Sunday, December 8, 2013

I Love the Christmas Season!

I love Christmas! I think I love it more watching it through the eyes of my kids! It's just an amazingly wonderful and exciting time of year!  And the Christmas music!!!  I could listen to it all year round! It is a bit weird listening to the songs about it snowing and cuddling by the fire when it's in the 80s and bright and sunny here in Miami.  Here's some pictures of us enjoying some of the Christmas Season.
We got our tree out and Job wasn't sure what to think of it at first. He points to the lights every morning and gives a big, "Ooooooohhhh".
Mj was a big help decorating the tree this year.  He did most of the breakable ornaments and was so careful to spread them out and make sure they were out of harm's (Job's) reach!
Jadyn & Gabe put all their ornaments in one section of the tree.  I may have discreetly moved them when they went to bed that night! ;)
My happy Christmas decorators!
Job's favorite ornament is the big jingle bell.  I've given up on making him keep it on the tree.
Santa needed a snack break.
One of the first things we do at the beginning of the Christmas season is make hot chocolate and watch Polar Express.
 We've been doing our Advent count down with Truth in the Tinsel.  I love reading parts of the Christmas story each day with the kids.  What an amazing thought to think of the Creator of the World, humbling Himself and coming down as a helpless baby.  He was born to die for a cruel and dark world so that our relationship could be restored with Him.  What love!!!!! 
Jadyn and I enjoyed our Christmas Tea yesterday morning.  It was fun to get dressed up and enjoy a yummy breakfast with friends.

Our Week in Review

We had a great week of school.  Probably one of the best weeks we've had in awhile.  It's so nice when the kids are busy with their school work and not fighting with each other. =) Here's what we did this week.

MJ - 5th Grade

Bible: The kids are enjoying the ebook Truth in the Tinsel that we are doing for Advent.  I'm letting MJ make the craft for each day with his legos.

English: Mj continued his chapter on research materials and how to use them.

Math: Mj started his chapter on customary measurement.

History: Mj started his chapter on the Roaring 20s.  He loved learning about Charles Lindburgh's flight to Paris.
I pulled out the U.S. Map puzzle, to review our states for his calendar notebook.
Science: Mj started his chapter on biomes.  He learned about the tundra.
Jadyn - Kindergarten
Bible: Jadyn is loving Truth in the Tinsel, too.  Anything that involves making a craft is awesome in her book! ;)

Beginnings: Jadyn learned about zoo animals this week. We'll be making a trip to the zoo this week!
Reading: Jadyn is doing so well with her word families and sight words!  I'm so proud of the progress she has made!  I think things are starting to click with her.  She read her words much more quickly this week! Yay!
Math: Jadyn is learning about the calendar.  This is such a hard concept for her.  I know she'll get it eventually. At least she knows it's December! ;)
Jadyn has enjoyed some extra Christmas coloring pages.
The highlight of our week was going to see the play Madeline's Christmas. And I enjoyed some one on one time with my favorite girl! Now she's singing the "Abracadabra" song and dancing all over the house! I loved seeing her enjoy her first play and we got to sit in the front row!  She was amazed by it all!
Gabe - Totschool
Gabe was all about coloring this week.  He's working so hard to stay in the lines!



Job - Teeny TotSchool
Job working hard on his puzzle.
And just cause he's just so yummy - An extra picture for your and my enjoyment! =)

Monday, November 25, 2013

So Big, So Fast

I cannot believe how big Job is getting. It really seems like just a few days ago I was holding this sweet newborn who would snuggle all day with me.  Now I have a on the go, at all times toddler!  He still loves to snuggle, just not all day - there are things to do and things to chase!
I love watching him play and learn.  He's a studier.  He will watch the ball go into the basket several times just to see what happens. He's adventurous - climbing everything!!!  He loves to make us laugh!  If we don't laugh, it's ok.  He'll laugh for us!  I'm so thankful for this boy!

As long as he can see himself in my Iphone he'll let me take a pic!
He's so grown up! - Tear!!!


Gabe & Job are really starting to play together now that Job is walking all over the place.  I love seeing their friendship grow!  I love listening to them laugh and play together. 

Dad/Son Project

Mj and Mark finished their much anticipated Lego shuttle project last night!  It is awesome.  Sounds effects and everything.  I'm glad Mark did it with him, I have no patience or brain power to put something like that together! ;)

The men proud of their work!

The inside

Friday, November 22, 2013

Safari Edventure

This was probably the coolest field trip I've been on.  The kids learned about all types of animals and got to pet many of them.  Here's our field trip in pictures.

Petting a wallaby.

Job loved the Arctic Wolves.
Did you know that their are certain squashes that are grown to be sponges?
Trying a cranberry hibiscus leaf.  Not too bad.
The group.
Petting a blue tongued lizard.
Jadyn wasn't scared to pet the scorpion.
Putting the bull frog.  Did you know they use their eyes to swallow? 
Gabe loves alligators.
Mj helping to hold a python.
The chinchilla was adorable.  I wanted to take him home.
Petting and feeding the kangaroos was the highlight.
They love popcorn.
The kangaroo was very interested in Job's stroller.  I think he wanted to come home with us.

Operation Christmas Child

The kids were so excited to pack shoe boxes again this year for Operation Christmas Child.  I think it's so important for them to understand the concept of showing God's love to others.  This is a great way for kids to get involved in Kingdom work.  We had a blast shopping for toys and hygiene items for our kids and then packing the boxes and making cards.  We are praying for our 3 kids who will receive boxes every day.  We're excited to see where our boxes will go this year.  It's awesome to think that God has sovereignly planned which children will get our boxes!

Trick or Treat

Wow! I didn't realize how far behind I was. I missed Halloween!

My adorable trick or treaters.
Fun with friends!
The crazy 3 year olds and Jadyn.
Oh the sugar highs!

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