Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We Love the Library

Not just because it is free, although that is a wonderful benefit!! Our library here by where we live has great children's programs, children's story times and children computers loaded with lots of children's games!! The girls absolutely love getting to go and now that it is right around the corner we go often. And yes we check books out by the dozens!! 21 to be exact on our last visit. I am also going to sing the praises of a blog I follow called Once Upon a Book, here is the link if you want to check it out, http://www.onceuponabook.com. I signed up to follow via email so every week I get emails with the name of a book,  printables that go with the book, crafts and even a Bible verse... ALL FOR FREE!! Did I mention it was FREE???? Seriously one of the most awesome blogs out there if you have young children. It is connected to a blog called Totally Tots, which has some great ideas for younger children. Anyway check it out I think you might like what you find. They have done all the leg work all you have to do is get the book from the library and print out the pages!! The Once Upon a Book is a great add on to our schooling. My girls love to read like most children do and I am trying to encourage that as much as possible! We spend at least 20 min but usually ends up being an hour reading everyday, me reading to them. The older girls have started reading some which is so exciting!! We are doing the ABeka curriculum which so far I really enjoy since my girls love to do papers!. Anyway I wasn't sure if what we were doing was working and I wasn't sure if they were actually learning anything blah blah blah.. All the things you think as a mother but anyway as the lessons have progressed sure enough they are reading and writing, sounding things out. So for now I feel I am doing a good job.... Pray for us if you think of us!! This is a new journey but I feel it's the right one!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Swim Lessons

We have decided to put the three monkeys in swim lessons!! They have no fear of water so we felt it might do them some good. I have let them play in the water in their kiddie pool before and even in  a swimming pool with their floaties on and since we say you're going swimming they just assumed they were swimming. So I had to reprogram them that they were not swimming they were just playing. Anyway I am very glad that we have decided to do this, water can be so dangerous and children only need an inch of water to drown in if they don't know how to respond. So if y0u are thinking about having your children learn I encourage it, if that means anything!! Of course I learned by jumping in and there not being anyone there to catch me so I took of swimming.. I guess that is not considered acceptable these days!! The little tadpoles are already swimming a little on their own and I am very proud of them!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Howdy Y'all

Hey everybody!! It's been a very long time since I have sat down to the computer! With the smart phones around there really isn't a need to sit down to an actual computer anymore, I can do it all from my phone.. Who would have thought, I can even blog from my phone but that to me is pushing it a little.  
         The girls are growing so fast and  we are staying so busy. I have continued to do school with them since they have no clue what summer break is yet!! The twins read their first book yesterday and I was so happy I can't even begin to tell you. Not because I want to pat myself on the back and say look what I have done but because the look on their faces! They were so proud of themselves. I would like to point out I only do school with them because they ask to, I do not push at this point because I do think they are young. But it does add some structure to our day and we spend time together doing things that they enjoy. I was getting a little to wrapped up in schooling and began getting frustrated with one of my girls.. anyway I stepped back and realized what is the big deal here? Who cares if they can read or write, seriously?!? I didn't start school until I was six, I did not go to kindergarten and I would like to think I turned out just fine... We have decided after much prayer to home school the girls. We are going to do it for a year or two and then evaluate where the girls are and how they are growing and learning. I hope it works for us and I think it will. So say a prayer if you think about us as we journey through the growing up years! I am putting some pictures of them up doing their work in the school room. I am very thankful that our new home has enough space for us to have a room just for school!

Kids LOVE their Glue... Why is that?!?


Friday, May 27, 2011

Good Mom.....Bad Mom

The thought that goes through my head every night as I lay in bed re living the days events, all that we did or did not do, my endless to do list, did I discipline enough or was I to slack, did something happen today that will forever change their character..... SERIOUSLY????? I answer myself "Come on, get a grip" But let's be honest for some unknown or known reason we as moms seem to have this daily battle of good mom bad mom syndrome, which if you think about it is usually our own expectations of ourselves or the idea of motherhood that we have conjured up in our head!! I am not really even sure why I am writing this except to encourage myself and anyone else that might read... Don't be so hard on yourself. Motherhood is suppose to be a joyful time in our lives that passes all to quickly. Hold you head up high, chest out and know that if your children are happy, loved and loving you are probably doing a great job!! So close all the how to mother books, ease up on reading all the blogs and enjoy this time!! We are moms, hear us roar!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

WOW!! Time is flying by and I keep saying "OK I am going to sit down and re do my blog today"... Well today is that day ☻ I rarely sit down at the actual computer anymore now that I have a smart phone so I am using that as my excuse! I think it's a pretty good one! Our days are so full that sitting at the computer is not always an option or a desire, since we are being honest!! School, piano, cooking and playing seem to take up most of our week days and then we get to spend the weekends with our church family so it leaves little time!!
I am so encouraged right now, God is giving us the power and want to rise above the things that have been keeping us bound!! Strike while the iron is hot is the saying that just keeps flashing thru my head these past couple of weeks! So I am trying to do that!! We do not have to live defeated any longer.. Whether it's your short temper, lack of patience, your mouth, lack of sleep while dealing with small children (I had to throw that in there for my benefit) I can feel Him giving me the strength to move on and move up!! The church is doing so wonderful and every time church time rolls around we are just all so excited!! God is building His body and I want to be apart. I have been wondering and asking myself why doesn't everyone want to be involved and Bro Gary spoke on this the other night.. Not everyone wants to pay the price, sacrifice or give up self..... Easy to say but hard to do!! The girls have been singing "Lord I want to go" and "I'll say Yes Lord Yes" lately and I can tell that even in their young age I can see Jesus dealing with them.

We are settling into our house quite nicely, thankful the Lord helped us sell our house. We have an actual school room in this house which is really great!  I have been using just ABeka but recently added in Handwriting Without Tears which I really like. And I finally finished cutting out the 600+ pieces from he Betty Luken's Bible in Felt, the girls absolutely love this and the events actually stick in their heads a lot better than just reading. It came with a book on every even that happened in the Bible, a CD with coloring pages and activities and a filing system. It took me 5 months to cut it all out but now that I am done I am really excited!! Emma and Anna are taking piano lessons, which is going good. They are aspiring to play like Kim Collingsworth!! I hope they do, she is very talented.  Well nap time is over so I have to cut this short but will return soon to add pictures!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I am still here

You mean I have a blog????
Who started it for me and why??
Haha... I won't bore you with all the reasons why I have not posted in almost four months....... But we are still here and doing great... And we have moved!! Praise the Lord!! Very exctied about that and we love our new home, kind of getting use to no ambulances or gun shots every night ☻ It's funny what you can come accustom to after awhile.
We have been getting cabin fever due to the weather and unpacking boxes. Today we went to prayer meeting, we have been missing them lately due to the move and being out of town. There is something about getting together with older women who have walked this way and praying with them.. I have missed going and glad to be back on track. I have found that when you spend more time in your own world doing your own thing, even though it seems important, you miss out on what God is doing. I love to fellowship and get together with God's people, it is very encouraging. Someone made the statement to me "Going to church doesn't make you anymore of a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a mechanic". This statement could hold true if all your doing is showing up at church but my reply is this: If you are a football or baseball player you have to show up for practice everyday and learn how to work together, think as a team, learn the plays and you hang out with other football players. I am on the team and I love to hear how God is working for others and what He is doing not just in my life but everyone else, not to mention I get a better idea of the plays to make when the enemy comes knocking at my door!! So if you think of me and the girls say a prayer for us as we try to get our lives back to normal and settled in!! And come visit us ☻