The Commotion Has Found a Different Ocean

After blogging here since 14 April 2008 with my first post, I’m moving!! I hope that you all will follow me to my new location and check it out to see what I’ve already started blogging and sharing. It’s been a great experience, but it’s also time for something new….and better.

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RIP Million Dollar Mermaid

Esther Williams

Esther Jane Williams was born 8 August 1921 and was a competitive swimmer who won 3 U.S. National championships by the age 16 and had a record-breaking time in the freestyle. She signed a contract with MGM in 1941. Esther achieved pin-up status because the number of swimsuit photos that she appeared in. She was married 4 times and had 3 children (with her 2nd husband). Esther died in her sleep on 6 June 2013 at the age of 91.

RIP Esther Williams!! Another one of the classics is gone….there will never be another million dollar mermaid.

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Foto Finish: In a Tree

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This week’s Foto Finish is on time!!  WooHoo  So, what did you do for our theme of  “in a tree”??

I had fun with this one.  I was going to go literal and go for a bird in the tree because I have lots of photos of that.  Instead, I had to go a little different route.  I used a photo that I took earlier this Spring of this pretty butterfly fluttering from blossom to blossom on our dogwood tree.

Here’s my Foto Finish for this week….

In-A-Tree byElaine

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That’s it for this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have for this week’s Foto Finish of “in a tree”!!  For next week, our (optional) theme is shoes.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with this and what photo you share!!

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Foto Finish: On a Shelf

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Two weeks in a row and at least I’m consistent with being late for Foto Finish.  I’ve decided that I’m going to have to do my post earlier in the week and schedule it for Saturday’s to post!!

This week’s optional theme is “on a shelf”.  I didn’t have anything for it, so I was running around looking for just the right shot.  I wasn’t happy with what I was taking or what was on my shelves.  I actually ended up going with a simple shot I took with my aim and shoot camera instead of my Nikon.

Here’s my Foto Finish for this week….

FF-OnShelf byElaine

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That’s it for this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have for this week’s Foto Finish of on a shelf!!  For next week, our (optional) theme is in a tree.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with this and if anyone comes up with something unique!!

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Armor of God

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Tonight’s lesson was all about bringing the Armor of God to my students.  I wanted to show them in a fun way that there are things that they possess to protect them from evil.

I created a couple printable to use with my class, then I made a couple extra things in hopes that others would be able to us them.  First, there’s a set of memory match cards.  The armor is matched to its virtue.  There are also two worksheets.  One of them is “Label the Armor of God” and the other is “Armor of God Cut & Paste” where the armor is cut and glued next to the virtue.

Finally, it’s the big one!!  I called it “Roll the Armor of God”, but it has so many other uses.  It can be used to roll a die and place the Armor of God on the soldier.  This can also be used for a felt story set, which is basically how I used it with my kiddos.  I read the Bible verse to them and they dressed their doll in the armor as I read the verse.  It could also be used as a simple paper craft to do with the kids.  There’s 2 versions of this all in one download!!  There is a boy and girl soldier doll, as well as a black & white version or color version.  Then for the “Roll the Armor of God”, there’s just the virtue listed or the piece of armor with the virtue to use depending on the age of your kids.

On a side note, these activities are based on the Catholic version (NAS) of the Bible.  The only part that I didn’t use was the wording for “having girded your loins in truth”.  I chose to use “belt” instead as it’s easier for my little ones to understand.  I did choose to use “shod your feet”, as they grasped that it was shoes/boots and I didn’t want to use “sandals” as many do and hubby drew me great armor boots.

Here’s a sample of some of the items for the Armor of God (click to enlarge)….

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Foto Finish: Fast or Speed

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I’m so frustrated, my first week of Foto Finish and I’m starting it an hour late!! I apologize and I will get the hang of this.

For my “fast or speed” photo for this week’s optional theme, I’m posting one from last week.  It was our annual trip to Texas Motor Speedway.  It was a night race, so my pictures were limited.  I think this one best captures our theme though!!

Here’s my Foto Finish….

FF - Fast or Speed byElaine

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That’s it for this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have for this week’s Foto Finish of fast or speed!!  I guess I had better tell you next week’s option theme as well.  HAHA  Next week, our Foto Finish will be on a shelf for the optional theme. 

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5 Years!!

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Today marks my Blogoversary. I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years already. WOW!! Where did time go!?!?

As I do pretty much each year, I’m going to give you a few quick stats about Commotion.  I always find them interesting and hope that you do as well.  So here we go….

The top 10 posts/pages are….

Home page / Archives 151
Prayer 45
Sequence & Pray – Hail Mary 44
Fruits of the Holy Spirit 31
Books of the Bible – A Craft Project 28
Sequence&Pray-HailMary byElaine SAMPLE 22
Happy Birthday Garfield!! 18
GloryBe Trace&Color byElaine SAMPLE 18
Homeschool and Educational 18
ChristianHandprint Poem&Frames byElaine SAMPLE 18

Best ever day….

November 24, 2012 with 7,549 views

All time….

320, 403 views with 3,077 comments from 764 posts with 27 categories and 1,635 tags

There is…..

53 blog followers, 21 comment followers, 148 Twitter followers, and 41 Facebook followers

The top 10 countries that have visited (since 25 February 2012) are….

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Philippines, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Singapore

I have to thank each and every one of you that reads my posts whenever I get around to doing them.  I know it’s not like it used to be, but life just seems to dictate that I do other things.  I’m happy though and I can’t complain about the blog.  I get to post the things that I want and when I want.  Some of you are so very loyal and that means everything to me.  I hope that we’ll be around for another 5 years…..and many more….together!!

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The “Iron Lady”

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Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925-8 April 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990. She holds the honor of holding the office for the longest period of time in the 20th century and being the only woman to hold the office. A soviet journalist gave her the nickname of “Iron Lady” because of her leadership style. In 2007, she was the first living British Prime Minister to be honored with a bronze statue in the House of Parliament.

R.I.P. The Right Honorable, The Baroness Thatcher!!

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Good-Bye “Mouseketeer” Annette

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RIP Annette Joanne Funicello (22 October 1942-8 April 2013).  Annette was an actress and singer, and she rose to prominence as one of the original “Mouseketeers” on the Mickey Mouse Club.  She transitioned into “beach party” genre in movies along with co-star Frankie Avalon in the 1960’s.  In 1992, she announced that she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1980’s and died from complications of that illness.

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“Foto Finish” Returns

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For those of you that haven’t seen that button in quite some time, I’m happy to say that it will be returning in 2 weeks!!  Yes, that’s right, we’ll be holding Foto Finish weekly again.

Barbara who used to host this photo meme was no longer able to do so.  We’ve been missing Foto Finish since December and I do mean we miss it!!  I finally contacted Barbara to ask her if I could host it and she agreed.  I’m so honored because she always did such a good job with it. 

I’m keeping everything pretty much the same way that Barbara had it.  I can’t wait to do this because I know that I need to challenge myself more with my photography.  That’s really the whole purpose that I asked if I could take over hosting this great photo meme.  I can’t wait to come up with our optional themes and push myself to get out there and take some new photos.

To learn more about the return of Foto Finish, please click the button above to be taken to the Foto Finish page.  And remember, be back here on 20 April where our optional theme will be speed or fast!!

 

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