Leaving on a Jet Plane!

August 30, 2008 at 1:36 pm (Uncategorized)

My rent a kid is heading home!  Here is one last shot of him and me together right before he left!

It is going to be quiet and boring around here without him!  It’s good we have school to start this week to keep us busy.

We can’t wait for his next visit! To my rent-a-kids mom THANKS for sharing your son with us!  We love him and the rest of your gang too!

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More on Turning 14!

August 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm (Uncategorized)

So this morning when my 14 year old woke up I had a treasure hunt all set up for him.  We started this "tradition" last year when we had to celebrate the actual day of his birthday without Dad.  (Dad was 1200 miles away at his new job and the rest of us hadn’t moved yet.)  I didn’t want to give him his gifts without Dad being there. (Dad was there for his party, not his actual b-day.) So I came up with the idea of a treasure hunt.  Well, all 4 kids (including my rent-a-kid) LOVED the idea and we have done a birthday treasure hunt for ALL of their birthdays since.  (Including my rent-a-kid.)

So here is my BIG 14 year old finding his first clue this morning. (Yes, he still LOVES his blankey!  LOL  Another privilege of being homeschooled.  You can still be a blanket boy at 14 and no on teases you! LOL)

Reading the first clue.

Finding his first treausre
There are 14 treasures, one for each year of his life.  I won’t make you see pictures of them all!

Okay, you just have to look at one more…
My rent-a-kids in this one, you can’t miss this one!

Here are all my kids posing with the bounty of treaures found in the hunt!

My favorite of the treasures I got for him was this framed picture of him and my rent-a-kid.  (aka: his best friend.) 
I of course got one for my rent-a-kid and me too!  LOL

My rent-a-kid is leaving tomorrow.  :^(  It has been a blast having him here and we CANNOT WAIT until he comes back!  But, I know we will all be sad to say goodbye to him tomorrow.  How blessed we are that he got to come and be here to celebrate my oldest sons B-day!  That was an awesome gift!

Oh, one more thing.  This morning after he opened all his goodies we went out to breakfast.  After breakfast we were walking to the car and my 14 year old was holding my hand.  I said to him "So, now that your 14 you’re not too old to hold my hand in public?"  And he leaned over and said "Mom, I’ll never be too old to hold your hand."  Ahhhh….I told you he was a great kid!

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14!

August 29, 2008 at 10:30 am (Uncategorized)

Fourteen years ago today I became Mom! 

Wow, does time ever fly!  In the last 14 years I know that I have done things right, and done things wrong.  I have made mistakes and learned from every one of them!  I have laughed at myself and my son has laughed at me! Yet somehow through it all that little amazing creature that was born 14 years ago today…he has grown into an amazing young man! He makes me laugh and think every day!  He challenges me to see the world in ways I never thought about before.  He makes me glad for every minute I spend with him. 

It is going to be fun to watch him grow and change in the next few years.  A few years ago I remember telling someone I couldn’t imagine him as an adult, now I get a glimpse of the adult he will be every day.  As sad as I can get at the thought of him being an adult in a mere 4 years, I can’t help but feel proud and happy to see the young man he is becoming. 

He is a young man who loves the Lord, his family, his friends.  He thinks for himself.  He is very funny!  He is going to make a great impact in the world we live in!

I love you baby!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY and thanks for being you!

Mom

Trust me, I haven’t changed a BIT in 14 years!  LOL 

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Grief

August 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm (Uncategorized)

For the last few weeks it has felt as if grief has been a constant companion.  I blogged on the 18th that we had had several reminders of how fragile life is lately.  This week we have had some more reminders.

Yesterday another of my beloved uncles passed away. He was his 80’s, and like my other uncle who recently passed away, he and my aunt had 2 boys by the time my sister and I came along and they too doted on us.  Losing both of these uncles so close together has been real reminder of what a blessed childhood I had, so full of so much love.

Then today I heard the horrible news of the loss of a beautiful 3 year old boy who is the son of a homeschool family that blogs here at homeschoolblogger.com  While I have never met Marsha in person, I have met her many times through our blogs and my heart is just broken for her and her family.   I can only imagine the pain and sorrow that they are dealing with right now.   Here is a site where you can leave a message for Marsha and her family as well as find an address where you can send them condolences. Please pray for this dear family.

http://heartofthematteronline.com/2008/08/celebrating-life-of-little-christian.html

Last night my husband bought me a new (to me) Amy Grant CD.  I have always loved Amy Grants singing.  When my father was alive I get him hooked on her too.  My dad died in 1995 while hospitalized with complications from a lung condition.  I can’t remember all these years later the reason that his van was parked at the hospital.  (Maybe he had drove himself there?)  But, a few hours after he died I found myself alone with my one year old son driving his van home.  When I started up the van Amy Grant’s song In a Little While started playing.  (It was the next song on the cassette he had been listening to.)  I will never forget sitting there and hearing the words from that song wrap around me like a big hug from my dad.  With the timing only God can offer, you will not be surprised that the “new” CD my husband got me yesterday has a new recording of the very same song!  It is just like God to give me another hug, just when I needed it!  Here are the words that have ministered to my heart so well over the years:

In  A Little While – Amy Grant

Got a ticket coming home,
Wish the officer had known
What a day today has been.
Then I stumbled through the door,
Dropping junk mail on the floor.
When will this day end?

