Here are little thoughts of this and that. That’s kind of where I am at in life right now.
My little Wesley is now two months old and starting to coo, so stinkin’ cute! In every waking moment there is someone in his face trying to get him to smile or talk:) My, my he endures a lot. Watch this little video if you want to see the cuteness overflow:
To say the least I am being sssttttrrrrreeeeetttttttcccccchhhhhheeeedddd. Didn’t think I could stretch any further than I did already, but now you can just call me Elasta-Girl (ha, ha, please don’t for real). It is beyond my reach to nurse a baby while calling your toddler to get out of the sink (again), while teaching your third grader the difference between a predicate noun adjective and a predicate pronoun adjective, while telling your five-year-old that the word “was” cannot be sounded out (for the thirteenth time). It’s talent that I haven’t gotten yet. We plug away each day and see grace moment-by-moment, when we choose to see it. Things can get very stretched at points, so to lighten the mood of our home I am trying some new ideas that are easy but fun. For example, I am making a list of ways to spice up meals. Here’s what I’ve collected so far:
1. Dress up as someone or something and come to the dinner table. We have to figure out each character.
2. Each night that we eat together, someone picks the background music. (This shows real growth in me because by dinner time, I am ready for silence).
3. Backwards night–wear your clothes backwards and eat dessert before the main meal.
4. Book lunch–bring a book to read during lunch (got this from Lori Heitland).
5. Jokes–bring a joke to tell at the meal time
6. Random guest of honor–pick a person for everyone else to share something kind about him/her
7. Big words–my kids have to learn new vocabulary words each week, so we take one a night, teach it to everyone, and try to fit it into our conversations.
8. Kids’ night–with some oversight (depending on the children’s ages), allow the children to prepare dinner and the parents clean up.
9. Fancy Shmancy–deck out the table to look fancy, including candles and cloth napkins. Practice manners and proper edict.
10. We all scream for ice cream (thanks to the Bitterman family)–for dinner, have ice cream. Personally, I would have to at least add bananas to make this one legit.
~ That’s my list. Please send me any ideas you have. The kids love when I think of little ways to bless them like this.
Finally, for school my kids had to make an acrostic using the letters of their name. Each letter starts a describing word, for a sentence. Here are some examples:
A-ctive E-asy to please P-ointing at Christ
B-right T-rustworthy friend L-ively
I-nquisitive H-appy helper A-lways singing
G-raceful A-vid reader N-eeding grace
A-lert N-ice big brother K-ooky
~ Give it a try as an individual or as a family. There will be a prize for the most creative individual poem and the most creative family poem. Winners will be announced Sunday evening on the blog (that is, if I remember!)