Thursday, February 2, 2012

A shadow of a doubt {Groundhog Day 2012}

Happy Groundhog Day! Did the nearest marmot in your area see his shadow? Its sunny and bright here so I guess we'll have 6 more weeks of winter. If its anything like the last 6 it won't be bad, but I just keep waiting for February and March to make up for the nice temperatures we've had in December and January.

Today was one of those days when I am so grateful to be a stay-at-home mommy. I thank God for the opportunity, my husband for the encouragement and support (emotionally and financially), and my girls for being worth it.

We had a few friends over to honor the friendly groundhog and the halfway point between the wonderful seasons of Fall and Spring. Before the girls and their kiddos arrived I was feeling disappointed because G's friends (aka, the "big" kids that are 3, 4, and 5) couldn't come. But we had a wonderful time and I felt silly for worrying. My sweet girl enjoys herself no matter what!

Last night, G and I made some cookies. Yes, that is a little family of groundhogs. Not my best work, I'll admit. One friend even asked if Mr. Hankey had seen his shadow today. Ha ha. We also made a few spring cookies in the hopes that our furry friend would get the hint when he popped out of his burrow.

The kids were too busy playing and we only got through half of one, but I did check out a few Groundhog Day books. G and I read them ALL after our company left.

And last but not least, we made groundhog puppets (get the template here). The little guy pops up out of his burrow to check that fickle weather and give us his prediction. This photo was taken after the playdate and our little friend Gus the Groundhog was the worse for wear although I'm not exactly sure what happened to him (looks like what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, eh?).

I had also planned, when I thought some of the "big" kids were coming, to go in G's room and make shadow puppets but alas, we'll save that for another day.

Hope you enjoy these little holidays and teaching your little ones that there's always a reason to celebrate (even if it does mean 6 more weeks of winter).

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