Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christian Foundations - Term 1

 We are beginning to wrap up term one of grade 1 for David and so I am beginning to blog some summaries and examples of the work David has completed this term. For Christian Foundations I have been working with 2 curriculum books both new to us this year. The first book is "1st Grade Enjoying God's Gifts" by Cherie Noel. There are 35 lessons in this book which makes it a good length for the school year. We will be completing the first 12 lessons for term 1, covering most of the first 3 units.
Unit 1 - God's Gift: The World - The Story of Creation
Unit 2 God's Gift: Special Promises - The Stories of Noah, Abraham, Jacob, And Joseph
Unit 3 God's Gift: Worship - The Stories of Josiah and Joash
Each lessons is different. Some involve filling in blanks, dot to dot pictures, colouring by number, match the number to the correct picture and even a poem.
The lessons are short and fun so they work well in between heavier subjects. They also supplement Language Arts and over lap with Science (learning about plants and animals) and Social Studies  (learning about family and rules). I  often remind David of the poem he completed during school time.

I do my work
With all my might;
God is pleased
When I do it right.

In all i do,
I do my best;
After I work,
Then I can rest.

 We also use "a reason for Handwriting"by Carol Ann Retzer and Eva Hoshino. This curriculum is designed to help improve writing, memorize scripture and share God's word with others. Rather then learn two memory verses each week we have coupled this curriculum with David's Sunday School programs memory verse. By the end of term 1 he will have memorized 10 verses.

 Along with his school activities and Sunday School David also attends an evening program weekly at our church which these last two pictures are from. We also have family bible time and just this week they have added a reading schedule to his Sunday School class so he is responsible for completing 2 bible readings each week. It is my prayer that all these things will help David build good character, that he will be known for his kindness and like King David that he might be remembered as a man after God's heart.

Monday, October 15, 2012

In the beginning...

Dating 4 Months, February 2005 - Mill Lake, Abbotsford

 Shuswap Lake July, 2005
(3 months Engaged)

Biking along the Adams River
 August 28, 2005
Costume Party, October 30, 2005 (married 2 weeks)

Today is our 7 year wedding anniversary (tomorrow will be our 8 year dating anniversary) and it has been just over a decade since Jonathan and I met. I thought it would be fun to look back at a few photo's from our beginning and share then with you as well!
I could go into details about what we have been up to since we started our blissful union seven years ago but if you read our blog you know all about our lovely children and they are certainly the highlights!
I can't say that every minute of the last seven years has been blissful (though I doubt any one else, single or married could either) BUT I can say I have been incredibly blessed having Jonathan beside me through the good times and the bad.
Early this week David was listening when Jonathan and I exchanged "I love you's" on the couch and he said "Oh, I didn't know that Mommies and Daddies love each other too!" I've always thought that we are fairly openly affectionate but after that remark we may have to work a little bit harder to make it more noticeable to our children that we are in love.
Thank you to my Husband for putting up with my "bad times" and always helping me to see the good in our circumstances when life overwhelms. Thank you for putting 110% into everything you do. You are an amazing provider, father and friend... and more ;)
Looking forward to our celebrations tonight. With 4 kids we celebrate a little differently. We will be putting them to bed early and ordering Greek. I'm sure it won't go according to plans... little does anymore but we will celebrate together.
Happy Anniversary Jonathan... I love you more each year!

Monday, October 8, 2012

22 months

Samara is now 22 months and to me she is still my "baby", along with her little sister. She likes to play with her older brother and sister but also plays well independently. She loves being a big sister to Rebekah and can even sometimes be seen sharing "her" blanket.
She is going on 2 and has been for a while now.
Her list of words is slowly expanding but I would consider to be "behind" her peers in her vocalizing. She "talks" non-stop but it is all with the sound "ein" in varying tones. 
Because she can say words using many different sounds and her comprehension is good I am not concerned that it is related to her hearing. It seems that she just needs to connect words and their meaning to conversation. (She will say "mouth, teeth, ears, eyes, nose" and point to where they all are).  It is nothing to worry about at the moment but just something we are keeping an eye on.
At the moment we are struggling with her at nap and bed time but that is a mix between typical difficult two year old, too much change, and lack of routine. 
Samara likes to make us laugh and she "entertains" us with dancing and singing. She loves her Mama and Dada very much and if she is with one of us she will as for the other. She LOVES bath time and wishes this could take place 3 times daily. We love watching her continue to grow into a little girl and are anxious to hear what she has to say. I think once she starts talking she isn't going to stop.

2 months old

October 2nd marked Rebekah's 2 month birthday and Jonathan's first day back to work. Having him home for 8+ weeks made a world of difference in all of our adjustments to life as a family of 6. I can't look back and wish we would have taken parental leave sooner but I can certainly say we would do it again if the opportunity presented itself ;)
I can't count how many people commented to me during her first 2 months "you don't look exhausted!?" That's because I wasn't. Now that Jonathan is back to work that is a different story. 
We are both tired. One night this week Jonathan fell asleep reading stories to David and Angeline, while I fell asleep cuddling with Samara. The other challenge is getting to and from different activities and also finding time to homeshcool. Instead of working downstairs we have been doing school at the kitchen table which allows me a few more options for where to put Rebekah and also lets me get some housework done when David is working independantly. I am sure we will soon adjust and develop the current craziness into a regular routine. 
As for an update on Rebekah herself she now weighs 11 lbs (on her 9 week birthday), 22 inches long. She smiles, coo's and even squeals with excitement. Nana says she got a giggle out of her too the other day. She does spit up a bit more then my other babies but she is probably the best sleeper so far. She stole all our hearts on day one and we are continue to enjoy our newest addition.