tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:/posts Adventures with the Ross Family 2013-10-08T17:29:28Z Nicole tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/599410 2013-09-05T20:51:00Z 2013-10-08T17:29:28Z 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!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/598964 2013-09-05T13:05:00Z 2013-10-08T17:29:23Z 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!
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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/598880 2013-09-04T00:48:28Z 2013-10-08T17:29:22Z 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

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/598586 2013-09-02T01:22:10Z 2013-10-08T17:29:19Z 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!)
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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/598180 2013-08-31T01:12:31Z 2013-10-08T17:29:15Z 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.

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/591485 2013-08-06T22:00:00Z 2013-10-08T17:27:51Z 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!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/591854 2013-08-01T20:31:00Z 2013-10-08T17:27:55Z A Day in the Life

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!)

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/590776 2013-07-27T02:02:00Z 2013-10-08T17:27:43Z 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.

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/588265 2013-07-11T20:09:36Z 2013-10-08T17:27:13Z 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!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/582291 2013-07-05T13:37:00Z 2013-10-08T17:26:02Z 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.)


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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/587129 2013-07-05T00:35:22Z 2013-10-08T17:26:59Z 2013 Goals {July} Goal check up for July!

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 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 (I started this one.  I'm surprised it is an easy read for such a heavy topic.)

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!) (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 3 versed this month.  That's three more than last 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 Jeremiah.  I've been reading ahead since August is going to be really busy.)



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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/586917 2013-07-03T14:47:28Z 2013-10-08T17:26:57Z Smoke keeps getting in my eyes. I've decided that I don't like cooking dinner.  It's not the cooking part that I hate-it's that my kitchen is closed off to the rest of the house which means my kids get into all sorts of mischief while I cook.  That's the problem.  I've tried all sorts of things:  starting a DVD to keep them occupied, making them play outside, making them hang out in the kitchen with me, etc.  It doesn't matter what I try, Julie ends up in some sort of wrestling move from Jax, then Julie will hit Jax, and then it goes downhill from there.  We are working on our manners, ahem.

So I have resorted to McDonalds.  Or Taco Bell.  Or our most favorite: Cookout.  And while that solves our hunger problem, it doesn't help on our budget or the fact that MY KIDS JUST NEED TO GET ALONG.

Anywho.

Yesterday after quiet time, I decided to make some freezer meals.  I always did this when we lived in Washington and it was such a help!  It was time to break out all my pots and pans and get my freezer stuffed full of healthy meals (although why can't the cheddar style cheese burger at Cookout be healthy?)

I worked for 3 hours in that kitchen!  My kitchen was a mess.  

But not as messy as Julie's kitchen!  Meow Meow must've been hungry cause she was cooking up a storm for her kitty too.

After I was done cooking, I decided to set my oven on self-clean.  It was getting dirty.  Justin suggested that we through the cast iron skillet in there because that needed some cleaning help as well.  (Side note:  Alton Brown said this was ok to do on Twitter.  It comes from a reliable source...)

Y'all.  That kitchen was full of smoke and sparks were a-flaring in that oven.  And then our smoke alarms went off.  Enough was enough and we turned it off and got that cast iron skillet out of there.

But my house stunk.  We opened doors but that didn't even help.  So it was google to the rescue!  I found out that you are can to boil vinegar and it will absorb the smell.  I was desperate and the smell couldn't be any worse than smoke.

But I was wrong.  Very, very wrong.  Vinegar stings the eyes worse than smoke.  But it did replace the smell of smoke, so maybe the smoke smell is gone?  Not likely.  But it sure does smell vinegary in here!

Lessons learned:  

1.  Freezers meals will help me in the long run.

2.  Just because you read it on the internet doesn't mean it is really true.  (Hence the cast iron skillet idea or vinegar suggestion.)

3.  Meow-Meow seems to be a pretty demanding and picky eater.  Julie was working hard cooking all sorts of random combinations.

