December 4, 2009
Christmas coloring printables are ready for your kids and grands. I can’t believe how fast the year has come and gone. As I get older, the years seem to fly-by.
As a child, I was always afraid that the winter birds who took my Christmas list to the north pole wouldn’t make it in time. Boy, those were fast birds because often I would not get my Christmas list completed until just a few days before. With the Christmas list in mind, one of the coloring pages is a Kids Christmas List they can color and add all the “stuff” they want.
The other coloring page is the trusty snowman. He wasn’t a popular Christmas icon in days gone by, but today he’s highly visibility. Snowmen are the best!
As usual, you will find the Christmas coloring printable links below. There are printables your kids can color as well as the full colored option… for those who want to just hang it up. Pssst….. The Kids Christmas list might work best for those young ones who delay in getting their Christmas lists made until the last minute. Have them write out their list and hang it on a tree outside. Those winter birds are pretty fast!
Well, I’m off… I’m late in getting my shopping done. Down load the Christmas Coloring Printables and keep the kids and grands busy while you wrap gifts. Make sure the children get their Kids Christmas List made.
P.S. For those who want Christmas Gift Tags… I designed a few for you last year. If you didn’t get a chance to pick them up, they are available to you this year Here. (If you are on my mailing list, you will getting your Christmas Gift Tag link…just watch for the e-mail.) For those who want last year’s Christmas printables, Here They Are.
November 10, 2009
The turkey coloring pages are ready for your kids and grands to enjoy. Again… kids love to decorate for the holidays and the young ones love to color. The first coloring page is in black and white so the kids can use crayons or markers to decorate their turkey picture. For those who want to just cut it out and hang it up… a colored turkey is provided for them.
I remember being so excited for Thanksgiving dinner. I would fast all morning long preparing for the big meal. I wanted the turkey drumstick all to myself. However, when it came to actually eating the whole thing… it was a different matter. I was so filled up on mom’s fantastic southern cornbread stuffing and other Thanksgiving delights, there was little room for all the meat on the drumstick. Mom didn’t fix mashed potatoes very often, so it was another special dish that adorned our Thanksgiving table.
It’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year. The kids go to the “other laws” every other year. Our Thanksgiving menu is pretty traditional with the exception of Banana Cream pie… which was Scott’s favorite. We’re sure going to miss him this year.
While we’re putting the last minute touches on the meal, I’ll keep the grands busy and from under foot by bring out the crayons and markers. The kids can color their Turkey coloring pages… even if it is Turkey Day. Better late that never.
P.S. If anyone has a special Thanksgiving recipe that is a tradition in your family…I would love to know about it. I’m always looking for something new and scrumptious.
P.P.S. If you have a mind too… grab the crayons or markers and join the kids in decorating the Turkey Coloring Pages.
October 7, 2009
Halloween printable coloring pages can keep your young kids busy for a long time. I bring them out after Sunday dinner and it keeps the grands occupied for an hour or so. The kids love ’em. It give all their parents a little break so the”old” folks can visit with each other in peace. I love them because it keeps the “chasing through the house” down a bit. So…. we all win.
These free Halloween printables are my gift to you and your kids or grands to enjoy. Print out only one… or print them all. I have included pre colored copies for those who don’t want to color them but want a showing of Halloween without the work.. Just hang them on the fridge or window.
Here ya go! Just click on the links below and they will download to your computer immediately.
Give these fun printables a try. Happy Halloween!
P.S. My sister Sheila gives copies of these Halloween printable coloring pages to a neighbor down the street that has a pre-school in her home. Who could you share them with?
April 30, 2009
These Mother’s Day coloring pages are just in time for your kids to make a card for Mom or Grandma. There are two Mother’s Day cards and two flat coloring sheets the kids can hang on the fridge or on the door to surprise Mom. Here are the Mother’s day Cards:
Click on the red links. Print the free Mother’s Day cards on 8.5 X 11 paper. Fold in half and fold again. The downloads may take a few minutes so be patient.
Click on the red links. Print the free Mother’s Day Printables on 8.5 X 11 paper. Again… the downloads may take a few minutes so be patient.
Bring out the crayons, and markers and let your kids color a Mother’s Day card or Coloring pages.
P.S. They could attach their card to a Mother’s Day gift. In fact… check this one out. It’s so easy… even a three year old can participate.
P.P.S. These Mother’s Day cards and coloring pages are great for pre-schools and elemenary schools. If you know if a teacher who who would enjoy these coloring sheets… pass the word along… They will appreciate it.
