Saturday, June 30, 2012

What I Love Most About My Munchkin-June

Month: June

Special Days: I love scratching on your back and just being with you around the house. Just lousing around really doing nothing. It gives us opportunities to talk and get to know each other on different levels. I love learning about you and what makes you tick and how you are changing over the years.

Favorite Stories: Probably your sister teaching you to swim. She got such a kick out of being able to teach you something it remains one of my favorite memories for this month between you too. I could see her pride as you got stronger in your skill and I could see yours as well that you could accomplish what you put your mind to. It was a beautiful thing to watch. 
Fabulous Photo:
Greatest Quotes: "No" Yea, you actually tried to tell me No, you were not going to do something. It lasted only a second, but still got the greatest quotes spot for the month! Love it when you try your boundaries. 
What has impressed me most about you this month: Your gentle heart and consideration for others. Its plain to see that you truly love and care about your friends and their well being as well. You want to make sure they are taken care of and have money, food , clothes, all the things that we can quickly take for granted, unless we know someone who has trouble meeting these basic needs. You have a caring, gentle soul that aches for others that you care for. It makes me proud of you. You are a good man Munchkin and that character is apart of you that no one can take away.

 
Where I hope to see you grow: My prayer will always be that you accept Christ as your Savior, but since I cannot push that one. I hope to see you grow more with expressing yourself. You hold things in and don't like people to really know what is going on with you and how you are feeling. I get bits of it, but I know you are holding back. I hope that you realize that your family is the one place you can be totally you and hold nothing back. WE do not judge you, but accept you as you are, wonderfully and fearfully made by God's own hand, exactly how you are! 
My Absolute 3 Favorite Thing We Did Together This Month:
1. Playing Resident Evil; Yes, I know but I take every bonding opportunity with you that I can. I actually liked playing the game, which is weird because I am not a video game person at all. I enjoyed kicking zombie butt and shooting people with you. I hope we continue to do things that let us bond on multiple levels.
2. Swimming: I loved watching your sister teach you to swim. I though it was very sweet. You to be humble and accept her help and her for wanting to help you learn. I like putting the pool together with your help and seeing you being a good friend and wanting Jacob to earn some money by helping as well.
3. Talks: Yep this is my cheesiness and all its glory. I love sitting around and talking to you about your day. What you have been up to. Who your friends are. Just being a part of your life and knowing what is going on with you. It bring me joy. I am a momma, I am easy like that for entertaining.:) I see so much of me in you its ridiculous. Your sarcasm, your uncomfortable laughter when you don't know what to do or say, your little half smile, to how you bottle up what you are feeling. I am amazed when I look at you and see the man you are growing into and how many of your fathers and my good and bad habits you have. I am awe struck by you munchkin. I love yo so much there are no words to describe it. I hope that we can always sit and talk honestly with each other.

What I Love Most About Drake-June

Month: June

Special Days: I had tons of fun watching you play sports this month. You tried you hand at just about everything and it was interesting to get to watch you work through things to see what you liked. I also loved doing special projects with you. For the summer we kept going with your Mother Goose curriculum and I got to see you at work. Trying your hand at letters, colors, shapes and reading.

Favorite Stories: You are love being the clown of the family. I think you are trying to compete with Matthew for this title. Both of you are so jealous of the other and any attention that is taken away from your "floor time." You have developed a love for fishing...OK not really fishing, just going to the pond to chase the ducks and feed them and then cast your line over and again. It drives your dad crazy!

 
Fabulous Photo:  To Come

Greatest Quotes: "Why" Why you have started up with the "why's" again I do not know. But you have to know the answer to everything. You are your own little private investigator. You sneak around, listen, repeat. There are no secrets in the house for sure with you around! You keep us all honest.

What has impressed me most about you this month: Your caring attitude. you have a helpers soul. you love to help me out around the house, get me things when I feel sick, make me laugh when I am sad, and you are loving on me all the time. You pat my back and stroke my cheek. You do the same thing with your sister and try with your brother, but he won't have it. You are just a very caring little boy. i am so proud that you are my son.

Where I hope to see you grow: Accepting responsibility. you are in the blame phase of life. You like to push it off on someone else, even the cat. You are emotional and we are working on that. You are making tremendous progress though in prayer and manners!
My Absolute 3 Favorite Thing We Did Together This Month:

