Peyton turns 5!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:03 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
I can't believe my baby is 5yrs old today!!! Here's a little flash back of her over the years! Our life has been nothing but full of adventure since she has been born!!

Gingerbread Houses & Santa

10:29 AM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
Last weekend we made our traditional gingerbread houses out of graham crackers! We did ours during a parents night out that I hosted so it was a lot of fun because they got to do it with several of their friends! I love that all of the kids still get into it! Even my middle schooler!

The girls also went to visit santa at the local library for their little Christmas party they did! It was a great time and they did such a wonderful job and put out so much effort! I hope they know just how thankful we are for all of their hard work! There was cookie decorating, ornament making, games, a scavenger hunt, coloring, and of course a visit with Santa who also gave each child a free book! Very thoughtful!
The girls also wrote letters to santa before hand and had santa leave them a letter back on the day of the party!!

And my husband threw of the end of the year soccer party for the team he coached and my youngest son got his trophy and certificate!

He also placed first place at his wrestling tournament this weekend! So proud of him! He was having a rough time there for awhile and not wrestling like normal because he was so sick!

So we had a wonderful weekend filled with fun!

The Adventures of Bella the Elf On The Shelf!

10:17 AM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
Our Elf Bella has been super busy this year so far!

Veggie Tales, Mammals, letter K and more!

Friday, December 5, 2014 12:50 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
This weekend we had a really fun weekend and had a Veggie Tales In The House Playdate! I was chosen from house party to participate in this and got a box full of goodies from a veggie tales dvd, a gift card for 3 months free of Netflix, goodies for 12 kids including tattoos, stickers, masks, activity sheets and decorations!

I made a Bob the Tomato cake for our party as well! The kids had so much fun playing games like toss the balloon and see which team could keep it in the air the longest! Pop the balloon! Freeze dance to veggie tales songs! Colored some coloring sheets and did the activity sheets and watched the movie!

I love when I get chosen for these and get to get goodies to surprise my kids and their friends with for fun!

The kids have been having fun learning about mammals this week and for some fun craft time projects they made bunny baskets

And they also made kangaroos out of toilet paper rolls! Which also went with the letter K that Peyton is learning!

We've been practicing more place values and learning about place values with thousands. Working on homonyms, silent letters like silent t, h, b, g, and l. And studying more on Ancient Greece. She's still working on The Littles for reading and really loves the book so far! She loves to read so much and can spend a majority of her day doing it!

Peyton is working on the letter K this week! She's been practicing writing her name and numbers as well!

She learned some really cute songs for the letter K too! She's been singing them all week!

Ten Baby Kangaroos

Ten baby kangaroos standing in a row
When they see their mama, they bow just so (bow)
They kick to the left (hop to the left)
They kick to the right (hop to the right)
Then they close their eyes & sleep all night. (Put head on hands and pretend to sleep)

Continue with Nine Baby Kangaroos, Eight Baby Kangaroos, etc

Koala Bear

Koala bear, koala bear, Turn around, (Turn around)
Koala bear, koala bear, Touch the ground (Touch the ground)
Koala bear, koala bear, Dance on your toes, (Dance on tip toes)
Koala bear, koala bear, Touch your nose (Touch your nose)
Koala bear, koala bear, Give a little clap, (clap)
Koala bear, koala bear, Take a nap (Put head on hands like sleeping)

Pizza Casserole

Monday, December 1, 2014 9:13 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments

One of my families absolute favorite dishes!

Pizza Casserole

1 Package of Spiral Pasta
1lb of Ground Beef
1 Jar of Spaghetti sauce
1 Cup Pepperoni
2 Cups Shredded Cheese

Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to package. Brown beef while cooking. Drain and add to sauce.
Pour pasta into a casserole dish. Layer as followed. Pour sauce and beef over noodles. Line the top with pepperonis then sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 uncovered for 20 minutes.

chinese dragons, place values, letter reviews and more!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:23 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
The last few days we have been having some fun around here! The 2nd grader has been learning about Chinese dragons, the Chinese year, the great wall of china and more during Asian Civilization for History! She colored a really beautiful Chinese dragon and made a Chinese dragon kite!

She's been studying about antonyms, soft and hard c's, some more on life cycles, more on place values and tens and ones, and some other fun stuff the last few days. We need to go check out the book The Littles for or reading assignment.

My preschooler has been reviewing the letters F, G, H, I, and J this week. She did some finger painting and worked on some fun Thanksgiving print outs to go with our holiday coming up to practice counting and beginning sounds! And what she was thankful for!

One of my older kids Keagan who is in public school came home with this really cool art project yesterday! I love when he comes home with stuff like this! I have so many on my dresser and my end tables around the house! I need to start doing some of these art projects at home with the younger ones too! They are so awesome!

Brooklyn also started her speech today! We are very excited about that because you always get a little more outside of what you would in the school system since there are less boundaries for one. There hasn't been anyone local here to work with her til recently and it timed out just right for when we were going back to homeschool so that she could get more speech therapy as well! She was never on an IEP in school as it wasn't severe but she was on a good starter program so I am very thankful for that at least! I can see so many changes just from what they were able to do at school and were willing to do already and can only imagine where she will be in a few months from the new services! It also worked wonderful to time out back to back and next door to another one of her therapies so that is just one less stressor off our back to make lives easier in this process and easier for her in the transition! She absolutely loves it so far!

Mayor's Tree Lighting

11:08 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
Every year we have a big annual mayors tree lighting with a parade, Christmas bazaar, entertainment, food, and more that I am very very fortunate to have been asked to be a part of and help run a portion of it for the city! I absolutely love getting to be a part and not just attend it but feel like I am part of the community and participate and try to hop on opportunities like that when I can to be more involved and learn more about the city we currently live in and make it our home while we are here!
Last year it was really cold and got down to 11 degrees and effected our turn out but there was still a decent one. This year it got bumped up a few weeks earlier to hopefully help some with the weather and the turn out to be like it was many years before and thankfully it wasn't that cold but it almost got a little ruined from rain! I think it scared a few people off but thankfully not to many and it was only light showers and stayed out of our covered area so we were able to still enjoy our festive night! A few pictures of the kiddos I got that night! One was missing from the santa picture because my husband wasn't feeling to great and had to go home and I couldn't handle running things while watching the youngest so she wasn't there at that point but I got most of my kids haha