4.  Febreeze always works wonders if all else fails.  The smell is gone after multiple sprays. 

Whew!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/586007 2013-06-27T01:21:04Z 2013-10-08T17:26:47Z Jedi Knights in Training

A couple of nights ago, Jax and I watched Star Wars (the 1977 one!).  It was a bit retro for me since I had to use a VCR to play the VHS.  Let me tell you, that machine seemed archaic.  And really big.

And watching a VHS on a HDTV is also a bit disappointing.  But anyways-back to my story.

Jax loves Star Wars and I thought it was time to introduce the "real" one to him.  And I told him if he didn't like it, we would stop it and watch something else.  But he loved it.  He was so into the movie and got very stressed when Luke was trying to destroy the Death Star!  I had to explain some of the plot to him, but overall he did great on following the story. 

When Jax saw Luke practicing with the light saber, he told me that he really needed one too.  And I don't blame him.  What five year old boy wouldn't want a large, lighted sword to knock down my breakables and "accidentally" smack Julie with. 

We priced out the light sabers and he decided he wanted to get the ones at Target that don't light up.  But you can open and close it so you can carry it on your belt!  He started working around the house to save his money immediately.  But today at Target, I caved and just got it for him.  It surprised him to no end and he couldn't believe he was actually getting it. 

Poor little Julie let me know that she NEEDED a light saber too.  Just like her brother.  (She even showed me that she had money in her piggy bank to pay for it!)  And so I caved again.  It's a good thing I only have two kids!

Anyways, the kids have had a blast.  Nothing is broken (yet) and Julie can now defend herself in case Jax has some wild swings. 

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/585425 2013-06-23T19:01:56Z 2013-10-08T17:26:40Z 28 Months {Julianne} Well, little Julie is 28 months.  And she sure is a kick!

She is talking so much!  She now can say never-mind, I don't know, silly Meow-Meow, and pool.  And my personal favorite is calling me "Ma."  She always responds by saying "yes Ma" or "no Ma."  I have no idea where in the world where she got that from. 

This month Julie has learned the fine art of saying "No!"  She is at her peak of the "terrible two's."  I remember thinking that they were so hard when Jax went through it, but this time I have a different perspective.  I usually just roll my eyes and tell her that she's two.  And then I pick her up off the floor and move about my day.  Or I ignore her.  She's quickly finding that tantrums don't let her get her way.

Swimming has been a huge hit.  Here she is saying, "Dadda help jump!"  

After a couple of times going to the pool, she has also decided that she is too big for her floaty and will try to swim on her own.  She pretty much has to stay in the 2 feet area, and that's fine by her.  She is not going to wear a floaty like a baby!

Jaxson is always telling us knock-knock jokes.  And it's always the same ones.  But Julie still laughs at all of Jaxson's knock-knock jokes.  And she even plays along. 

Jax will say, "Knock Knock."

Julie:  "Woo dare?"

Jax:  "Jamaican."

Julie:  "dat woo?"

Jax:  "Jamaican me crazy, yeah!"

And then they both laugh like crazy.  Every time.  Silly kids.

Her kitty, Meow Meow is pretty much a part of the family.  He goes to the store with us and church.  Each night before bed, I tuck Julie into bed and tuck Meow Meow in as well.  Meow Meow even gets a baby bottle to drink until she falls asleep! 

But Meow Meow is very curious and always gets in trouble.  He likes to get into the potato chip bag and then she will say "no no Meow Meow!"  In stores, he likes to jump from the shopping cart and then she will tell Meow Meow "no down!" 

All around, Meow Meow is growing on me, even if Meow-Meow likes to cause a little drama once and while.

And lastly, she loves to go to the toy aisle and look at all the babies (dolls).  Last time we were at Target she found this cat-piano-toy thing.  It really is the most obnoxious toy in terms of sound.  But she loves it and will start a song and dance away.  In the middle of the aisle!  At one point in the video, she is just all over the floor.  It's a little bit of break dancing-meets modern dance?  Ha!

Happy 28 Months Julie-poolie! (aka Little Spunky, Julie-bug, Anna-banana!)

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/577901 2013-06-22T11:16:00Z 2013-10-08T17:25:09Z 27 Months {Julianne}

Julie is still a bag lady.  She now has four purses/bags that she carries around.  Usually she stuffs her kitty in the bag and off she goes!

