Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Oh, I am so thankful for this beautiful weather we have been having! The girls have had a blast playing outside and finding all sorts of leaves and seeds and acorns and twigs to inspect :)
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Yes, you read the title correctly… Somehow this busy Mama completely forgot to do a 21 month update on Karlie Sue and now she is 22 months! I guess there is no need to mention that I can’t believe how quickly she is growing up! So I’ll give a quick recap of last month before diving into what Karlie is up to this month:
During Karlie’s 21st month she:
--Transitioned from a crib to a toddler bed and began sharing a room with Karis... she transitioned surprisingly easily and the first 2 weeks went very smoothly… once the newness wore off she decided it was much more fun to play than nap and has been disciplined during naptime quite often lately
--Enjoyed her first night away from Mama and Daddy and had so much fun with Nina and Papa that she didn’t even notice they were gone
---Took an extreme interest in numbers and letters and talks about them more than her older sister
-- Really started singing and became the official “song leader” (opinionated about which songs we sing) for our nightly bedtime sing-song time
--- Decided that eating is overrated and began saying “all done” after about 3 bites of food because she would much rather be playing (don’t worry; we make her stay at the table with us and she usually resumes eating once she realizes that she will not be allowed to play.)
At 22 months, Karlie Sue
-- has started saying her own name (“Darwie”) when she sees herself in pictures
-- Still wants to read, do puzzles, play “Little People” or play outside at all times
-- Has stubbornly stopped smiling/posing for pictures just like her big sister
--Talks about ninapapa and mamawpapa ALL THE TIME and says their names together as one word – so cute.
-- Can say pretty much anything, but still stumps us sometimes as to what she wants. But we have to figure it out because she is incredibly stubborn and will not stop asking for something until we correctly identify it! She loves to say “octopus” or “okie dokie” to make Mama laugh because the way she says it is so stinking cute
-- Has the most adorable belly chuckle ever!
-- Love, love, loves to run and hop, especially if Karis joins her
-- Will happily read books quietly by herself or with Karis for up to about 40 minutes. If I am busy cooking, she will bring her books to the kitchen and sit on the floor and look at them. She is utterly obsessed with her "potty books" and asks for them all the time. She also really loves her Christmas sing-song book and her Three Little Kittens book in particular.
-- Loves to sit on her little potty while Karis goes to the bathroom, but doesn't want me to take off her diaper. We're not planning to try potty training any time soon... I'm pretty certain she will be a lot more difficult to train than Karis :)
-- Gives the sweetest, tightest “ugg” (hug) every night before bed
-- Loves to tickle everyone!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I was pretty excited to try out our new camera on such a pretty day, so I ended up with a bunch of pictures :)
Karlie is kind of obsessed with her adorable hat (which is fine with me, because she is just so cute in it!) She didn't really need it today, but insisted on putting it on. She finally took it off after she had been running around for 30 minutes and got hot :)
Running together in our backyard
And Karis usually sings the entire time we are walking... sometimes songs, but most often it is just something that she has made up :)
I can't get enough of that toothy grin!
We a re so blessed to be in walking distance of a pond with two resident ducks! We go visit them almost every day and the girls love to run down this path to the pond.
Karlie gets distracted over and over by leaves, flowers, bugs, etc. Karis usually runs ahead and runs back to us several times before we get to the pond :)
Such a mischievous grin!
Karlie found a treasure! (One of many that she picks up on our daily walks :)
The girls love to throw rocks in the pond.
And they always have to go say hi to the ducks. The ducks are very friendly and usually come right to us, just a quacking!
Oh, how I wish Karis' eyes were not closed because I love this picture! Karlie will very rarely agree to hold Karis' hand :)
And I don't know about ya'll, but we simply cannot take a walk without playing in the rock pile!
Attempting to take a cute picture of them together, but as usual, I couldn't get them to smile at the camera at the same time!
Definitely did not want to pose!
My bed-headed baby with scrambled eggs on her face :)
Karis trying very hard not to smile at the camera as she takes "my baby" for a drive through the house
Snuggled up with about 10 different blankets and "my baby" on the couch -- Karis makes a "manger" (can you tell she loves the nativity story? :) several times a day for "my baby" in various places around the house.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Prayer of Hannah blog
**Don't Make Me Count to Three: A Mom's Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Plowman**
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
Raising Godly Tomatoes by Krueger
Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children Into The Joy of Worship by Castleman
The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Priolo
The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart For Eternity by Sally Clarkson
A Mother's Heart: A look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother by Fleming
The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elizabeth Elliot
For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child Training by Forster
Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training by Priolo
Favorite kids' Bibles/ resources for biblical study and scripture memory:
**The Big Picture Story Bible by Hunt -- perfect for 2 years and up!
**The Jesus Storybook Bible -- great for preschoolers and up!
Rhyme Bible Storybook -- very simple and fun because the girls love to guess the rhyming words.
My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts by Hunt
Doorpost's Catechism Set for Young Children
My 1st Book of Memory Verses byMacKenzie
Truth and Grace Memory Books
Godly Music for Kids:
Sovereign Grace Kids Music
Seeds Family Worship
Songs for Saplings -- I absolutely LOVE her catechism songs!
Hide Em in your Heart by Steve Green
Favorite Biblical Training Resources/websites
Doorposts.com, especially the If/Then ChartTitus2.com
Wise Words For Moms
We Choose Virtues
Favorite books on being a godly wife:
**Feminine Appeal by Mahaney**
Heaven at Home: Establishing and Enjoying a Peaceful Home by Plowman
Sacred Marriage by Thomas
Other educational resources:
Sonlight -- I absolutely love their reading lists!
ABC Jesus Loves Me (a free online Preschool Bible Curriculum)
My Father's World
Classical Conversations -- what we are using for a homeschool foundation
For toddlers and early preschoolers:
Melisa and Doug Products, especially puzzles like Upper and Lowercase Alphabet and USA Floor puzzle
My First Steps to Math books and My First Steps to Reading books by Moncure
Tactile Sandpaper Numbers and Letters
Bob books, especially Alphabet and Pre-Reading skills for under age 4
For Preschoolers and Kindergarteners:
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading by Wise
The Writing Road to Reading by Spalding
Developing the Early Learner
Explode the Code
Language Lessons for the Little Ones
Good Reading Lists to help choose books for your kids:
Early Years Read-alouds -- Simply Charlotte Mason
Classical Christian EducationSupport Loop: 1000 Good Books List
The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education booklist
Five in a Row booklist
Our Library's book list
The Read-Aloud Handbook: 6th edition by Jim Trelease
Honey For a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
Favorite Books about Healthy Living/ Nutrition:
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig
**Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck **
Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods
Food Rules by Michael Pollen
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Pollen
Favorite resources/ websites on natural/ healthy living:
**Natural Living 101 at Passionate Homemaking **
Weston A Price Foundation
Naturally Knocked Up
Sue Gregg cookbooks
**Dave Ramsey, especially The Total Money Make-over **
Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids: Teaching Kids of Every Age the Value of Money by Clark Howard
Deal Seeking Mom
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Aren't these precious pictures? They are from almost a year ago and I never posted them. My friend Heather took them at Bible Study and I downloaded them to our desktop, which promptly got a virus and never recovered. In all the computer confusion, I forgot about these pictures. My other friend Jon salvaged the hard-drive and I just now found these again as I was working on our 2009 scrapbook. (Sorry for the rambling story, but I had to explain why I never shared these pics before :)