Monday, July 29, 2013

The Weather Has Us Going In Circles!

Shorts to sweatshirts. Bathing suits to Blankets.  All in the span of a week!  Good thing we know the creator of the "cold & heat" (Genesis 8:22).  We can rest in His perfect plan for us which includes the weather.  In the meantime, we can have a little fun with circles as well.
Summer Activity #3

Abstract Circle Art

We got the idea from this website.  Instead of dipping a cup in black paint, we traced circles from a mug (we didn't want to have to wait for the black paint to dry).  Then she painted inside each space.  

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Disabled Son, A Devoted Father

I mentioned in a previous post about the evidence of God's grace on Kempton in how he loves & cares for our precious son, Christian.  Well, this video that I saw at The Works of God  reminded me of my husband's special bond with his special son.  May we delight in serving Christian all of our days as this father did in this video.
      A Glimpse of Kempton & Christian's walk to the bus each morning.

                 Another inspiring example of a Father-son walk to the bus.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Not quite Activity of the Week...

More like Activity of the Month!  

I just realized when I mentioned I would post an Activity of the Week, I must have had a moment of insanity. I don't know what I was thinking.  For a brief moment I must have forgotten how many kids I have, that I'm still homeschooling, & that I'm married to a Senior High Pastor and we have 20-30 teenagers at our house on a weekly basis.  So, I won't apologize for not posting an Activity of the Week but I will apologize for my momentary loss of reality.J

Anyways, here's an activity that has kept the girls busy many days - 

Summer Activity #2

Spray Bottles

First, we purchased the bottles from the dollar store.  
Then, they decorated them.

Next, we add water & a little food coloring.

Finally, they get to spray everything in sight from ant hills to flower beds, to sidewalks, etc.

The Perfect Plan - Kids get a bottle & mama gets a break!  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Printable Prayer Cards - Free Download!

I read & really liked the book A Praying Life by Paul Miller.  I actually posted an excerpt from the book back in Jan '11 titled, Time with Your Father.  If you're like me, you never think that you pray enough.  There are so many concerns that sometimes it feels quite overwhelming.  So, I'm a big advocate for writing out specific prayer requests within various categories - husband, kids, extended family, friends, church family, missionaries, nation (leaders), etc. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when I came across these printable prayer cards that a fellow homeschool mom created as she was reading Miller's book.  One can never have too much help in the area of praying more!  I plan to make a set soon!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

June School Update

Since we're home most of the time, we still keep chipping away at our homeschooling.  Why not...what else are we going to do with 16 hrs of daylight in the summer??? In June, we finished our frog, fox, & vegetable units.

Here are my cutie patooties with their adorable frog treats!
They are super easy to make!  Each frog is just 2 mini pretzel twists, 1 oreo cookie, and 2 m&ms; you can keep the pretzels and m&ms in place with icing or any nut butter.  

I couldn't resist including this sweet pic of my little Christian when he was 3 yrs old.

A friend gave the girls animal shaped sleeping bags for Christmas.
My goofy girl just had to show off her froggie for this pic.  

Fox Unit

We started our Vegetable Unit by Okra printing with paint.

We went to the Farmer's Market.

We made Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Mini & medium muffins...Yummm!

Have you heard about eating a rainbow?  Well, homemade smoothie pops are a delicious way to accomplish this all at once! Here's a list of our smoothie pop concoction:  blueberries (blue/purple), green-leaf lettuce (green), bananas (white), carrots (yellow/orange), strawberries (red) & some Kefir.  I was excited about using our new popsicle molds.

She also sorted several of God's plants into fruit/veggie/flower categories and we did a celery science experiment.
What a fun Vegetable Unit!  
Now I hope that we'll soon think eating veggies is as much fun as learning about them! :-)