Saturday, January 31, 2009
Oh, and if they think they are too old to need an actual 'nap', or they're not used to taking naps, try laying them down with some library books and saying 'You may get up when the timer goes off in 25 minutes', and gradually increasing the time. You may find that when the timer does go off, they're sound asleep! Cosette often does this if we're at my mom's house in the afternoon. I will get her all snuggly in the big recliner in their living room with some books, and before long, she's out of it.
There are occasional days when it's difficult--maybe Eli doesn't 'want' to nap that day, or Cosette is distracted by noise outside her window or something, but we work through those days, and in the end, it's well worth the effort!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I generally take my children to the library once a week, during which time we pick out new books, CD's to listen to, and each child is allowed to pick out two movies. Well, Joel and I are generally very picky about what our kids watch. However, there have been several times where I've checked out a video that a child has brought to me, looked over the cover, etc, and declared it acceptable.....only to find out later that it really isn't! It just goes to show you, you can't even judge a video by it's cover :) I remember one time I picked out a video for Eli that was supposed to be all about construction vehicles, which I thought he'd have fun watching. However, upon putting it in the VCR, we realized that the little kids on the movie did some kind of 'hocus pocus' thing to magically transport them to the construction sites. *groan!!* Is it just me, or do other parents not really want their kids watching this kind of thing either? Or, there was the time when Cosette was watching a Dora movie, and I found out it had a witch and magic in it. *Groan again!* And here I thought Dora was fine! Now, we don't let our kids watch movies too often anyway, but when they do, I want them to be watching something wholesome and edifying.
So, drum roll, please........ here is my official list of movies that Joel and I have (so far) deemed acceptable for our children. Grant it, I have not watched every single episode in the different series, I'm simply saying that what I've seen of these things so far, is acceptable.
1. Anything Max Lucado--"Children's Christmas Treasury", the "Hermie'' movies, etc.
2. Veggie Tales---Eli loves to sing the 'Thankful Heart' song from the 'Madame Blueberry' episode
3. Thomas the Train--good movies with good morals and values
4. Jay Jay the Jet Plane
5. The 'Caillou' PBS series (I haven't seen all of any of these, but what I've paid attention to seems fine)
6. The Sound of Music (Cosette loves this movie, although the ending does get just a little bit scary)
7. 'Gerbert'---This is an older children's series that Joel's parents have at their house, and my kids always seem to enjoy it.
8. The Beginner's Bible series
9. Bob the Builder--A little man who goes around finding ways to help his friends build things (although we have only seen one in this series)
I'm sure there's others that I'm missing or can't think of at the moment. Please, comment and leave your ideas for other good children's videos that you know of. We try to stay away from Disney 'princess' movies and that type of thing. However, there are some Disney movies that Cosette enjoys, like Lady and the Tramp.
I'll be interested to hear your opinions....
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
FOR TODAY January 28, 2009
Outside my window...It is the perfect day to be sitting here typing at my computer, because the snow is just pelting down outside! It's beautiful.
I am thinking... That I can't wait until Joel gets home
I am thankful for... the fact that my mom is home and feeling much better
From the learning rooms... Cosette read this sentence yesterday: "I am sad". I was so proud of her! She is doing really well with her new reading lessons book
From the kitchen... There are homemade granola bars cooling on the counter, and I am planning on a simple yet tasty dinner.
I am wearing... Blue Jeans, my favorite striped socks, a gray and white striped shirt, and my hair down.
I am creating...a clean, cozy, nice house to spend a cold evening in.
I am going...to nurse my baby as soon as I'm done here.
I am reading... Steve Martin's book "Born Standing Up" Mostly just because I think he's so funny
I am hoping...That the church meeting is cancelled tonight---I don't feel like going out in this weather, and I don't want to be left here alone without Joel
I am hearing... Noah waking up from his nap.
Around the house... Eli broke the wooden frame of his window today. But then again, not many days go by that something is not broken around here...
