About El Momma

Friday, August 9, 2013

Reflecting on the beautiful chaos of VBS, posted today from my RebekahMe.Wordpress.com blog


Loved last week so very much…leading and teaching Children an expression of worship through music, movement and fist pumping was a true joy at my home church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. I remember learning these same lessons as a young girl in musicals at my church growing up, Champion Forest Baptist Church. My hope and prayer is that, like me, this is just the beginning for our VBS campers. Worshiping the One true God can become a lifestyle and change your everything always. This is my prayer for you, children of God. That you will take the music and the movements and the scriptures and the songs and all of the God messages and that they will find their way deep into your soul becoming a part of you. Becoming your everything.  ‪#‎thisismyprayer‬ ‪#‎worship‬

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Week 7- Theme Weeks- Game Week

Our theme this week was Games! The Els are ages 3, 4 (almost 5), 6 1/2 and 8. Between the six of us, we have 4 that are mature enough to sit through family game night and enjoy it. I won't tell you which four. :-) Seriously, even the two youngest enjoyed most of our games. Here are a few highlights from our week:

We had a couple of gift cards to Toys R Us, which is why we headed there to pick out some new games for the week.




 We decided on kid-friendly scrabble, StarWars R2-D2 Trouble, a couple of new family Wii games, a 500 piece puzzle and Classic Monopoly. We already had a set of dominoes.
 First up, Monopoly! This was fun. We played in teams. Me & T vs. Dad & Leeland vs. Bakri & Maddux
 Momma selfie

 Next up...Scrabble! This worked really well with our readers and Trinity had a great time finding letters and trying to put words together. Some of my favorites "jeepers, pew, ew, sliders, elf and brat!"
 We started our 500 piece puzzle on day one and kept it out ALL WEEK. This was a huge challenge for El Momma. I'm not sure I would do this again. But, perhaps the end product is worth it. The Els were certainly excited when we finished it together!


Summer Week 6- Theme Weeks- Science Week

This week's theme was science! Luckily, my dear friend, Tracy was a science teacher and she offered to do Science week with us. We even had a few extra "campers" this week. It was really fun. She planned several experiments, we watched Sid the Science kid for downtime and the Els had a blast making things explode with their friends. 





 Shaking the ice cream!
 Diet coke and mintos

Volcano...
 Up it goes!
 We even had extra helpers! We needed them with 9 kids!
El Momma, the amazing scientist- Tracy and our happy science campers!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Week 5 Theme Week- performance week

Our youngest turned 3 this summer. One month before his birthday he asked (completely unprompted) for a Willy Wonka birthday party. It was a perfect idea, so we got to work. We asked our family to join us for the fun and even dress as characters from the book...anyone, but Willy Wonka. Leeland, our birthday boy, would be the only Willy Wonka.

Last year the Els had a performance week and did a song from Aladdin at a family Disney night at our church. This year, the kids picked out their characters and we spent the week rehearsing and preparing for them to perform a few songs from the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.

He already had a blue velvet jacket (hand-me-down originally purchased by his grandmother for his oldest brother) I found this hat on ebay. And ordered him a size small.


Pajamas, velvet jacket and top hat...normal for rehearsals!
 Practicing for the big performance. Our stage.
 Tickets...I purchased a set of Willy Wonka graphics from Etsy. Everything was customized.
 The party table. Cake, candy, chocolate and more candy. We've never served so much sugar at a party!

Our handsome birthday boy. We found the vest material online. It is the same fabric print as the Gene Wilder vest. Our little Leeland, Willy Wonka was so very happy!