Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
-McKinley enjoys homeschooling – especially with Tiarra. She is doing very well with her reading and scripture memorization.
-One day mommy was showing McKinley how strong she was – holding up her arm & flexing her muscle. McKinley reached up, grabbed her elbow & said “yeah mom! You ARE so strong!”
-McKinley is still constantly doing experiments. One day she decided to try different toppings on her cheese pizza: Miracle Whip, bananas, and bread.
-One day on our way out of church, McKinley turned to mom, put her hand in front of her face & said “Do you notice anything different about me?” Yes – a new CTR ring from her teacher!
-One day McKinley decided that it had been a really long time since her daddy’s birthday and that he deserved a ½ birthday. She was so excited about it & decided to make lots of decorations, make a gift for him, and even bake a birthday cake for him. It was so sweet.
-McKinley is still so cute about writing people notes. If you stop by the house, many times you can’t leave without a hand-written note from McKinley. One day she wrote a note to everyone in our family, Aunt Cindy’s family, and even Tundra & Sydney. She is such a sweetheart!
-We had to get a muzzle for Sydney this month because of excessive barking & neighbors calling. McKinley was so sad & mom said she didn’t know what else to do. McKinley said “I know! We can get a machine that says in dog language “Quiet!”
-One day we were heading back from WIC and there was a fire truck and ambulance that went by. Mom suggested that we pray for the people that they were going to help. It was so sweet & special to hear McKinley plead for strangers in need. She prayed that they would get out of the fire & not die.
-McKinley blew her first bubble gum bubble this month! She was so funny when she was doing it – she would get all red in the face while she was pushing out the air. She was SO excited, though, & was hugging everyone.
-McKinley & mom were walking home from an activity day activity one day & she was singing to herself –making up sweet songs. One part of her song went something like this “You can talk to the sun during the day when it’s shining bright, and you can talk to the Son at night when you pray…”
-We went out to go feed & water the dogs one extra-cold morning. McKinley pointed to the ground at a tiny frozen puddle & said “Look mom! It’s an ice skating rink for bugs!”
-Tiarra had a scratchy voice one day & McKinley said “Tiarra’s voice is crooked”
-Another day on another walk, McKinley looked at the sidewalk & saw some graffiti. She stopped & said “Look mom! I think it’s Chinese!”
-We were walking to Activity Days & McKinley kept lagging behind & mom was way ahead & kept prodding her. McKinley yelled up to mom (in a sad voice) “I’m sorry I’m wasting your time!”
-Another one of McKinley’s experiments lately has been cutting vegetables. She will cut up almost anything you give her!
-McKinley did great at the dentist’s. She does have a couple teeth that we need to get sealed, but she did good!
-Ireland has been praying for people to be healthy lately – which may be why we haven’t been to the doctor in a while. One time was funny, though – she prayed “Please bless McKinley to be healthy & cute!” We are trying to also work with her on opening line. She still says “Thank you Father” instead of “Dear Heavenly Father”
-On fast Sunday, Ireland said she wanted to get up & bear her testimony, so mom got up with her. But all she did was giggle into the microphone.
-During journal time at night, Ireland is so cute. She wants to be just like her big sister. She will write letter drawings (not really legible), but will say as she “writes”, “and…the… slide…was…fun…and…I…love…Sienna…”
-Ireland still doesn’t seem to get the concept of the “hide it under the cup game.” She was playing with McKinley & put something under a cup. Just 1 cup – and then asked her guess where the object was. J
-Ireland apparently doesn’t think she is sweet enough, because mom has caught her a few times POURING honey into her mouth.
-Mom was driving one day & everyone was talking and/or crying at once & mom was frazzled. Then Ireland calls out “MOM! Move the mirror! I can’t see my beautiful eyes!”
-Ireland is getting better at recognizing all the letters of the alphabet & then she will say what word they make, like “Look mom! C! For Cat”
-Ireland went in for her WIC appointment this month. She is just under the 50th percentile for weight, but was a little low in iron, so we are working on getting her to eat more green, leafy veggies.
-Ireland did great at her very first dentist appointment! Her teeth look great!
- Kezia does this cute “Hi!” game where you say hi & then she says hi & it goes faster & faster till you’re both giggling like crazy!
-Kezi knows where her mouth, nose & eyes are. Great job Kezi!
-Kezia had such a hard time keeping off the glass coffee table in the living room that we had to take out the glass!
-This was a milestone month for Kezia. She got to graduate to Ireland’s car seat! She’s such a big girl! On our first drive after she was facing forward, she just kept saying “Wheee!”
-Kezia will sign “please” & say “thank you” – so cute!
-Kezia has now mastered the use of the stool. She uses the little white stool to get up to many forbidden things. She scoots it around & lets her get into much trouble.
-We have noticed that Kezia is a very sensitive little girl to others’ feelings. If someone yells at someone else – or is screaming – she will cry. She can tell when someone is really angry or hurt & she is sensitive to that & will cry.
-Kezia LOVES bears and books right now. We love to find her in the girls room with a book.
-One time Ireland slipped on some water & hit her head. She was crying & Kezia came over & gave her lots of sweet kisses.
-Kezia is really getting good at using her utinsils! She’s even great with soup & yogurt!
-Kezi is really good at speaking & signing now & she loves to point at things & say/sign them!
-Kezia is still a huge mess-maker. She loves to get into any open cabinets & explore: DVDs, imitation vanilla, sugar, dishwasher capsules, toilet paper, toothbrushes, etc.
-Kezia has started to learn about cleaning up, though and will put something back in a box or a bag if you show her how.
-She still does this little adorable scrunched-up-nose smile that is so cute – and she’ll pull that smile the minute mom gets out the camera.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
God has a positive answer:
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you
(John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
(Roman 8:28 )
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you