July 30, 2009

Week 15 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans
I've accepted Carin's challenge, as a Mom, to get back into the picture. The idea is that once a week you take a picture of yourself with one or more of your children. It's that simple. If you'd like you can post your picture on your blog. You can let me know you posted so I can check out your pics. You can check out my previous weeks or Click the button to add your name to the Mr. Linky. So, have fun!

This is me reading to the kids while sitting on top of the tank car of the train my husband built in the backyard. The train is a whole other post for some other day.

Last week the kids volunteered to do the church cleaning for me while I went to the allergy doctor and drove Brianna to the orthodontist. After ward, to reward them, I took the children to Border's to claim their books for completing the summer reading program. Aedan chose "James and the Giant Peach." I was a little sorry that was his pick as I am not really impressed by Raoul Dahl's writing. And I try to steer away from books with negative attitudes or books that involve magic. This story is full of both.

My children are very good about taking no for an answer and are quick to accept our explanations and seek our guidance for what we consider good reading material or videos to view for that matter. I could have easily said no and that would have been the end of it. But, Kaitlin read him the back of all the books he had to choose from. That is all the ones we don't already own. And, he gave it serious thought before he made his pick. I decided it would be a good opportunity to reinforce why we know magic, even if it appears to be used for good, is not from God. I accepted the challenge to show them what was wrong with the poor attitudes and the feel sorry for me attitude displayed by James in the beginning of the book and his various companions throughout.

With that said. He got the book. We went home and the kids took their naps. Aedan was the first one up that afternoon and sought me out in the hammock to read his new book to him. We got the necessary discussion out of the way and settled in for the long haul.

And I was surprised. I actually enjoyed it. As we made it through a few more chapters the other kids joined in and they were giggling heartily. As was I. We had so much fun singing the songs about Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker that the kids insisted I sing them over and over.

In fact, when we went to the library they checked out the movie. And watched it on our date night. And they liked it. Go figure. The moral of the story is...sometimes if we give it a try we might like the story. Or something like that.

This next picture is me attempting to show the kids how to start a fire using a magnifying glass. We have been trying for weeks. First we had too many overcast days. Then we couldn't find the magnifying glass. We found it again and gave it a try but the sun kept going behind the clouds and we finally gave up.

Did you all do that when you were a kid? My husband never had and I can not believe that since he was a boy scout. Seems like a pretty basic deal to me. Well, I was just the sister of a boy scout and I learned how to do it anyway.

This is my favorite picture for this week. Elisabeth finally got in the pool with me. And loved it! Until a short while ago she was terrified of the water and would cry through every bath. I count it a great accomplishment that she is now a bathing beauty!


  1. Love your pictures!

    And yes, I started a few mini-fires with a magnifying glass as a youngster, too.

  2. Pak karamu reading and visiting your blog

  3. Actress went through that phase. She was fine with water and then all of the sudden even baths scared her. Strange.
    Great pictures. i too enjoyed James and the Giant peach...reminds me of my childhood because that was the first time I read it.

  4. Oh my gosh, your baby looks soooooooo cute!!!!

    We have the movie, James and the Giant Peach! Reminds me when I was little too!

  5. Aww. How sweet. Love that last picture!!!
    And what a great homeschool mom you are!! Teaching your kids how to start fires.. so if they ever go on Survivor.. they will be the favorite person right away.. LOL

  6. I'm with your husband, I never started a fire with a magnifying glass.. my kids on the other hand.. I'm sure will experience that REAL soon.

    We are planning to homeschool our kids. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by our blog today:)

    Great pictures:)


  8. I hadn't really thought about it, but I'm definitely not in very many pics with the dude as I'm always taking them. Definitely have to work on that! Your little lady looks so precious in her swim gear!

  9. Love the pictures - all of them, but the pool one is my favorite.

    And you must post about this train...we have some serious train lovers in this family!

  10. What wonderful pictures! My kids got the talk about James and the Giant Peach and we ended up liking it also.

  11. I love this idea about taking pictures of mom instead of mom always taking the pictures. I may have to just try it.

    I personally have never tried the magnifying glass thing to catch paper on fire, but I did do it to burn bugs. But hey, in my defense all my friends were boys, so you learn!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  12. I love the one in the pool too. How gorgeous is she in that hat and sunglasses. So so sweet!

  13. Kat, I love seeing all of these pictures of you. I love the one of Elisabeth on your lap in the pool. Jacob is loving the pool now too! Keep those pics coming. I am going to have to start having the kids take some of our pictures too. I am in some but not as many as I probably should be. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Great pictures! I also like the pool one. She is adorable!
    And I had a pyromaniac brother, so we started all kinds of fires with magnifying glasses. Dry leaves in the fall are the best.:) Something about boys and fires, it seems, because my boys are also a bit too interested for my comfort!
    We will have to check out James and the Giant Peach now. We haven't seen it or read it.

  15. Three wonderful pictures. Can't wait to hear more about the train too. Looks like fun in the water. Maybe next time it will be all sun and that fire will start, neat for the kids, you are a great mom!

  16. I love Roald Dahl... I was the same as you, to begin with but my kids and my husband won me over. It's an unbelievable silly sort of magic and hilarious to boot. We read The BFG last summer...

  17. HI Kat,
    Just wanted you to know I visited your blog today.

    Read your most recent post... and loved the pictures you shared!

    Yes, get back into the picture more often! You're beautiful, inside and out!