Story time at home in 3 easy steps

Tuesday at 9:00 our library puts on a toddler story time that we usually got to. This morning it was really cold out and both my kids were coughing so I decided it was best to keep them home. I started to put together a story time for them and thought it would be something good to share with you. I like to put together themed story times whenever we have to miss the one at the library. The kids like our routine staying in place as much as possible and it gives me something fun and educational to do with them.

  1. pick 3 books and a theme. I put these two things together because choosing the books is how I choose a theme. If I wanted to read a barnyard animal book I would choose 2 other similar books to make a theme. For example, I wanted to read the kids this really neat book titled The Black Book of Colors By: Menena that teaches kids about braille. I decided on the theme “black and white” and picked the board book Hello, Garden Bugs By: Julissa Mora and also an Usborne  book On The Space Station By: Carron Brown. It’s one of their shine a light books and every other page is black and white and you use a flashlight on the back of the pages to see a ‘hidden’ picture. E likes these a lot.
  2. plan a themed game. 3 books can be a lot for littlee ones to sit through so break up the time by playing a game between books. I cut out white squares that I wrote on with black crayon and placed the squares in our cube. Some of the squares had instructions such as “clap 6 times” or “sing the ABC song”. 3 of the squares I drew dalmatians on and the kids were to bark and act like dogs if they rolled one.
  3. plan a themed craft. Thinking about black and white one of the first things that came to mind was dalmatian. I printed off the outline of a dalmatian and showed the kids how to put their finger on a black ink pad and use their finger prints to make spots on the dogs. After I brought out the crayons and they drew a background on the paper. Easy!

 

 

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Unique indoor screen free kids activities

This past week my little guy came down with a stomach virus. As he recovered his sister got the virus and then he developed a cough. Except for when it got warm enough to take him to play in the yard the poor guy hasn’t been out of the house for 9 days! I’ve worked hard to keep the kids learning and playing. At the first sign of sickness I went to town and stocked up on new paint, play dough, markers and other craft stuff since I knew they’d have to stay home several days. Last night T.J’s cough was improving but he start showing signs of tummy troubles again so we stayed home today. E seems all the way better today and T.J’s cough isn’t getting any worse so he should be on the mend soon. His tummy has also been fine today.

Yesterday morning which was the third week of missing church because of traveling and sickness my church family did something really kind for me and set up a laptop with Skype so I could listen in on the service. That helped break up the day and was really encouraging to see their faces but the rest of the afternoon I gave up trying to keep the kids away from the T.V and let them watch it all day. They were bored of all the craft stuff and didn’t want to read books any more. I was fresh out of ideas for keeping them busy.

After they went to bed last night I brainstormed a list of things for them to do today and then got on Pinterest and starting pinning all kinds of cool ideas.

Here’s what we did today. If you’re quarantined at home with sick kids like so many people I know are right now I hope this post gives you some inspiration of how to fill those long hours!

Write on the floor and mop it up

Really! This is an activity I remember doing with my younger brother and sister when I was a teenager. I used a dry erase marker to write ABC’s on the tiles in the kitchen/dining room area. So the kids wouldn’t fight over who got to wash which tiles I drew shapes for T.J to mop up and the letters were for E. I gave each child a bowl with water, a rag and some all natural non toxic cleaner in it. I stood at the dry erase board in the dining room and said to E, “mop up all the A’s!” After all the A’s were erased we went on to letter B and so on. I was surprised at how well T.J could identify shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensory Buckets (bring the sandbox inside!)

Sensory buckets are so easy! They can be made out of just about anything. I made ours “letter D” sensory buckets. It started with me putting dirt (actually sand because the ground was frozen solid!) and dinosaurs in the buckets which made me think to add more objects that start with the letter D. Both dimes and dominoes ended up in there. I wrote an uppercase and lowercase letter D on the white board to reinforce the lesson. T.J age 2 had the most fun when he realized he could bury the dinosaurs in the sand. E age 4 spent the time hoping she could find more dimes to put in her piggy bank. Prepare to do a lot of vacuuming after this activity!

Bath paints

My kids absolutely loved this activity! If you choose just one thing from this list I’d recommend this one! I loved the delight on their faces as I showed them how they could paint the tub, their tummies, their bath toys and then how they laughed when I put the blue paint on my nose! This is one I’ll make again. It was so easy and very cheap. I had leftover white colored conditioner from the dollar store because we had used it to make fake snow the other day. (2 1/2 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup white conditioner- it feels cold!)

https://kojo-designs.com/2013/05/hoomemade-bath-paint-recipe/

Make a blanket fort

Give your children a place of their own, flash lights, a lantern, a chance to use their imagination and a pile of books!

