Josiah’s Reading – April 2009

April 30, 2009 Categories: Books , Homeschooling | Comments Off  

The Littles Give a Party by John Peterson
John Peterson by John Peterson

Read Alouds – April 2009

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100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
The Gargoyle on the Roof by Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis
Monday’s Troll by Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis
Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy
Insect Soup: Bug Poems by Barry Louis Polisar

Natalie’s Reading – April 2009

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Three Willows by Ann Brashares
Reunion (The Mediator, Book 3) by Meg Cabot
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Warriors #1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
Haunted (The Mediator, Book 5) by Meg Cabot
The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
On a Whim (The Katie Weldon Series #2) by Robin Jones Gunn
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
May Bird Among the Stars by Jodi Anderson
Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

Jonathan’s Reading – April 2009

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Kidnapped #1: The Abduction by Gordon Korman
Odie Unleashed by Jim Davis
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

Noah’s Reading – April 2009

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The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

Bullet list updates (Or, okay, Mom, here’s a post. ;) )

April 29, 2009 Categories: Homeschooling , Kid Stuff , Movies | 1 Comment  

~ Five weeks left in our homeschooling year. Not that I’m counting or anything. Looking forward to summer afternoons at the park or pool, reading lots and lots of books.

~ Natalie and I are singing together on Saturday at a Mother’s Day luncheon at my parents’ church. I know I’m not objective, since I’m her mom, but she has a beautiful voice. If I can get someone to film it, I’ll post a video.

~ Natalie will be auditioning for a Teen Idol concert next week – ages 12 to 18 audition to perform at a concert the following week. Her voice teacher is encouraging her to audition – seems Mom’s word wasn’t quite enough.

~ Kevin and I just re-watched Fun With Dick and Jane, starring Tea Leoni and Jim Carrey. It was inspired by the Enron scandal, but boy, it’s just as timely now.

~ Noah and Jonathan have come down with a cold.

~ We’re trying to figure out if we can refinance our house and take advantage of the low interest rates, since the market stinks, and we can’t sell our house.

~ I’m heading to Michelle’s Thursday evening for a Mom’s Movie Night -we’ll be watching Enchanted April.

~ My sister Deb and her kids will be coming to visit in July this summer – we haven’t seen each other in person in over a year, even though we chat online just about every day. I only wish Andrea and Marni and their kids could all come, too. Josiah and Peter (Marni’s oldest) talked on the phone for over an hour on Sunday – Josiah misses his best friend. A lot.

~ Speaking of Josiah, he has finished his 1st grade grammar and spelling books and has started on his 2nd grade books. Kevin was trying to remember the kids’ grade levels the other night, and asked Josiah what grade he was in. He answered, “1st,” but was quick to add, “but I’m doing 2nd grade math, 2nd grade grammar, and 2nd grade spelling.” :)

~ Kevin is very excited about the opening of fishing season – now if the lakes would just hurry up and thaw! His favorite lake still has ice on it as of Monday.

That’s all I can come up with for now – it’s late, and I’m sleepy. ‘Night!

To the man in front of us at Subway….

April 24, 2009 Categories: This and That | 5 Comments  

…who left enough money to cover the meals of everyone who was in line behind you:

Thank you so much! You were a blessing to my daughter and I. I wish I could thank you in person, but we were so caught up in our giggly conversation that we didn’t notice who was in front of us, let alone two people in front of us, and you were gone before we knew what you had done. What a treat to get to the cash register and be told our meal was already paid for!

Thank you again. :)

Links for Friday

April 23, 2009 Categories: Blogging , Books , Movies | 7 Comments  

Our week back to school after Spring Break went much smoother than I had anticipated. It helps that as we get closer to summer, more and more subjects are being finished up, and the work load gets smaller. Good thing, because I am very ready for summer vacation. Last week of afternoons spent reading at the park or pool while the kids played/swam completely spoiled me. Spoiled me so much that I took them to the park again this Monday – after we were done with school, of course. It was in the high 70s, absolutely beautiful, and I had just picked up 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff at the library. It’s only 97 pages long, and I devoured that delightful book while the kids played for an hour and a half. A perfect afternoon.

This weekend is going to be pretty low-key, which is just fine with me. I am struggling with some church issues (again, or still, however you want to look at it) and mulling things over in my head. This will either be beneficial or an exercise in futility, I can’t tell yet. I’d like to go see Duplicity at the theater this weekend with my folks, if I can scrape together the moolah. We’ll see.

