In which my kids make Valentine’s Day weird and creepy

SOPHIA VALENTINE

We've been doing 3-D lollipop valentines for the last few years. Here is how it turns out when a normal family does this project: Cute, eh? It is easy: 1. Take a picture of your kid extending a fist toward the camera.  Leave some blank space in the background for the lollipop and message. 2. If you like, photoshop a greeting onto the image.  If you are alert, you will remember how to paste things in with a transparent background; and if you care, you will be able to talk your … [Read more...]

Advent chains – a very easy Advent activity!

paper chain

My sister Abby Tardiff is once again providing a template for advent chains.   1.  Go to this link on Dropbox and print out all six pages.  Cut along the lines so you have strips. 2.  If you want to be fancy, you can paste the strips to colored paper -- purple for the first, second, and fourth weeks, and pink for the third.  If you don't want to get fancy, just use them as is, or let the kids color the pictures in.  Make a paper chain and hang it in a prominent place. 3.  Each … [Read more...]

Our Black Friday tradition

shopping mob

Hey, I don't think it's immoral to shop on the day after Thanksgiving, or even on Thanksgiving itself.  It's depressing that so many people do it, but Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, so.  (Yes, I know that the first Thanksgiving feasts in the New World were to thank God. I just mean that it's not a feast day or a holy day.)  Buying a nice present for someone you care about doesn't mean you're some kind of hardened consumerist swine.  Some people don't have lovely family or happy … [Read more...]


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