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My Oh So Messy Table ~ Priceless


Today was one of those very stormy spring days. Dark and gloomy with thunder and lightening that kept my 3 year old’s bottom on my lap and hands over her ears.

Today was one of those days that mommy had things to do. While the laundry had been washed and folded and even put away there were still so many other things on the to-do list.

Today was one of those days that didn’t go as planned. Storms had us inside, frightened children kept chores from being completed.

Today my 3 year old crawled up into my lap and buried her head in my chest. I closed my eyes and rested my check on her forehead. When I opened them that’s when I saw it, straight ahead was a sight that made me give a great big ole sigh. The table was cluttered with more than the eyes could take in. The motivation inside of me to clean kicked in and I almost jumped up to tend to the mess that blanketed the table when my 3 year old clasped her fingers tighter on my arm. I Hugged her tighter and gave my messy table the stink eye. I started to put each thing that didn’t belong back in it’s rightful place in my head. Not sure what that was going to do but I’m never in cleaning mode so didn’t want to lose my momentum. As I categorized and planned my attack for cleaning that table I realized something.

I loved everything on that table. I appreciated everything on that table and besides the clutter itself, everything on that table was priceless.

Here’s why…

Cup of Coffee – There are no words…

That large stack of library books – we get to go and pick through hundreds of books at our local library any time we want for free. My kids love books and they learn so much from them.

Wipes – the ability to clean up my disgusting babies in one fell swoop.

Adult bible and bible for children – the most important part of our day and sometimes it’s the first thing that goes forgotten or pushed to the side, but not today.

Dinosaur bag – this was my oldest sons first back pack that made him feel like a big boy, my youngest son who is 1 year old today gets to feel like a big boy with this same bag. (This mama is getting all teary eyed up in here.)

Venom Cup – these hold my children’s precious drinks. Usually water and milk, (thank the Lord for a child who prefers that over juice;)

Centerpiece – we all need something pretty to look at.

High chair tray – this keeps my youngest safe while he eats.

Materials for kids crafts – crafts that teach my children how to be creative and artistic and most of all it’s our happy place.

Purse – this precious thing holds almost everything I need while I am on the go with all my kiddos.

As I looked ahead and had my aha moment, I suddenly didn’t feel the urgent need to clear away all of these priceless things from this priceless table that I used to eat at with my parents when I was little.

So I sat and held my daughter until the storms passed.

Sometimes it’s okay to look at a mess and appreciate the beauty in it!


Tis’ the Season for Giving in All Sorts of Ways


Over the weekend the women from my small group got together and made ornaments for the families that come into our local food pantry. One of the lovely ladies from the group volunteers there and came up with this awesome idea. We filled them with candy, m&m’s and cocoa mix and decorated them. It was a great time to get our fellowshipping, eating and giving in all at once. It’s what it’s all about! So thankful to have amazing women in my life who have such kind and giving hearts. It brings the best out in all of us.

Lets share the love and the joy this season. You never know, you may just change someone’s life!

We got some of the ideas from the following sites:

Cocoa Filled Ornaments

Continue reading Tis’ the Season for Giving in All Sorts of Ways

Winter Wonderland

Today I totally pulled this craft out of thin air. I was already behind on our daily activities for December so last night I looked at my crafts and supplies which were definitely lacking. So a hodge podge of items put together became our very first homemade Winter Wonderland. Here’s what we used for it.

Paper plates – for the base.

Coffee filters – cut into strips and crunched up to look like snow on our paper plate base.

Construction paper – cut into tree shapes, different sizes and shades of green would be good.

Marshmallows – was meant to make snowmen which the kids loved doing but they totally didn’t hold up well so made snowmen out of balls of coffee filters to glue onto our paper plates.

Glitter, glitter glue, stickers and snowflake ribbon to decorate with.

It was definitely a last minute craft but totally turned out cute and the kids loved it, I have the glitter all over my house to prove it.

Happy Last Minute Crafting!:)

Let the Traditions Begin


Tomorrow is Dec 1st and I am knee deep in getting all the count downs and activities ready for it. Here are a few of our must have traditions!

Unwrap and Read One Christmas Book a Night


One of our favorite traditions is unwrapping a Christmas book every night to read before bed. I put 24 books wrapped and ready under the tree the night before the 1st of December, the kids get so super excited about them the next morning. They are always the first gifts under the tree so that helps. We’ve actually accumulated about 15 Christmas related books that we own and I reserve the rest at the library to pick up and have ready. I kind of like that better because then they get to read several “new” books.


Advent Calender

Every year since we’ve had kids that can walk we do some sort of advent calendar and every day the kids get to do something related to the season such as baking cookies for someone, making ornaments, watch Christmas movies, go and pick out a new ornament for the year, buy gifts for someone, help wrap gifts, visit Santa, make crafts, go look at lights, etc etc etc. Usually I incorporate the bible story about baby Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas into our everyday advent calendar but I’m changing it up a bit this year. Stay tuned;). Our calendars look different every year. Last year I used a mini muffin pan as you can see in pic below…. (sorry it’s fuzzy.)