 

Science Experiments!

I found this one on parentingchaos.com. https://parentingchaos.com/crawling-colors-color-mixing-science-experiment/P

Once you set this up (which only takes a few minutes) it takes several hours for the colors to start mixing. I recommend putting it out of reach of little ones but somewhere where the kids can peek at it through out the day and see what it’s doing. I made the mistake of setting it up on the kitchen table and then had to work to keep their hands out of the very pretty water they wanted to touch so badly!

Make a special surprise meal

Okay, so I get made fun of for making food creations for my kids but I think it’s so much fun! And have you seen the crazy meals people make out of hotdogs on pinterest!? lol! I had to try these little octopus guys, they are so cute!

Build something with unusual materials

I gave the kids disposable cups and paper to build towers out of. They weren’t particularly interested in it but maybe an older child would be.

 

That was our day! Share any unique ways you have come up with to keep busy at home when you’re kids are sick.

Our Reward and Shield

This morning I learned something new in my Bible study on Genesis that I thought was worth sharing. I’m going through a study titled The Promised One by: Nancy Guthrie. Right now I’m going through the section on Abraham. Nancy points out that after Abraham rejects the spoil and alliance offered by the king of Sodom chapter 15 starts off by God speaking to Abraham in a vision saying “…Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy great reward.”

That made my heart happy this morning to see that after Abraham rejected the counterfeit riches and protection this world offers that God promised him that He would be His reward and shield.

I need to remember this when my heart is tempted to look to fleeting and counterfeit fulfillment this world offers. Only in God is true and lasting fulfillment, reward and safety.

It reminds me of Psalm 62: 5-8 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah”

On another note, yesterday I had shared my goals for the day and I’m happy to say I accomplished what I had set out to do! A few photos from our very messy hot cross buns themed lesson.

 

It’s another cold day, only 11 degrees outside. We had a little ice come down last night so I’m staying off the roads today and keeping the kids warm at home.

Today my goals include:

  1. preschool with the kids. Today’s theme is Little Bo Peep and includes a math game, making a puppet craft, and pretending to be sheep while listening to the poem on CD.
  2. make a big batch of low carb waffles to keep in the freezer for a quick healthy meal (maybe we’ll have breakfast for dinner tonight!)
  3. I want to slowly clean the living room room on my one good foot and one healing foot including vacuuming the carpet
  4. yesterday E was disappointed she couldn’t play in the glue and shaving cream mixture so I told her today they could play with shaving cream. This means they’ll have to go straight to the shower after!
  5. pack for my trip this weekend.

My kids are starting to wake up so I’ve got to go! Have a good day every body!

Things to do with your kids while you are sitting down

Now that I’m on week three of having to stay off my right foot I think I’ve come up with enough ideas to be able to share with you. A friend of mine was over last week and she went on google trying to find a list of things for a mom to do with her kids while her foot was broke but she said she could only find lists of things for a mom to do with her child who’s foot is broke. For one reason or another, illness, injury, complications during or after pregnancy, as a mom you may find yourself alone with children who have seemingly endless energy while you are stuck on the couch. Here’s my little gift to the internet- my list of things I’ve found I can do with my kid with minimum getting up.