She loves to pretend!  Her kitty is her favorite animal right now.  Her kitty likes to give kisses and get into stuff.  The kitty's name is Meow Meow and goes everywhere right now.  As you can see from the picture below-Meow Meow is being dragged off to yet another place and both kids are pretty enthusiastic to get their picture taken. (Sheesh.  Would it be that hard to smile?!?)

When you ask Julie a question she will put her finger to her cheek and say, "hmmmmm."  Then she will say, "I know" and then let you know her opinion.  But she always has to collect her thoughts with her finger on her cheek.  I'm not sure where she got that from....I don't think any of us do that.

Julie's new phrase is "I'm back!".  She will load up her bag and then wave and say goodbye to you.  Then she will walk the circle hallway and meet back up with you with "I"m back!"  I'm thoroughly impressed that she assumes that I've been waiting on pins and needles until she graces me with her presence again.

Justin bought the RooCup so he could get 25 cent refills this summer.  When he walks in the door with it, Julie assumes it is just for her.  And will drink the whole thing.  I'm not sure a 2 year old should have a coke slush in the afternoon.  That might be sugar/caffeine overload!
Here she is telling Jaxson "one minute" while she slurps away.

Oh Julianne!  Happy 27th months!
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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/584954 2013-06-19T18:47:31Z 2013-10-08T17:26:35Z Photoshoot Summer has begun and the Jax has already said that he's bored.

I did what every mom does when they hear that statement.  I told both kids to go into the room and find a toy to play with.  Cause if they aren't playing with toys-then they aren't getting any for Christmas.  Jax is young enough to believe that nonsense.  Ha!

Anyways, while I was working on my Project Life Album I assumed that they were playing with toys and having a blast.  Well, I was right about the part that they were having a blast.  They had taken off with my phone and were taking pictures of each other.  

I sure enjoyed having 66 new pictures of them posing on my camera roll.  But what I enjoyed even more was that Julianne had actually posed for Jax and smiled.  I can't get that girl to sit still for a second!  I was pretty impressed with his skills.  And Jax modeling for the camera?  Let's just say I had a good laugh at all his poses!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/584325 2013-06-15T23:02:28Z 2013-10-08T17:26:27Z Summer has officially began.

Can you guess what we have been up to?  Yup, the "pfooool" as Julie calls it!  And we have had a blast.  Yesterday was our first day to go and both Julie and Jax were a little hesitant in the water at first.  Julie hung onto me the whole time and I felt like one of those monkeys who carry their babies on their backs.  But today, Jax was all over the place without his floaty (in the shallow end) and little Julie is swimming up a storm with the help of her floaty. 

Meanwhile, I've been working on my tan and Justin is catching up on his reading.  The best part of the pool is when we come home and the kids are tuckered out and ready for bed!  It's so easy to put them to bed without having them get up a million times for "another drink of water."

And even after swimming for four hours today, poor little Julie cried when I told her we needed to go home.  She was having THAT much fun!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/582962 2013-06-07T01:11:06Z 2013-10-08T17:26:10Z Mr. Independent Getting up early is not my strong suit so when I woke up bright and early Monday morning to get Jax ready and off to Preschool I might have complained a little bit in my head.

But when I picked him up after school, I knew that I could get up early for him because he LOVES it.

They are learning about bugs this month.  This is right up his alley!  He loves the art station and circle time.  And his teachers are so sweet.  He told me the other day that he was so happy that his teachers knew his name!  So far this week, they have learned about "Long Daddies" (aka Daddy Long Legs-he mixes up the name which is funny), ants, and grasshoppers.  And he has brought plenty of art home as well!

Meanwhile, Julie and I have been playing a lot of dolls, princesses, etc.  It's a far cry from Star Wars and Angry Birds.  She loves the one on one time with Justin and I.  And I realized that Julie plays really quietly when Jax is at school.  I didn't know that was possible!

