Micah 6:8

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does YHVH require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

Friday, March 30, 2012

Passover

Passover is coming, enjoy this video!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Math Storybooks!

In my quest to encourage my youngest in his math studies, I have stumbled upon math storybooks. I have never used them. I have never read them. In fact I didn't even know that math storybooks existed. I am familiar with number books and counting books, but that is as far as I thought math picture books went.

I was wrong.

Not only wrong, but these books look absolutely fun.
Colourful with engaging storyline and teaching math skills and concepts all throughout.

If you are unfamiliar with math storybooks here are a few I have stumbled upon,

A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure   -     
        By: Angeline Sparagna Lopresti
A Place For Zero

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?   -     
        By: Julie Ellis
What's your Angle Pythagoras

The Grapes Of Math  -     
        By: Greg Tang
    
    
        Illustrated By: Harry Briggs
The Grapes of Math


If you have used math storybooks to help teach math or just for reading enjoyment what is your favourite story?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Candy Groggers

I promised that we would make at least one  "pin" every month. So this month the boys completed the "pin"  for me. The pin is found here, candy grogger .

To start,  I went to my local dollar store to gather my supplies. I couldn't find the exact same jars but I did find similar ones. I also decided to keep it really simple and found sticker jewels that could easily be applied to the glass jars. Here are the supplies I came home with.










Next I gave each of the boys a jar and half the stickers. I let them stick them on the jars anyway they wanted.

Now comes the part the boys have been waiting for. We divided the box of candy between the two of them and they filled their jars.

They boys can't wait to eat the candy and shake their noise makers during the reading of the book of Esther. If you have never celebrated Purim, or if you have no idea what it is, read through the book of Esther for yourself and discover God's faithfulness to His people once again.

Chag Semeach Purim! Happy Purim!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Purim

Purim starts this Wednesday at sunset. This song is one of our family favourites from last year. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Tabernacle

Last weeks Torah portion was on the building of the tabernacle. So we built a tabernacle after Sabbath complete with a Lego figure of Aaron. Behind the veil is a replica of the ark of the covenant and inside the ark is a container of manna, Aaron's rod and the tablets with the ten words.

















The boys played with it for hours. They built paper tents to surround the tabernacle and filled them with Lego men. They tried to offer up burnt offerings by using a Lego horse and pretending that it was a bull or ram. I honestly didn't think that they would enjoy it so much but it has been a huge hit. They have played with it the entire past week.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gross!!

I am sure that all of you can relate to what I am about to share with you. At least to part of this confessional at least. The grossness that is a slow draining and partially clogged shower drain. You know what I mean. You are in the shower trying to get clean and all the while you are covered in soap scum and filth that is gathering around your ankles because the drain is partly clogged.

Gross, right?

I am not talking about a little bit of water, I am talking about a couple of inches of water. I have tried the regular Drano route and seriously it helped for a short time, a very short time. We have a hair catcher thing on our drain to catch most of my mane when it falls out in the shower, but hair still gets down there. What are you to do? Well let me tell you. You are going to buy something that looks like this,





















It is called a "Zip-it". And it is my new best friend. Using is not my friend. That job I gave to my lovely hubby who willingly put on gloves and got to work. You will want to open a window, wear gloves , plug your nose. It will smell. Think, raw sewage!! You wouldn't think that hair and shampoo could smell so foul but it does. Once you stick this thing slowly down your drain you are going to very slowly pull it back up. Be prepared, it isn't pretty. I didn't take any pictures, thankfully other people have so this is a little sample of what you may see coming out of your drain.
Gross, right? Trust me it gets worse. I will not show you any more. Just let me tell you that after you pull out lots of gross hairballs the size of golf balls and tons of black sludge, your drain will be working like new. Your tub will be filled with this stuff, so you will need to clean it. If you are curious you can look up videos on YouTube, there are tons of them there. Just please do not have food near you when you do.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Deep Sigh

This is the day that my entire week leads up to. The day that everything else revolves around. The day that we look forward to with anticipation from the time the sun sets on Saturday evening until the sun sets again on Friday evening.

