Getting Ready to Start

29 08 2007

Monday is our first official day of home-schooling. The books are bought, the lessons are ready, the kids are excited and I have ulcers! I am so nervous, I am not sure why, it isn’t like I have someone over looking me to make sure my 3 and 2 year olds are doing what they should be doing etc. I guess the realization that their education is in my hands and I have to fight my urge to be lazy on days when I won’t want to do it.

Isaac is telling everyone he is learning to read. He told his teacher today at church that he is going to be reading and doing math. He also told me he is going on a school bus….oops. I don’t know where he got that idea….so I maybe setting up a pretend school bus in the living room. We will have to have our lunch packed and take a “ride” to school. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grace is already practicing her letters and writing her name, she is very excited to get to do “big girl” things. She told me that she can count and do her letters.

Tomorrow we are doing a field trip with our home-schooling group to the Creation museum in Ohio. We can’t wait. The other groups have already started back, but we had a really long month of Aug. and are starting a little “late”. But with home-schooling there really isn’t a “late” time to start I am learning.

Please pray for us next week as we venture into a new world of organized school….something we really haven’t done in the past.

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3.5

28 08 2007

There must be something magical about that number! So, do I have you wondering what could be so important about that number? My son is exactly 3.5 years old this month. On the 12 of Aug. my little boy seemed to grow up in front of me.

Isaac is a very neat little boy. He loves so many different things and he is so much fun to be with. In the past few weeks we have seen some interesting things from him. He isn’t a little toddler anymore he is a growing creative preschooler. He is so kind, gentle, sweet, loving, creative, funny (oh how I love preschooler humor!) and smart (I know, all mom’s think their kid is smart ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I try to spend one on one with each of the kids everyday. Isaac’s one on one time is at naptime after the other two are sleeping away. He and I read some stories that don’t interest Grace….books on space. Then we snuggle and talk about different things. Usually we talk about what we did that day etc, but lately it has become about character things…..kindness, goodness, honesty etc. It is so neat to watch your child understand that he has a choice to make, choices that will honor God or dishonor Him.

It seems that at 3.5 years of age there is a new little person living in our home. One that wants to learn and grow……he told me today while driving in the car….”mom, my ankle is growing. Mom it is growing right now! Mom! I am growing up right in front of you.” It was so cute. He wants to ride in a booster seat soooo bad, but we told him he just isn’t big enough yet. Some how having your ankle grow will help ๐Ÿ˜‰

Isaac is my first and I am learning as I go. I just have to say, I love 3.5 years of age, it is really a neat age to parent.





Things I Love to Hear While Traveling….and Some I Don’t!

27 08 2007

The things I love to hear while driving almost 400 miles with my family….

1. Everyone snoring except me……while I listen to what I want to listen to. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Isaac saying to Grace “Grace you are my best friend”

3. Grace looking at Isaac and asking nicely for a book!

4. Did I mention my music?

Things I don’t overly love to hear…..

1. I had that first

2. I want to eat…..after we have just stopped to eat.

3. I want a different movie.

4. Kids music, now I don’t dislike kidโ€™s music, it just gets old after 4 hours.

5. Mom I have to go Peee (again after we just stopped and went)





Grace

25 08 2007

My little girl is so sweet! I just have to share with you what she has been doing. Grace has been carrying her babies around and feeding them when they “cry”. (You guessed it; she lifts up her shirt and feeds them “her milk”). She has just sat them on the floor and told them “be quiet, mommy has to vacuum”, then she turns on the pretend vacuum.

I was holding Owen and told my sister I was going to put him in the bouncy seat. All of a sudden Grace comes running in from the other room “NOOOOO, my babies are in there sleeping”. I walked over and guess what? She has them in there wrapped up in a blanket and asleep! She is such a sweet mommy! I just love her so much.

OH yeah I wanted to add….if you ask her how many babies she wants she will tell you “3, 4 , 5, 6”. That would be so neat to have 6 little baby ferraro/cochrans running around one day….oh did I say that out loud. ;-). Can you tell who Dave and I want her to marry?





Weddings and Children

22 08 2007

This weekend should be very exciting for our family. Anytime you take 3 children 3 years and under to a wedding it can be crazy, but add in that 2 of the children are IN the wedding you just made it a total adventure! To top it all off my husband is the best man in the wedding so he won’t be too much of a help. If you knew my husband he is a VERY hands on daddy and would help if he could and will help the minute he gets a chance.

I am a little nervous about it. I am sure the kids will do great, but I wonder what will happen when they open the door to the church and they see all these faces looking at them. I wonder will Grace start a tantrum, will Isaac become scared and start to cry? I pray and hope none of this will happen, but you never know when they are 3 and 2.

Now the biggest question for me….should I stand in the back with them just in case one of the above happens so I can be an encouragement to them or should I sit at the front at the end of the aisle so they can see me and walk toward me?

