Friday, December 19, 2014

Ghost of Christmas Past

I love Christmas cards. They're one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I always find myself looking back at ours from previous years. Here are a few flashbacks to Christmas cards of the past:


2012 Card 3

Christmas Card 2011

Christmas Card 2010
(I caught so much flack for cutting Mr. Gray's head off on this card. I have no idea why that photo was my choice for our cards that year. HAHA!)

Does your family still send Christmas cards via snail mail?

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

This Life

Yesterday, both of my guys had Christmas parties at lunch. In my teaching life, with all thirty minutes I had to eat, I wouldn't have been able to make it to one Christmas party--much less two. I was able to attend both, though. This work that I have been given allows me freedom to be present with my husband and my son. It affords me the time to spend at my son's field trips, on work trips with my husband, or where ever I need to be.

Baby Gray Party

This gift I have been given is not lost on me. Oh, how I prayed and cried over my work situation before Baby Gray was born. God unfolded the absolute perfect solution for our family in due time. I learned a lot about patience and trusting Him while I waited. The waiting wasn't wasted.

Mr Gray Party

I still look up a lot of times and can't believe this life. I can't believe I really get to do it--to be home with my son. It seemed like an impossibility for so long. Even after four years, it's still miraculous to me. I still know with all that I am that God orchestrated this opportunity. I don't want to take it for granted.

(More on this song here.)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Classroom Treats: Reindeer Food

When I was teaching, I made reindeer food for my students each year. Then I forgot about it--until last night. Baby Gray's class party day crept up on me, and I needed to come up with something fairly quickly with ingredients we already had. Reindeer food was just the thing! It's quick, simple, and my students used to love it! I know Baby Gray's class will, too!

Mixing Reindeer Food

Reindeer Food

Reindeer Food Labels

Reindeer Food with Labels

Usually, I would involve Baby Gray in making the reindeer food, but since the day snuck up on me (did I mention that?) Teddy Elf made it instead. He even gathered up teacher goodies to take to school, too!

Teddy With Gifts

You will need: 
  • Oats
  • Red sugar sprinkles
  • Green sugar sprinkles
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and scoop into bags. You can also add a cute bag topper (click here to print).

Reindeer Food Signable Printable

Just print, sign, trim, fold, tape (or staple), and share!

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