Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Ok, Ok, I will tell you, but first, think about it. Seven year old girl, on break from school and a bowl of multi-colored Goldfish...hmmmm!!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Anna: Studying Words
Mom: What kind of words?
Anna: The words in my book.
Ok, that conversation was one between Anna and I yesterday. It didn't seem to matter that we are off school for the week. She is studying words. LOL!! Smart girl!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Writing is getting better. She is learning how to sound out words and write down the sounds she hears and is even getting some of the vowel sounds in there. It is very cute to watch her write too. She wrote about Thanksgiving the other day and here is what she wrote:
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving..."becus i lic Grames trce." Translated to because I like Grammy's turkey. She picked Thanksgiving because it is on our school calendar and she could copy it. The rest was all her. She is very clever.
Math, well that's a different story. she is getting some of it, but slowly. She can count and she is good with shapes and number of sides, angles, etc. She can do most, but has trouble with least/fewest. she can subtract and even do some of that in her head, she can add with 0, but we struggle with 1 and MUST draw pictures with anything past 1. She is having a hard time with ordinal numbers as well. That is the issue. All the homeschool curriculum's we have come across really are going WAY to fast in math. I bought a second program a few weeks ago thinking it was slower and better suited to her needs, but we hit the brick wall again. I am having to make my own worksheets until we pass this gray area. I am very glad I know how. Is there a program for math that really captures them that I can afford to get? I am not sure. For right now, I will continue to make worksheets and practice a little bit of our trouble areas everyday without pushing it and hopefully after Christmas it will hit and we can keep going. This is really our only struggle.
I really love homeschooling and I am glad we chose to do so. She has learned so much and we can work on struggling areas a little bit at a time and then move on. We can also advance in areas she is doing well, so it won't hold her back. She loves being able to do school and then we can go experience life in the real world. She is so smart and receptive to a lot of things. I don't think I will have it any other way for a while. God has richly blesses us in this area.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Anna's Pink Tree:
A Quick Family Picture:
The family picture actually wasn't half bad, now if can just coordinate it a bit better and dress up, I will have our Christmas pictures. LOL!! :-)
Monday, November 17, 2008
After that mess, I relocated a bookshelf, vacuumed up the gross mess where the bookshelf once was and all the dead flies on the window sills. That's what I get for locating shelves in front of the bottom part of my windows. Not sure they are going back there. I also relocated, for the 4th time in 2 months, Anna's toys. We are making room in the living room for our Christmas tree!! It is time ladies and gentlemen for our tree to go up and all our Christmas decorations!! YEAH!! I am so excited about this. I love our tree and I love Christmas lights!! I can't wait to put them up again. This has been a long process in the making. We have rearranged and sold and gave away a bunch of stuff to ensure that our tree could go up. I am so happy!! I will post pictures of it, if I ever get that far!! :-) The good part is now I have the space.
Well, I better go for now. Time to get ready and do school for the day. That is of course AFTER Anna decides to wake up. Have a great week all and God Bless!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
We do Santa.. but now only on small scale due to the premise of " naughty list." (Items deleted here to protect her kids) According to Santa and all the songs about him he gives according to how " good " you are. Santa only does stockings at our house. We as our kids parents give our kids Christmas gifts because of Love and Grace.. not because the kids are good. In this we hope to show the gift of love to our kids even when they don't " deserve" it just like God gave us the gift of salvation when we didn't deserve it either. This is a lesson that I had to learn because my son cannot change so I have to change my thinking. I was quite frustrated with my child's (changed) issues around Christmas when I thought about being naughty.. and Santa etc.. and would get upset because he/she really didn't "deserve" to get the big gifts from Santa... but then it came on my heart that I didn't deserve it either and what right did a worldly fictional character have to take away the grace and Love that God already gave him/her.
I know she was referring to her kids, but what I really liked was her take on it all. (Her kids have issues that they can not help. They were born with them.) Santa is okay, but doing just a stocking from him means all the children receive. Kids should receive gifts from their parents. I know we too have gone WAY overboard with this gift giving concept (Santa and us), but I am not liking it now. They come to expect it. We have scaled back for the last few years and we are scaling back again this year. My daughter is going to be surprised when she realizes how scaled back we are going this year. I think the best part of the writers topic is how she relates gift giving to the way God gave us his son Jesus to die on the cross. Now, isn't Jesus really the whole meaning for the season. It shouldn't be about getting, but giving. I hope I can clearly get this through to my daughter. We are scaling back for many reasons, but seriously, I want her to understand the meaning behind Christmas and understand truly that it is about Jesus and family and getting to spend good time together. That's what its all about. It is not all about presents!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Just in case you can't see my daughter in there, here is a better one:
So, being the good mom I am, I removed the hundred pound horse from her face and left her like this:
You want to know the bad thing? She had that horse back over her in less than an hour. UGH!! At least we know she liked that birthday gift. (From 2007.) Now how can we convince a sleeping child that having a horse covering most of your body is not a good thing?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Dad: Goofy Shirts
Grammy: Hershey's Kisses
PaPa Hershey's Kisses
LOL! As you can see, her list is getting long and expensive. VERY expensive. She wants to get the girls all $25 horses. :-) Very cute idea, but not remotely possible. We will of course get people something, but I don't think Anna is understanding the concept of money. I asked her where she was getting the money and she looks at me matter of factly and says "my piggy bank." Now keep in mind we usually just give her pennies. Occasionally she will get nickels and dimes, but not very often. This child probably has less than $4 in her piggy bank. It is too cute to have her make a list for everyone though. It shows that she wants to give gifts and not just receive them. Maybe some things we are teaching her ARE getting through. Now, how do i break it to her that the list is not even remotely possible? That is going to be traumatic. I already told her it probably is not possible, but she tries anyways. Well, I just thought I would share how sweet my little Anna is. She has a kind heart. Hope you all have a good day.