  1. Freeze dance. I play music on my phone and then hit the pause button and dramatically say, “freeze!” they have to freeze in whatever position they were in when the music stopped
  2. “sitting down” hide and seek. My great Grandma used to play this with me and my cousins when we were little. I sit on the couch and count to 20 while the kids hide and then say, “ready or not, I’m going to guess!” I then guess from my spot on the couch, “Are you behind the bathroom door?” “Are you in your closet?” If I guess their hiding spot I “found” them and we start again.
  3. Create a “story time”. Since we weren’t able to go to story time at the library I told them we were having a story time at home. I used the same order of events the librarian uses at the library and sang the same songs she sings.
  4. Read a lot of books.
  5. Face time or Skype with family your kids don’t get to see often
  6. Make sock puppets. I had to collect a few supplies but after I had what I needed I sat on the recliner next to an outlet and glued button eyes and yarn hair on a few old socks. I then sat while we played with them and tried to get them to put on a puppet show. (they didn’t want to but maybe your kids will!)
  7. paint nails. My four year old never gets tired of me painting her nails.
  8. Play Simon says
  9. If you can’t get to other people have other people come to you. Never mind that the house is messy, people don’t care! Invite some one over for a playdate. You and your friend can visit and the kids will entertain themselves
  10. make cards. The last couple mornings we sat and made cards for residents at the nursing home for when we visit with our homeschool group next month. This one takes some clean up so it would depend how active you can be.
  11. take photos. You may have to delete several hundred photos of your phone but my daughter loves it when I let her take photos with my phone. She sat up her stuffed animal on the couch and did a photo shoot with it.
  12. Amazon Prime. I am so glad we got wi-fi right before my surgery. It has given us new stuff to watch which is much more entertaining for the kids than if they were watching the videos we have that they’ve watched a lot of times
  13. Go pretend grocery shopping. I used green construction paper and made the kids fake money and then gave them grocery lists and a plastic shopping bag each and sent them to their kitchen set to play grocery store. It made the toys they already have seem exciting.
  14. dress up and dance to music. I don’t know why but if music is turned on the kids like to get out their dress up clothes and dance around with crazy costumes on.
  15. Let them try on your clothes. E likes it when I let her get in my drawers and try on my clothes. My skirts are bigger than her whole body but she thinks it’s fun.
  16. listen to an audio book for kids. This would be a good one if you were sick because you don’t have to use your voice.
  17. play hot potato. The other day I had E get out a big teddy bear and I taught her the hot potato song as we threw it back and forth to each other.

That’s my list for now! Share in the comments, did you have a time when you had to keep little kids busy while you were down and what did you do?

2018 goals and plans

I usually wake up first day of the new year with goals in hand ready to get started. This year my only goal has been so far to get through one day at a time while my foot heals and wait for normal life to resume again. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have things I want to work on this year though! One more week and then I get the stitches out of my foot and then hopefully I’ll be cleared to walk on it.

A while back the children’s librarian asked me and another homeschool mom who brings her daughter to story time if we would be interested in a kids who code class for homeschoolers. We told her we would be but I hadn’t heard anything about it since. I opened up the newsletter from our homeschool co-op and there is a coding class for homeschoolers at the library now! I quickly signed up E and I’m looking forward to her getting to attend. I don’t know much at all about coding. The librarian said the kids will learn to program a toy mouse and even kids as young as my preschooler can learn to do it. It will be different than anything E has done before and I’m so excited about this free opportunity for her! That’s one thing I’m looking forward to this year.

I have a short list of goals this year. I usually (okay, always) go overboard on goal setting so I’m trying to keep this list short.

2018 Goals for my children

  1. potty train T.J
  2. I want E to recognize the letters of the alphabet and know the sounds the letters make before she finishes preschool (I know I can’t control if she’s ready to learn these things or not but I can work to expose her to this information and find fun ways for her to learn)
  3. Next school year, (this August) I want to join the weekly co-op classes for homeschoolers in our area
  4. Next school year (if she shows interest) I would like to sign up E for piano lessons
  5. now that we have wifi I want to introduce E to some preschool prodigy videos on youtube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HdRkFFdkhm4
  6. decide on homeschool curriculum for kindergarten in the fall

2018 Goals to improve my health

  1. I want to print out a food, insulin and blood sugar log and start using it to help gain tighter diabetes control. Last year I aimed for a specific A1C. This year I’m going to focus on building this habit
  2. This winter while it is cold outside I want to at least twice a week use the elliptical trainer upstairs to get exercise while it is cold outside

2018 Miscellaneous goals and plans

  1. I want to attend a meeting to learn more about foster care in our area. My goal is just to gain more information on the needs of foster children and their families in our area
  2. At some point this year I would like to put on another “Grandma’s tea party” for my nieces and daughter like I did before

Mostly I want to go into the New Year remembering with excitement that this could be the year the Lord returns! 

Share with me in the comments, did you make any New Year resolutions? How do you plan to meet your goals?

I still have so much to learn!

Tonight my husband and I were discussing the Gospel of Luke. He said something about Luke being a Gentile. I said, “What? I thought the disciples were all jewish?- what? Luke wasn’t a disciple!?” And then while I sat and crocheted he looked up the names of the disciples. No Luke. I guess because the Gospel of Luke is sandwiched between Mark and John I just thought he was one of the 12 disciples. I also learned this Sunday that Luke wrote Acts and percentage wise wrote more of the New Testament than Paul. I’ve been reading God’s Word since I was 5 but I still have so much to learn!

