First Week of School

Well, we are done with our first week of school.  And I guess I need to use the term "week" loosely since we had a holiday on Monday and tomorrow is a teacher work day-which means there is no school and we can sleep in!  Hooray!  I was tired of getting up early.  I shudder to think what it will be like when I do it five days in a row.....

.....in other first world problems, when I walk Jaxson to school, the humidity totally messes with my hair.

Anywho, he's had a great first week.  They are learning the alphabet sounds and safety in and around the school.  He really liked P.E. today and told us all about it.  He also received 10 tickets this week.  And we finally found out what the tickets are for!  The teacher has a reward box and when you have a certain amount of tickets, you can pick out a reward.  He was pretty proud of his Halloween spider ring.  He now has his eyes set on a whistle.  (Oh, to be a kid again.)

He also received some "homework" for the month of September.  It's a bunch of little things that we normally did in Tot School.  Such as writing the alphabet, counting to 20, making sets of objects...etc.  Each night we have "Homework Time" where I spend about 10 minutes with him on whatever is listed on the sheet.  I try to make it fun-as in, "look!  We can spend time together while you write the capital "A" and lower-case "a" three times in a row!"  Or, "let's memorize your student ID number and pretend to type it on the computer!"  I think he is onto me though.  But thankfully, he goes along with it and I make it short so he can play or watch TV. 

Speaking of TV and toys, that boy has missed his toys!  After the first day of school, he couldn't believe that he didn't have time to play with his Rancor Pit at night.  The next morning before school, he had that toy out, his Lego helicopter, and mini-figures and was just playing away.  I guess he figured that he better get to playing since school was starting soon.  I think he appreciates his TV shows and toys a lot more now that he realizes that his day is filled up with school!

One night over dinner he told us that he had a new best friend and that he sits by him during class.  When I asked Jax what his friend's name was, he replied, "I dunno." 

His favorite part of school is definitely recess.  Each day when we walk home from school, he lets me know that he made a "strike" while playing basketball.  A "strike" in his terms means that he got the ball in the basket! 

In other news, Justin and I are looking into him being a part of a basketball team just to learn the correct terminology.  

While Jax has had a lot of fun at school, I think Julianne has had a ball being at home with me.  She has loved the undivided attention.  We play with puzzles, her Minnie Mouse house and figures, and we have gone shopping!  This girl is serious about her shopping.  She realized that she needs a purse-just like me.  She will stuff that purse full of toys.  Of course, I end up with her Hello Kitty shopping purse by the end of the shopping trip!  I've enjoyed our girly time together-although I do miss Jax a lot during the day!

Goals for this Week

Personal

Read Esther, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, and Letter of Jeremiah of the Apocrypha.  (I finished the Old Testament and am taking a break from it to read the Apocrypha.  I've never read it before and it's interesting.)

Finish The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter. (I'm finally halfway through and it's a little boring.)

School

Not planning anything just yet.  Trying to get used to Jax being in school before I start up with Julie.

Home Management

Iron Justin's shirts

Dust

Project Life

Complete two week's worth of layouts.

Get pictures printed so I can actually complete the two layouts! Ha!

First Day of Kindergarten

Today was Jax's first full day of Kindergarten!  He told me that he was a little nervous and would be shy.  But other than that, he was excited!

Jax and I walked to school this morning.  It's a short 5 minute walk and he held my hand the whole time!  When he got to his class, he put his lunch bag and back pack away and was ready to sit down and color.  He didn't want to let go of my hand and was a little nervous, but once he sat down he was just fine.

I was excited to pick him up and hear all about his day.  And he told all of us an earful!  Mainly, that he liked lunch and recess!  The teachers reward them with tickets when they behave and he was excited to get them.  When I asked what you do with the tickets, he had no idea.  Ha!  He also drew me a picture during free time.  I thought that was sweet.

I decided to do an interview with him and thought it would be a fun to look back at his answers.

My name is: Jaxson

How old?  5

My favorite food is: apples

My favorite show to watch is: wrestling

I love it when I can read: Lego magazines and Star Wars books

The best thing about school: playing

The worst thing about school: sitting on the floor

The coolest person is: Mommy (awww....)

I am really good at: counting

My favorite color is: blue

The best place to be is: at school

When I grow up I want to be: a grown up (simple enough!)

I really do not like to eat: I don't like some cheese sticks.

My friends are: Colt and Corbin

When I was little I used to: play

This year I hope to learn: play

2013 Goals {August}

Goal check up for Aug!

Financial

Buy a 2nd car.  (Done in February.  I did not think we would accomplish this one so fast!)  

Buy a new (to us) reliable car for the family.

School

Tot School still on hold until Jax goes to Kindergarten.

Home Management

Use Little Green Notebook's cleaning schedule and stick to it!  (This is working great.)

