Monday, March 2, 2015

Highs and Lows

In our family, we occasionally play "Highs and Lows" at the Dinner Table.
We simply take turns telling each other what the HIGH point of our day was, and then share the LOW point of our day.
Some days it is nice to know that the "low" of one's day was merely "we had to take a nap" (wink, wink). Other times it helps to open up a conversation when our child has a "low" such as when a child at school is picking on them. It is also a great time for them to see how we as parents may suffer lows as well, and how we cope with them.
 Discussing our "highs," can lead to greater gratitude for all that God does. It also, teaches us that despite having lows in our life, we can still find "highs." Sometimes, the highs are as simple as "eating lunch" or as great as riding on a "four wheeler."
Today was a day of extreme high and an extreme low for Samuel. 
It started out as a typical routine day. Wake up, eat breakfast head off to OT, have a temper tantrum here and there, come home eat lunch, play, do some reading, some homeschool, and more play. Then the long wait for Pabbi to come home. His arrival brought something more than the simple joy of Pabbi, because Pabbi was carrying a big box is in his arms.
Samuel's Package had finally come.
For Christmas, Samuel received a "Where's Waldo" book from Santa. He quickly became enamored. Samuel loves 'hidden pictures' and Where's Waldo fit the bill!
Since then Samuel has been vying to own more of them. He pores over the one he has for hourse. He has found all of the hidden objects, but he still sits and looks...never bored.

Today's was the arrival of an other Where's Waldo. One that Samuel worked to earn money for, purchased online and then waited for.

He was just so enamored.

Then an hour later, Lil' Monster was running up the stairs, slipped and fell on his face, on the stair above, causing him to bite right through his tongue.

What a fright!
He has bit his tongue before, but this went almost all the way through. We rushed him to the E.R., where they helped the bleeding and swelling to go down. They talked about stitches. but didn't want to go down that path quite so soon. They sent us home, and warned if it did not start to heal in two days, they would put stitches in.
Samuel was frightened between the pain the large amount of blood. The E.R. was quite a trip. He was so happy to hear the Dr. recommend ice pops, ice cream, smoothies, and anything soft for the next several meals.
 The poor Lil' Monster was quite a trooper.

What a day of highs and lows.

Post Date: Things healed nicely, albeit it took several days. Luckily stitches were note required. He did enjoy copious amounts of cold soft treats for meals. He is going to have a scar for the rest of his life, but he still has a tongue.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

First School Picture

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I can't believe Lil' Monster is off to take his very first professional School Picture!
Don't you love the "all business" on top look?
And his first school picture is going to be with a (2) toothless Smile.
Who could not fall in love with this cute kid.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Make the Date with Money

For several years, each day we have done calendar time. You have probably seen in a number of our homeschooling photos, our lovely and large green calendar.
This year, we are going to spice it up and make it a little more challenging by adding new features and activities.
I found a great idea from Carisa at "1+1+1=1" blog to use money to "Make the Date."
Money is a concept that Lil' Monster doesn't know much about, making it a new challenge.
First, we did our typical calendar work of putting up the day, date, month, weather, etc.
Then we discussed the different coin names.
Using counting blocks to show value, we counted out how much each coin was worth, in columns of 5.
 Then we discussed the date (yesterday was the 9th) and counted out how many blocks we needed = 9.
We formed columns of five.
Then we placed a nickel on the top.
We discussed the remaining four blocks as singular units (as they can not be grouped in 5s) and then placed a coin on each of those.
 I was surprised at how quickly he picked it up.
As Samuel begins to remember the value of each coin, I will begin to phase out the counting blocks.
This is a great way to mix up our calendar time and teach new skills.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To School - Kindergarten

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It is the first day
Lil' Monster is one happy boy.
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We decided to being a new tradition of celebrating the first day back to school with some fun activities.
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Today we began with a delicious breakfast, of pumpkin muffins and doughnuts from our favorite local bakery (The Moose is Loose).
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This was followed by casting a hand impression, for future memory.
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We then followed this up with reading, some review of materials from last year's school, and calendar work.

Then off to Gymnastics - a fun way to close out the school day.

We then celebrated by having a nice family dinner at a local restaurant - a rare treat indeed.

By bed time, Lil' Monster was exhausted but content.

The rest of this week will be in review of last spring's education.
Next Monday, we will begin again into our Sonlight Curriculum.

Post update: I just wanted to share the finished handprint project:
What a great remembrance this will be when he is older. He is still deciding if he wants to color it or add anything to it or leave it as is. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Gymnast

It is fun to watch Lil' Monster grow up.
There are so many "firsts."
Today was the first time that Lil' Monster was signed up for a regular activity outside of our home.
He is a bundle of energy and is often found, leaping around the house, throwing himself off of things and tumbling on a regular basis.
We thought, it was high time for him to do those things with a goal, as well as to learn to do them safely.
Luckily, through our district homeschooling program, we are able to sign Lil' Monster up in classes in our community that address school courses. Gymnastics is a P.E. credit.
What luck.
Today was the first class day.
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 He was very excited to get ready.
Shorts and T-shirts are required gear.
But Lil' Monster begged to wear his beloved track suit on top.
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He looks like quite the professional.
After class, he was so happy AND thoroughly worn out.
I am thinking Gymnastics is not only going to be very good for Lil' Monster,
but for this Mamma! 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cupcake Cones a Childhood Favorite

Cupcake cones
are a favorite treat from my childhood.
I think there is nothing more delightful,
than sharing a childhood favorite with your child.
I love the soft and crunchy textures combined.
I love that there is less crumbs and mess than with typical papered cupcakes.
I love seeing the smile on my son's face when he enjoys a bite.
Won't you join us and enjoy Mamma's favorite childhood treat?

How to make Cupcake Cones:
Make your favorite cake recipe, and instead of dropping the batter into paper cups, drop it into premade ice cream cones. Carefully balance them in a cupcake pan, and bake as you would plain ole' cupcakes. Baking time might need to be increased. Check the center by poking with a toothpick to see if it is cooked through.
Top with cake frosting. Or try topping with a scoop of ice-cream.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Baked Alaska

What could Lil' Monster being smiling about? 
 The weather!!!!!
 And the fact, that he FINALLY gets to use the "HOT" tag for our daily calendar.
Several months ago, Lil' Monster complained because we 'never' could use the HOT tag on his daily calendar. He kept asking when we could. I explained, up here in AK we might not ever use it.
Boy, am I glad I was wrong!
 Right now up here in Alaska, we are cookin'.
We LOVE it.
This is our third summer here and we are toasting at lovely mid 70's temperatures. The past several years we were lucky to get into the 50s and 60s. The rain poured and poured.
Summer Solstice meant more daylight - it sure didn't seem like it with the grey skies. We were told that was the norm. How sad it made us. Then we have had two long, snowy, and bitter winters. In fact not 4 weeks ago we had snow and temps in the 20s. For the last several weeks we have had constant sun and temperatures that have been utter bliss.
This Summer Solstice we might just have to stay up all night to see that the sun really does give us 20 hours of sunshine!!!
We have been truly blessed!
Feels like heaven.

Don't you just love he is wearing a long sleeved sweater still? He doesn't own many "warm weather" clothes. The summer clothes he does have, he has already worn and I am currently washing them.


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