Speaking of learning.. our “Schole sister” group meet up today to do watercolors. We had been meeting to discuss the book For The Children’s Sake By: Susan Schaeffer but after we finished the book we are now continuing to meet but to do fun stuff with our kids. Last month we baked and decorated cookies, today we played around with watercolors.

If you’re curious, the Greek word for leisure (schole) is the origin of Latin scola, English school. It means “leisure”. The idea is leisurely learning for both mom and kids. (I had to look that one up first time I heard it so I thought I may not be the only one who didn’t know what it meant!)

As you can see in the cover photo I didn’t let the kids have all the fun and spent some time trying to copy Beatrix Potter and make my own little Jemima Puddle Duck.

 Lauren taught us some different techniques using salt, rubbing alcohol and crayons.

Some of the finished creations. Share in the comments, anything new you’ve been learning lately?


One of my best parenting moves ever!

Last night while washing the dishes I listened to this inspiring podcast on powerofmoms.com

https://powerofmoms.com/cleaning-whole-family-episode-330/

This was a podcast I really wanted to listen to because it’s an area I struggle with. It is so much easier to not involve the kids when I clean and to just clean up after them rather than teaching them to clean up after themselves.

I want my kids to be responsible though and I want them to have a good work ethic and a right attitude towards work. I know that starts when they are really young.

One idea mentioned in this podcast was “Mr. Gunny Sack.” I named ours “Mr. Chompers.” Last night the kids watched as I transformed a towel into a hungry looking monster. I folded a towel in half, drew a hungry face on it, then sewed it up to make it into a bag. I introduced Mr. Chompers to the kids then explained that he was going to live in the hall closet. I told them when the house gets messy he can smell everything that’s not in it’s place and that makes him hungry! I told them with much drama in my voice how the only way to rescue our stuff was to put it where it belongs. Mr. Chompers can not eat anything that is in it’s place. If Mr. Chompers eats an item he won’t give it back until the next day! Dun dun dun duuun!

I couldn’t believe how much fun the kids had with this. They were laughing and squealing and picking up stuff as fast as they could. I would say in a funny voice, “Oh delicious! A stuffed teddy bear on the living room floor, my favorite!” I would make it like he was flying towards the teddy bear and E would scream and rush the bear to the bucket that stuffed animals go in. Mr. Chompers would then act sad before going onto the next thing. After everything was picked up I told the kids they had to say, “Go home Mr. Chompers!” three times to make him go back in the closet. At the end of picking up the only things that Mr. Chompers had been able to confiscate was a dirty sock and an ear plug. The kids had really gotten into it! When E needed help getting a coat hung up I told her, “You beat up Mr. Chompers while I hang it up- keep him back!” It was so silly and it turned picking up into a really fun time!

When everything was picked up E cried because she wanted to keep playing the game! When she woke up this morning the first thing she asked was, “Can we play Mr. Chompers?”

I figure I’ll leave him in the closet and only take him down once or twice a week so he doesn’t loose his appeal.

If you have young kids who need some pick up motivation I highly recommend your family adopts a Mr. Chompers!

 

 

 

 

Morning Basket Time

If you’ve done any amount of reading on blogs about incorporating the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason into your homeschool day you’ve probably heard of morning basket time.

When I googled “Charlotte Mason morning basket” this thread came up with a whole bunch of ideas.

https://simplycharlottemason.com/scmforum/topic/morning-basket-lets-discuss/

I choose an Amish made basket we bought on the side of the road several years back. It’s pretty and I’ve also brought it places with us when we’ve gone out. It’s a picnic basket so the top on it keeps everything inside. I keep it on a shelf on the bookcase in our living room.

The morning basket is a tool to help keep your routine flowing in your day. For example, over the last few weeks we’ve fallen into a loose routine of breakfast then chores while listening to classical music then morning time basket. It’s a good chance for me to sit down and catch my breath and pull my children in close for some snuggles. (They are 2 and 4).

Another huge benefit of the morning time basket is that there is no planning or thinking required. It’s all there. Just open the basket and begin. After about 3 weeks of doing this each morning the kids are in a habit of doing it. I also find the break between chores and the rest of our morning makes the morning go more smoothly. After I’ve spent that time with the kids they are more likely to play independently for a little while.

I choose to put just 3 things in the basket which we do every day. As I add more stuff I’ll probably go for more of a loop schedule with it where we pick up on the last item we left off on and start from there. I don’t have any plans to change anything right now though, this is working really well.

