Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Our very own swimming puppies!
A snapshot of Seth from Christmas Eve...one of his favorite places to be...right next to his brother!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Christmas is celebrated for a month at our house...not just a day. We have 3 sets of grandparents to celebrate with as well as our own family traditions. As exhausting as many people think it would be to celebrate 4 different times throughout the month, we actually enjoy it! The kids really look forward to great time spent with their grandparents and cousins. They each have cousins their own age no matter where we celebrate and they have a BLAST! Regardless of any presents, great family memories are made and a lot of fun is had by all! Some of the pictures below are from Christmas Celebration #1.
Seth playing with his new toy...he loves dancing to the music!
Alayna opening one of her gifts
Playing peek a boo....with blueberries all over his face!
Here I am!
Making Christmas cookies with grandma
Looking for birds and deer...look at those little butts! :)
Back at home...playing in the snow...it was finally warm enough to actually play outside!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We started out by dancing to Christmas music...we have some amazing moves! Then I took out the 2 boxes we were going to talk about. They had to go in another room while I hid the 2 items (Gabriel and Mary). When they came back I had a riddle for each of them to help them find the items. I'm not amazingly creative, I just used the resources in the book...if you go online they have details for the Scavenger Hunt if you want to do that...which is what we did. Anyway, I gave them each their riddle to help them find their items. They REALLY enjoyed that part....once they found their items we read the story for each one and they acted it out with their item. It was a lot of fun and we had a good time talking about why Christmas is so special and so important. Without Christ's coming to earth He wouldn't have been able to die on the cross for our sins. It was a lot of fun and the kids wanted to do ALL the boxes last night, but the suspense is half the fun and so tonight we will do 2 more boxes...did I mention...I LOVE Christmas!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
She is still not always dry at night and I didn't know if it was her being lazy or if her body really just wasn't there yet, so a month ago I made this puppy her incentive. If she was dry every night for a week she could get the puppy. I figured if it was just laziness, she would work to get the puppy and then I would know she was capable of being dry and if she wasn't able to get the puppy then I would know it was her body that wasn't quite there yet. Anyway, she hasn't gotten her puppy yet.
For the last month she has woken up everyday...nothing...still not dry. She's sad for a little bit and then says, "It's ok mommy, I'll get it tomorrow". I know she's trying...but her body isn't there yet. EVERY TIME we go to Target we stop and 'visit' the swimming puppy that she really wants. She always asks just to go see it. It's quite sweet because she knows I won't buy it, she just wants to know it's still there. Today we went to Target and of course we needed to 'visit' the swimming puppy again...they were sold out. She was SO sad! She sat in the cart and quitely cried (not throwing a fit, just genuinely sad) and when I asked her why she was crying she said, " I will never be able to get my swimming puppy". Sadness! Anyway, Dan and I decided a week or so ago that because she has been trying so hard and because this is really the only thing she has ever asked to get...J and I bought one last week for her to have for Christmas. Even J is excited for her to have one because he knows how badly she wants one. I can't wait to see the look on her face when she opens it up!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Side Note: Our street is about 2' deep with drifts as high as 4-5'. Our neighbor walked outside and lost her shoe in the street because it got stuck in the snow...with the wind blowing covering things up in seconds she wasn't able to find it back. Her husband and Dan worked to find it this morning, but no success. The sun is shining, but the temp. is only about -14 degrees with a wind chilll of -35 and it's not going to get any warmer today. It's a memory maker!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Since many of you visit and don't leave comments (which is ok!) I'm going to post a question in the hopes that you will respond with your answer. With Christmas just around the corner, what are you looking forward to most? I remember as a kid I loved Christmas Eve, we had our Christmas program every year at church that night and we got a bag of peanuts, a couple pieces of candy and an apple (I could have done without the peanuts and the apple as a kid though!) and then we'd go home and open all our presents as a family. The next day we would wake up and see what treasures were in our stocking. Great memories! Now remember...leave a message...What are you looking forward to most this year at Christmas time?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- That is how we show God we love Him. "If you love me you will obey my commands" John 14:15
- There are good consequences - a common phrase in our house is "good choices have good consequences, bad choices have bad consequences".
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The troubling part is that....S is a very loving baby. He is full of hugs and kisses. Grandparents love that he is a BIG hugger...unfortunately after the hugs he likes to give a kiss. His kisses have always been open mouth and big. Now though, he has teeth. They now are biting kisses!!! Today in the MOPS nursery he gave a little girl a big bite kiss!!! I feel HORRIBLE! I know it happens and kids do this, but he is my first biter. I'm not sure what to do. Any advice? My first thought is to flick his cheek...the tricky thing is, he isn't doing it out of anger. He is giving a kiss. I don't want to discipline him giving kisses, but he needs to become a better kisser!! :) Any tips?!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I hope you all had a great weekend!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
We had a mission last night. It worked out perfectly because the verse we were on fit well with what we needed to talk about. Dan's mom and stepdad have implemented the "Ultimate Gift" plan for all their kids (8 total). This started last year with the ACT OF GIVING and they gave each of us $xxx to use (in whatever innovative and compassionate way we could come up with) to serve someone or others between Thanksgiving time and Christmas. We shared what we chose to do with the money when we got together for Christmas and recorded it so we could each have a copy. It was a huge success! (I could tell you what we did with the money...if you're interested let me know and that will be another blog sometime).
