Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Memory Card Game

I had scene several versions of this game floating around on some blogs so I decided to create one.  This year we are using it more for identification of the different fall/Halloween things but next year, and for a few years after that I know it will be a fun memory game to play in October too!

First, you need to choose your pictures and print them.  I choose to use some photos actually created by someone else and had them printed at Walgreens as 5 x7's.  This saved me time and also saved a lot of ink in my printer.

Than, cut each photo in half.

I than rounded the corners on my photos - I liked the look better than the pointed edges.

You will also need scrapbook paper or card stock to attach the pictures too.  Cut your paper just slightly larger than the photos and, again, I rounded the edges.

Finally, I did laminate them with contact paper.  I would suggest, if you have access to a laminating machine, use that instead.  Contact paper isn't as permanent since you don't get the heat element and I do have a few cards that are peeling. 
Here are two links to help you with the project:
1) First, this was the original link I saw and it includes the instructions as well as a place to purchase and download Halloween/fall clip art . I had originally planned to do this so I had the pictures but since time was running out I "cheated".

2) Here is my "cheating" post - this is from a blogger who created the cards and made them available to save and use.  The downside is using someone else's choice of photos but this saved me so much time, I couldn't pass it up!

I'm hoping to be able to make one of these games for Christmas too.  I think that seasonal things, like this, for kids are great because you can pull them out and play with them to get the excitement around a holiday built up.  What a great way to make memories!

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 3

Day 3: Your First Love
When I read this I knew it was "easy" and than I read Katie's post from Katie's Journey and felt a little guilty!  The first love that I thought of is my Husband because he truly is my first love, at least humanly speaking.  Spiritually, Jesus Christ is my first love without a doubt. But, I'm going to focus on my husband for this entry.  I met my husband, as I said in the previous post, through a match-maker service on-line.  He was the only person I ever dated (other than a stray "set-up" date here and there which always bombed) and we both knew by about the 3rd date that we were meant for each other!  We met On-line on October 31st, 2000; Talked on the phone for the first time the week before Thanksgiving; Met in person on December 16th, 2000; Got engaged on March 18th, 2001 and got Married on August 4, 2001.  Yep - that fast :-)  When you are old, like we were, you know when it's right (I was 28 when we met and he was 34).  He is my perfect match.  He balances me out completely - I am a planner; so I tell him all the plans for the next two years (hehehe) and he changes them - he has taught me it is ok to be flexible and that, surprisingly, doing something spur of the moment is ok!  He is kind, funny, and loves me just the way I am (which is the most important thing LOL) 
August 4, 2001
Sept 25, 2010 (He looks so serious, doesn't he?)
So I figured since I had to list 15 things about myself, I would list 15 things I love about my husband
1. He's tall - 6'3  I prayed specifically that God would give me someone tall!!
2. He's funny - he has such a dry, sarcastic since of humor - just like me.
3. He's compassionate
4. He's kind - he doesn't like to hurt other people and will sometimes do things he doesn't want to do just so he doesn't inconvenience someone else
5. He's musical - very musical.  He plays guitar but more than that he writes music.  I love listening to the CD's he creates on his own.  I keep praying that God would open a door for him in the music industry somewhere, somehow
6. He's a very hard worker - He works 2 jobs/6 days a week/80 hours a week so I can stay home. His "main" job is very physical - on average he probably runs about 10 miles a day to get his job done on time and lifts over a 1000 pounds each day too. 
7.  He's strong :-)  - Who wouldn't be doing what he does all day?
8. He's a fantastic father - he loves to get on the floor and wrestle with his boys and act silly.  They love to beat him up!
9. He loves good food as much as I do!  We are foodies and love flavorful food so we love to try out new things at restaurants.
10. He's an awesome driver - because he has had a driving job his whole adult life; he's a better driver than anyone I know. 
11. He's extremely intelligent - sometimes, I think I annoy him because I like to give the basics of a topic and he asks all the why's and how's which I never know :-) hehehe
12. He's my best friend - He would rather be with me than go out with a group of friends on a Friday night; he's rather stay home and play games at home than go out somewhere else. 
13. He's Godly - He wasn't saved until he was 30 after listening to the "Through the Bible Series" by J. Vernon McGee.  He's listened to the entire series on the radio several times over and knows his Bible better than I do.
14. He's quiet - I know that seems funny; but I'm kinda the loud one so one of us needs to be quiet :-)
15.  Most of all, I love him because he married me :-)  (He will ask me why I love him and this is always my answer LOL)  Just think, if he hadn't picked me - someone else would have gotten to enjoy this wonderful person!!