But then your letter caught my eye,
Brought the hope in me to life,
cause you know me very well,
And I bet you wrote me
Just to tell me,

In a little while,
We’ll be with the Father;
Cant you see him smile?
In a little while,
We’ll be home forever,
In a while….
We’re just here to learn to love Him;
We’ll be home in just a little while.

Boy, that letter hit the spot–
Made me think of all I’ve got,
And all that waits for me.
Guess I’ve known it all day long;
Wonder where my thoughts went wrong.
When will my heart believe?

Waking half way through the night,
Reaching toward the lamp for light,
Picking up the word I find;
Here’s another letter
To remind me.

In a little while,
We’ll be with the Father;
Cant you see Him smile?
In a little while,
Well be home forever,
In a while….
We’re just here to learn to love Him;
We’ll be home in just a little while.

Days like these are just a test of our will.
Will we walk or will we fall?
Well, I can almost see the top of the hill,
And I believe it’s worth it all.

In a little while,
We’ll be with the Father;
Can’t you see him smile?

In a little while,
Well be home forever,
In a while….
We’re just here to learn to love Him;
We’ll be home in just a little while.

In a little while,
We’ll be with the Father;
Cant you see him smile?
In a little while,
We’ll be home forever,
In a while….
We’re just here to learn to love Him;
We’ll be home in just a little–

In a little while,
We’ll be with the Father;
Can’t you see Him smile?
In a little while,
We’ll be home forever,
In a while….
We’re just here to learn to love Him;
We’ll be home in just a little–

In a little while,
We’ll be with the Father;
Can’t you see Him smile?
In a little while,
We’ll be home forever,
In a while….
We’re just here to learn to love Him;
We’ll be home in just a little–while.

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Key Lime Pie

August 27, 2008 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized)

My rent-a-kid makes the most wonderful key lime pie!  So of course we made sure he brought the recipe along when he came to visit!

Here are my two littles squeezing the key limes.
This kept them occupied for awhile.  It takes A LOT of key limes to get enough juice for a pie!

My rent-a-kid working on grating the rind.

Here is a shot of the delicious end result!
Yummy!!!!

Okay. with my rent-a-kids permission here is the recipe…

:^)

INGREDIENTS

Crust
16 Graham Crackers
3 T. sugar
1 cube (1/4 lb) butter

Pie
4 Large or extra large egg yolks
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice (approx 12 key limes.)
2 teaspoons grated lime peel, green portion only

Whipping Cream Garnish (optional)
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

Crust
Mix the ingredients and press them into a 9" pie plate. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 -12 minutes.  Place on rack to cool.

Pie Filling
Use an electric mixer and beat the egg yolks until they are thick and turn a light yellow.  Don’t over mix.  Turn off mixer and add sweetened condensed milk.  Turn speed to low and mis in half of the lime juice.  Once the juice is incorporated add the other half and the zest, continue to mix until blended (just a few seconds).  Pour the mixture into the pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Garnish
Mix all 3 ingredients until soft peeks form.  Serve a dollop of whipped cream on each slice.

Enjoy!

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I Demand a Re-Count!

August 26, 2008 at 11:37 am (Uncategorized)

Four more years?  I demand a re-count!  My oldest CANNOT be turning 14 this Friday!  That would mean in 4 short years he will be an adult!  No way!!!

Even though I am in no way ready for him to be 14, we had a birthday party for him over the weekend anyway! ;^)

I sure am glad God blessed me with these other 2 so that I have many more years of having kids at home!
Although I have thought many time that in 14 more years my 4 year old will be an adult too!  And I know ALL TOO WELL how fast 14 years flies by!

Sigh…

Okay, enough melancholy mommy moments!

The party was very fun!  We all bowled.  Then we ate cake and then the big boys did laser tag and dads took the little ones to play video games. (I sat at the table with my homeschool mom friend lamenting over how my babies are growing up too fast! LOL)   Everyone had a great time!  I couldn’t help but think that this was just like all the other birthday parties we have had through the years.  I am glad he has not outgrown having FUN!  LOL

Here are some pics from the day.

The birthday boy watching his friends bowl.

My daughter bowling.  (Great form, huh?  LOL)

Daddy helping our little man bowl.  (He reminds me of Fred Flintstone with his twinkle toes shots in this picture.)