My four year old really likes to sit and be read to so this isn’t something I’m making her do. She enjoys it and most of the time my 2 year old sits through it getting up and down to play as he feels like it. We read one Beatrix Potter story. This is great for vocabulary building- there are words in here I have to look up! The stories are engaging and the illustrations are beautiful.

Every day I’ve been singing the same hymn to the children “This is My Father’s World.” I’ll continue with it until they learn it or at least learn some of it. E knows the name of it now and when I ask her what the phrase “his hands the wonders wrought” means she can answer that it means God made everything. Both the kids also point to their ears when I sing “and to my listening ears.” E has picked up on the tune a little bit, I know she can recognize the song now.

We also read one story from The Jesus Storybook Bible. E always asks for one more story from the Beatrix Potter book and this one and the answer is always, “tomorrow!” I figure limiting it will keep it interesting. Plus, Beatrix Potter stories are long and my mouth gets tired!

I’m curious- do you have a morning basket or a similar morning routine? What’s in your basket?

 

 

This is my 200th post!

Wow! That’s hard to believe! Life has changed so much since I started this blog and it’s really neat to get to click through each month for the last few years and see what was going on at that time. This blog is constantly evolving and I’m thankful for those who read and comment for coming along for the ride with me. This is my little corner of the internet where I pour out my creativity, track my goals, share about my relationship with God and the day to day details of our lives. It’s where I often process my emotions, explore new topics and share news. Writing over the last few years has grown me as a person in a lot of ways. It’s made me a more mindful person and has helped me to live my life more deliberately. It has given me an outlet to organize my thoughts. Blogging has helped me through seasons of depression. It helps me to get out of my own mind when I’m stuck there and put my thoughts onto “paper” and get them out. Every time I see a post has been read I feel a connection to whoever that unknown reader may be and I’m reminded that I’m being heard and I’m not alone. So, thank you for being there for me. I hope as time goes by my words can be ones that edify and that this can be a place where you come to get encouraged and refreshed. In the future, if there is a topic you’d like me to write about, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

I got on here tonight to continue my “journaling” of our lives lately. I didn’t even know this was going to be my 200th post until I saw the stats informing me.

This morning my Bible reading time was longer than usual as my Bible reading plan included four chapters. I read about Ezekiel’s wife dying and it really grabbed my attention because I don’t remember ever reading it before. Ezekiel’s total trust in God and his immediate, uncomplaining, unwavering obedience and devotion to God left me kind of dumbfounded. I prayed God would help me trust and obey Him like Ezekiel. I was also reading about the destruction of Tyrus. I spent a little bit of time reading through Matthew Henry’s commentary trying to get a grasp on the connection between the prince of Tyrus and Lucifer.

After reading I just had time for a quick shower before the kids woke up early. They wanted to go outside and wait for daddy to come home and it was kind of funny that we were in the same spots when he came home as when he left.

Thursday is my town day and I like to leave early in the morning while every one is still fresh and the kids bellies are full from breakfast. I unloaded the dishwasher, spent no more than 5 minutes cleaning out the fridge so it would be ready to put groceries in when we got back and got me and the kids ready to go.

E was invited to one of her friends birthday parties this weekend and it’s going to be a costume party so we first went to T.J Maxx and I let her pick out a costume. It’s a blue and black sparkly butterfly costume with enormous wings and a face mask. She loves it! We went to a couple more stores picking out a gift and wrapping for another party she’s going to later on. (Yes, her social life is much more interesting than my own!)

We went grocery shopping for the week at Kroger. The kids have their routine down when we go there. They want to ride in a car cart and get a free cookie from the deli. They get so excited about going to kroger! We got home around 11:00 and I unloaded the groceries and fixed some macaroni and cheese. (hear me being all southern? fixed mac and cheese? lol) We had nap time/quiet time and when the hour was up we sat and read several stories from the Jesus Story book Bible. (while I drank coffee and tried to wake up!) BTW- If you’re looking for a colorful children’s Bible story book- the more I read this the more I like it.

