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Snippets of Summer

My baby learns how to swing himself

Second batch of green beans from our garden

Boy #1 wonders if it's about time to harvest some jalepenos

More snippets of my boys-terous summer


Toddler Lessons: Saying “NO!”

We have heard a lot of “NO!” in our house as of late.  It’s especially bitter when the stiff arm accompanies the exclamation.  We’ve been teaching our little girl that it’s not okay to say “no” to Mommy and Daddy. (more…)


Toddler Lessons: Contentment

Around 16 months of age, our daughter decided that she no longer wanted baby food, but only food that came off mommy and daddy’s plate.  I really didn’t have a problem with this, but a lot foods we ate she wasn’t able to chew because all her teeth hadn’t come it yet.  To this day, if we put it on her plate and she won’t eat it, all I have to do is (more…)


Fireplace Safety

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Apr 5, 2011 | Parenting, Tip Tuesday | Tags: , ,

Fireplace screen in place

Held by powerful magnets

Used a few of varying sizes to get the strength needed

We have a beautiful double-sided gas fireplace.  One side faces our sun room/playroom and the other side faces our living room.  The problem is the glass gets extremely hot and would burn little fingers that touched the glass.  (more…)


Toddler Lessons: Covetousness

My little girl and I went over to a new friend’s house for a play date a few days ago.  The other little girl is about 2 months older than my daughter (although, you wouldn’t know to look at her because my daughter is such a BIG girl and her new friend is quite small for her age!)  If you’ve ever seen 20 month old toddlers “play” together, perhaps you know by the title “covetousness” what I’m about to say.  (more…)


Devotions with Kids

When my daughter was born, a friend gave us this devotion book: 100 Ways to Know God Loves Me, 100 Songs to Love Him Back.  We love this book.  Each night after dinner and before bath time, we sit down and read the short devotion and look at the cute drawings.  Then we pop in the CD and dance to the song that goes with the lesson we just read.  Since our daughter was 1 year old, we’ve been doing this and if we forget, she goes to the coffee table, pulls out the devotion book and hands it to us.  It has become a really special part of our day.  So find a book and set a time each day to do family devotions.  I hope it becomes a special part of your day too.


Toddler Lessons: Negotiating with a toddler

The other day, my daughter and I went to Smoothie King to get a snack.  Before we headed out the door, I gave my daughter a small sip from the straw.  That led into her desire for more and she wouldn’t stop until she had the cup resting in her lap while she was strapped to her car seat.  As we were leaving the parking lot, the cup was leaking all over her so I took the cup away.  At that point, she started screaming and reaching for the cup.  (more…)


Reading with Bob

Reading with Bob Books

Boy #4 turned five recently.  Its hard for me to believe and its going to be even harder for me to give him up to kindergarten next year.  Though we primarily homeschool our kids, they do go to a classical studies center four mornings a week and then spend their afternoons and off-days working on assigned homework.  I like to call it “homeschooling for dummies;” to clarify, the kids aren’t the dummies, I’m the dummy.  I get to have my kids at home (more…)