And this year I’m going totally homemade again but pretty different. I am finishing it up tonight so will post an updated photo later. I love love love homemade advent calendars.

Felt Christmas Tree


Pretty much self explanatory and sooo simple but it’s one of my kids favorite things to do. We put it up on the 1st and they decorate it over and over again. Don’t judge my cut job, totally wish I had more of an OCD personality but nadda!

7 Days Before Christmas Bible Story and Nativity.

Last but not least, this is something totally new but now that my kids are a little older (at least my biggest) and their attention span has a little more depth to it we wanted to incorporate more focus on the Bible Christmas story.


The last 7 days leading up to Christmas they will open a box and add to the nativity scene. There is an add on and also a story from the bible to read so by Christmas morning the nativity will be complete and the story will be told. So excited about this new addition to our festivities. I really hope the kids get excited about it too. This is what Christmas is all about folks!:)

So that’s that, we have a few other traditions here and there, pajamas on Christmas Eve and a Christmas morning breakfast table but for the most part that’s the bulk of it and we are so excited to begin!

Here’s to a month of Merry Celebrations!

My Thankful Turkeys


Today these happy turkeys are thankful for slippers, puppies, the ground, colors, markers, tv, bubbies, mommy and daddy, the sky, keys, backpacks, doctors, toys, drinks, houses and grass.
What my son isn’t very thankful for are t-shirts. We are lucky we’ve got shorts on today. 

Moral of the story: Lets be thankful the way children are thankful, in the simple most lovely way possible,  BE THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING! (Except maybe t-shirts!)

Here’s to a Thanksgiving full of thanks.


Wrapping Up Winter

This has been our last week of winter in the Lane house. We have done everything you can think to appreciate this season and now we are done. I no longer want to think about snow or research every material under the sun that is safe for children and has the characteristics of snow.

One more time – Winter is over for the Lanes!

Lets hope that it doesn’t linger too much longer outside. This week was packed with art and sensory activities based on this chilly season. I was going to wait until tomorrow to post but I’ve somehow got sucked into judging a high school speech and debate tournament for several hours tomorrow (which I’m actually very excited about) so going to go ahead and wrap up the week tonight.

Lets see what these kiddos were up to in this last week of January.

First off they did some paper plate snowmen. They did an amazing job as you will see.

Materials needed: 2 paper plates, craft glue, paint brush, pom poms, scrap paper, yarn, stickers, glitter…. anything that you have on hand.





They rocked those snowmen! Clive’s is hanging on one of our cabinet doors. Love love love! I found the idea on this amazing blog http://www.teaching2and3yearolds.com/

This next one is my favorite of the week. I don’t think it was his favorite but that’s okay we still had fun with it. It’s our number snowman. I love this idea and will probably try to do it more with numbers, shapes and letters.

Materials needed: white construction paper, markers, glue stick, colored construction paper, googly eyes or pom poms





He actually got more interested in it once it was hanging on the wall so I think next time we will start there and I will let him stick the numbers to the wall instead of lay them on the floor. I also put the numbers in a color pattern with blue and red. We’ve really been trying to learn about patterns lately. He’s catching on pretty quick but still kinda tricky. Darn patterns. 😉

On to a couple sensory activities. This next one I only have one picture because some of the ice got on my camera lens and it stopped working for about 2 hours. Lets just say I had a little melt down. We did an ice sensory bin. The picture is pretty much self-explanatory.

Shaved ice with some food coloring, I put some larger pieces of ice in there after this picture was taken. Both of the kids loved this for about 10 minutes and then they started to shiver.


Since I’m cutting this week a bit short I don’t have pictures of our last sensory project that’s scheduled for tomorrow. So I’m going to post a few pics from about a year and a half ago of the same project. My son is quite a bit younger but it’s still the same idea. We are going to use blue jello tomorrow with some cookie cutters and some snowflakes inside and whatever else I can find around the house that fits the subject. Here’s a few adorable pics of my little guy playing in his first vat of jello.




So there you have it, our week in a blog post. I had so much fun this month but I’m equally excited about moving on to Feb. We’ve got a ton of Valentines projects planned and I can’t wait to get started. We are even having a toddler/baby party the day before V-Day. I’m sure you will get to read all about it!

Happy tiny tot teaching!

One Messy Day

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with this next sensory activity. I’ve had this activity on my to do list since November after seeing it pinned several times on Pinterest. I was excited and naive about the actual mess it would leave for me to clean up. It’s one of those projects you really don’t want to get into but you just can’t stop yourself. There was a magnetic force drawing me to this and I suppose it couldn’t be avoided. Venture ahead if you dare….

Materials needed:

Shaving cream
Food coloring
Large container

That’s simple enough right? It can be called fluffy paint or play pudding or really anything you want. We called it fake snow which is one of the many ideas I’ve come across. Here’s a few pics to give you an idea of what we were dealing with.



In all actuality this was a very successful sensory project that lasted about an hour. In this house keeping a toddler busy for an hour with one activity is pretty much a miracle. The clean up was pretty rough but I’m sure I could have made it easier on myself by doing it in the bathtub… But that thought didn’t come until several days later. So yes we will do this again and I totally recommend it! Happy mess making!