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Mid Week Moments~

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The beautiful unseasonable cool weather is making for more pleasant
time outside for pool and playing~
 Loving each of my bigs from afar and thankful they post to IG sometimes~
ALL make Everything Beautiful in my life!!!

Bible & Technology~

You might gasp when I say my kiddos get bored with the same old Bible reading all the time.
I've been using God's Love for You
and I LOVE it but sometimes we just have to change it up.
We've had these Bible DVDs for a long time
(think I may have bought them @ Lifeway)
and pulled them out this week for our Bible time~
Everyone was very attentive...
There is a scripture, a story, and a song.
We each took our journals and I wrote the scripture for them then
they drew a picture...
had the bigger girls write what it meant to them.
Evie also asked if I would read from
My Great Big God... love it because it rhymes!!!

As for technology...
I tread a fine line when it comes to computers, Ipads, Ipods, and tv.
How much is too much?
Should they be doing it at all?
When and what?
I have found it best used as a gift for tasks completed well.
Today everyone finished all their school work in good time
with little playing around so~
 Technology was gifted for about 30 mins before lunch
(school games only of course)!
And THIS is what the bitty girls' idea of playtime after school~
{Let's see if we can pull every single thing out we have
and cover the whole floor so our clean up time will last
a very long time!}
All that matters is that they were having FUN, right?

Bitty Preschool Drawers~

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I found with the trays, the girls kept pulling things out but not
placing back in correct place so I put all their activities in drawers too.
This week I changed their work out and in a week will trade it between the girls like I do with the boys.
Red~ Journals and a Workbook
Orange~ Bear Family Puzzles and Numeral Puzzle
Green~ Build a Word and Hot Dot
Blue~ Pattern Blocks and Dot Art
Purple~ Leap Frog Reading Game
 The bitty girls work as long as they want to and there is no pressure
to finish all the drawers.
I encourage and check them as they go.
I don't make them go in order either...
if they want to do something a second time, that is ok as well~
For the most part they work pretty well
and when they are ready to move on, I help them clean their area
so they can be off to their room for playtime.

Monday Fun~ {K Work Drawers}

Monday, July 28, 2014

So I had some time over the weekend to change out the work drawers for the K boys and preschool girls.
{Big girls' drawers stay the same pretty much}.
I took photos of the K drawers...
First up is WP's~
Red~ Journal and ABC work
Blue~ Match Mag letters to Board
Purple~ Roll a die and make an inchworm that long

WP was super diligent today~
He was able to sort his inchworms by length and talk to me about most, least, equal, longer, shorter.

Payne's~
Red~ Journal and ABC work
Orange~ Explode the CodeRed~ Journal and ABC work
Blue~ Roll the die and give the kids that many teddy bears
Green~ Match capital letters to capital letters
Purple~ Find an animal in book and choose letters to string onto a pipe cleaner to make the word

Payne amazed me with how many letters he knows~
He chose to make LOTS of words with the letters and pipe cleaners!

Best thing about the Boys' drawers~
I can move the activities to the other one's drawers and have things set up for two weeks or so.

For the bitty girls today I needed to give Holly a chance to use real scissors so~
I gave them 2 straws which they cut into as many pieces as they wanted putting them into a bag.
Then they threaded them onto pipe cleaners and we made a necklace.
Took Holly some time to get the hang plus she is still struggling with whether she is right or left handed...
continuing to switch back and forth~
And while all this was going on 
the third and first grader were working independently on their own work.
Monday Fun!

Weekend Highlights~

EK & SJ DID make it all night and all morning and into the afternoon~
With Aunt Susan... and had lots of stories to share!
They can't wait to go back AFTER the boys have their turn!!!

Rosie and Hayden went to Luke Bryan concert~
and now off to Guantlet for a week with our church NewSpring.
THIS was last year~
When Rosie made a profession of faith and was baptized in the Atlantic Ocean...
SO excited for the blessings God has in store this year for every student going!!!

Lots of time spent swimming~
Holly is getting so comfortable in the water~
Laughing and jumping~
As we swam, Scott got the grill ready for burgers and drew a crowd~
For one of his infamous Browny Bear stories.

BIG Step~ {For EK & SJ}

Friday, July 25, 2014

During a very Fun Friday with lots of fun and a field trip to the post office~
{Full story @ Growing Whole Hearts}
we saw Aunt Susan and she invited either the big girls or boys to sleep over~

LOOK who decided to go for their VERY FIRST sleepover ever~
Um yes! EK and SJ!
And pretty sure they took about half their belongings! :)
It was touch and go for about 2 hours but now @ almost 11pm,
they are still there and sleeping!
What a Big Step for them!!
Couldn't be happier and more proud of them!!!


Fun Friday {Love Letters & Field Trip}

Sometimes simple things make the best learning!
Yesterday SJ received the sweetest letter from her friend Madelyn~
 It made such a great impression on everyone, I decided to make it a learning opportunity.
I found a book in our personal library {Penguin Post} as a springboard and the day just flowed from there.

