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Flashback Friday: The Final Countdown

It’s been forever since I posted a Flashback Friday, so I thought it was time to get started again. I hope that you enjoy it!!

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This one is going to focus on “The Final Countdown”.  In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a song by the Swedish group Europe in 1986.  It was their third album and became a #1 hit in 25 different countries.

Europe-the_final_countdown So why am I talking about this song and this 80’s group??  Well, because they’ve revived this song in a new Geico commercial.  Hubby and I can’t help but to laugh every time we see it.  It brings back so many memories.  Hubby really gets a chuckle out of it, but part of that is because of the guy in the commercial too.

It’s good to see some “old” things revived like this!!  In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video to the commercial….

I hope that you join in the Flashback Friday link-up and share your flashbacks.  What do you have good memories of??  Link up and let me know!!

 




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A Christmas Present

I have something special, just for you my readers. I wanted to give you a present this year for following along and putting up with my sporadic posts and everything else!!

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This is a 4-page coloring book for the nativity. It focuses on Luke 2 and Matthew 2. It’s just a small book….well, it’s more like pages, to tell the real story of Christmas. The focus of these pages are geared toward Catholic, as I used the New American Standard Bible (NASB). Any faith surely can use it though!!

If you’re interested in these coloring pages, please just….

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I hope that you can use it in your classroom, homeschool, or for religious education. If you do, please be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!!

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Nativity Printables

Those of you who follow my blog know that I love to post about printable nativities. This year is no exception!!

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I didn’t think that I had many new or fresh ideas this year.  It seems like most of what’s out there, I’ve already posted in previous years.  If you’re looking for those previous posts, just search “nativity”.  That’ll pull up (or at least it should pull up) other posts about the nativity.

Here’s a free nativity paper craft.  It’s the Paper Nativity by Daniel Swartz.  I think this one is pretty fun and simple to do for kids of all ages.  I’ve blogged about this one before, but my daughter did it this year with her 3rd grade class and they loved it, so I just had to share again.  It’s the Nativity Scene (Joyfully Expanded) from Made by Joel.  Here’s a printable nativity scene for The Birth of Lord Jesus.  This one is a free nativity stencil pattern.  You can also download a free manger scene for Advent if you click here.  It’s from Sisters of St. Joseph/Good Ground Press and has a short form to fill out to access the download.

I don’t remember if I’ve shared this one or not, but it’s a DIY:  Make Your Own Nativity from Marloes de Vries.   Ministry-to-Children has this nativity playset.  You can click here for a fun Nativity Fold a House Craft.  “Build Your Own Nativity Printables” is a nativity based on basic shapes.  Last but not least, here’s a 3D manger.

I’d also like to let you know about a couple nativity printables in my stores.  I’m rather fond of them and the kids in my class have really enjoyed making and using them.  I hope that you’ll check them out.  First is the title, then the link to TPT, and then the link to Teachers Notebook.

Label the Nativity  TPT  TN

The Nativity Mobile  TPT  TN

Who Is Watching Baby Jesus? Game  TPT  TN

The First Christmas Story Wheels  TPT  TN

The First Christmas Do-A-Dots  TPT  TN

Nativity Write the Room  TPT  TN

That’s all that I have for you right now.  I hope that you enjoy all the free printable nativities and that you’ll check out my shops to see what I have to help keep “Jesus is the reason for the season”!!

 

 

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Advent Activity Pack is a “Daily Deal”!!

I have some good news for all of you getting ready to start the Advent season, whether at home or in the classroom!! My Advent Activity Pack for Early Learners is the….

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That means that on Black Friday (27 November) and Cyber Monday (30 November), you can get this pack for 40% off.  That’s definitely a deal!!  I’ve also expanded it for this year to include more activities and some worksheets.  There’s now 28 pages of fun and learning in this pack for early learners (PreK – 2nd, 3rd or 4th).  So click on a cover below to be taken to the “Daily Deal” now!!

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You can click here to be taken to my Teachers Notebook store to pick up this great “Daily Deal” on the Advent Activity Pack for Early Learners.  Oh, and you earn double the rewards good toward future purchases on Teachers Notebook!! 

Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday!!

 

 

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Welcome to the Adult World

Happy 18th Birthday

Today is my little girls 18th birthday!! I can’t believe how fast time has gone.  She’s an amazing girl woman who brings joy to everyone that she touches.  She has a smile that brightens the world around her.  I’m so proud to be her Momma and I’m honored that God chose me to take care of this angel.  