April 16, 2009
My grandkids and I have a fun shopping tradition that we enjoy in a couple of times a year. The number of “grands” that join in the shopping spree vary. Some times there’s four kids and other times there’s as many as seven or eight at one time. The kids range from 3 years to 12 years old and the shopping excursion takes place at the “Dollar Store.”
There are two rules we apply to our shopping experience.
1. We set a limit as to the amount of money they can spend per person. Sometimes it’s three dollars and sometimes it’s five. The rule is… they have to stay within the budget. If three dollars is the limit… they know they can only put three things in their basket. (That’s why we shop at the “Dollar Store.”)
2. The second rule is… they can choose anything they want… as long as they stay within the pre-determined budget. An opinion on what they choose to buy is “off limits.” (This rule is more for me than it is for them.)
If I say, “You don’t want that because….” Or ask, “Do you really want that?,” it invalidates the child’s decision and then I take on the responsibility for what they purchase because they may try and to “please” me rather than select what they really want. It’s then easy to blame me for items they purchase that they aren’t really thrilled about.
Now, the shopping spree.
As soon as they enter the store… they run to get their individual baskets and they start down the isles. The real young ones put everything they see into their baskets. The older kids walk up and down the isles and carefully make their decisions before placing the items in their baskets. It’s fun to watch the process.
Often, when the little ones count their items they realize they have too many toys and have to put things back on the shelves because they have gone over the budget. They use to complain a bit, now they just automatically take things back.
Once everyone has their toys… they march off to cashier where they purchase their items and they walk out the door with their own bag in hand…. happy as larks.
Meet our today’s shoppers. Braden (in the back ) Landon, Josie, and Barrett Griffiths.
Why such a shopping trip?
First of all, it’s fun and it’s a tradition we look forward to. As elementary as this process may seem… it gives them a bit of an opportunity to learn a little about finance and being responsible for their own choices.
They learn there is a limit to their spending because they have to stay within a budget. I don’t budge when it comes to sticking by the rules. No extra items.
Because no one gives directions on what to purchase… they are solely responsible for what they choose. If they don’t choose wisely, and end up unhappy about their choices, they are much more careful the next time.
On a recent shopping trip, my grandson, Glade, ask if he could take some of the the money and cash out. He wanted to save a couple of dollars of his budget for something else. Great thinking. Saving his money for something of greater importance to him was a smart move.
Our shopping spree at the dollar store is fun and it saves me a bundle. Have you seen the prices of toys at Walmart? Oh, my gosh!
Take a look at this short video and watch the process. You will find some interesting decisions being made. We have so much fun…you’ll have to try it sometime. Besides all the fun… valuable lessons are being taught.
P.S. Of course… afterward, a trip to Wendy’s for a bite to eat is always a treat.
April 2, 2009
Here are coloring sheets for you to print so your kids can decorate for Easter. The icons on these Easter printables are large. They are great for pre-school kids. Again… I have included pre-colored sheets… for the kids who just want to cut them out.
The kids can make their own Easter egg gathering basket by cutting out their artwork and gluing it onto the side of a paper bag. Punch a couple of holes in the top of the bag.. and string a bit of ribbon for a handle. Waaaaaa Laaaaa. Ready to go.
Here are the three Easter designs to choose from.
Print these off for you kids or grands. They’ll have a good time getting ready for Easter
P.S. I’m printing up a bunch of the Easter coloring sheets for my grands. They’re coming this week-end and it’s going to be cold outside. They’ll need something to keep themselves busy.
March 27, 2009
Claire celebrated her fifth birthday on the March 24th. It was a quiet celebration…just with her family. I was lucky enough to be invited to join them at Denny’s for dinner…. the restaurant of her choice.
Now don’t let this serene photo fool you…. This little child is full of surprises. Yep… she sure surprised us.
When she was a baby, she so was so quite… so good… so relaxed. That lasted for about a year… and then she grew way beyond her years over night. One day she was serene and the next day she was… well, curious, on the go, independent and had all of the confidence of an adult. In fact… there is no adult that she’s not comfortable with. She’s will strike up a conversation with anyone… and everyone is her friend. She keeps us in stitches all the time… she is one funny girl.
Now if there is any photo in the world that takes on the personality of the child… this is it. An all time favorite of mine.
Back to the birthday party. Here’s Miss Confidence… picking out her food fare.
The decision has been made.
The Birthday song has been sung… and now it’s time to blow out the candles. She didn’t want to get too close for fear her hair would catch on fire.
Now comes the fun part… the birthday gifts… and boy did she clean up… dance leotard, roller skates, watch, and DVD’s.