These six sweets were very excited Art was up first.
We decided to make cards for some of the people we love using a really cool art medium called crayon resist~
 Everyone wrote words on the front of their card with a white crayon.
Then we painted over it and the crayon resisted the paint showing through!
After some drying time, we added words inside and addressed our envelopes~
 We watched a video of a field trip to the Post Office, counted out $.50 for a stamp, 
loaded up, and headed to our own Post Office~
 Ms. Dawn was SO nice to let each child choose/pay for their own stamp
 and get a penny back in change
Everyone LOVED dropping their letter in the correct slot!
 AND who should walk in while we were there?
Aunt Susan ~
 and she showed us how she unlocks her PO Box with a key~
We walked all the way around the PO and ran into our very own DAD!!!
Then back home to get our own mail in our mailbox!
This afternoon we grabbed our journals to stick our stickers in,
tape our pennies down, write about their fav part of the day, 
and glue in a photo of their choice.
LOTS of REAL life learning went on today!
A very Fun Friday with Love Letters & the PO!!!

Family Time~

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Amy and the kids came over today for a little swim which was pretty cool since it was cousin day~
 LOVE that mama stopped by to love on the cousins!

Sisters gave brothers lessons on how to make ice cream sundaes with play dough~

Holly sat with me this afternoon practicing all her family names~
Already getting her southern accent on!

And tonight after dinner we swam again~
Evie: Howy (Holly) it sprays upside down.
We wost (lost) the straw.
{Sweet thing is Howy always listens}

Bitty Girls again~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It is very important for the bitty girls to have opportunities to share
and be sisters.
Today I found a couple of ideas that reminded me to spend time showing them HOW to play together.
I brought our easel out of storage
{amazing how exciting it is for something out of sight to come back... like a brand new toy}.
I set up white paper, dot painters, and paint shirts~
 Loved watching Evie interact with Holly showing her how the painters work then lots of giggling.
They LOVE play dough and had just pulled it out when I remembered this post and printed the free mats~
Holly has been wanting to use scissors and you know Evie's history with them
but decorative scissors require just a little more precision so figured
they were safe for just play dough cutting
{and NOT hair!!!}.
Shot this little video to show a new little habit HM has begun~
Not long after we were home, HM figured out her Chinese was not working for her.
So when another sibling would speak to me she would come behind them and mumble in a soft voice then give me the biggest smile.
Knowing full well I still couldn't understand, we would both burst out laughing.
The video shows a tiny bit of it...
she has a very quiet voice and often she does it so quick I can't video it.
You can see her left handed work and diligence with scissors.

Another Appt~ {HM}

So with most adoptions comes lots and lots of dr appts...
some not such a big deal~
 As was true for our first appt with Dr Steele for a follow up.
HM had gained 3/4ths of a pound and doing great.
From there we were sent for Titer bloodwork and THAT WAS a big deal~
 HM was super brave and only shed silent tears 
as she watched the tech draw five big viles of blood.
HM is so trusting and calm...
she kept looking up at me for confirmation that this was all ok.
Juice box for both girls made everyone feel much better.

The other 4 kiddos enjoyed Daddy Nana Day Camp while we were gone~
And there was NO need for a Target prize this day...
Visiting BC is all the PRIZE we need!!!
Can! not! get! enough!
Thank you Nana for always helping out and letting us 
LOVE BC with everything we've got!!!

A New Dawg in Town~

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For the last couple of days, Rosemary has been @ orientation~
with her sweet roommate and mom~
friends of ours' from years gone by... 
7 of them and picked up right where we all left off!
We had such a great day yesterday taking in as much as we could
and coming to terms with a day when they will STAY.
Right before we were done for the day,
the students went out to learn how to 'Call the Dawgs!'~
They even called alum up to help with the cheer... 
LL and I were super excited to be back in our old stomping grounds!
Today Rose was there on her own, registered for classes~
and got her ID!
Little Rosie... baby original...
HOW can it be time to set you free~
God has big plans for you at that Big Ole University...
Go glorify Him in Everything Beautiful you do!!!

Who Are These Girls?~

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I took EK and SJ for their 'yearly' haircut and~
These two Big Girls walked out of the salon...
Is it just me or do they look two years older???
My Littles are getting bigger.
Beautiful Big Littles. :)

Photo Shoot~

Friday, July 18, 2014

I needed a new pic with HollyMei part of the crew so we had a mini photo shoot 
before boy haircuts and our afternoon swim yesterday afternoon~
LOVE doing life AND school with these 6 blessings every single day!

A Few Sweet Moments this Week~

Doing Life Together!

Blueberry Picking~

Schooling Outside~

Big sisters riding Little sisters~


A Photo Shoot for School Blog Header~

Learning every day right along side these 6 blessings!
Sweet Moments for sure!!


Schooling Outside~

Thursday, July 17, 2014

We had a BIG cooling off here today so I took advantage and we began our school day with a morning walk~
 Down the street and back then to see the horses.
Couldn't bear to make them go inside with such a soft breeze blowing
so we brought school outside~
 After work time, we all enjoyed some technology...
Holly has finally gotten the hang of memory~
But Evie is quick to show she is WAY faster!
A quite healthy little competition going on between these bitty girls. :)