Weekly:

Vacuum

Mop

Clean bathrooms

Monthly

Dust

Clean oven/microwave

Spot clean walls and carpets

Personal

Books

Here is the list I want to read.  I'm shooting under the table because if I finish this list, I can ADD MORE. 

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan (Done in August.  I was surprised that it was such an easy read for such a heavy topic.)

The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter (I started this one.  Meh.)

Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin (Read in March.  It was so good!)

Holy Parenting by Benjamen Kerns

Is the Bible True?:  How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures by Jeffrey L. Sheler (Read in February.  This was super interesting!)

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Michal: A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith (Finished in May.  It was pretty good.  An easy read for sure.)

Sticky Faith by Kara Powell

A Taste of Heaven by R.C. Sproul

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews (I read this in about 1/2 hour.  It had practically ideas about goal setting, but much of it I had already heard of before.)

Understanding Your Young Teen by Mark Oestreicher

The Year of Living Biblically:  One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs (Read in January.  This was really funny!) 

Books read at Bonhoeffer Babe's Book Club:

Life of the Beloved:  Spritual Living in a Secular World by Henri J. M. Nouwen  (Read in January.  This was ok.)

A Hole in the Gospel:  What does God Expect From Us?  The Answer That Changed My Life and Just Might Change the World by Richard Sterns  (I actually read this last year!  I think it will bring some great discussion.)  I didn't read it this time around.

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott (read in March)

Books I've added:

Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst (Read in May.  I really liked this book.  There were some really excellent points to it.)

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst (Read in June.  I really enjoyed it.  I like her style of writing.)

Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks (Jaxson is asking me all sorts of questions about the 1st three movies of Star Wars.  Time to brush up on my Star Wars knowledge!) (Read in July.  Still wasn't a fan of this 1st movie/book storyline.)

Star Wars:  Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore (Read in July.  Love it, of course.) 

Star Wars:  Revenge of the Jedi by Matthew Stover (Read in July.  Eh, I didn't like this author as much. Too much focus on the battle scenes.  Not enough on character development.  Maybe the movie is that way as well.)

Bible Study time

Memorize the entire book of James.  (I've memorized to 5:9.  I memorized 0 verses this month.  I just couldn't get my mind to do it, I guess.)

Study the book of Luke with the Mars Hill podcasts. (Done.  January-March)

Watch Doctrine series with Mars Hill podcasts. (Done.  April)

Watch Redeeming Ruth with Mars Hill podcasts.  (Done. April)

Watch Nehemiah with Mars Hill podcasts.  (Done. May)

Watch Ephesians with Mars Hill podcasts. (Done. May.)

Watch Trial (1 and 2 Peter) with Mars Hill podcasts. (Done.  June.)

Read the entire Bible chronologically.  I'm using this plan. (I finished the Old Testament! Now onto the Apocrypha and then the New Testament!)

Ready for Kindergarten!

School started back up this week.  Which meant that Jax was heading to Kindergarten via "staggered entry."  And I'm so thankful for this!  Instead of making him go a full week, they have slowly introduced the school to him and his classmates.  The teachers did an assessment of the students and then assigned them to teachers.  Today was the last day-and time to meet his teacher!  He was so excited to see which class he was going to be in!

We found his class easily and he was excited to see that his desk already had his name tag.  He even knew a few kids in his class thanks to the Kindergarten Connection that we were a part of all summer long.  During the summer he was able to go the school library to hear the principal read stories to them, eat in the school cafeteria, and go to a pool party.  It also helped us parents connect as well!

Meanwhile, little miss Julie was very concerned that she didn't have a seat and name tag.  This poor girl must have thought she was going to Kindergarten as well!  I pulled her up a chair and she was happy with that.  But I do wonder how she is going to do when we drop off Jax for his "official" first day and while she has to come home with me.  Poor girl.  She's two going on sixteen!

So Tuesday is the big day for Jax.  I'm looking forward to him going and can't wait for him to tell me all about it.

29 Months {Julianne}

Julie is now 29 months.  

She love princess...especially Ariel, Belle, and Cinderella.  I do have to say that Disney sure knows how to market to little 2 year old girls.

She got a hold of chalk one day and drew on my tile.  Jaxson took it upon himself to tell her not to do that by writing on the tile "NO."  I'm sure that just confused her more.

She can reach the light switches now.  Which results in some sort of disco light show every once and while.

I've decided that Julianne must be French, not American.  She usually calls me "Ma" but lately she's been saying "Mama."  And it's pronounced "Muh-MA."  emphasis on the ending syllable of word.  She does the same with "Duh-DA" as well.  I'm not sure where she got that from.

And while we are at it-she doesn't call Jaxson by his name.  She call him "Boy."  She will say "Hi Boy!"  Funny.