One of my favorite things... A cup of hot tea. I never thought I'd say that!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Do more reading lessons with Cosette, find a place to store all my finished photo albums, go to the library
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"Mom, I think I'm old enough for my own makeup now, don't you?"
It was all I could do not to crack up! There stood my little four year old, trying to convince me she was 'old enough' for makeup! Mom said "She's all girl!" And I said "And so it begins!"
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- We had a 'picnic' today for lunch in Cosette's bedroom (mostly because I had scrubbed my kitchen floor and wanted to keep it clean and free of food!) The kids loved it. I loved seeing them enjoy it, but didn't have much room for stretching out my legs on our 'picnic'. Hey, at least there were no ants!
- Cosette played outside today and made snow angels. Eli couldn't go out because he's getting over a cough, and so Cosette brought a really pretty icesicle to the door for him to hold. He kept calling it his 'popsicle'
- I got 0ne more years worth of pictures put into the album. Only two more years to go until I'm caught up to the present! Yay!!!
- Joel ordered a New American Standard version Bible on Amazon today, so now we'll be memorizing in the same version :) ( I just got an NAS Bible for my birthday in October, and love it! Previously, we had both been memorizing in NKJ)
- Noah seems to love his rice cereal.
Things requiring more grace....
- The chicken took a half hour longer to cook than the recipe said it would. I had four hungry people patiently waiting for their dinner....
- Right around 5:00, I was trying to bring Cosette in from outside and get her warmed up, convince Noah to nurse, take Eli potty, start getting dinner in the oven, and giving a piano lesson in five minutes. Needless to say, I was quite frazzled when Joel got home.
- I dumped the entire pitcher of water on my kitchen floor. (Oh well, at least the floor is doubly clean now!)
- Noah is cutting another tooth, and so he wouldn't nurse again all day. Arrghh! That is soooo frustrating!
- While I was in the bedroom today after lunch trying to get Noah to nurse, Eli climbed up on the bathroom sink, and pulled out my makeup from the cupboard. He then rubbed it all over the sink, spilled it in the sink, and smeared it all over himself. *sigh* When I found some on Cosette later too, she said "But I wasn't doing anything bad, Mommy, I just wanted to see how it worked!"
And that was my day, for any of you interested enough to read this far!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Cosette and Eli were having a bath the other night. There was a bottle of body wash sitting up on a little shelf in the tub. Well, in the midst of their normal bath-time splashing, Cosette must have bumped the wall, and the bottle came crashing down---it scraped the top layer of skin right off of her soft little cheek. It didn't bleed right away, but boy did she scream!! It happened so quickly that Joel and I couldn't figure out right away what had happened---did she slip? did Eli throw something? Oh, no, it was the body wash. Honestly, I try to keep my house safe for my children, but who would have thought a bottle of soap was a hazard??! So, anyway, she's fine now, after she got over the shock of all the bleeding it did! Now the hard part is keeping her from picking at the scab! And that is the story of how my daughter got a really big, nasty looking mark on her face. Now, I hope you all sleep better tonight ;)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Side note: To those of you looking for my Daybook today, I was just too busy! Maybe I'll try posting one tomorrow instead. :)
Second side note: Yes, the magic markers are being moved up high......verrrrry high.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Funny, when Cosette had her first cereal, I promptly went into the living room and had a good cry. Why, I don't know. Maybe because my baby was 'growing up', or something. But with Noah, we all just encouraged him on, took a few pictures and recordings, and then went on with the evening. Proof that this Mama is a little less up-tight with her third baby :) Here are some pictures of Noah enjoying his cereal.
Friday, January 16, 2009
- We have been memorizing the Fruit of the Spirit for our family memory passage with the kids. Well, Cosette hasn't had a problem, but it's a little more difficult for Eli, who's language skills aren't quite there yet. However, today he quoted "Da fuit of da Spirit is Wuv, Doy, peace, patience, 'indness, doodness, Fatefullness......Yes, he got the first seven, and I was so proud of him! (It's even cuter to hear him say it than to read my attempts at typing his pronunciations!)
