Monday, January 26, 2009

Good Clean Fun and Not

Today for school, I did Lesson #2 in Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons with Livvy, and Sammy too. For the writing portion, instead of making Livvy try to draw the letters with a pen/pencil/etc, I gave both kids a couple of shots of shaving cream to smear around and practice the shapes of the letters m and s. She's just not ready for the writing of letters - she gets all whiney, and says it's "too hard" (which totally frustrates me, and we need to work on trying to do things that are hard, but we'll work on that some other time). So, in an effort to keep learning fun, and realizing that it really doesn't matter if she learns to write her letters now or in 6 months from now, she'll learn them in her time, I'm trying to be creative and teach her using other methods of learning to "write" her letters. They both had fun, smelled really nice and it all cleaned up so easily.

The other night we had some more shaving cream play in the bath, initiated by Daddy. They had so much fun smearing it all over themselves. In the end, we "shaved" them with a popsicle stick and then sprayed them clean with the shower hose.

The not so clean fun was the mud in our front yard. With the warm days we had last week, all the snow melted and created the most wonderful mud puddles. Both kids had fun making mud pies, cakes and fondue. Somehow Sammy's trucks came into play too, though I'm not quite sure how...I stayed inside to keep clean (boring, un-fun my defense it was still a little chilly out there and Ben needed looking after).

And last, but not least, Ben turned 6 months old last Tues. He weighed 16lb14oz at his Dr appointment (which is the biggest of my babies yet) which only put him in the 38th percentile. He was 27" something and that put him in the 83rd percentile. According to those stats, he's long and lean, which you wouldn't think so after seeing his way chunky legs. He's not so keen on playing on his back, but he loves to be on his belly so he can get up on his hands and knees and rock. I get all excited about him starting to crawl and then I remember that instead of crying to be picked up in the living room while I'm making dinner he's going to be in the kitchen with me following me back and forth, crying to be picked up. Yikes!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Catch Up

The week, or weekend actually, started with my parents coming up to help with the house and to celebrate my 34th birthday (Yah, I'm getting old. Oh well, what are you going to do about it?). On Friday night we all went to Fratelli's (the best pizza in Flagstaff by far!) for my "favorite meal" birthday tradition (for Tom's birthday we always get to go to Red Lobster - yum!). I had to wait until Sun (my real birth day) for presents and cake.

Saturday was a work day. Tom and my dad finished the trim and weather-stripping around the garage doors. The outside is looking really good. Now onto the electrical...well, it'll get started whenever Tom gets motivated enough to go outside in the cold after coming home from work. Aah, I can't blame the guy too much...I certainly wouldn't want to get all cold after a long day of work.

This morning in my quiet time I read Prov 22 and Romans 15. BTW, God has truly honored my desire to have a quiet time every morning before little people are stirring. I've always had this vision (because my mom demonstrated it to me) of my kids getting up in the morning and seeing me up and reading my Bible. I've always wanted to set that example for them. Trouble was, I hate getting up early in the morning! Tom and I are such night owls. Well, Ben likes getting up around 6:30am and the kids aren't allowed to come out of their room in the morning until their alarm clock says 7:?? (it doens't matter if it's 7:00 or 7:59, it's just whenever they see a 7). So...I get up, feed Ben, go get my coffee and then I sit down on the floor while Ben plays happily nearby and I have my quiet time. It's a very good way to start the day. I still don't necessarily like getting up that early, but it's really has been a good time. God is good.

Anyway, in my reading of Prov 22. A couple of verses hit me, again:

Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Prov 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

This morning these verses reminded me about the intentionalness (is that a word?) that I as mom am supposed to have with raising our children - recognizing our children's foolishness ("Sin is foolishness") and training it out of them with the rod of correction. Train the child in the way he should go, "not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts...but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go" as Matthew Henry's commentary states ( I do play a role in their way when they are old.

I think we're doing a fair job of this; I know I need to actually be more intentional in our "training", but....the day gets going and it's hard. I pray that I will make the time so that when our children are old, that they will cling to the truths of the Bible - our intentions, our "training" and not necessarily to all the ways in which I as mom inevitably mess up somewhere...does that make any sense?

Anyway, I have more thoughts on what I want to blog about but I'll save them for when I have a little more time. Right now it's time to go feed a baby.

Friday, January 9, 2009

This & That

This week I've been doing a lot of thinking, planning and trying to figure things out. In so many ways I feel like I'm playing catch up: this friend already knows so much about natural ways of healing and strengthening the body; this friend is really good about making their own bread and other healthy things for the family; this friend is really good with budgeting and saving money; this friend has the homeschooling thing figured out; etc. God gave me a little reminder though during one of those "Oh, I want to be like that" moments - He's given me talents and understandings that those friends don't have and hopefully appreciate in me. So, instead of silently pining away and feeling sorry for myself, I can thank God for what He's given me, thank Him for those friends in my life, and then have a teachable heart and learn from my friends all these things that I so want to know (kinda sounds like a God-thing, huh?).

Here's some things that I wanted to share:
  • momof9splace "In our generation the cultivating of the intellect is thought to be the answer; consequently, the child is taught, school is emphasized, and higher education is considered imperative. To be sure, the intellect is a part of the mind. There is, however, another part of the mind that is far too often overlooked - the will. For the intellect to be trained and the will to be untrained is dangerous.... The wise parent starts when the child is and infant in the training of the will."

  • I think we have a new favorite homemade pizza recipe. I made the dough from scratch (recipe from EveryDay With Rachel Ray), doctored it up with crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder and Italian seasonings, and baked it on the cast iron griddle. It was excellent!

  • The laundry that we started Thurs morning is still in the dryer... maybe tomorrow morning it'll all find it's home. I don't like having undone or half-done projects around - it makes life feel chaotic. Life is much calmer and things run smoother when things are accomplished... Can one truly ever be done with laundry though?

  • I pureed some sweet potatoes and some avocado-bananas for Ben today (maybe that's why laundry didn't get done). I have 2+ ice cube trays full for him. The little porker can already put away 2 cubes mixed with breast milk and cereal for one meal. Today he got 2 meals for the first time. Hopefully he'll make it until at least 6:00am - the last 2 days he reverted back to 5:00am, ugh.

  • homeschool-not-about-education "The very word "homeschooling" can cause us all to forget that what we are doing is not about home-SCHOOLING but about creating that context in which we assist God in raising the little ones in our homes to become His men and women who are truly prepared for what is going to happen in their own generation. To be like King David whom God did not identify as a man "with a good job;" but as a man who "served his generation well.""

  • And, as of last week, the siding on the addition is done! Yeah Tom!