She has hopes and dreams….and I have no doubts that she’ll accomplish all of the, one way or the other.  She gives it her all in everything that she does.  She has a faith that runs deep and never doubts what God has planned for her.

As I reflect on the past 18 years, all I have is love and joy.  I know she’s not perfect, she is mine after all.  She’s truly a great kid woman and has a bright future.  I remember being told I couldn’t have kids and I remember the day I found out that I was pregnant.  Life would never be the same!!  She has always done things her way and she has amazing strength….and some that she doesn’t even know she has.  She was my partner all the times that hubby was gone due to military life.  Her dad is her buddy and they enjoy getting in trouble together.  Through it all, she knows that we’re her parents and love her unconditionally.

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Happy Birthday sweet girl young lady!!  Daddy and I wish you all the best today….and every day of your life to come.  We can’t wait to see what lies ahead!!  You may be grown up, but you’ll always be our little girl!!  😀

 

 

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Foto Finish: Heading to the Water

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This guy was heading toward the water at the Wildlife Refuge.  I just loved him and how casual he was.  He was definitely ready for a swim!!

Here’s my Foto Finish…..

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What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

I’m also linking up with….

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I can’t wait to see what your Foto Finish is and be sure to check out other Camera Critters!!  

 

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Macro: Mushroom

 

 

It’s time for another macro for Monday.  I went back in time for this one.  This is about 2 years old and was taken at my parents house.  They’d been having a rainy year, so there was all kinds of mushrooms all over their yard.  

Check out this brightly colored mushroom….

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Be sure to check out the other macro photography here….

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Be sure to come back here on Saturday and join in Foto Finish, where you can link up and share your favorite or best shot of the week!!  To find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Foto Finish: Fireworks

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This is my first week back with Foto Finish, so I wanted to share a photo that I’ve really been working on.  Well, I’m really trying to capture lightening, but I also love fireworks.  Since we just celebrated the 4th of July last week, I thought I’d share a photo that I took of fireworks.

Here’s a shot of a fireworks display that I took….

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This was a display put on by the local golf course and it was taken from my backyard.  We are about a mile or 2 from the golf course.  It’s gotten more challenging because the trees have really grown up around all the houses, so I really had to try to capture the “big ones”

What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

I can’t wait to see what your Foto Finish is!!

 

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Longhorns

I just downloaded these from my camera and I just had to share at least one of them!!

We went to the Wildlife Refuge after the rains. It was amazing to see everything to alive and bright since we’ve had a drought the past couple of years. There were huge herds of longhorns enjoying the green grass. Some were grazing and some were just laying around.

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Check out the other “critters” being shared at….

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Also, I’m going to be bringing back Foto Finish this weekend. I hope that you’ll join in and link up!! If you’d like to find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Macro Monday – Turtle Face

I haven’t posted any photography in awhile and I’ve missed it very much.  I like few things more than taking photos and sharing them with others.  That means that it was again time to join up with Macro Monday!

Here’s my up close and personal macro of hubby’s turtle….

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Be sure to check out the other Macro Monday photography here….

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I’m going to try to bring Foto Finish back, and I hope that you’ll join in.  You can read more about it if you click here and I hope to see you linking up this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!!

 

 

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40 Days of Lent

I know this is rather last minute, but I have a free printable for you to use at home or in your classroom for Lent.

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I’m calling this a color-by-number, but it’s not really that.  LOL  Once space is colored in for each day of Lent.  Certain spaces are specific colors.  When completed at the end of Lent, it’ll be a picture that represents Lent/Easter.  There is a key so that you know what color each space should be colored.

If you’re interested in downloading this, please just click the cover image above!!

 

 

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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Ash Wednesday Fun and Learning

Last night’s lesson was all about Ash Wednesday and how it’s the first day of Lent.  Advent and Lent are always interesting concepts to teach the kids when it’s all about “waiting” and “preparing”.  At their age, they’re just ready for Santa and the Easter Bunny.  They soak up the information like sponges!!

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After our discussion about Lent, we focused on Ash Wednesday and did this activity page.  Since we attend mass as part of class on Ash Wednesday, it’s important the kids know all about the ashes so they know what to expect.  After that, we practiced for mass….several times!!  Our final activity was a little craft that I made for the kids.  They colored the pictures to look like themselves and then we took black paint and put a cross on the foreheads with their thumb.

If you’re interested in this, just click to….

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To see the a few of the final projects, just click here to see them on Instagram.  You don’t have to have an account and it’s worth it because they’re just adorable for being 3-5 years old!!

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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