And while I may be a teeny tiny bit glad that the weekend is coming so I can sleep in just a little bit longer, Jax is pretty annoyed that he has to take a two day break before he can go back.  I'd say that means he had a pretty great week at school!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/582066 2013-06-03T17:13:00Z 2013-10-08T17:25:59Z I'm a bad guy, like Ryback! Last month, Justin took Jax to a WWE wrestling event last month.  And while he DID NOT like the indoor fireworks (too loud!) he loved wrestling and joined the crowd to cheer on the good guys.

Before they went to their seats, Jaxson tested out his strength. 

He was instantly interested into the matches and wanted to know all about the wrestlers.  His favorite was Mark Henry who he called "Strong Man."  I guess Mark Henry tried to pull a semi-truck and to a five year old boy-that's pretty cool.

Here Jax is cheering with the crowd.  The picture isn't great but you get the idea that as long as fireworks didn't go off.

And now, Jax watches wrestling with Justin every week:

He even spent some of his hard earned money on wrestling toys!  Now he has several figures, a wrestling ring, and even a SLAM-bulance for the wrestlers to crash into!

He couldn't wait until Daddy got home that evening so they could play wrestling!

I'm thankful that Jax has expanded his interests now and I'm not only hearing about Angry Birds and Star Wars.  And there is one big rule about wrestling....boys don't wrestle girls...specifically-Julianne!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/574726 2013-06-02T20:42:00Z 2013-10-08T17:24:28Z 2013 Goals {May}
Financial

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

School

Plan out the year for Tot School with Jaxson and Julianne.  (I took a break from Tot School and have decided that Jax is done with it.  It's too easy for him.  Plus, he's going to Preschool in June and doesn't need it.  I'll work with Julie when he's at Preschool.)

Home Management

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

Weekly:

Vacuum

Mop

Clean bathrooms

Monthly

Dust (I didn't get to this.)

Clean oven/microwave  (I didn't get to this either.)

Spot clean walls and carpets  (I didn't get to this.)

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 (I started this.  It's an easy read.)

Sticky Faith by Kara Powell

A Taste of Heaven by R.C. Sproul

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

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 (I'm reading this now and am really enjoying it.  I like her style of writing.)

Bible Study time

Memorize the entire book of James.  (I've memorized to 5:6.  I'm on chapter 5....the last chapter!)

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. (I'm starting this now.)

Read the entire Bible chronologically.  I'm using this plan. (I'm in 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, and Psalms.  I'm loving the mix of different of literature right now!)

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/582064 2013-05-31T19:38:36Z 2013-10-08T17:25:59Z All Dressed Up We attended a wedding last weekend so that meant it was time to dress up!  Here are some pictures I managed to get of us:

This by far is my favorite sequence of pictures.  I told Jax to get closer to Julie and he put his arm around her.  She was just not having that!

It was a beautiful wedding in Old Salem.  And beautiful weather too!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/580080 2013-05-20T20:07:17Z 2013-10-08T17:25:35Z For a $1.20, I just might be a gardener.

I went to Target and found their $1 section was 70% off.  I been checking out the spring stuff-seedlings and stuff.  And for 30 cents each, I decided I just might try my hand at gardening.  So far, Jax and I are doing tomato container gardening, but only because we received the seeds for free at Lowe's.  My hopes aren't set too high on the tomatoes.  Sure, they are growing great!  But we have to factor in the squirrels.  I figure that we may just end up growing fresh tomatoes for them instead of us.  The squirrels are quite the little "swipers."

Anyways back to the $1 section.  I ended up picking up some poppy, daisy, cilantro, and sweet basil.  They must be pretty easy to grow since the packaged guaranteed that the seeds would actually grow.  So we will see.  I don't exactly have a green thumb.

Jax enjoyed helping me and but when I opened up the poppy seed packet I couldn't believe how small the seeds were!  I think I put the seeds in the planter.  Poor Jax really wanted to help "plant" those seeds but they were too tiny for him.  Luckily, cilantro seeds are pretty big so he got the job done!