- Noah has just been changing with leaps and bounds this week---another tooth, in the top, he's definitely crawling now, and he can sit straight up all by himself!
- Cosette and I are working through the book "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons" I know it sounds cliche, and I've only worked through the first few lessons with her, but----I think I'm going to highly recommend this book! It's based solely on reading by phonics, and so far, it's more understandable to the child than other phonics programs I'm familiar with. She really seems to be catching on. I'll let you know in a few weeks if I still hold the same opinion of the curriculum! Today, as we started her lesson, she wrapped her arms around me and said "Thank you for teaching me to read, Mommy!"
Also, by being home with them all the time, we can establish a routine, which seems to be good for the kids. For instance, they know that every morning after breakfast is Bible story and memory verse time. 9:30 is twenty minutes of movie while mommy takes a shower :) 10:30 is quiet times in their rooms. 2:00 is nap time, 7:30 is bedtime. It's the same way, day after day after day.
So anyway, I guess all that was just to encourage you to spend as much time with your children as possible. They need you, and the peaceful life you can offer them, more than anything. What's that saying?
The days are long, but the years are short
or something like that :)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Eli: (With a huge grin) Yes, Mommy!
Mommy: Well, it's pretty cold out there. You guys will have to dress warmly.
Eli: Yeah mommy, I wear my bathing suit.
Mommy:(Hiding a smile) I think you mean your snow suit, Eli :)
Mommy: Cosette, What is wrong with your eye?
Cosette: I dunno
Mommy: Well, why is it all red? Does it itch?
Mommy: Were you rubbing it?
Mommy: Well then, what.....oh, wait a minute. Let me see your fingers too.
They were bright red too, just like her eyes......the culprit? A washable red marker. Apparently, she had 'painted' her fingernails red with the marker, and then rubbed her eye. Oh my!
Cosette: (Holding a baby doll) Look at my new baby, mommy!
Mommy: Oh, she's nice, Cosette
Cosette: Guess what I named her!
Mommy: What did you name her?
Cosette: Julie Andrews!
Can you tell that her favorite movie right now is Sound of Music?
Monday, January 12, 2009
FOR TODAY: January 12, 2009
Outside my window... Is yet another cold day. Makes me glad for fuzzy socks.
I am thinking...What a day! A flying squirrel in my kitchen this morning (which is still loose in my basement somewhere), a little boy who dumped sidewalk salt all over my living room carpet, and then acted like a wild thing during story time at the library.......
I am thankful for...A date tonight with my husband! Thank you Mom for babysitting....I need it after today!
From the learning rooms...We picked out some interesting books from the library today for the kids. And, I got started on my own book list. I love the library! I handed the librarian a list of 17 books today that I wanted, but were not on their database. She smiled and said "We can get these from elsewhere in the state, or country if necessary. We'll call you when they start coming in!" Gotta love that :)
From the kitchen... No cooking today, folks, I'm eating out!!
I am wearing... Blue jeans (again), a white textured sweater, and black socks.
I am creating...a houseful of clean laundry....one pile at a time.
I am going...to Ruby Tuesday's tonight!!
I am reading...Nothing right now, but I'm hoping to start some of my new library books tonight. (Is it a bad sign or a good sign when the librarians know you and your kids by name, know who your mother and sister are, say 'We missed you' if you're not there for a few days......just wondering!
I am hoping...That I can finish my 'to-do' list before Joel gets home in a little while.
I am hearing...The furnace running. It is so nice and toasty in here right now.
Around the house...I have a budget to work on, laundry to put away, the kids bags to pack for Grandma's tonight, and myself to get ready. (No, I am NOT wearing blue jeans on a date with my husband :)
One of my favorite things...The kids nap time!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Starting Cosette on some new reading curriculum, trying a few new recipes, planning my 'mom's time' Bible study for next week, and contemplating the possibility of painting my bathroom
Here is picture thought I am sharing...See my last post, there are a bunch of nice pictures of Noah there :)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
FOR TODAY : January 10th, 2009
Outside my window... There is snow on the ground, and rain was coming down earlier. I'm glad I'm in here and not out there!