E has been eagerly anticipating our trip to kroger today so I could get butter so we could make applesauce cookies from the apples they picked last week. Baking with a 2 year old and a four year old can be um, interesting. T.J would not stop screaming because I was having them take turns with the ingredients and every time it was E’s turn he would scream and cry like his heart was breaking and he’d never get a chance to put something in the bowl again. I didn’t want him to wake up T so I ended up putting him in his high chair with a bowl and measuring cups and spoons and giving him his own ingredients to make a mess with. And boy was it a mess! By the time we were done the kitchen smelled amazing but looked like a tornado made out of flour had come through the place. There was so many dishes it was one of those messes where you just kind of stand there for a moment taking it in. Thankfully the kids uncle was outside cutting down trees and I told them to go watch him and that entertained them while I cleaned up. (recipe we used in the link!)

https://www.google.com/amp/www.marthastewart.com/314405/iced-oatmeal-applesauce-cookies%3famp

I drizzled icing on the cookies and the kids each had one before I brought them outside to play. It was cloudy again this afternoon and felt much cooler than last week. T woke up and we sat outside watching one tree fall after another while T’s brother in law knocked and cut them down. Slowly we began to be able to see the field and pond that makes a beautiful view on the other side of the thick woods. Our yard has always been tightly enclosed with trees but now the sun shines back there and it’s lovely. T picked out tree he wants to hang a tire swing from.

We spent a couple hours outside before bringing in the very dirty kids and showering them. We had frozen pizzas for dinner- I found some grain free pizzas at kroger. Instead of a wheat crust it’s made out of chicken! T ate with us before heading out. I put on a 20 minute or so educational video for the kids and sat and read my book. Instead of doing any more housework I put the kids to bed early and called it a night. Time for mommy to relax!

I’m really liking this on-line journaling thing so thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Starting to get into the swing of our new schedule

T got home early this morning, right after I woke up. He was all excited to show me photos of a tractor he saw on craigslist but I’m not sure at 5:30 a.m I was very enthusiastic about discussing the pros and cons of different types of tractors lol. I tried! He was ready to go to bed so I gathered up my stuff out of our bedroom and bathroom and started the day getting ready in the kitchen. Night shift life!

While reading about the coming destruction of Jerusalem prophesied by Ezekiel I read this verse, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30. It made me so thankful that I have Jesus to stand in the gap for me!

This is the workout video I do more than any other. When I first started doing it some of the positions like the downward facing dog pose was difficult for me but I’ve gotten stronger and more flexible.

E woke up before her brother so we had time to just lay on the couch together and cuddle. She told me she was going to marry her brother when she was older and then when I told her that wouldn’t work out she asked if she could marry daddy and then asked if she could marry me. She also told me she wished I was a queen ant having lots of babies. Classic examples of conversations with E ha ha!

I made the kids hardboiled eggs and toast and started some laundry and unloaded the dishwasher before getting ready to head to story time. On Wednesday’s at 10:00 the library does a story time geared more towards preschoolers. I have brought E just about every Wednesday since she was 18 months old. They read a few books, played a couple learning games and did a craft. There is usually anywhere from 10-20 kids there.

We came home and had lunch and then quiet time/nap time. I spent some time ordering school photo prints, and answering e-mails and texts. After getting caught up on dishes and laundry I helped E fill out a post card that she had decorated for one of her Aunt’s and we went to the mailbox together to send it off. We had in the mailbox some updated photos from one of our Compassion children. E was thrilled and I’m glad she has a relationship with a child all the way in Uganda.

https://www.compassion.com/m/default.htm If you’re interested in learning more about Compassion International here’s a link.

Me and T brought the kids outside to play. It got cloudy and cooled off considerably. We had a really nice time sitting on the tail gate of his pick up and talking while the kids played. It was probably my favorite part of the day.

E talked me into letting them have a bubble bath in the jacuzzi instead of a shower. I put waaay to much bubble bath in and the bubbles got really out of hand much to the kids delight! I wish the internet was fast enough to load photos right now- T.J was practically buried in bubbles!

While I bathed the kids T made us all dinner and we got to eat together and cleaned the kitchen together before he left. Isn’t he an awesome guy? The kids started a tradition where we go out on the porch and yell, “Good-bye!’ and “love you!” at the top of our lungs until he is out of sight.

After dinner I did a little bit of Mother Goose Time preschool with the kids and then I sat and relaxed with my book while they watched Preschool Prep videos.

I vacuumed some but that was about it before feeding the kids some warm apple sauce with cream and then tucking them in.

On Wednesday’s at noon in our area the tornado sirens get tested every week. When I was a newly wed I started this thing where whenever I hear the sirens I say “I love you” so that when my husband hears the sirens he can know I’m saying I love him. Today when the sirens went off I heard E start shouting from the other room, “I LOVE YOU DADDY!” It made me smile to have built such a fun little thing into our family culture. The funny thing is we say it even when we know he’s sleeping or is not where he will hear the sirens. It’s been so many years it’s just something we do now!

Do you have any small traditions or things you do that are a part of your family culture?