Simple Sunday~

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Family Style~
 Sweetest of days to have them all together at home!

Last Weekend~

Friday, September 28, 2012

Last weekend to have the pool open... so long summer.

Rainbow Day Fun Friday~

In the story The Big Green Pocketbook, the mom and little girl visit a jewelry store with stones all colors of the rainbow.
I decided we would enjoy Rainbow Day for Fun Friday.
The day began with a breakfast of rainbow eggs and oatmeal muffins in rainbow bowls~

We invited Max over for the festivities and got to the fun.
First we read our bible story... Noah and the Ark of course and proceeded to our major art project~
 Then we read a Rainbow Stew Poem, tore paper as we read, and ended up with a pot of stew~
 Max and WP LOVED this... especially the stirring. :)
We also made rainbow bracelets with beads and pipe cleaners~
  Next was our make a book project... they each chose a boy sticker to stick on the front to be Roy. I wrote his name across the rainbow pages... ROY G BIV and they had to find something in a magazine that was each color. LOVED it!
Then it was time for snack. I just happened to have Lucky Charms in the pantry (Rosie's fav) so we sorted, counted, and wrote number sentences for our math project. I also had rainbow sherbet so we enjoyed that too~
 I think their favorite activity was making rainbows using a glass of water and a flashlight!
 Fun Friday is never complete without a little outside time~
Rainbow Day was indeed a very Fun Friday!!! 
Our wonderful projects~

An Afternoon Picnic~

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I looked out the sunroom window today to see~
 The girls on a beach towel with their special friends and a cooler full of dog treats... LOL!
Just a sweet day for An Afternoon Picnic!


 We compared the two animals in the story using a VENN diagram~

 and I pulled a game for centers that I have had for years and the girls loved it!
Silly Sentences... they pulled a word with certain color (part of speech) and then EK read it to them.
You can tell SJ thought this was hilarious!!!
Never know what they might think is fun. :)

Baby EvieClaire~

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

As a result of an Autumn Moon Festival package Ann of Red Thread China sent EvieClaire, 
I received 8 photos of our sweet baby!!!
Teeny tiny sweet baby.
 Reminds us SO much of SJ~ sad little expression.

height :77.8cm

We can't wait to get there and fill your heart with so much love it can't help but spill onto your adorable little face!
Thank you Jesus for this precious baby!!!

Art Day {Mixing Colors}~

In The Big Green Pocketbook, the little girl and her mom go to the drugstore and have an ice cream.
They painted three scoops as primary colors and three scoops as secondary colors. We sang our color song and had a beautiful page for their notebook!
Color Song:
Primary Colors,
Primary Colors, 
Red, Yellow and Blue. 
Primary Colors,
Primary Colors, 
Red, Yellow and Blue. 
Secondary Colors,
Secondary Colors,
Green, Orange, and Purple,
Secondary Colors,
Secondary Colors,
Green, Orange, and Purple,

Another Addition~

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gotcha! Another addition meaning a TURTLE!
While working on his latest house project Scott found a little box turtle and brought it home to EK... she was ecstatic!!!
She kept her turtle habitat box from the last turtle visitor and the new turtle (Brownie) went right in. 
I was finally able to get out and shoot some pics of her new love!

Also wanted to share a video of just how AWESOME EK is doing with her bike riding... you'd think she's been riding forever.
In her words: "I am SO happy I can ride my bike now. I have something wonderful to do when I go out now. It is my favorite thing to do!" 
SO good!!!

SJ's Reading Workshop

SJ is very serious about her reading workshop and wants to be just like EK! In addition to word work and reading her little book, I have added an extension to her reading time. She creates a little book that mirrors her reading texts giving her a writing connection to the reading. Each day before reading she cuts a favorite food out of her magazine, glues it on the page, and writes the words. By the end of the week, the book will be completely done.

I believe it's very important for children to see how reading and writing are just mirrors of each other. Teaching children that anything spoken can be written and then read is truly powerful!

Today as we began Quiet Reading after lunch, EK was reading out loud right beside SJ. I remembered little 'whisper phones' I had in my teaching closet and got them out for each one. They are just PVC elbow pipes from hardware store in which they barely whisper and can hear themselves loud and clear. Made Quiet Reading the perfect reading time!


The Big Green Pocketbook~

Monday, September 24, 2012

This week's row is The Big Green Pocketbook.

I had to change it up just a little to benefit WP so they each got a regular green gift bag.

We spent time today learning about story mapping and did just that with this book. They glued down the places to create a map and matched story pieces to it as well.

They will use this each day to follow along and retell the story. They are also looking for real objects from the story to go in their bags.

A really cute story!


Changing Seasons~

Changing out closets and drawers is always such a daunting task but feels so great when its all said and done!

Simple Sunday~

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today was such a sweet Simple Sunday~
~ Church! Helped teach 5/K kids... We LOVE God!
~  Amelia was home... SO good!
~ Daddy sat talking to EK about her 'new' turtle. :)
~ Amelia and EK riding bikes together.
~ Scott and WP watching the Falcons.
~ Amelia loving on Jingy.
~ Bubble bath.
~ Big family group hug for Mimi as she headed back to school!

