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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ellie the Elf



How many of you out there participate in 'The Elf on the Shelf' tradition? If you aren't sure what this tradition is, you can read more about it HERE.

We have our own version of the 'Elf on the Shelf.' Here's what Ellie looks like:



She got into a lot of shenanigans last year-- and I venture to say she's going to be back again this year as well! Last year, we developed a 'Calendar of Ellie's Events' so we weren't scrambling every morning (because lets face it-- half the time we moved her at 6:59AM and the kids woke up at 7:03AM!) It was great to be organized and know our game plan every day-- our kiddos are getting awfully smart and ask a ton of questions if everything isn't perfectly planned out!

Here's our Ellie the Elf schedule this year-- and some ideas for you as well if you need them!

December 1st: A letter to the children about the Elf's return, their agenda, etc.

December 2nd: Elf bundled up in a towel on a shelf in the fridge.

December 3rd: Elf sitting on the couch with a blanket, bowl of chips/popcorn, remote.

December 4th: Elf wrote 'HELLO' on the sink with toothpaste.

December 5th: Elf stuck in glass with the sign 'HELP!' inside.

December 6th: Sitting with Christmas books and a sign that says 'Lets read a book together!'

December 7th: Have Elf having a slumber party with the Barbies (use socks as sleeping bags)

December 8th: Have the Elf riding a dinosaur.
*Buy candy canes for the Elf on the Shelf activity tomorrow

December 9th: Hide all candy canes and have Elf sitting on counter with a sign that says, 'Can you find all of the candy canes?'
* Buy breakfast foods for the next Elf on the Shelf activity

December 10th: Have the Elf sitting on the counter with a huge breakfast that he/she made.

December 11th: Have the Elf sitting on the counter with letters to each child telling them what the elf loves about them, appreciates that they do, encouraging them to continue being good, etc.

December 12th: Have the Elf taking a doll baby's blood pressure or heart beat with Doc McStuffins toys

December 13th: Have Elf take the family's under wear and hang it from the ceiling fan with the Elf hanging from one of the underwear as well.

December 14th: Have the Elf working underneath of a car with the toy tools.

December 15th: Have the Elf hanging from the rearview mirror in the car.

December 16th: Have the Elf make a snowman on the floor out of matchbox cars, trucks, etc.

December 17th: Have an indoor scavenger hunt sitting on the counter that the Elf created for the kids. (i.e. find something round, find a sticker, find a crayon, find something bouncy, etc.)

December 18th: Have the Elf toilet paper the Christmas tree.

December 19th: Have the Elf sitting on the floor with crayons and coloring books coloring a beautiful picture.
* Buy construction paper for next Elf activity

December 20th: Have Ellie sitting by the kid's pictures on the wall and have construction paper santa hats on top of the kid's heads.

December 21st: Have shoes lined up like a train all across the floor and have the Elf sitting in one of the shoes.

December 22nd: Have the Elf taped to the wall.

December 23rd: Have the Elf sitting in time out with a sign above him/her saying 'time out'

December 24th: Have the elf sitting reading a book to all of the dolls, stuffed animals, etc.

December 25th: Have a good bye letter written to the children and send the Elf back to the North Pole.



Can't wait to see all of the elf's shenanigans!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

December Activities



Long Time No See!

Well, considering I stopped blogging when I was 28 weeks pregnant with baby #3.... and he just turned '3' years old.. I would say we have some catching up to do!

We had baby #3 a.k.a Lucas on October 23, 2014. He was a whopping 7lb 13oz (I know, I know.. I say whopping because #1 a.k.a Tayler was 6lb 3oz and baby #2 a.k.a Quinn was 6lb 12oz. Tiny wittle babes! 

So now we are a happy little family of 5. The husband and I have been married for almost 7 years and we are now proud owners of a 6 year old, 4 year old, and a 3 year old, LOL. As the saying goes-- our hands are full, but our hearts are totally full too!

I'd like to think we are a pretty awesome, on-the-go family. We love crafts and seasonal activities, which made me think... LETS GET THIS BLOG STARTED OFF WITH A BANG!

How about a December activity list that we can all do together?

December Activity List

December 1st- Do a Random Act of Kindness as a family.
*Bible verse of the day- Isaiah 7:14 (birth of Christ)

December 2nd- Make a paper chain counting down the days to Christmas.
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 1:18 (birth of Christ)

December 3rd- Drink hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 1:19 (birth of Christ)

December 4th- Make a countdown to Christmas Santa beard (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Deuteronomy 15:10 (a giving spirit)

December 5th- Make a snowman on the front door (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Proverbs 22:9 (a giving spirit)

December 6th- Make paper bag Christmas characters (LINK HERE, LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Acts 20:35 (a giving spirit)

December 7th- Fill out printable letter to Santa (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Isaiah 9:6 (birth of Christ)

December 8th- Do a random act of kindness as a family.
*Bible verse of the day- Luke 2:1-5 (birth of Christ)

December 9th- Read a Christmas story together as a family.
*Bible verse of the day- Luke 2:6-10 (birth of Christ)

December 10th- Write a Christmas wish and hang it on the Christmas tree.
*Bible verse of the day- Luke 2:11-15 (birth of Christ)

December 11th- Cut out paper snowflakes and decorate with them.
*Bible verse of the day- Luke 2:16-20 (birth of Christ)

December 12th- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
*Bible verse of the day- Proverbs 11:25 (a giving spirit)

December 13th- Make a paper chain Christmas tree. (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- 1 Corinthians 13:3 (a giving, loving spirit)

December 14th- Bake cookies and watch a Christmas movie/cartoon together.
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 19:21 (a giving spirit)

