Saturday, May 31, 2008
After that we ended up going to the Flint Institute of Art. We just love going there. We ended the day with taking her to the Famous Dave's Restaurant which she had a coupon to get a free meal. She's one excited kiddo. Last night we ended up seeing a performance at the Flint Institute of Music. We have had so much fun! It just amazes me how fast they grow up. Monday is her actual birthday so I intend to write her a long letter and we're going to have her cake then. Her Grandma Sandi also sent her a gift in the mail which she does not know is hers and will also open that then. How blessed we are to have these wonderful kids.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I realized I had worked so much more with Allysha by the time she was two than what I am with Jon. So....I decided to start getting very serious about making time for his school every day too. In the picture below it shows what his sister, Allysha, and I have been making for him. We cut out two of each letter from felt. We then matched them together and quickly whip-stitched around them. Yes you can tell it's quickly. lol. We figured since we already had the felt and thread at home it'd be essentially free to make verses going out and getting something from the store.
We have watched a few youtube videos with the alphabet including a youtube movie entitled Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, which is taken from a book. Very cute!
We'll also be using letter of the week for some of our teaching. I will soon have lesson plans up on homeschool.mandikaake.com for teaching basic letter recognition. Within just a couple times of showing him the felt letter A, he is already able to recognize it. How exciting!
Have fun teaching your little ones. I know I do.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Uncle Jason with Lyshie
Studly little Jon
Our sweet little niece, Keira.
Allen has 3 girls - all with significant others. Shannon has 4 children all with significant others and 3 grandchildren. Talk about a BIG family. I'm sure you can see that from the pix below.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
I don't think that leaves any room for argument. Anyway back to the lost arts - another art that is soon to be lost is cursive writing. Several public schools are already putting more computer time for children in place of cursive writing. I'll admit I was not at all concerned till I started reading about the implications of this decision. Do you realize that most of our old documents are written in cursive? Things like The Declaration of Independance and other important documents. It would only take 2-3 generations for cursive to be lost entirely and then the problem of not being able to read/decipher our important old documents. We are in a day and age where things most important are being lost, especially the family as a whole and it's importance in the biblical sense.
I encourage any of you reading this, if you have taken on a role in the home that is not yours to take, to give it back and take on your rightful role. It will be pleasing to your marriage, your children and most importantly God. In that role you will truly be happy.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I just got my tie dyed banadana's yesturday from Zupko Zen Creations. This is just one of three. I LOVE Mary's work! She also makes lovely shirts, bow holders, beads and more. Check her out today and support an American work at home mom.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I would like to think that should something horrible happen to my family and we no longer have the internet, food, medicine, etc... I would know what to do. Am I crazy for thinking this way - that's your call I guess but it's just something that I have been thinking about lately.
Any thoughts or comments?
Swapadvd.com is a site where you can go to get rid of your used or unused dvd's that you no longer want.
paperbackswap.com is an online site that let's you trade books of all kinds. Get rid of those unwanted books to get one you've been hoping to get.
swapacd.com is a site where you can go to get rid of unwanted cd's and reclaim some of those oldies.
micrunchyparenting.com/MessageBoard - this is an online forum I started for natural parents in Michigan. We have a board set up for those who have things they want to get rid of or swap If you do not live in Michigan send me a message and we'll see if we can work something out.
diapertraders.com is an online site for essentially cloth diapering mama's - i however no longer cd but still love to chat there. They have occasional swaps as well as an area to list things you might want to swap.
Also, you can get on craigslist.com and other online sites to find swapping in your area. I would also encourage you to talk to your friends about starting up some kind of swapping system. This could really prove to be invaluable to you and your family whether it be swapping time, talent or goods.
I got my skirts today and am so excited. I got this for a super cheap co-op price. They are real silk skirts that can be worn many different ways. Here are just two pix of the one skirt and there are many more ways than this to wear it. Woo hoo! If you want to know how to get one yourself please contact me by posting a comment on here. Here is their site but I get them for only $8.00 - $8.50 plus shipping.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Marigolds (pest deterrent)
Sugar Snap Peas
Can you tell I didn't quite get it all watered?
Now for updates on the deck. Matt got the steps on today and now all he has to do is cover it all up - facing? I have no idea what the terminology is. Anyway, here's our updates.
Friday, May 16, 2008
"goggy (for doggy), see goggy? goggy and berry. berry, goggy." and so on.
She was loud enough I could hear her over where I was and this of course encouraged Jon to talk louder....
"goggy and berry, berry, goggy".
LOL! So yeah, that is pure entertainment there and it's free and has no harmful effects on the environment. I encourage you to try it sometime if you have little ones around. If you don't have little ones of your own or grandkids, offer to babysit for someone sometime. It's such an enjoyable experience.
I love teaching my kids at home. Nothing compares with the wonder in their eyes when they learn something new or the joy that comes from knowing they are being taught from a true biblical foundation. Here is a picture of my lovely Lyshie doing math while her brother is "reading". lol.
I hope to soon be able to post all the neat pictures of birds we've found in our front yard. We put out a bird feeder and it seems we can't keep it full for more than a few days now. It's so nice looking out and seeing all those beautiful birds. Lyshie just poked her head out the other and said "there's a red-winged blackbird". We have our handy bird guides available as well as our camera so we can get a picture of them and then blow them up to properly identify them. Pix coming soon!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I am a wife to the most wonderful husband in the world. We work so hard at keeping things fresh, new and happy. Of course we all have our days but all in all, we really have a great marriage.
I am a mother to the two most wonderful children in the world. God gave them to me and me to them . My children and I learn from one another and love one another so freely. I'm a homeschool mama and would never change that for the world.
Because of health issues almost 6 years ago I have jumped into the world of natural living. By using natural remedies, natural family planning (or nothing at all - we're more quiverfull), using natural cleaners in the home, breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, non-vaxing, eating better foods and so much more. It really is a way of life and one I love dearly. The more we learn, the more I'm in awe of how God made us to live and how sad I am that we, as a nation are so far from what he intended.
I simply love life and try to enjoy it to the fullest. It's so very important for our emotional and physical health to be positive. We can either get depressed and angered at life's challenges or smile and laugh at them. If you're an adult, you know by now that we are truly not in control. It's once we let go and give to God that we have true freedom.
Life itself is a journey, while we're here on earth to enjoy and teach other's about Christ. I plan to live life to it's fullest.
Despite that things are going well. I am hoping to get my garden fully in no later than tomorrow. I had to use The Claw to get the ground worked up and am currently in here resting. Who cares about workout machines when you have to use The Claw. Nothing compares! lol!
Well, I must be off for now but thought I'd post something on my new blog.