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Moms, preschoolers, advice, encouragement, creative ideas, Thanksgiving tips.


  • The Nearly Scientific Journal of

    The & Art Science of Mothering

    A Thankful Attitude Can Change Your


    Children Learn What They Live

    November 2010

  • 20102011 Steering Team



    Stacy Swan


    Bonnie Daughenbaugh

    Note from the Editor

    hanksgiving seems as if it gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. What does it mean anyway? One may

    wonder if it means sitting down to a big meal, watching football and getting ready for the biggest shopping day of the year.

    This year, I want to try to slow down and take time to sit at the table with my loved ones and count my blessings. Thankfulness means that we are aware of both our blessings and disappointments but that we focus on the blessings. When we model thankfulness this will build character that will test the sands of time.

    Tune in this month for some creative ways to spend Thanksgiving. This newsletter is specifically forand aboutour NE MOPS group. If you would like to contribute articles or pictures, please e-mail me at [email protected] Ill try to include as many as I can throughout the MOPS year.

    Happy Thanksgiving!



    Melissa Miller


    Krista Stempka


    Creative Activities

    Dede Fox

    Mom Mentor

    Kathy Tau


    Discussion Group Leader (DGL)

    Bethany Fiorello

    Lisa Miller


  • in this issue

    Thankful Attitude

    November 2010

    Check out what the survey says...

    Page 6

    The Science Spot 4 Delectable Creations 4 Mommys Masterpiece 5

    An Art Spot 5

    A Thankful Attitude Can Change Your Outlook 6 Children Learn What They Live 7 Around Town 8


  • 4

    Delectable Creations This month's 'creation is a wonderful dish for the family. Please email me your crowd-pleasing recipes at [email protected]


    6 skinless, boneless, cubed 1/4 cup butter 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix 1/2 cup white wine 1 cup fresh mushrooms 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup

    Angel Chicken Pasta

    Bernoullis Principle Bernoullis principle states that with something fluid (liquid or gas), high velocity creates a lower pressure and low velocity creates a higher pres-sure. This is used to explain the lift effect that helps planes fly. The air is moving more quickly over the top of the wing (higher velocity), and more slowly under the wing (lower velocity). That creates higher upward pressure from underneath and lower pressure on top. Therefore, the wing moves up into the sky. What you'll need:

    Shop vacuum, leaf blower, or hair dryer Various size balls (ping pong balls, inflatable balls..) Instructions: 1. Turn on the shop vacuum, leaf blower, or hair dryer with the air blowing straight


    2. Place one of the balls in the air column and watch what happens?

    What's happening? Does it stay in the column, or fall out? Try tipping the shop vacuum or hairdryer at a straight angle to see how far you can go before gravity takes over.

    The fast moving air keeps the balls moving upward, and Bernoullis principle explains how they stay in the air column. When the balls start to fall out, the higher air pres-sure outside the air column holds them in.


    1. Melt butter over heat in a large saucepan. Stir in package of dressing,

    2. Blend in wine, add cubed chicken and mush-rooms.

    3. Cook until chicken is white. Add mushroom soup, mix cream cheese, and stir until smooth.

    4. Heat thoroughly, but do not boil.

    5. Cook pasta, al dente, about 5 minutes.

    6. Drain. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.

  • MOMMYS MASTERPIECE Snow in the living room

    After receiving an order I had placed online, I unpacked the items, and wondered what to do with the Styrofoam peanuts. Well, before I could decide, my daughter Moira, knew just what to do with those peanuts. She loved that there was snow in the living room. I laughed and had more fun with it for awhile, but it wasnt so funny later when I was finding itty bitty pieces of Styrofoam EVERYWHERE !

    Mail me your masterpieces to: [email protected] and Ill publish it!


    Picture by Melissa Miller

    With the whole family together, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to look back and cele-brate the year's achievements. Whether it's an after-dinner gathering in the living room or a powwow around a backyard fireplace, it's nice to do this with a bit of ceremony -- and these commemorative scrolls add a special flourish to the festivities. Ask each family member for their nominations -- and be sure everyone gets an award, whether it's "best haircut of the year" or "toughest survivor of a home renovation." What you'll need:

    12x12 inch sheets of scrapbook Marker Glue gun Sticks Small pinecones or acorns Ribbon or raffia Instructions: 1. Cut the sheets of scrapbook paper in half to measure 6 by 12 inches. In the middle of each half sheet, write the award and

    the winner's name using a marker. 2. Use a glue gun to affix 2 sticks to the scroll's top and bottom. 3. Glue small pinecones or acorns to the ends of the sticks for decoration. Roll the scroll and tie it with ribbon or raffia.

    THE ART SPOT Turkey Day Awards

  • 6

    A Thankful Attitude Can Change Your

    Outlook ave you ever known anyone who is always happy and cheerful? Do you ever wonder what in the world they are so happy about? Id believe we could all be that person. I have a feeling those cheerful people, regardless of their circumstances, have more joy and happiness in their lives because theyve decided to be positive and thankful.

    We tend to be bombarded with stuff in our lives, and the busyness and distractions can cause us to be overwhelmed. So how do you get past all the stuff and have a positive at-titude? I think one way is to start your day with a thankful attitude. Take just a moment and think of at least five things you are thankful for. It may be your health, your home, your spouse, your children, your church, our freedom, childrens laughter or something else dear to you. When you take time to focus on the positive things in your life, the stuff tends to decrease and you are able to see life in a more positive way.

    We all have problems and troubles in our lives, but worrying about those things does not take them away. Having a positive attitude, doing what you can to solve the problems or asking for help are the only things you can do. Weve asked some Home-Based Working Moms what they are thankful for. Here is what a couple of them shared:

    H By Lesley Spencer

  • Children Learn What They Live

    If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

    If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

    If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.

    If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.

    If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.

    If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.

    If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.

    If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.

    If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

    If a child lives with acceptance, and friendship,

    He learns to find love in the world.


    By Lesley Spencer

    A Thankful Attitude Can Change Your Outlook (contd))

    More than anything in the whole world, I am thankful for the opportunity to stay home with my two children. I never in my wildest imagination thought I would leave the corpo-rate world to be an at-home mother but now I can't picture being anywhere else. Working a home-based business has given me a chance to witness things I didn't know would touch me in such a deep way. I have been able to see first steps, watch wobbling first bike rides and be there for each new discovery in my children's lives. Making the choice to start a home-based business has changed who I am. And I really want to pause more to just appreciate the blessings I so often take for granted, Amy Reynolds, of in Kansas City, Missouri shares. Heidi Whyte of Coeur D' Alene, Idaho adds, I am most thankful for the blessing of my lit-tle girl Caitlyn. I thank God everyday that she is mine. Her hugs and kisses are all the thanks I will ever need. I also am thankful to have such a wonderful, supportive, loving husband. I truly appreciate his patience and understanding.

    So what about you? Have you come up with at least five things you are thankful for? I don't believe it will be hard and the smile that grows on your face will likely be contagious to all of those around you.

  • Better Moms Make a Better World


    Around Town: Festival of the TreesAmbassador Banquet &

    Conference Center, Nov. 24-28 $5.00/adults, $2.50/children 3-12.

    Light Up NightGibson Park. November 26. 6:15 p.m. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and wel-come Santa.

    Sugar Plum SundayDecember 5th. Horse drawn sleigh rides, refreshments from North East Mer-chants.

    Sleigh RideBurch Farms, December 12th Time to be determined, watch for details on

    NORTH EAST MOPS would like to thank Assembly of God Church for the printing services. Thank you so much!

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