Now if only the sun would come out.  The instructions say to put them in a warm, sunny place.  I haven't seen the sun in a while-hopefully humid/rainy/cloudy conditions will do!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/579362 2013-05-17T19:58:00Z 2013-10-08T17:25:26Z I probably shouldn't be handing out parenting advice. Have you ever had a day where the kids just couldn't mind?  After their quiet time, I took them outside to play.  But they argued and whined.  Julie kept wanting to go in the front and we were playing in the back.  It was 90 degrees out.  I wasn't having the best of time and it seemed neither were the kids. 

So we came inside and I thought they would play with their toys.  Instead, they ran around and fought.  And made a mess of toys, but didn't play.  It was driving me nuts.

And this is where I insert that I was drinking some NC Cherry Soda (aptly named Cheerwine) and I started feeling like if "wine" was in the name, they should probably put some in the drink!  Ha!

Anywho, I decided that I want my kids to sit in one place.  Eureka!  I had an idea.  I needed to return a library book this week and suddenly, I decided it had to be today.  Because I knew that if I put the kids in the car (with snacks and milk) they would sit and eat..meaning they would sorta behave. 

And that's exactly what I did.  It was a slice of heaven for 30 minutes.  Now I should mention that the library is only 10 minutes away.  But I took the longest route-and then some.  And it worked.  They snacked and behaved.  I got a little bit of the break I needed.  

Sometimes you just have to do what works.  But don't come to me for any parenting advice.  I feel as if I have sunk to a new low.  

In other news, I came across this at Walmart the other day and it was hit with Justin. 

He loves Key Lime Pie, I'm pretty indifferent to it.  But I did like the cookies.  Of course, the kids didn't.  It was "too sour" as Jax puts it. 

And lastly, the purse organization struggle still continues.  It's supposed to look like this:

(Notice the missing purse?)

Oh-here it is.  In the Mr. Potato Head bin.  That really makes sense.

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/579299 2013-05-16T14:36:52Z 2013-10-08T17:25:25Z When a two year old Spring Cleans. Well, there's not much to report here.  I've been busy working on organizing and Spring Cleaning the house.  Yes, it feels like it's been taking forever.  But I've been in the mood and I try to move where the {Spring Cleaning} spirit takes me.  Which is space saving bags and command hooks!  Slowly, very slowly, the closets are looking better.  I'm loving the challenge over at Money Saving Mom.  It helps to keep me on track.

My self-appointed task this week was to organize Julie's closet.  I've decided that I want to hang her purses on command hooks so she can reach them and use them when needed.  (Which is all the time, apparently.)  She took one look at her purses lined up and told me no.  Then she took every purse down and put them in one of her toy bins.  So I explained to her that you can see them on the hooks!  and you can find one in a moments notice! and look how cool they are on the hooks!  To which she looked at me and said no again.  But I persevered and hung them back up.  Twenty minutes later I went back into her room and the purses were missing yet again.  And back in their unorganized state in her Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toy bin. 

I can't help but think that this incident can not bode well for me when she is older.  Let's say...a teenager!  Yikes!

Meanwhile, we are gearing up for Jax to head to a summer session of preschool.  There's been some crazy excitement about going away for three hours-playing and learning...oh! And I'm sure Jax is excited too.  I kid.  Kinda.

He's just very ready to go out into the world and start being more independent from his family.  Which is sad that we are wrapping up the baby/toddler/preschool phase of his life and starting a new one.  And yet, it's exciting.  Tonight he gets to go over to his school and have popsicles on the playground. I love that each month the PTA puts on an event for the rising Kindergartners.  So smart!

This morning I overheard him talking to himself about school.  (He still has no internal dialogue at times.)  He was saying that after he is too big for Kindergarten, then it's 1st grade, then 2nd grade, then 3rd grade, then 4th grade, then 5th grade, then 6th grade, then 7th grade, then 8th, grade, then 9th grade, then 10th grade, then 11th grade, then 12th grade.  Then he commented, "Man, that's a lot!"  I didn't have the heart to tell him that he may also need to go to a college of some sort!

And last, but not least...it's Justin's birthday today!  After work, we plan on heading out to dinner.  I'm thinking BBQ unless Justin has something else in mind.  (But really, who turns down good BBQ?)

