Red, White & Blue

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Happy 4th of July from the Guerreros! I hope your day was filled with fireworks, water balloons, sparklers, hotdogs, BBQ and a whole lot of RED, WHITE and BLUE.  Big thanks to the troops who sacrifice for us!  We love you!  God Bless America and all other nations of the world too! xo, Lori

An Empty Tomb and a Full Heart

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The boys and I spent the afternoon enjoying the sunny weather and creating their depiction of His sacrifice and resurrection.  I love the sweet spirit I feel when the boys and I talk about our Savior.  John Robert’s eyes beamed with joy as he found the perfect stone to place next to the tomb.  Asher loved placing the grass and rocks.  Even with everything that’s happened this month, it’s hard not to feel blessed this time of year.  I hope you are feeling blessed too.

These kids are the best gift He could have possibly given me.  Isn’t it amazing how He knows just the right, sweet spirit to send to our home to complete our families!? It humbles and amazes me that I was chosen to be their mom.  Whether or not you are celebrating Easter, I’m wishing you a reverent weekend full of positivity, joy, peace and reflection.  Happy Easter from the Guerreros. 

xo, Lori

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Bunny Bento Box

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{Clockwise starting at top left:  Ham Rollups with Bunny Cupcake Topper Picks, Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Bunny-Shaped Marshmallows, Carrots, “Dirt Cup” Chocolate Pudding topped with Crushed Oreos and SweetTart Bunnies Gummies, Annie’s Cheddar Snack Mix.}

Last week I made bunny snacks for the preschoolers which meant JR got a bunny bento for lunch.  When I look at it, it just screams Spring and it makes me smile.  When I was little, my mom would make me creative lunches and it always made me feel special and loved.  All the other kids always loved to see what I had in my lunch box and now I get to watch JR’s friends do the same.  Everyone fights over who gets to sit with him after we finish CC and I love to see the joy it not only brings him, but the other kids around him.

I use the Pottery Barn Kids’ Spencer Bento Box Container combined with Tupperware I found at Target, but PBK also has Spencer Food Storage Containers that you can use for liquids such as condiments, soup, yogurt, pudding etc.  You can even put it in one of their storage cases like this adorable Darth Vader one (are your boys crazy about Star Wars like mine?) and zip in a ice pack.

I’m kinda in love with this Beaba Soft Lunch Box and might have splurge and get it for Lila.  PBK lunch boxes are more expensive than buying one at Target, but I’ve found that they’re great quality and they’ll use them year-after-year.  I’m not saying this because they paid me too (they didn’t).  I just love them.

Bento Tip:  You can find some great “cupcake toppers” at Dollar Tree, Target and Walmart.  They are inexpensive ways to add a fun theme and they’re re-usable, unless your children accidentally throw them away. 

How many of you make creative lunches?

Garden Sensory Bin

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Here’s the last of our bunny themed materials for preschool last week.  Garden themed trays are great to tie in with a bunny theme.  I introduced the story of Peter Rabbit during circle time.  Peter Rabbit is a curious bunny who doesn’t mind his mother and sneaks into a garden to eat vegetables, only to be chased away by the gardener.  I even found this cute Rabbit hand puppet at Dollar Tree to use for the story. The kids especially loved it when the bunny nibbled at their tummies when it was time for him to eat the vegetables.

This is also a great time to ask questions about what bunnies eat, where they live, what sound they make, how they move?  Can the kids each try wiggling their nose and hopping like a bunny?  The kids loved this material the most out of the 4 trays I made.  They even did pretty good at keeping the beans inside the box.  I was impressed.

Materials:

  • Mixture of Beans (I used pinto, black and split peas)
  • Gardening tools (I found mine at Target)
  • Toy vegetables to plant

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, here’s the ER adventures (yes, plural) that I promised to share.  Everyone is ok which is what counts!  Thanks for the well wishes.