Shabbat,

The day Adonai has set aside to meet with Him. The day He has hallowed. The day He has commanded us to never forget. To keep it Holy.

Shabbat,

May your Shabbat be blessed as you rest in Him. As you study His word. As you worship Him by keeping His commandments.

Shabbat,

His day. Given to us as a gift. Receive it and be blessed.

Shabbat Shalom

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Pinterest Challenge for Myself

I have decided that I am going to challenge myself to completing at least one project that I "pin" on Pinterest every month for at least the next year. So to start things off I am going to show you the project that I have completed this month.






















This is the bag I made that is based off of a "pin" that can be found here .
And this is what the inside of the bag looks like,
















I made the body of the bag out of denim. Because denim is thicker then cotton I didn't use fleece  between the outer and inner layer. I actually didn't have any fleece on hand so I used poly quilt batting to pad the strap. I used interfacing between the two layers on the flap to give it some stability.
So although my version is not exactly like the one I "pinned" it is close enough for me to call it a completed "pin".
What have you "pinned" and completed lately?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shabbat Prep Day

As a young girl growing up I remember fondly the smells of the holidays.  I remember the house smelling so good for hours on end. My mom would wake early, as she always did, and she would begin cooking for the day. I would wait all day in anticipation of the amazing meal that would be served at diner that night. There were always leftovers that would be used for sandwiches the next day. Mom didn't really cook the day after a holiday. I suppose, because she had been cooking for hours on end the previous day. Now that my own family no longer celebrates those holidays you would think that I would miss the traditions and food of those special family times. Joyfully, I can tell you that I do not miss it at all. In fact what we now have is so much more meaningful.  I get to relive smells and food that I loved growing up, every single week. On preparation day, my home is alive with scents and smells that I have held dear for years. As I prepare on Friday for Erev Shabbat and Shabbat I am blessed by the smells all around me.

Challah and Cinnamon Buns

My home smells divine and I know that for the next 24hrs I will not be preparing food for myself or my family. I love that God has blessed us with a day to refrain from work and to rest in Him. It is a blessing to be so busy on Friday, and in that busyness anticipation of what is to come grows. Every Friday at sunset as my family and I gather around the table and welcome the Sabbath we are reminded that God too rested from His work on the seventh day. May you be blessed as you rest in Him.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sew What!?

I spent my afternoon making a purse for my friends daughter. She has seen my purse and asked if I could make on for her as well. Of course I agreed. Only having boys, I don't often get the chance to make girly things :)

Here is what my purse looks like,





















It is full. Therefore it doesn't lie flat for photo taking. I was happy with my purse until I made this one today.






















Oh, it is so pretty. I think I will be making myself a new purse come spring. Something brighter and cheerier than what I have now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Pinning"

I have fallen in love with Pinterest. At first I was skeptical, but after hearing about it from friends and reading about it on blogs, I finally joined. If you have never seen Pinterest it is basically a place online to organize all of the bookmarks you keep from anywhere online. Sounds not too exciting but it is so very convenient. I have been pinning things like crazy. The trick is though, that you actually have to do some of the "pins" or what is the point. So I have decided that I want to complete at least one pin every month. So, to start things off here is the first pin I attempted. visor beanie
Pinned Image
And this is my completed beanie.
My hubby has a smaller head then the pattern was so I used a smaller hook. However, I should have used a larger hook for the visor part as this one is a bit small. Next time I am sure I will get it right. He likes it though so that is what counts :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Debate Rages On

I love the study of people.
Psychology was one of my favourite classes in college.
I loved learning about nature  vs. nurture and  birth order.
I loved learning how these things effect children and form them into the people they will become.
How some believe your birth order describes who you are and how you will behave.
How people fight over whether something is inherited, a trait that you are born with, or if it is a learned behaviour.
These things fascinate me. And now that I have had children the fascination is only growing.
Do they do things because it was given to them in their genes. Or is it because they have learned it from living in this house and being a part of this family.
I love how very different my children are. I stand in awe of my maker every time I see their faces. Hear them laugh, watch them do something that is distinctly me. Sometimes they are so much like me and then sometimes they are so much like their dad. I am always amazed by them and how different they are from each other, from me, from their dad.
And then sometimes I see something in them. Something I have not taught them. Something that is so amazing that I grab my camera and snap a photo of it so I will never forget.

Notice the spacing of the hangers? Would you guess first born, the lovers of order, neatness, and structure? Sweaters on one side, long sleeve t-shirts on the other. This is my kind of closet. I am a first born after all.


Notice the hangers here? What a mess. Uneven spacing. Sweaters mixed in between long sleeve t-shirts. No order, no neatness, no structure. This closet cannot belong to a first born child, can it?


The first picture belongs to my baby. The youngest in the family. Sometimes he is so much like me and yet he looks just like his dad. The second picture is my oldest sons closet. I am at a loss for words. He may look like me but he is so messy and sloppy and I couldn't love him anymore then I do.

Birth order.

Nurture vs. Nature.

The debate rings on. And I happily watch from the sidelines as it unfolds in my own home.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The School Room

This is the main storage area for books in our school room. It holds a lot. Levis found it at the side of the road last year and brought it home on the roof of his Civic :)

One of the handles is broken and the drawers are wonky but I LOVE it. I made the holders on the shelves with magazine boxes and I covered them with scrapbook paper and modge podge to make them look a little nicer.

The shelves on either side hold the boys school work for the day. We use a modified workbox system for our schooling and the boys like being able to physically see how much they have accomplished and how much they still have yet to do.

This cabinet holds crafting supplies. The buckets on the floor beside it also hold craft supplies. Under the cabinet two white baskets hold the boys completed projects. Once the buckets are full we go through them decide what to keep and what can be tossed. I do not hold on to every little thing they make. I do however want them to be free to make a lot of things. Therefore this is a happy compromise for all of us. I save the cream of the crop and store it in Rubbermaids in the basement for them to have when they have kids of their own. The rack with stainless pails is from IKEA. It is a wonderful way to store pencils and glue and such. The blue basket on top of the cabinet holds the boys rulers, tape, large scissors and paper punch. Then beside it is the electric pencil sharpener. Years ago each of the boys made tool boxes that we use instead of pencil cases. When it is time to do school work they take their box to the school table to complete their work. Each of them have everything they could possibly need to complete the work they are assigned for the day.

Next is the table where most school work is completed. Each boy has an end of the table. The door leads to the living room and is usually open. I closed it for picture purposes :)




This is our calendar board. Pretty simple really. We are still working on the concept of, today, tomorrow, yesterday. For some reason they are having a difficult time grasping it. We also track the weather everyday and keep track of seasons. We are also using a calendar workbook from CLE that covers different things each month. wind, precipitation, snowfall, temperature. It also includes graphs and the boys are really enjoying it.



And this is my desk. The messiest place in my entire house. The basket on the left holds all of my teachers manuals. The bucket on the right is where the boys put completed work for me to mark.

So that is our school room. Nothing fancy or special but it works for us. And just so you know that we do use this space here are some pics of us doing life and learning in the *School Room*.

He doesn't really like to read, or have his picture taken.
See that pencil case toolbox in the background :)

Starting Fresh

Honestly I don't know where to begin. I seem to be a failure at blogging and yet I can't seem to let the blog go. At any rate I have decided to just make this blog about anything and everything me. I am not going to start a new blog. I am just going to keep on going. Who cares if it has been more then a year since I have last posted. I am not going to worry about it. I am no longer the same person I was then anyway, but I still like to be able to look back and see where I've grown from. So here is to new starts and fresh beginnings. I will not make any promises about posting frequency. I will aim to post at least once a month. Please do not hold your breath :)