Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Just One of Those Days...

Missing my mom today. It's hard to believe that she's been in the presence of Jesus for almost 13 years.  Every day I have the longing to call her up on the phone and tell her about my day, share what crazy things the kids did today, ask her for advice and listen to her encouraging words. How I wish my kids had the opportunity to know her, to be spoiled by her, and to be loved by her.

I wish she could see what an amazing young man Mj is turning into.  I wish she could see his tender heart to those around him. I wish he could share with her the cool things he's learning and his lego creations. 
I wish I could get advice on this one.  She is a little me and I now know that I was not an easy cookie to raise! LOL  I wish Jadyn could feel the love of her grandma, sing all the "Frozen" songs over and over to her. I wish my mom could see this crazy little personality who is so full of life.
I wish my mom would get to laugh at our family comedian, Gabe.  I'm sure I would be calling my mom a lot to ask if this bump on his head is serious, if this cut needs stitches,etc.  He is our clutzy one. =)  
My mom would love to squeeze this adorable one!  I wish she could hear Job copying everything everyone says to him.  I know she would have a blast getting him to say funny things. 
In all the "wishes" and sadness I know God is in control and He gives me peace and strength when I need it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

We really have been learning!

I have been so slack at keeping my blog updated on our homeschooling adventure! Life has been busy!  So here's a quick update of what the kids have been doing!

Job finds lots of ways to get into trouble during school.  Thankfully, I can find some things to keep him entertained for 5 minutes or so! ;)
Jadyn loves doing learning activities on the ipad!
Gabe has become quite the artist recently.  I don't seem to have enough coloring pages for him to do! ;)
Mj just finished up his chapter on the respiratory system.  He made a lung model.
I bought a reading curriculum at the homeschool convention I went to a couple of weeks ago.  It seriously has been the light bulb that Jadyn has needed.  Her reading is really improving! I'm so proud of her!
I often find these two coloring together! I love watching them interact!
Gabe loves matching upper case and lower case letters.
This scene right here is one of the main reasons I love homeschooling! Seeing them all working together, getting along.... makes my heart melt.  We won't talk about the times that don't look like this! ;)
Jadyn learned about plants.  She loved this experiment.  Every hour she would check her celery to see if they had turned blue and red.
Mj and I got up at 2:45 am on the morning of April 15 to see the total lunar eclipse and blood moon! It was awesome! And I loved having that fun bonding time with MJ.  Too bad lunar eclipses can't be at 2 in the afternoon! LOL
We have 13 more school days! We are all ready for summer break! =)

Resurrection Sunday

We had a fun week counting down to Resurrection Sunday! Each day I tried to have a special activity for the kids to do.

We made peanut butter eggs.
Job enjoyed licking the chocolate!
We learned about Passover and enjoyed some food the Jews would have at their Seder.
We did lots of coloring of our special Easter pages.
Dying Easter eggs is always fun!
The finished eggs.
We read lots of stories this week.  We love the Jesus Storybook Bible so we read the crucifixion and resurrection stories in there.  The Prince's Poison Cup is a favorite that we read every year at this time.
The kids make Mt. Calvary and the tomb out of home-made playdough.  We talk about the crucifixion and we bury Jesus' body and look forward to Resurrection Sunday!
Making yummy Resurrection rolls.
They are so yummy!
Sunday morning the kids come and check the tomb! He is risen indeed!
All dressed up for church!
We ended our Resurrection Sunday week with an Easter egg hunt!
Job loved finding the eggs!
I am amazed at what Christ has done for me! I love celebrating this time with my children!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Miami Dade County Fair

It's that time of year again! Time for the fair! We took the kids last week and had a blast eating the yummy food, seeing the farm animals, and enjoying watching the rides.  Here's some pics from our fun night!

Jadyn all ready to check out this year's fair. 
Eating some yummy hot dogs and hamburgers.
Job enjoyed his hot dog.
The petting zoo is always a hit. Mj touched a llama.
Job loved the cows!
Petting a 2 day old baby chick.
We let the kids play this fun game.  Kind of like Bingo.
Mj won! And used his coupon for a snorkel.
And my sinful indulgence of the night. - Deep fried Snickers. AMAZING!!!!!! I don't want to know how many calories were in that.  Don't worry, I did my zumba to work that baby off! LOL


18 months

On March 11, this cutie patootie turned 18 months old! A year and a half already! Job wants to be just like his older siblings, which makes me kind of sad.  He doesn't want to be the baby. He is talking so much and is into everything daring and adventurous. He wears me out, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Love you Jobie! So thankful God blessed us with you!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Our Past 2 Weeks in Review

I haven't posted in a while what we've been doing.  It feels like life has gotten very busy.  Here's what we've done the past two weeks.

MJ-5th Grade
English: Mj wrote a research paper on Neil Armstrong.  He learned about making an outline, writing notecards, and writing a bibliography page.
Math: Mj has been multiplying and dividing decimals.
Science: Mj has been learning about sound waves and light waves.
Doing an experiment on lights in fog.
History: Mj has been enjoying his study on WWII.
Mj made an epic Lego House during his quiet time.
Jadyn - Kindergarten
Beginnings: Jadyn has been learning about the seasons. I can tell that she's been living in Miami because she thinks winter only happens in Pennsylvania since it doesn't snow here.  I tried to explain that it is winter here even though it's still hot and we go to the beach! LOL My poor Miami children!
Phonics: Jadyn has been doing an awesome job as we introduced long vowel sounds the past two weeks!
Writing her new word families in her calendar notebook.
Math: Jadyn has been counting by 5s, learning about nickels, and learning about 3-D shapes.  She's been a busy girl!
Counting by 5s using unifix cubes.
Gabe - Totschool
Gabe learned about the letter "S".  He loved all the fun coloring pages we did.
S, of course, is for Spiderman.
S is also for squid. And apparently orange was the color of the week. LOL

Making playdough sandwiches.
Geometric shape puzzles.
Job - Teeny Tot School

I've been trying to keep this 18 month ball of energy entertained while I do school with the older two.

Unifix cubes in an ice tray was great fun!
Job loves the shape stacker.
Sensory play with rocks.
Pom poms in an ice tray was pretty fun, too.
Playdough was a blast!!!
Extra Fun:
Construction workers were putting up electric poles in our backyard.  The kids brought out the construction set and played and watched.

Field Trip to the zoo.
The kids loved the Lego exhibit 

Tiger puzzle
Learning about all the Amazon fish.

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