!! :)A pretty succulent on the walk back to the vanPraying your Thanksgiving was a blessed one! I feel very blessed, not just on Thanksgiving Day but EVERY DAY! :)
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving today! We are praising God for his never ending love and mercy! We thank Him for all of the friends and family he has blessed us with! We thank Christ for all that He has done for us, saving and redeeming us!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Girls' CC Program

The girls have been going with me to my weekly Bible study this semester (and for the last year or two, too). They get to participate in a kids study while I get to attend my own Bible study. Well, our study's semester just ended last week. As a fun thing for the kids (and to show the moms what they learned and have been doing), all of the 3-, 4- and any 5- (or pre-Kinder) year-olds put on a little program. It was super cute! Thankfully, I came prepared with a video camcorder ;)

The kids sang three songs. You'll see the girls in the front. For some strange reason, Brielle slid behind Suzan. Poor girly :( So, I only got to capture her sweet little face for a little bit.

Enjoy the video! :D

Girls' CC Program 111711 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crafts and Activities for Thanksgiving

I don't know about your kids but mine can get a little antsy at times...even at someone else's home where they don't have their toys, play areas and familiarity. So, I thought I would be a bit proactive this year and get some crafts and activities lined up for Jared and the girls to do on Thanksgiving. Most of these I found off the Internet. Some were pre-made/bought and some I made into kits for them myself. I wanted something that both Jared and the girls would enjoy...and also something that is fairly mess free, e.g. NO finger paint or liquid glue (or even hot glue!). Here's what I came up with.

1) Thanksgiving/fall beaded bracelets
Most of this stuff I already had, like the pony beads and elastic. I just pulled out the "fall" colored beads and cut the elastic to 7" in length. Now, I did make the polymer clay beads, the pumpkins, leaves, acorns and apples. You can do it too! It's super cheap (~$2 for a chunk of one color of clay that with definitely last you a while!) and easy to make (just go with it and sculpt it like Play-Doh then bake in the oven). This necklace from Oriental Trading Company was my inspiration. However, if you have the time for the shipping, you could order these from OTC!

2) Felt Turkey Hand Puppets
I got these from Hobby Lobby (who doesn't jump up and down with joy in HL? ;) ) last month. Now, don't even try to go find these! Even though Thanksgiving isn't here yet, all of their fall/Thanksgiving inventory is gone! Boo! :P Anyways, I am sure you could make your own kit of these with pages of felt and googly eyes.

3) Foam Turkey Headbands
Again, another early Hobby Lobby purchase but you could easy make with pages of colored foam (which Hobby Lobby always carries in stock).

4) Activity Pages for Jared (or an older child)
I found a couple of older-child activity pages that I thought Jared might enjoy. I found them at Reading-with-Kids and Blessed Mom.

5) Activity Place mat
I Google'd for a "Thanksgiving place mat" and found this cute one from Family Fun. In fact, they have lots of cute printables available!

6) Cornucopia Craft
This next one I just happen to come across. I thought it was a super cute idea! Plus, my girls love coloring, cutting and pasting (with a glue stick - Yay for those! ;) ) anything ;) I found it at the All Kids Network website. They, too, have lots of fun stuff for kids!

7) The Mayflower craft
This is way too cute! However, I had to modify it, as I didn't want to have my kids running around with painted hands! Instead, I used cotton balls for the clouds, cut up some different shades of blue tissue paper to glue for the water and then traced and cut out my kids' hand prints for the the boats. Yay! You can find this idea (and much more!) at the Fryman Four blog.

8) Thankful Turkeys
I was thinking of this turkey in my head. I had him all planned out. Then, I came across the Enchanted Learning site and found my turkey but in a thankful form. Awesome! I really like the idea of having the kids write what they are thankful for on the feathers. I also thought of this idea for a tree and leaves but just went with the 1 thankful craft project, my turkey :)

9) Thanksgiving Bingo
Who doesn't like Bingo?! While I was perusing Family Fun I saw their Thanksgiving Bingo printables. Very cool! So I printed them out. Wait! My girls don't read yet! Ha! Okay, recycle and scratch that idea. Then, I thought "maybe there's a Thanksgiving bingo with pictures?" Oh yes there is! And I found it! With super cute graphics too ;) It's at Making Friends. I was just going to print it out when I thought (again ;) ) "wouldn't this be cool in color?" Mind you, we don't have a color printer. B&W only. Go fig. So I uploaded it to my local Staples Copy & Print and had them print it out for me. Oh, did I mention that I got them laminated too? That way, we can reuse these year after year. Fun! I also got a bag of licorice to give a piece each to the bingo winners ;)

10) Thanksgiving Coloring Pages
Lastly, you can't go wrong with coloring pages. I found these at Calvary Kids Pages (I really like the Psalm 136 one!), Family Fun and ThoraThinks.

I know, I have probably way too many crafts/activities listed here for my kids to do while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner. They might not get to all of them either. However, I'd rather be safe (with more) than sorry ;)

Hope you enjoyed my ideas here. Try some of them! I know I can't wait to play Thanksgiving Bingo with my kids :D
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This is the house that Suzan built...and that Anna built...and that Bethany built...oh, and that Brielle built

Before I forget, some pictures of a cute project the girls' preschool teacher did. The kids worked together and "built" some houses. I believe this was during their "construction" week. Fun!

Suzan and Anna built this houseBrielle built this oneAnd Bethany's house
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Girls' Preschool Turkey

The girls' preschool teacher had all the kids in class take home a "feather" to decorate. Then, she puts the feathers onto their class turkey for all to see. What a super cute and creative idea! The girls had fun decorating their "feathers" :)

Enjoy the video!

Girls' Preschool Turkey 111511 from Pelikan on Vimeo
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What to do with our pumpkins?

Well, I decided to cut up our pumpkins we had...1 large one and then 4 minis that were the girlies'. I'm in the process of cooking them all up. Now, what to do with the cooked pumpkins, other than entertaining my girls with my butchery of squash ;) ?I was thinking of pureeing it either my food processor or blender and then freezing it in several baggies. I believe I can use it just like canned pureed pumpkin (NOT the canned pumpkin pie filling - I never cook with that). Paul said his mom did this with their Halloween pumpkins growing up. Martha, what did you do with the cooked pumpkins? Pumpkin pies (Paul suggested that)? More iced pumpkin cookies (Mmm! those are SOOOO good!)? A family friend mentioned her MIL making pumpkin empanadas. I've never made them before but I'd be up for the challenge ;)

Anyone else have suggestions for this orange squash?
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Our Halloween 2011

The kids had way too much fun with Halloween this year! The girls were talking about it DAYS before, of course. They enjoyed trick-or-treating with Grammy and Mama. So much so that Bethany cried and cried wanting to "go more trick-or-treating" - Ha! :) Now, we are in sugar and candy overload here! LOTS of candy...5 buckets full!

Enjoy the pics!

Princess BriellePrincess AnnaPrincess BethanyPrincess SuzanNinja JaredThe kids with GrammyOur pumpkin for the evening, an owl on a tree branchHope you all had a safe and fun Halloween! Now we welcome November! Wow, this year is going by fast! ;)
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