Well, off to make some Key Lime Cookies (Eh?  Not sure how those will turn out, but it's Justin's favorite pie) and Vanilla Cupcakes.  Because according to Jax, you have to have cake for birthdays!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/578410 2013-05-10T23:28:37Z 2013-10-08T17:25:15Z Goals for this Week This new blog website doesn't have the strike through font just yet.  I didn't realize I would miss something little like that...

Personal:

(Done.)  Read from May 5th-May May 12th with this Bible Reading Plan.

(Done.  Highly recommend!)  Finish Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst.  (I'm halfway through and it's really good!)

(I've started this.  It's funny.  Just like her blog.)  Start Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle (I've heard rave reviews about this book.)

(Tot) School:

(Nope.)  Organize Letter Ee for this week

(Nope.)  Plan Letter Ff

Home Making:

(Done.)  Follow along with Money Saving Mom's Clutter-Busting Challenge.  Get rid of 7 items each day.  

(No.)  Dust

Misc:

(Done.)  Mail two items at the Post Office.  (Anyone else dread going to the Post Office like me?)

(Done.)  Plan James 4 Sunday School Lesson

(Done.)  Send out Email for JOY Sunday School Class

And onto this weeks goals:

Personal:
Read from May 13th-May May 19th with this Bible Reading Plan.
Finish Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle (I've heard rave reviews about this book.)
Start Michal (The Wives of King David) by Jill Eileen Smith

Home Making
Follow along with Money Saving Mom's Clutter-Busting Challenge.  Get rid of 7 items each day.
Dust
 
Misc:
Send out Email for JOY Sunday School Class
Organize Julie's closet
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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/577338 2013-05-05T18:55:00Z 2013-10-08T17:25:01Z Goals this Week I'm back to goal making again.  This last month I had to switch my blog over to a new company.  Annoying, but I should be staying put at this one now!

Personal:

Read from May 5th-May May 12th with this Bible Reading Plan.

Finish Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst.  (I'm halfway through and it's really good!)

Start Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle (I've heard rave reviews about this book.)

(Tot) School:

Organize Letter Ee for this week

Plan Letter Ff

Home Making:

Follow along with Money Saving Mom's Clutter-Busting Challenge.  Get rid of 7 items each day.  

Dust

Misc:

Mail two items at the Post Office.  (Anyone else dread going to the Post Office like me?)

Plan James 4 Sunday School Lesson

Send out Email for JOY Sunday School Class

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/577207 2013-05-04T18:00:00Z 2013-10-08T17:24:59Z Jaxisms Jaxson keeps me on my toes with his curiousity.  He says the funniest things as he learns about life.  I try to remember them and write them down, but it somehow slips my mind.  But here are a few that I managed to scribble down:

At seeing a half-moon-

Jax:  "Why does the sun broke the moon into two pieces?"

Me:  "Who told you that?"

Jax:  "No one.  I just thought about it."

Talking about marriage-

Me:  "One day you will find a nice girl and marry her."

Jax:  "Oh, I don't have to look. I already found a girl."

Me (thinking he was going to say a girl in his preschool class.  There is one that he is pretty smitten with.)  "Oh, who's that?"

Jax:  "Julie.  She's a nice girl and I already know her."

Me:  "Jax, you can't marry your sister."  Trust me, I was laughing so hard.

At Target-

Jax was looking at a toy and I walked down the aisle and apparently out of his sight.

Jax:  "Mom!  Where are you?  You got lost!"

About his Lego toys-

"I just love my Rancor Pit because it has so much detail to it.  See Mom, all the detail?"

"I really like my Lego mini-figure collections." 

I can thank EvanTubeHD for his description of any Lego/Angry Bird/Star Wars toys.  Jax loves that YouTube channel and can tell me about any toy that Evan reviews.  Sheesh, a five year old naming his favorite YouTube channel!

About being a grown-up-

As we were driving by his future school, he said to Julie:  "Jul, that's where I go to Kindergarten.  Then I get done with Kindergarten and I go to first grade.  Then I will finally be a grown-up!"

This kid is a riot.  It's fun to see life through his eyes.

