There are many national days, which can be fun to celebrate. Last year, I had a lot of fun celebrating National Pickle Day with my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. You can read all about my fun Pickle Day celebration by clicking here if interested.
Did you know January 20th is National Penguin Awareness Day? A few years ago, my daughters and I had a lot of fun celebrating penguins. I hung up black and white streamers, we watched a penguin movie, read penguin books, and did a bunch of other crafts and activities. This year, I wrote a post for Hands On As We Grow about numerous activities you can do with the little ones in your life to celebrate penguins. You can find those activities on Hands On As We Grow here if you would like.
What are some interesting celebrations you have celebrated with your little ones?
My daughters and I decided to be little chefs like the girl in Jobs of a Preschooler by creating our own little snack to celebrate National Penguin Awareness Day.
Using cream cheese, black olives, carrots, and round crackers, we created little penguin treats. I found this idea on Fantastic Fun and Learning. Here are the finished penguin snacks that my daughters created:
They were almost too cute to eat. They received thumbs up reviews just like in Jobs of a Preschooler when the little girl was a taste tester.
What are some fun snacks you have enjoyed making with your little ones?
Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. For the past few years, my daughters and I have rung in the New Year by popping balloons throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. I write activities on sheets of paper, which I stuff into individual balloons. Then, I write times on each of the inflated balloons. When the time written on the balloon arrives, my daughters pop the balloon and complete the written activity.
Some of the activities include doing a puzzle, playing games, doing specific crafts, completing chores (some things still need to get done around the house), assembling a gingerbread house, reading books, watching a movie, and writing goals we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. This year, I have quite a few personal and family goals; however, I figured I would share some of my “writing adventure” goals with you. None of them are very detailed, but here they are:
- continue writing posts periodically for this website
- continue adding items periodically to my Pinterest page
- learn more about Goodreads
- read at least 240 children’s books (and review those I like on Goodreads)
- rewrite a story about a planetarium visit
- write at least 2 books for a series I hope to publish some day
- write and submit at least 20 articles, stories, or poems to magazines or websites
- write a numbers and letters story
- finish and submit an alphabet book I’m currently working on
- submit a manuscript of at least one other book
- continue going to the author group meetings
- have fun!
I am ready (or at least as ready as I will be) for my 2018 journey. Do you have any goals for this year?
This year has been busy, yet amazing! My family relocated in the midst of publishing my first book, Jobs of a Preschooler. In between homeschooling, settling in at a new location, exploring the new area, spending time with my family, and life in general, I was still able to have a lot of fun writing!
Below is a list of what I have done this year in what I have been calling “my writing adventure”. Unless stated otherwise, I have attached links to past posts incase you were interested in reading more about them.
- started this website, which has been an incredible learning experience
- found an illustrator
- assembled and published Jobs of a Preschooler (this is a link to Amazon)
- created my own pickle-shaped font
- assembled and published Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles (this is a link to Amazon)
- entered both books for a Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Review, which they both received
- sold Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles to Mt. Olive Pickles Company and The Pickle Guys
- created coloring pages and activity sheets to go along with both books (you can print them off for free!)
- did presentations and storytimes at libraries
- had an interview on live TV for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles
- celebrated National Pickle Day with some kids
- created a Goodreads account (this links to my Goodreads page)- you are welcome to follow me on Goodreads for updates on books I review
- had a giveaway for Jobs of a Preschooler, which 953 people entered
- had a giveaway for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles, which 1,256 people entered
- found an author group in our new area to meet with monthly
- wrote and sent out some articles, poems, and stories to various websites and magazines
- had an article published in the Practical Homeschooling magazine
- had an article published on Money Saving Mom (this is a link to the article on Money Saving Mom)
- had an article published on Hands On As We Grow as a guest post (this is a link to the article on HOAWG)
- was asked to become a monthly contributor to Hands On As We Grow
- created a Pinterest account (this links to my pinterest page)- you are welcome to follow me on Pinterest if you are interested
I hope to continue writing in 2018, and I am eager to see where my writing adventure will take me next. Thank you for being a part of this writing journey. Happy New Year!
What are some things that you have accomplished this past year? Do you have any goals for the upcoming year?
I hope you were able to have an enjoyable Christmas. I had a relaxing Christmas with my family at home. It was so nice to stay home, watch my daughters open their gifts, play games, read books, do a 300 piece puzzle, watch a couple of movies, and enjoy a ham dinner together.
My favorite Christmas gift this year is a homemade creation one of my daughters made for me. She used some clay, paint, and a palm tree that she found in our craft supplies to create this cute decoration for the master bathroom.
Here is the back view:
My other daughter also made a clay creation, which she gave to her sister as a Christmas gift. Here are a couple of pictures of her sweet gift.
Below is a view from the top. She wrote “Jesus loves you!” in it.
These sweet clay creations reminded me of the little girl in Jobs of a Preschooler when she is a sculptor.
Maybe the little ones in your life can have fun creating their own little clay creations for you to display in your home.
What clay creations will they come up with?
Each Thanksgiving for the past few years, my daughters and I have decorated a very small artificial tree with homemade tags labeled with things we are thankful for. This year, we literally stood back and threw these little tags at the tree, which made us all laugh. This tree may not be the prettiest, but it’s definitely a fun tradition that I like to do with my daughters. Below is a picture of the little Thankful Tree:
In addition to the “Thankful Tree”, we did another simple project together on Thanksgiving that anyone can do at home. We cut strips of construction paper and wrote various things that we were thankful for on the papers. I was surprised when one of my daughters said she was thankful for “laundry”, but the fact that we have laundry means that we have clothes to wear. The fact we have dirty dishes means we have dishes to eat from and food to eat. (Just a side note: this reminds me of 1 Timothy 6:8) Once the strips were written on, I stapled them together into one long thankful chain. We definitely have a lot to be thankful for!
So why am I talking about Thanksgiving when today is actually Christmas? Well, today, I will hide a little pickle ornament somewhere in this little “Thankful” tree. This is another activity that we have been doing for the past few years, which I had mentioned in Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. My daughters enjoy trying to see who can find it the fastest Christmas morning. Since the tree is so small, it really isn’t much of a challenge, but they insist I still do it. It’s amazing how important some traditions seem to be.
Do you have any special holiday traditions? I would love to hear about them!
I think the little pickle ornament is cute, don’t you?
I know this time of the year can be especially challenging for many people. I hope that no matter what you may be going through, you are still able to have a nice day today. Merry Christmas!