Easter isn’t about the eggs…

Leaves

This year, Easter is going to be an interesting time for our family.  EJ is old enough to learn about the real celebration of Easter, and I’m feel like I’m making my way through this time almost on my own.  Why? 

The church we are a part of is fabulous, and we love it there.  But the church body there does not celebrate Easter (or Christmas) the way the church I grew up in did.  We celebrate the risen Christ, but there are no special “lessons” about Easter for the children in Sunday School.  So how do I explain to a 3 year old about Christ needing to die for our sins, and that He rose again for our salvation? 

My mom is cleaning out their attic right now, and she brought over boxes and bags and bags and boxes full of Easter baskets and toys we accumulated over the years as a family.  We had so much fun going through all of our old stuff, and EJ had a blast claiming things as his own.  I’m excited about adding these things into our Easter tradition, as they played such a fun part of my family’s traditions growing up.  And as EJ sorted through things, I prayed he would understand that these cute bunnies and eggs and chicks and baskets are not what Easter is about.  Yes, they are fun, but that’s not what it’s about…

We are reading the Easter stories out of our Bible storybooks a lot right now, and I hope to get some more books to help tell the Easter story in a way that a 3 year old can understand.  I know that it can take years for a child to really understand this…  I pray we are laying a good foundation, though.

How do you tell your children the special truth about the Easter celebration?  How do you celebrate Easter with your families?  I’m very curious about how others share this good news with their young ones – I’m telling EJ the truth, but how can I help him understand?

Coming up: egg-free Easter crafts – literally.  EJ has severe egg allergies, so we will be having fun without touching a single egg.  Stay tuned!

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Countdown Calendar: Disney Cruise!

For Christmas this year, my parents gave my brother and I (and our little families, of course) a Disney Cruise! We’ve been on one before as a family, but now that Lydia and my niece, Nora are old enough to enjoy the children’s programming (aka: get out of our hair), we’re going back!

And to help Lydia get excited (like she’d need it), we made a countdown calendar. I blogged about Advent Calendars during Christmas and stole this idea from an advent calendar I found at AlphaMom. And it is SO COOL.

Supplies:

  • corkboard (or heavy cardboard)
  • tacks (or glue gun, or duct tape or whatever sticky substance you like best)
  • small bathroom sized cups
  • small pieces of candy or other small toys
  • tissue paper
  • marker
  • white glue

Directions:

Pretty cute, huh?

(see more of my vlogs at newbaby.com)

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The Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to Impress Your Kids! We’re glad you clicked on our little party!

Impress Your Kids is the home of two bloggy friends & moms, Leigh and Amanda. This is the journey, the chronicle and the keep-you-in-check journal of the fun things we do to help impress God’s Word on our children’s hearts.

And if we were hosting the ultimate Impress Your Kids party? Well…

Of course, there would be food…

banana berry smoothies by ej

And some entertainment…

bubbles!

bubbles!

we might even do a little dancing…

jumping for joy

jumping for joy

we’d probably do a craft or two…

crafty girl

crafty girl

crafty boy

crafty boy

oh wait! we’d have more food…

rainbow bread

rainbow bread

and even some costumes…

ride em cowgirl!

ride 'em cowgirl!

but if you stayed all night, we’d probably start talking about what we really want to impress our kids with…

jesus loves you. yep, you.

jesus loves you. yep, you.

If you’ve got kids of any age, please subscribe to our feed! We’d love to share our ideas with you—and learn some from you, too!

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Little Hands (Or a Bookworm Bookmark)

From the fruit of his lips a man girl is filled with good things as surely as the work of his her hands rewards him. Proverbs 12:14 (de-emphasis mine!)

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Make an Art Gallery by Sarah Jane Studios (and a free printable template!)

Pie-in-a-jar by Little Birdie Secrets (yummy.)

Dr. Suess’ Thing at Skip to my Lou

March Holidays at Family Bliss

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Shine: Paint Your Own Tshirt with a Stencil

A few millenia ago when we started our Y verse, I wanted to do something that would help Lydia understand what it means to be a light. It’s a hard concept to articulate. Finally I decided on the old stand-by: a Christian Tshirt! Ha!

Supplies:

  • tshirt
  • fabric paints (I just got all the clearance ones at Michael’s)
  • foam brushes
  • contact paper
  • scissors
  • cardboard to put inside shirt (we actually used a file folder)

Directions:
1. Decide on your picture. Lydia and I talked about all the different kinds of light: lamps, lightbulbs, the sun, flashlights, lighthouse, etc. She decided she wanted to paint a  sunshine.
2. Cut a stencil using contact paper. I cut a circle out contact paper, threw the inside away and stuck the contact paper to the shirt.

contact paper stencil

contact paper stencil

3. Paint inside stencil. We used foam brushes because they are the easiest and apply the most paint.
4. Remove stencil.
5. Let dry. (Or you can reverse those two steps.)

Then we used our foam brushes to make the rays of the sunshine. It took everything in me to not correct her imperfect rays. But of course, they ended up looking adorable!

let the sun shine

let the sun shine

Finally, I cut out some more contact paper stencils—in the shape of the word SHINE.

shine!

shine!

And here’s our finished product!

voila!

voila!

I asked Lydia what she would say if someone asked her why her shirt said shine. She said, “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine!” Good for her!

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It’s Snowing in Georgia!!

It doesn’t snow here often and when it does, we get excited!

snow princess

We were at church when it started. So we got to drive home with big fat snowflakes falling everywhere, roofs and mailboxes frosted white with snow. Lydia giggled and oohed and aahed all the way home.

We raced outside to take some pictures. Then took off our dripping clothes to take a nap. Lydia pulled on some snowflake patterned pants. Then we hopped in the bed to read Charlie & Lola’s Snow is My Favorite and My Best by Lauren Child.

Now she’s taking a nap with her white bear she calls Snow Bear. And has been promised that we will build a snowman in the morning. Yup, it’s been a pretty exciting day for Lydia.
snow angel

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;  though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool”. Isaiah 1:18-19

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