Friday, September 23, 2011

Spelling Bee

On Wednesday Mj participated in the school spelling bee. He was such a nervous wreck. Poor thing! He did awesome and made through about 10 rounds. I was so proud of him!!! I was shocked when he told me last week that he was one of the winners of his class bee and got to move on to the school bee! He wants to work hard to be in the spelling bee next year. Go Mj!!!!



Fun with the letter "F"

Jadyn is 39 months old & Gabe is 19 months old
We focused on "F", "5", "orange" and body parts this week. Here's pictures of our week.

Jadyn's orange paper.  She loves to color.


Jadyn was excited that her verse was actually longer than she was.
Catching fish.
Reading her book "A Friend for Me."
Tracing "F"
F is for fruit snacks.
Coloring her Bible verse - John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Making a fish out of her geometric shapes.
Making a clown out of shapes.
Building fish
Dot-a-dot F
A hand print fish.
5 apples in the basket.
Gabe is enjoying his tot school time.  Playing cars and garage is always fun.
Learning with his puppy.
Dot-a-dot fun.
Fish puzzle!
Ok, maybe some days totschool isn't that fun.
Working hard on using his fork.
Stacking alphabet blocks.
Thansk to 1+1+1=1 and Confessions of a Homeschooler for their great printables and ideas!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Make a Joyful Noise

Jadyn is always singing something while she plays! I love to hear her sing. Her song of choice today - "Come People of the Risen King" by the Gettys.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Things I Love

I love Pandora! Have you tried the toddler station?!  So fun!  That's what we listen to while doing crafts and other fun tot things.  While I study I listen to Christian music and what a fun way to get some many different songs!  Love it!

Mmmmm..... nothing better than a cold coke to make me happy!

Palm trees!!!  I've always loved palm trees and now we have palm trees in our front yard!!!  Although one thing I've learned in Miami is how many different types of palm trees there are!  Wow! (I also love that girl standing beside the palm tree! - She's pretty cool, too!)

Words with Friends!  I just keep telling myself it's not a waste of time it's helping my brain function!

Maybe it's the whole living in Miami thing, but I'm all about limes right now!  Love them!  I've been making limeade a lot and thinking about attempting key lime pie!  Yum!

I'm totally addicted to Pinterest.  I've found so many crafty ideas to try around the house, for totschool, recipes, etc!!  Love this and after I this post I'll be pinning over at Pinterest! ;)

And I love these 3 crazy kids of mine!  They keep things interesting and stress me out, but I wouldn't change that for anything in the world!

Those are just a few things I love. What things do you love?! I'd love to hear!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tot School - "I" is for Ice Cream!

Jadyn is 39 months old & Gabe is 19 months old.
Tot School

This week we focused on the letter "I", number "4", color "red", and winter.  We took it easy this week and didn't have as many activities because it's been crazy around here.  Here's our week in pictures.

Color matching inchworms.
Dot-a-dot I.
Some fun with Connect 4.
Her rectangle paper for her shape book.
Jadyn learned the 4 stages of a frog's life.  Although she kept calling the eggs eyes.
Building inchworm pattern.
Coloring her verse. "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." I think I needed this verse this week more than she did. =)
Red paper.
Her strong man.

Jadyn loves cutting her verse and taping it together to see how big it is.

Gabe had a busy week.  His new thing this week is that he says Jadyn and Mj's names now.  And he started coming to me and saying "Ma! Ma!" and then babbles something to me and points to something and then walks away.  It's so cute!!!!

Making a mess with learning links.
Learning about gravity with his cars and garage.
Making another mess with his cubes.
Some quiet play with his train.
Thanks to 1+1+1=1 and Confessions of a Homeschooler for their ideas and printables!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Faith Becomes Sight

10 years ago today, my mom's faith became sight. That year and 3 months that she was sick were some of the hardest months of my life, but God gave me strength and comfort and still does today. Not a day goes by that I don't miss my mom.  I still want to call her on the phone and tell her the funny thing Jadyn did, or how well Mj did in school today, or what accomplishment Gabe did. I wish my kids would have gotten to meet her.
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. 9-11 means so many things to different people. Yes, I remember the feeling when I saw the plane hit the 2nd tower, but most of all I remember that was the day I saw my mom for the last time til I get to heaven.
My mom was on a liver transplant list. God had other plans, but if you are not an organ donor, please consider it.

 This is my family doing on of our favorite things growing up - camping.  We went every other weekend in the summer.  I have some great memories of those times fishing, around the camp fire, and hiking.

This is my family on my wedding day. 8-11-01. This was the best my mom had looked in 6 months.  She was so excited for this day and God was so good to give her a good day on that day! We never expected one month later she would be with her Savior.
I love the words to the song "To Live is Christ" especially thinking of the 2nd verse today.

"Before You gave us life and breath,
You numbered all our days.
You set Your gracious love on us
And chose us to be saved.
This fleeting life is passing by,
With all its joys and pain.
But we believe to live is Christ
And death is gain.

And though we grieve for those we love
Who fall asleep in Christ,
We know they'll see the Savior's face
And gaze into His eyes.
So now we grieve, yet we don't grieve
As those who have no hope.
For just as Jesus rose again
He'll raise His own.

And now we're longing for the day
We'll see the Lamb once slain,
Who saved a countless multitude
To glorify His name.
We're yearning for the wedding feast
Of Jesus and His bride.
His nail-scarred hands will finally bring
Us to His side.

To live is Christ, to die is gain,
In every age, this truth remains
We will not fear, we're unashamed.
To live is Christ, to die is gain."

Words by Mark Altrogge and Bob Kauflin

Monday, September 12, 2011


On Saturday Gabe enjoyed some exploring of the school while the teens had a game night. Here are some pictures of my explorer.

Ready to go on our expedition.
Hmmm..... maybe the baseball field will be fun?
"I really like the speed bump!"  He kept walking on this speed bump!
Oh, there's an airplane!
Checking out the stones by the batting cages.

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