Monday, November 29, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness - Days 18-24

Day 18

     I am thankful for cookbooks with pictures.  I love cookbooks! I own several and enjoy looking at new recipes, but there is nothing better then cookbooks with pictures.  There is something wonderful about the beautiful pictures that they put in cookbooks.  I think that there should be a picture for every recipe in a cookbook. 

Day 19
     I am thankful for quiet days at home with the family.  There is nothing better then sitting around with the family and watching a movie.

Day 20

     I am thankful for beautiful sunsets.  There is something so peaceful and beautiful about sunset.  It's like one last sigh before the world goes to sleep.

Day 21

     I am thankful for hand written notes and letters from loved ones.  Is there anything more exciting then getting a letter in the mail.  I'm not talking about an ad or a bill, but a honest to goodness letter.  I know it's uncommon for people to write letters, but I love getting them.  There is something wonderful about getting that envelope with your name on it and wondering what that person has to say.  I have made an effort this year to send out letters or cards instead of an e-mail when I think of someone.

Day 22
     I am thankful for my Mom.  My Mom is a wonderful, yet crazy woman.  She chose to become a single parent by adopting 4 children on her own, me being the first.  I can not believe the dedication this woman has and I hope some day that I can be like her. 

Day 23

     I am thankful for Morning Glories.  I love them.  They are my favorite flower, but as any farmer will tell you they are a weed.  I love morning glories because they appear so delicate and fragile, yet they are very sturdy and resilient.

Day 24
     I am thankful for Cherry Coke Zero.  I have gestational diabetes and I have a very restricted diet.  I am not allowed to drink regular soda, which is difficult for me because I love soda.  I am only allowed to drink diet or the zero soda, which is a big problem for me because I can't stand the taste of them.  I was so excited when I tried Cherry Coke Zero and like it.  I have a soda that I can treat myself to!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kindergarten Week 11

Welcome to the week of Thanksgiving.

     This week we read Rhonda Gowler Greene's "The Very First Thanksgiving Day."  Bee enjoyed looking at all of the illustrations. I would recommend this as a great read for anyone. 

     This week in Phonics we added "G" to the mix and ended the week with a review of our words. This week in Math we learned "12" & "13" and reviewed our addition families.

     This week our verse is:
They stript Joseph out of his coat;
his coat of many colors.
Genesis 37:23

     This week for craft we made a hands and feet turkey.  This is a super fun craft. You trace the kids hands for the feathers and trace their feet for the body of the turkey. 

Tune in next week for Green Eggs & Ham.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baby Bumbles Udate - 11/18/10

     I just got some scary news today.  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  I am doing my best to remember that God is in control.  Being pregnant and hormonal does not help with trying to stay calm.  I am going tomorrow to a diabetic specialist to learn all about what I am going to have to deal with.  I  would appreciate any prayers you could send my way.

Kindergarten Week 10

     Welcome to the week of the pancakes. 

     See what happens when a boy wakes up and has a craving for pancakes.  "Let's make pancakes," the boy says to his mother through out the whole story.  "Pancakes, Pancakes!" by Eric Carle is a wonderful book.  It is beautifully illustrated in Mr. Carle's usual style. 

     This week in Phonics we added "I" into the mix.  We also read a short story and did some review tests.  This week in Math we reviewed our 4 family of addition and learned "11."
This week our verse was:
Thy name shall be Abraham;
for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Genesis 17:5

     For our craft we made pancakes!  This was Bee's favorite part.  I don't know if she enjoyed mixing them or eating them more. I believe this week was a hit

Join us next week for Thanksgiving Week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness - Days 15-17

Day 15

     I am thankful for Christian Radio Stations.  My husband and I are both huge lovers of music.  We enjoy singing along to the radio in the car.  We have been blessed with a daughter who loves music too.  She can hear a song once and be able to sing all the words.  This is where christian radio, like K-LOVE, is so awesome.  It is such a blessing to hear her singing along to the worship music.

Day 16

I am thankful for Christmas Music.  There is no type of music I love more.  There is something totally awesome about how it makes you feel.  I want to burst into song right now.  All I need is some snow and hot Coco.
Day 17

    I am thankful for Hot Chocolate!  Some days it's yucky outside and you feel blah, but hot chocolate can make it all better. I love mine with little marshmallows.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness - Day 12 - 14

Day 12

     I am thankful for Zappen Apple Sour Punch Straws.  I am craving them and this candy has the ability to make me happy.  Small things make a pregnant woman happy.

