Thursday, April 30, 2015

What I Love About Drake-April 2015

Scripture Verse: Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child up in the way he should go; and when he is older, he shall not depart from it. "
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Favorite Things We Did: You learned to ride your bike on your own this month. You decided you were ready for the training wheels to come off and then you took off! You had me hold you for one trip up and down the road and then you felt you were good to go, and you were! You had no problems riding, turning, breaking, you were an old pro. We also dyed Easter Eggs, celebrated Easter with a great hunt indoors, since it poured rain for 3 straight days before Easter and all day on Easter. You got to meet Jamie Benn, captain for the Dallas Stars. to top the month off you also finished your first AWANA Sparks book all the way through and started your 2nd book.

What Things You Are Into

Things we enjoy doing together: Rangers opening day! Yep, this is the first time we have actually been able to go to opening day with the Rangers. I have always had to work and could not take off, but this year we got to go and had AMAZING seats to boot! We also played our first glow in the dark mini golf game. We went with Mason and Delaney and met Delaney's friend  who works there. We also got to see the Total Lunar Eclipse on the 4th.

What you want to be when you grow up: I don't think this one is changing anytime soon. You are stuck on professional sports player with baseball and hockey. I have come to accept it. There are times through you say you want to work for Green Peace and Mercy for Animals as well. You hate watching their videos, but keep watching them.

New Sayings: "That's so gay. He's so gay. She's so gay. Your gay." Pretty much any way you can say it, you have been saying it. This is literally driving all of us crazy. Your sister started it a few months back, outgrew it, but it stuck with you. It has to be the biggest thing you get in trouble for lately. You get so upset that you get in trouble, yet you keep on using this phrase.

Struggles and Accomplishment: Honesty has been a big issue with you this month. You have been telling alot of lies and stick to them even when you are busted. Soap is not your friend. That's all I will say on that topic. You are also really missing your daddy. You still cry for him most nights and ask a 1000 questions.

Your Style: Does naked Drake count? You would prefer to be in your underwear all day with your blanket draped across you. You seem to think that is "getting dressed". Music wise you still love gospel: Toby Mac, Skillet, David Crowder Band, Capitol Kings, Mercy Me etc. You also love Maroon 5, Big time Rush, One Direction and Taylor Swift.

What I Love About Delaney-April 2015

 Scripture Verse:
Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

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Favorite Things We Did: Opening day at the Rangers! Oh yea, you know you  loved it :) Plus we jamed to the radio all the way out. My absolute favorite thing we did though was shopping for your prom dress and accessories. We went to lots of different stores looking for the perfect dress. It, of course, had to be purple. Finally, we found the perfect dress that was off the shoulders, long,lacy and purple!

the runner up dress

We also chilled at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas for homeschool days of course. Then you took your first dance lessons with Aaron to get ready for prom. You learned to waltz, 2 step, cuban shuffle, quick step, and a few more dances over the course of a couple of weeks.

What Things You Are Into: You Tubers:Dan Howell  and Phil Lester, Pewdipie, Weekly Chris, your boyfriend still, heavy metal music: Asking Alexandria, Sleeping with Sirens, Say We Can Fly, Of Mice and Mend to name a few.


Things we enjoy doing together: Checking out creepy rides going down the road, watching weird you tubers, jamming to Asking Alexandria, song 6 and 8. Getting popcorn buckets full of Slurpee's. Celebrating National Sibling Day

What you want to be when you grow up:........ You have not mentioned any change from last few months till this month.

New Sayings:" I got this" or "Mum, trust me. I got this". You say this a lot when I tell you I am worried, freaking out, or think there is more going on then what you are saying.

Struggles and Accomplishment: We agree to disagree that your boyfriend is becoming controlling. You can see a significant change in the way you to interact and it has begun to make me question your relationship. I notice you are not as happy as you were. You seem to need his approval before you act and that bothers me. We have had several talks about controlling relationships. What they look like, how they start, what to do., etc. Yet I feel its been mute. I hope I am wrong, but I am definitely watching. You seem to be struggling with who you are when you are not with Aaron. You appear to have allowed him to define you and I cannot stand it.

Your Style: right now pretty much anything that you think will make Aaron happy. This actually really annoys me, which in turns annoys you.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids

Title: Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
Author: Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Hardcover/Kindle 
Age Range: 4 - 7 years 
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They’ll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.

My Impressions: 

 The thing I loved about this book was how it did not define what meditation is, only how to perform it and when it should be utilized. I liked this concept because it allows the parent to talk to their children about the different aspects of meditation, especially regarding religion, in a way that works for their family. I talk to my kids about meditating on Gods word, His promises, etc. While that works for my faith, it may not for someone else. The beauty of this book is you can tweak it for your own family. I do not know if that is what the author intended or not, but it was my favorite aspect of the book.

The book focuses on 9 different styles of meditation  to help with focus, security, wisdom, relaxation, kindness, clarity, decision making, control and openness.  With each emotion, the author gives you different meditation techniques to that will help you conquer the negative feelings and replace them with a inner peace. Using an elephant and monkey kids will surely enjoy reading this book while looking at the wonderful illustrations.

My readers know I am all about God to calm my soul, but I still use meditation practices to help me focus my attention on Him. This book is a great tool to teach your children some healthy practices with guidance from parents.


\I was given a complimentary copy of MEDITATION IS AN OPEN SKY - Mindfulness for Kids from the author, Whitney Stewart and Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours for my view of the book

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Enjoy an  Excerpt:
You know when you’re having a bad day and nothing seems to go right? You have that wobbly feeling inside that makes you scared, sad, and mad all at the same time. Well, find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate.

Meditation won’t take away your problems, but it will help you deal with them. You’ll learn to watch your feelings pop up and disappear like soap bubbles.

Read through this book and pick one meditation for today.

Sit in a chair or cross-legged on a pillow on the floor.
Keep your back straight but not stiff, and put your hands on your knees or in your lap.

Close your eyes or keep them slightly open and stare at a spot on the floor.

Inhale and feel your breath fill up your belly.

Then breathe out slowly. Continue with slow, full breaths during meditation.

About the Author:
Whitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. She published her first award-winning, young adult biography after interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the subject of two of her books. She trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Everest region of Nepal; interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma; and traveled extensively in Asia to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping, Mao Zedong, and Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. She is the author of three middle-grade novels and multiple middle-grade nonfiction books, including an unknown tale of Abraham Lincoln and artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter. Her newest picture books include A Catfish Tale, a bayou retelling of the Grimm brothers’ Fisherman and his Wife, and Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids.

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