Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Dancing with my Crocodile"

Our daughter who is 3 years old, like many girls her age, loves to dress up, play pretend, dance and tell stories.

One day she put on her pink tutu, spun in a circle with her pink crocodile toy, and asked me to tell her a story.

What story do you want, about a mouse, maybe? 

No, Mama, she said. About a pink crocodile. 

Oh, okay. I said. 

And a girl ghost and they played hide and seek, she added.

You see, the story sort of told itself, between my little daughter and me.

Once upon a time, there was a pink crocodile. There was also a girl ghost and they were friends. And friends ate a cake. a Birthday cake. They ate it but a scary ghost want the birthday cake! The friends made the scary ghost into a happy ghost!! Then, they played hide and seek. They counted and hid under the table.

then, something outside the room caught her attention and the story ended, just like that.






 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 1/28/13

Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  Keep an eye out for these each Monday  :-)



We've been learning about the creation of the world with the two younger children this month. I started looking at some photos of the Milky Way galaxy online and came across a few fun things that I shared with all the kids, so it's perfect to pass on  to you for this week's Top 3!

1. Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day archive has some breathtaking images to view online. You won't want to miss Yosemite Winter Night.

2.  YouTube's Scientific American Space Lab show is pretty cool. (Parents, some episodes may not kid-friendly. Discretion recommended.)

The Solar System Song (visit the blog to see the video)




and

the Planets Song (visit the blog to see the video)




3. We are so going to listen to this before bed!!

The Astronomy for Kids Podcast

Neat website with the basics of the Solar System, plus cool graphics at KidsAstronomy.com

4. One more, just for kicks. This mobile would be easy to make using simple materials.


 


Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

It might as well be June, with my recent Dad-happy posts! {Happy Father's Day early! :-) }

I am so glad to have a great Dad who loves me and who showed an interest in me as I was growing up. I love the phone calls we share now a days, too. I'm grateful for my husband who cherishes me and our kids in his own special way. I'm thankful his Dad raised him with love, humor, and faith.

Most of all, I feel the comfort and peace from my Father in Heaven who listens to my prayers, silent or spoken. I feel His love for me through my ups and downs and I know He loves ALL of His children with a perfect love that I have only begun to understand. His perfect son Jesus Christ showed us this love in his own brief time dwelling among us.

You can't tell me you don't get chills at the end of this short video. It's so good.




 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dad's Influence in Home Life

After posting about my husband and the ways he influences our kids for good, including in home education, my dear husband came across this video, below, and sent me a link so I could watch it. I'm passing this on as I am sure other Moms and Dads will appreciate it.

I had to smile, so much of what the 'experts' mention remind me of him, like using technology in the family to organize and plan and less of a tendency toward perfectionism in child rearing and routines. He's also an excellent grocery shopper   :-)



Although he is not a full time at-home Dad without work, my husband is a full-time Dad and is more often at home than gone due to his choice of profession (computer guy extraordinaire!) and we end up sharing a lot of our parenting/household responsibilities. A lot of these things mentioned in the video still apply because of the unique lifestyle we live. (It's also so nice to feel like we are not alone as we live a little outside the norm)

What are your thoughts upon viewing the video? Do you see some changes in the ways Dads around you engage and interact with their kids than in previous generations?


 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Boys and Their Toys



Never too many toy swords / guns / shields / helmets / light sabers / misc. weaponry

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Totally a "Calvin & Hobbes" face!


Showing their best military pose. They were getting ready for Cub Scouts.

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Gotta admire that kind of dedication! :-)

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note: all poses were inventions of the boys. quite unique kids!



 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 1/21/13

Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too! 
Keep an eye out for these each Monday :-)

1. The Primary children of the LDS church, from all over the world, are learning the song "One in a Million" this year. When you click on the bolded words here, it will take you to a website to listen to the song and where kids can click on different areas of the world map. Little videos pop up and they each feature a child who lives in that part of the world and they tell about themselves, their family and their interests. It's pretty neat!


 2.
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Yep, this sums it up! Especially for those Moms enduring the winter doldrums and seemingly-neverending bouts of sickness or caring for little babies (or some of those things all-at-once). We can do it!  This month I've had to let go of some things I just didn't have time/energy for. But I am still here and surviving well!


 3. Women in the Relief Society learn a topic each month and share it with each other by visiting one another in small groups at home. The Visiting Teaching message for January 2013 is Missionary Work. Click on the bolded link above to read or listen to the message on the LDS church website. For a fun way to share the message, visit LDS Printables for the current message handout.


Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year


Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Temple in the Amazon

The young peopl in this video are so happy and their amount of preparation and enthusiasm astonished me. I want to share this video so others can see what the temple being near this people meant to them. It inspires me to find time to attend the temple nearest me.


The big banner with the temple spray painted on it was awesome! I think the amount of preparation really showed the dedication of the people to their faith in Jesus Christ, whose name is on each and every temple built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.