I don’t have a lot of web links to share with you this week, because I’ve been spending every spare moment getting the new Books and Movies populated with posts. So, in the spirit of blatant self-promotion, here are some links to what I’ve been doing over there. And, if you’re wondering why I moved it, this person’s post about the deceptive business practices at Today.com will help explain. My experience wasn’t quite as bad – at least not at the beginning – but it didn’t end well.

My posts at Books and Movies this week:

~ Like Twitter? Try Flutter.

~ Gasp! My daughter is a last-page-peeker!

~ Summer movie preview (including the latest Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer).

~ Blogwarming giveaway – I’m giving away six books.

~ Book review: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

~ Monday’s Movie Review: The Illusionist.

Featured DVD: iCarly: Season 1 Volume 2

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(iCarly: Season 1 Volume 2 was provided to me by Special Ops Communications for the purpose of review.)

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You asked for more, so you’re getting more – more Season 1 of iCarly! Join Carly, Sam, and Freddie as they deal with all the craziness of school, growing up, and crankin’ out the best web show out there, iCarly.com!

Disc 1:
~ iAm Your Biggest Fan
~ iHeart Art
~ iHate Sam’s Boyfriend
~ iDon’t Want to Fight
~ iPromote Tech-Fools
~ iGot Detention

Disc 2:
~ iStakeout
~ iCarly Saves TV (extended version)
~ iMight Switch Schools
~ iFence
~ iWin a Date
~ iHave a Love Sick Teacher

Natalie’s review: Here is ICarly again, the sequel to Season 1! These DVDS are just as fun as the first disc! With Carly, Sam, and Freddie, and their web show, see how much fun this show is! Carly’s brother is really funny, Freddie is quirky, and Sam is a tomboy, and Carly is just plain fun!

(You can see how much Natalie likes this show by the number of exclamation points in her review. ;) )

iCarly: Season 1 Volume 2 is available now on DVD. The DVD special features include: Behind the Slime with the cast of iCarly; Behind-the-scenes extras; and a special bonus – the pilot episode of True Jackson, VP.

Marriage is hard. It’s wonderful, but it’s hard.

April 20, 2009 Categories: Marriage | 10 Comments  

The other night, Kevin and I were having a conversation about how many couples we know who are currently going through a divorce. Nine. We personally know of nine couples who are divorcing.

Three of these couples are divorcing because the husband is an alcoholic. Two of these men profess to be Christians.

One couple is divorcing because the husband has left his wife for another woman, a woman he was having an affair with for months before his wife knew. The husband professes to be a Christian – or, at least, he used to.

One couple is divorcing because the wife has left her husband for another man. The wife professes to be a Christian.

That leaves four couples. Four couples who are divorcing because marriage is too hard, and one or both of the partners are no longer “happy.”

Listen, people. If you’re getting married so that your spouse will make you happy, you’re on the wrong track. If you’re expecting the state of being married itself to make you happy, you’re on the wrong track.

Get married because you love someone so much that you want to do anything to make them happy. Get married knowing that the warm, fuzzy feeling you get in your stomach when your person walks into the room, or smiles at you, or kisses you, will come and go. Feelings are precocious. They rise up and they disappear on a whim. Those feelings are not love.

Love is patient. Patient when your spouse has clammed up and gone quiet with worry. Patient when your spouse is prickly and irritable and short-tempered. Patient when your spouse makes a mistake that costs the family money, time, or other resources.

Love is kind. That means that you treat your spouse with the same courtesy you would give a friend or acquaintance. It is so easy to get sloppy and forget the common courtesies because we’re comfortable at home, because our spouse has to love us. That is not acceptable. Kindness is essential.

Love does not envy. Don’t envy your spouse’s successes, talents, friendships, way with people.

The list goes on. Love does not boast, is not proud, rude, self-seeking, or easily-angered.

Love keeps no record of wrongs. That means bringing up past offenses – offenses that have been forgiven – is off-limits.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects. Love protects our spouse’s feelings, reputation, time, and honor.

Love always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Love isn’t easy. I have failed in each one of those areas, and I have no doubt I will in the future. But I don’t stop striving to meet that standard. That’s what it means to love someone. That’s what it means to be married.