April 17, 2015

Naturey Adventures

I've been looking to incorporate some nature lessons/explorations/learning into my current homeschool groove. I started hearing about nature journaling and exploring from my EF at the charter school we are enrolled in. She always inspires me to get out in nature and get my kids journaling. I recently started following some homeschool moms on Instagram that would tag their hikes and adventures with the hashtag #wildandfree. I started researching the Wild and Free groups and have recently joined one that explores Southern California. I hope to take my kids on many adventures through the summer with our nature journals in hand!

The most inspirational homeschool nature exploration instagram accounts that I follow belong to Greta Eskridge (@maandpamodern), Jen Liguori (@jenlovesaqua), Missusking (@missusking), Joy Prouty (@joyprouty), and many more that time fails me to list here....... 

I am greatly inspired by their styles of teaching and the way they choose to incorporate a zest for life and the Lord into their homeschooling.

Today we were wild and free as we explored the El Dorado Nature Center. We had a blast! There is a 1/4 mile Senses Trail that we spent most of our time exploring. There were so many goodies contained therein!!

We saw awesome spider webs...

Beautiful wildflowers (we researched the name of this wildflower and it is called Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs')...

We stopped to observe, smell, touch, and draw purple sage in our nature journals...

My eldest son spotted my favorite flower, the California Poppy... 

And then we found a beautiful patch of poppies...

We were trying so hard the entire nature walk to spot the elderberries and of course it was the last thing we spotted on the trail!! Such a beautiful tree... 

We stopped to observe, smell, and draw the elderberry tree...

The boys wanted to taste them but I did some quick google searches and it was not an edible berry...

Nature journaling...

On our way out of the reserve we spotted a snowy egret! He was waiting patiently on this little waterfall to eat yummy critters. We were able to watch him snag a few bites which totally made my kindergartners day!!!

I love living life with these little ducks...

I'm thankful for the women the Lord brings into my life to inspire me (thank you Lorie!) and for the women on Instagram that have been teaching me how to explore nature with my kids. Now I'm off to learn a bit more about nature journaling and being a wild and free explorer...

Blessings,
Janiene

March 30, 2015

Egg Carton Tulips


Today the little Bishops made bouquets of egg carton tulips! 

What you'll need for this craft:
cardboard egg carton
paint (we used tempura)
green yarn
fun craft/scrapbook paper
scissors 
tacky glue
buttons
bright colored card stock paper

I did not get any photos of my kids in process. It was messy. Paint was all over their hands! But we had a blast. 

1) Cut egg carton cups so they have smooth edges.

2) Let the kids paint the insides and outsides of the egg carton cups. The more color the better I say :)


3) While the tulips are drying your child can cut pieces of green yarn for their stems.

4) Draw a simple vase shape on craft/scrapbook paper and let your child cut out the shape. 

5) Using craft tacky glue, glue the vase on the card stock and tuck in the ends of the green yarn "stems" into the top of the vase.

6) Once the tulips are dry use some tacky glue on the back of the cups and glue a "tulip" to the end of each yarn "stem". 

7) The final step is gluing the buttons in the centers on the tulips.




HOORAY! Aren't they so cute? :)


Have a fun time making these happy egg carton tulips with your kiddos! 

Blessings, 
Janiene

March 9, 2015

Shamrock Silhouette Yarn Craft

This shamrock silhouette yarn craft is an easy peasy craft 
that is super fun to make with your kiddos! 


You will need:
Scissors
Yarn in multiple shades of green
White Paper
Green Paper
Glue

Fold paper in half & cut out a shamrock on one side of the paper...

Your child can cut the individual pieces of yarn if you give them one to measure with...

So pretty to see all the cut pieces of yarn...

On the opposite side of the paper start gluing the yarn pieces down the page...

It was fun to watch them create a pattern with the various shades of green...

Little fingers are so precious...

When they are done gluing the yarn to the opposite side of the paper apply glue everywhere you see white showing...

Fold over the paper and press down so the two sides of paper get glued together...

We then glued the project to a piece of green construction paper...

Done!
Isn't that a simple & fun craft?
Next time I will use card stock so the paper won't pucker so much from the glue :)

When we were working on the project my eldest asked me if I knew why the shamrock has 3 petals. I said I didn't know. He says that it can be used to demonstrate the trinity since the shamrock has 3 petals and the trinity has 3 persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I hugged him and thanked him for teaching me something new :) Cool huh? Now you too can share about the Triune God through shamrocks!

Blessings,
Janiene

February 27, 2015

A lot of life being lived

Oh man this has been a fun and full month,
and a lot of life has been lived here.
 
I sold A BUNCH of these heart Valentine's garlands in all different colors (this one ended up being the most popular - barn red with jute)!
 
Our mango tree is blossoming...
 
 I've made more pancakes than I can count... 
 
 All my sweeties were sick at one time and there were lots of snuggles...
 
My meyer lemon tree is exploding with blossoms and fruit! 
 
I studied Galatians 5, the Fruit of the Spirit, and was blessed with an opportunity to talk about it to an awesome group of women from my church...
 
Valentines dinner was so fun with my family! We had a spread of nachos and got to put our own toppings on them. So fun! So yum! Totally have to do this again! 
 
My eldest lost another tooth :) 
 
Playing with my daughter with the same ponies I played with when I was little...
 
Valentine's blessings from Auntie Jacquie in Hawaii!!! 
 
Date night spent at the Anaheim Packing District. Great food! It was an experience for sure... 
 
The moment I got into my car after speaking to a beautiful group of women at a prayer breakfast. I was excited to be done with the message, poured completely out, acutely aware of my needs for an iced espresso and a nap. Lol! God is SO SO SO GOOD!
 
After a weekend away from our kiddos, we reunited at a train park/museum. Oh how sweet the reunion was... 
 
 
Oh the beauty of God's artwork. My kids and I laid on the grass in our yard and watched as the clouds drifted by. LOVE! 
 
Collecting wildflowers with daddy... 
 
Some of the beauties we collected...
 
My absolute favorite wild flower is the California poppy! So pretty! 
 
Such a weird/cool tree! It was split down the center and had this yellow stuff growing inside. We are going to look up what that stuff is. I wonder if it is a mushroom of some form?
 
Taking a break to pick some wildflowers :)
 
We got married at the Oak Canyon Nature center and we try to take a picture there each Spring with our kids. Here is the Bishop Bunch in all of our glory lol...
 
I got part of my garden tilled and weeded. YAY! 
 
Zucchini!!! Oh I love me some zucchini. Can't wait for my plants to start producing... 
 
Last night I had a hard night sleeping and so I woke up later than I wanted to. Instead of tossing breakfast and the Bible out the window I started the kids on an activity and then got in as much nourishment as I could. I love my times in my chronological bible each day... 

How have you been living life lately? Are you being intentional to receive your strength from the Lord and His word? Without Him you will dry up and be unable to pour anything into your family. Oh how I know the reality of this dependency on Jesus. I'm nothing without Him. He is GOOD and ready to FILL you to OVERFLOWING with LIVING WATER!

Blessings,
Janiene