To make this even a little bit of a challenge for me and them is that we are traveling almost 400 miles to this wedding. We are staying at my mom’s house, but you know when you travel with kids they NEVER sleep like they do at home. So trying to make sure they get naps in and good bedtimes can be hard. We are going up a few days early so that we can get them used to sleeping in a new place.

Any tips anyone has on weddings with small children please pass them on…..oh on the good note my parents will be at the wedding so many hands to help with baby Owen!

I am so excited to see our friends get married, I am just so nervous my kids will mess it up. I just need to remember that anything that happens will be something everyone laughs about when they celebrate their 25th anniversary.





The Difference Between the Two

19 08 2007

After sweeping the floor for the 3rd time in two days I began to think about the difference between stay at home moms. I am a believer of Christ Jesus and a follower and servant of Him. I am a stay at home mom to my children and a wife to my husband. Now you are probably wondering where is she getting with this! Well, my point is, how can the world tell the difference between stay at home moms?

As a believer the world should be able to see the difference between me and a stay at home mom that isn’t a believer. My question to you is do they see a difference in you if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Here are some ways I think they should see a difference in us……

1. We do our work without complaining. Php. 2:14 says Do everything without complaining or arguing. I know many Christian stay at home moms that complain about the work, the laundry, the dishes, the kids at every moment they can. I am truly at fault for this as well at times. I now see that I need to be joyful in the work the Lord has given me to do.

2. Our we patient with our children while in the home and out in public? Gal. 5:22-23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. We should have patience and grace with our children at all times. Now, this has brought me to my knees for forgiveness! Anyone that knows me knows that I struggle with having patience with my children at all times, some days are good, and many are not. This is when we truly need to come to the Lord and pray for His guidance and mercy.

3. Do we respect our husbands? Eph. 5:23 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. I am not married to a perfect man, and I don’t believe any of you are either. I can get so angry at him, but that is not a reason to dishonor him in my home or in public to other people. We are to love our husbands and show them the up most respect.

This list is small I know and you could probably think of a ton more to add. I just want you to know that there needs to be a difference when we are at the park playing or at McDonalds’s with our children. There should be difference seen in us and in the way we parent our children. We should stand out in a crowd that we are children of the One and only True God!

When you go to sweep the floor for the 3 time tomorrow give God the glory for the work he has laid out for you to day, no matter how simple and routine it seems to be. He notices and that is all that matters.





Messy Memories

18 08 2007

In our home we try to make lots of “messy memories”. These aren’t the normal memories you daily make with your children like reading stories or playing catch….these are those ones that make a little mess. Now I will be honest, I am usually the one that is reluctant to making a little mess. But with a little practice I have seen the great effects of “messy memories”.

An all time favorite messy memory with toddlers is making cookies…better yet, decorating them afterwards. This is a great one to start with you if you have never gotten really messy with your children. Let me reassure you that after the dishes are done and table, floor, counters and cupboards are clean…..you would have really enjoyed yourself. The memories that you made will be long remembered. You won’t remember the work that went into the clean up but will remember the smiles, laughter and giggles that came from it.

I truly believe that messy memories are remembered by children far more than regular memories, maybe because they know that it took a little more work on the mom and dad or because kids crave being able to express themselves without a lot of rules.

Here are some fun ones that we have enjoyed that you may as well……

1. Cookies…Already mentioned above

2. Movie night…bring out all those blankets and pillows and snuggle on the floor and watch a fun movie together…better yet combine with #3.

3. Pizza night. I am not talking about ordering I am talking about making it. Now, this was hard for me because I am the cook in the house and I know how much cheese, sauce etc. goes on a pizza, but it is so much more fun to let them do their own. It may not look yummy to you, but believe me your child will eat it because they go to do their own. With more than one chid give them their own personal size and put the toppings in bowls and let them go on….who says the sauce has to go on first?

4. Tent making. It is always fun to make a tent and let the kids play. This can get messy, but the kids love taking apart the couches and having FUN. This is a great place to do your reading time with your children, bring out the flashlights and fun.

5. Craft time. I love to do crafts with my children, many of you that know me know this already. It is great to get out the paint, glue and random things and let them glue, cut, paint and paste their way to lots of exploring.

6. Ice Cream Sunday night. Get a 1/2 gallon of ice cream and lots of toppings. Let your children decorate their ice cream Sundayโ€™s anyway they want. We did this with some friends one time and Isaac still takes about the time he had lots of “stuff on his ice cream”. He loved making the Sunday and best of all, he loved to EAT it.

7. Beach day! Put on your swimsuits, make a lunch and get ready for some fun. Fill the bathtub with some water; bring out the sand toys and them swim till their hearts content. Then lay out a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch. This is GREAT in the winter and you need something to help wear them out. My kids love to pretend we are at the pool in the middle or January.

I think I gave you a great start to some Messy Memories. Now, don’t think we get messy everyday or even every week in our home! But I have made more of an effort this past year and I want to encourage you to do the same. Have FUN!