Lots of new words this month.  She's exploded in her vocabulary.  And she's a talker....I guess all girls are.  My favorite words that she says are:  mermaid, Ariel, Belle....(Of course!  Thanks Disney...)

She's a busy body. She learned how to climb up Jax's bunk bed.

She can't climb down though.  I usually hear, "Muh-MA down!"  She has no fear and will always try to keep up with Jax. 

Happy 29 Months Julianne!

A Day in the Life

It's been a while since I documented our day.  In fact, it's been way over a year.  So I decided that today was the day!

I woke up bright and early....and a couple of minutes before my alarm went off!  I've been not sleeping at all lately.  Last night I slept gloriously so it was easy to actually get out of bed.

I got ready.  I try really hard to do this before the kids get up.  If I don't, then they are running around while I'm blow drying my hair and it's just a mess.  It's easier to make myself get up at the crack of dawn (hardy-har-har) than to deal with that.

After I was ready, I heard Julie playing in her crib.  I went and got her and she pretended she was still sleeping.  The prankster!  She also told me that there was "no dark" today.  

Back-story:  Poor Julie didn't get to bed until 10:30 last night.  Starting last night she decided she was afraid of the dark.  We can surmise that we normally put her to bed before it is dark.  Therefore she can play in her crib until she is asleep.  But last night we had a birthday party and she went to bed when it was dark out.  It scared her silly.  Poor girl.  I finally had the "bright" idea of putting a lamp in there until we could get to a store today for a night light.  And sure enough it worked.  I think my favorite part was when Jaxson was trying to console her and told her that the dark doesn't have monsters.  And monsters are pretend.  And they can be scary because they roar, but it's all just pretend. 

I finally had to tell him to knock it off.  We didn't need to bring in a fear of monsters too.  He was giving her all sorts of ideas to be scared of.

Anyways.  Back to the present.  After baths and breakfast Jax settled down with his Lego mini figures to do videos.  He's pretending to be mad because I'm taking his picture.  And what are videos, you ask?  It's where Jaxson pretends to have a YouTube channel and review all his toys.  I really wish I were making that up.....but it's true.  His favorite YouTube channel that he's allowed to watch does that.  (He's even asked me if he could do a giveaway on his video!)

And Julie was really mad at me because it was time to do her hair.  Getting dressed in the morning and doing hair is a big ordeal in our house.  I'm not sure why.  If she had her way, I guess she would have dreads and be naked.  She had her back turned to me and had her head in her hand in tears!  But after the torture she started combing her baby's hair and was just fine.

And we were off to Target!  Little girl was stylin'!

I heard that toys should be marked down to 70%.  But not at our store today.  Boo.  But they did have the new Lego sets and Jax was beside himself.  He made himself at home in the middle of the aisle to look at the box.  Meanwhile, Julie turned into a Clone Trooper.  

After all our errands were done, we came home to eat lunch.  While we eat, we watch Phineas and Ferb.  Julie usually tells me that she doesn't want to watch it, but just take a look at her.  She's enjoying it too.

After lunch is quiet time!  I needed quiet time more than the kids, I think!  Jaxson doesn't nap and Julie will or will not depending on how she slept the night before.  And since last night was a bit rough for her, she was asleep fast.  During quiet time, I've been reading Jeremiah but today I was in Habbakuk.  I'm loving this reading schedule

After quiet time, Justin came home.  And I took that opportunity to go to the library by myself.  Seriously, I couldn't get rid of these Curious the George books fast enough.  I was so tired of reading them each night.  But Jax loves them.

I enjoyed a quiet and relaxing car ride and really wished I had more errands to run!

But I came home and started dinner.  And you know you need to get groceries if all you have is stuff to make brinner.  (Breakfast + dinner.)  Pancakes and eggs it was tonight!

While I was cooking dinner, the kids cleaned up their toys.  Reluctantly.  

And then while I was flipping pancakes, I heard a "HELP" coming from Julie's room.  Now, normally, she will crawl into her crib and she can't climb out.  She will normally yell "help" and we will take her out of her crib.  I'm not about to show her how to climb out.....Anyways, I figured I would sneak in and take a picture of her wanting out of her crib.  But imagine my surprise when I found this instead:

She really had a legitimate reason for yelling help!

Back to flipping pancakes.  Jax joined me in the kitchen to make up words with the toy on the fridge.

And then it was dinner time.  (That dinner prep hour wears me out every time.)

Afterwards, the kids get in pajamas and they can watch a show.  I'm not sure if they are close enough to the TV though.....

Later on, Julie and I worked on a puzzle together.  She LOVES puzzles now...just like Jax used to!

Finally it was bedtime!  We put Julie to bed and she loved her new princess night light.  As we prayed tonight she thanked God for "no dark."