I am thinking... That I need to get to the library soon and get some new books.
I am thankful for...my husband, who helped me (okay, I helped him) to re-arrange the kids bed-rooms this morning in anticipation of Noah moving into Cosette's room before too long.
From the learning rooms...I'm still waiting on that new book for Cosette, and Eli kind of learned the color green this week. Kind of.
From the kitchen... There are left-overs for 'lupper' today (a meal at about 4:00, since we ate a big breakfast)
I am wearing... a teal colored T-shirt, my favorite jeans that are looking pretty sorry, and a new pair of brown fuzzy socks I received as a gift for Christmas.
I am creating... A list of books I want to read over the New Year
I am going...nowhere today. I'm enjoying the warm cozy winter day inside with my family.
I am reading... "The Longest road Home". Interesting, but this guy really lacks all morals! I'd like to read his other book, "Marley and Me'' and see the movie some time.
I am hoping... That Noah's cold is doing better when he wakes up from his nap.
I am hearing... Not much, everybody is sleeping. But then again, I don't hear much anyway....
Around the house...We're putting away our Christmas decorations later, along with the tree. Always a little sad, but most of the time I feel grateful to get my house 'back'
One of my favorite things... The sense of peace and organization after conquering a big household task like we did this morning with the kids rooms.
A few plans for the rest of the week: To post another one of these on Monday when I'm supposed to :)
Here is picture thought I am sharing...Stay tuned on Monday, I don't have any good pictures right now.
Many woman are participating in this Simple Daybook every Monday. If you'd like to join too, check out the blog at this link.
Friday, January 09, 2009
It was 2:00 a.m. when I was awakened to the sound of Noah, screaming his little lungs out. The poor little guy was starving---at 2:00 in the morning! He hasn't eaten in the middle of the night since he was about four weeks old! I sighed as I lay there, trying to rest while he nursed happily. His little coos and sighs of contentment were so sweet, even at such an un-earthly hour. A half hour later, he's sleeping peacefully again, and I am finally falling asleep myself. It was about 3:00 a.m. when I heard: "Mama, my nose is still stuffy. Can I crawl in bed with you?" *sigh* Sure, Cosette. I put up with her kicking, nose sniffling, and pillow hogging for about a half hour before I assured her that she was fine and needed to go back to her own bed.
The alarm went off at 6:00 this morning, and soon there-after I hopped out of bed, ready to pack my husband's lunch, nurse a baby, and get breakfast for two toddlers. (Oh yeah, and can I eat somewhere in there??)
As I reflected on all of this just now, I realized that the funny thing is, I'm wide awake right now. You'd think I'd be exhausted and run down..........I'm coming to believe that there is such a thing as 'Mom power' :) It's that extra measure of strength given by God that allows you to survive not on sleep, not on food or physical nourishment, but simply on the rewards you get from nurturing and loving all those little people you are around all day long.......it's still a theory, but I'm proof myself :)
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
.....watching Eli eat an entire soft taco at Taco Bell and hardly spilling any
.....Being inside and warm with candles and hot tea while the wind is just howling away outside
.....starting some New Year Bible memory with Joel
.....making some progress on all of those picture files on my computer
.....spending time with my sister
....watching old home movies of the kids
....when Eli hugged me after his bath, all wrapped up in his towel and said "Get me warm, Mommy!"
....scheduling a lunch date with a good friend
What I did NOT delight in today
.....walking all over the WalMart grocery store just to find Velveeta cheese.....only to never find it!
.... Carrying the groceries to the house in the rain
....my dry, cracked hands which were looking so much better just a few days ago!!
....the spaghetti sauce on Cosette's new pink pants
But hey, the good far out-weighs the bad :)
Monday, January 05, 2009
Mommy: Eli, Mommy has a headache.
Eli: Oh, have a 'ead-ache mommy?
