Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Team Kurtz!

Caleb's teacher has just begun chemotherapy and will be out for the remainder of the school year.  While the long-term sub is very good and we know the kids are in good hands, we will definitely miss Mrs. Kurtz!  Today is the first official day without his teacher, and I think it will really hit him when he walks in and she's not there.  One of the parents in the class made these shirts for everybody, and Caleb decided to write "Team Kurtz:  Game On!" on it as well.  He's been praying for his teacher every night!  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Have you ever read a book whose story is so familiar, but the author has such a fabulous take on it that makes it very entertaining?  Noah and the Mighty Ark is most definitely one of those books!

While it does follow the basic well-known biblical story of Noah and the Ark, what I like about it is all of the onomatopoeia and text features the author uses to engage the reader.  Here's one of my favorites (with attempts at similar font sizes!)

The tiny gnat,
From far and wide, he called each pair
That crept or crawled
Or hopped or flew
Or stomped or tromped, or s-s-slithered too.

While I wouldn't be able to read a story like this to teach literary devices in the public school, this would be an awesome book to use if you home school or work in a Christian school!  For now, this will be a fun one to read to my daughter and a great group of little ones in the nursery!

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Battle of the Beltway

Check out my Smile Box of our recent event with The Starlight Foundation to The Battle of the Beltway!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Have We Been Up To?

This has been a busy Spring Break for us!  Pictures are coming soon (I had a brief panic attack when I couldn't find my camera to load my pictures, but Matt found it in Abby's backpack from our day trip the other day!), but for now, I'll fill you in quickly:

*  Saturday, Caleb played a GREAT soccer game that included not just connecting with the ball but kicking it toward the (correct!!) goal several times and almost getting a breakaway!!  We were so excited!  He got to pick lunch (Greene Turtle) and got froyo!

*  Sunday night, Abby had a sleep study. I believe all went well, but we haven't gotten results.  This was a study to show her baseline before surgery so they can make sure all is okay post-op.

*  Matt and Caleb played lazer tag with the youth group on Monday, so Abby and I had some fun Mommy-Daughter time at the board walk and playing with Peeps Playdough.

*  We got to meet sweet little Baby E on Tuesday!  He is so sweet and tiny!  Both Caleb and Abby "held" him, but Abby really loved on him.  It was pretty cute.

*  Tuesday was supposed to be our day to visit the historic ships in Baltimore after meeting Baby E, but it literally started thunderstorming as we pulled into the harbor.  So...we took the kids to the Science Center instead.  They love that place (we are members) and we haven't been there since January, so they were fine.

 *  We've had lots and lots of fun cousin time this week. They've been back and forth just about every day, including today when Sara helped me weed and clean up the yard to get ready for Spring! She was a huge help!

*  Today, Caleb went over to a friend's house.  When I went to pick him up, Abby asked if he could just stay a while longer so we could have more Mommy-Abby time!  :)

*  Tomorrow, we are going to experiment with dyeing Easter eggs with shaving cream.  Should be interesting!

*  Saturday, we are going to try the ships again!  The weather is looking good, so we are hoping to be able to visit all 4 in one day.  This was a Living Social Deal, and we have been putting it off saying we have plenty of time...until now we are close to the expiration date!  It should be a fun day though.  Caleb is thrilled...Abby could probably take it or leave it, but she'll like exploring for a few minutes, at least!

Pictures will come soon!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Along Came You by Karona Drummonds

We drove home to see a package on our front porch.  Abby is beginning to recognize the packages my Book Looks books come in, so she ran to the porch to retrieve the package.  We opened the door and she immediately asked me to open the package.   (Good thing this book was for her!)  When she saw it was a board book, she begged me to read it.  I obliged.  :)

With a title and cover picture like this, you can expect this to be a sweet book about the love between a mother and daughter, and it doesn't disappoint.

You know the phrase, "Having a baby changes everything" that Johnson and Johnson coined a few years ago?  That's the basic premise of this little book.  Each page shares something the mom used to do before her daughter was born, and then what she does now with her.  While each activity is done a little differently now than before the little girl was in the woman's life, it's obvious that the mom wouldn't change any of it for the world!

I love the soft illustrations of this book too.  This would be the perfect little book to get a mom-to-be as a shower gift.  I think all moms can relate to this!  If you're a mom, you'll love this book.

**I'm a Book Looks Blogger.  I get complimentary books in exchange for an honest review.  As always, all opinions are my own!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stream of Consciousness

I haven't done one of these in forever, and probably some of you newerish readers don't even know what it is.  Basically, I write whatever I'm thinking without trying to formulate it into an eloquent statement. It will go from one thing to the next without warning.  Fun, right?!  (My sister loves these!)

As a mom, it's hard when your kid feels like he doesn't fit in.  I see what a great kid he is, and I love his passion for knowledge.  But I also know he's pretty much on a different plane than most other kids his age.  He's had a lot of experiences that have shaped who he is, and a lot of those experiences aren't typical for a 7 year old.  I just hope that other kids can appreciate him and accept him for who he is.  My dog is lying on the couch.  Don't tell my husband.  She really loves the couch.  :)  I'm really ready for Spring Break.  Even though we had like a bagillion snow days, very few of them fell on days I was working...which means I have to make up days that weren't really my work days to begin with.  Oh well.  It's been a really busy year at work and I am ready for a break.  I am currently in the process of testing some adorable pre-k kids.  They're my favorite to test because they're just so little and cute.  I love that age.  I also love Swiss cheese.  We have some in the fridge, but I'm too lazy to get out of my chair and get some.  It's already cubed up and everything.  My mouth is watering.  My tulips are starting to pop up.  I haven't seen any bulbs yet or anything, but the leaves are coming.  I love tulip season.  I have them planted all over my yard as a reminder that Holland can be beautiful too.   Abby has been sick with the flu.  She was diagnosed in the ER on Sunday night and went back to the ER on Tuesday for dehydration.  After switching her nausea medicine, she's much more willing to drink fluids and even ate a decent amount today.  She's acting pretty normal and hasn't had a fever since Tuesday morning, so I'm hoping she will be ready to go to Mom's Morning Out on Friday.  I find myself sometimes forgetting what we are facing this summer.   Or when I talk about it, I feel like I'm talking about someone else's life.  Does that ever happen to you?  I think I take myself out of the situation as a way of coping with it. But then something will hit me and I'll feel the magnitude of this surgery.  Someone on the VEPTR site mentioned how much they hate the spiel anesthesiology gives them each time before surgery about the ramifications of doing/not doing surgery.  The fear of a spinal cord injury is very real...and so is the fear of a collapsed lung or respiratory distress if we don't do the surgery.  So do we choose the prospect of a spinal cord injury, or the prospect of a lung transplant?  It's not an easy decision, to say the least.  And we've already made the decision, but that doesn't mean I don't second guess myself when I start worrying.  A friend in college told me worrying is like a rocking chair.  It gives you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.  I find that's true and I'd love to stop worrying so much.  Is there a pill for that?  Maybe.  Enough for tonight.