Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We LOVE School

This morning Josiah was up early, before 5:30. To keep him busy I let him start his school work for the day. He is always begging to do school - even on Saturdays and Sundays. Soon Abby woke up and joined him, and Beth wanted to be part of it, too. I wanted to keep them busy and quiet while I read my Bible. It worked for a little while. They were too cute. I had to take their pictures. How many kids want to do school the first thing after they wake up?!? All the schools around us are on Christmas break, but I can't convince them to take a long break. Plus the weather is not good for playing outside. Who wants four kids under five running around the house all day? My yard is muddy, and the sky looks like it could rain again. School work gives them something to fill up some of their time indoors. We also been baking cookies, and playing learning games.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ultrasound results...

There is one baby not twins, and looks like a girl. The kids are sad. They wanted a boy. The due date has been moved to the middle of March. Could be a birthday present for one of the others. All looks good for going ahead with the plans for a home birth.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birthdays and ages

My kids enjoy discussing birthdays and how old they are. I often hear questions like, "If I am six (or seven, eight...) how old will Josiah and Beth be?" It is a good way to practice adding or subtracting by twos. The other day Robert asked Josiah, “How old are you going to be on your next birthday?” Josiah held up 4 fingers, and Robert replied, “That’s right. How old do you want to be?” Josiah quickly answered, “69”.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baby update

Wednesday I had an appointment with my midwife. I am at 20 weeks and things are going well. I did measure quite a bit bigger than what I should be. This has raised the question again of "Is it twins?" I have an ultra sound scheduled in a few weeks that will settle that question. I would welcome another set of twins, but it would make it difficult to have a home birth. One thing I really want to avoid is a c-section.
I am a bit short on sleep. Getting up in the middle of the night with kids will do that. So it is off to bed for me. Good night all.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sweet pictures

Church was a little long, and they had no nap. They were too cute sleeping side by side.
My princesses!!
Beth's hair is finally long enough to put piggy tails in it. Her hair is very light and fine compared to the others. Even though it is cold here she still runs around bare foot. I can't keep socks on her!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pretending

My kids love to pretend. I don't know many who don't. I took these photos of them pretending to have church. Robert preached, Josiah led the singing, and Abby sang a special song she made up for the occasion.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Gardening

I have enjoyed our garden. I do every year. It gives me an excuse to get out of the house, enjoy playing in the dirt, and get some vitamin D from the sun. It also is great to feed my family with the home grown, organic, fresh produce from my own garden. I miss it over the winter. If I could find a way to have a green house without spending a lot of money, I would do it. I expanded my gardening area and had even more this year.
The kids got involved as usual. They love playing in the dirt, and the youngest usually eats some of the dirt, too. They each had their favorite vegetables they wanted to plant. Abby's favorite is peas, while Robert likes carrots. Josiah is still learning about what grows and what doesn't, so he asked to plant spam this year. Now I did plant the potatoes which combined with spam makes a favorite dish for Navajos.
We tried some new things this year. Broccoli worked great, but cauliflower did nothing. I also tried the wall-o-water this year and really liked the results. The night temperatures really drop here and makes it hard to start plants. The wall-o-water helped even out the temperature fluctuations and we enjoyed some beautiful tomatoes and jalapeno much earlier than usual. Here are some of our gardening photos.Josiah is very proud of his tomato plant, which is bigger than him!We planted broccoli, cauliflower, peas, onions, beets, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, green chillies, jalapenos, bell peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, and cucumbers.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Let me dress myself, please!

Beth loves to dress herself. After I dress her, she uses her own clothes or other family members clothes to add to what we have already done. Her own clothes are still a challenge for her so she usually raids her brothers' and sister's things
Dad's shorts on upside down.
Brother's t-shirts on. I think she has two on.
Next she added sister's skirt and brother's underwear (upside down under the skirt).
The skirt is inside out, but she is enjoying her outfit.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cute Videos

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Beth has a unique way of removing the puzzle pieces.

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Abby had her first s'mores while we were camping. She was so excited and I actually was able to catch some of her excitement on video.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Witnessing

Today we had a deaf mother of a bus girl come to church with her daughter. My friend, Delight, interpreted morning church. Then they both came back for evening church. I interpreted the service for them and then afterwards got to witness to both of them. They trusted Jesus!!! This is the first time I ever witnessed to a deaf person. I have been doing a lot of witnessing at church and I am shocked by how many people come to our church, but do not know they are going to heaven. Some even think that coming to our church will get them to heaven. If you are reading this and do not know for sure you are going to heaven, please watch this. I am very excited, but I need to try to get some sleep. There is a baby growing inside me and he or she takes a lot of my energy.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer Fun

We have had some wonderful opportunities to spend some great family time. Here are a few.
This past weekend we went camping near Prescott, AZ. We got there Thursday and set up our tent in the rain. It rained and drizzled most of the time we were there, but we still had fun, especially the kids. They played at a lake.Then we played in the puddles.Climbed the trees.And had a good time with friends.We have a source for raw milk. My s enjoy helping make butter out of the cream.We went to a waterfall in Colorado and let the kids play in the water. They had a great time. Abby really loves to get wet.
Another weekend we went to the Bisti and helped Grandma round up cows and did some branding. Grandma gave us a two cows for helping. The kids watched the round up from a safe location.
The cows waiting their turn.
The kids loved climbing the fence.
All the kids love animals. Beth managed to catch this hen as it was wondering around the yard. The hens I have right now are very gentle and friendly. Some days are too much fun to wait for nap time.
Another hike we took in Colorado, just north of Dolores. It is very beautiful and green. I love all the green. Abby took our picture.
Robert keeps rocks with him to throw in the water any chance he gets.
Girls playing in a little stream.
Beth did some walking in between riding on our shoulders.
This summer we celebrated six years of marriage. We found out this past week that I am expecting again. I am tired a lot, and soon expect morning sickness to set in. We are excited and look forward to another home birth.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Delight