Saturday, January 19, 2013

What is Truth?



This LDS Church Education Devotional broadcast for young adults is enlightening about how to discern truth from error and also instructs one on what truth really is. There are a few good jokes scattered throughout, which is characteristic of President Uchtdorf. (I liked the one about marriage and doilies :-) Makes great viewing for a Sabbath day or Family Home Evening, or for me, a quiet moment during the day.

Quoting President Uchtdorf:
"How can we trust this truth? Latter-day saints are not asked to blindly accept everything they hear. We are encouraged to think and discover truth for ourselves. We are expected to ponder, to search, to evaluate, thereby to come to a personal knowledge of the truth."

Blessings,

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Keyboard Stand

I was gonna post a tutorial on how to make one of these way-cool keyboard stands...

but I think it's kinda self-explanatory, don't ya think?    :-D


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 1/14/13

Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  
 Keep an eye out for these each Monday  :-)


Today's Top 3 are a few of my kids' favorite ways we like to learn about the human body together. Consider these new ideas to try! Just in time for flu season...

1. NSF's Scrub Club webisode cartoon is a fun way to learn about why we wash our hands and how it can help us to stay healthy and not spread sick germs. My kids like the games, too.

2. ScienceWorld's Body Works game: Ever wonder what the inside of your body looks like? This fun game also includes gross sound effects, so little boys especially like this game.

3. Last, if you have a kid who has lots of questions about bodies, the BBC's Human Body game allows you to drag and drop internal organs to where they belong and explore the various systems within the human body. Note: Moms and Dads, this site has a section about puberty, so you may want to explore this with your child. It can be helpful to answer some questions that arise.

 


Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year

Friday, January 11, 2013

Dad's Place in Home Education

IMAG4075  Dads have a unique set of skills that can benefit the family. There are multiple ways Dads can impact their kids' learning and development for good. The key is to appreciate what Dad's gifts and talents are and to capitalize on those. If Dad works with wood and likes to build, he can extend that to his child and work together to build something fun or useful. If he is a musical person, they can attend a concert or listen to music or make music together. It could be sports or a love of nature or making videos or baking or fixing something or playing board games.

It doesn't need to be a regimented, tightly scheduled activity or last for hours, but it can if it's what the family enjoys. The important thing is that it happens, as regularly as possible, and is mutually enjoyable. It's mostly about spending time together and enjoying one another. Many skills just come naturally through these kinds of times spent together for Dads and kids.

In our family, with our current circumstances, Dad works from home but also travels for work. He works when he has a chance, whether that is first thing in the morning before anyone is awake, or when its quiet in the evening, or after (most) of the kids have gone to bed. He does help me or the kids if we really, really need it during the course of the day and often when he has a work assignment that must get done on time, we do what is needed to allow him time and quiet to get his work done. Sometimes he is away for extended periods of time, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It's a team effort, absolutely, to live this lifestyle and most of the time we are learning how to do this as we go. Patience and faith are integral to making this a positive and enjoyable way of life as a family!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 1/7/13

Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  
 Keep an eye out for these each Monday  :-)


1. 5 Reasons to Read Picture Books to Your Kids @ Jump Into a Book
Reminds me of why being read aloud to was magical to me as a kid... I want to pass that on to my own kids!

2. Mommy's Toolbox--Things to Consider When Turning the Corner in Your Homeschooling. @ Large Family Mothering. This sound advice comes from Sherri, a homeschooling mother of 15. This part of her post that helped me today:

"Don't live in the future, but allow His plans to unfold before you. If you submit to His perfect will, live to please Him and teach your children to do the same, you will be amazed at how He will be able to work even the worst of things together for your good." (Romans 8:28)

3. On Self Discipline @ The Power of Moms, Linda Eyre talks about ways we can fit more discipline into our lives and a fun game to teach our children this value. Also, at Living Waters by LeAnn, she posted about 2013 Being a New Year of Hope.

Linda's article, above, and LeAnn's blog post were both helpful for me as it has bolstered my confidence to choose to become more disciplined and to find hope in a new beginning, a new year. The spirit of God helped me understand something about myself, that I was getting lax in my own personal Gospel studies, resulting in me becoming more easily discouraged by circumstances and media and that a personal goal would help with that.

I have decided to join the "one word" movement I have seen in a few places on the Internet this year. I chose preparation as my watch-word. I have been thinking about Jesus' parable of the 10 virgins. The 5 wise virgins were able to attend the wedding feast ("enter into the Lord's rest") because they were prepared.

I decided that I want to feel ready for that day when Christ will come again. I also feel that this would result in a blessing of peace in the meantime for both me and my family. So, I am making a concerted effort to prepare myself spiritually this year. I have made the goal of reading several books about the Gospel and it feels great to stretch my mind and strengthen my heart and spirit! I've already almost finished one. I love starting from a small, meaningful point and then see it spread and flourish into something better than I could have imagined.


Here's to a New Year in 2013 !


 

Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year