Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekly Highlights: Lots of Birthdays, an Anniversary and Ponies!

This week my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary on the same day our first son turned 7! Two days later, our baby boy turned 5 and our little Boston Terrier, Betsy, turned 2! Whew! Talk about celebrations to last the whole week long!! And boy did we ever celebrate!

First things first:

Caraline's fairy tale- she finished!:

If you remember from a previous post, right after we finished reading The Princess and the Goblin, Caraline set out to write her own fairy tale. She had planned to give her story to her cousins that would be visiting less than two weeks later- this past weekend! She worked very hard and finished her 43 page (complete with illustrations for every page) fairy tale, Prunella and the Adventure.

She was especially proud of this illustration, Princess Prunella riding her horse up to the mean ice cream man's cottage. It's not easy drawing from the perspective of above and behind, as my husband pointed out!

The Market Place!

When all of our family arrived, we set out on a voyage for a Biblical times marketplace! We began our journey in the present, but as we traveled through the Bermuda Triangle, our ship went back in time! It was a very cute presentation and our two littlest got to help our tour guide with the directions of our quest! ( A local church puts this amazing production together each year FREE to the public! This was our first year attending, although we've always heard such wonderful things about it!)

My phone died soon after arriving, so I don't have pictures of the kids riding the camel!, making jewelry and perfume, exploring musical instruments, making pottery, weaving cloth, using an olive press to make olive oil, meeting Roman soldiers, visiting the petting zoo where the precious little calf licked Jonathan's cheek! I know I am leaving out other activities... But, we stayed about an hour and a half and closed the place down! We wished we had gotten there earlier, because could have easily spent two hours or more there!
Here are the pictures I did get a chance to take. The boys fishing, after speaking to "the apostle Paul" and the older two making a Dreidel. I wish I had a picture of the actual market place to share!

We will certainly make an appearance again next year, right at the opening hour! I wouldn't be surprised if we closed it down again! It was a wonderful learning experience for all of us!

Easter Eggs!

The next day, (after a huge barbeque feast!) we colored Easter Eggs and had an Easter Egg hunt! My dad came up with a great idea for smocks. Can you tell what they are? Plastic trash bags! Is that a great idea or what?! Just a hole at the bottom for their little heads and one hole on each side for their arms. Genius!

We had nine cups, each with a different variation of the three primary colors. It was a wonderful color theory study! ~ Not a formal lesson, but a valuable one nonetheless! The end result was beautiful!!

Later, the little ones went fishing at our favorite little fishing hole and enjoyed a cool treat at a local yogurt shop!


The next day, we celebrated the boys' birthdays with PONIES! We had two ponies come to our house for TWO hours! It was fabulous! And, the kids were given riding lessons to boot and got to trot (their favorite part) quite a bit with the ponies, too!

Afterwards, we enjoyed cake and not just any cake, a special, homemade chocolate cake baked by the kids' great-grandmother Peggy and ice cream. We played pin the tail on the donkey, a Power Rangers game and had a fun (and wet!) water gun fight!

That evening, we stuffed ourselves with another homemade feast and enjoyed looking at the stars, our moon and Jupiter and its four moons through our telescope.

We hated to see our family leave.

Ryan's Big Day! (and my husband and I's anniversary!)

Monday was Ryan's big 7th birthday! We like to give the kids an opportunity to choose an activity just for their birthday. He chose to go to our favorite nature area and spend a few hours there. Thankfully, the rain held off enough for us to do some great exploring and discovering. We found THREE snapping turtles and a lots of pretty little blue butterflies. The kids experimented with evaporation. They painted with creek water using different types of sticks, twigs, and grasses too.

We had heard the The Lost Medallion was a great movie, but maybe a little scary for tender hearts. Ryan loves thrill and excitement, and the message is a good one. So he and Daddy went to the theater see it together. ~ By the way, they both loved it!

Near the time when their movie should be ending, a hail storm passed over our area, including our house. We were so thankful for the moment our two precious ones walked through the door safe and sound. Another prayer answered!

Prayer Journal:
Do you keep a prayer journal with a section devoted to answered prayers? I did this for a few years in college (why did I ever stop??). It is a wonderful, tangible way to see that through Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit our prayers are heard by God, and God is faithful to answer- the answer might take years or merely minutes, and may not be exactly what you expected but it does come! I plan to start researching with the kids about prayer and what the Bible says specifically about prayer using primarily our concordance and lexicon (two things I am ashamed to say I haven't used in quite a while.) as our research guides. We are going to begin keeping a journal of our prayers with a section devoted to answered ones~ no matter how small.

If you keep a prayer journal with your kids, I'd love to know about it! Do you have a favorite prayer resource besides the Bible? Please share!

A couple of pictures
 Ryan began guitar lessons!!
Caraline got pink eye for the first time, but that didn't stop her from reading a great mystery!
And my sister took one of my all time favorite pictures of Jonathan!
Jonathan's birthday was not the prettiest of days either. And there was a big chill in the air. We've decided to really celebrate his birthday on a pretty day when we can go to the zoo, one of his favorite places! We did take a yummy snack to Awana to celebrate with all 24 of his Cubbie friends! And at co-op this week, Jonathan and Ryan (all children-and mommies- with birthdays) were singled out for a special Happy Birthday during assembly. Poor Caraline couldn't go to co-op because of pink eye. But she and Daddy had a great day together talking and playing outside with our Sandy and Betsy.

And, speaking of Betsy, I love this picture of our black and white cutie and the kids. I can't believe she's already two!
We did work on our review items, Math U See- Alpha, AJTL Earth Lapbook, Math Rider, and Supercharged Science. And we started a new review, Progeny Press' The Dragon's Hoard and Study Guide. We read the book in one sitting and the next day, by popular demand, we read it again! We are just getting into the study guide and it looks like it's going to be a great resource, too.

It's been a busy week with some icky weather. My husband and I really haven't taken a lot of time for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary~ yet. It's important that we do, and we will. He did give me a very nice present. I've had the same sunglasses for seven years! ~ Can you believe I haven't permanently lost them or broken them! Well, he bought me an updated pair. And I am still on the lookout for a really nice wallet. His is falling apart.


James 1:6  
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Luke 18:9-14
 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 'Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: "God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get." But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner." I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.""

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  1. We had a birthday party this week too (his actual birthday is tomorrow!). :-) I love the ponies for the birthday celebration. My kids would love something like that, but I can't imagine doing it on our tiny city house lot. I think we would have to go ride ponies somewhere else. :-)

    1. Happy Birthday to your little one! It was interesting, to say the least, to have the ponies in our backyard! Thanks for visiting!

  2. I loved reading all your adventures this week! The marketplace idea at church was simply wonderful!!! I will have to remember that to share with other churches! Blessings to you for a great week ahead and into our Savior's triumph!


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