Then it was Jax's turn to bed.  We read some Lego Star Wars comics and he was proud of his new night light too.  Honestly, it never crossed his mind to have a night light but since Julie needed one, so did he.  (He wanted to take a picture of it-light on and off!)

And now I'm off to read and relax!

Other days I documented:

June 21, 2011

February 7, 2012

April 23-29, 2012 (Clearly I was the over-achiever here!)

Jedi Jax

It seems that my blogging has taken a backseat this summer.  I guess I've just been really busy....

.......really busy reading this trilogy!

You see, back when Star Wars started their "prequels" I was all excited to watch them.  But The Phantom Menace was just awful.  I couldn't believe that they slapped the name Star Wars on this horrible movie and expected that I would like it.  It was not even close.  It was then I decided that I would not watch the rest of the movies.  They were dead to me, I tell you.

Well, fast forward some 18 years (Gosh, I'm old!) and I have a son asking all about Anakin Skywalker.  

And I didn't know the answers.  So I knew I needed to acknowledge the prequels.  But I was not about to watch The Phantom Menace.  I did the next best thing-I'm reading the books. And I still hate The Phantom Menace, even in book form.  But I really enjoyed The Attack of the Clones.  And now I'm onto the third book.  We shall see what I think of it.  Soon enough I will have the answers for Jax!

In the meantime, it's good to know that Jax is a Jedi in training.

Toy Dog Guitars. (Yes, you can play it on bark mode.)

Justin and I are not musically inclined.  I really wish I was, but my kids.....now that's another story.

Who says that toy dog guitars don't sound good? (or that I would even use those three words together in one sentence!)

Clearly, I will never bringing these two toys in my house!  Who thought that this was a toy idea?  (Someone that didn't have kids, that's who!)

When we aren't playing in the toy aisle, there is always some kind of wrestling match going on.  I caught Big Show and Randy Orten tearing up the ring the other day.

Later on in the week, Jax ended up with some bigger wrestling figures.  They go everywhere with him.  Including watching TV.

Even in a choke hold, John Cena and The Miz enjoy watching some Lego Star Wars cartoons with Jax!

2013 Goals {June}

Goal check up for June!

Financial

Buy a 2nd car.  (Done in February.  I did not think we would accomplish this one so fast!) 

School

Tot School still on hold.  Jax loved going to Pre-school this month!

Home Management

Use Little Green Notebook's cleaning schedule and stick to it!  (This is working great.)

Weekly:

Vacuum

Mop

Clean bathrooms

Monthly

Dust

Clean oven/microwave  (I cleaned my oven, stove top, and microwave!)

Spot clean walls and carpets

Personal

Books

Here is the list I want to read.  I'm shooting under the table because if I finish this list, I can ADD MORE. 

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan

The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter

Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin (Read in March.  It was so good!)

Holy Parenting by Benjamen Kerns

Is the Bible True?:  How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures by Jeffrey L. Sheler (Read in February.  This was super interesting!)

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Michal: A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith (Finished in May.  It was pretty good.  An easy read for sure.)

Sticky Faith by Kara Powell

A Taste of Heaven by R.C. Sproul

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews (I read this in about 1/2 hour.  It had practically ideas about goal setting, but much of it I had already heard of before.)

Understanding Your Young Teen by Mark Oestreicher

The Year of Living Biblically:  One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs (Read in January.  This was really funny!) 

Books read at Bonhoeffer Babe's Book Club:

Life of the Beloved:  Spritual Living in a Secular World by Henri J. M. Nouwen  (Read in January.  This was ok.)

A Hole in the Gospel:  What does God Expect From Us?  The Answer That Changed My Life and Just Might Change the World by Richard Sterns  (I actually read this last year!  I think it will bring some great discussion.)  I didn't read it this time around.

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott (read in March)

Books I've added:

Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst (Read in May.  I really liked this book.  There were some really excellent points to it.)

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst (Read in June.  I really enjoyed it.  I like her style of writing.)

Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks (Jaxson is asking me all sorts of questions about the 1st three movies of Star Wars.  Time to brush up on my Star Wars knowledge!)

Bible Study time

Memorize the entire book of James.  (I've memorized to 5:6.  I didn't memorize a single verse this month.)

Study the book of Luke with the Mars Hill podcasts. (Done.  January-March)

Watch Doctrine series with Mars Hill podcasts. (Done.  April)

Watch Redeeming Ruth with Mars Hill podcasts.  (Done. April)

Watch Nehemiah with Mars Hill podcasts.  (Done. May)

Watch Ephesians with Mars Hill podcasts. (Done. May.)

Watch Trial (1 and 2 Peter) with Mars Hill podcasts. (Done.  June.)

Read the entire Bible chronologically.  I'm using this plan. (I'm in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles.  I love this part of the Bible where the kingdom divides and we learn about all the different kings.)