The Fontanini Nativity Scene

Shepherds stood watch in the fields.

Merchants in town were busy.

And Jesus lay in a popsicle stick cradle.

This is the story we reenacted with the Fontanini Manger set.

First you find an empty manger.

Then you gather the town.

You carefully place the merchants and shops.

Don’t forget the fields. Psst…on the staircase.

Where the Shepherds keep watch.

It wasn’t easy back in the day Jesus was born.

And we have to be very specific to play place all the ware correctly.

It’s a tough job, but part of what Christmas is all about.

The details.

Like working a spindle.

And keeping an eye out for Angels.

Tending to The Baby.

Shopping at the stores.

And keeping the riff raff out of the Manger. Hey…..who let the elephant in there??

Telling the story is one of the best parts of Christmas. Whether it’s in play, in books, or in the heart.

Don’t you think?

Never Fear Spring is Here!

Well…almost….maybe not quite spring, but definitely spring fever.

I am trying to convince myself the next heat wave will stick around for good. The Bradford Pear Trees are blooming. And we have had a few really nice weekends. It is a bit on the chilly side this week for all of us southern lightweights, but not really (not if you are from the north). This time of year is brief and fleeting. Brief – because spring lasts about a month. Fleeting – because if you blink, you will miss it.

Next month we will be in the 90’s, which will be a cold front in the summer, but I digress. Let’s not jump ahead.

For now, let’s enjoy our brief (almost official) spring where the kids can play outside without UV pollution.


*Photos edited with warmify tone. Normally, I don’t like this edit, but it seemed perfect for these pre-spring pics.*

Happy Wednesday!

Any sign of spring where you are?

Child’s Play

Do you remember your childhood obsession?

Inoccent Wonder

*My entry in this week’s iheart faces challenge*

This is hers. She got this box of colored stones (she calls marbles).

She loooooves them.

She counts them.

She categorizes them (by color and shape).

They are people. They are on a journey.

They interact. They imagine. They dream.

They need protection (a box), guidance (direction), and friends (fellow colors).

She cares for them and helps them get to where they are going (home, school, work, play).

They are not just stones. They are important.

I think we can learn a lot from preschoolers.

Don’t you?

Dream. Imagine. Play.

Live, Love, Laugh… Creep?

Today is the Girl Next Door Grows Up – Feel Good Friday meme.

One her prompts is to post five things that made you extremely happy this week. Sydney could take up all five of those things. She had me laughing so hard, I could barely breathe. Please don’t ever lose your spirit of fun and laughter. Pleasepleaseplease.

Before I present my five things, I would like to thank iPhone photo gallery for this post. It wouldn’t have been possible if not for the photos + videos and tons of memories to smile about (and share).

**I swear I don’t work for Apple!

1)
One of Sydney’s favorite things to do (maybe it’s a teenage girl thing) is creeping. It’s not like the old days of jeepers creepers; better known as pervs. It’s basically teenage girls at the mall. They hide behind something and take a picture of a teenage boy they like. Then post it on Facebook with a title, Creepin’ Hard. They giggle and find the stealth exciting. Not sure if they ever actually meet these boys, or if that is even the point? Maybe, it’s just the rush of not getting caught crushing creeping.

Anyway, I decided she MUST teach me this “creepin” skill, because I am all about spying bonding with my kid.

Place: Wal-Mart
Person of interest: Jason
Hiding barrier: End Cap


He has noooo idea.

Hee hee hee.

I had to take a photo of the creeper teacher in action. You know, like taking notes.

After my lesson, I creeped Sydney. Pretty good, eh?

So now, I’m officially a creeper – in a good way. Ahem.

2)
Sometime this week, I discovered I was featured by WordPress under a couple of photo tags. Photos, Pictures, or photos; all pull up this page. I took a picture of it with my iPhone, since I have no idea how long it will be there.

Pssssssst, I totally creeped WordPress – hee hee.

It may not be Freshly Pressed, but it’s pretty cool to be static at the top of these popular tags searches.

3)
It’s been ONE month since our 10-10-10 wedding. That’s right. An entire month has flown by, but on this day in history, we totally got creeped! had some beautiful photos taken.

Photo by – Kellene of Bella Lucia Photography

After the ceremony……

I see this on Facebook.


Assaulted by a well of happy tears, it made a cherished day even better, and of course…… I took a picture with my brilliant iPhone. Which? Was playing our reception music. And? The reason I was on my iPhone at the wedding. Seriously people – we are a family of technology. I could have texted I do. Heh!

4)
Shopping with these two and saving the photos.

The coolest kids cats around.


Hey, you never know when you might need sunglasses. …..better to creep you with….

Two adorable future creepers shade wearing shopping partners = happy awesome.

Finding Build-A-Bear Star Wars collections = happy awesome x 100!


I totally creeped a pic!

I mean really!?! Are you as excited as me? I want to collect them all. We could reenact the whole movie – bear style. They have light sabers!

5)
In the month of July – the girls were at their dad’s. I got hooked on America’s Got Talent and the girls loved it too. Right before bed, Bridget starts dancing. She just dances and dances and dances. It was happy feet. It was river dance. It was her being the most talent America has ever seen – EVER – at four years old. The crowd goes wild!

I loved her enthusiasm and whipped out my iPhone before she got shy to quickly capture. What happened next is best explained as a skitzy half greyhound/half jeeper creeper named Anna, wanting to creep dance too. Since she is a DOG and doesn’t know HOW to dance, it came out like a mosh. Apparently, Anna dog only knows how to slam dance.

Here’s what I think, Bridget hears river dance music. Anna dog? Metal. Mosh pit. This is my favorite video clip of all time.

I love how she keeps dancing. What a performer! Ha ha!

These are a few of the things that made me feel good this week (and always will).

Hope you have a great weekend and have a fabulous Feel Good Friday! Swing by Erika’s and see what everyone else feels good about.

Laughter puts your brain, your central nervous system and your whole being into a state of free play.
Max Eastman