This month has been one of the hardest months I’ve had in a long time, which is really weird because March is my birthday month and usually one of my favorite times of the year.  We’ve had illness, my sister moving to California, rough days homeschooling, the attempt to be a WAHM again and now…2 trips to the ER in 2 days. 

On Monday, Robert accidentally stabbed himself in the hand with a knife while getting the pit out of an Avocado and yesterday Asher had a hair tourniquet that we had to get removed at the ER.  If you haven’t heard of this term (I hadn’t until yesterday) it’s when a piece of hair gets wrapped around something (like a finger or toe) so tight it starts to cut off blood circulation.  I guess all that after-baby hair loss & Lila pulling it out turned out to be a problem for poor Asher.

Like I said, everyone is well now.  Now I can breathe and hope that April is kinder. Anyone else ready for April?

Carrot Sound Sorting

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Today was a much better day with Asher.  I guess positive affirmations and a whole lot of praying really helps.  We had the last day of preschool at our house and I introduced a sound sorting tray to the children during circle time.  It’s really hard for them to stop and watch a presentation.  They all want to do the work without even knowing how to do it.  I’ve found that circle time is a really good time to present the new work to all of them at the same time.

I found these carrot Easter eggs at Dollar Tree and if you already have the objects and an empty egg carton, this tray will only cost you $1.  I used a sun, turtle, monkey, ant, butterfly, fish, elephant and girl for the objects.  It’s really important to find objects that start with the short vowel sound first and introduce the long vowel sound later.  If your child has already mastered sorting by the first letter sound, try asking them to sort by the last letter sound of the words.  They usually find that a lot more difficult.  Or you can ask them to sort by the middle sound if it’s a CVC (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant) word such as cat.

I was really surprised at how much the children loved this tray.  They liked it a lot better than the Bunny Whiskers one, which I really wasn’t expecting.  I think it might be one of my favorite trays ever.  I can’t get over how cute these little carrot Easter eggs are.

Tomorrow, it’s Friday already and I’ll have the last Bunny themed tray.  I hope you guys are having a great week.  It seemed to fly by!  xo, Lori

Pinning on Bunny Whiskers

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How was your first day of Spring?  Ours was interesting.  Asher was quite angry and explosive today.  I guess he didn’t get the memo that Spring is supposed to be all rainbows and unicorns.  Tomorrow, I’m going follow Spring’s lead and experience rebirth.  I’ll start anew, full of optimism and hope it rubs off on my little rage-a-holic.

Here’s the first of my bunny themed trays I put out for Asher’s preschool group this week.  It uses fine motor skills to pinch the clothespins and place them on the bunny’s face.  Did you know that these Montessori trays, that promote fine motor skills, will help your child write later?  It’s building strength, control and coordination in those little fingers.  I’ve also noticed it helps them cut with scissors too.

So, now it’s your turn to tell me.  How was your first day of Spring? 

Spaghetti + Love = Valentine’s Day

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Long before we were married, Robert and I decided we never wanted to fight the crowded restaurants on Valentine’s Day.  Instead, a tradition of staying in and eating spaghetti was born.  See at the time, spaghetti was the single dish Robert knew how to cook.  I find this incredibly ironic considering he didn’t even like eating spaghetti as a child.  I found out about that little fact years later from his mom when we took her a dinner of spaghetti on her lunch break at work.  I guess she didn’t really like spaghetti either.  LOL.  I’ve since learned that if you grew up in the Guerrero home, you ate meat, beans, tortillas and either rice or potatoes for every. single. meal.  Yeah….

So anyways, tonight we’re staying in.  We’re making spaghetti.  We’ll probably snuggle and give each other an enormous amount of hugs and kisses.  Maybe we’ll make chocolate-chip cookies (I’ll take any excuse).  I’m giving my Valentine a card deck displaying 52 things I love about him (a subset of a much larger list).  I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Sending you love! xo, Lori

p.s. Oh, and I love this quote from Dr. Seuss.  It fits how I feel about love perfectly.IMG_6249