Life Is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans

My goodness, I just do not know where the days have gone! I have thought about my little blog here so often during the past weeks. There have been few opportunities to write. My life seems to be so full of …well…”Life!” Isn’t that what John Lennon sang about? “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” 

I have missed reading all of the wonderful blogs, that I love and enjoy. I hope to get around to visiting each and every one of you over the coming weekend.  I know I have missed almost of month of Hodgepodge Wednesdays. I have missed you all! September promises to be just as busy for me. I am hoping to blog at least once or twice a week, but I will have to wait and see what the  Lord has in store for me and my little family. 

                             Our version of a selfie. 😉 24 years of happy!

This past weekend, my dear husband and I had the privilege of getting away for our 24th anniversary. We had 3 quiet days together. We walked the beach, went swimming, had wonderful dinners out, talked underneath the starry sky while we watched fireworks on the beach…just a lovely time to be together as a couple. With five children, time alone is a rarity. 

Since my kidney stone surgery, I have been busily settling in the children for the school year.  My preschooler has loved school this year and we are doing a fun unit study on colors right now. I wanted to share a couple of the little color unit activities that she has really enjoyed. 

She is a precocious little girl and just so much fun! She loves to pretend that she is going to the beach. This particular day, she chose her own outfit and refused to let me comb her hair into any manner of order. Here she is dressed in her beach cover up, her girly sunglasses and toting her tiny Vera Bradley purse and she won’t be seen anywhere without her precious blanket and bunny. This is a typical day in the life of  my little one. She is very opinionated about her style. =) There is such joy in watching her grow and change. 

Below are a couple of the color activities that Sophie has truly enjoyed. These are great little games to help with learning to identify the colors and their names.

The color caterpillar was a real hit. She loved taking the little colored circles on and off of the caterpillar, using it similar to a jigsaw puzzle. When she tired of that, we glued the colored circles to the caterpillar template and added googly eyes. She loved the idea that this was her very own creation.

To make your own color caterpillar game, you will need:
A sheet of white paper
Colored markers
Glue or paste
Goggly eyes
Construction paper 

I traced around a small juice glass with five different color markers on the white paper in the shape of a caterpillar. I then added grass along the bottom edge. I then traced those same colors around the glass onto matching colored construction paper and cut out the circles. Voila! A fun color caterpillar puzzle for your preschooler. I love that this uses only simple items, that most parents have around the house. Sophie adored placing the pieces in the right places. She LOVES the color orange.

The second activity that Sophie loves is the bumblebee game. I simply cut out a flower shape from different colors of construction paper and glued a yellow center to each. I made a tiny paper bumble bee out of yellow and white paper. Sophie loves the Baby Bumblebee song. 
It goes something like this:
“I’m bringing home a baby bumble bee, a baby bumble bee, a baby bumble bee…”
“Won’t my mommy be so proud of me” 
“Buzzy, Buzzy, Buzzy…OUCH! He stung me.”

To play the game, I have Sophie close her eyes while I hide the bee under one of the colored flowers. Every time she picks up a flower, we say the color name. She keeps looking until she finds the bee…then we sing the song together and play again! She loves this little game and will play it over and over again.  A fun way for little ones to practice naming their colors.

Summer is drawing to a close here and our vegetable garden is nearly spent. On Wednesday, I sent my son out to cut the last of the big yellow sunflowers planted there. This last burst of summer is  a touch of sunshine in my kitchen.
September is always a time of renewal for me. We have upcoming annual conventions within our faith, where we learn more about God and his word. I am so excited for our conventions this year. I feel I am in such need of the refreshing that comes from sitting under the “Sound of the Gospel.” It has been an eventful year for our family… lots of changes…lots of blessings too. My husband’s illness and the ending of his cancer treatments, my daughter getting married  and moving away, my son entering welding college and so much more.  I have a lot to be thankful for.

I have missed writing and hope to be back to a regular blogging schedule soon! I am looking forward to catching up with all of my blogging friends. I hope your week was fabulous.
Blessings and Sunshine,

10 Responses to Life Is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans

  1. Nathan Reeve says:

    T Hank you I really enjoyed this post! I am not a parent yet but when I am one these are things that I will definitely be trying out. Actually I just read a article about growing and happy families, it was written by a Mormon on how important it is to spend time together!
    What are some things that you do to spend time with your family?

  2. Happy Anniversary 😀

  3. Sylvia says:

    Happy 24th Anniversary,Valerie! It sounds like you had a lot of precious alone time with your husband, how great! Sophie is so adorable, what great teaching games to play with her.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Barb says:

    Hi Valerie!

    Happy late anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our 40th! It seems like only yesterday when we were celebrating 24 years – they go by so quickly!

    Beautiful post!


  5. Happy Anniversary!
    Sounds like you do have full days and many trials and blessings filling every nook of your days!
    Many sweet times with your little one! Home schooling is a very big and honorable feat and I pray that all will go smoothly for you and yours! And you have God at the center what a wonderful blessing!
    Warmth and Hugs, Linnie

  6. Valerie says:

    Dear Nathan,
    Thank you!

  7. Valerie says:

    Dear Sheeplady,
    Thank you so much!

  8. Valerie says:

    Dear Sylvia,
    Thank you! Yes, the time alone together was very special indeed.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  9. Valerie says:

    Dear Barb,
    Thank you so very much! Congrats to you and your hubby on 40 years. How wonderful!
    Blessings and Sunshine,

  10. Valerie says:

    Dear Linnie,
    Thank you ever so much for your warm and wonderful comment. Homeschooling is such a lovely way to spend time with my children. This will be our 15th year of homeschooling. =)
    Blessings and Sunshine,

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