Storytime- Apples

We are reading:

book jacket Ten Apples Up On Top!

book jacket Red Are the Apples

book jacket Apple Harvest

book jacket Ducking for Apples

We are singing:

“Going on a Picnic”

Going on a picnic, 

gotta pack a lunch.

What should we bring to munch, munch, munch?

Let’s bring apples,

apples, apples.

Let’s bring apples to munch, munch, munch.

(Repeat with other food items.)

We are making:

A paper plate apple!  

Cut a paper plate on the sides to make leaf shapes.  Color the leaf shapes green.  Color the edges of the plate red.  Draw seed shapes onto the center of the plate–or–glue real apple seeds into the center of the plate.  Glue the leaves on the top of the apple.

A tip for you:

Keep good food in your child’s tummy!  Some helpful tips for getting your child to eat healthy:

  • Get your kids involved in planning and preparing meals.
  • Go to the source by visiting a farmers’ market.
  • Make healthy snacks available at home or on the go.
  • Give kids freedom of choice with a base meal and optional toppings.
  • Be a role model–let your kids see you enjoying healthy foods!

Happy Reading!

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Anne. With an E.

One of the many things my mother and I had in common was our love for Anne of Green Gables.  Not so much the books, but the movies were our favorites.  Give us a rainy day and some warm quilts and we were happy to spend the day together, watching Anne Shirley fall in love with Gilbert Blythe.  There’s no better love story, in my opinion.

And Anne always seems to have the right thing to say.  

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

She’s right on that one.

“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”

Emma lives by this quote.  It IS easier to be good if you have those fabulous leopard print pants.

“Well now, I’d rather have you than a dozen boys, Anne,’ said Matthew patting her hand. ‘Just mind you that — rather than a dozen boys. Well now, I guess it wasn’t a boy that took the Avery scholarship, was it? It was a girl — my girl — my girl that I’m proud of.”


“Don’t be very frightened, Marilla. I was walking the ridge-pole and I fell off. I suspect I have sprained my ankle. But, Marilla, I might have broken my neck. Let us look on the bright side of things.”

Always look on the bright side of life.

I use this quote as my wallpaper in October:

















And my mom and I always said this quote to each other:

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”

And it is.

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What works for me

Since school started, I’m now officially a full time working mom.  I work 40 hours a week now, so my life is full-  VERY FULL.  In the last few weeks, I’ve figured out some working mom things that work for me:

  • My boys set their alarm in the morning, get themselves up, dressed, make their breakfast and make their lunches.  They are 11 and 9, and are perfectly capable of getting themselves ready.  And they’ve been doing a great job!
  • I do laundry on the weekends.  I tried doing a load a day, but that ended up with clean laundry on my dining table for weeks.  I start the laundry on Friday night after work, and we finish up with folding and putting away on Sunday.  
  • Meals have become MUCH simpler.  I look for recipes that can either be made in the crock pot, or only have about 15 minutes of prep/cook time.  We still eat good food, and we all enjoy it.  You don’t have to eat crap just because you need to cook faster!  Wednesdays are also breakfast for dinner nights- the kids love that!
  • I make sure the house is straightened every night, and the dishwasher is loaded and washing when I leave for work in the morning.  If we keep things clean during the week, it’s easier to do the other cleaning jobs on the weekend.
  • My kids have chores!  The boys alternate collecting garbage, they all put their own clothes away and take their laundry downstairs, and all three switch off emptying the dishwasher.  I can’t do it all alone.  In that respect, too, Dan also helps, with everything from cleaning to grocery shopping.  Sometimes the jobs don’t get done exactly as I would do them, but at least they’re done.
  • Weekends are family time.  I try not to schedule too many things during the weekend.  Most of the time that’s the only time we get as a family.  Even if we’re doing something as simple as grocery shopping and eating at KFC, at least we’re together.

Being a working mom isn’t easy, and it takes balance.  But so far, we’ve been doing pretty well.

Are you a working mom?  Have any tips to add?

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