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."

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 :)