Friday, December 10, 2010

Fit Mommy Friday Challenge - Week 7

Thanks to some encouragement from my husband and kids I made good progress in my goals this week!

I excercised 4 times this week for a minimun of an hour each time and I am really seeing the results. As of now, I have lost 7 pounds toward my 10 pound goal!

********I am cheering for myself! ********

Go over to the Got Chai blog and check in the other Fit Mommy Challenge participants. Be sure to cheer them on too!


Apologia Review: Good Morning, God


I love to read with my children. There is just nothing like cuddling with one of the little boys and sharing a book. We read the same books over and over. When they choose a favorite they don't tire of it easily. One of those that Dad and I will be reading frequently is Good Morning, God.

Good Morning, God is written by Davis Carman and Illustrated by Alice Ratterree.  The first time I read it to MT he was captivated by the illustrations. They alternate between black and white pencil drawings and full color artwork. The book is simply beautiful.

PhotobucketWe loved the active little boy - jumping, running, and climbing through the book. He does the same things our little boys do: plays with his brother and sister, looks through a magnifying glass at a ladybug, rides his bike.

The book is written to cover each day in a week, beginning and ending with Sunday. Good Morning, God is wonderful to share with your children as a simple bedtime book, but it can be much more as well. The front of the book has a page of suggestions for how to use this book. At the end of the book are questions and activities for each day of the week. There are activities appropriate for ages 1-8 years ranging from drawing a picture or reading scripture to simple discussion questions.

You don't need anything else to enjoy this book, but your children might enjoy the coloring book Apologia Press has created to go with it. It is $4.00 and you can find it by clicking here.

Good Morning, God is available through the Apologia Press website. It is a sturdy, lovely, hard cover edition priced at $14.00.

Other TOS Crew members also reviewed this book, click here to read some of the other reviews.

**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the 2010-2011 TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Irish Step Deer?

Last year Dad found these little bendable reindeer. This one is Maggie's:

She has it posed doing a "Cut" - one of her Irish Step Dance steps!
It brought a smile to my face.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Vacation of Work!

I have been so neglectful of my blog lately. I can't promise to be better about posting yet, but thought I'd at least let you know what we've been up to!

As you may or may not know, we built our home. I should probably phrase that differently...We are building our home. It is a work in progress. We began the structure when we had two children and built it with that in mind. by the time it was complete enough to move in - FRitW was on the way.

Long story short - FRitW's 'nursery' had to be our intended closet and our intended master bathroom became our closet. Temporarily -  or so we thought. Fast forward through 6 years ---- another baby, closet remains a bedroom for 5+ years while we build an addition - Kids finally move into new rooms,  --- to last week when we finally get started on our 'Master' bathroom.

Dad's vacation has been put to good use. We aren't done yet. I hope we will be by Christmas, but here are some pictures so far:

I only got one picture of Kirk doing demolition. He was done before I got back in the room!

Really bad photo - but FRitW worked so hard to mop up the sheetrock dust I had to include the photo. He mopped, then I mopped, then MT mopped, then I got a brush and scrubbed on my hands and knees, then we gave up!

Next all of the nails had to be pulled out. Dad and I had lots and lots of help with each step. (Hmmm...wonder why it isn't finished yet?!)

Soon to be a shower!

More help...

Tiling the floor

Progress! The floor is complete (except for cleanup) and the walls are started.

Finished wall tiling.

One of our splurges! Glass and stone mosaic tile on the shower wall. So Pretty!!!!

No guarantees, but hopefully I'll be back with finished photos soon. I will be back later this week with a couple of reviews: Aleks Math on Wednesday and a beautiful book from Apologia on Friday. Have a wonderful week!