1. Birthday Parties: Ok this is cheesy and I know it, but I love sitting and watching you interact with your friends and making new ones. I know its lame, but it makes me happy to see you happy. You are alot like your sister in this area believe it or not. She always makes friends with the person no one else seems to want to be friends with! you do the same thing. You see someone alone, and you immediately want to be there best buddy. I am very proud of both of you for showing Christ love in this manner Why else parties you might ask? Well it gives me the chance to practice unselfishness with you. From the picking of the present to the card to wrapping it up. You are showing someone else love and kindness.  You have to stop and think.."what makes this person happy? What do they need/want?" Plus you have to use some of your own money that you did chores for to help pay for the gift so you are very thoughtful when it comes to the perfect gift.
2.Hockey: What can I say this month has been all about sports! You are trying your hand at everything right now,looking to see what you love the most and what you just don't like to play. You are a natural on ice skates. I was blown away at your ability to put on some skates, get geared up and take off with really no instructions. You fell and once you learned how to get up you loved to fall on purpose and slid across the ice acting like you were stopping the puck heading right for you! I got so many compliments on how good you were and how much raw talent you posses it was dumbfounding. I wish I could have kept you in hockey, because you LOVED IT! The gear, skating, blocking, defending, all of it and you were so good at it. Sadly, though I simply cannot afford it for you, although I really wish I could.
3. Baseball Finals/Football Tryouts: OK so football was not really your thing. Or actually it was your thing, but too much of it. It was too much hands on contact and you get very aggressive, quickly and you are strong. You end up hurting the other kids and then you feel bad but they get hurt again. We decided football was probably not the best sport for you despite how much you like it. We will try again when you are a little older and can really understand how hard you are hitting someone and a little better control of it. You did like playing defense though and running back  and you were good at it. The coaches lacked direction and patients and your energy was a little too much for them I am afraid. Baseball though you loved and were good at it. Your team came in 2nd place in the league finals! We were all so proud of you. You got a fabulous trophy and even got to play against your best buddy Jace for the final game! It was awesome and you played so good. We already signed you up for next year.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mother Goose Time with Drizzle Fizzle

Mother Goose Time with Drizzle Fizzle

I found out about Mother Goose from my sons Day-school and fell instantly in love with it. I am not a huge planner so I adore box curriculum were everything you need is in one place. No fuss, no muss is my motto. So to keep track of my sons progress I started listing each curriculum theme and what was covered so at the end of the year I can go back and evaluate him and see what I might want to spend some more time going back over with him again. He did do March, Growing Gardens, as well, but it was through his day-school.

    
OCTOBER 2011
Ocean Commotion
Dive into the ocean and swim with the jellyfish.  Imagine what it will be like to blow fish bubbles and decorate a coral reef.  Wiggle your arms like an octopus, but watch out for the shark puppet!  Paint a whale and share a story with the giant tortoise.
Numbers:  3, 4
Letters:  D, O, S
Colors:  Blue, Purple
Shape:  Triangle

NOVEMBER 2011
Seasons of Change
What makes leaves fall? Where does the wind come from? Why does it rain? Grab your coat and investigate the reasons for the changing seasons. Make your own thunder shaker and play catch with a hailstone. This theme will encourage you to sort colorful leaves and curl up and rest with a hibernating bear.
Numbers: 5, 6
Letters: W, U, T
Colors: Yellow and Orange
Shape: Rectangle


 DECEMBER 2011
Winter Wonderland
Pretend to sled with the penguins, run with the caribou and build your own igloo.  Can you help rescue a baby polar bear from the iceberg?  Recreate a mountain scene with a collage.  Explore the arctic and the sparkling world of snow in this Winter Wonderland theme.
Numbers:  7, 8
Letters:  I, X, Y
Colors:  White, Red
Shape:  Square
JANUARY 2012
 Dinosaur Dig 
 Dig deep in the dirt and discover a dinosaur bone! Reconstruct a dinosaur footprint that is bigger than your body as you step back to Jurassic times. Decorate a set of dinosaur wings to fly with pterodactyls. Hunt for leaves with a baby triceratops and help T-rex find safety from the erupting volcano.
Numbers: 9 & 10
Letters: V, E & B
Colors:  Purple & Green
Shape: Oval
FEBRUARY 2012
It's a Small World
Pack your suitcase, grab a map and get ready for an adventure around the world.  Experience open-air markets where you will weave a carpet and play drums.  Your sight-seeing tour includes a Great Wall and a Leaning Tower.  Celebrate natural beauty and diversity in our small world.
Numbers:  11, 12, 13
Letters:  J, L, Q
Colors:  Red, Pink
Shape:  Heart
 

 APRIL 2012
Blast Off to Space
3...2...1...Blast off!  Be an astronaut and fly off in a homemade rocket ship.  Count the stars all the way to Mars.  Imagine the adventure you will have as you pretend to float in space and twirl like a ring around Saturn.  Try space food and take off for an expedition.
Numbers:  17, 18
Letters:  M, N, R
Colors:  Black, Yellow
Shape:  Star


 MAY 2012
Jungle Jamboree
What do you hear in the jungle?  Listen to the animals chatter like a monkey or yawn like a sloth.  Follow a frog up a tree.  Make a parrot puppet and teach it to squawk.  Swing down a vine, grab a mango and sing songs in this Jungle Jamboree.
Numbers:  19, 20
Letters:  A, G, Z
Colors:  Green, Blue
Shape:  Octagon

