Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Josh showed the kids some snake grass and how you can break it apart.
We then came to this creek. Now my first reaction was, "There is no way I'm crossing that with the baby attached to my front in the carrier." Josh went across and mentioned it was a little slippery due to the clay at the bottom. Liah fell with her first step in but thankfully she thought it was funny. Blake made his way across very carefully and so did I. It was a miracle that I didn't fall. Josh didn't mention just how slippery it was. We then got to hike up this STEEP dune that I thought I was never going to get up. Hannah was holding on for dear life to the straps of the Bjorn. Every two steps you would take you would slide down one.
We did make it to the top though.
The kids had a great time. It was a great adventure to them.
We sat on the dune while the kids ran up and down. I should say ran and fell down the dunes.
Here they are making one of the many ascents up.
As we were walking back we got to see a beautiful sunset.
Blake wasn't to happy that we were walking back on the road. He wanted to go back the way we came and go through the creek again. Mommy wasn't feeling that adventurous though. We went to Oink's for ice cream on the way home. It was a great last Beach Day in 2008.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
1.)Was up four times last night with the girls. They were kind to not be up at the same time and went in five minute apart intervals. Just enough time to "just Doze" off.
3.) Changed a diaper.
4.) Cleaned up an accident. Liah didn't run fast enough to the bathroom. This rarely happens.
5.) Gave Liah a bath. This was not in the plan but since she had urine all over it was necessary.
6.) Explained to a 7 year old that we don't always get to do fun things and headed him back to his desk to finish his subtraction problems.
7.) Did school with Liah and more with Blake.
8.)Put the baby down for a nap and jumped in the shower.
9.) Read books, books, and more books to Liah to keep her occupied while Blake finished his morning school work.
11.) Changed a diaper.
12.) Went for a walk....where Blake swallowed a bug and was spitting the last half and Liah fell and (barely) skinned her knee but she thought it may need a hospital visit.
13.) Liah asked for a green pepper for a snack. It looked not the freshest but smelled fine so she ate it.
14.) 20 minutes later was cleaning vomit off my foyer floor and the bottom of the stairs. So I guess the pepper wasn't good. Ooops! Liah is fine but the stairs may be another story. Josh is adamant about re carpeting the stairs instead of hardwood. You think this may change his mind? Probably not.
15.) Afternoon School. Well we're not quite finished. Blake has to do Music but I was hoping to get rid of my headache before he starts playing his recorder. What in the world was I thinking teaching him how to play the recorder?
I wonder what will happen after 3pm?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Now I know we are entering a new season in ministry and it's exciting and scary all at the same time. I'll be sharing in the near future about the lesson in obedience I've learned in the last couple of months. Even though I know that I know that I know that this is what the Lord has for us right now and even though I can already see the blessing from it, I feel like I still struggle on a weekly basis of wanting to go back to that comfort zone. I feel like an Israelite wandering in the desert after seeing the amazing things that God did so I could have freedom but then complaining about the not so important. It's so easy for us to have faith when we can see Gods miracles but oh what little time passes before we forget. The song Painting Pictures of Egypt has meant so much to me lately and hopefully I will get a chance to upload it in the near future. My favorite part is the line "I am caught between the promise and the things I know." and also "If it comes to quick I may not appreciate it. Is that the reason behind all this time and sand?" So on a daily basis I have to take my fears, anxieties , and feelings of loneliness(although I know this is just the enemy since I'm still around those friends I love so much quite often) to the Cross so I can remain on this road of obedience.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
First we have Hannah. She is a natural born supervisor. Although she is not allowed to sit to close to the computer as she's known to unexpectedly spit up.
"UM, Are you sure that's the best way to do things?"
We also have Liah who is always ready to keep minutes during an international conference call. Yes, D.L. likes things done in crayon.
So there are two of our best employees. The guy you see always on the computer isn't that bad either.
Blake had a great time with this project and I love that his looks as though he has a beard and is older.
The "vegetable kid" had a hard time focusing on this project and kept eating her medium a.k.a broccoli. She was also very concerned about where the dip was.
She did finally finish though after many taste tests.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
We are practicing our reading, writing, and math facts. We are studying the book of Revelation and reading through Psalms. We are learning about maps, our body, how to read music, and Spanish. We are learning about great artists and imitating their work along with composers.
Some are reviewing their alphabet and numbers and are so close to learning how to read in addition to some of the above mentioned activities.
While still some are learning to coo at themselves in a mirror and how to knock over a tower of stacking cups. Also learning what every toy possible tastes like and which ones are the best for chewing on is another important lesson that is close to being mastered.
You will never find a school quite like The Ostrom Academy. I've heard of others but they have their own specialties and focuses that aren't quite the same but yet are perfect for those students who attend there.
And as you can see in the top picture we here at the Ostrom Academy sometimes have pajama days. These are perfect for those rainy-can't go-outside sort of days and actually brings joy when we hear the rain hitting the windows as we wake up.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell----and great was its fall. Matthew 7:24-27
H---Happy most of the time.
A---Always wants to be held by mommy. Aren't you to young to have separation anxiety?
N---Never will refuse to eat. "Hey mom, when do the solids start?"
A---Attentive to whatever brother and sister are doing. "I can't wait until I can play too."
H---Has an obsession with chewing on things, especially her hands. Drool, drool, drool!!!
First we cleaned up the house quick and then Aunt Francie came over to drop off a late birthday present for Liah.
Then it was off for a game of tennis. Liah is getting quite good for a 4 year old. We got a lot of exercise running after all those balls.
The tennis outfit Liah is wearing was part of that late birthday present.
We read lots of library books over and over and over and over. I'm pretty sure I have a couple of them memorized. So if I ever need to recite "The Very Busy Spider" I'm in luck. We then took showers and Hannah had a bath and headed out for dinner.
Hacienda was the pick and we ate enough chips for a good couple of weeks.
Hannah was so good and enjoyed our evening just as much as Liah did. For dessert we went to the South Bend Chocolate Cafe. I think this was what Liah was most excited about. She knows that mommy comes here every other week to meet friends for a Bible Study so I think she felt as though this was a very adult thing to do. We enjoyed walking around looking at everything chocolate imaginable and then Liah picked a couple of chocolate covered pretzels and then got to play in the play place. She also picked out a pez dispenser for herself and one for Blake. We then went home and got in PJ's and then Liah got to fall asleep in Mommy's bed watching Finding Nemo.
The next morning we got up and made princess crowns.
We then got ready and went to lunch with Aunt Kayla at Applebee's and then did some shopping. We walked around DSW and looked at every pair of shoes they had and then headed to Old Navy and Target. Later that afternoon the boys came back and we got to hear all about the game. I can't wait for our next "GIRLS ONLY" day.