Our little family tradition on birthdays is breakfast in bed:
Another child has crossed over as a teenager.
Our little family tradition on birthdays is breakfast in bed:
I'm wrapping up some super busy school related tasks and look forward to my next endeavor.
Here's my most recent checkist & pics below-
I've noticed that Michah has an uncomely habit of finger sucking while resting his index finger in his nostril. I thought it was a phase, but I've noticed that he had the same tendency at two months old ....(See the picture below with his father's input about this rare "Talent")
"Talent" is one way to describe it. (lol)
Pictures Speak 1,000 words:
Daddy Daughter Dance
After 10 years of home educating our children, we recently embarked upon VERY UNFAMILIAR territory for our oldest child....Public School :)
I've mentioned to our son for years about exploring a public education. This prompting from me was primarily due to his specific personality and interests. In addition to the following:
1. he enjoys a challenge,
2. he thrives within regimented structure,
3. he embraces academic discipline,
4. he desires "increased" social stimuli
This endeavor is exciting for us on so many levels. Just last month, he did a presentation during assembly with his Leadership class in front of the whole student body. He also finished his powerpoint presentation and a Language Arts essay. On Sunday, I took him to the local portrait studio for yearbook pictures, then we went shopping for an outfit for the upcoming school dance. There are so many milestones I'm experiencing all at once. It's like sending my child to kidnergarten for the first time, yet he's actually a teenager getting ready to graduate from Middle School :)
Marlon and I have never been anti-public education. We simply embraced the responsibility to educate and instill our family values as the primary source of influence for our children. We also strongly believe that is necessary to nurture the talents and interests of each child and we've found that the home setting tends to be the best means to accomplish this task.
There are so many positive aspects to our public education endeavor and we continue to have weekly adventures within this new experience. Thankfully, our son is VERY self-motivated. He completes his homework without prompting, wakes up early without complaint and regularly checks his academic progress online. I'm so happy to share that on his first progress report he got a 3.6 GPA with 4 A's and 2 B's.
If any of my fellow online friends have any tips or experiences to share about transtioning from Home Education to Public Education, please do not hesitate to drop a line or two. (Eventually, I'll likely post a video about our educational journey)
I'm so glad my daughter, Marissa, reminded me of this monthly "Quarter ($0.25) Sale" at our local consignment store -
Can you guess how much these 2 bags of gently used clothing cost?
Drop a comment with your guesstimates & I'll update the blog sometime next week or so with the answer :)
Phew.....I just got back from a Jazzercise workout with my older daughters. Even though the advertisement said "All Ages" and there were a few grey haired seniors, I still felt the burn.
This moderately paced class incorporated aerobics, dance,weights and pilates and I think it will help me gain an improved figure and focus in 2013.
What are some of your goals this year?? (keep me inspired with your feedback:) )
I'm so very busy, yet I have at least 1/2 dozen blog posts I'm wanting to share in the upcoming days. I really want to make more time to keep in touch, but there's a whirlwind of activity gong on.
In the meantime, I'll give some highlights about our happenings:
PAPA BEAR- Joined "Toastmasters" speaking group at the local college campus, attending a "Young Professionals" meeting & working hard on building his marketing company
ME- Enjoying our family & their extracurricular activities, finished my first draft of my children's book, Working diligently at my company (www.reliantrestores.com)
MILLENNIUM- Started attending the local Middleschool & earned 4 A's & 1 B so far, Still Gaming and Enjoying Social Life
MARIAH-Studying Japanese, Writing short stories & practicing Animae
MARISSA-Sketching Fashion Designs, Interested in Piano & Enjoys styling hair on her younger siblings
MAXWELL- Pursuing Legos/Robotics class, Enjoying art & drawing, Online Gaming
MADELYNN- Reading pursuits, Enjoys Homeschool PE & helping with little sister, MaYah
MACIE- Enjoys the American Girls Reading club and helping a lot in the kitchen
MASON-Still practicing being a Ninja, building with legos and exerting lots of energy with running and performing kicks/jumps
MAYAH-Totally into Elmo videos, carrying her "wubbie" (little pink comforting robe/blanket) and completely ignoring potty time pursuits
MICHAH-Just growing, smiling and remaining precious at 2 months old (see pic below)
MORE SOON....DON'T BE A STRANGER :)
A few weeks ago, my mom blessed us with her first visit to Idaho. We created great memories and we were all so excited to have this quality time.
In anticipation of the visit, the older girls prepared "Grandma's Suite" aka the camper trailer (see picture below.) This was very special to us because it was the first time my mom spent the night at our home versus renting a hotel room. It is understandable that my mom needs a little peace and quiet after being around so much young energy, so in consideration of her mental health (lol) we prepared a special area of retreat. "Grandma's Suite" was a perfect fit for her to have a little refuge. She even allowed two children at a time to spend the night at her place in the camper.
Aside from the little girls counting down the days to the visit, Marissa made a homemade cake for Grandma and Mariah adding some special decorating touches to the suite.
In addition to hanging out at our house and having Hanukkah celebrations in the evening, grandma joined us for:
THANKS MOM FOR THESE GREAT MEMORIES!
This is a tender moment of bonding....Here is a little excerpt about hormones from Nancy Campbell at Above Rubies
( http://aboverubies.org/articlesstories )
God is so good to the mother. He doesn’t give her a baby and say, “Here you are; now you can manage on our own.” Instead, He gives her two hormones to help her with mothering. Both oxytocin and prolactin are produced in the pregnant and nursing mother. Oxytocin is known by different names—the “love” hormone, the “cuddle” hormone and the “bonding” hormone. I love to call it the “calming” hormone. When the mother puts the baby to the breast and the milk lets down, she experiences a calming feeling come over her. Often she will fall to sleep on the job! This is such a wonderful boon to a mother, especially when she has a number of little children. I was not a calm and relaxed person when I started on the adventure of mother—the very opposite, in fact. But as I nursed my babies over the years, constantly being calmed by this God-given hormone, my personality changed. My daughters used to call it “relaxin” instead of “oxytocin.”
Here's a picture of Michah and Papa Bear.... I couldn't resist sharing (especially he is 'baby holder extraordinaire')