Sunday, December 21, 2008
Dave has been taking Grant to practices twice a week up at the high school. Today he helped out at the tournament. There were around 400 people who came from all over to wrestle in this tournament!
Our friend, Josh, and his little boy, Ethan, came to the tournament. Josh used to wrestle at this school and when Grant was younger, Josh taught him some wrestling moves, so it was really special to have Josh come to see Grant wrestle today!
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is the first year I have joined the Christmas Tour of Homes that Boo Mama is hosting. It looked like a lot of fun last year, so I decided to try it! So,thanks to Boo Mama for hosting and to you for dropping by! :-)
Welcome to my home!
When you first walk in, you are greeted by this snowman, who says things like, "Come on in! It's cold outside!"
And it usually IS cold outside!
Here is our dining room~
And here is our tree and stockings~
No mantle for hanging stockings, so we used the bookshelves next to the tree where I would like a fireplace to be someday! :-)
My son made this one when he was in preschool. :-)
This little lady came on a package when I was a little girl. We put her on the tree and I used to play with her every year. Now my little girl plays with her every year! :-)
On the buffet~
We have a basket for Christmas cards and a Nativity with figurines that my kids can play with and act out the Christmas story with. We are celebrating the fact that God stepped into history as a baby and lived and died so that we could know and love Him.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, December 05, 2008
We took a hay ride out to the field of Balsam Firs and then started looking for the "perfect" tree.
Grant and Kate selected our tree and "helped" Dave cut it down. :-)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This shop has hats and gloves and necklaces that young ladies (and older ladies :-) ) can choose from to wear for tea. The girls selected their tea time attire and then were seated.
Along with plenty of giggles, they enjoyed tea and scones with whipped cream and jam.
When you are eight, you can only act like a young lady for so long...
As soon as the girls took off their finery, they were done with all of that sitting and acting proper! Thankfully, their moms agreed to give them some time to run and play together to get it all out of their systems! ;-)
But, it pains me that I could not vote for the first African-American president of our country. I could not vote for him because of his unwillingness to protect innocent lives. I believe that life is precious; even the life of a baby still growing inside their mother's womb.
So, I feel a mix of incredible sadness and great elation at the outcome of this election. Now that Barack Obama has been elected, I want him to be a great president. I hope he is successful. I will pray that he will make good decisions for our country and be a great leader. I will also pray that he will become a champion of every American-even those yet to be born.
The guys had a great time together watching the game, eating snacks and getting some autographs. And to top it all off, their team won the game! Here are some pics from their fun day.
This blog is mostly a scrapbook of our lives, so my kids can look back someday at some of the daily and special things we did while they were growing up. (In fact, I plan to get the blog printed into book form for them at some point.) In an effort to keep up with our busy days, I usually just post the pictures with a brief description of what we were doing and leave it at that. Occasionally I have shared more in depth about things close to my heart and it is fun to interact with others I have met in blogland, but I just don't have the time to post lengthy daily reflections about life most days.
So, if you happen to stop by, you are welcome here and I hope you will leave a comment to say hello! And I would love to go to your blog as well, whether it is a newsy place, a spot for deep reflections, or just a simple family scapbook. Happy blogging!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
We also heard that Chipotle restaurants will give free burritos to anyone dressed in tin foil on Halloween night, so of course we had to check it out! When we got there, we saw a long line of people wearing tin foil hats, belts and other creations, waiting for their free burritos. So, we joined the line and started twisting and crimping foil into headbands, bracelets, hats and belts. And, yes, we all got free burritos! We took the burritos home and will enjoy them for dinner tonight. That was a fun way to end the evening, and how can you say no to a free meal? ;-)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The days are flying by ~ I can't believe it is already the middle of October! The kids and I have been enjoying our school days together. Today we did a couple of the experiments in the Sonlight science curriculum we are using this year. The kids loved it! I like this format, too. We watch a DVD and then do the experiment. All the supplies are in the kit. Science is not my strong suit, so having it all laid out like that makes it enjoyable for me, too.
Monday, October 06, 2008
We watched the first half of the movie, "Fiddler On The Roof" Saturday night and now we are all walking around singing, "If I Were A Rich Man." Grant tries to dance like Tevya in the movie when he sings it, which is quite amusing. :-) I haven't seen this movie for a long time and had forgotten how good it is! (Well, except for the dream sequence, which would have been a little too scary for the kids, but we fast-forwarded through that.) We are planning on watching the second half next Saturday.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Kate is in 3rd grade now. Third grade! How did that happen? I remember third grade so well and am trying to see things through her eyes and imagine how she feels about things that happen in her life and with her circle of friends.
Grant is in 4th grade this year. That sounds so grown up to me and I can't believe he is old enough to be in that grade already. His work load has increased since third grade and he is having some trouble adjusting to that, but it is mostly his attitude that is making it difficult for him. He is a good student when he wants to be.
We had a great first day and we are looking forward to a great school year! :-)
Reading, writing, phonics, spelling
Writing Road To Reading (Reading Works)
Abeka readers and library books
Writing Road To Reading, Abeka language workbooks
Abeka cursive workbook, daily writing assignments
Math-U-See (Kate-Gamma, Grant-Delta)
The Story Of The World, Vol.4: The Modern Age (Book and Activity Book)
Plant Life (Books: Green Thumbs: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening, Usborne Flower Sticker Book, Midwest Book Of Wildflowers)
Batteries, Your Body, Weather (Sonlight Discover & Do DVD and Usborne Book Of Science Activities, vol.3)
Painting, Drawing (How Great Thou Art curriculum)
Co~op Art Class
Color The Classics (Godly Composers & Christmas Classics)
Co~op Music Class
Tackle football (Local Recreational City League) (Grant)
Co~op P.E. Class
Playing outside with friends :-)
Saturday, August 30, 2008
We spent a lot of time looking at the animals and even watched 4H people show their goats. We thought the kids might get tired of it, but they were so intrigued with the whole thing. There is a building called, "The Miracle of Birth," where pregnant sheep or cows actually give birth right where you can watch, if you happen to be in there at the right time. We waited forever for a cow to give birth and finally pulled the kids away, but they did not want to go. They were just sitting there watching this cow walk around the pen. It would have been exciting to see the birth, but it could have been hours until that happened. We did get to see chicks hatching, which was exciting, too.
By evening we headed to the midway, where all the rides were lit up. The kids had ridden a few rides at the "kidway" earlier in the day, where the rides are more tame. This is the last time we will be able to do that, though, as Grant especially is ready for the real deal. Both Grant and Katie wanted to play some of the carnival games to try to win prizes, so we checked them all out and they chose the ones they wanted. Katie actually won a stuffed monkey at one game and a crown at another! She was thrilled. But, poor Grant. He played the same game over and over because he was sure he could win a guitar and burst into tears when it did not happen. For some reason, getting a free yardstick a little later soothed the wound of losing the guitar. (I do not quite understand how that works, but I think he just wanted something in his hands that he had "won!" :-) )
So, we had a good time and yes, we ate way too much, but isn't that part of the fair experience? :-)
Monday, August 25, 2008
We are trying to enjoy every last bit of summer before it ends and the school year begins, so we hit the lake again recently. This is such a quick and easy way to feel like you are on vacation. We usually get to the lake in the morning and and grab a spot along the beach with a grill. We grill burgers and hotdogs for lunch and dinner and hang out at the beach all day. It is so relaxing. Dave and I have had the chance to have some great conversations and the kids are happy campers because they can play in the water all day. So, it is becoming a favorite way for our family to spend a hot summer day! :-)