Matthew 6:8

 

Friend Makin Monday ~ 10 Things I Love About Summer

ten things i love about summer

For this week’s, Friend Makin Monday (yes I realize I am posting this a day late—woops), we’re sharing 10 things we love about summer….

  1. Seeing my family from NC-we go to the beach with my parents and my husband’s family each summer!
  2. Hanging out on our new deck…what a joy it is, I feel so blessed.
  3. Reading Rocks…the summer reading program I lead at our church where we are missionaries.
  4. God’s Girls…the purity program I lead for preteen girls at our church.
  5. Flowers in the backyard (even if our yard is teeny tiny-we do our best to make it nice)
  6. Sending the boys outside to play.
  7. Swinging on our swing in the yard with my kids.
  8. backyard fireflies…
  9. Seeing my boys run around shirtless :) they are so cute!
  10. Seeing my husband run around shirtless..he’s so cute too! ;) I’ll keep that picture private!!!

 

Tot School ~ He Likes Crafts!!!!

 

~Krash is currently 36.5 months old~

Tot School was much different at our house this past week as I discovered Krash finally likes to do crafts and projects!!! We focused almost entirely on this and had a wonderful week!

I figured out that he might be really into more project type work when Pac Man cut up shapes for him early last week and K actually glued them to the paper, for a long time!!!! We did squeeze in a little “Bean Bag Monster” with our new lowercase set (my mom makes these, and no she does not sell them on her site-they are too time consuming to make!)K is obsessed with our new washer and dryer, and is often found like this. He will even take my clean clothes out of the dryer and load them back into the washer for me…how sweet.This is the first time he showed any interest in Color Wonder. Not only was he interested, he colored like this for SO long, making sure every little spot was blue…We are still working on our pond (yes I realize it is taking us FOREVER to finish it, but we WILL finish!). This week I was brave and we did the footprint ducks, this is K’s…We are having FUN with our letters!!! After doing the Hh last week (we did this one because we needed a last minute photo for Totally Tots), I realized that K loved doing this! I decided it was finally time to really dive into our letter projects! We began with ants on our Aa
Painted our Bb like a yellow bumble bee
Our most fun letter this week was definitely Cc! We made up our own project for C, using one of our favorites…Cars! Krash put Cars (the movie) stickers all over his Cc’s…Then he drove his car with painted wheels all over it…Yes, I mean ALL OVER IT!!!K is also now really good at a few of the Wii Fitgames, like skiing…and Yoga…He is also a MUCH better helper in the kitchen than he used to be!!!! We made blueberry muffins together, you can see the recipe here.He continues to be adorable with Ladybug and is often trying to “help her,” here he is covering her up…and his famous, “petting her”…Finally, my favorite shot of the week of this handsome guy…

If you have a tot (approximately ages 1-3) at home, join in the fun and share what you’re doing with your tot! Here’s how to get started if you’re new…

If you’ve never read this: Go HERE 1st for more details- please do!!! Then if you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email-links to homepages will automatically be deleted).

New: when you add your name(blog name) to Mr. Linky will you put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (36 mos)? I think this will help new readers a lot as they look for ideas for their specific aged tot!

If you are unsure of how to add your direct link to Mr Linky-I added a tutorial with photos here, scroll down to see it!

 

The Anytime Bible…

A couple of months ago we were sent the The Anytime Bible written by Mary Manz Simon. I was excited to be getting a new Bible as Pac Man and I had just finished reading his current Bible and we needed a new one to start! We read one Bible story per night out of a Bible like this and have gone through many Bibles this way. When a rep from Scholastic asked if she could send me this one for review, I was thrilled!!!

We have read the Bible for awhile now and I am ready to give you my thoughts on it! I will start by saying, we love it! Here are our 2 absolute favorite parts…

At the end of each Bible story, they include a “Bite Sized Prayer” which allows for some deeper thinking about the story. Pac Man and I have really enjoyed the discussion these little prayers bring.
Right above the prayer is “Something to Chew On” which is a really neat feature and just perfect for Pac Man who is 7 and in early 2nd grade. It is just another extension of the story, like this one below, talking about antonyms, how cool is that? Learning about antonyms in a Bible!!!Another great feature of this Bible is the elastic book mark, which you can see on the right hand side in this photo below. This page also show the into to each story, which gets Pac Man thinking about what is to come.There is also a note to parents for each story…A “Little Taster” within each story…And fabulous illustrations, which both Pac Man and I love…Here is what is written on the author’s site, describing this great Bible…

The Anytime Bible

“Anytime” is a good time to connect with God. That’s the message of The Anytime Bible.

“Today’s fast track families need a resource to remind them that God goes where we go,” says parenting expert Dr. Mary Manz Simon. “Because families are so busy, it’s easy to lock God into a Sunday morning box. Our God is bigger than that!”

“‘Anytime'” is a good time to connect with God,” she emphasizes. Designed as a flexible, lifestyle product, families can use The Anytime Bible for two minutes or twenty.

Fast facts and reader responses trigger family discussion based on more than 50 Bible stories. A parent note for each story connects the Biblical truth to real-time situations. Content is written on various levels of knowledge, from clear-cut facts (Adam lived to be an old man: 930 years) to practical application (“How do you feel when someone says, ‘Don’t touch?'”) These multiple layers connect with family members of all ages.

Simon says, “Research consistently shows that children, even teens, want to spend time with their family. The Anytime Bible promises and delivers God’s truths in a format that’s fun and flexible for family togethering, anytime.”

I think the description is very accurate, you can spend as little or as much time as you want with this Bible. Both Pac Man and I highly recommend it, for early elementary children! Pac Man even enjoys reading it on his own, but is best when we read it together and let the many features spark our conversation! We love this Bible!

Picnic Table Talk ~ ABCs

I’m sure most of you have been there, but just in case you haven’t be sure to visit ABC & 123, it’s a wonderful blog with MANY resources! The mom’s writing it (Katie and Katie) are using a similar philosophy as I use at Totally Tots-bringing many moms together to share many wonderful ideas. Their site isn’t just about tots though, so head on over to find ideas for kids of all ages!

They have a weekly summer “Picnic Table Talk” going on and I thought I would join in! This week’s topic is ABCs!

Here are links to the ABC resources I have on this blog and Totally Tots:

As for my newest list of ABC ideas, I have a running list of people and animals we know! You can see in our main ABC notebook I include photos of family members whose names begin with that letter (which is why I can’t share the PDFs of my sheets). Now that K is getting older (3) and knows more people, I am keeping a list of every person he knows (that I have a photo of somewhere), and including them also! How fun it will be for him to go back and look at his notebook years down the road and see the many people who were even a small part of his life!!!

I make my ABC sheets in Publisher, but you could easily make them in any graphic program.