Loving children need loving homes.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Here's our favorite smoothie recipe:
1 generous handful of berries, any (fresh or frozen)
1-2 bananas, we prefer frozen
3 cups kefir
2 Tbs. raw honey (I don't actually measure it)
2 Tbs. coconut oil, if we have it
Blend and serve. This makes enough for all the kids to have cupful.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
This year, Elena and Maya are in 2nd grade and Isaac and Chloe are in 1st grade. This is our third year using Ambleside Online curriculum and we are all thoroughly enjoying this literature-based education, especially me. I was reading an article recently about homeschool drop-outs, meaning families who quit homeschooling. Parents tend to pull their kids out of public school because the kids are unhappy, but families generally quit homeschooling because the parents (read: mom) is unhappy. I was questioning myself the other day, wondering if I'd made the right decision by choosing curriculum that I love. But the truth is, if I'm not enjoying it, that attitude will cross over to my kids. Thus the reason families stop homeschooling. "When mom ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." (Of course it helps that I haven't heard any complaining or grumbling over the way we're learning.)
For our first term, we're reading The Litte Duke, A Child's History of the World, Leif the Lucky, Heidi and the poetry of Walter de la Mare. We're studying Van Gogh, Renoir, and Frans Lanting. We're also learning about composers: Beethoven, and Rossini. We're finishing up Big Truths for Little Kids as our Bible study and Kyle is still doing Math U See with the kids in the evenings.
Now that VBS is over, we'll be working hard for the next 6 weeks of summer. We're all looking forward to an early fall break in September, when we'll be taking a trip to Colorado.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Today at lunch, we had baked potatoes. I was putting the butter and cheese on them, then Pedro salted and peppered them. Right after he started peppering the last one, Elena came in saying, "I don't want pepper." She looked at the potato, then up at Pedro with a mad look on her face. He said, "That's not pepper. It's black salt." (confused look) "You've never had black salt?? It's from Indonesia."
Elena was retelling this story to Kyle at dinner. She was laughing as she told him about the black salt. Then, suddenly she started laughing really hard as she said, "You told a black joke! Get it??? A black joke!" Everyone at the table started laughing.
The funny thing, of course, is that none of the kids actually "got it".
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Isaac is our comedian and athlete. He is good at most every sport he attempts, just like his Daddy, and he has personality plus. He's also very affectionate. Isaac comes up to me randomly throughout the day and wraps himself in my arms. He's really easy to love. Tonight at dinner, he was really enjoying his meal, as evident by his facial expression. He had his eyes closed and was swaying his head back and forth like Stevie Wonder, with his eyebrows raised. He opened his eyes to find Kyle and I staring at him. He just laughed. What a great sense of humor.
Daniel is my little sweetie. He is so laid-back and peaceful. He loves saying, "Mama" and "Daddy" because the words mean so much to him. He says my name all the time, not necessarily because he needs anything. So sweet! It has been an exercise in creativity forming attachment with him. I had hoped to feed him and carry him, and attach in the normal adoptive ways. I've had to learn other ways to connect to this little independent three-year-old. I sit him in my lap in the rocking chair and read to him at night. He snuggles up against me and is so secure. He sits in my lap while I'm on the computer. (Obviously that gives us plenty of bonding time. haha)
Adopting three kids at once would have never entered my mind, but I am so glad God thought of it. I can't imagine three more blessed additions for our family.
I really like these kids!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Lydia and Vivian loved digging in the beach
Jake and Maya went fishing. (Notice Jake's tongue as he's concentrating.) Then Isaac joined them. Standing still is not Isaac's thing, so he quickly moved on to something else.
Maya came running up to the deck, squealing: "I caught a fish, I caught a fish!" She caught a fish THIS BIG!
Right after Maya's big catch, Jake caught a good-sized catfish (sorry, Maya). Ed held up the fish and made Jake kiss it. (Not that it was difficult to convince Jacob to do this.) Jake had to kiss it three times so Gretchen could get a good picture of it. (Yuck-o!)
Lydia was really concerned about Jacob repeatedly kissing the nasty fish: