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LTML 35: The Reader

Our days are usually a grind.  We wake up, pray, wash up, brush our teeth, pray, eat our breakfast, clean up, and then start our lessons. We grind daily to the point that there are days when I cannot step back and enjoy the fruit of our labor. Until a few days ago, I happen upon this in the living room.     I was so blessed to capture this moment of Zee reading her book out loud!   We started our reading exercises at the end of Pre-K. She knew her letters, recognized site words, and understood sound blending.   Still I didn’t want to push her.  I wanted her to come into reading on her own, like she did when she learned how to walk.   In the spring we stepped back for vacation and started again in July. That break was the glue that she needed to put everything together!   Everything just clicked and she took off reading at lightning pace.   I would love to take the credit for her learning how to read, but it was through the grace of God that she is learning and it is her practicing that gets her through every lesson.  My my role was just to guide her.  Not push her beyond her what she could handle, but challenge her, and nurture her.  On days that were too hard for her, I gave her what encouragement that I could.  But all the sweet words mean nothing if she didn’t internalize them. Our words have the power to help our children realize everything that they are. Click To Tweet I am...

LTML34: Making New Foods

The past few weeks, I have put my extra energy to good use in the kitchen.  My baby boy is getting older, and I have noticed that his tastes has changed a lot too! I have mentioned before that he was a picky eater, so I wanted to know more about why toddlers are picky, and what can I do that will maximize the food that he eats without all the pickiness.  Well I did manage to find the information that I was looking for, and I will give you a full post on that in the upcoming weeks. Now that I have officially diverted myself *ahem,* I have had some extra free time that I have put to use in the kitchen.  Mostly to challenge myself, but also to find a way to have fun night with the family without paying takeout prices.   Challenge yourself to make your favorite dishes without paying the takeout prices. Click To Tweet Pizza in my home is a huge treat.  We buy it now and then and it’s gobbled up quickly.  But that’s expected because it’s pizza!  The only thing that I didn’t like about pizza was that there is hardly any fiber in it, and you have to be creative to keep it healthy.   So, with my trusty bread maker, I managed to make a robust (with herbs) pizza! This is not a recipe, since I seriously forgot how to make dough by hand (I don’t like my hands getting sticky O.o) but if you are interested in the recipe for this I will be more than glad to share!...

LTML33: Six To One

As my youngest is getting older, I sense that there is a shift going on with how I’m feeling and how I’m writing.  I know you noticed, but bear with me!  A lot of my humor and joy has been reserved for my kids.  That doesn’t mean you get the sober parts of me, it’s just that when I’m able to sit down and write, I’m a bit more reflective (and forced to stay calm because it’s nap time).     We took this week off from homeschooling (we had 6 weeks straight, so yup, we needed a break) and in this time off, I’m just amazed at how much information my daughter is retaining from her lessons.  I get that homeschooling is not for everyone, because it IS a lot of work, but I’m still thankful for the option. LittleZ wants to do what his sister (and mommy) do, by working on his laptop, and Zee loves showing her little brother how to work a mouse (I know, so old school right?)  LittleZ has shown Zee how to scribble (although she doesn’t need the lessons).   But to see these two playing, peacefully, and loving with each other, will forever be etched in my mind.  Getting to this point has taken a lot of work, but finally we are back into the groove of things, and I’m excited for it.       Of course playing does have its drawbacks for parents (the mess…oh the mess..)  But if this is the price to pay, I’m okay with it. Since our plan is all year home school, it makes sense to have breaks...

LTML30: Life With A Boy

Ever since Little Z was able to run and ride his bike (among other things) life with a boy is very different from life with a girl! Zee may dream of princes and parties, Little Z (at the moment) loves on crashing things and throwing things in the air.  He loves chasing and running.   It is a very welcome changed though, since it also exposes Zee to the many boy things that are so much fun (in my opinion).  After all, how many dolls can a child own?  (Mr. C and I do not buy the dolls since she usually gets them as a gift).  But really?  Maybe it’s me, after all, I never really liked to play with dolls–I was more of a video game person myself.     My days are filled with loud laughing, and crashing toys, but I welcome it.  However, now if they are quiet, they are truly up to something… What are some of the differences you noticed from raising a girl and boy?  Is your home always filled with crashing noise?  If you have just girls, seriously, how many dolls can a girl play...

LTML29: Life With A Little Girl

I’m going to cheat just a bit this week for Life Through My Lens. You see, I had these pictures that I was going to share with you earlier (like a previous Life Through My Lens post) but I never got around to doing it. I’m going to say that these still count. 🙂 I’ll be honest here, I was never a girly girl growing up. I wasn’t into jewelry, dolls and all those things girls played with. As I became older, I’ve grown interested in these things, but I don’t throw a fit if I walk to the store without makeup on. So looking at Zee and I can see that she is truly a girl’s girl. A Mama’s girl. But I don’t let these things fool me, she’ll rough house with the best of them. She would just make sure her jewelry matches before she wrestles. Between these two kids, my hands are full. Are your kids rough when they play with their siblings / friends? If you have girls, do they like to wrestle as...

LTML 28: All Aboard!

I did mention that I was a sucker for museums right? Okay, glad that you remember that.  Well, another spot that we always walk by, but never seem to go into is the New York Transit Museum.  This week of: Life Through My Lens, I take my family on a subway adventure ride! I think I have tried to take the kids here at least a few times this year, and then finally I said to myself I’ll just get them packed up and ready to go and tell them when we get there.  That worked! Everyone was excited and I love seeing their faces when we headed to this subway station!     New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the country that is dedicated to urban transportation history!  I love living in a city with so much history and culture!  This museum focuses on the development of the greater New York Metropolitan area.       Housed underground in a 1936 IND subway line under Court Street (downtown Brooklyn), it’s amazing how so much history is stored underground!  This museum is the perfect spot to take children!  They are able to see NYC transit history and turnstiles that many New Yorker’s remember using before they were retired.     The best part of the museum is to walk through old subway cars from the past!  I think they had the right idea a long time ago when they had padded seats!  That’s Zee playing around in the car.  I think this car was from the 1930s-40s.     Here we can see a list of stops on the...
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