Eli: Where, in your belly?
Mommy: Oh dear Eli, Mommy just dropped your new dry underwear right down in the potty!
Eli: Wow, day weally wet, mommy!
Mommy: Cosette, do you know what's in this chicken that's good for you?
Cosette: Um, fiber?
Eli: What's dis, Mommy?
Mommy: Oh, that's cucumber and dip.
Eli:(making a face) I no like cucumber
Mommy: Yes you do, Eli, it's yummy.
Eli: (now smiling), Oh, okay, mommy!(and he gobbled it up!)
Jaime to Joel while in the van: Well, I guess the Christmas get togethers will be over after tonight
Eli, from the back of the van, in tears: No, Mommy, NO, Mis-mas not done!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
But now, we return to normal. We had our last 'get together' this afternoon, and tomorrow starts life as we know it. So, what is life in January going to look like for the Curtis family?
Well, Joel will be busy back at work, and I've got to try to get back to that treadmill thing they call 'exercising'---I've kind of forgotten it over the holidays :/ I will be working with Cosette on some new reading curriculums---she's soooo close to just shooting off and reading on her own! She's very ready, and I think a little bit of hard work now that the holidays are over will get her over the last bump. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not like forcing her to learn to read or anything---she's just very ready, and realllllly wants to! I simply want to encourage her.) And, I'm going to finally bite the bullet and teach Eli his colors. I've been trying forever to teach him, but this child has just resisted it. Just when I think he's got it, I'll hold up a red crayon and he'll declare with glee ''Green, Mommy!" *sigh* But, he's closer to three now than two, and I really think he needs to learn those colors, so that is my main goal with Eli and the month of January---get those colors down! :)
And me? Well, we just bought a new laptop computer, and I'm loving it! I'm also going to be trying to sort through the last few years of pictures on our computer, get them printed and in albums---a verrrry daunting task! I also have lots of new recipes I'd like to try out on my family, as usual :) I'll be giving just a few piano lessons, and starting on that book list from my last post.
So, I suppose this is my Happy New Year post! I'll be hopefully putting up some new pictures sometime this week. Hope you all are doing well and enjoying 2009.
Friday, January 02, 2009
I enjoy reading. When I was younger, I used to read allll the time. I'd always have a stack of books I'd be going through. Well, I still always have a stack.....except now, I just don't have time to go through them quite as quickly. However, this is my plan. I would like to start the New Year out with a list of 30-40 good books that I'd like to get through during the year. That way, if I have a goal, maybe I'd be more intentional about finding more 10-15 minute time-slots to sit down and read!
Okay, now, the real reason for this post.....I need help! Please, those of you out there who are always reading and recommending good books----comment, comment, comment! Tell me what good books you've read lately, what books are your favorites, what you recommend, etc. Feel free to leave me a long list too, that would make me happy :)
Okay, now, I like to read a pretty wide variety of books, but, to help you along, I'll let you know what I definitely DO NOT enjoy reading. I don't do Christian Romance fiction stuff, or secular romance fiction stuff for that matter, either. I don't do horror stuff or things that will give me bad dreams at night. I don't really do alot of novels, either, unless they're classics, like A Tale of Two Cities, or Les Miserables. Other than that, I'm pretty open to anything. Here are a few categories of things I really enjoy, though.
Biographies: Historical biographies or present-day
Christian classics: Such as C.S. Lewis, Spurgeon, Oswald Chambers, etc.
Family Helps: Anything to do with family or child training, encouragment for women, etc.
Couple helps: e.g.-- Love for a lifetime, by Dobson, Capture His Heart, by Lysa Terkeurst, etc.
"How to' books--e.g. How to decorate on a dime, use your slow cooker, plant an organic garden, whatever
Book of the Bible studies---anything devotional like, thought provoking, etc.
Comics--No, not like Peanuts! Funny, humerous books that are gonna make me laugh at the end of a long day!
Those are just a few that pop into my head at the moment. Feel free (please!!) to leave me your suggestions :)