December 15th- Do a random act of kindness as a family.
*Bible verse of the day- 2 Corinthians 9:11 (a  giving spirit)

December 16th- Make handprint Reindeer (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- John 3:16 (God's love/birth of Christ)

December 17th- Make paper light banner (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Luke 6:31 (the Golden Rule)

December 18th- Make paper plate Christmas wreath (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Luke 6:36 (Giving to others)

December 19th- Make paper cup snowman game (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Mark 12:31 (loving others)

December 20th- Make hot cocoa with marshmallows and watch a Christmas movie/cartoon together
*Bible verse of the day- 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (the spirit of Love)

December 21st- Make a paper plate snowman (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- 1 Peter 4:8 (a loving spirit)

December 22nd- Do a random act of kindness for someone.
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 2:1-2 (birth of Christ)

December 23rd- Make a construction paper Grinch (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 2:3-4 (birth of Christ)

December 24th- Open a Christmas present (possibly pajamas/movie)
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 2:5-6 (birth of Christ)

December 25th- Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and spend time with family
*Bible verse of the day- Matthew 1:24-25 (birth of Christ)

December 26th- Make a small paper chain counting down the days to 2018
*Bible verse of the day- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (a new life/new beginning)

December 27th- Make hand print New Year memory posters (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Ephesians 4:24 (a new life/new beginning)

December 28th- Work on a 2017 In Review page (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Colossians 3:10 (a new life/new beginning)

December 29th- Make a New Years Eve countdown ball (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Lamentations 3:23 (a new beginning)

December 30th- Make a paper plate clock (LINK HERE)
*Bible verse of the day- Jeremiah 29:11 (God has it all in control)

December 31st- Have a party to bring in the New Year!
*Bible verse of the day- Ezekiel 11:19 (a new heart/a new year)

I hope you will join us... and I hope this can be our welcome back into blog-land! I'll be sharing our activities each day and I hope you'll do the same!

- The Bays








Wednesday, August 6, 2014

28 Weeks Pregnant



We are officially in our 3rd trimester! That's right-- we are 28 weeks pregnant today 8/6/2014.

Baby Bump says the baby is the size of a chinese cabbage (whatever that is LOL) They estimate he is about 14.8" long and about 2.25lb. I believe this child is a tank-- he is very active-- always on the go!

We have our glucose test today at 4pm. I am SO EXCITED. (Sarcasm implied!) I am just praying that we pass. These things make me so darn nervous because I do not want to do that darn 3 hour!

We have 9-12 weeks left until we get to meet Mr. Lucas Grady. That's only 63-84 days. It's getting close, folks! 

I washed all of his clothes, socks, bibs, and blankets yesterday and got them all put away in his room... not that his room is close to being done... at all, haha! But his clothes are put away :)

Now, for the weekly questions:

How far along? 28 weeks.
Total Weight Gain? 10 pounds so far :)
Maternity Clothes? Not really. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts :)
Stretch Marks? I have some from both pregnancies already!
Sleep:  I'm starting to get really uncomfortable while sleeping. I'm having to move from one side to the other constantly because it starts hurting really bad if I sleep too long on one side.
Best Moment of This Week: Just knowing he's getting bigger and that we hit the 3rd trimester! It's a good feeling!
Miss Anything? I have been wanting to move a lot of things around lately since we are doing construction in our house and I can't. It's frustrating at times, but worth it!
Movement: Yes! Tons.
Food Cravings: Crenos salads with ranch and lots of crackers!
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick? Just certain smells-- can't handle it!
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: I'd sure hope not! :)
Symptoms: Peeing constantly, feeling movement, back pain :)
Belly Button In or Out? She's in between anymore LOL
Wedding rings on or off? Mostly off, sadly!
Happy or Moody this Week?  I have been very happy this week!! :)
Looking Forward To: Ready to get this glucose test over with and PASS IT IN JESUS NAME!! 


Cheers to 28 weeks.. on to 29 weeks!!


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27 Weeks Pregnant

That right there is one of my favorite dresses! My husband bought it for me at Kohls. I just love it!

We are 27 weeks pregnant today-- July 30, 2014!

According to BabyBump, the baby is about 14" long and about 2lbs. They say you're the size of a cauliflower! 

The omelette cravings are finally done. I hope our bodies got everything they needed from them because if I never see one for a long time, that's fine by me LOL! :)

We have 10-13 weeks until baby graces us with his presence :) That's only 70-91 days!

I keep trying to picture what a baby boy is going to look like for us :) The girls look so much alike! It will be interesting!

Lucas has the hiccups just about every day, bless his heart. Must be all the spicy foods!

And now for the weekly questions:

How far along? 27 weeks.
Total Weight Gain? 10 pounds so far :)
Maternity Clothes? Not really. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts :)
Stretch Marks? I have some from both pregnancies already!
Sleep:  It's been a little better, but I'm starting to get uncomfortable LOL :)
Best Moment of This Week: I got to hear his heartbeat at the doctor last week. Perfect!
Miss Anything? After the kids being really sick last week... and little sleep... I needed a stiff drink haha!
Movement: Yes!
Food Cravings: Crenos Salads with ranch and lots and lots of crackers!
Anything Make You Queasy or Sick? Just certain smells-- can't handle it!
Gender: BOY!!
Labor Signs: I'd sure hope not! :)
Symptoms: Peeing constantly, feeling movement, back pain :)
Belly Button In or Out? She's in between anymore LOL
Wedding rings on or off? It's hit and miss anymore! If I'm active (taking a walk) they're usually off!
Happy or Moody this Week?  Happy!
Looking Forward To: Getting the glucose test over with next week! ;)

Cheers to 27 weeks on to 28 weeks!


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