Let’s Get Softball Ready!

>> Monday, September 13, 2010

swap pics 007Mia is playing softball for the first time this year.  She is playing in a local league of girls that are 8 and under.  She is one of the youngest and smallest girls on the team but is excited to be learning the game. 

swap pics 005
We missed her first game when Blayke was in the hospital but she was able to make the next game(mom had to miss it since she had a Girl Scout Leader Meeting). 
swap pics 017We are working on her batting skills but she still likes playing even when she strikes out. 


Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

>> Friday, September 10, 2010

Blayke had been running a fever of over 103 degrees for a few days.  I took him to the doctor since I was unable to get his temp down below 102.  After they tested him for Mono, Strep and other stuff they strongly suggested I take him to the ER at Levine Children’s Hospital to get him tested for Meningitis.
So off we headed to the ER.  We called dad and let everyone know what was going on.  Once we got there they put us in a room pretty quickly since his doctor had already called in some orders.  The  gave him some meds to get his fever down then drugged him up to get his calm enough to do a spinal tap.  This drug they gave his made him so loopy he was telling me that he saw bunnies hopping on his arms.
His spinal fluid was clear so the tested him for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever since we had been camping a couple of weeks prior with Mia’s girl scout troop.  They suspected he was bitten by a tick.
Blayke hospial 012
After an evening in the hospital (he was admitted at 10:00 PM the previous night) and several doses of antibiotics he started to look like his normal self.
Blayke hospial 033 We had a little visitor stop by to cheer Blayke up since the doctors gave us the okay that he would be able to leave that day as long as his temp stayed down.
Blayke hospial 039
The kids got some paper and paint from the Life Specialists so they could paint some pictures while we waited for them to release Blayke.  We were able to take him home and discovered that he did have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever when the pediatrician got his results back from the state on Monday.


This Is How We Tie Our Shoes

>> Thursday, September 2, 2010

e took a break from our lessons one afternoon and went upstairs for a little rest time.  The kids were not on their best behavior but I did not want to have them take a nap so we sat on Blayke's bed and did a little talking.  After a while the kids started to ask to do something so I broke out some lacing shapes and we practiced tying our shoes.  They picked it up in less than an hour and surprised dad when he got home that night.  Dad and I are so happy we won't have to be bending down anymore to help tie shoes.

Here are the videos of the kids...They are so proud of themselves.



E as in Elephant & A as in Apple

>> Monday, August 30, 2010

This is the letter Blayke learned this week.  We likes sharing with cousins so he wants to record them all.





P.A.T.H. Back to School Picnic

>> Thursday, August 26, 2010

We joined a network of home school families called P.A.T.H. Parents As Teachers @ Home.  It’s a great group with Ladies Night Out for Mom when she needs a break and fun filled field trips for the kids when they need to get out and have some fun with other kids.  They also have several Education Co-ops too.
Path Back to School Bash 003
We met at a local park for a picnic lunch and some fun and games.  After lunch we went to have some fun.
Path Back to School Bash 015 Path Back to School Bash 013
There was a very nice women there that was making balloon animals and doing face painting.  We were not able to get the kids faces painted because they had to go straight to swim class after the picnic.
Path Back to School Bash 021 Path Back to School Bash 016
We did the Hokey Pokey and played some parachute games with all the kids and parents (there were over 75 kids there) and then went and played on the playground.  We had a great time and can’t wait for our next meet up with them.


Mia's First Tests

>> Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mia had three tests this week.  The first test was Written Arithmetic she received an A (97%).  Her second one was Oral Arithmetic (recite answers from flash cards shown to her)-She received an A+ (100%).  She also had a phonics test that she received an A+ (100%).

She will have a bible test in a couple of weeks that she will need to recite:

John 3:14-19 (NKJV)

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Guy is surprised she has memorized this much already (see the video) 2-1/2 weeks in.


Genesis 1:1, John 1:3 Letter I and U

>> Monday, August 23, 2010

Blayke was so excited about the bible verses he memorized and the letters he has learned he asked me to record them.  Here they are:

Genesis 1:1 & John 1:3

I is for Indian

U is for Umbrella


Girl Scout Camping Trip at Lake Myer RV Resort

>> Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mia and her Girl Scout troop had a camping trip this weekend at the Lake Myer RV Park.  We had 8 girls attend along with 4 dads, 4 moms and a little brother (Blayke).
GS Camping 031

We arrived a little late since the kids at practice in the morning.  They went swimming for the first part of the day. Then the girls all made tie-dyed shirts with their troop number on them.
GS Camping 038
Then it was time to make our fire so we could make smores and have ashes left over for our legend of the ashes packs.  (We combine all the ashes from previous trips and save the new ashes after the camping trip is over to repeat the process over again.  This way the girls keep a little bit of every trip as a memento).  Blayke helped gather the stick to help se the fire.
GS Camping 040
Blayke took a little brake before dinner to rest and reflect on the day.
GS Camping 043
We gathered around the fire after dinner and made smores and told stories before calling it a night.  Unfortunately one of the girls had to go home since she tripped and hit her head.  She was sent home by our nurse with a concussion but she is doing just fine.


Let’s Play Ball

>> Friday, August 20, 2010

The kids signed up for T-Ball and Softball this fall.  Practice started this week

Fall Baseball 090

Blayke is excited to be playing.  He missed the cut off for his league by two days but they let him in anyway.

Fall Baseball 100

The boys run the bases a couple of times right before practice is over.

Fall Baseball 093

Mia and dad (and a new friend Hannah) practiced catching and throwing across the field while Blayke practiced.  We will get pictures of Mia practicing on Saturday.


First Delivery for Friendship Trays

>> Friday, August 13, 2010

We went and did our first delivery for friendship trays today.  Just a little reminder - Friendship Trays (http://www.friendshiptrays.org/) is a local Meal on Wheels. They deliver more than 600 meals daily to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people who are unable or greatly restricted in their ability to prepare or secure meals.

We went to the Levine Senior Center to pick up the food then went on our route.  We delivered meals to 10 people.  It was a great experience for the kids. They loved helping out and putting a smile on peoples faces when they went up to their doors to deliver the food and drinks.  We met all sorts of people.  Some are elderly and can't leave their homes, one gentle man was injured at work and now has really bad back problems and is recovering from surgery.  One man has been living with aids for 15 years and also has cancer.  We said prayers for them as needed and are looking forward to seeing them again in two weeks.  This is a great lesson for myself and the kids in serving others and being good Samaritan's.  We are glad to be a part of this great service project.

We went a had free lunches at Bob Evans after our route was completed.