 

 JUNE 2012
Home Sweet Home
Where do you call home?  Explore the many places people call home.  Open your windows and explore the homes built by animals.  Search for a spider's web or squirrel nest in the trees.  Dig a hole and help a rabbit make a burrow.
Numbers:  Review 1 - 20
Letters:  Review A - Z

Want to use Mother Goose for your self? Go and check them out here

~~ All images came from Mother Goose Site, they are not mine~~
--
*Jennifer *
'Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" Proverbs 16:9

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Wrong Man




I love a good murder mystery book and let me tell you David Ellis delivers in his latest book The Wrong Man. Filled with suspense, intrigue, unsuspected plot twists, and great character development this book leaves you wanting more! One of the best things for me when I read a good book is the ability to be able to visualize the characters and story in my mind and have the book take the form of a realistic movie playing out. David Ellis does an uber job of giving us just that. Every time you pick the book back up, its like a movie starting up after hitting pause and you cannot wait to find out what is going to happen to each character next.  

The book starts off with the murder of a young paralegal, Kathy Rubinkowski, on her way home from night-school, right before her 24th birthday. Police arrest a homeless Iraq war veteran, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder named Mike Stoller, who doesn't deny killing the woman, but has no real memory of that night either and was found with the murder weapon. After being approached by the suspect’s aunt, Jason Kolarich agrees to take what appears to be an open and shut insanity case only weeks before trial. With his client unwilling to talk about the details of the murder or any other information that could prove helpful to his case, Jason realizes how much on his own he is.
With the help of his legal team: Shauna, Bradley, Joel and a woman Jason meets named Tori Martin, they launch into investigating the background of the paralegal, Kathy Rubinikowski and soon stumble across some profound information that many are willing to kill to keep uncovered. Realizing the young paralegals murder was actually a hit to cover a terrorist conspiracy, the team races against the clock, the mob, an assassin known only as “Gin Rummy” and a wide network of wealthy American terrorist to save the life of not only an innocent man, but the city and countless lives as well from a terrorist strike. 

Want to learn more about this incredible author? http://davidellis.com/
You can also read more reviews on Amazon here:
or at blogging for books here: 

Monday, June 11, 2012

DragonSpell


In this first book in a series of four of juvenile fantasy you follow the adventures of a young O'rant from River Away named Kale. Kale is sent by Misteress Meiger to go to the Vendela and into the Great Hall to gain her freedom.Before she arrives she is pulled from her journey by an inner voice and quickly finds herself surrounded by Grawlings who wish to make her their next meal. Kale manages to escape through a dark tunnel and is pulled by an enchantment she cannot understand, to a underground spring were she discovers 7 dragon eggs. With the help of Leetu Bends, a young slim framed, muscular emerlindian and Dar, a donel with musical gifts and others Kale is rescued from the tunnel and the Grawlings and brought to safety.

 Kale,The Great Dragon Keeper, travels through Amara with her band of Paladin servants, Dar and Leetu, that have been sent to help her from the Wizard Fewnworth. Wizard Fentworth is a "good" wizard who seeks to follow the Creators laws of nature and prevent evil wizards from doing their own bidding. Seeking out dragon's and their eggs to stop the evil, prideful and greedy Wizard Risto, Kale must first learn to control her mind and her thoughts and learn her how to manipulate her abilities and how to conquer her fears. With the help of her instincts and her comrades, Dar, and Leetu, she does just that..

This book is wonderfully written an filled with beautiful mythical creatures and well thought out and developed characters.  The daring adventures the comrades must undertake leave you in suspense and filled with wonderment. I liked that in order for the dragons to mature and grow they needed to bond with the person who was put in charge of carrying them as eggs.This reminded me of the bond between a mother and the child she carry's in her womb. Although this book is not about the occult,  I do warn you thought that this book is not for all readers. Wrote from a christian perspective, I think this book stays in line with the morals and values we are biblicaly taught, but it does have dark spots within it that not all parents would find suitable for their children.


I would recommend this book to anyone who really loves and enjoys good fantasy adventure, based on solid morals and Christian truth.

Want to read more? You can read more by Donita K.Paul on her website http://donitakpaul.com/books/dragonkeeper/index.html
 
Still hungry for more? How about that first chapter to get you in the reading mood? http://donitakpaul.com/fun/download/audio/chapter1.mp3

More Still? How about a Christian study guide found here? or chapter one? http://www.scribd.com/doc/36423154/DragonSpell-by-Donita-K-Paul-Chapter-1

OK this is getting a little ridiculous know, but OK you can also read some good book reviews on:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/346365258 (its under my moms account)
as well as amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RQH4QYNIHNSQ0!

Now thats it, anything else, go and pick up the book!


"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."