EK came home from church today and asked Scott to take her training wheels off. She completely blew us away riding down the street with Mimi~
Way to go EK~ we are SO proud of you!!!
And I caught SJ banging out some worship this afternoon~
I'm sure Jesus was smiling BIG!
 Simple Sundays are the Best!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

I think most adoptive families would agree that seeing a glimpse of your baby makes the wait just a little more bearable.
I have gotten one glimpse of PC in the last couple of weeks~
(front row with blue Julian shirt on) :)
  but nothing from sweet EC SO...
I decided it was time to try for an update on both of them.
I contacted Ann and had her send Autumn Moon Festival packages
 to them in hopes of an update but mostly HOPE for a picture! 
 Mixed up the photos making the collages but you get the picture.
Will share updates if we are blessed to receive them.

Fun Friday~

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today was Blueberry Fun Friday... a day to celebrate our week of Blueberries for Sal~
 Whole story @ Growing Whole Hearts.

On the way back inside, we stopped by the mailbox and found a GREAT surprise waiting for us...
 Our new I800A... giving us the last document to send to China and hope to hear of LOA in the next week or so!
Still hoping we will squeeze in by the end of the year!!!

Blueberry Fun Friday~

Blueberry Fun Friday was the celebration of a week with Blueberries for Sal~
Activities included:
Dressing in a blue outfit!
Morning Routine~ bible and prayer, calendar
Storytime~ Blueberries for Sal
Make a Book~ animals in story
Bake blueberry muffins
Blueberry bubble painting
Nature walk to neighbor's yard to observe her blueberry bushes
Back inside to make blueberry cool aid playdough
Snack~ Blueberries, muffins, and blueberry juice
A 'Berry' Fun Friday :) 

(On Fridays~ we try to hit the 3Rs in a very relaxed way:
 LA~ read Blueberries for Sal, Math~ measured while baking, Writing~ make a book.
Shhh... it's a secret~ they think they are having a free day. LOL)


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Each day when school is all said and done and WP is down for his nap, I know I will hear EK ask, "May we go outside?".
It is is rarity that I say no... after all is there any better place for children to be than outside?
I LOVE looking out the windows and see the girls enjoying each other with complete Joy.
Today I looked out and there they sat together in deep discussion of something little sisters discuss~
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons.  
~Author Unknown

A Huge Milestone~

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today the kids were out on the driveway playing before it was time to head to church. SJ and WP were coaching EK on riding her bike without training wheels (actually they were flipped up). SJ came running in yelling~
"Ella is riding her bike without training wheels! You HAVE to come see!!!".
I ran right out and couldn't believe my eyes! She's pretty much a 'once I make up my mind to do something, I am going to do it' kind of girl and SHE DID!
EK's coaches~
and SJ was SO proud of her big sister~
All three littles commented on the sky when we were leaving church tonight~
Thankful for EK's Huge Milestone and God's gorgeous masterpiece!

Blueberries for Sal

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We are rowing Blueberries for Sal this week and we love it! Today before we read it, I hid a carton of blueberries in our Mystery Box. After they finally guessed what was inside, we had a tasting party. The photo of the three of them show the face they made when they tried them although I already knew what they would do. EK ended up eating almost the whole carton. We also read a Non fiction book about blueberries and wrote 3 facts we learned. A bluelicious day~

Yesterday I found a $1 set of cars at Walmart and thought they would make a great manipulative for working on colors with WP. I made a little neighborhood with a street and he had to drive the 6 cars to their matching house. That was a cinch but when I asked him what color the blue one was he said orange. I asked him to show me the orange car and he knew it along with most others. We will continue working until he can name the colors but for now we are celebrating what he DOES know! Yay WP~

Definitely focusing on BLUE this week!


A Sweet Meet~

Today we were blessed with a visit from my friend Donna and two of her six children. They were on the way to Shriner's in Greenville and we just happened to be on the way. Donna and I go way back to 2007(?) when we were starting our journey to SJ and she was waiting for Shelby. She was a great help in leading us to BAAS and finding SJ. Then in 2011, she forwarded an email with WP being the 19th and last child on a BAAS list- we saw our son and today she met him.

A Sweet Meet~

Our children hit it off and played with every single thing they could find. :) It was nice to meet her new son, Ian and hear more of his story. I loved seeing 5 little people playing together giving me a glimpse into our future once PC and EC are home. Thank you Donna for a wonderful afternoon together as kindred spirits loving on our little ones!!!


Just a Day~

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rosie had an appt to have her aching knee checked out... MRI next week~

The littles on about their 100th project of the day~

And look where the older half of my family is tonight~



Word Work~

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Every day EK reads from some sort of reader on her level. She has really LOVED the Katie Woo books we found at the library. As she reads to me, I make notes of words she can work on for Word Work.

Also after she reads, I have her retell every single detail she can remember. Next she decides her favorite part or the main idea and writes at least one sentence about the story. She's a great role model for SJ!!!

Simple Sunday

A Little Building going on~