The gang. (Minus one camera shy guest who was hiding under the table. LOL)
Happy birthday to my BIG BOY!  I love you more than words could ever say.

Can someone tell me where the re-wind button is????

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Baby

August 25, 2008 at 9:14 am (Uncategorized)

My 4 year old is constantly asking me when we are going to have another baby.  I keep telling him that we have no plans for another baby, but he persists!  A couple of weeks ago his brother and sister were teasing me about something and he piped in "Be nice to mom or she is never going to want to have another baby!"  LOL 

So last weekend we went over to our friends house to babysit their new 10 week old baby.  The kids couldn’t keep their hand off the baby!  The oldest two took turns holding him the whole time we were there.  (I only got him if he was crying or needed a new diaper. LOL)  Anyway, my 4 year old paid very little attention to the baby. (Of course our friends also have a 5 year old boy who my son is best of friends with, so there wasn’t much time to be distracted by the baby!)  Anyway, finally my 4 year old asked to hold the baby…

He cuddled him and kissed on him and seemed to really be enjoying him.  Then he looks at me and says "Wow Mom, babies sure are annoying!"  LOL  Maybe he will quit asking me to have another one now!

BTW, you all don’t need to email me or leave comments that we should have another one.  I am 43 years old and I am tired!  LOL  I would have loved to have had more, but that wasn’t God’s plan.  I am abundantly blessed with the three I have and I am always available for babysitting!

My oldest with the baby…

My daughter with the baby.  Isn’t he adorable?  I did offer to take him home a few times, but mom didn’t seem willing to let him go!

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Standing In Line

August 23, 2008 at 12:30 am (Uncategorized)

I got to teach my 4 year old how to stand in line today at Homeschool Park Day.  I never realized that he didn’t know how to stand in line until now.  He was off playing with the kids and I was off talking to the Mom’s when he came to me crying.  After calming him down he told me "They are not giving me a turn.  I waited and waited to go on the tire swing and no one will let me have a turn!"  I thought this was highly unlikely, because I had seen a bunch of different kids on the swing and I knew they were indeed taking turns.  So I walked over to the tire swing with him.  As soon as we got closer I could see that there was a well formed line waiting for turns on the swing behind a section of the play structure that I couldn’t see before.  So I asked my son "Did you stand in line?"  and he looked at me like he hadn’t a clue what I was talking about!  LOL  I guess this is a hazard of homeschooling!  There are just some things like standing in line that don’t apply to life at home!  I would have thought that this would have been covered at church, but as I think about it I realized that he has learned to line-up in church, but not stand in line.  (In other words he has learned to "Line up it’s time to go to music time."  And then off to music time everyone marches!)

So, I took him over and explained to him how to stand in line!  He wasn’t wild about the idea of starting from the back!  LOL  It was really hot, so he really didn’t like waiting in the hot sun.  Several times he got distracted and wandered off from the line.  (There were about 6 kids in front of him when he got in line.) So I would have to remind him to "stay in line" and "wait his turn!" He was pretty proud of himself when he finally made it to the front of the line and got his turn!

It seems that no many how many lessons I plan out or how many books I buy there are always things that come up that I still need to teach them.  I am usually surprised with the little things that come up over time.  Even though this is a small thing, I am SO GLAD that I am the one that gets to teach them the little things like this.  It was so fun for me to see him accomplish this and see that look of pride he had on his face.  Just another reminder of why I love homeschooling!


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Diorama

August 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm (Uncategorized)

Do you remember making dioramas when you were a kid?  I do!  I loved making a little word and containing it all in a shoebox.  Last week I came across a free printable under the sea diorama.  My daughter LOVED making it!  

This kept her happy an occupied for a good amount of time.  Which led me to search for some other free dioramas to print for her.

Here are some other free printable dioramas
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/craft/diorama-coloring-pages/

Free Desert Diorama
http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/online_field_journal/dr/drdt/drdtmain.html

More diorama ideas
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/diorama/

Here is information on making a diorama to go with a book report.
http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/book_reports/m-diorama-teacher.htm

I know we will be making more of these in the upcoming school year!


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Rain Painting

August 21, 2008 at 10:27 am (Uncategorized)

After living in the desert for 4 years rain is still a exciting concept to my kids!  So when it rains we all have to run out front on the covered porch and watch.  Since my rent-a-kid was here visiting we were all extra excited about the rain!  So I decided we needed to do some rain painting!  I know, only I could come up with a craft that includes rain! LOL

Here are the kids out watching the rain.

Thinking about getting wet!

Rain painting & rain dancing!  LOL

Finished product

So what is rain painting?  Just put a few drops of food coloring on a paper plate. Hold the plate out in the rain to add some water and let it splatter.  Then set your creation aside to dry.

Voila!

A quick, easy, creative art experiment!  You can’t do that in the desert! LOL

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