ANYWAY, this Christmas it is about ACTS OF SERVICE. We will each tell how we purposely used our time and talents to serve someone (other than a relative) in a Christian loving way between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So as a family last night (our verse was very fitting) we talked about what we were going to do. We came up with quite a list, the kids had some great ideas...we are still narrowing it down to determine which things will be possible between now and Christmas. I'll let you know in an up and coming blog what we did...
After we talked through and made our list we worked on our Alphabet book again and the kids each drew a picture and I printed out my big letter B with the verse below it and began to color it in...Josiah chose to draw a picture of him telling his friend 'D' about Jesus because "that's the kindest thing you can do for someone", he said. So true! Alayna drew a picture (using only pencil, no color) of her sharing her toys with her friend M from down the street. She finished her picture first while Josiah and I were still busy coloring. Now, I enjoy coloring. It's relaxing...what can I say. So I was coloring in my big letter B (I know a hard picture, right?!) as I was coloring Alayna asked if she could help me. Alayna ALWAYS asks if she can color my pictures once I'm part way through...I don't color out of the lines and I think she just wants to say she helped color the picture. Well, last night I said, "No, mommy will just color this one". She looked right at me and said, "Mommy, that's not being very kind". My husband, D, thought this was beyond HILARIOUS! He knows I was wanting the letters before the kids pictures to be 'just so'....anyway, she was right...I wasn't being kind and so she helped me finish coloring. I will forever remember that everytime I look at our book and see her coloring on that letter. She apparently was listening to what our verse was, I can be thankful for that!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We have done a variety of these already since September, but starting today, my goal will be to tell you our plan for devotions each week. They are meant to be a lot of fun, not strict bible reading time, sit still and don't talk...nope, they are fun times, silly times, yet with a purpose and point that the kids understand and are excited about because we talked about it in a fun way. Before our last family time Dan and I were trying to think of ideas each week...time consuming...however, we are now doing Alphabet Verses that we have in the book I'm reading now, "The Most Important Place On Earth" (hence my blog title).
Every Family Time starts with our family song, "Stand" by Veggie Tales (what can I say, we have young kids), the song is about standing up for what you believe in...our whole purpose in family time...it seemed fitting!
Last week we did, "All we like sheep have gone astray" Isa. 53:6. We played follow the leader...I started and led the family around house doing silly things along the way. The kids thought it was GREAT and J was SUPER excited to of course have his turn leading. He started leading us up the stairs...Dan and I didn't follow...instead we sat in the living room...when he and A came back down and saw us...knowing we didn't participate, they were of course not too happy about that. We talked about which time playing was more fun, why, and then how did they feel when we didn't follow, why...then we memorized our verse using different silly voices. We talked about the verse and how we all have tried to go our own way and how when we go our own way we aren't following Christ and being good examples for Him. YET, we can be so thankful because Christ died for our sins and chooses to forgive us when we stray and ask Him to help us. Then we had J and A draw a picture of what the verse looks like to them and I drew a big A with the verse below it...we are making our own Alphabet Verse book for our family to have. As a family we pray together and then dance to our song again. It really is a pretty short time...30-60 min. (less if your kids are even younger), but they sure enjoy it and then we play family games together until bedtime. It's fun and we have great quality time together as a family.
Stay tuned and Thursday's I'll share with you what we did for Family Time and how it went...they don't always go perfectly (remember that if you choose to start this with your own family)...our kids are still kids and sometimes our plans don't work as well as we hope, but no matter what happens, we count it as great time spent as a family focusing on what our purpose is as parents...to 'train up our children in the way they should go'.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
He spoke on "A Healthy Christmas Attitude".
Here are some of the main points:
- Your attitude toward Christmas is a reflection of your values, beliefs and expectations
- Christmas is about the manger AND the cross
- Some of the scripture he referenced included; Isa. 9:6-7, Isa. 53, and later Phil. 2:5-8
- The part that REALLY got me was his visual on the word attitude. When you look at the word you probably don't think much of it, but after reading this, you will never look at the word the same again....
Ok -- well, I'm not a preacher and I KNOW he shared it better than I typed it, but I hope you got something out of it. I thought it was great! Dan and I tell our kids ALL THE TIME, you 'choose' your attitude. I will never look at the word "attitude" the same again.