Friday, June 28, 2013

Random 5 Friday

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Well I have moving down the kids in order and now it is time for Little J.

A lot of people asked me when I announced (well showed everyone by continuously throwing up) that we were expecting again when our then youngest was 6 if this pregnancy was a 'mistake'. It was definitely not a mistake. He was very planned, we had just been waiting for a long time for this little man.

1. This little man hit our house by storm. I went for my 37 week check up and my Doctor said that I was going straight upstairs to deliver as my high blood pressure was so high it was making her blood pressure high.
  

2. He is full of life and completely rules the roost.

 
 

3. Little J Amblyopia however we are making huge improvements. We started with his eye sight at 20/100 and our last appointment (yesterday) we were at 20/40 +2. The ophthalmologist was almost as excited as I was. Mind you he can pull off the glasses. So Cute.

4. Little J loves everyone. 






5. He is a cowboy hat, cowboy boot wearing cutie pie.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Scout Camp

It is Wednesday. I only have to deal with two more nights until Jam returns home from camp. It has been very strange not having him here. Little J has mentioned more than once each day that he misses his big brother. Boo just keeps saying it is very strange without him at home.

One of his leaders took this picture when the arrived at the camp Monday morning.


The four things I told him when he left...

1. Use Sunscreen
2. Use Bug Spray
3. Drink Water
4. Don't do anything dangerous which I followed by... We love you!



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mission Call

My niece is visiting from England. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My niece had sent in here application for a mission and because she was going to be visiting us at the time she should hear from them, she decided to have her call sent directly to our house.

 
It was such a fun experience to share in her excitement. Hubby and I were over at out old house cleaning when she called us to say it had arrived, we literally dropped everything and drove quickly over. She got all of her family on her IPad (technology is amazing) for when she opened the envelope.

Arizona Mesa Mission reporting to the MTC November 5th

She is SO excited.

To learn more about my church please visit mormon.org

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Random 5 Friday


WE SOLD OUR HOUSE TODAY.

Now we just need to move out.

Today's Random five is focusing on Boo my ten year old.

1. Boo was prayed for in a very specific way. After Heather's death I desperately wanted another girl. Not to take her place, no one could ever do that. However I wanted a little girl with dark hair, dark eyes, so when I looked in her eyes I would see her for her own person, not a reflection of Heather.



2. As Boo grew she was given her nick-name by Jam. He thought she looked like the little girl from Monsters Inc and called her Boo. It stuck...



 3. Boo and her cousin were born 8 weeks apart. They have ALWAYS been best friends.





 Pippi Longstocking and the Queen of Hearts 

4. Boo loves music, she has been playing the piano since she was five and is getting really good. We have crossed the barrier between childish songs and music. I love to sit and listen to her play. Sometimes she gets to play on Sunday, in primary opening exercises.

5. Boo loves to draw too.

Boo is definitely a blessing and a comfort to me. She is a wonderful big sister and tries so hard to be helpful and hardworking.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review - Baker Publishing Group - Lily Lapp Books

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I love all things Amish, I always have. I have read all of the Amish books in my library, plus many others. When I was given the chance to review some books from Baker Publishing Group. Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily I was very excited. I also was excited to share these books with Boo.

Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily are designed for ages 8-12 and are about a little girl called Lily who is Old Order Amish. We live quite close to some Amish communities. In fact while driving my English niece around last week she caught her first ever glance of the Amish.


The publisher recommends these books for girls, and although my 12 year old Jam has shown NO interest in reading them...Boo often gave him updates of the story and he has always listened with interest about the details of Amish life. She was also a little freer with information relating to the story, as she knew he wasn't going to read the books. (See was not as quite forthcoming with me as you can read in the next paragraph).

Boo has found a new love in Amish books. The first book she read Life with Lily was a real treat. In fact we started reading it together, but she lost patience with our lack of corresponding free time and just starting reading the book by herself. Then at certain times during the day she would say things like..."You never guess what happened"... followed with "I'm not going to tell you as it would ruin the story". So because of that when I asked her what she liked about the story is quite limited - as she doesn't want to spoil the story for anyone who may read it. She loved the book, became very involved with Lily Lapp's life and really feels like she got to know her personally. However some of her comments while reading were very humorous and I have to share. One day I heard her say "Oh my goodness, that is crazy! Mom I can't believe Lily just did that" and then again she would refuse to tell me what or she would say "Oh NO that is SO mean" again no explanation was given, "Guess what happened too...That makes me SO mad". So of course I did what anyone would do - I finished the book myself.
Boo loved Lily's experience of having a new baby brother, however she was very quick to add that she thought, Little J was the cutest baby she has ever seen. 

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We also read A New Home for Lily the second book in the Lily Lapp series. Boo also loved this book too. We are currently moving to a new town, and selling the house that she has lived in since she was 6 months old. It was nice to read about how other people view and deal with change, especially from a child's point of view.

There are two more books in the series that will be available from July 2013 A Big Year for Lily and in September 2013 A Surprise for Lily which will be the final book in the series. We will definitely be reading all four.

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These books were written by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher both authors have connections with the Amish. Mary Ann was actually raised Old Order Amish, and Suzanne's grandfather was raised plain, this gives them a great insight on the Amish way of life.

Each book retails for $12.99 and are available here in paperback or eBook addition.

There is even a fun Lily Lapp Website where your child can play games, ask questions and meet the characters from the books.

Check out the link below to see what other crew members thought of these books.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Random 5 Friday

This week was a bit crazy. It finally looks like we have got a house to buy. My Random 5 Friday has been delayed to a Random 5 Monday.

My random five for today are about Jam.

