Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Love in Action

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1John 3:18

Last week we were able to participate in a double service project. We're over achievers like that! Totally kidding :) Our homeschool group has adopted the local nursing home as a way to love on our community. We've been to sing for them for holidays, done a reverse trick or treat, and planted flowers with them. There is even talks of a future Bingo game with the kids playing too.

This past week we got together to make card with the residents, for the kids at Vidant Hospital. We found a connection with the hospital for children who receive outpatient chemo and others service through the children's hospital. We thought this would be a great way to love of the residents at the nursing home as well as some sick children who might need a pick me up during the week.

I could not have been more please with how the projects turned out. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It seemed a great lesson for the kids to learn, especially around Valentine's Day: loving people with our actions, our words, and our time.

Eden was able to work with Miss Sarah and Lydia making beautiful cards.

Josiah was the sticker king. He helped these ladies peel and place their stickers  on the cards. At one point he disappeared. I found him handing out cards to some of the residents in the front room. He didn't seem to understand the idea that the cards were not staying with the residents at the nursing home. It was "not fair!" So I let him pass out his cards to the little old ladies and the little old men. They loved it and him :)
Titus was also able to participate. He could put stickers on the papers. I am so happy that even as a 2 year old he get to participate in activities like these.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sweet Reading Time

A few weeks ago we decided we needed unplug the electronics and spend more time reading with the kids. It's been a neat experience, though it has not happened without challenges. You would think as a homeschool family we would have enough reading in one day, but this reading is for FUN! The kids and I have finally gotten used to the new schedule.  We ( at least I) look forward to it each night.

 We have a loose guideline that from 6:00-8:00 there is no TV, computers, tablets or anything else that would need to be plugged in, instead we read or play. This has been a challenge for each of us in different ways. Josiah and I  have struggled with this the most. For me, it seemed like a lot more work at the end of the day, when I had already spent the day schooling the kids. Josiah LOVES his tablet and taking it away to make him read or listen to us read.... not an easy task. Eden is a struggling reader, and really doesn't like to read. She has probably benefited the most from the reading time. Each night we have her read 2 or 3 books to either Larry or I, one on one.  We feel like this time is crucial to her building the skills she needs to enable reading to come with less difficulty. She really seems to enjoy the individual attention, even if she has to read.

We've read through lots of little readers, and as a family we started the Little House on the Prairie series. We've already finished The Little House in the Big Woods and are half way through the Little house on the Prairie. Josiah is fascinated with the series of books. Knowing the order and title of each book in the series is important to him.  It's a great series! The kids have really enjoyed the stories. Plus they wind down while we read and bed time has become easier. I've been surprise how Josiah, my usual wiggle worm, can sit and listen to the stories, Sometimes he sits upside down or side ways, but he listens. Eden draws great pictures to go along with the stories.  We're going to bind them together at the end of the series in her own little art book. Titus is still a unable to sit still, but he's 2. I'm sure with more training and good examples from big brother and sister, he'll get the hang of things soon. For now, I give him a small toy to keep his hands occupied. The problem comes  when he makes the sound effects to go along with the cars and trucks. :)

 Typically by 6:00 we're finishing up dinner and dishes. The other night as I was running behind schedule. Titus anticipating reading time brought the book he wanted to me to read to him. Since I was still in the middle of cleaning up, I asked Josiah if he would read the book to Titus. Honestly, I wasn't sure what kind of response I was going to get. Brothers can be, well... brothers. I was pleased when Josiah agreed. They went to the couch to settle into reading.  It was the cutest thing ever!!!

With moments like these, you can see why this has become my favorite time of the day. :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday Josiah!

Our spunky Josiah is turning 5 today. It seems the years have rushed by and a little man stands before me. He is already gaining on me in height; It will only be a short amount of time before I will be looking up to him.

Josiah is such an amazing kid. He is insightful, honest and mischievous often at the same time. Things intrigue him and  his is always looking to learn or do something.. Active doesn't seem a strong enough word to describe how his mind or body works. This active state of being enable him to be a constant source of laughter and amazement in our home.

We started a tradition were we ask our children the same questions to record how they develop through the years. Here are Josiah answers at age 5.

1. What is your favorite color? Green
2. What is your favorite toy? Gator Golf

3.What is your favorite fruit? Granny Smith Apples
4. What is your favorite movie? Madagascar
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Hotdogs and leftovers
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? My red shirt with my hoodie on
7. What is your favorite game? Minion Rush
8. What is your favorite snack? Crackers, like Goldfish
9. What is your favorite animal? My pet, Winkie ( his stuffed dog)
10. What is your favorite song? Jingle Bells
12. Who is your best friend? Shay and Chris "that's one of the Busch kids"
13. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Nut Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play football with my Daddy
 15. What is your favorite drink? Juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Winkie

18. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Tacos and Cake
19. What your favorite Bible Story? David and Goliath
20. What is your favorite thing to study in school? Play
21. What do you want to be when you grow up? " A Scientist, a mixed up scientist"   When I asked what he wants to study he said, "birds, groundhogs and bears."

                                                        Happy Birthday Josiah!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My favorite gifts :)

I forgot to post these during the holidays. These are by far my favorite gifts!