The Birthday cake was delicious…. I’ll get Katie to share this recipe with us. It’s certainly one we need to have in our recipe boxes.
Bet ya can’t guess. Yep… it’s the decorative art of Miss Claire Benson…. Called “Inside The Cake Mixing Bowl” Looks like there’s another artist in the family.>
Happy Birthday dear Claire… you make my heart happy.
P.S. This ends our big March Birthday Month. Thanks for celebrating with us. Did you get your free Birthday Note cards? Get them HERE, at the first of the month celebrations. See our middle of the month celebration HERE.
March 23, 2009
Norah celebrated her birthday by inviting 7 little girls to a Victorian Tea Party…. and what a celebration it was. I found it amusing that little girls so young could play their part so well. They were charming little ladies…. exhibiting perfect tea party etiquette the entire time.
Martha, Norah’s mom made sure this party would be one the girls wold remember for a long time. I’ll say… it sure made a lasting impression on me.
Large tissues paper balls framed a crystal chandelier.
A beautiful floral arrangement graced the center of the table.
The table was set with linen and a colleague of Victorian plates. Milk glass cups and saucer adorned every place setting. The tea party favors were colorful headbands and were placed in the center of each plate.
What to serve at a tea party? Well here ya go… couldn’t get any fancier than this.
Grilled ham and turkey sandwiches were stack on pedestal milk glass trays. Notice … no crusts.
Homemade Oreo Cookies, stacked high, were the real thing… made from an original recipe.
Look at these red velvet cupcakes…. adorned with fresh raspberries. I don’t think I’ve every seen a white raspberry.
Tea party etiquette at it’s best.
The girls loved playing musical chairs… and played it more than once.
Of course… opening presents is one of the highlights of every party.
At the end of the tea party… they entertain themselves and us… in Norah’s dad music room. Brad set up three mics and the girls danced and sang and had a good old time.
Happy Birthday sweet Norah.
P.S. Do you think mom’s and grandma’s are too old to have a Victorian Tea Party?
March 18, 2009
Norah Corrina Griffiths celebrated her sixth birthday on March sixteenth. It was also the anniversary date of my dad’s death 23 years ago. Six years ago, I can just see my father kissing little Norah good-bye and gently nudging her off a cloud. Her soul danced her way into our lives after a difficult delivery. Without going into details… Norah arrived under adverse circumstances… and if she had been born in a previous age… we wouldn’t have Norah, nor her mom, Martha. What a marvelous day and age to be living.
Grandma and Grandpa Wright… and I were invited to a private event.. a cake and ice cream party. The real birthday party comes on Saturday… with a girlie Tea Party event. If you want to see plans in the making… take a look here. Wow!
The right side of Norah’s brain runs her life. If she had it her way… she would dance and sing through life…only stopping long enough to paint and draw a picture. (Nana is busting her buttons… Look’s like we have another artist in the family.) This is “Sleeping Beauty” … a Pacasso if I ever saw one.
Aren’t blowing out the candles just the best… You never get to old to enjoy that moment. Well…..unless there’s too many candles… or your wind has dissipated to a breeze.
Yep… Here she is… in her new Cheer Leading out fit. A real show woman here.
Happy Birthday Norah. Nana loves you much.
P.S. Birthday celebrations have a down side too. They are gentle reminders that we are all getting ….. What? Old?
P.P.S. March is a big birthday month in our family. If you haven’t received your free birthday gift…. go here and get it now.
March 13, 2009
More Saint Patrick’s Day coloring pages are coming your way. Keep your kids busy this week-end with new free printables .
As a child, I rarely wore the color green. I think it was because my skin tone is so olive, Mom chose not to accentuate the color. Anyway, I was one of those kids that got pinched frequently because my little green bow attached to my dress wasn’t as visible as Shirleen Hunter’s bright Kelly green dress. It went with her flowing blond hair so beautifully. I have a “thing” about pinching.
So… I’ve made some fun “No Pinching” coloring sheets for those kids who prefer not to come home black and blue. They can color their St. Patrick Day coloring sheets to help ward off those eager pinchers in the class.
Again… you get a choice between black and white coloring sheets… or the full color sheets the kids can just cut out.
Now if you kids don’t have green clothing…. I’m arming them with a little tag they can color, cut out and pin on their dress or shirt.
If you missed out on the free St. Paddy’s day coloring printables last week… you welcome to get them here.
There you go… keep those kids busy this week-end arming themselves with St. Paddy protection.
P.S. If you think your kids teacher would enjoy these Saint Patricks Day coloring sheets… send her to insightfulnana.com so she can print up a bunch for her students.