1. My Jam fits the song 'You are my Sunshine' perfectly. He definitely made us smile for the first time in a long time.


He was SO cute. It was a blessing to have a child in the house again.

2. He was the first US Citizen in our family, and looked very cute sporting his Red, White, and Blue.


3. Jam has always liked sports, even on his first christmas.


4. Jam has always been a very good big brother.




 5. He has grown into an amazing, fun, gentle, kind, brave, righteous twelve year old.




 


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review - Memoria Press Geography 1

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I was recently given the chance to do a review from the company Memoria Press. I was very excited to be offered Geography I text suitable for grades 4-8. We have been studying a lot of Geography but have not done any map work for a little while and so I thought that this would be perfect for Jam and Boo to do together so I actually purchased an extra set of the consumable student workbooks.

Memoria Press  is a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. It was founded by Cheryl Lowe in 1994.

Geography I covers The Middle East, North Africa, and Europe which my children found really interesting. We used this three or four days a week, which meant that we covered about 3 countries a week. We have a globe and my kids loved to look for the countries they were reading about on the globe.

 The Geography I full set for grades 4-8 retails for $48.00 and includes;
  • Geography I Text
  • Geography I Workbook
  • Geography I Teacher Guide
  • United States Review Student
  • United States Review Key, Quizes, and Tests
The Geography I set is designed to be used after studying the United States and therefore includes booklets designed to help the students retain the information they studied the previous year.  We didn't use these books as I wanted to concentrate on the main text however, I have looked through them and we will definitely be incorporating them into our studies this year.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the books was how nice they were. The maps are clear and the worksheets easy to follow. Since my children were sharing a student text book they often worked on this subject together. They liked talking about extra facts that they knew and discussed the interesting facts that were included in the text.

Jam is really loves learning about the Roman Empire and loved that this course covered a lot of the world he is interested in right now. The website gives this description;

Geography of  the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe covers the area that constituted the ancient Roman Empire. Each region is explored in its historical context in “History’s Headlines,” as well as in the present in “Tour of Today.” Your student will learn countries and capitals of today and relate them to the ancient lands of the Greeks and Romans, deepening his understanding of both the past and the present.

This has definitely proved true for Jam.

  
We found the links supplied on the Memoria Press Website very interesting. It was nice to have a quick resource to see color images of the things we were reading about.

I loved that this program was so self explanatory that my kids could work with almost no help. In fact I really only needed to supervise and give them a unit test. Everything else they could do on their own. Great for their self esteem and great for me.

We loved this course, I loved the fact that it is an easy way for me to incorporate maps into their school day.

Check out the link below to see what others thought of this curriculum along with Prima Latina a introduction to Latin course.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Birdcage Press - Review

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 We LOVE games. Card games are a favorite because they so easy to store and play. We were given the amazing opportunity to review a card game from the company Birdcage Press.

We reviewed Go Fish for Impressionists Artists.


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Birdcage Press was created by Wenda O'Reilly began making games with her children. They made them up together pairing their favorite card games with periods in art and history. A book was also made to go with each game and her children acted as editors. In 2000 the games started to be published and since that time they have received several awards for excellence. They are sold in the shops of many world famous museums. You can also purchase them here.

My children loved this game. We played Go-Fish the most and had a great time. Grandma even joined in during a visit (missed the camera opportunity on that one).

This game consists of 36 playing cards, and a 28 page booklet.

It includes work from 8 Impressionist Artists;

Edouard Manet
Camille Pissarro
Edgar Degas
Berthe Morisot
Clause Monet
Auguste Renoir
Mary Cassatt
Gustave Caillebotte


The little books talk about each artist and also gives information about Impressionism generally.  I loved the quote included from Claude Monet "I would love to paint the way a bird sings" and Auguste Renoir "For me a painting should be joyous and pretty - yes, pretty. There are enough annoying things in life without creating new ones.

The game suggestions for these cards are; Go Fish for Art, Masterpiece Memory, and Art Pairs. We played all three, but Go Fish was by far the favorite. The rules suggest 2-3 players however when Grandma was visiting we played with 4.5 players (I count Little J and .5 since he bounced around on everyone's team).

Some of the skills that can be attained by playing this game are;
• Memory
• Concentration
• Visual processing
• Strategic thinking
• Art appreciation

The game is suggested for ages 7 and up. I definitely think a child would need to be reading at a reasonable level to get the most out of it as the pictures are not paired identically they are paired in painting from each artist. 

The only negative thing I have to say about this game is that I wish the Artist names came with advice on how to pronounce them, my children had a few laughs while trying to say their names for the first few times. (I am not convinced that we are saying them correctly even now).

Go Fish for Impressionist Artists sells for $11.95 and I feel it is worth every penny. I have been trying to cover 'Art Appreciation' and this is a stress free way to do it that your kids will enjoy (at least mine do) without moaning.

Check out all the other games offered by Birdcage Press that were reviewed by my other crew members by clicking on the link below.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Soft Scrub 4 in 1 Toilet Care - Review and Giveaway

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I have always hated cleaning the toilet. However now my children are older I have passed the responsibility over to them. We have three toilets which we all love until it comes time to clean. For some reason the outside of the toilets always get cleaned but the inside gets forgotten until I mention it.

I was given the chance to try the new Soft-Scrub 4-in-1 Toilet care I was excited! (I don't know about you but something that keeps my toilet clean is a cause for excitement).

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The thing I liked most about this product is that I didn't have to touch it. It smelled strong, but it wasn't really unpleasant. I actually really like the smell when the toilet flushes. 

I haven't noticed any drawbacks, it has done what it was advertised to do. 

Enter the giveaway below to win a coupon for a free Soft-Scrub product of your choice valued at $3.39 or cheaper.


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