Day 13

     I am thankful for Benadryl.  It makes me super tired, but it gets the job done when you have a sinus headache.  It also comes in very useful when you are having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.

Day 14

    I am thankful for a good church family.  There is much to be said for a good church family, it can make your family feel even larger. They are there to help you up and encourage you.  They are always there to pray for you and your worries. Thank God for my church family.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness - Day 11

Day 11

     I am thankful for all the men and women who have ever served or are currently serving in our armed services.  Every freedom we have is because these brave men and women risked their lives.  I am also thankful for the families of these men and women who spend hours in prayer for the safety of their solider.  Thank you!

Kindergarten Week 9

Welcome to the week of the cow. 

     What happens when the most peaceful bull is accidentally chosen to fight in the big bull fight?  Read Munro Leaf's "The Story of Ferdinand" and find out.  This is a wonderful story that kids and grown ups alike will enjoy. 

     This week in Phonics we read a couple of short stories and we did a word review.  On Friday Bee did four assessments and passed them all.  Next week we will begin the part B of her Phonics series. 

     In Math we learned the 4 Addition family.  Bee seems to really seems to enjoy addition. 

     Our Bible verse for this week is:
And the rain was upon the earth for forty days
and forty nights.
Genesis 7:12

     This week for our craft we made stained glass leaf windows.  We got the instructions from  The instructions are super simple and easy to follow.  I will say that getting the little pieces of crayon was the most difficult part.  Bee loves the result and it looks great on our sliding glass door.

Join us next time for the Week of the Pancake!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness - Days 6-10

I have been slacking my blogging duties.  I am so sorry.  I will try to catch up and stay caught up from now on.  Now on to feeling thankful.

Day 6
     I am thankful for the option to homeschool.  I know that there are good schools and good teachers out there, but I am so thankful for the option to make the right choice for my family.  We enjoy the freedom of including God in all of our lessons every day.  We have better educational opportunities for daughter and we can specialize her learning to her. 

Day 7
     I am thankful for naps.  I am not usually a nap in ther afternoon sort of person, but with being pregnant naps are so nice to me right now.  I look forward to the time every day when Bee goes down for quiet time.  She no longer naps but quiet time allows me one to two hours of time for myself.  Some how the world always looks better after a nap.

Day 8
     I am thankful for 24 hour Super Wal-marts.  Some times you need something in the middle of the night.  It could be ice cream, medicine, or candy but Wal-mart has it and they are open. 

Day 9
     I am thankful for good books.  I love Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge.  I first read the book when I was pregnant with Bee.  It touched my life and made me cry.  I think I have read the book six times and every time I read it I find something new.  This book never fails to touch my life in the moment.  I recommend anything by John or Stasi.

Day 10
     I am thankful for long time friends.  Have you every had one of those friends that you could go years and not see or hear from each other, that it's like old times when you finally do?  This is my "oldest" friend Mama Rosie.  I say "oldest" because we have known each other since the 7th Grade.  We have walked with each other through the many highs and lows of life.  We always say we are still friends because we know too many of the others secrets, but the truth is we are just as close as family.  I hope one day my children have a friend like that.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Update on Baby Bumbles

     On Sunday, November 7, 2010, I felt the baby move for the very first time.  We were at church during worship when I felt the unmistakable flutter of our little one.  Like it's big sister I felt the movement "early", according the experts, and at church. It's so exciting when you feel the first kick.

Kindergarten Week 8


     Welcome to the week of Old Settlements vs. Now.  I know I am late getting this week out, but last week we had Bee's Birthday and this Saturday we had her party. I'm so sorry I am late. 

    This week in Phonics Bee got to read a couple short stories.  She loves to read all by herself and is really getting very excited about school.  In Math she is working on addition, and she is up to addition problems that add up to 3.   Math really seems to come easily to her.  I hope that continues through her life. The Bible verse for the week is:
Make thee an ark of gopher wood. 
 Genesis 6:14

     Our book of the week was Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall.  The was well written and had beautiful pictures.  It lead to a very length conversation about why things are different now then they were in the old days.  It brought up such questions as: What are sweaters made out of?  Do people still have sheep to make wool? How did they make candles?  Do people still do somethings the "old" way?  Bee enjoyed the book to say the least.

Tune in for week 9 the Week of the COW.