Thank you so much for you kind gesture today. It was completely unexpected and very much needed. You wrote "Blessings" on the card and yes, it was a very big blessing. You were in and out like a spy and I don't even know who you are. You made my day and helped through a difficult time. You truly were a blessing to my family. I don't even know who you are, but do know that we very much appreciated the card and want to say thank you to you. Maybe you read my blog and maybe you don't, but thank you anyways. You are very kind and made our day. May God deeply bless you as well. Thank you.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
On Friday, Jeremy stayed home from work and we took Anna to see Madagascar 2. We will never have this movie in our home and we will never rent it or let her see it again. There were so many sexual connotations in the movie that I was quite disgusted. Honestly, we can't go to the theatre because I need to preview every movie that comes out so that I can be sure it is appropriate. That is terrible. We have become accustomed to this type of thing. That is also why we don't worry about having cable TV. There really is no point in it. We watch PBS in the morning for and hour or so and we watch Reading Rainbow every weekday afternoon at 2:30pm. Anna loves Reading Rainbow. That is fine with me. At least I know it is generally safe.
No news to report on my mom's case. We still sit and wait. I know this is a lesson in patience and to depend on God. That's all there is to it. At least my mom will get to see her other Grand baby again soon, my sisters baby. She is going there over Thanksgiving courtesy of my sister. I wish we could see her too, but it is VERY expensive to us to travel. I am really just glad that my sister gets to enjoy her time and mom gets to see a beautiful little girl.
I guess that's about it. We are going to get started for the day soon. Take care all. God bless.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I can't believe my baby girl is 7 years old today. She is getting so big and so smart. She is so lively and full of energy. She loves to use big words. LOL!! She must take after my sister in that respect. My sister always liked to use big words. :-) She is still cute and lovable, but getting so tall. She will probably pass me up soon.
Anyhow, like I said, my baby girl is 7 now. We had her birthday party on Sunday, but she has one small, but big gift left for today. I will update later with pictures, after we give it to her. Have a good day all. Happy birthday Baby!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Pray for our country.
Pray for our economy.
Pray for our future President.
Pray for our people.
Pray for our State.
Pray for our cities.
Pray for our families.
Most importantly, just pray. That may be the only thing to get us through this next 4 years. Things will change, but it will not all be good. Just pray. Nothing more and nothing less. PRAY!
Monday, November 3, 2008
As you can see, we had a good time. There ended up being 14 kids there, which is more than we have ever had and there were 15 adults. This is by far Anna's largest birthday party yet. LOL! We usually try to keep it simple, and this is the result. It was fun though and she had a great time. The last two pictures show her playing with a few thing she got. She loved everything and had so much fun. Yes, she finally got her first video game system. We let her play it a lot last night to figure it out, but will set a timer on her, so she is not playing it all day long. All her cousins have a video game system of some sort (handheld and other) and we felt that she was old enough to handle one, so she got it. It came at her birthday, so she could get games for birthday and Christmas, because past that, she won't be getting any more games, so that will give her 4 or so after Christmas. Anyhow, she also got a really cool crystal art thingy that she is dying to color. She loves the babies and that she can color them and put them in the window. She also got that Barbie horse and carriage, clothes, a couple of games, some dress up items, a diary with a four color pen (she loves this concept) and a addition/subtraction wipe off book. It was a very successful birthday. She got way more than expected. Anna was one excited little girl. Her actual birthday is not for a few days, but we wanted as many people as possible to make it. Anyhow, thank you everyone for coming and for Anna's great gifts. She had a blast! :-) Better go for now. We are trying to clean out some room for the Christmas tree now and we still have school to do. Have a great day all.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
As for today, I am going to work and then make sure everything is in my car for Anna's birthday party tomorrow. No, her birthday is not tomorrow, but her party is. Her birthday is actually on the 7th, Friday. I can't believe my baby girl is turning 7 already. That was another thing we completely lost what we did one year for Halloween. I listed what we did for 3 of the years, but I have lost the second year, 2005. How we lost that year, is beyond me. The only thing I can think of is that we stayed home. We had a bunch of kids at that point and we may not have gone out. Who knows. Well, time for getting ready and moving. Have a good day all. God Bless.