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/481241 2013-05-03T20:15:00Z 2013-10-08T17:04:30Z 26 Months {Julianne} Another month has gone by and this little girl is just growing up!

You know what is Julianne's biggest dilemma in life?  She doesn't have a enough hands to carry everything she wants to haul around.  Luckily, she has several purses now.  And a shopping cart.  Little bag lady is what I like to call her!

She still loves Dowa (Dora).  She's getting into Super Why and Sesame Street now.  But she still loves her Pingu!  But I'm glad she venturing into some other shows now.

Along with our crazy rock star singing at night, we also have started praying.  She has no idea why or what we are doing, but she thinks it's neat to have "chapel hands" and to pray.  I usually will pray a short prayer and then tell her it's her turn.  She will say, "wiofjkfaiiogfhlgklj.  Amen."  So, so cute.  I may not understand her prayer, but I'm pretty sure God does.

And as you can see, she loves to color.  I prefer on paper.  Or concrete as in the case with sidewalk chalk.  In all seriousness, she loves to color and will do that for a long time.  She is very proud of her work.  We recently have starting using stickers and while they are a bit tricky for her, she still persists!

She loves to paint as well.  She gets a bit messy, but loves the process of it.

Julie is a mess when she eats.  And that's perfectly normal.  But lately she has been decorating herself with food too.  Just the other day I caught her putting all her pepperoni on her stomach and then eating them.  I have no words...

Happy 26 Months Julie!

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/574672 2013-04-30T22:39:00Z 2013-10-08T17:24:27Z 2013 Goals (April)
Goal check up for April!

Financial

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

School

Plan out the year for Tot School with Jaxson and Julianne.  (I have it planned to Letter D and we are on letter Dd this week!  I better get to work on this!)

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 didn't get to this either.)

Spot clean walls and carpets  (I didn't get to this.)

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

Sticky Faith by Kara Powell

A Taste of Heaven by R.C. Sproul

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

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 (I'm reading this now.  There is some really good information in this book!  I've needed my highlighter with this one!)

Bible Study time

Memorize the entire book of James.  (I've memorized to 4:17.  I'm starting on chapter 5....the last chapter!)

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.  (I'm halfway through this right now.)

Read the entire Bible chronologically.  I'm using this plan. (I'm in 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, and Psalms.  I'm loving the mix of different of literature right now!)

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tag:adventureswiththerossfamily.com,2013:Post/506506 2013-04-26T23:49:11Z 2013-10-08T17:09:45Z Trains and boats Justin had the day off and it was a gorgeous day.  We decided to head downtown to the museum.  Little did we know that everyone else had the same idea!  It was hard to find parking and it was just plain crowded.  We decided to head to the park instead.  We figured it would be crowded, but not like the millions of people pouring off school buses at the museum.

And we were right.  It was crowded.  But it wasn't too bad considering we were outdoors and there was a lot of room to run and play.

We let the kids run on the playground.

We rode the train!  (And Jaxson pointed out that it wasn't anyone's birthday!  It's a tradition to ride the train when we have a birthday, so Jax wanted to make sure we were aware of the fact we were birthday-less in our family today!)

We have since found out that Julie is not a big fan of the train.  She whimpered through the ride and wanted to be held only by me the entire time.  We may need to find a new birthday tradition!

Afterwards we let the kids swing.

Funny story-Jax is petrified of swinging but really, really, really wants to do it.  So he would sit on the swing and...just sit there.  Meanwhile, Julie is flying high and laughing like crazy.  At one point I tried to push him (thus showing him that swinging is fun when you know, you actually swing!)  But he freaked out.  Lesson learned on my part.  If he likes sitting on the swing-then so be it!

Before we left for lunch, we tried the boats.  Both kids spied them out while waiting in line for the train and I have to say, they were a hit with both kids!

I love how they put two steering wheels in so both kids could "drive" the boat.  But only one bell in the front of the boat?  Now that was just some poor planning!  'Cause both kids wanted to ring the bell all the time.  Luckily, they did share as best they could in that situation.

By then we were hungry and needed to leave before both kids had hunger/thirst/tired breakdowns.  We made it to the car just in time!

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