When I first started teaching, I taught at a church school in Florida. This past week one of those students from my very first class has moved out here. It has been over 11 years since I was in Florida. My former student, Delight, has moved here to teach in our church's school. I am enjoying having her here. I spent time with her family when I lived in Florida.
Today Delight helped visit bus route and soul win today. I had two saved. She wants to learn how I soul win because she doesn't like the "1, 2, 3 repeat after me" kind of soul winning. I am so happy to be able to help train someone, and to have a partner to go with other than my husband. I do love going with my husband, but I feel I should be training others as well. Not just going with my family.
That is all I have time to write for now. Just really excited and wanted to share it with everyone who will listen or read it! :-)

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Door

My parents were here for a visit during the month of May. I love to have my dad come visit because he loves to fix and build things. This year we had him remove the kitchen window, put in a door and build a porch. He and my husband started Monday morning and by that evening the door was hung. Tuesday they finished the outside. Wednesday they trimmed the inside and started the porch, by Thursday most all of it was done. Friday Dad helped me with my gardening. I would like to share some about my garden on another post.
Beth looking out window that we took out.The outside Monday evening.The kids enjoy the new porch. One thing I like is they can play with the water table and not make mud!
We all enjoy the new door. I think it gets used more than any other door right now.

Grandpa also brought a bunk bed that he had built a few years ago for my nieces.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Did you know...

...that a pencil will make marks under water on a porcelain surface? Elisabeth proved this to us just the other day.

The artist...


The artwork...


Fortunately it came off with a simply cleaning. :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

School update

School is going great. One of the reasons I haven't blogged much is I have been working hard on putting together things for the kids to do. I haven't found a curriculum that I can stick to. I have been piecing different things together. When something isn't working or I find a problem with it, I look for something different.
I started something kind of like work boxes, which seems to be big among homeschoolers. I just couldn't see us having 12 boxes on a rolling shelf for each child setting around my school area. I used supplies that I already had and created a file system for each child. We do six folders for each in one box. The folders are color coded. Any work that we all do together goes at the front of my box. Josiah is all excited about doing his folders each day. I let him go first each day because he will not stop asking until we do it. He usually begs to do it on weekends, also. Each evening (usually after kids are in bed) I put the papers, books, flashcards, or projects in their folders for the next day. I find that I am getting more done with it organized this way. Before I would just write down on a paper what I wanted to do, but half the time I would loose the paper or still forget something.
We do Bible together first thing in the morning. We sing a few hymns. (It is great to hear my kids singing hymns while playing or in the restroom.) They each have a favorite hymn. We then read from the Bible. We are reading through Genesis right now. I usually do half a chapter a day since they don't sit quiet very long. Abby and Robert help do some of the reading. Then we work on our Bible memory. We are memorizing Ecclesiastes chapter one. Even Josiah is getting in on it this time. He surprises me with how much he can say.
After breakfast and chores, Josiah does his school time with mom. He is learning the sounds of the alphabet and starting to blend two letters together. I am currently using The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. I found it at the library. I love the library it is my favorite place to go in town. We use blocks with abc's on the for him to "build" words. In math he is working on counting and recognizing numbers.
For our second all together time we are using Five in a Row (FIAR). FIAR takes a book such as Peter Rabbit and uses that story to teach math, language, art, science, history for the week. We do one suggested activity or lesson each day after reading the story. The library is my may source of books for this curriculum. I found the FIAR manuels there and the books. I have started buying a few books used that the library didn't have.
Late morning and after lunch I work with Abby and Robert individually. Both reading well above normal for their age, doing simple addition and subtraction, and learning to write neatly. With the warm weather they have not been doing much of their individual work, but have been enjoying playing outside and learning to ride their bikes without training wheels.
Rueben is almost halfway done with his last year of school. Not sure what his plans are after he is done, but we are encouraging him to date, and talk to girls.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Still here

In March we celebrated three birthdays. It is nice having so many close together. We had a family party one day and then the other day we went to a local ranch and the kids got to ride horses.Anyone who asks Abby what gift she wants she tells them she wants something pretty. I got her some accessories to go with her princess dress. The cheap shoes did not last a week, so I took her to the thrift store and let her chose a pair of "shoes with sticks" (high heels). They were 1/2 price that day so I got a great deal.The boys love any transportation vehicle. We got them lego trains. The horse back riding was on a windy day, but the kids didn't seem to mind. Abby was the first to ride. Then each boy took one turn. Abby went again and again and again. We finally convinced Robert to go again with Abby. He didn't want to ride alone.
The boys had fun hanging on the fence.

Here are some extra pictures of the kids. Beth has decided that anytime we use the school desks she has to sit in one too. She pushes one of the older ones out and sits in their seat. The one pushed out is usually happy to sit on another chair.
Josiah never stays in his bed all night. Here he is sleeping on the floor in front of the pellet stove.
Our weather in March was crazy. One day the kids would be outside enjoying the warm weather and then the next morning it was snowing again.
I have my garden started and I am looking forward to May when my dad is here to help get more planted.
Our church is having a camp meeting the first week of May. I am hoping there will be some good old fashioned BIBLE preaching. The kids are looking forward to having the meetings at the pastor's ranch, and the roasted marshmallow afterward.